Probation and parole Officer Jeffrey Settle, 41, was on duty around 5 p.m. when his vehicle was rear-ended by a van at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Old Salisbury Road, not far from the Rowan-Iredell County line, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.
Settle, of Troutman, began working with the DOC in 1993 at Rowan Correctional Center. In 1997, he became a probation officer, working in Rowan County and later in Iredell County.
He is survived by his wife and children. Officials said state probation officers will wear a black band across their badge for a month to honor Settle.
Waleska Velasquez, 29, a science teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High, is charged with three counts of having sex with a minor.
Police say Velasquez has confessed to having sexual relations with the student starting in August of 2009 and continuing through 2010. The teen is now 17.
Velasquez admitted to police to showering the boy with gifts, cash and a cell phone she used to send him romantic letters along with photos of herself nude and in sexy lingerie.
Teacher and student had sex in three locations, including Jackson High and the parking lot of Allapattah Middle School. Police did not disclose the third location.
Miami-Dade schools spokesman John Schuster said Velasquez was hired by the district in 2007. In light of her arrest, the district “will work toward a swift termination,” he said.
“The district regularly reminds staff that personal relationships with students are unethical, forbidden by school board rules and may be illegal, as in this instance,” Schuster added.
The Florida Department of Children and Family Services began investigating the illicit affair after receiving a call from an anonymous sources.
James Reese Norton, 72, was taken into custody Wednesday at his Pleasanton residence, an RV trailer in the parking lot at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Detective Bill Veteran said.
He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Fremont Hall of Justice, authorities said.
Police arrested Norton after a woman recently accused the former mathematics teacher of sexually abusing her from 2006 to 2009, when she was a high school student.
Authorities said that the abuse took place in Fremont and Livermore, in houses where Norton resided at the time, Veteran said.
Norton faces charges of committing seven felonies, including five counts of sexual assault on a minor, kidnapping with intent to sexually assault a person, and sending explicit matter with intent to seduce a minor.
Norton worked at Irvington High from August 2000 to June 2010, said James Morris, the Fremont Unified School District’s superintendent of schools.
Morris declined to comment on Norton’s charges, saying it is the school district’s policy not to comment on personnel matters, except to verify employment dates.
However, he said, “Our first job is keeping students safe, so it’s certainly a troubling situation when any district employee gets arrested. It’s a deep concern to the district when we hear this kind of news about a former employee.”
Authorities are trying to determine if there are other victims, Veteran said.
Police ask anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Anthony Holguin at 510-790-6961.
Los Alamos NM Aug 6 2011 Police arrested a middle-school teacher and charged him with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a 14-year-old female student.
An arrest affidavit says Peter Bowman, 47, states that the teacher and a student who was in his social-studies class engaged in text messaging in July depicting “a personal relationship and sexual in their content.”
In one text message to Bowman, the teen asks if she can call him her boyfriend, the affidavit states.
The affidavit also quotes the victim as saying she and Bowman took a hike to Overlook Park in nearby White Rock where he kissed her on the lips and other parts of her clothed body.
The girl’s mother was aware of the fact that Bowman was taking the girl on a hike, the victim said.
Bowman, a resident of El Rancho who has worked for Los Alamos Public Schools since 2006, was being held in the Los Alamos jail Thursday in lieu of $20,000 bond, Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos County Police Department said.
Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said by phone Thursday that in addition to teaching social studies Bowman coached the track and field team. The girl was a member of the team.
Schmidt said police notified him of the Bowman investigation on Wednesday and that all the alleged incidents took place off school property.
Schmidt said the district has placed Bowman on administrative leave with pay while the district conducts its own investigation. He said nothing in Bowman’s school records indicate “this person was inclined to this behavior.”
“The important thing is that we as a school system will continue to do everything we can to protect our children,” Schmidt said. “When allegations like these are brought forward, we will do everything we can to bring out the truth, and when the truth is known, then people can be held accountable for their behavior.”
According to Larry Behrens, public-information officer for the state’s Public Education Department, Bowman has had a teaching license in the state since 1993, and a coaching license since 1995. Behrens said department records indicate that there have been “no issues” regarding past misconduct with Bowman.
Los Alamos Public Schools starts its new semester on Aug. 15. Schmidt said the district is working to fill Bowman’s position with a substitute.
HIRAM, Ga.Aug 6 2011 – A daycare worker in Paulding County is charged with battery.
Angeles Westmoreland, 47 was arrested Thursday.
April Nations is upset about what she says happened to her 5-year old son at a Hiram daycare last week.
“Everywhere there were bruises and scratches and blood blisters,” said April nations.
Police have arrested daycare worker 47-year old Angeles Westmoreland. She’s been charged with battery.
“When we got to the school, the teacher told us he had a bad day and spent 20 minutes telling this story of how awful he was,” said Nations.
But Nations says her son told her and the police a different story.
“The child had taken a toy from him, so he hit him. So then the teacher told the other boys to hit him back and watched while they stepped on him,” said Nations.
Because of the investigation, she says she can’t go into detail about the daycare worker’s alleged actions.
“After she hurt him she took him and gave him cookies and said ‘don’t worry, we won’t tell your mom so you don’t get in trouble.’”
No one would comment at Greenfield Academy where Nations’ son was a student for just three days.
“He has his moments, he’s five. But why be a daycare teacher if you’re not prepared to have your moments?”
According to state records, Greenfield Academy has been under investigation by the state two times before — once for not having a criminal records check on an employee and another time for not notifying a parent of a child’s busted lip.
Police say a man was kicked out of Midnight Rodeo at Sunshine and Glentsone shortly before 1:00 a.m.
He got into a scuffle with security outside.
That’s when police say he pulled a knife and stabbed two security guards. One was stabbed in the leg, the other in the abdomen.
The suspect was handcuffed when police arrived. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and will go to jail on first degree assault charges.
The two security guards were take to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
TAMPA, Fla.Aug 6 2011 — Police in Florida are investigating after parts of an assault rifle were found in an airport bathroom.
A janitor at Tampa International Airport found components of an ak-47 at the bottom of a trash can in the women’s bathroom.
Police are now working to determine where the parts came from and why someone put them there.
Airport police say the bathroom is located in a section of the airport visitors enter before reaching the TSA checkpoint.
The parts could not have been used to make a firearm.
Boyton Beach Fla Aug 6 2011 A third Boynton Beach police officer was arrested this week, this time for allegedly planting a gun on a suspect, the State Attorney’s Office said.
Officer Alex Lindsey, 28, was arrested Friday, charged with official misconduct and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Lindsey arrested Jeffrey Pugh, 42, of Boynton Beach, in December on drug and gun charges and the case was adopted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
During trial preparation a copy of the booking video was requested and Lindsey admitted he lied about the gun, his arrest report shows.
Lindsey, who was hired in 2008, remains on administrative duty as the investigation continues, police said.
“The arrest today of Officer Lindsey, and the arrests of Officer Michael Mulcahy and former Officer Michael Arco earlier this week, are not indicative of the consistently dedicated service and integrity of the men and women of the Boynton Beach Police Department,” Police Chief Matthew Immler said in a statement.
“The case against Lindsey, along with the other recently filed cases against [Boynton Beach police] officers, illustrates our commitment to the profession and the community.”
Michael Mulcahy, 29, and former officer Michael Arco, 26, turned themselves in at the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday.
Their arrests stem from an internal police investigation claiming they lied about the details of an arrest they made at the Golden Sands Inn on Southeast 21st Avenue.
Mulcahy and Arco wrote in their reports that they knocked on the door of an armed robbery suspect’s motel room and arrested him as he tried to back away.
Their supervising sergeant, who was suspicious of their story, talked to the motel manager, who said he unlocked the motel room door for the pair at their request, according to a report from the State Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.
The two did not have the right to enter the room the way they did without a search warrant, their sergeant later said in the report.
In early July, Boynton Beach police suffered a blow as its 2010 Officer of the Year was indicted on federal meth trafficking charges.
David Britto, 28, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered to live under curfew and with an ankle monitor at his mother’s house in Coral Springs pending court proceedings.
The report said Nelder was carrying 0.9 grams of marijuana when he was pulled over in his vehicle at the intersection of Lake Park Boulevard and Raleigh Avenue in Carolina Beach by Lt. Andrew Everhart of the Kure Beach Police Department.
It is unclear from the report why Nelder was pulled over in his vehicle. The arrest report only listed basic information, and the narrative of the incident was blacked out. Kure Beach Police Department representatives did not return phone calls Friday seeking additional information.
Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth said Nelder and Kure Beach police officers called to inform him of the charges, but he said he has not yet seen the police report.
“He swore an oath to uphold the laws in the state of North Carolina,” Lambeth said, adding that he wasn’t sure if the town would reprimand Nelder for the charges.
Nelder, of 601 Sandman Drive, is seeking re-election in November’s election.
He did not return calls seeking comments.
Lawrence NJ Aug 6 2011 The Department of Homeland Security generously intends to funnel more than a million dollars to area malls so they can better secure their premises.
The reason is simple: They asked for it.
Last year, 14 counties in New Jersey were eligible to apply to the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness for grants of up to $300,000.
As The Times’ Samantha Costa reported this week, Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence is one of the facilities to get the money for implementing enhanced security measures. Just what those improvements might be remains a closely guarded secret.
And while we would not expect a detailed punch list of the planned upgrades at Quaker Bridge, a general overview would help assure taxpayers their money is being spent wisely and well.
Prudent allocation of resources has not always been the case where Homeland Security is concerned. Cloaked in secrecy, the agency has long been criticized for a lack of accountability that has allowed political manipulation and amorphous spending.
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we all want to have faith that we are as safe as possible. And the chairman of the Rutgers University Homeland Security Research Initiative says malls can be a target for terrorists intent on making a big splash. Multiple entrances and exits as well as large crowds can lead to vulnerability.
Risk, though, is everywhere. Aren’t multiplex movie theaters just as vulnerable? Or strip malls? Or the corner convenience store?
We wonder if these nebulous mall grants are truly necessary or if they are a means of slurping up money just because it’s there.
If, indeed, there is a surfeit of funding, we believe it could be better spent on other protective measures, including enhancements to transit security. After all, Osama bin Laden had been planning attacks on U.S. rail systems.
Or consider increasing cyber-security resources. Earlier this week, Reuters reported security experts have detected an unprecedented series of cyber attacks on the networks of 72 organizations globally, including the United Nations, governments and corporations, in the past five years.
While Quaker Bridge is getting a security upgrade, just a few miles away, Trenton is on the brink of a security reduction. The city is about to lose a third of its police force to budget cuts even as the rate of assaults with deadly weapons rises.
That situation represents a much more demonstrable risk to regional security than the possibility of terrorists attacking a mall.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. Aug 5 2011– The Prince William County government will file a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security demanding to know the status of about 4,000 illegal immigrants the county has handed over to federal authorities.
“They will not tell us where they are, whether they have been deported or whether they have been re-released into Northern Virginia,” County Board Chairman Corey Stewart told 630 WMAL News.
This is the second lawsuit filed by Prince William County against DHS in the last six months. The first lawsuit demanded that DHS release a report detailing the circumstances behind the department’s release of Carlos Martinelly Montano, an illegal alien who is suspected of killing a Benedictine Nun while driving drunk in August of 2010. Prior to that incident, county officials had convicted Montano of DUI, identified him as an illegal alien and handed him over to DHS for deportation.
“It is frustrating that we as a local government must resort to suing the federal government to get information which the public has a right to know and which is vital to our law enforcement efforts. I am disappointed in the lack of cooperation from DHS and I am frustrated with Congress, which has failed to take compel DHS to turn over this information. Frankly, the Republicans in the House of Representatives are just as dismissive as the Obama administration on this issue,” said Stewart.
Washington DC Aug 6 2011 Following a sex discrimination lawsuit against Los Angeles International Airport by a transgender Transportation Security Administration employee, TSA managers at LAX will be required to undergo sensitivity training, The Advocate reports.
Ashley Lang, a transgender security checkpoint screening at the airport, was fired as a direct result of her gender. The court recognized this and awarded her a five-figure settlement in addition to issuing the training requirements for her former managers.
“Ashley lives her life as a woman. Her co-workers recognized her as a woman. Passengers recognized her as a woman. But her employer didn’t,” Transgender Law Center legal director Kristina Wertz told the AP. “She was asked to hide who she was just in order to earn a living.”
According to a press release from the Transgender Law Center:
A month after hiring Ashley Yang, TSA managers informed her that she would be required to start working as a male and that failure to do so could result in disciplinary actions. They required this of Ms. Yang, despite the fact that she informed TSA that she is a transgender woman and after they hired her as a woman.
To keep her job Ms. Yang bought a short “male wig” to hide her long hair, complied with TSA’s male dress code, and pretended to be a man at work. Despite her efforts, passengers continued to recognize her as a woman and subjected to her to sexual harassment. Ms. Yang was fired almost two years after being hired and just five days before the end of the standard TSA probationary period.
As Ms. Yang worked at the checkpoint pretending to be male, she was subject to lewd comments from male passengers who recognized her as a woman. For example, one passenger said “a little lower there, darling” while she patted him down. Other comments include “I reaaaally enjoyed that pat-down,” “pat down much lower on my back,” and “I haven’t gotten this much attention from a girl in a while.”
The TLC called the settlement “a major step forward for the treatment of transgender people in the workplace” and is now calling for the TSA to update its policies to prevent other employees from being subjected to gender-based discrimination.
“TSA will be a better agency by taking steps to make sure this never happens again,” Wertz said in the release. “Unfortunately, what happened to Ashley is not an uncommon experience for transgender employees. We are advocating for the TSA to expand their employee trainings across the country and to change their policies in regard to transgender employees.”
Command Master Chief Robert E. Cuff had been serving as a senior enlisted leader at Joint Task Force North at Fort Bliss since October 2009. He was arrested at his home last month, according to ICE officials, and is now being held in Louisiana.
“This operation targeted hundreds of individuals in countries around the world,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Holder called it “Operation Delego,” which has been investigating more than 500 people around the world since December of 2009 on a private, members only online bulletin board created to promote pedophilia.
“Utilizing sophisticated techniques in an attempt to avoid detection, Dreamboard’s members allegedly traded graphic images of adults molesting children, often violently,” Holder added, “and created a massive private library of images of child sexual abuse.”
Cuff was one 72 people arrested. He has been the Senior Enlisted Leader of JTF North for the past 21 months.
“Some of the children featured in these images and videos were just infants,” Holder said, “and in many cases the children being victimized were in obvious and also intentional pain, even in distress and crying.”
Cuff, a career Navy Seabee who enlisted in 1983, allegedly made 43 posts on Dreamboard, achieving VIP status on the site.
“Membership status was upgraded for those who produced or showed their own child porn and videos,” said Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security.
According to the indictment, Dreamboard was the vehicle for up to 123 terabytes of child porn, or roughly 16,000 DVDs.
“Digital images recovered from the targets arrested in the U.S. alone has been found to contain over 1 million images of child pornography,” Napolitano added.
Holder said for the children victimized, “this was nothing short of a nightmare.”
According to the indictment, Cuff’s screen name on the Dreamboard site was “slapalot.” JTF North officials say he is still assigned to JTF at Fort Bliss for administrative purposes only.
Orange County CA Aug 6 2011 You may think of counterfeit goods as being sold on street corners, out of car trunks and at flea markets … but what about at your local mall?
It’s happening, and few can attest to that better than Kris Buckner, a private investigator who specializes in tracking down counterfeit merchandise through his company, Investigative Consultants.
“You can look at us as sort of the ‘counterfeit cops,’” Buckner said.
“Nightline” came along as Buckner and police in Orange County, Calif., raided a store allegedly selling counterfeit goods in, of all places, a luxury mall. Police arrested the store manager, who was accused of selling phony luxury brands such as Dior, Prada and Dolce & Gabana merchandise, as well as a huge stash of True Religion jeans, which had been “on sale” at the store for $199.
Buckner works for the brands themselves. In the case of the Orange County bust, Bucker’s client was True Religion.
“Anything that the cops do to investigate regular crimes, we’re really doing here at our company for those brand owners we represent,” Buckner said. “Brand owners don’t call 911 to report counterfeiting. That wouldn’t be fair. They’d suck the resources of law enforcement.”
Investigative Consultants is one of just a few companies around the country that do this special kind of work, and sometimes the brands themselves house their own special units to track counterfeiting.
Protecting More Than Brands
Police say, however, that the damage inflicted by counterfeiting extends beyond the luxury brands whose goods are being duped.
“We notice that several gang members, organized crime and some terrorist groups are associated with distributing, manufacturing counterfeit goods. Now all this money is funding other criminal activities. That’s why we’re in this,” said Sgt. Rick Ishitani, head of the Los Angeles Police Department Economic Crimes Unit. “It’s not so much the Rolex, Gucci, the Chanel. They are technically our victims, but the real mission is to take down criminals.”
When Buckner brings a case to police, he says he works to ensure it’s something worthwhile.
“Our job is to bring them something that they really will evaluate and the hope would be that they will take action. And I will tell you that the majority of the cases we do get prosecuted,” he said. “In this economy, we don’t want to waste their time.”
Most of Investigative Consultants’ detective work happens at the company’s headquarters just outside Los Angeles, where Buckner has a whole team of investigators who are planning operations, mapping out locations and even figuring out their next disguise for undercover operations. A typical assignment for an Investigative Consultants staffer might include donning a wig to go undercover as a customer at a store suspected of selling counterfeit goods.
Buckner, who began his company out of his basement 15 years ago, said business is good. Investigative Consultants, he said, recovered half a million dollars in fake goods last year alone.
Unfortunately, business seems to be good for counterfeiters too. Government officials say seizures of counterfeit goods at the Port of Los Angeles — the place where the most counterfeit goods come in daily from China — were up over 40 percent last year. While they’re catching as much of it as they can, it doesn’t stop the shipments from rolling in. With 14,000 containers coming in each day — one shipment every seven seconds — it’s hard to catch them all.
A counterfeit Louis Vuitton scarf, Lancome perfume and Chopard wristwatch are displayed at an exhibition of counterfeit goods of famous trademarks. “With the volume of freight that we get here in Los Angeles, I believe that the smuggler is pretty sure that if they send 20 containers that a few of them are going to go through,” said Chief Guillermina Escobar of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a port manager at the Port of Los Angeles. “Are we going to catch them all? Maybe, maybe not.”
The goods that do make it through port security lead to big paydays for some. After another recent raid, this time at a neighborhood shop in Los Angeles’ Santee Alley, police determined the store owner and associates could have been making as much as $500,000 a year selling phony merchandise.
The problem of counterfeiting in the U.S., Buckner said, has grown beyond what anyone can comprehend. He says it generates more money than the drug trade — more than a billion dollars a year. And though stopping counterfeiters is his bread and butter, Buckner urges consumers to do their part by avoiding buying what they suspect are counterfeit goods.
“The money you’re paying in for those counterfeit jeans is filtering back to organized crime, smuggling goods into the country, to the factory employing child labor to work in those unsafe conditions,” he said. “If you feel OK with the big picture, then I don’t know what to tell you.”
The suit, filed on Michael Reese’s behalf, alleges the restaurant in the SouthSide Works complex employs guards who have “dangerous propensities for violence.”
Included in the complaint by Mt. Pleasant attorney Christopher Vallano is a purported blog entry from the MySpace page of Joshua D. Hanke, the guard whom Reese claims put him in a chokehold to break up a verbal altercation between Reese’s party and another group of men at the restaurant.
In the March 2009 entry, Hanke, of Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood, explains that the chain’s bouncers have a “mean rep” in Germany that should be established at the Pittsburgh restaurant.
Management for the restaurant declined to comment on the lawsuit. Hanke could not be reached.
According to the complaint, Reese was attending his brother’s birthday party at Hofbrauhaus on Aug. 22, 2009. After a group of men seated nearby began to harass the women at the party, Reese informed a security guard.
When the harassment continued, an argument led to Reese standing face-to-face with one of the men. At that point, a guard grabbed Reese from behind, put him in a chokehold and lifted him off his feet to carry him to the entrance, the suit states.
Reese was hospitalized the next day for nausea, dizziness and uncontrollable vomiting. Three days after the incident, Reese learned his right vertebral artery was torn and that he had suffered a stroke that caused permanent damage to his cerebellum.
Reese is seeking damages in excess of $30,000 for each of three counts against Hofbrauhaus and one against Hanke
“I just can’t believe something like that happened, especially here. I come here every Thursday,” said Sandra Del Toro, who was at the restaurant Thursday afternoon.
Police said a fight started inside Nena’s restaurant. They said the four men involved left the restaurant and shot off several rounds just outside in a courtyard, near where dozens of people were eating and shopping, but no one was hit in the gunbattle, police said.
“Everybody was on the floor,” said Nena’s manager Jesus Hernandez, describing how everyone responded after hearing the gunshots. “The owner, she was praying and relaxing everyone. I don’t know how it happened nobody got shot.”
Police said it was remarkable that no one was hit by the flying bullets.
“The worst thing that could have happened was an innocent bystander getting hit,” said Detective Roseann Clark.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting and another, police said, was detained for questioning.
“Hopefully nothing like that happens again because it’s scary,” Del Toro said.
Thursday was the first day that the Waterfront Warehouse had hired armed security guards on patrol.
“Boom! They got baptized right off the bat,” said Manuel Luna, who has office space in the center and was grateful the guards the were there.
The guards were supposed to work reduced hours on a trial basis, but because of the shooting, one guard said he was kept on duty all day.
The Waterfront Warehouse is the home to several eateries, a beauty school and the Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
Tammy Sue Rouse, 50, of Maynardville, was cited for possession of a weapon for the Smith & Wesson six-shot revolver.
A screener saw the gun’s silhouette in an X-ray machine at 10:30 a.m. and asked Rouse if she had anything she’d like to declare.
Rouse said she had the gun in her purse and forgot to take it out before her trip. She also said she has a Tennessee permit for the gun.
The gun was put into the safety department’s evidence room, and Rouse was allowed to board her flight after a thorough background check.
Rouse is scheduled to be in court in Blount County on August 17.
A patron visiting the Pretty Woman lounge at 7 Mile and Van Dyke at 1:45 a.m. today became angry when informed by an employee at the door that all customers undergo a search before entering, Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said.
A scuffle broke out and moved into the parking lot, where the man pulled out a gun and began shooting. A security guard was shot and killed, and another man was wounded, she said.
The shooter ran off and was still being sought this morning. Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Homicide Division at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.
CHARLOTTE NC Aug 6 2011
One suspected shoplifter drowned, police said, and another was missing Friday night after they were swept away in a swollen creek as they were chased from a southeast Charlotte clothing store.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they received a report of a larceny around 2:20 p.m. at the Burlington Coat Factory in Crown Point Plaza shopping center off East Independence Boulevard.
A security guard ran after the two suspected shoplifters, apparently chasing them behind the shopping center, down an embankment and into a creek that rose quickly after heavy rain Friday.
The security guard was able to escape the creek and told authorities where he last saw the suspects.
Around 4 p.m., crews found one – 43-year-old Gracie Nell Johnson – about 1/8 of a mile away from where officials said she entered the creek. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Arrest records show Johnson was arrested on June 30, charged with felony common law robbery. She was convicted of misdemeanor larceny in 2008, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.
Observer news partner WCNC-TV reports she was found because she was wearing an electronic monitor device.
Firefighters continued searching for the other person as paramedics transferred Johnson’s body, covered by a sheet, from an ambulance to a medical examiner’s truck.
The other suspect is believed to be a relative of Johnson’s, according to WCNC-TV.
Normally the creek is so shallow one could easily walk across it, said Charlotte Fire Capt. Rob Brisley. But on Friday, it had swollen to about 14 feet deep after heavy rain pounded the Charlotte area.
Brisley said firefighters would continue searching for the person as long as conditions remained safe for rescuers. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s canine unit was called to the scene to assist in the search.
The security guard was apparently unharmed.
A police crime scene van was parked in front of Burlington Coat Factory on Friday night, as customers continued their shopping.
Employees referred questions to the store’s corporate office, which could not be immediately reached for comment.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
COLUMBIA SC Aug 6 2011
A patient at Palmetto Health Richland has been arrested, suspected of dealing heroin from his room.
Troy Baxter, 44, is charged with possessing heroin with intent to distribute.
Columbia Police Department officers are investigating, spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said today.
Baxter was charged after a hospital security officer recovered a pill bottle July 31 containing 21 tabs of heroin the patient threw into a wastebasket in his room, police said.
The bottle was for medicine prescribed for Baxter, police said.