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Wingate, NC  July 17 2009Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation while educating consumers on the importance of dryer exhaust maintenance. DVW recently awarded a franchise to Jim and Sue Evans who service the Union County area of North Carolina and parts of South Carolina. “We have found our new career to be very rewarding,” said Sue Evans. “I enjoy spending time with my customers to explain how to properly maintain their dryer vent system and the warning signs to watch for.”

Over 15,000 house fires resulting in deaths, injuries and millions of dollars in damages occur each year as a result of clogged dryer vent systems. In joining efforts with the NFPA, Dryer Vent Wizard provides tips and advice to consumers to minimize the risk of dryer fires. See Jim and Sue Evans blog at http://dryerventcleaningunioncountync.blogspot.com/

In addition to fire safety, proper dryer vent maintenance ensures clothes dryers are operating efficiently to reduce energy cost. When dryer exhaust ducts are clogged with lint, heat and moisture are unable to escape from the dryer; therefore, laundry takes more than one cycle to dry. Inferior dryer vent systems can also allow mold and mildew growth in the exhaust ducts and into your home. If you have a gas dryer, inadequate venting can be a carbon monoxide hazard.

Jim and Sue Evans own Dryer Vent Wizard, specialized, trained and certified dryer vent technicians. They provide professional dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation while educating their customers on the importance of proper dryer exhaust venting to prevent fires and keep your clothes dryer operating efficiently. Visit http://www.dryerventwizard.com for more information.

Contact:

Jim and Sue Evans
5511 Carmel Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28226
704-830-4112 NC
803-319-4436 SC
Sue.evans@dryerventwizard.com

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Union County NC July 17 2009HoodandMangum

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North Carolina leads the nation in brick production.  The clay and shale here make the Carolinas the ideal place for brick making.  It’s also where champion bricklayers are honing their skills, particularly at one company in Union County.

Garret Hood is fast.  He doesn’t run, he doesn’t swim, but he can lay 861 bricks in an hour. 

“I’ve had people say, ‘You mean they really have bricklaying competitions?'”

Yes, they do.  The biggest is the Bricklayer 500 in Las Vegas and it comes with a lot of industry hype. 

“Feel the heat.  See the drama.  See the trowels and mud fly when 4,000 people see the top masons in the world battle for over $100,000 in cash and prizes,” thunders an announcer in a marketing video.

In 2008 Hood claimed the title of World’s Best Bricklayer by winning the Bricklayer 500.  The event combines speed and skill as masons lay walls that are 26 feet long, two bricks wide.  How high are they? Well, that depends.  Hood’s 791 brick wall stood about 4 feet. 

 

But that was last year.  In February, Hood lost his title to co-worker Tyke Mangum.  His wall had 890 bricks, 29 more than Hood had this year.  Mangum stayed humble during his post-victory interview carried live via webcast. 

“We want to hear from the champion.  What’s it feel like?” asks the competition’s MC.

“It feels good.  I want to thank my wife and all my fans,” replies Mangum.

Mangum won $5,000, a Ford F-250 pick-up truck plus some high-end tools.  And he got company bragging rights.  Both Mangum and Hood work for McGee Brothers, a company that employs about 600 masons in the Carolinas.  Owner Sam McGee likes to tout his profession.

“Construction’s a dangerous occupation.  People fall off scaffolds and get hurt,” says McGee.  “Think about it.  In a football game, in a practice, someone’s trying to break your leg on every play.  So there’s really not that much difference in being a professional athlete and a bricklayer.  As a matter fact, as I’ve made presentations around the country I often introduce myself as a professional athlete and I hang a $100 bill on the podium and ask the students which one can first guess what my sport is gets $100.  And, of course, my sport is bricklaying.”

His two superstars are Hood and Mangum.  Here’s Mangum demonstrating his technique:

I lay the first brick and get it right.  And then I put my mortar on there.  And I bring another one down here.  Lay my whole hand on the wall, just glancing at the line, setting it down there like that.” 

Most of their practice is on the job.  A one hour practice session creates three hours of extra work to take down the wall. 

Mangum’s been laying brick since he was fourteen.  He started bricklaying full-time right after graduating from high school.  The same goes for Hood. 

“I was supposed to go to college.  I got accepted at NC State and turned it down to lay bricks.  It does pay good and that’s why I didn’t go to college,” says Hood. 

Does he regret it?

“Every once in a while,” replies Hood, laughing

At 25, Hood is already a supervisor and says he can make about a $100,000 a year when business is good.  Mangum is also twenty-five and hopes to do a similar job down the line. 

“I plan on doing brick work until I’m 45,” explains Mangum.  “I’m not going to try to go any longer than that.  Basically what it does is wear out your joints.  It wears out your knees, your back, your hands. You can get carpal tunnel.” 

But for now he likes what he does and the daily grind does give him an edge.  As the reigning champion, Mangum already has a spot at next year’s Bricklayer 500.  Hood must qualify by winning a regional competition.  Mangum isn’t counting him out. 

“He knows what I did so he’s going to give me a run for my money I’m sure.  Ain’t that right, Garrett?” asks Mangum.   

But Mangum says the fastest mason in the world is his coach, 34-year-old Travis McGee.  For thirteen years, he’s held the Guinness Book of World Record for bricklaying.  He’s another product of the McGee Brothers masonry dynasty.

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CHARLOTTE, NC July 17 200910739824_BG1

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 By:Rick McCann /staff Traffic along Independence Blvd near Eastway Drive is usually very heavy during rush hour but an accident caused even bigger traffic delays Thursday evening.

The accident was in the inbound lanes of Independence Boulevard just prior to Briar Creek Road and it happened around 4:30 p.m. when police say that a vehicle slammed into a utility pole causing pwer lines to come down.

MEDIC sent three ambulances to the scene and Charlotte fire also sent several fire engines. 

Police shut down the inbound lanes of Independence Boulevard at Fugate Avenue and Arena Boulevard just prior to Briar Creek Road. until after 9pm when they opened up 2 inbound lanes.

A young child who suffered life-threatening injuries was taken to Carolina Medical Center and eight people total were injured and transported to area hospitals according to MEDIC. 

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MONROE NC JULY 17 2009

Police were called regarding an incident involving a grown man and a teenager and conducted an investigation into the offense.

Authorities say that they found that the man had sexual relations with a girl under the age of 15 and charged the man, ANDRES AGUILAR APARICIO ,24, Monroe with numerous felony charges including:

STATUTORY RAPE / SEX OFFENSE

INDECENT LIBERTIES WITH CHILD

Aparicio was booked into the Union County jail and is being held under a total bond amount of $15,000.00.

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MONROE NC July 17 2009

By: Rick McCann/staff

Detectives with the Monroe Police Criminal Investigations Division raided a home Wednesday and arrested one person on drug offenses.

Investigators said that they have charged Tabitha L. McClain with manufacturing narcotics after they served a search warrant at her residence at 502 Miller Street Monroe.

Few other details were released but authorities said that more arrests could be made in this case.

McClain was booked into the county jail pending a bond release. It is unknown if she has an attorney in this matter.

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UNION COUNTY NC JULY 16 2009

(County arrest log is posted each Thursday.)

 

Fairview 

 07/11/2009 03:55 : ANTHONY MARTIN SANFORD

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  HOPEWELL CHURCH RD 

07/11/2009 17:38: ANTHONY MARTIN SANFORD

Charge: INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY  1481 BIGGERS CEMETERY RD 

 

 

INDIAN TRAIL

07/11/2009 19:31: LEVI PRESTON JONES

Charge: POSSESS MARIJUANA MISD  304 SOUTH FORK RD 

07/13/2009 20:15: JAMES MICHAEL SPRAYBERRY

Charge: NON-SUPPORT ILLEG CHILD  9109 JACK CONNELL RD

07/14/2009 22:41 : MISTY ANN PHILLIPS

Charge: MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT  7422 SECREST SHORTCUT RD

 

 

MARSHVILLE

07/11/2009 23:01 CONNIE KATRIRALA  HUNTLEY

Charge: COMMUNICATING THREATS  510 BOST ST 

07/13/2009 10:51: JOHNNY LEE IVEY

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  6406 DEEP SPRINGS RD

 

07/14/2009 18:35: SHAMECH LEVALL MARSH

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  5714 AUSTIN GROVE CHURCH RD 

07/14/2009 19:11: DAMON TRAMAYNE JOHNSON

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  5714 AUSTIN GROVE CHURCH RD

 

MARVIN

07/14/2009 01:30 : NICHOLAS JAMES HEEG

Charge: DWI – PROVISIONAL LICENSE  TOM SHORT RD/REA RD

 

MINERAL SPRINGS

07/13/2009 20:28 : TIMOTHY RE`SHAN ELLER

Charge: PROBATION VIOLATION  6723 FOREST GREEN DR

 

STALLINGS

07/14/2009 01:20 : STEPHEN PHILLIP CARROLL

Charge: DRUGS-MISD POSS  MATTHEWS INDIAN TRAIL ROAD

 

WAXHAW

07/11/2009 02:59: JOYCE ELAINE HAVLICK

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED         5104 WAXHAW MARVIN RD/APPLEWOOD LN 

 

07/11/2009 08:01: STANLEY ONEIL MCKINNEY

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE     5107 WAXHAW MARVIN RD           

 

07/11/2009 08:45: STANLEY ONEIL MCKINNEY

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE     5107 WAXHAW MARVIN RD         

07/12/2009 06:05 TIMOTHY FRANKLIN ROGERS

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED         WAXHAW INDIAN TRAIL RD       

07/14/2009 10:08 : JONATHAN EWING BOYER

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  2201 THORNCREST DR 

07/14/2009 16:22: JACOB JACOB TAYLOR

Charge: CONSUME ALCOHOL < 21  2309 MERRYVALE WAY 

07/16/2009 10:52: WILLIAM THOMAS YODER

Charge: LARCENY-FELONY  4109 EUTAW DR

 

WINGATE

07/11/2009 02:37  : DARRYL LEE CLYBURN

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  611 SYCAMORE GROVE RD 

07/11/2009 08:23 STEVEN MICHAEL  PHILLIPS

Charge: BREAKING/ENTERING-FELONY  6006 WINDSONG WAY 

07/11/2009 08:39: NICOLE MELISSA PHILLIPS

Charge: BREAKING/ENTERING-FELONY  6006 WINDSONG WAY 

07/12/2009 10:47 BILLY RAY ROBINSON

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  WINGATE PD

07/15/2009 00:02 : RUSSELL EDDIE ADCOCK

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  2123 RUSSELL POPE RD

 

MONROE

07/11/2009 00:04 WILLIAM BREWER  WEST

Charge: DOMESTIC CRIMINAL TRESPASS  3410 S POTTER RD 

07/11/2009 00:05: JIMMY WAYNE LANEY

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  ROCKY RIVER 

07/11/2009 01:26: RICHARD CHAD TAYLOR

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  US 74 FOWLER SECREST RD 

07/11/2009 02:12: SERGIO IDELFONSO DEMEZA

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  499 W PHIFER ST 

07/11/2009 02:19:, SERGIO IDELFONSO- DEMEZ

Charge: DWI – PROVISIONAL LICENSE  499 W PHIFER ST 

  07/11/2009 12:15: ANTONIO ALFARO TREJO

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  ICEMORLEE ST 

07/11/2009 14:58: RICKY GATEWOOD

Charge: KIDNAPPING  606 ENGLESIDE ST 

07/11/2009 15:40: QADARIUS JUVER TORRES

Charge: UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MOTOR VEHICLE  1907 STEELE STREET

07/11/2009 18:41: CESAR IZOTEO COPENO

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  616 JONES ST 

07/11/2009 19:29: AMY LASHUNTA DEESE

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  ROCKY RIVER RD & UNIONVILLE INDIAN TRAIL

07/11/2009 20:04: ANTONIO CASTERON RAMIREZ

Charge: LARCENY-MISDEMEANOR  2115 W ROOSEVELT BLVD 

07/11/2009 20:38: ANTONIO CASTERON RAMIREZ

Charge: SHOPLIFTING – CONCEALING MERCHANDISE  2512 RIVERSIDE LN 

07/11/2009 21:58: CESAR IZOTEO COPENO

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  616 JONES ST 

07/11/2009 22:37: DARRYL L VINSON

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  499 WALNUT ST/CONCORD AV 

07/11/2009 23:56: ANTONIO ALFARO TREJO

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  700 GUILD ST 

07/12/2009 00:48: MICHAEL CARLSON LANCE

Charge: INJURY TO PERSONAL PROPERTY  2109 CASTLEBERRY CT 

07/12/2009 06:24: DELVIN LASHAWN HICKLEN

Charge: KIDNAPPING  2734 NOTTINGHAM LN.

07/13/2009 01:51: REGINALD LAMONT CHAMBERS

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  900 E SUNSET DR 

07/13/2009 03:: REGINALD LAMONT CHAMBERS

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  505 STAFFORD ST 

07/13/2009 11:30: CLIFFORD LEE BARRETT

Charge: NON-SUPPORT OF CHILDREN  1303 CRESCENT ST 

07/13/2009 11:50: CLIFFORD LEE BARRETT

Charge: FAIL TO APPEAR/COMPL  400 N MAIN ST 

07/13/2009 13:00: MICHAEL PARRISH LITTLE

Charge: CONTEMPT OF COURT  400 N MAIN ST 

07/13/2009 13:54: MISAEL LOPEZ POSADA

Charge: FTA (SECOND DEGREE RAPE)  3344 PRESSON RD

07/15/2009 00:30 : PAUL DOUGLAS COOMBES

Charge: DWLR  NC 84

 

 07/14/2009 06:15 RICHARD ALAN WATTS

Charge: OBTAINING PROPERTY BY FALSE PRETENSES  2406 WEST ROOSEVELT BLVD

07/14/2009 08:47 : SVEN NIKI BLUM

Charge: LARCENY-MISDEMEANOR  700 S JOHNSON ST 

07/14/2009 10:25: DELVIN LASHAWN HICKLEN

Charge: ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE  400 N MAIN ST 

07/14/2009 11:17: TIMOTHY BRACK GRIFFIN

Charge: PROBATION VIOLATION  3344 PRESSON RD

07/14/2009 16:30 : DAYNA YVONNE LENTZ

Charge: PROBATION VIOLATION  3344 PRESSON ROAD

07/14/2009 17:17: ADRIAN CHRISTOPHER WILSON

Charge: TRESPASS – 2ND DEG  111 N WESTOVER DR 

07/14/2009 17:30: CARL THOMAS

Charge: BREAKING/ENTERING-FELONY  3344 PRESSON RD

07/14/2009 19:12 : JUAN GIRON CANALES

Charge: POSSESS/RECEIVE STOLEN MV  899 PARKER ST

07/14/2009 19:21 : ENOC BENJAMIN ACOSTA

Charge: POSSESS/RECEIVE STOLEN MV  C/O PARKER ST AND SUNSET ST 

 07/14/2009 19:21: JUAN GIRON CANALES

Charge: POSSESS/RECEIVE STOLEN MV  PARKER ST 

07/14/2009 19:44 LINDA ANNE FINK

Charge: DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN PUBLIC BUILDING  2239 W ROOSEVELT BLVD

07/14/2009 23:53: ENOC BENJAMIN ACOSTA

Charge: POSSESS/RECEIVE STOLEN MV  899 PARKER ST 

07/15/2009 00:22: KHALEEK SUDAN CHAPMAN

Charge: LARCENY BY EMPLOYEES  3344 PRESSON RD 

07/15/2009 05:00 DARIUS DASHAWN  THREATT

Charge: ROBBERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON  BI-LO/ DICKERSON BLD 

07/15/2009 05:22: ANTWONE TYRESS CLYBURN

Charge: ROBBERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON  312 E HUDSON ST 

07/15/2009 06:52: KEVIN ANTWANE HUBBARD

Charge: ROBBERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON  204 S BRAGG ST 

07/15/2009 07:20: DAMIEN LAMONT ALLEN

07/15/2009 07:30: MARQUES JAMELLE ALLEN

Charge: ROBBERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON  507 GREEN ST 

07/15/2009 16:58: BILLY DERRELL WALKER

Charge: POSSESS MARIJUANA MISD  1100 BICKETT ST 

07/15/2009 19:07: TABITHA LASHIA MCCLAIN

Charge: MANUFACTURING SCHED VI  502 MILLER STREET 

07/15/2009 19:28 KELLY LAWRENCE  MOORE

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  3620 RICHARDSON RD

 

 

 

 

 

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MONROE NC July 16 2009— Local prosecutors have pleaded out a case that police originally believed involved human trafficking, with the provision that the owner of a targeted spa keep her business outside of Union County for at least a year.

The owner, 41-year-old Son Jarkowsky, of Island Spa agreed to leave last month, one year after local police arrested her and two employees, charging them with prostitution and possible human trafficking.

Union District Attorney John Snyder said the evidence didn’t prove any crimes other than “illegal massages,” a definition that can include sexual contact.

“As we got further into it, it turned out they were actually there voluntarily,” Snyder said. “Without that, you don’t have any trafficking or kidnapping case.”

The two employees, Min Ye and Dan Sim Kim, both 48, pleaded guilty to administrating unlawful massages, Snyder said. Jarkowsky pleaded guilty to facilitating illegal massages.

Both offenses are misdemeanors, and the women were sentenced to probation and fines.
According to Union Clerk of Court J.R. Rowell, Kim was the only one to pay a fine, $250.

Ye and Jarkowsky were not forced to pay, but Jarkowsky was told to take her business elsewhere.

Monroe police shut down Island Spa last July after a four-month investigation.

The business opened in late 2007 on Roosevelt Boulevard in Monroe, with massage advertisements appearing on Craigslist, an online classifieds listing.

Investigators once thought Jarkowsky brought in Kim and Ye against their will.

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MONROE, N.C. July 16 2009– Jurors found a Union County man not guilty of murder in the death of his friend. .

They didn’t think Bobby Hines, 26, shot and killed Willis McLendon. McLendon’s body was found along railroad tracks in Union County in January 2007.

Jurors told Eyewitness News that the evidence was just wasn’t solid. But the jury did find Hines guilty on a weapons charge. He’s already serving 20 years in a robbery case, so now he’ll have to serve at least 20 more months.

Both sides left court emotional. Hines’s mother was thrilled with the verdict but didn’t want to go on camera. Hines’s lawyer, Richard Culler, said he was surprised, but he said Hines never had any doubts.

“Somehow, he always felt he was going to be exonerated, I’m not trying to say that I think somehow he felt like he was always going to come out on top of this thing,” Culler said.

But McLendon’s family and friends hoped this case would bring them closure, not more disappointment. One woman sitting with them in court left the building and cried on a bench outside. Afriend of the family, Donna Franklin, said, “We just thought it was going to be different, but I guess, it didn’t turn out right like that.”

Pamela Locklear was stunned, too. Her boyfriend, Stafford Locklear, was Hines’s co-defendant at one point, but he struck a deal with the state and testified against Hines.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. July 16 2009 — Police in Charlotte have arrest warrants for a camp worker they said crashed a van with children inside.

Officers are looking for 30-year old Joseph Wayne Brown.

Stuart Anderson lives a few houses down and said parents were always dropping off their children at this home on David Earl Drive. Parents told Eyewitness News the Explorer Summer Camp was being run out of his house.

Police said Monday afternoon; five of those campers were in a van, driven by Brown, when he crashed on Harris Boulevard.

Officers said Brown got out of the van and ran away. Witnesses told officers Brown appeared drunk. Officers said that might be hard to prove because he left the scene.

Police now have a felony hit and run warrant out for his arrest.

Neighbors said no one is staying at the house, that they packed up and left Tuesday night.

The summer camp could have easily been kept under the radar. Eyewitness News discovered for these types of camps, directors don’t even need a license.

According to the American Camp Association, North Carolina is one of only six states in the country that doesn’t require summer camps to be licensed.

Mecklenburg County Park and Rec coordinator Brenda Tengel said that’s why they create their own strict rules and regulations.

“We have a very extensive contract of things that we require for ourselves and our contractors,”

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MONROE NC JULY 16 2009

By: Rick McCann/staff178813_G

Monroe city police stopped a car Tuesday evening for a traffic violation but found that another crime had also occurred.

Police stopped the vehicle at Parker and Sunset Streets at about 7:15pm and began to investigate the two men inside the vehicle. Police found that the vehicle had also been reported stolen.

Monroe police charged Enoc Benjamen Acosta and Juan Giron Canales with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Both were transported to the Union County jail and were being held without bond pending a court appearance.

 

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1620199599CHARLOTTE, N.C. July 16 2009– The success of a temporary gang unit in Charlotte led authorities to create a permanent unit for the region.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have a full-time anti-gang unit in Charlotte by the end of the summer. U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick sent a letter to ICE Assistant Secretary John T. Morton in late-May asking for a temporary unit to become permanent.

“The temporary ICE gang unit that has worked with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to dismantle violent street gangs like MS-13 has been a great success. I’m hopeful that a permanent presence will build on this success to further disrupt the violent gang activities that threaten the safety of our citizens,” Myrick said.

Morton said that 70 trans-national gang members have been arrested on civil immigration and criminal violations this year in Charlotte.

CMPD’s gang unit has been working with ICE since 2005. It also has a working relationship with two dozen Federal Bureau of Investigation gang unit agents.

Officers said the federal assistance means more resources.

“ICE has immigration and custom laws they may be able to enforce that maybe the FBI can’t,” said Capt. Stephen Willis of CMPD’s gang unit.

ICE said due to security concerns, it’s not able say how many agents will be in Charlotte permanently, but the money for the unit will be coming from ICE’s federal budget.

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MONROE NC July 16 2009

By: Rick McCann/staff3660ca96f0cdef28 – A sport utility vehicle ran into a gas pump off of West Franklin Street causing an explosion that hurled the pump forward and ignited a fire.

According to police reports, Carol Courtney, 56, of 3108 Helen Drive, Mineral Springs, was traveling east on Franklin Street when she turned her Kia Sorento left on to Dale Street. She told police a vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction on Franklin Street, causing her to panic and accelerate over the median into the Texaco convenience store parking lot. Courtney then continued into pump No. 2 and the pole supporting the awning on the west side of the building. The impact sent the gas pump lurching forward 46 feet and caused the gas to ignite.

Monroe fire and emergency workers responded to the accident with a full response of equipment including the hazardous materials unit.

An off-duty Monroe firefighter who was in a nearby Food Lion grocery store at the time of the incident also responded and used fire extinguisher from his utility truck to help extinguish the blaze.
Monroe Police Sgt. David Morton said the men who pulled Courtney from the vehicle did an excellent job.

Assistant Fire Chief Danny Smith said when the electrical wiring in the pump came unsheathed, causing it to spark the fire. But, he said, the Fire Department had contained the pump and controlled the spilled gasoline.

According to police reports, damages are estimated at $30,000 for the gas station and $15,000 for the car.

Police said alcohol was not involved and the wreck is still under investigation. Courtney received only minor injuries.

 

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MONROE NC July 16 2009
By: Brett Davis/staff

The Parkwood high School has decided to continue using the “Rebel” nickname and the school board and most county residents are fine with that. But local NAACP President Nathel Hailey is not one of those people and this week stated publicly that the fight is not over.

“I have not told anybody that I have backed off,” Hailey said Wednesday, adding that he will “absolutely” keep up the pressure on Union County school administrators.

Union County leaders with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People want to scuttle the nickname for its association with Confederate Civil War soldiers but  hundreds of locals are backing the school’s longtime moniker. Residents have been outspoken on the dispute since it was raised several weeks ago. In late June, nearly 900 people joined a group on social networking Web site Facebook dedicated to defending the nickname.

Area residents are not happy that the issue continues. Stephanie Cole a longtime Monroe resident said that it’s just a name and that some are trying to make something more of it. Cole is black.

But Hailey said the NAACP is “talking with some people” about the group’s strategy, although he declined to elaborate on its plans or advisers.

Hailey said he hasn’t spoken with Parkwood principal Jan Hollis, although he rejected statements from Board of Education members that the site-based committee must decide the nickname.

“That’s not exactly the truth,” Hailey said Wednesday. “Because the person that made the decision to change the solder was a principal, and that was his own decision.”

The “Rebel” name remained with the school after administrators dispatched its mascot, a Confederate soldier, several years ago and changed school colors from blue, gray and white — colors that could be associated with the Confederate uniform — for a simple blue and white scheme.

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MONROE NC JULY 13 2009

A police officer on patrol Saturday evening thought that his patrol car was running a bit hot. He could feel the heat and soon realized that his patrol vehicle was actually on fire.

Monroe firefighters responded to the area of Ingleside and McDonald and quickly estinguished the blaze.

There was moderate damage done to the car. No one was injured in the incident.

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14908914MONROE NC July 14 2009

By: Brett Davis/Staff

A shopper at an area Wal-Mart store lost control of her vehicle early Tuesday morning and crashed in the parking lot.

Monroe city police said that the accident happened at around 10:15am at the store on Hwy 74 in Monroe. The driver was injured and complained of back and head injuries.

Union County EMS and Monroe fire department responded to the Wal-Mart store parking area, row  5 and said that the driver was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries and transported to an area hospital.

Police do not know what caused the crash and are still investigating.

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MONROE, N.C.July 14 2009Car03 – Monroe police said that two people were injured when a car slammed into a house Monday evening.

Authorities sadi that they were called to 2800 block of Foxworth Drive just after 5:30 p.m. Monday after a car crashed through a home there.

The car, driven by Cheryl Turner, was traveling south on Stevens Road and tried to turn into a driveway when the car accelerated suddenly, went through the front yard and into the house on Foxworth Drive.

Police said that he home owner, Harold Carver, and his wife and two sons were home at the time of the accident and Mr. Carver was injured by falling debris. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Union County. Turner was also taken to an area hospital.

Monroe police are still investigating but said that it appears speed may have been a factor in the accident

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Matthews NC July 11 2009 A driver lost control of their vehicle Saturday morning and crashed into the side of the Matthews Post Office.

Police, fire and EMS quickly responded to the scene.

There was no reports of injury and it is unknown what caused the accident.

 Matthews police is still investigating.

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Union County NC July 11 20092cec06115b7d1f06

By: Brett Davis/Staff

We’ve all seen those sleek fast motorcycles that zip in and out of traffic, illegally passing you on the right and daring you to hit them as they speed across three lanes.

Ninja bikes have been involved in several high speed chases in and around the county in the past few weeks and law enforcement officials are afraid that they’ll be the cause of a serious wreck or that the driver may injure or kill themselves.

Charlotte police chased a blue Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle east on Monroe Rd through Matthews and around to Independence Blvd and back into Charlotte before the driver was captured. Stallings Police were also involved in a short motorcycle pursuit last week when the driver failed to yield for a traffic violation and officers quickly lost the driver as he fled down side streets from Hwy 74.

In metro Birmingham Alabama, two motorcyclists have been killed during police pursuits and an Alabama state trooper wreck his car on Interstate 59 while chasing another Ninja driver clocked at over 100 miles per hour. Similar incidents have been recorded in Kentucky and Florida.

While motorcycle ownership has been increasing during the past 10 years, the rise of gasoline prices has caused people who never thought of being a motorcyclist to purchase one.

Motorcycles are a joy to own said Keith Dalter who has been riding for more than twenty years. “I love the wind in my face and the freedom that I feel when I’m driving down a country road but I also realize the dangers in being a bike rider.”

Area police said that they have received a few calls about reckless or speeding motorcyclists in the county, usually on Hwy 74 but there have been no serious problems with them.

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INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. July 11 2009100dollarbill

By: Rick McCann

An alert business owner in Union County may have unknowingly helped police crack a counterfeit money scheme.

Nicholas Ostergaard is the owner of Jukebox Deli and Pub in Indian Trail and was handed a hundred dollar bill by a customer.  “I instantly thought it was fake, but I had a marker, so I marked it and it came up that it was real.”

The test came back okay so they gave him back his change and he left the store.

Jukebox Deli employee Linda House says, “I thought it was suspicious that we just gave him 89 dollars change and he’s leaving without his food.” So she went looking for him and found him hiding behind a pickup truck.

Sheriff’s deputies were called in and arrested the teen, 17 year old Mikhail Byrd, and another youth identified as 16 year old Jermaine Gay who was caught carrying several counterfeit bills nearby.

Sergeant Chase Coble with the Union County Sheriff’s Department said that he is not sure if these teens are involved in the more than forty five thousand dollars worth of the fake money which has been used from Hickory down to Monroe in the last two months. Coble said that this incident does fit the profile of teens making small purchases around the state with hundred dollar bills and getting a large amount of change bank and leaving the store quickly.

Police said that the marker only tests to see if the paper is from the U.S. treasury, which the money used at the deli was. Unfortunately the marker does not show the other flaws in the bills. Police said that the money used at the deli had been washed and the one dollar bills changed to one hundred dollar bills.

A local television station said that they have matched up some of the serial numbers on the confiscated fake money which proves the same series was used in other areas probably by the two suspects who were arrested in Union County.

C01629068A

B18279893A

G35533938A

D87632250A

Police believe there is at least one more person involved in this counterfeiting operation though, and they are looking for any information.

If you know anything about the case you are asked to call the Union County Sheriff’s Department at 704-283-3789

Crimes dealing with currency are usually handled as a federal crime by the U.S. Secret Service and it is not known if local authorities will turn this case over to them to investigate and prosecute.

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MONROE NC JULY 10 20092c35b55ab9eebc38

North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the two men that were killed in a violent fiery crash on Hwy 74 this week.

The  collision happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday after a driver traveling west in the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 74 struck a sport-utility vehicle causing a fire that burnt both vehicles and a stand of nearby trees leaving a dark black spot near Brickyard Road
“It was bad out there last night,” Trooper Mark Helms said.

Highway Patrol identified the wrong-way driver as Patricio Osvaldo Valdivieso, a 52-year-old Charlotte resident. The other driver was 58-year-old William Jerry Odom of Tyrone, Ga.

According to the report of Trooper J.D. Wilson, Valdivieso was traveling in a 2002 Ford Explorer when he hit Odom’s 1997 Ford Expedition.

Wilson estimated the SUVs were moving at 55 mph, the speed limit in the area, when they struck each other.There was no indication that either vehicle braked.

“They met right in the crest of the road and it’s possible that they never saw each other until it was too late,” said N.C. Highway Patrol district secretary Janet Ross.

Both drivers were dead before the Highway Patrol arrived, Helms said.

Police can not say at this time if alcohol was a factor in the accident until after the medical examiner’s report is released which could take more than a month to get.

 “Due to the way the bodies were burned, I don’t know if they can determine if alcohol is involved,” Helms said.

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