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Man accused of attempted murder still on loose after escaping custody

Authorities have spent the past four days trying to track down Deqwon Blackmon.

Blackmon escaped custody Friday from the Lancaster Detention Center.

He was arrested and accused of attempted murder for allegedly shooting three people inside a car after an argument at a Waffle House more than a week ago.

Sheriff Barry Faile told Channel 9 his deputies are out on the streets actively searching for Blackmon.

Residents of Lancaster County are stunned and on edge that a man accused of attempted murder managed to slip away from a transporting deputy and disappear into the woods.

Channel 9 went to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday to ask how Blackmon was able to escape.

Faile would not talked on camera, but he told Channel 9 Blackmon wiggled out of his handcuffs Friday afternoon and ran away from the deputy who was transporting him through the detention center.

The sheriff confirms that deputy was armed, but said he didn't shoot because Blackmon didn't pose an immediate threat to the officer.

Blackmon took off into the woods behind the detention center.

Deputies could be seen from Chopper 9 with a K-9 tracking team searching for him Friday.

Deputies said they do not believe Blackmon is hiding in any of the areas where they first searched for him on Friday.


Man breaks out of custody, posts to Facebook after escape

Man charged with attempted murder escapes police custody

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:06:05 -0400

Police Sgt. testifies in case of former HS coach accused of sex crimes

Trial continued Tuesday for a former high school coach accused of sex crimes against students.

The attorney for Shawn Johnson spent more than an hour questioning one detective who worked the case.

This is the third week of the trial, but the first time police are talking about why they starting looking into the successful coach.

Read our past coverage:  High school basketball coach fired after accusations of assault against students

Sgt. Melissa Christy spent much of Tuesday on the witness stand describing for the jury how she learned about allegations against the former Hickory High School basketball coach. She said it started in 2012 after a student claimed Johnson made inappropriate comments to her on school grounds.

“Coach Johnson stopped her and asked her to come here. She asked him what he needed and said he had something to give her,” Christy testified.

Within a week Christy set up a taped interview with the student. It was played for the jury on Tuesday. The teenager told her Johnson liked to touch and hug her and made flirtatious comments.

It was not until after another encounter that the student confided in a school counselor who alerted the principal.

“He was like ‘I’m going to take you to my office’ and I said ‘For what?’ And then he said ‘So I can kiss all over you’ and I said ‘To do what?’”

Defense attorney Lisa Dubs questioned the sergeant about why she did not do more of an investigation into the allegations before questioning the student.

At times, Dubs stood next to the investigator pointing out that the victim’s description of the location of the alleged incident changed that very first week.

The judge had deputies put a court order on the door to the courtroom on Tuesday alerting anyone at the trial to refrain from making facial or body gestures, or face the possibility of contempt of court charges.

Reporter Dave Faherty will be keeping up with the latest on the trial. Follow him for updates on Twitter using #JohnsonTrial.

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Trial starts for former basketball coach accused of sex crimes

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:04:04 -0400

Major uptown intersection shut down until October

Tuesday a major intersection in uptown Charlotte was shut down, as part of the multimillion dollar City LYNX Gold Line project.

Construction shut down Trade and Caldwell streets, creating some confusion for drivers returning to work after Labor Day.

"It is a headache," Alonzo Kennedy said. He normally drives through the area, but figured walking would be faster. And when he found out the closure is expected to last through the end of October?

"That's going to be difficult for a lot of people that are working in uptown," he said.

CDOT closed the intersection to install rails. Officials said the closure was originally scheduled for July, but this year's wet weather caused delays.

Matt Allen, the director of sales for Hyatt House Hotel Charlotte, said the timing could not be worse.  September and October are the hotel's busiest months of the year, and he worries the construction could hurt their bottom line.

"This is the easiest way to get in and out of the hotel. And when you start closing down the roads getting to us, it makes it difficult for our guests to get here," he said.

CDOT said it provided several notices about the closure, and that signs will go up to still give drivers local access.  Trade Street is already closed between College and Brevard streets, and it's expected to remain closed through the beginning of September for track work.

But what some consider a headache, others consider progress.

 "I think it's great, because the trolley's coming, and that's what we want to come through here," Askia Bouler said.

For more information on the closures and construction, click here.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:15:24 -0400

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