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Woman could go to jail over sand-covered lawn

"A $1000 or a 180 days in jail. I have one parking ticket," Georgianna Reid told KSHB

Kansas City, Missouri, officials told Georgianna Reed she has 10 days to remove the sand from her yard or appeal. Otherwise they could fine her $1,000 — and she could spend half a year in jail. 

If that happened, Reid's life could end behind bars. Her doctors say she only has about six months to live. Her friends fear she'd die in jail.

Reid told our partners at KSHB she's lived in this house for 33 years, and three years ago filled her yard with sand. Her idea was to have a beachfront theme, but many neighbors complained.

"Having a house with sand in it –– it looks like it belongs out in Florida on the beach or something, like a beach home," a neighbor told KSHB.  

Legally, Reid has the right to have sand in her yard. However, the city says rain has caused weeds to grow, as well as wash sand onto the sidewalk.

 "I will take the sand out, but I'm going to an asphalt yard because I'm still not gonna mow," Reid told KSHB

The city has yet to decide if it's opposed to the asphalt alternative.

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:44:18 -0400

K-9 dies in hot car days after third birthday celebration

Mason, a K9 officer in the Gulf Shores Police Department, died after being left in an officer’s car during a conference last Thursday, a Gulf Shores Police Department’s spokesman said.

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Sgt. Jason Woodruff said in a statement that Mason’s handler, Corporal Josh Coleman, forgot the dog was still in the back seat of his patrol car. He found Mason unresponsive and rushed him to a veterinarian, but Mason died the next day.

Woodruff said Mason’s death was an accident and no criminal charges would be filed.

The department had just celebrated Mason’s birthday 10 days earlier.

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:27:30 -0400

Mother holding baby on park bench killed when tree unexpectedly falls

A 16-year-old Polk County mother was killed Friday when a tree limb fell on her and her young son.

LaRena Drayton was killed in Peek Park when the limb fell while she and 1-year-old Jeremiah Drayton were sitting on a park bench.

According to Drayton’s sister, the young mom had just moved her son from the baby swings to a park bench when they heard “something crack.”

She says Drayton tried to run with Jeremiah in her arms but was not able to get out of the way.

Drayton was knocked unconscious and later died. Her baby was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Sandy Springs with a skull fracture.

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Cedartown Parks and Recreation said in a statement, “Our hearts have been heavy since learning of the tragic accident that took place June 19 at Peek Park. The passing of Miss Drayton has left our city saddened and we grieve alongside the family for a life that was undoubtedly cut short. We continue to pray for the recovery of Miss Drayton’s young son who was seriously injured in the accident. We ask that everyone keep the entire family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

A spokesperson for the department said it was investigating why the tree limb fell but it appeared to be a  healthy tree and a freak accident.

Click here to donate to the family's GoFundMe account.

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:16:39 -0400

Allen Tate, founder of real estate company, dies at age 84

H. Allen Tate Jr., founder and chairman of the Allen Tate Company and a leading voice in real estate and economic development for more than 60 years, has died at his home in Charlotte. He was 84.

Tate had been in failing health for a number of years, but continued to work at his Southpark-headquartered real estate company, according to a news release from the company.

Tate was born on April 23, 1931, raised in Gaffney, S.C. and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Shortly after in 1957, he took his father’s advice, moved to Charlotte and opened a one-man, one-location real estate and insurance office.

Tate believed that civic involvement was critical to business success, and during his career he served through various boards and organizations, including president of the Jaycees, chairman of the Charlotte Chamber, and chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission.

In 1992, Tate hand-picked his successor when he hired Pat Riley to serve as president and chief operating officer of Allen Tate Company.

Tate is survived by his wife, Bessie; four children, Allen III and wife Sha; Elizabeth (Libby) Gordon and husband Paisley; Lauren Campbell and husband Malcolm; and Frank Burgess and wife Heather; and nine grandchildren.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:52:21 -0400

Cops got Burger King meal for Charleston shooting suspect after arrest

Police officers who arrested mass shooting suspect Dylann Roof in Shelby Thursday took him in without incident, according to police Chief Jeff Ledford, and then bought him a meal at Burger King. (Source: Charlotte Observer

The 21-year-old had only had water and a bag of chips at a south Charlotte gas station that day, Ledford said, and he was hungry.

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Roof allegedly killed nine people at a prayer group at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.,the day before. Police said he took off after the shootings in his car, which has a Confederate States of America plate on the front.

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:35:35 -0400

Documents detail more on former Charlotte mayor’s sentencing

Documents on the sentencing of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon were unsealed Monday.

Cannon is serving a three year and eight month sentence at a federal prison in West Virginia after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges in October.

The documents show what a judge took into consideration before he sentenced Cannon.

There is a memo on Cannon's history and the characteristics of his family.

It reads “by all accounts Cannon is a devoted and engaged parent.”

The documents go on to discuss Cannon's state before the trial. A doctor described Cannon as having  “clinically, significant depression and anxiety.”

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After breaking down his family, career, political and personal history, his lawyers recommended that an 18-month sentence was "sufficient, but not greater than necessary.”

Twenty-four personal letters were written on Cannon’s behalf, including one from the Rev. David Chadwick, the senior pastor from Forest Hill Church.

“Although I am terribly disappointed in Patrick’s behavior, I still have hopes he will still be used by God for future good purposes,” Chadwick wrote.

In January,  Cannon was accepted into a drug treatment program at the federal prison in Morgantown.

During sentencing, Cannon admitted to having an alcohol problem.

If Cannon completes the work, it could take a year off of his sentence. He's slated to get out in January 2017.

Channel 9 is continuing to go through the documents. See the latest on Eyewitness News at 10 and 11 p.m.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:17:07 -0400

CMPD: Children break into school looking for food

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department detectives are investigating a possible case of child neglect.

It happened after four juveniles broke into West Mecklenburg High School, they said.

A burglary alarm went off around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Police found someone had broken a window to get inside the building.

Four juveniles, ranging in age from 10 to 16 years old, broke into the school overnight, detectives said.

Sources told Channel 9 the children told detectives they were hungry and looking for food.

“Oh, that’s real sad. That’s beyond my imagination,” said Reid Black, who lives across the street from the school.

“No, I just can’t imagine that. That is just hurtful. It hurts my heart,” said Donna Green, who has a child in high school.

Detectives immediately transported the three young girls and one boy to Carolinas Medical Center-University for observation.

Police are now investigating this as a possible case of child neglect.

They will only say no one has been charged in this case.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:01:00 -0400

SC governor calls for Confederate flag to come down

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of the state capitol, reversing her position on the divisive symbol amid growing calls for it to be removed.

The Republican's about-face Monday comes after nine black church members were gunned down, allegedly by a young white man who embraced the flag as a symbol of white supremacy.

Haley was surrounded by Republicans and Democrats alike and received a loud applause and cheering when she made her announcement. The flag has flown in front of the state capitol for 15 years after being moved from atop the Statehouse dome.

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:37:19 -0400

Firefighters carrying meds to help save lives in heroin overdoses

Overdoses from prescription pain medications and heroin are skyrocketing across the Carolinas.

Carolinas Healthcare System is look at a new way to increase access to crucial medicine called naloxone that can literally stop an overdose and save lives.

Charlotte firefighters started carrying the medicine on their trucks last summer.

When firefighters rush to emergency calls, they often find people on death's doorstep overdosing on opioid drugs.

Capt. JD Thomas trains firefighters on how to administer naloxone.

It can immediately revive a patient dying from an opioid overdose.

Firefighters spray the nasal mist medicine up a patient's nose.

"Most of the time we arrive a few minutes before Medic and this gives us a tool in the toolbox we can use until they get there," said Thomas.  "We can actually turn that person around."

Since Charlotte firefighters started carrying naloxone last summer, nearly every fire station has administered it, for a total of 23 times.

In 12 of those cases, the patient started breathing again.

Last week, Station 12 near South Boulevard used it to save two people.

Medic tells Channel 9 from May 2014 to this month, paramedics treated more than 1,700 patients with the medicine.

Carolinas Healthcare System is considering easing access to naloxone too.

Director of Addiction Medicine Dr. Steven Wyatt told Channel 9 that in some states, naloxone can be acquired behind the counter, through a pharmacist.

"CHS is looking at ways in which we might be able to start a pilot of doing something similar to that through the CHS pharmacies," Wyatt said.

The hospital system is still finalizing the timeline, but Eyewitness News asked if Dr. Wyatt worried that making naloxone more available could actually encourage drug use.

"People are not sitting around with the drug and naloxone available and then seeing how close to the edge they can get," he said.

Still, firefighters stress even if naloxone brings a person back, paramedics should always be called because relapsing into an overdose is possible.

In just two years, accidental overdoses are projected to be the leading cause of death in North Carolina.

In May, Eyewitness News reported U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, is working on action plan to address the problem.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:29:29 -0400

Charlotte man accused of sexually assaulting 13-year-old

A Charlotte man has been arrested on on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Mark Emmanuel Olivos-Martinez, 26, of Charlotte, was arrested on Lincoln County charges of one felony count each of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor on June 4 in Anson County.

He was released on a $50,000 secured bond and made his first appearance Friday in Lincoln County District Court.

When Olivos-Martinez appeared for his court date, Detective Dan Renn served two additional warrants for felony second-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor dissemination to minors under the age of 18.

At the request of Olivos-Martinez's attorney, a bond hearing was held and the district court judge raised the bond for the suspect to $100,000 secured.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on May 23 of an alleged statutory rape. The investigation found that on May 21, the defendant took the 13-year-old girl away from her home in order to have sex with her. The suspect had been communicating with the victim electronically.

Olivos-Martinez remains in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:25:34 -0400

Roof damage at YMCA in Kannapolis after Saturday storms

Strong storms ripped part of the Kannapolis YMCA roof off Saturday while many people were inside.

“[I’m] very concerned because we do need to watch out for our kids," said Janet Langley, whose granddaughter goes to the YMCA regularly.

Thankfully, no one was hurt when two-thirds of one side of the roof flew off. The roof now has blue tarp and 2-by-4s over the multipurpose room and part of the administrative offices.

A lot of small tree branches litter the area; some trees have limbs down or are split in half.

Jonathan Farzalo was glad the YMCA was open Monday, when he brought his two girls and saw the roof damage.

"We were pretty surprised actually [at the damage]. We lost a tree in our yard but seeing what happened here at the Y, we saw it online and it was pretty surprising," Farzalo said.

Crews came Sunday to help clean up storm damage. There were some leaks and they had to water-proof the roof.

The YMCA’s CEO and executive director are both out of town, but CEO Ron Davis told Eyewitness News anchor Liz Foster on the phone, “It could have been a lot worse.”

YMCA leaders are working on getting an insurance adjuster to the facility, but say it could be six weeks before full repairs are made to the 28-year-old roof. They added that with this extreme heat, they'll err on the side of caution to protect roofers.

"We trust the people who run it so if they say it's safe, it's OK with me,” Farzalo said.

Some people believe it was a small tornado that came through, but Channel 9’s team of meteorologists say it was just very strong winds. However, they can do the same kind of damage.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:28:48 -0400

Smarter kids might be better liars, study claims

Is your little angel also a smart, little whippersnapper? Well, your smart kid may be a liar, too. 

Research published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology found kids who have a good memory can tell better lies.

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The researchers interviewed 137 children between the ages of 6 and 7. They played a trivia game and were told the answers were on the back of the card in different colors and with pictures, but they weren't allowed to look at them.

The scientists had also set up a hidden camera to see if the kids peeked at the answers. The kids who cheated obviously answered the questions correctly. When researchers tried to catch them in the lie by asking what color or what picture the answer had, the kids would purposely say the wrong color or thing to make it appear that they didn't peek.

Researchers found the higher a child's working memory, or "ability to process information," the better his or her ability to "tell a believable lie."

The scientists found the best liars were able to better keep track of verbal information.

But the Belfast Telegraph found the silver lining in all of this: Your little liar is likely smart.

The kids also had their visuospatial working memory tested, which is "our ability to process visual information." They found telling a successful lie actually requires processing verbal information, not visual.

Researchers say this is the first time a connection has been shown between a verbal working memory and lying.


Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:03:00 -0400

Police: Woman smuggled cocaine in her breast implants

A woman was caught trying to smuggle liquid cocaine from an airport in Colombia, according to NBC News.

The catch: She was hiding the cocaine in her breast implants.

Paola Deyanira Sabillon, 22, caught security's attention because she looked nervous.

After an x-ray, she confessed to having had a surgery that led to an "unknown substance" being inserted in her implants.

The implants were removed and she is currently being treated for infection, NBC News reports.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:43:40 -0400

Niagara recalls bottled water over E. coli concerns

The Niagara bottled-water company has issued a voluntary recall on some of its products.

According to the company's consumer notice, one of its springs was contaminated with E. coli bacteria. 

The products were sold under the following brand names: 

  • Acadia
  • Acme
  • Big Y
  • Best Yet
  • 7-11
  • Niagara
  • Nature's Place
  • Pricerite
  • Superchill
  • Morning Fresh
  • Shaws
  • Shoprite
  • Western Beef Blue
  • Wegman's

The recall only involves water produced at two plants in Pennsylvania - Hamburg and Allentown -- over the past two weeks.

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The water was sold under multiple brands, including Niagara, 7-11, Wegman's, Pricerite and Acadia.

Look for water with codes that begin with the letter F for Hamburg or A for Allentown and a processing date and time between 3 a.m. June 10 and 8 p.m. June 18, 2015.

If you have water from Niagara produced during that period, the company said it should not be used.

E. coli can make people ill, especially if they have weakened immune systems. 

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:27:36 -0400

Study shows animals most likely to kill you this year

The animals most likely to kill you aren't snakes, or dogs, or even sharks -- they're among the smallest that you will encounter.

From 2001-2013, bees, wasps, and hornets accounted for the deaths of  nearly 60 people every year. Coming in a close second were land animals like horses, pigs and deer, which  frequently collide with cars.

Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post reports that the numbers were compiled from the CDC Wonder Database, a collection of odd and interesting facts.

Other dangerous creatures and the number of people whom they kill yearly are;

  • Dogs: 28
  • Cows: 20
  • Ants and other bugs: 9
  • Spiders: 7
  • Poisonous snakes and lizards: 6
  • Sharks, alligators, and bears: a tie, with 1 each

Find a map here telling you animal deaths by state.

Ingraham says recent shark attacks like those on the East Coast keep many from entering the ocean. However, he points out that heart disease kills over 600,000 people in the U.S.S every year so a better idea is to “stop fretting about sharks and maybe worry about your Dorito habit instead."   

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:59:33 -0400

N-word used by President Obama in podcast interview on race

In an interview released Monday, President Barack Obama used the n-word in a recently released podcast with comedian Marc Maron.

Obama weighed in on the national debate regarding race relations:

"And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----r in public," the nation's first African-American president adds. "That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior."

His frank words come following the shooting deaths of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white man. 

The podcast also touched on gun violence and the safety laws surrounding them.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:50:52 -0400

Source: Charlotte will host 2017 NBA All-Star Game

Charlotte will host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, a source told Channel 9 Monday.

A formal announcement is expected Tuesday.

"Charlotte has a great chance of getting an All-Star game — at this point the question is just when,’ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a press conference during a previous Charlotte visit.

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Silver said a $40 million renovation for Time Warner Cable Arena made it an attractive venue for the event. 

There's an economic boost as well. The All-Star Game in New Orleans  in 2014 brought in $106 million.

The Hornets and the Charlotte Sports Foundation submitted a bid in August 2014 to host an All-Star Game.

The city first hosted the game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum.

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:47:48 -0400

Fisherman finds body of 60-year-old man in Lake Wylie

A 60-year-old man was found floating in the water Monday morning at River Hills Marina fully-clothed with shoes on.
Brett Kina found him and called 911.

He was fishing from a small pier when he saw the body, face down.

"He had cuts on him and a cut on his head, like maybe he just fell in," Kina said.

Kina saw the same man swimming in a pool in River Hills the night before and thought he looked like a strong swimmer.

Sheriff's deputies are still investigating that incident and have not released further details.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:46:35 -0400

Morganton teen accused of planning attacks to support ISIS, DOJ says

A Burke County man has been charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

A criminal complaint was filed Monday in federal court, charging Justin Nojan Sullivan, 19, of Morganton with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIL, one count of transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony and one count of receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer, unidentified by a serial number.

Sullivan was arrested Friday at his home without incident.

According to the complaint, around June 9, Sullivan discussed with an undercover employee the possibility of making homemade silencers and asked the employee whether he would be able to make one.

When the employee said that he thought he could, Sullivan told the employee, “I’ll need to have one built by next week.”

The complaint also said Sullivan planned to do minor assassinations before a big attack for training. 

Federal agents said Sullivan was planning assassinations and violent attacks in the United States.

Investigators said he wanted to buy a high-powered rifle at the Hickory Gun Show this past weekend then kill several U.S. citizens on behalf of ISIS.

Don Denton who lives next door to Sullivan said he’s seen Sullivan playing a war game with a BB gun in his back yard. 

“He'd have targets in different locations,” Denton said. “He'd run here and shoot one. He's run there and shoot the other.” 

Across the street, Keith Walker explained what he saw Sullivan do. 

On Friday night he drove past Sullivan who he said was standing in his front yard holding a gun. 

Minutes later, he said Sullivan began firing the gun then the FBI came to the house and arrested him. 

"He shot it off maybe five minutes before they got there,” Walker said. “He was shooting the weapon off." 

The Sullivan family moved in about three years ago, neighbors said.  

Sullivan is in federal custody. He is expected to make his initial appearance Monday in federal court.

The charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign organization carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The charge of receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer, unidentified by a serial number, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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Published: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:26:19 -0400