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Jameis Winston attends warmups, cheers on FSU in win vs. Clemson

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had a surprise waiting for him when he walked onto the field Saturday for warmups.

Throwing the football and in full uniform was suspended quarterback Jameis Winston. Fisher, looking not too pleased, said something to Winston who then headed for the locker room, reappearing later in black sweat pants and his game jersey.

Winston then spent the game talking with his replacement, Sean Maguire, who made his first collegiate start, and getting involved in the offensive huddle on the sidelines.

And just like it had for Winston during his 2013 Heisman Trophy winning season and against The Citadel in the first home game of this season, the fans in the sold-out stadium got behind Maguire. The third-year sophomore from Sparta, N.J., received the loudest cheer during the pregame introductions.

Florida State overcame a shaky first half to defeat Clemson, 23-17, in overtime. Maguire finished 21-of-39 for 305 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked five times.

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Winston, who is expected to return next week at N.C. State, originally was suspended for the first half of top-ranked Florida State’s game with No. 22 Clemson for standing on a table and shouting a profane, sexually-explicit phrase Tuesday on campus near the student union.

The penalty, announced Wednesday in a statement from FSU interim president Garnett Stokes and Athletic Director Stan Wilcox, was lengthened late Friday after FSU administrators determined Winston was not totally forthcoming about the incident. Winston reportedly told administrators he was not standing on a table when he shouted. Witnesses confirmed otherwise.

Winston, a third-year sophomore, arrived on the team bus wearing gold headphones and a BCS Championship game backpack. After one fan shouted, “here he comes,” Winston stared straight ahead, ignoring the cameras.

Winston appears to have run out of chances with alumni, boosters and former players. Already weary of his litany of missteps that included being investigated but not charged in a sexual assault accusation of an FSU student and being cited by police for shoplifting more than $32 worth of crab legs, the latest hit to the program’s – and university’s – reputation has been met with criticism from Florida State supporters across the board.

Lee Corso, the ESPN analyst who played for FSU in the mid ’50s, said on the GameDay set Saturday that “as a former player at Florida State, I am embarrassed.”

Deion Sanders said on SiriusXM radio he is among several former Seminoles, including Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Corey Fuller, who have attempted to reach out to Winston.

“All of us have spoken (to) him and tried to lead him in the right direction,” Sanders said. “But he’s a grown man. You can’t make a grown man do what he don’t want to do. He’s already walking around campus with a Heisman Trophy. Why do you need more attention?”

Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 03:19:26 -0400

Apple's iOS 8 still vulnerable? Here's how to protect your data

As users update their iPhone software to iOS 8 or update their hardware to the latest iPhone, they'll find a few more prompts and notifications in reference to privacy and security. 

And that's because Apple is doubling down on efforts to make its devices and services all the more focused on protecting your information. Updating to iOS 8 brings a new level of encryption for user data; Apple says it "has no way to decrypt iMessage and FaceTime data when it’s in transit between devices," and "wouldn’t be able to comply with a wiretap order even if [it] wanted to." (Video via Apple)

But while the efforts are certainly there, one security analysts suggests Apple's built-in protection might not be as secure as you're thinking. 

One analyst details the process by which law enforcement could access your iOS 8 device in this blog post. 

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"I dumped all of my third party application data, as well as my camera reel and other media … all within a few minutes and from my locked iPhone running iOS 8 GM." GM, by the way, stands for Golden Master, a developer version of software identical to the version later released to the public.

Turns out, when you sync your phone with a computer, Apple makes it possible to access data without having to unlock the phone — that's where the vulnerability lies. Using specialized software, the researcher was able to access data on the phone by pulling information from the computer called "pairing records," which store keys to access your phone. 

So despite Apple's efforts to lock down the device, it's still possible to get at media files like photos, videos, books, podcasts, etc., as well as third-party app data.

But before we can get up-in-arms, a writer for Wired points out you've really got to look closely at Apple's language in announcing the new encryption practices. "Apple didn't claimed [sic] in its new privacy statement that its phone was impervious to law enforcement data extraction—only that the company wouldn't unlock iPhones and iPads on the government’s behalf."

And there are ways to protect yourself from even this vulnerability. The researcher says powering down your phone and computer when not in use and encrypting data on your computer's hard drive will keep you protected. 

That's because "pairing records" can't be used to access your phone until you've typed in your passcode at least once since it's been powered down. 

Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:03:08 -0400

Shonda Rhimes slams New York Times for 'angry black woman' label

One doesn't need to look far to see backlash against The New York Times over a profile published Wednesday of writer and producer Shonda Rhimes. There were plenty of critical headlines.

The article itself, penned by TV critic Alessandra Stanley, praises Rhimes’ work on “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder." But that's been largely overlooked, mainly because Stanley led the piece by suggesting Rhimes call her autobiography “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.”

Rhimes herself took issue with the article's description of her as "angry" and a romance writer. On Twitter, she seemed, well, pretty annoyed with it.

http://twitter.com/shondarhimes/status/512972768930177024

And Vulture’s Margaret Lyons calls the Times story “inaccurate, tone-deaf, muddled and racist,” then tears into Stanley's article paragraph by paragraph.

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A key argument for many of the articles written in response to Stanley’s piece is that Rhimes' characters, “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Dr. Bailey and “Murder’s” Annalise Keating aren’t all just angry black women. While they get angry at some points, just as any television character does, that's not the emotion that defines them.

Slate describes Pope as “conflicted, tortured, in a self-destructive relationship — but she is never anything but ultra-competent.” Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. Bailey is described as having “a kind of faux-anger, behaving like a grump and a curmudgeon to cover up her huge heart.”

The Washington Post says, by defining all of Rhimes’ characters as “angry black women,” Stanley is doing them a disservice: “There is something dangerous and political about defining down ‘angry’ in this way. When a person is characterized as ‘angry,’ we weigh their arguments and behavior differently than we would if we see them as generally calm and measured.”

Stanley has responded to the backlash to her article, telling TheWrap, “The whole point of the piece — once you read past the first 140 characters — is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype.”

As for general advice on how The New York Times can avoid stirring up such a ruckus in the future, The Huffington Post had this suggestion:

"From now on, when trying to take down a beloved and powerful producer, it may be best to not totally associate the creator — or executive producer — with their shows' characters, or more specifically, with characters of one race."

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Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:14:23 -0400

Troopers review laws to protect road crews after fatal accident

North Carolina Highway Patrol reviewed laws in place to protect construction workers on the job after three workers were struck while working on I-40 in Morgantown early Friday morning.

Investigators said a driver was tired and not paying attention when he veered into a closed lane within the construction zone and struck Flavio Jaimes, Mitchell Brinkley and David Coble. 

All three men were rushed to the hospital. 

Jaimes, who was 43, and a husband and father of three, died as result of his injuries.

Troopers said inattention is one of the most common causes of accidents in work zones.

“We write a significant number of traffic citations, mostly speeding citations in work zones,” said Trooper Scott Johnston, with NC HWY Patrol.  “In my experience it is not uncommon to clock vehicles traveling 70 mph.”

Troopers said by law when there are construction drivers are required to drop their speed to 55 mph when in a 65 mph zone.

“There can be a difference of 80 feet when stopping from 65 MPH compared to stopping from 55 mph,” said Johnston.

Troopers said that extra time could prevent an accident or at least save a life.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, 13 people were killed and 1700 were injured in accidents that happened in work zones in North Carolina in 2013.  This includes both motorists and construction workers.

“It’s important that drivers drop their speed and be extra vigilant,” said Trooper Johnston.  “Something like what happened to the construction workers in Morganton is tragic for everyone involved.”

Troopers told Channel 9 they’ve written 100 tickets in just one week at the work zone where Jaimes was killed early Friday. Violating the law can cost up to $250 plus court costs. 

The other two construction workers involved in the crash continue to heal from their injuries, said investigators.

Coble had to be flown to CMC in Charlotte and according to hospital officials remains stable as of Saturday evening.

Brinkley was treated and released Friday.  

Investigators said the driver in the case has not yet been charged and the accident remains under investigation.

Troopers added another way drivers can help reduce accidents on interstates is by adhering to the “Move Over” law. 

The law requires drivers to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the shoulder of the highway.  This includes Department of Transportation workers and public service vehicles with amber lights.  Violating the law could result in a $500 fine.

Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:01:29 -0400

Charlotte man arrested by FBI in extortion sting

A Charlotte man is facing charges after investigators discovered emails and texts that they say proves a "cycle of extortion" against a young victim.

John Michael Fowler, 50, was arrested shortly after landing at an airport near New Orleans Wednesday. The FBI said the arrest came after a "sting" operation.

Fowler started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl who posted to the Tokyo Craigslist in 2011, according to court records reviewed by Eyewitness News.

Investigators claim the pair exchanged more than 100 explicit photos and messages and even met for sex at a Tokyo hotel.

Court records state that Fowler threatened the girl and tried to blackmail her when she wanted to end the relationship. The FBI said one message said the girl needed to rekindle the relationship or “get out of school.”

Investigators say the girl gave in and the cycle of sex and extortion continued even after she moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University.

The threats escalated, according to court records.

At one point, the records show Fowler threatened people close to the victim by threatening to sexually assault them and texting "If you care about them, you will stop this by communicating with me."

The FBI said the victim turned her phone over to agents which set up a sting operation where Fowler would meet the victim at a bar called The Boot near the Tulane campus. Agents arrested him after landing at the airport.

Fowler made an initial appearance the federal courthouse in New Orleans on Thursday. He remains in custody of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

His next court date is Tuesday.

Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:07:21 -0400

Miracle on the Hudson survivors take Ice Bucket Challenge

Passengers who survived the Miracle on the Hudson took on the Ice Bucket Challenge in Charlotte on Saturday.

Their plane, which was bound for Charlotte, landed on the Hudson River in 2009 after a bird flew into an engine. One of the survivors nominated his fellow passengers and crew for the challenge.

“And it was definitely a challenge to think ‘Can I sit there in a bunch of really, really cold water again?” said Beth McHugh. “But this was clean water and it wasn’t the Hudson River in January so it was doable.”

The passengers agreed the Ice Bucket Challenge paled in comparison to the traumatic experience that bonded them together.

“That day was the coldest day of my life. I went under, I sank all the way under to the top of my head. I was so cold I didn’t feel any arms and I thought I was drowning,” said Laurie Crane.

Passengers said because they were the beneficiaries of a miracle, coming to the Carolinas Aviation Museum and taking the challenge in front of the ill-fated jetliner was the least they could do.

“We obviously have a big reason to want to pay it forward,” said Ben Bostic.

Those who took the Ice Bucket Challenge also said they are donating money for ALS research.

Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:03:11 -0400

Accident closes Brookshire ramp

Officials closed the Brookshire Freeway ramp on Interstate 77 southbound following an accident on Saturday afternoon.

Two patients were taken to Carolinas Medical Center after the accident; one with life-threatening injuries and the other with potentially life-threatening injuries.

The ramp reopened around 6:45 p.m.

Officials have not said what caused the accident.

Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:52:32 -0400

Event held for little girl battling rare disorder

A fun-filled family event in Dallas Saturday raised money for a young girl battling a rare disorder.

Nine-year-old Abby Ferguson suffers from Sanflippo syndrome.

The rare, incurable disorder impacts brain development and has a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years.

Saturday’s Carnival for a Cure featured live music, games, raffles and a silent auction.

“I think when it affects a child people respond so differently. With there being no cure, no treatment and Abby is such a special child, every(one) just loves her and takes to her. They've just been so supportive,” said her parents, Wendy Ferguson and John Ferguson.

The money raised will go to help fund gene therapy clinical trials set to start in late 2014 or early 2015 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.

To donate towards finding a cure for Sanflippo Sydrome click here.

Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:21:20 -0400

Reports: Magazine model becomes latest ‘hot mug shot’ sensation

Earlier this year, the handsome mug shot of Jeremy Meeks became a viral hit, earning him the nickname of “hot felon.”

This week, the mug shot of Angela Coates has taken Twitter by storm.

http://twitter.com/WomenTricks/status/512692710264692736

Jet confirmed on Twitter that Coates, 22, is a former Jet Beauty of the Week. Coates was allegedly arrested in Georgia on a disorderly conduct charge on Aug 26, with bail set at $360.

Clutch magazine reports that a Twitter account believed to belong to Coates indicates that she was released from jail the same day she was booked.

That didn’t stop admirers on Twitter offering to pay her bail.

Her Jet profile lists her hobbies as ballet, baking and designing shoes.

Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:06:28 -0400

One dose of antidepressants can change the brain, study finds

You might just need one of these to treat depression, at least according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology. 

The researchers scanned the brains of 22 healthy people who had never taken antidepressants and randomly chose some to take an SSRI, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.  

SSRIs boost the mood of someone suffering from depression by changing the balance of serotonin in the brain. 

Hours after the participants were given the medication, their brains were scanned again, and researchers found a dramatic change had already occurred in the brain's connectivity.

This is big news. Before this discovery, researchers thought it could take days, weeks, even months for antidepressants to kick in

“We were not expecting the SSRI to have such a prominent effect on such a short time-scale and the resulting signal to encompass the entire brain.”

Researchers are saying they hope these findings will eventually help them predict who would benefit the most from antidepressant medication. 

But there are some holes in this study. For one, they focused only on healthy patients instead of people suffering from depression. 

People with depression have brains that are chemically different from someone who is healthy, so it's possible they would react differently if given the drug. 

Also, the study does not touch on how effective taking a single dose will be. Most antidepressants require time to build up in the body to take full effect. 

Although the brain scan showed changes quickly, we don't know if it would actually make people feel better. 

The authors of the study do say they plan to continue researching the topic. 

This video includes images from Steve Snodgrass / CC BY 2.0, Wyglif / CC BY SA 3.0, epSos.de / CC BY 2.0, Nils Geylen / CC BY NC SA 2.0 and Sander van der Wel / CC BY-SA 2.0. 

Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:44:20 -0400

3-alarm fire leaves $500,000 of damage at 4th Ward Bread Co.

Firefighters said Saturday that a fire that started late Friday night may have been caused by an electric appliance. 

The Fourth Ward Bread Company caught fire Friday before midnight. Investigators said the amount of smoke and flames made it hard to fight the fire.  At one point, 70 firefighters worked to get it under control.  Eventually they did, before it was able to spread to surrounding businesses.

Investigators said an electrical failure in a kitchen appliance may have started the fire.

Dozens of customers who came expecting to eat said the locally owned business was one of very few places for breakfast in the area. 

"Charlotte's gotten so into eating local and drinking local lately I feel like that's going to be a huge loss for the Fourth Ward area," said Callie Olive. 
 
Crews worked all day to board up the restaurant. Investigators estimate $500,000 in damages. No word on if the owners will rebuild.

Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:42:37 -0400

Charlotte bar owner shot wants suspect caught

Gregg Brafford’s life may never fully return to normal since he was shot outside his southwest Charlotte house in an attempted robbery on Aug. 21.   

Read our past coverage: Popular bar owner shot, police investigation launched

Brafford, who owns The Woodshed Lounge, had to be hospitalized for three weeks and will continue to be bound to a wheelchair for at least the next two months. He’s still unable to work. And to make matters more frustrating the suspect who shot him has yet to be identified or arrested.
 
“I now have a steel rod in my upper leg after one bullet shattered my femur,” said Brafford.  “But I was actually shot twice in the leg, once in the elbow and once in the hand.”
 
Brafford told Channel 9 he believes he was set up even though he didn’t recognize the shooter.  He described the suspect to police as a black male in his teens standing at approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with shoulder-length dreadlocks. 
 
“That is the only night I work at my bar and would have had any money on me,” said Brafford.  “Someone knew my schedule in order to set him up to look for me.”
 
On that early morning of Aug. 21, Brafford said a friend had just dropped him off at his home.
 
He said the shooter immediately approached him but didn’t say a word and began firing at him.
 
“I had my money bag in one hand and my pistol in the other because I’ve actually been robbed before this incident,” said Brafford.  “I guess that’s why he ran away without trying to get my money.  But I’m lucky to be alive.”
 
Brafford asked for anyone in the community with information on his case to come forward.
 
“I’d appreciate it if someone could help us,” said Brafford. 
 
Anyone with any information concerning this case or the assailant is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:56:00 -0400

Trial starts for man accused of using prostitutes to lure robbery victims

The jury trial began Friday for a man accused of using prostitutes to lure victims into hotel rooms and rob them.

Federal investigators said Jeronza Thorne committed the armed robberies at hotels in the Sugar Creek Road and Interstate 85 corridor.

According to court records, federal agents arrested Thorne in 2013 after undercover agents set him and two other men up on a fake home invasion of a drug stash house.        
     
The trial continues next week.

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Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:42:22 -0400

Utility crews fix valve affecting water pressure

Charlotte utilities crews fixed a valve affecting the water pressure for thousands of people this week.

They have been working on the repair between McBride and Barrington streets on The Plaza since Monday.     

Friday night, crews gave the all clear for all lanes to reopen.


Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:31:02 -0400

Caldwell Co. deputy’s patrol car flips after crash

A Caldwell County deputy is recovering after crashing his patrol car Friday afternoon.

The crash happened near Caldwell Community College along Highway 321.

Police said the patrol car flipped after hitting a pickup truck during a lane change.

The deputy was able to climb out of the car on his own and was taken to a hospital to be checked out.


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Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:21:24 -0400

Autopsy: Cleveland Co. man shot in head in June

More details were released in a Cleveland County homicide that ended in a shootout with police.
 
Dale Sisk was killed by a gunshot to the head on June 23, according to an autopsy report.
 
Investigators said Marty Camp was angry his girlfriend broke up with him so he shot Sisk, who was his roommate.

Read our past coverage: Deputies shot, injured man accused in fatal Shelby shooting
 
Officers said Camp confessed to the slaying when they called him to ask about the fight with his girlfriend.

Police said he fired at them when they arrived at his apartment, so they shot back and hit him in the arm.

Camp is being held in a Raleigh prison while he undergoes medical treatment.


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Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:10:51 -0400

One of 4 Indian Land puppies fighting for his life

One of the Indian Land puppies is still fighting for his life, according to officials with the animal hospital.

Sawyer had a bad night at the clinic, but the people taking care of him said he is a fighter. They are hoping he can overcome his pneumonia.

The three other puppies rescued from a bag left behind a dumpster are doing well.

The animal hospital is still asking for donations of formula for the weeks-old puppies.

The animal hospital said they are searching for the good Samaritan who found the puppies. They are asking if he would call 803-547-7000. They said they are grateful for him saving the dogs.

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Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:47:06 -0400

Family, friends gather to remember life of ASU student

Friends and family gathered Friday night to remember the life of Appalachian State University student Anna Smith of High Point.

With each balloon, messages of hope were released into the sky from friends and family of 18-year-old Smith.

Loved ones gathered with heavy hearts at Archdale United Methodist Church to say a final goodbye. 

Hundreds of people, including Smith's childhood friend Logan Holliday, lined up outside the church.

"She just affected so many people with her love and kindness. It's just overwhelming,” Holliday said.

Smith's body was found Saturday in a wooded area in Boone.


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The teen was reported missing on Sept. 3 by her roommate.

An autopsy shows that Amith's body showed signs of asphyxia.

Police also said a letter believed to be written by Smith was found near her body.

Those gathered at her celebration of life didn't focus on how the teen died; instead, they shared memories.

Police said that there's no evidence of foul play in Smith's death.

The family has started a memorial under Smith's name.

Their goal is to raise $420,000 to help pay for the costs of the search efforts made after she was reported missing.


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Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:02:49 -0400

Family arrested, accused of selling heroin from home

A mother, father and their two kids were arrested and charged with selling heroin out of their home.
 
Police said they were dealing heroin in the neighborhood, and a big concern for police is that within a thousand feet are Stuart Crammer High School and Reid Park.
 
Friday afternoon, a judge refused to lower the bond Jill Hargett, Tim Hargett, and their children, Hayley and Samuel Hargett, who told the judge he is a drug addict.
      
Samuel told the judge, “My world just came crashing down.”
  
People who live next door to the family's house, on Oakland Avenue, were thrilled to see police raid the house Thursday.
 
“I tried to tell them the law is coming. I called the law on them,” said neighbor Dan McDonald.
 
Officers said the family made heroin and sold it in the community, even near Reid Park, where children come to play.
 
McDonald said people are often coming and going at the house across the street from him.
 
Neighbors with small children have found syringes in their yards. He hopes the raid brings it all to an swift end.

“The dope thing was just bad. I'm glad it's off of our block,” McDonald said.
    
A relative of the suspects who also lives in the house that was raided said the same thing.
 
“It was inevitable that something bad was going to happen from this, but I’m glad it's over,” said relative Robert Bartlett.
 
Bartlett said parents Jill and Tim Hargett fell on hard times and began selling drugs to pay the bills.
         
He said their son tried to stop them but instead began using and selling drugs with them.
 
He is hoping that the family members will be forced to attend some drug education and treatment program while they are in jail.
       
Police said they are still working to complete their investigation into this case.

Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:40:11 -0400

Sheriff's Office could be 'crippled' without emergency funding

Sheriff's deputies in Chester County said the clock is ticking on getting funding for a major upgrade to their computers.  Without it, deputies won't be able to do some of the basic requirements of their jobs.

"It would cripple us," said Capt. Doug McMurray.
  
McMurray went before county council this week to ask for $80,000 in emergency funding.  The money would upgrade computer systems so the agency can continue using several critical federal databases.

Those databases allow deputies to do everything from checking driver's licenses and car tags when they pull someone over, to looking up a sex offender's status, to checking to see if a person has arrest warrants from another agency. Even running fingerprints and background checks would not be possible. The National Crime Information Center is also part of this federal system.

“Our computers are years out of date,” McMurray said Friday. “The money hasn't been spent for upgrades all along. That's why we're so far behind.”

Deputies said massive, and highly-publicized hacking incidents are behind the FBI’s reasons for tightening security for all their systems.  That means all the agencies that log on to them must also upgrade security, including firewall software, anti-virus and anti-malware programs and other services.

The FBI has said that any agency not up to the new standards by Jan. 1 can no longer use the system.

All this was a bombshell to the Chester County Council, which was hit with the news this week.

“We should have known before," said county supervisor Carlisle Roddey.  “That's what we want to find out is how they didn't know that until now.”

 Deputies told Channel 9 that as soon as they became aware of the issue, they acted on it.

One problematic issue is that the county budget has already been approved for the upcoming fiscal year.  That means the Sheriff's Office would have to receive additional money in order to fund the computer upgrades.

Roddey wasn't optimistic about finding that money.

“We don't have a hole to pull it out of. We don't have a rabbit in a hat,” he said. 

Roddey said cuts from some other county agency may be necessary to get the project done.

The council took no action on the issue, but expects to take it up at the next meeting in early October.

McMurray said there has not been an annual budget for software upgrades at the Sheriff's Office, and that's why its computers are so outdated.  That's also why this upgrade the department is asking for carries such a high price tag, he said.

Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:06:57 -0400