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Woman accused of ramming, killing motorcyclist in road rage

Police arrested a woman from Imperial Beach, Calif., in an alleged road rage incident that left a motorcyclist dead Thursday.

Darla Renee Jackson, 25, is accused of ramming a Ducati motorcycle from behind after arguing with the rider, then running over the rider.

Th 39-year-old motorcyclist, whose name was not immediately released, died an hour later at the hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol, who also said he was an active duty Navy service member who lived in Santee.

The incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. on State Route 54, stopping traffic for hours. Investigators were working Friday to track down drivers who may have witnessed the incident from start to finish, according to a local report. 

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Jackson was booked into jail and held without bail, pending arraignment on Tuesday, according to another report. 

Fri, 29 May 2015 21:31:11 -0400

Burke County authorities charge 3 in prostitution sting

Investigators in Burke County said they made three arrests Thursday in an undercover prostitution sting and expect to make even more.

Nathasha Marie Chafin of Taylorsville, Malea Faye Graham of Charlotte and Bobbie Marie Gosnell of Hildebran were charged with misdemeanor prostitution.

Authorities used a website to meet up with the women and when they arrived, the transactions were caught on hidden video.

The women are due in court in July.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 20:33:46 -0400

Lead paint found at Lincoln County day care

Lead paint was found at A Place to Grow day care in Lincoln County after maintenance personnel pressure washed an awning, health officials said.

They discovered paint chips washed away from the awning and the health department was contacted.

"There was lead found in paint that was slightly higher than the recommended safe level,” said Rhonda Saunders, child health clinic coordinator for Lincoln County. “As paint is scraped off or as it begins to peel or chip, it can go into the soil. Lead exposure occurs when children play outside in the soil and place their hands in their mouths without proper hand washing. Blood tests are the only way to diagnose if a child has lead poisoning."

Parents received letters explaining the lead poisoning hazard this week. The testing recommendation alarmed Alysia Furr because her son plays outside at the day care every day.

“That made me feel like my child was pretty much in a death hazard,” Furr told Channel 9.

Children are exposed to lead every day through toys, dust and food but most often through old paint, health officials said. Lead poisoning is known to cause behavioral problems and learning difficulties.

The soil is being tested.

As a precaution, the Health Department has scheduled three onsite clinics where parents are recommended to have their child tested for free at A Place To Grow on June 3, 8 and 17 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Parents can also have their child tested at the health department for free by calling 704-735-3001 for an appointment or tested at their primary care provider.

Testing is only recommended for children 6 years or under and who have been at the facility in the past six months. If the test comes back with elevated levels then the health department will follow proper follow up procedures with those parents.

Lincoln County is currently working on remediating the problem to prevent further exposure.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 20:08:19 -0400

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