There is a large police response at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the Seattle area where students and a teacher have reported that gunshots have been fired.
School officials said there is an emergency situation at the school and the building was locked down.
Three students and a teacher reported hearing gunshots and KIRO 7 has received emails and texts from parents of students and teachers at the school.
"Our son just called to let us know that his kids are ok - his son was about 50 feet from the shooter - a student that he knows. Our grandson and his friends ran away - jumped a fence and went to a home in the area. He didn't know about any victims but thought there was at least one," said Tom Hopper, who emailed KIRO 7.
Video from Chopper 7 showed students evacuating the building and multiple police, fire and medic units.
Casey Blakley and his daughter were driving by the school when they say the huge police response.
“About every 30 seconds school I had to pull over because there were so many cops and paramedics going by,” he said. “The road was blocked off from about two blocks away
“There were a bunch of kids on the next block that apparently fled the school. They were all huddled together talking to cars that drove by.”
The Marysville School District released the following statement:
"The Marysville Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation. Police and emergency services have responded. The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Marysville Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement. We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement."
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:24:33 -0400
British television personality Katie Hopkins is stirring up controversy after gaining 50 pounds on purpose to prove that “fatties are lazy.”
According to Today, Hopkins was tired of hearing from others that she was “lucky to be skinny” and wanted to prove that there are no excuses for being fat.
Hopkins consumed 6,500 calories daily to gain the 50 pounds. She recorded what she ate in a journal. Her diet was heavy on carbs and fat, featuring burgers, fries and cupcakes.
The experiment made an emotional impact on Hopkins. She said she cried about how much she was eating and how disgusting she felt. She also says she understands better how difficult it is to do everyday tasks when you are carrying around excess weight.
Hopkins now is trying to lose the 50 pounds in three months. She is consuming a strict diet and has increased her exercise regimen to prove to others that being thin is as “simple as eating less and moving more.” According to Today, she still has 35 pounds to lose over the next two months.
This is not the first time that Hopkins has made waves on the sensitive subject of weight. She once said that she doesn’t believe people can be “fat and happy,” claiming that it was a “cop out.”
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:47:18 -0400
Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch.
The recall affects Embrace 35/9999 models with an AmSafe QT1 buckle. Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators say that if the buckles don't release easily, it may be difficult to get a child out of the seat in an emergency.
The affected seats were made at various times from December 2011 through May 2013.
Not all Embrace 35 models are covered by the recall. For others, the company will provide replacement buckles if requested by customers.
The recall comes after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Owners with questions can call Evenflo at (800) 490-7591.
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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:54:37 -0400
In one small Utah town, Halloween and Christmas are being celebrated this week.
The early holiday plans are necessary because one of the community’s young members likely has only a couple of weeks to live.
Today reports that Ethan Van Leuven, 4, has an acute form of leukemia that doctors say is no longer treatable. The boy’s father says that doctors estimate the boy has, at most, a couple of weeks to live.
Ethan’s parents want to make his remaining time as meaningful and enjoyable as possible, and the community of West Jordan is fully supporting the family.
Halloween was held earlier this week, with Ethan dressing up in a Superman costume and going trick-or-treating. Ethan also received a parade in honor of his upcoming birthday. This weekend, Ethan’s favorite holiday, Christmas, will be celebrated. Neighbors will put up their holiday lights and Christmas decorations early in Ethan’s honor.
Ethan’s mother says he is enjoying all of the holiday activities.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:53:46 -0400
A medical examiner said he cannot determine what exactly killed a teacher in Charlotte.
The autopsy listed Bianca Tanner's cause of death as “undetermined trauma" and said her remains were extensively decomposed.
PHOTOS: Bianca Tanner
Police found her body a month after she was reported missing in a wooded area in southwest Charlotte.
Investigators said her boyfriend, Angelo Smith, confessed to killing her.
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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:44:19 -0400
A school board in Nebraska is generating controversy over its decision to allow high school seniors to pose with firearms for yearbook photos, as long as it is a tasteful pose.
Omaha.com reports that the vote was 6-0 to allow seniors at Broken Bow Public schools to “pose with objects that illustrate their accomplishments or interests,” including outdoor sporting activities such as hunting.
The board voted on the issue after parents requested the yearbook photo policy be amended. While there was no official ban on weapons in yearbook photos, the school generally prohibited them due to the high-profile cases of school violence around the country.
The school board’s new policy requires photos with weapons to be tasteful. While rifles, shotguns and knives are permitted, the student may not be pointing the weapons at the camera.
The school system serves a rural community where hunting is a popular family hobby. Approximately 50 to 60 seniors graduate each year from Broken Bow High School. It is not known how many will take advantage of the new yearbook photo policy.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:47:45 -0400
The defense is underway in the trial of the father of a missing Rowan County teen.
Friday morning, the government wrapped up its witnesses that testified against Sandy Parsons in his federal fraud case.
The prosecution whipped through its case against Parsons, calling only a handful of witnesses as it relied mostly on documentation to show Sandy and his wife, Casey, defrauded the government out of thousands in benefits.
SPECIAL SECTION: Erica Parsons' case
Court opened Friday morning with an FBI agent on the stand.
She testified about a tax return Sandy filed in 2013, claiming his adopted daughter Erica was still living at their Salisbury home.
But investigators said Erica had disappeared in 2011, though neither Sandy nor Casey ever reported her missing.
Prosecutors also showed jurors a food stamp application Sandy made with Erica's name on it after she disappeared as well as a Medicaid form.
The defense is expected to argue that Sandy is an innocent victim and that it was his wife who handled all the finances and he had no knowledge of the alleged fraud.
Jury chosen in Sandy Parsons fraud, ID theft trial
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:43:13 -0400
Rock Hill police said a man was shot in the face inside a bar when he tried to break up a fight between two women.
Police said officers responded to the Rock City Tavern Thursday night and found a 24-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.
The owner of the bar told police the victim was shot inside the bar, according to a police report.
The police report stated the victim pulled the round from his face on his own.
The victim was transported to Carolinas Medical Center Main with serious injuries. He is expected to survive.
Police said the gunman left the scene in a silver Crown Victoria.
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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:17:27 -0400
We've all done it: called the boss prepared with a fake cough and sniffle, and came up with some excuse so we can enjoy a relaxing day off. But some excuses are just so far-fetched it's a surprise these workers had a job to go back to.
For the 10th year in a row, CareerBuilder has released its “The Most Unbelievable Excuses for Calling in Sick.” Last year an employee said he couldn’t come in because his false teeth flew out the window while he was driving down the highway (a personal favorite). This year's excuses are also pretty creative:
1. I just put a casserole in the oven.
2. My plastic surgery needed some “tweaking” to get it just right.
3. I was sitting in the bathroom and my feet and legs fell asleep. When I stood up, I fell and broke my ankle.
4. I had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
5. I woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.
6. I had a “lucky night” and didn’t know where I was.
7. I got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out.
8. I had a gall stone I wanted to heal holistically.
9. I caught my uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
10. I accidentally got on a plane.
The excuses were gathered through a Harris Poll of 3,000 workers and 2,000 hiring managers. Now while these excuses are entertaining, they are also risky.
Nearly 18% of employers say they have fired an employee for calling in sick when they actually weren't. The best way to avoid getting caught is to stay off of social media and keep those party selfies to yourself. That's how 24% of employers say they've caught their employees having a good time when they were supposed to be at work.
Of course, we all know there is an art to faking sick which Ferris Bueller mastered:
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:11:31 -0400
WSOC-TV is looking into the emergency alert that aired around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning on Channel 9 and TV64.
WSOC-TV is hearing that radio stations broadcasted the message too along with our sister station in Atlanta WSB-TV.
We are investigating the alert and will have more information after we look into it.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:55:55 -0400
Channel 9 has learned that the civil trial for a CMPD officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed man will begin in a little more than a year.
A jury will hear the civil lawsuit against Randall Kerrick in November 2015.
SPECIAL SECTION: Jonathan Ferrell
Jonathan Ferrell's family filed the lawsuit.
Police charged Kerrick with manslaughter immediately after Ferrell's death last year.
Kerrick's criminal trial is also expected to take place next year.
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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:07:54 -0400
North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said the opening of the final leg of Interstate 485 will be delayed until spring of 2015 due to colder temperatures.
The final 5.7-mile stretch of I-485 in northeast Mecklenburg County was expected to open by the end of December.
SPECIAL SECTION: I-485 widening
Engineers said lower temperatures and seasonal limitations will slow the project’s completion.
NCDOT officials said once temperatures drop below 50 degree, asphalt can’t set properly, which is why paving isn’t done between November and March.
Almost 40 years after the planning began, completion of the I-485 loop is still ongoing.
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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:05:37 -0400
York County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to determine who killed two people inside a Lake Wylie home Thursday night.
Deputies responded to a 911 call on Tioga Road in Clover, S.C. around 8:30 p.m. and found a man and a woman – Debbie and Doug London – shot to death inside.
On Friday morning investigators still had the road blocked as they worked to find clues as to who killed the couple. No arrests have been made.
The crime happened in the middle of a multi-million dollar community and neighbors told Channel 9 that crime simply doesn’t happen there.
“Right now, my heart is pumping really fast. It makes me very nervous,” said neighbor Dodie Benefield.
Deputies said they don’t think the crimes were a random act of violence and said there is no immediate threat or danger to the public.
Stay with wsoctv.com for more on this story.
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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:42:11 -0400
A letter written to an advice columnist for Slate.com has sparked a lot of social media conversation for controversial comments about "less fortunate" kids who flood affluent neighborhoods for trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Here is what was written to "Dear Prudence" on Slate.com:
I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what’s the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?
—Halloween for the 99 Percent
"Prudence," who is Slate writer Emily Yoffe, puts the writer in his or her place by responding:
Your whine makes me kind of wish that people from the actual poor side of town come this year not with scary costumes but with real pitchforks. Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live.
What do you think? Is the letter-writer an out-of-touch 1-percenter or does the writer have a right to feel like Halloween has become "a free-for-all" in some neighborhoods?
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:31:21 -0400
Sources told Channel 9 that a 14-year-old boy who was struck by a car early Friday morning has died.
State troopers said Steven Canipe -- a student at Cramerton Middle School -- was hit on his way to school on New Hope Road near North Avenue around 7:25 a.m.
The driver of the car was in tears. She could barely speak to Channel 9 because she was so concerned about the student.
She had just dropped her daughter off at Cramerton Middle School.
IMAGES: Teenage boy struck by car in Gaston Co.
Troopers said Canipe ran out in front of her right at North Drive
When Channel 9 arrived, he was already headed to the hospital.
His book bag and shoes were left behind.
He was walking to school and had to cross the road to get there.
Canipe was thrown onto the hood of the car shattering the windshield.
Shards of glass were all over the front seats.
Channel 9 reporter Ken Lemon said dozens of paramedics tried to save the boy's life at the scene.
An ambulance took him to CaroMont Regional Medical Center. He was then flown to Carolinas Medical Center with severe injuries to his head and legs.
The driver may not be charged, police said.
"It's just a case of a young boy trying to make his way to school in the morning and just ran out in front of a vehicle," said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.J. Let.
Police had closed the southbound lanes of New Hope Road for a short time while they investigated the crash but have since reopened them.
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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:01:46 -0400
"Hopefully she stays in there long enough for us to enjoy the game," Stephanie Hetherington thought of her then-unborn child before she entered Kauffman Stadium to watch the first game of the World Series.
But her daughter Ali had other ideas, according to KCTV. Stephanie went into labor right before the first pitch.
She and her husband were able to get a ride to a nearby hospital, watching the game from the delivery room.
The couple said they wouldn't change anything about that night -- except the final score. The Kansas City Royals were shellacked 7-1 by the San Francisco Giants.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400
One Oklahoma church is offering up frosty beers this Sunday to those who would like to worship the old fashioned way through hymns.
East Side Christian Church in Tulsa posted on its marquee out front that it is offering Beer and Hymns Sunday night as part of a weekend-long discussion about the future of the Christian church around the world.
"I think it’s a little surprise for some people here in Oklahoma, but we like to rattle the cage a little bit," said Evan Taylor, outreach pastor at East Side Christian Church.
Though the event is turning heads of those who drive by, East Side Christian Church isn't alone in the festivities. The event is actually a part of a weekend of beer sipping and theological discussion.
"It’s a chance to reach a wide demographic of people to ask the questions of what’s happening in our Christian world, what’s happening in our churches, and what’s happening in our community," said Michael Riggs, senior pastor at First Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa.
First Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa, East Side Christian Church, Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Phillips Theological Seminary, and Oklahoma Disciples Foundation are hosting three events over the upcoming weekend with Portland-based religious author Christian Piatt.
Piatt will be discussing his book Post Christian with Green Country Christians. The book focuses on the future of the Christian church as a whole in the world.
They hope that with it being the weekend, more people will head out to talk about the future of the church, if they can catch a frosty brew or two.
"Everybody’s welcome. No questions are banned. No holds barred. Just come and respect each other’s opinions, and just have a good honest conversation about God while having a few beers at the same time," Riggs said.
But if you are worried about the Father's House becoming a frat house, East Side has put in place some measures to keep the event koshure. IDs will be checked for anyone wanting a beer. There will be a limit of three beers per person, and there are options for those who are either underaged or do not wish to partake.
"People are more curious than anything," Taylor said. "It’s not a big drunk fest. It’s just going to a nice time to have a beer and sing some old hymns at the same time."
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:35:55 -0400
In a rather ironic turn of events, the nation's second-largest cigarette producer will no longer allow smoking in its office.
Starting next year, employees of Reynolds American Inc. will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes at desks, in elevators, in conference rooms or in the majority of the building. Smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes are still okay.
The company, which makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, is reportedly constructing designated smoking areas inside its building to accomodate smokers.
Bloomberg points out that the company itself is even realizing the oddity of the situation. A company spokesman said, "We’re well aware that there will be folks who see this as an irony, but we believe it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it."
The company already banned smoking on factory floors, the fitness center and the cafeteria, but this newest ban is interesting for at least two reasons: the health stigmas of being a regular smoker and the company's desire to jump into the e-cig game.
The CDC reports about 18% of American adults smoke. An estimated 42% of adults smoked in 1965 so, clearly the market is changing.
And that change could include a swing toward e-cigarettes.
"Well, if you look at the analysts today ... she's predicting that within the next 10 years, e-cigs, vaping in general, will be as large as traditional tobacco."
Bonnie Herzog, an industry analyst with Wells Fargo Securities, expects Reynolds will start bringing in more revenue from e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes by 2021.
Reynolds American launched its own electronic cigarette last year called Vuse.
While the World Health Organization hasn't taken a strong stance on possible negative effects of vapor systems, the organization has suggested they be regulated as strongly as traditional cigarettes.
This video includes images from Getty Images.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:02:47 -0400
Students at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gaston County were protesting a plan to cut high school classes -- even though the school's board of directors decided to put the plan on hold for one year.
About 100 students and parents staged a sit-in Friday morning, sitting outside the building.
Last week the school's board announced they were cutting grades 9-12 next year.
Then on Wednesday, parents received a notice that the board will delay plans.
Parents told Channel 9 they planned to move ahead with their fight to keep high school classes at the school indefinitely.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:56:12 -0400
NC 73 CLOSURE: Diverging Diamond
NCDOT is preparing to convert N.C. 73 over I-85 in Concord to a diverging diamond ,the second of two on the $125.2 million I-85 widening project, and the second of four to open to traffic in the Charlotte region. To prepare for this new traffic pattern, NCDOT and Lane Construction will close N.C. 73 over I-85 from 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27. Motorists exiting I-85 North and South to N.C. 73 will be restricted to right turns during the closure. Detours will be posted west of I-85 along Kannapolis Parkway, and east of I-85 along George Liles Parkway and Poplar Tent Road.
October 18: Big South 5K
The race starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 18 at the Blakeney Shopping Center. Event Organizers expect 1500 participants. The route includes Blakeney Heath Road, Fieldcroft Drive, Autumn Applause Drive, Blakeney Drive, Park Farm Lane and Rea Road.
October 18: HopeBuilders 5K
The race begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 18 off of Kings Drive. Event organizers expect 1000 participants. The route includes Kings Drive, Dings Road and Queens Road West.
Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:34:53 -0400