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A duffel bag filled with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms was found on a night bus in Olympia, Washington, on Sunday.
Surveillance video appears to show 43-year-old Michael Henderson getting on the Intercity Transit bus on Sunday, sitting down and putting his large duffel bag beside him.
At one point, he gets up to allow a wheelchair rider to have a seat. He remembered the bag at that point, but when he got off the bus, he left the bag behind.
"I come back and there's a bag on my bus," said bus driver Bill Smith. Smith said the bag had a familiar odor. "I smelled something that smelled of marijuana."
Surveillance video then sppears to show Henderson coming back the next day to get his bag. By then, Olympia police knew what was in it.
"Four different tubs of marijuana and what we believe are hallucinogenic mushrooms," said Laura Wohl, Olympia police spokeswoman.
There also was a wad of more than $440 – most of it in $20 bills – a scale and small zip bags.
"It was obviously done with intent to sell," Wohl said.
Smith said it still baffles him.
“Like I said, I couldn't tell if the bag itself smelled like marijuana or if there’s something in it," Smith said. "But I didn't want to find out."
“It was time for a change in my life,” Henderson said to an arresting officer.
Henderson was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics with the intent to sell. He has been booked into Thurston County Jail while prosecutors try to decide what charges to file against him.Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:31:49 -0400
An accounting firm in Kings Mountain will pay the town of Cherryville $75,000 for failing to find embezzlement.
Channel 9's partners at The Gaston Gazette reported that Darrell L. Keller CPA is paying the city after an agreement reached through mediation.
Cherryville had accused Keller's firm of failing to discover the embezzlement of more than $500,000 by two city employees. Both former employers were later convicted.
Keller said the payment is not an admission of wrongdoing. The firm says the settlement was cheaper than taking a case to trial.
Former city finance director Bonny Alexander was convicted of taking more than $435,000 over six years. Former utility director Jennifer Hoyle was accused of taking more than $92,000 over a four-year period.
Cherryville Mayor H.L. Beam says he's pleased with the settlement.Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:14:16 -0400
A Norcross, Georgia, woman is pleading with city leaders not to take her home over an overdue tax bill of $94.85.
The woman says she never received any notices and never knew her condo had been sold at auction. Now city officials are trying to figure out what, if anything, went wrong.
Xui Lui says she never knew there was an overdue tax bill on her place because the notices were returned to city hall.
Lui bought the two-bedroom Norcross condo with cash in 2011. She lives there with her 4-year-old child. Records show she's paid the county taxes and the city tax every year except that first year, when the certified letters warning of the outstanding balance were returned to the city because of clerical errors. That error turned out to be an incomplete address.
“No street, no name. How can I receive the letter?” Lui asked.
Last week, Lui got a notice telling her the condo had been sold at auction and she needs to move out by Nov. 25, all because of the overdue bill.
“Where are we going to go? I have nowhere. This is my house. Why do I need to move out?” Lui said.
Lui’s friends and even strangers are coming to her defense, trying to work with the city to fix the situation.
“Anyone in their clear mind would say this is crazy,” said family friend Ruben Ortiz.
Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith told WSB-TV on Monday, “We are going back and doing our due diligence. (The city contractor who handled the sale) will try to work something out.”
However, since the property has already been legally sold to another buyer, it's unclear what can be done.
Lui and friends are trying to find a lawyer to help press her case as the days till a possible eviction dwindle.
“Someone can rob your house? Rob your property? This is not American style, right?” Lui said.
Norcross city leaders said they are trying to work with Lui to fix the situation. They weren't aware of any problem until Lui came to them just a few days ago.
Lui said city leaders have admitted to her mistakes were made.Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:54:09 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories