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 MONROE NC JULY 25 2009chavischavis1

 By: Rick McCann/Staff

Police were called to a home on Magnolia Drive late Thursday night when the resident was attacked during a burglary.

Police said that officers responded to the 10:40pm call of an assault and break in and found that a woman had been assaulted by two armed men who had fled the area before their arrival. Officers were told the two men were armed with a shotgun and possible pistol.

During the officer’s investigation, one of the suspects was seen walking near the house and was apprehended and a vehicle matching the get-away car was soon found in a nearby park and officers apprehended the second suspect.

Police have charged HENRY KYNEST CHAVIS, 19 of Monroe with:




Police have also charged ANTONIO IRA CHAVIS, 21 of Monroe with:




Both are currently being held at the Union County Detention Center on $25,000 bond each.

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By: Brett Davis/Staff

Monroe city police were called to the Family Video store located at 216 North Charlotte Av Friday after store clerks spotted an intoxicated male who was armed with a gun.

According to a patron of the store, at around 8:30pm they spotted the man who had been threatening to harm himself or others and he was armed with a handgun. He then got into a vehicle that was parked in the lot and appeared to have passed out holding the gun.

Police arrived quickly and was able to disarm the man and took him into custody. Officers determined that the man was a possible danger to himself and the public and transported him to an area hospital to be mentally evaluated.

No charges were placed against the person at the time of the incident but he may face charges after his release from the hospital.

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Atlanta GA July 24 2009ShoppingCenter

A renewed spree of brazen robberies that focus on denim is causing anxiety, anger and hardship among retailers in metropolitan Atlanta.
The latest thefts at Macy’s at the Lenox Square mall was hit Friday and come after a nine-month lull in a series of heists dating to 2007, which has victimized some 70 stores, and resulted in the loss of product worth an estimated $1.5 million.
In a now familiar scenerio, police said nine thieves wearing masks smashed a Macy’s street window and stole about 80 pairs of jeans worth $10,000. The break-in, which was reported about 3:30 a.m. after a motion-sensor alarm sounded, is the first time a department store at an upscale mall has been victimized. Authorities said security video showed the suspects loading three vans with the stolen merchandise before fleeing. A Macy’s spokesman declined to comment.
Macy’s at Lenox Square is in the affluent Buckhead section across the street from Blue Genes, a premium denim boutique where $100,000 in denim and sportswear was stolen this month when thieves broke the front window and loaded the inventory into two vans. It was the eighth robbery of the store in two years. In addition, eyewear valued at $150,000 was stolen from a nearby Pearle Vision center last month using the same tactic.
A sign posted on the Blue Genes front door said it is temporarily closed and will reopen in early July in a new location. Owners Jane Sims and Jennifer and Julie Arrendale filed for bankruptcy in December. They could not be reached for comment. No arrests have been made in the June heist.
Another high-end boutique, eModa, in the Midtown section, was robbed twice over a six-day span in May. The thieves took premium denim, sportswear, shoes and jewelry worth an estimated $80,000.
The crime wave by suspected gang members has forced merchants to cope with losing their insurance or rising rates, as well as higher security costs. They also have lost peace of mind.
It’s like the Wild, Wild West out there, said Camille Wright, owner of Kaleidoscope in suburban Decatur, Ga., which was robbed in June 2008 by eight men who pepper-sprayed and punched two clerks in the face before escaping with $40,000 in denim. People are just coming in and taking whatever they want and doing whatever they want.
Five juveniles were arrested in the holdup, authorities said. They are awaiting trial.
Wright said she has been dropped by her insurance company since the theft, adding that six security cameras have done little to ease her worry.
These guys don’t care about security cameras, she said. They’ll just rip them off the walls or cover their faces. As a retailer, there’s nothing you can do. You’re a sitting duck. This thing is coming at you from every angle and penalties for these crimes are nothing. Nobody’s holding anybody’s feet to the fire.
The first theft at eModa occurred May 8 when nine robbers were caught by video surveillance cameras smashing the glass back door and stealing $50,000 worth of denim lines such as True Religion and Rock & Republic.
It took them one minute to clear out all that merchandise, said owner Dan Kogan. It took police three minutes to respond after the alarm went off.
Kogan restocked the store and had the back door reinforced with wood and steel. Six days later, a half-dozen thieves broke down the new door and took $30,000 worth of merchandise from the same lines, as well as some sportswear.
They just broke [the door] down again, the exact same way by smashing their bodies against it, he said. They all had gloves on, they all had positions and they all knew exactly what they were doing. These are professional criminals and jeans are obviously a commodity to them.
Kogan has installed iron bars on the outside of his doors but says he won’t consider a private security guard.
In these economic times, how can [independent] boutiques afford that?” he said.
Police arrested four suspects after finding jeans with eModa sales tags at an apartment complex in southwest Atlanta. All have been released on bond.
Law enforcement authorities said the so-called Blue Jeans Bandits belong to a street gang known as 30 Deep, whose members also are being sought in the fatal shooting in January of a bartender near downtown Atlanta.
Police have made more than 20 arrests in the robberies since July 2008, but no suspects have gone to trial and most have been released, said Sgt. Archie Ezell, an Atlanta Police Department spokesman. He said 30 Deep’s organizers send out younger thieves to commit the crimes because they know the punishments aren’t as bad for juveniles.
The stolen goods, which were mostly resold last summer at swap meets, beauty salons and nightclubs, are now being resold to groups that are writing big orders with the gang before the robberies, said Ezell, adding that a $200 pair of premium jeans usually has a street value of about $70.
Property crime rose 7.6 percent in Atlanta last year, compared with a 1.6 percent decrease nationwide, according to the FBI’s 2008 Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. Mayor Shirley Franklin has instituted police furloughs, cut officers’ salaries 10 percent and reduced their hours and benefits in an effort to shave $13 million from the city’s budget deficit. The City Council has approved a property tax increase, which is intended to allow furloughs to be rescinded.
Franklin and Police Chief Richard Pennington both declined to comment on the retail robbery investigation. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. did not respond to requests for comment.
Police have reinstated the Retail Theft Task Force, which was formed last year but disbanded in January.
The task force sounds like a p.r. move, said Dana Spinola, the owner of Fab’rik, a Midtown Atlanta boutique that has lost $250,000 in denim inventory in five robberies over the last two years. When [the police department] first started it last year, they had a big meeting and invited the press and the retailers who had been robbed. The next day I got robbed again.
No arrests have been made, she said. We’ve never heard back from police on any of the robberies at our store.
Spinola said her security system has done little to dissuade the thieves, citing the speed with which the crimes are committed.
It happens so fast, she said. These guys have done their homework before they come in and they know the police will be slow. It’s not rocket science. It’s just about having more officers available when the alarms go off.
Spinola now locks her entire denim inventory in a safe at night, has dropped targeted lines such as True Religion and has cut her denim offerings by about 15 percent.
We’re definitely moving away from being as denim-heavy, she said.
Farshad Arshid, owner of Standard, a men’s and women’s contemporary boutique in Midtown, has been robbed twice once at gunpoint of $30,000 in denim.
Arshid’s insurance premiums shot up after he was dropped by one company and he has spent quite a bit on security gates and cameras, measures that haven’t squelched his fears.
There have been nights when I’d get up out of bed, drive to my store and sit outside in my car, just waiting for someone to show up and break in, Arshid said. That’s how freaked out I’ve been.
In this kind of economic environment, we’re held hostage to this thing, he said. The police have not been a help at all. All they do when I call to request more surveillance is tell me to hire an off-duty officer. What independent boutique owner can afford to pay a security guard $25 to $40 an hour? We’re all small businesses and we’re not able to absorb losses like this.

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Wesley Chapel NC July 24 2009

Firefighters from Mineral springs and Wesley Chapel are on the scene of a structure fire on Gladedale Lane off from New Town Rd.

Firefighters have reported smoke and flames coming from the attic area of the house.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Bboshersy: Brett Davis/staff

Monroe police traveled to Columbia South Carolina on Thursday with an arrest warrant in hand for James C Boshers, 43 charging him with first degree murder.

On Sunday, Boshers allegedly killed his girlfriend of two weeks in a house in Monroe and then fled the state driving the victim’s vehicle.

After running out of gas and becoming distraught, police transported Boshers to a local hospital where he confessed to the murder to a doctor.

Monroe police investigators say that Boshers killed Sandra Wengert, 47 at 4106 Rocky River Rd.

Boshers is now awaiting trial and is being held without bond in the Union County jail.

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By: Rick McCann

Long before our economy went sour and jobs were harder to find then diamonds in your backyard, people have had to work $7 and $8 an hour jobs to survive. Some are even working for less than that at or near the minimum wage.

There are all kinds of reasons why people have found themselves in these jobs and many reasons why they have stayed there without out investing in the time and energy that it takes to secure a better position with a higher wage and benefits.

Recently divorced, loss of spouse, teens just entering the work force, those laid-off from higher paying positions and others that have few or no skills or education mainly make up this tier of the workforce.

While many would look at these positions as the lowest point in their life, others have chosen to view the work as a paid training course and have taken advantage of every hour spent “in-class” while being paid to learn a business from the most entry level of positions.

Myricka Johnson, a Houston mother of three, found herself working at a McDonald’s to support her children and keep a roof over their heads after her husband left her for another woman. She was stranded with only a few dollars and no relatives in the area to help her and was forced to apply for the job the next day. She reasoned that it would just be for a few weeks while she sought other employment and that she might even get to take some left over food from the restaurant home to her children until she could financially get on her feet.

Working forty hours and taking care of three children didn’t leave much time for Myricka to head out to other job interviews so she began to concentrate on the job that she had working on the assembly line putting together hamburgers and Big Mac, filet sandwiches and doing whatever the manager asked of her.

She soon worked her way up to a team manager, went to the library and read books from Raymond Kroc, CEO of McDonald and Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s and restaurant management and went from making a few hundred dollars a week to making more than enough to support her children and have money left in her bank account.

Jerry Wilson started at the Home Depot while still in high school. It was just a way for him to make enough cash to be able to take girls out on dates on the week-end, pay for his car insurance which was an agreement that he had made with his parents when he was hired and still have money left over to feed the snack machine at school.

But as Jerry was working at the store, he realized that he liked working with people and with home supplies. He too applied himself to the low paying hourly job and learned the various departments within the store. First the paint department, learning what colors to mix to create the perfect color scheme for customers. Then he moved to the appliance and the lumber areas of the store and trained on the front end as a cashier.

By the time Jerry graduated from school, he was settled in to the position and looking at Home Depot as a career. Though his parents wanted him to go a university, he opted for community college and began working full time for the store.

Wilson’s attitude, hard work, and drive soon put him in the position to be trained as an assistant manager.

Anyone in any position could look at their job as paid training for a higher, better paying career in the industry where they are working. With the right attitude and willingness to learn, you could inhale everything that there is to know about the company, what they do and how, what makes them tick, how they like to do business, customer service and even what vendors they use. This information is certainly going to invaluable to any employer who honestly promotes from within.

Large numbers of security guards have worked their way up from minimum wage to substantial salaries by learning the security business, taking any and all free training, certifications or other on-the-job training and moving up the rank from guard to shift supervisor or site manager, patrol supervisor, training officer, operations or branch managers and beyond. The same is true for many in the loss prevention field. Though they may start out as a LP agent, those who stay focused, learn the ropes of the business, and soak up all that they can about retail security, soon progress within the company and find themselves advancing to loss prevention managers, district or regional level management or are quickly scooped up by the competition and paid attractive salaries and benefits.

For those who may not have a college degree and think that they’ll never obtain such levels, Myricka and Jerry are just two examples of what on the job training, dedication and commitment, and loyalty to your employer and your job regardless of what it pays currently can do for you.

Giving any business your complete effort and staying in the right frame of mind can educate and train you far more than sitting in a classroom for years wishing that you were somewhere else.

As with anything in life, it’s all what you make of it and your current employment just might be the vehicle for true success, happiness, and even wealth.

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By: Brett Davis/staff

The Union County District Attorney’s Office has said that they will seek the death penalty for Benjamin Mac Taylor if he is tried for the murder of his grandfather.

The charges stem from the shooting death of Taylor’s grandfather, 74 year old Douglas Eugene Taylor, on April 25th. According to sheriff department reports, someone fired into the home of the grandparents on Faith Church Road in Indian Trail. Sheriff investigators say that someone was Benjamin Taylor.

Investigators linked the shooting to the grandson soon after the shooting and he was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder in the shooting of his grandfather and grandmother. Shirley Taylor was wounded in the arm. Taylor also faces additional charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, felony breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering.

Shirley Taylor spoke during the preliminary hearing on Thursday, saying she’s raised her grandson since he was 4 years old.

“In my heart, I know that he did not pull that trigger,” she said.

Taylor’s father also disputes investigators claims that his son is guilty saying he knows he wasn’t there and didn’t do it but did not elaborate.

The minimum sentence for first-degree murder in North Carolina is life in prison without parole. The state may offer plea arrangements, modifying charges to lesser offenses so that defendants avoid trial and might serve lesser sentences.

District attorneys decide whether to pursue the death penalty based on North Carolina Statute 15A. “We look at the evidence based on what the statute requires,” District Attorney John Snyder said.
If a district attorney chooses to seek the death penalty, a 12-person jury must consider both aggravating and mitigating factors and unanimously decide whether the defendant is guilty of first-degree murder. If so, they must then decide whether to sentence him or her to death. A jury could also find a defendant guilty of lesser charges.

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