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Crews douse Holiday Inn Express fire in Matthews

A fire broke out early Thursday night at the Holiday Inn Express in Matthews on Independence Boulevard, according to town officials.

The fire was contained to one room on the second floor.

The hotel was evacuated and the fire was extinguished.

No injuries were reported.

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Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:31:39 -0400

Man pleads guilty in connection with 2011 triple murder

The first of three defendants in a triple-murder case admitted his role in the crime Thursday that happened three years ago in a south Charlotte apartment.

A mother, father and their 4-year-old daughter were killed in August 2011.

Joseph Amous pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact to murder and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery in the deaths of Lorenzo and Cheryl Graves and their daughter.

The prosecutor said Amous was not present when the Graves were killed but that he helped plan to rob Graves of drugs and money and then covered up the murders afterward.

That coverup began soon after the murders when the prosecutor said Amous went to the apartment and saw the bodies of Lorenzo and Cheryl Graves but didn’t call police.

That was new information to Graves’ brother who thought he had heard all of the details.

“He had a chance to save my niece. He couldn't save my brother and sister-in-law but he could have said 'let me call somebody,'” said Kenneth Graves.

Amous’ co-defendants, Lorenzo White and Linny Barcliff, have yet to go to trial in the case. Barcliff is facing the death penalty since prosecutors said he actually killed the family.

Amous agreed to testify against the others and is facing at least 15 years in prison but won’t be formally sentenced until their cases are complete.

And for the victims’ family, the waiting goes on.

“It's even going to be even worse now that we have to be put through this-- going through a murder all over again,” Graves said.

“It is tough because to me, it didn't take them three years to go in and kill them. We've been going through agony all over again. I'll be so glad when it's over,” said Kim Williams, Cheryl Graves’ sister.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:55:06 -0400

Accused Kansas City shooter may have answers in NC cold case

A decades-old Shelby cold case is getting new attention after the horrific shootings at two Jewish centers near Kansas City earlier this month.
 
The Cleveland County Sheriff said he may send detectives to Kansas to interview suspect Glenn Miller about a triple homicide that happened in Shelby in 1987.
 
Dianna Melton's brother, Travis Melton, was one of three men who were shot and killed in January 1987 at a Shelby adult bookstore that used to be along Highway 74.
 
Investigators said the store was frequented by gay men and the murders were deemed hate crimes.
 
"I would like to know (who did it) because they demolished my family," Melton said. "They destroyed it. My mom and daddy were never the same again."
 
Cleveland County Sheriff Office investigators said they want to talk with Miller, who later went by Frazier Glenn Cross.
 
He is a known white supremacist and founder of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Miller is charged with the murders of three people at Jewish centers in Kansas City this month.
 
In 1989, he testified as a prosecution witness in the Shelby triple-homicide trial.
 
"It was a hideous crime," Sheriff Alan Norman said. "There was life that was lost and one life too many."
 
Melton said she was in the courtroom and saw Miller testify against defendant Douglas Sheets.
 
Sheets was acquitted and a second man charged had his case dismissed.
 
Miller was never charged but Melton hopes he will help detectives solve the case.
 
"I think Mr. Miller is going to tell the truth this time," Melton said. "He really is because he doesn't have a choice."
 
Norman said Thursday his team discussed the case and whether to send Cleveland County detectives to Kansas to interview Miller.
 
Melton said her brother, who was just 19 when he was killed, was a goofy prankster when his life was cut short.
 
"Whoever did this should be punished," Melton said.

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Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:31:58 -0400

9 Investigates: Woman with 5-year-old son arrested on drug charges

A serious warning from police: A new, purer and more potent form of heroin is hitting the Charlotte area.

It's called China White and officers worry it will spread just like black tar heroin, leaving a trail of overdoses and deaths.

At a secret meeting spot, an Eyewitness News crew prepped with officers on an undercover operation they've been working for months involving China White heroin.

“I'm afraid like black tar heroin it's going to slowly spread through the whole county,” said one officer.

With money in hand, the undercover officer met a suspected dealer at a Midland gas station to place his order.

Channel 9 watched as the woman got out of her truck and leaned against the officer’s vehicle, reach inside and then put the cash in her pocket.

She said she had to pick up the heroin and would deliver it later.

Channel 9 trailed her with undercover officers in unmarked cars, as she traveled down Highway 24/27 toward Charlotte.

When she stopped at a fast food restaurant, Channel 9 caught sight of a passenger, who Eyewitness News later learned was her 5-year-old son.

Hours later, the woman returned to the gas station and hopped into the undercover officer’s truck. Channel 9 listened in on a recording device as she told the officer how to cut and package the China White heroin.

Looking to build the case against her, officers held off on making an arrest.

Detectives showed the two and a-half grams they bought, some of it packaged with Batman stickers.

Two days later, detectives planned another China White heroin buy from the same woman.

This time, the undercover officer rode with her to make the purchase. He was able to alert the crews that her son was again with her and so was her friend.

 In undercover vehicles, the crew tailed the truck from Midland to uptown Charlotte.

In front of the criminal courthouse, the woman picked up a man that police said is her supplier of heroin.

They drove to north Charlotte, where police said he went inside a house to get the China White heroin.

Police would later search the home with a drug sniffing dog and confiscate about $6,000 in cash.

When the group got to a University City gas station, the undercover officer signaled to detectives they had 5 grams of heroin in hand, enough to pursue felony trafficking charges.
 
Officers decided it was time to move in.

The little boy didn't see all of this. He and his mother had gone into the store moments before the bust.

As soon as they walked out, officers pulled her aside, searched her bag.

Channel 9 learned the woman is Tammy Hollar, a 31-year-old mother of two. Channel 9 asked about her about dealing and using heroin with son present.

“Yes, I snorted a little bit,” she said. “A little chunk. A little teeny, tiny crumb. I told you I’m dumb right now.”

Hollar told detectives some of the China White heroin belonged to her friend, Samantha Pennington, who officers said was shooting up in the gas station bathroom with a syringe.

The man accused of supplying the drug was 35-year-old Allen Ford.

Channel 9 dug into Ford's criminal past and found multiple arrests on drugs, weapon and assault charges.

Because China White is more powerful than black tar heroin, Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley said it's already proving dangerous.

“I am concerned. I'm very concerned. With overdoses and close calls in our community already,” Riley said.

The sheriff wants to make people realize they can help stop China White heroin from spreading any more.

“They have to keep communicating with us. With their eyes and their ears we are a force multiplier,” Riley said.
 
Information could be key in getting drugs like China White off the streets and preventing innocent people from getting caught in the middle.

Local, state and even federal agencies worked together in that video you saw.
                               
Hollar is facing several felony charges.
                               
Officers contacted the department of social services about her two children.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:30:00 -0400

CMPD searches for car after carjacking outside uptown

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating a carjacking Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 4 p.m. in the 2100 block of North Graham Street.
 
Police said a man walked off Graham Street and pointed a gun at the victim. A green Toyota Camry was stolen. They are searching for a black man in his 20s with low-cut hair. He was wearing a striped shirt.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:11:20 -0400

Woman convicted of manslaughter, now accused of murder

Donna Harris was convicted of killing her boyfriend 10 years ago and now she's charged with murdering her husband.

Harris stood before a judge Thursday to answer to a murder charge of stabbing her husband.
 
Eyewitness News reporter Tina Terry discovered why she received a plea deal in the previous murder case.
 
Harris left her first court appearance Thursday in handcuffs and said she is not guilty of murdering her husband in their Hudson apartment.
 
Police arrested and charged her Monday.
 
"The guy came up, knocked on the door and said someone dial 911 I've been stabbed," said a neighbor.
 
Neighbors who helped William Harris after the stabbing said police were always at their home.
 
They said there always seemed to be turmoil between the couple.
 
"Ever since I've been here, it's been nothing but fights and arguing the whole time," a neighbor said.
 
Donna Harris was also charged with murder in 2003, according to court documents.
 
Police said she shot her boyfriend, Gary Wayne Hollar, at their house on Old Morganton Road in Lenoir but documents showed she pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

The district attorney said the charge was appropriate because Hollar had a history of violence against women and at the time he was accused of assaulting Harris. 
 
But, friends of Hollar said they believe Harris was the aggressor and said she should have been convicted of murder 10 years ago.
 
"It was an injustice and now another man is dead because of it," a friend of Hollar said.
 
In both of those cases, police said they were called to both homes often to break up fights.
 
Hudson police said they arrested Harris’ husband two times this year and charged him with assault on a female.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:01:27 -0400

CDOT wants to replace parking meters as revenue lags

Channel 9 investigates Charlotte's half-million-dollar plan to change the way you pay for parking in uptown.

Eyewitness News uncovered the expensive change comes at a time when parking revenues are plummeting.

The city tested "smart" meters last year in part of uptown which allows drivers to pay with credit cards.

Charlotte wants to replace nearly 900 meters with the new technology.

Anchor Scott Wickersham found the move could further reduce the city’s already lagging parking revenue.

The revenue numbers for meters and citations has dropped almost 25 percent over the past six years.

Charlotte Department of Transportation officials blame it on the recession and more people using public transportation.
 
The move to smart meters could reduce revenue even further.
 
The city tested the smart meters on Brevard Street.
 
CDOT spokeswoman Doreen Szymanski said the city plans to replace the 860 meters in uptown at a cost to taxpayers of $430,000.

The timing is less than ideal as the city deals with declining revenue from parking.

In 2007, the city made just $750,000 on meter collections. By last year, it had dropped $540,000.

CDOT said in 2007 parking fines brought in more than a million dollars. Last year, they made just $778,000.

Adding to the loss, each credit card transaction fee on the new smart meters could cost the city as much as 20 cents.
Szymanski said it's a reality parking officials have to deal with.

“As long as we still cover the cost of the program,” Szymanski said. “It’s about short-term convenient parking for our visitor.”

Park It, the company that enforces parking in uptown, also takes a cut from taxpayers bottom line.

It gets 10 percent of meter revenue and 3 percent of money collected for parking tickets.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:00:19 -0400

Husband of woman killed in '93 cold case: 'I just want to know'

It took about an hour to remove the remains of Judith McMurry from what should have been her final resting place at the Rose Hill cemetery near Lawndale.  SBI agents recorded the exhumation.

This all happened with approval from McMurry's husband who recently spoke with one of the lead investigators.  Kenneth McMurry told us, "I told him, 'Good luck, cause I couldn't do anything about it.'"

He found his wife's body 21 years ago.  "She was a good wife.  A good mother."

Judith McMurry was late coming home from her job at a mobile home sales center in Shelby.   Kenneth went to her office and found her stabbed to death.  The killer then set a fire to try and cover up the crime.  Investigators never made an arrest.  Kenneth McMurry has gone 21 years wondering who killed his wife and why.

"I just want to know", he told us, "It's been too many years."  A cold case team started looking into the murder last year and believe the killer's DNA may have been with Judith McMurry's body this whole time.

The Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman would not reveal the new information that led them to take the rare step of exhuming a victim's body.  Norman told us, "in 30 years of law enforcement I know of one other case where this has occurred."

The sheriff said investigators have a person of interest.  Someone with a criminal background and possibly a violent nature.  "Hopefully we will be productive," Norman said, "to where we can bring closure to the family and to the community."

Investigators will not reveal the name of that person of interest.  We are waiting to learn how long it will take to determine if that person's DNA was found on Judith McMurry's body.

Read more: Body exhumed; family wants justice after 21 years

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:46:31 -0400

9 Investigates: Troopers sue state over salaries

Dozens of North Carolina Highway Patrol officers are suing the state saying they can't make ends meet on their current salaries.

Their lawsuit claims the state promised them automatic raises but stopped paying those raises five years ago.

Attorney David Wijewickrama is now suing the state on behalf of nearly 60 troopers over the missed raises.

He said some state troopers in North Carolina are losing their homes and even applying for welfare.

"They can't pay the salaries and monies promised to people who are dying protecting the state. It's disgusting. It's unacceptable," Wijewickrama said.

One reason he said is that no trooper received a single raise in the last five years and he said that certain raises based on time and service -- known as step raises -- were guaranteed.

Wijewickrama told 9 Investigates his clients won't go on camera. They're concerned about violating a policy forbidding them to speak badly about the department but he shared a number of their stories.

“There was a trooper in the middle part of the state whose wife was on WIC because they couldn't afford to make ends meet,” he said.

Troopers from 23 counties including Robeson, Cherokee, Cabarrus, Rowan, Cleveland, McDowell, Craven, Clay, Avery, Yancey, Perquimans, Mecklenburg, Lenoir, Sampson, Cumberland, Halifax, Davidson, Davie, Union, Bladen, Johnston, Randolph and Stokes have joined the lawsuit so far.

Keith Lovin served as a state trooper for 23 years and is now sheriff of Cherokee County where several of the troopers who are suing work.

It's a job he said comes with honor.

“For the people who do the job right, with the right heart and the right mindset, it never ends,” Lovin said.

It’s also a job that comes with danger.

Lovin still remembers the day he was shot by a suspect.

“That night I was brought home by a sergeant. I was blind and blind for a few days and having to explain to your son that someone tried to kill you. That's tough for a 6-year-old child to understand,” Lovin said.

Lovin said sacrifice is part of this job, but he doesn't feel it should come at the cost of being able to put food on the table.

"I don't think they would be a great protector of this state if they didn't take care of themselves and their families too," Lovin said.

The Department of Public Safety said the legislature froze trooper raises from 2009 to 2013 because of a severe budget deficit.
 
It said lawmakers also eliminated positions, implemented a hiring freeze and halted promotions across the state.

When it comes to state troopers, one section of North Carolina law says raises are "subject to the availability of funds". But another does not.

The troopers' lawsuit claims "the pay raises promised were contractual and were not discretionary."

Wijewickrama said the state is picking and choosing which parts of the law it prefers when deciding on raises for troopers.

“At no time, until recently, was there any language "’based on availability on funding,’" Wijewickrama said.

Lovin hopes, politics aside, the state recognizes that troopers are simply trying to raise families and pay bills like everyone else.

"While the uniform some people look at it as an armor. It's really not as thick as you think it would be," he said.

The state recently approved a 4 percent pay increase to troopers affected by the pay raise freeze.

The attorney wants the state to provide back pay as well.

We also contacted Gov. Pat McCrory's office.

A spokesman referred us back to the Department of Public Service.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:31:02 -0400

8 fire departments respond to 2-alarm Rowan Co. fire

Rowan County officials said eight fire departments responded to a 2-alarm fire off Litaker Road.
 
The fire broke out Thursday afternoon.
 
Five buildings on the property were on fire, according to officials. They all appeared to be either barns or outbuildings.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:17:47 -0400

NC Air National Guard unit will train in Wyoming

The 145th Air Wing division of the North Carolina Air National Guard is heading to Wyoming this weekend for a weeklong training.
 
They'll be practicing fighting wildfires from the air using modular airborne firefighting systems or MAFFS.  Only the most experienced and most proficient in the air wing take part in MAFFS missions, and even they don't take anything for granted.
 
"It’s very dangerous," said Capt. Jay Bondurant.  "We want these guys to already know what they're doing and be good at it before they actually get on a fire."
 
Just two years ago the air wing lost four men when they flew into a microburst during a similar firefighting mission and crashed. 
 
"Anytime you're low and slow with bad visibility it's dangerous conditions," Bondurant said.
 
That's why this training is so critical for everyone involved.  Dave Brown operates the MAFFS equipment in the back.
 
"For us in the back we don't have eyes in the back windows and so my faith and trust is in those guys in the front," Brown said.
 
Crews will head to Wyoming on Sunday for training.  They'll return to Charlotte on Friday.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:51:06 -0400

Concord leaders want funding for $14M I-85 improvement project

New lanes on Interstate 85 have made it easier to get to exit 49, the main access point for Concord Mills and the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But once you get off the exit and onto Concord Mills Boulevard, traffic is a different story.
 
Exit 49 is the busiest in the state, averaging more than 40,000 cars a day.

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson said businesses along the stretch generate nearly $1 billion to the state's economy and he doesn't want that to be stifled.

He recently met with business leaders and other stakeholders to talk about a plans for infrastructure improvements.
 
On the table, a flyover to ease congestion on Concord Mills Boulevard, plus pedestrian crosswalks and sidewalks.

They also want to extend the current widening of Derita Road between the airport and the mall. 
 
Lin Childrens is general manager at Quaker Steak and Lube. 

"It would be a vast improvement to have a better flow of traffic, a smarter way to have people in and out the mall and how we can cater to the local community of Concord to get them to the businesses they want to come to," he said.
 
The mayor said the total price tag is around $14 million. The city has already offered $2.8 million in matching funds.
 
"It's a very bold move for Concord to offer this money, but we think it's going to make the state come to the table and put up their side," Mayor Scott Padgett said.
 
Hudson said as the state doles out its federal transportation dollars, he's pushing to get this project high on the priority list.
 
"We're hopeful when they run the numbers and look at this that they'll make this investment," Hudson said.
 
Padgett said he expects to find out where the exit 49 improvement project falls on the state's list of priorities by August.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:50:58 -0400

SLED investigates York police chief in use-of-force incident

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating a use-of-force case involving York Police Chief Andy Robinson, according to a news release from the city of York. 

The city of York administration was notified of the case and contacted SLED to review the incident.

The city turned the case over to SLED because the police department does not have use-of-force review protocols involving the police chief. However, the police department does review incidents involving police officers in the department but this is not the case.

SLED will conduct its investigation without interference from the city, the news releases stated and as a result, the city will not comment on the incident. 

“Due to the recent rumors and misinformation that have surfaced concerning this matter, the city of York has decided that it is in the best interest of the city to provide this summary of the event in an effort to prevent further speculation and distortion of the facts,” the release stated.

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Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:50:33 -0400

Recall involves batteries for infant monitors

A recall has been issued for the rechargeable batteries of Summer Infant handheld color video monitors.

The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

The rechargeable batteries are about 1½ nches tall by 2¼ inches wide and are a quarter-inch thick, black, and are marked with TCL on the lower right corner of the battery. 

Monitors are sold with a matching camera and A/C adaptors.

CLICK HERE for the letter and number combinations for the batteries.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:48:33 -0400

Meg Ryan will narrate 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff

The beloved "How I Met Your Mother" series concluded its nine-season run last month, but its highly anticipated spinoff already has fans abuzz about what's to come.

And big news: E! reports Meg Ryan is the newest actress set to join the cast of CBS' upcoming "How I Met Your Dad." It will be Ryan's first regular prime-time television role ever, but she won't be making any on-screen appearances.

Mirroring Bob Saget, who voiced "future Ted" in the "How I Met Your Mother" series, 52-year-old Ryan will narrate the voice of "future Sally," played by Greta Gerwig, a "female Peter Pan" telling the story of how she met her husband. (Via HBO / "Bob Saget: That Ain't Right"Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone)

Ryan, best known for her role as another Sally in the 1989 rom-com "When Harry Met Sally," has stayed out of the spotlight in recent years — only appearing in a few cameos on the Showtime series "Web Therapy" in 2013. (Via Columbia Pictures / "When Harry Met Sally"Showtime / "Web Therapy")

According to People, the spinoff will be similar to its predecessor, but their stories will not intersect. The new series will include an entirely different set of friends.

But with the finale of "How I Met Your Mother" drawing so many polarizing opinions from fans, some question whether the new show should follow in those footsteps.

A writer for ScreenRant adds, "We all know spinoffs are often met with trepidation and skepticism, but this seems to be especially true when the spinoff is born from a successful and popular series that has just ended its nearly decade-long run with a much-debated finale."

Still, many have high hopes. According to Us Weekly, although the sitcom has only been picked up for a pilot so far, its "impressive cast" has made it a leading pick for CBS' fall lineup.

CBS has yet to comment on the show's casting picks.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:22:31 -0400

Could marijuana use lead to serious heart problems?

Young and middle-aged adults who use marijuana could be at a higher risk for serious heart problems, according to new research.

"A new study says exposure to marijuana may increase the risk of heart complications in some users. People with pre-existing heart problems were more prone to the effects of marijuana." (Via The Weather Channel)

Researchers looked at medical data that was gathered from 2006 - 2010 from a database called the French Addictovigilance Network. (Via Journal of the American Heart Association)

And of the nearly 2,000 reported complications linked to marijuana use, the researchers found that 35 cases, or 2 percent, involved heart problems of some kind. Those cases included 20 heart attacks and nine deaths. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Bogdan)

According to the study's authors, most of the patients were men in their mid-30s. (Via YouTube / MarijuanaCash Crop)

But they also noted many of the patients had other risk factors for heart disease, including drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Tomasz SienickiFlickr / Ken Johnson)

Now, considering the fact that over a million people reportedly smoke marijuana regularly in France, LiveScience points out the number of complications seems pretty small.

But the study's authors say they believe the number of heart-related complications and deaths among marijuana users is actually higher than their research suggests because many incidents aren't reported. A cardiologist told CBS he agrees.

"As more and more marijuana is being used, there have been more identified cases of cardiovascular complications. It can increase heart rate, and this can increase the demand for oxygen by the heart."

​Some doctors say the study's findings could be a warning sign as the U.S. continues to move in the direction of widespread marijuana legalization. (Via Flickr / Torben Hansen)

"Not enough emphasis is being put on the fact that this is an active chemical. What is it doing to people? Are we going to see more complications when it's legal than less? I'm afraid yes, because the education isn't there." (Via Fox News)

But even the study's authors say this research isn't the final word on the link between marijuana and heart problems.

The Huffington Post notes doctors aren't even sure how marijuana affects the cardiovascular system or if it affects people with pre-existing heart conditions differently.

But one thing the researchers are sure about — more studies on the subject need to be done before they can come to a solid conclusion. This study was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:21:18 -0400

Man speaks out after child abuse charge over physical discipline

A Monroe man is speaking out about his decision to physically discipline his son after his arrest on a child abuse charge.
 
Union County deputies had been investigating Lavar Lotharp since March, when the alleged incident occurred. Lotharp turned himself in on the misdemeanor charge Wednesday.
 
Investigators said an anonymous source called Union County DSS last month to report allegations of abuse involving Lotharp's 12-year-old stepson.
 
"We take each on a case by case instance, and determine if there was intent to harm the child or if excessive force was used during the discipline," said Detective Megan Gutierrez.
 
Wednesday, Lotharp admitted to Channel 9 that he used a belt to spank his stepson but denied using excessive force or causing any injuries.

According to court documents, the whipping left a cut on the boy's head, but Lotharp told Eyewitness News that the 12-year-old had been having problems at school, and the cut came from somewhere else.
 
"(Physical discipline) is on occasion, when it's needed and that time it was needed. But it wasn't excessive. It isn't ain't the way they trying to make it seem," Lotharp said.
 
Lotharp said he occasionally used physical discipline to teach all of his children about right from wrong.
 
"When they end up getting into the system and all the things go wrong, then they look back as and say you're a bad parent. I take care of my kids and I look out for them, for their best good. So that's why I do what I do, is because I love them," Lotharp said.
 
Lotharp will face a judge in Union County court on May 20.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:33:00 -0400

Deputies: 2 arrested on drug charges, man's bond set to $2.5M

A Rowan County resident, with a history of drug trafficking charges, was arrested by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. 

Brandon Lee Rumple, 19, was arrested, along with his girlfriend, Tasha Nichole Simpson, 25, on a variety of drug-related charges. 

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit received information that Rumple, who was out on more than $1,000,000 in bonds, was making frequent trips to an area of Charlotte, known as a distribution point for heroin. 

Deputies set up surveillance around Rumple’s home. They followed a Honda that they said was driven by Simpson with Rumple as a passenger.

Police said the occupants realized they were under surveillance and violated multiple traffic laws. When deputies tried to stop the Honda, they said Rumple threw a powdery substance out the passenger window as well as a plastic bag.

The Honda made its way to 504 Carter Street, where Rumple got out of the car and threw a bag to his father, Christopher Todd Rumple, who came out of the residence, while the deputy was attempting to apprehend the occupants of the Honda, according to officials. 

Immediately, Todd Rumple ran inside the house and shut the door.  Todd Rumple later admitted to deputies that he had flushed the bag down the toilet, deputies said.

Deputies were able to recover some of the powder from Brandon Rumple’s face, clothing and the passenger side of the vehicle. 
Additionally, deputies located a torn plastic bag on Earl Street that still contained approximately two grams of a tan powder, which tested positive for MDMA, a Schedule I controlled substance.  About $1,200 was found in the vehicle. 

In a search of Simpson, deputies found 12 grams of black tar heroin, located in the crotch area, deputies said. Simpson is over eight months pregnant. 

Brandon Rumple was charged with possess with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver MDMA; resist, delay and obstruct a public officer; alter and destroy evidence; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Rumple’s bond was set at $2.5 million.

Tasha Simpson was charged with trafficking heroin (two counts); possess with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin; fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Simpson’s bond was set at $250,000.

Additional charges will be filed in the investigation.    

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:14:28 -0400

4th graders busted for selling pot in Colorado

They might have just been 'budding' entrepreneurs, but two fourth-graders in Colorado have been busted for selling marijuana.

​"The school says the students stole the marijuana from their grandparents. They say the school will be handling their punishment, not the police. One student did try an edible but did not get sick." (Via KWGN)

"The young man ate about half of it, so took a small bite."

And they might not be the best at business. It seems the young boy who sold the drugs to three other boys on the playground made just $11 from the sales.

ABC reports the four boys involved will be suspended. This was only a small quantity of pot. But the school's big message here is that adults should keep their marijuana away from kids.

Some parents at the school were understandably upset this could happen. 

Of course, buying and selling marijuana has been legal in Colorado since Jan. 1, but that doesn't mean it's legal for kids. (Via The Huffington Post)

Fox reports there is growing concern over edibles. Their effects don't show up as quickly, so it's easy to eat too much, and they might be easier for children to confuse because they look like normal food. (ViaFox News)

It's unclear exactly how long the students will be suspended.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:45:17 -0400

Engineering company to bring 130 jobs to York Co.

UC Synergetic, an engineering and technical services company supporting power and communications utilities, is locating its corporate headquarters and engineering operations in York County. The company's $2.2 million investment is expected to bring 130 jobs to South Carolina.
 
The larger corporate office, which will be at 123 N. White St. in Fort Mill, will accommodate additional staff in response to the company's growing list of clients.
 
The company's commitment to Fort Mill for the next 10 years is expected to have a positive impact on the development of technical talent and job creation in South Carolina and across the country.  
UC Synergetic is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pike Corporation, which acquired the company in 2012. The new headquarters in South Carolina will be used to support UC Synergetic's 36 offices located throughout the country and more than 1,200 employees.

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:42:35 -0400