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UNION COUNTY NC JULY 10 2009
As mayors and other local politicians file their intentions to run for positions within the county including re-election, Wesley Chapel Mayor Tracey Clinton announced that she has no plans to run for re-election.
Wesley Chapel Council has faced two controversial decisions and struggles with the local volunteer fire department and gun control. The council denied the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department a permit to build a new station. The VFD plans to appeal that decision and may bring a lawsuit against the village. The Village Council also passed an ordinance limiting the use of firearms within village limits.
A local landowner challenged the ordinance in court and has been granted a temporary injunction allowing him to flout the village rules.
But Clinton said that neither of those battles played into her decision to back out of politics. She said that she had decided some time ago not to run again and to offer her support to Councilman Brad Horvath in his bid for mayor.
Clinton is also the president of the Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association, which is in the middle of its own struggles over floodplain issues at Optimist Park. Clinton said she will maintain her position there, at least until the floodplain issues are resolved
Weddington Mayor Nancy Anderson said she has not made a decision yet as to whether she will run for re-election. Anderson has until noon on July 17 to file for re-election.
As of now, two others have filed to run to be Weddington’s mayor. Ken Evans and Barbara Harrison have both submitted their paperwork to the county elections office.
Marshville Mayor Frank Deese and Lake Park Mayor Kendall Spence have filed to run for re-election. Others still have a week to decide and file the necessary papers.
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Waxhaw NC July 10 2009
An emergency call came into the County 911 Center Friday morning reporting a possible gas leak at an area business and that triggered a full response of emergency workers.
Union County officials say that the Waxhaw Family Physicians at 3614 Providence RD. reported that several people were getting sick in their office and that they suspect a gas leak in their building. Union County EMS and several fire departments responded to the call as workers and patients evacuated from the business.
EMS personnel said that they treated five persons on scene as fire personnel checked the building and notified gas department personnel to respond.
Authorities said that no one was injured or transported to the hospital and emergency personnel cleared from the scene.
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Authorities identified the suspect Monday night as 41-year-old Patrick Tracy Burris. They say bullets in the gun found on Burris after he was killed by police in Gastonia, N.C., matched those used to kill residents in and around Gaffney some 30 miles away.
Authorities did not immediately say where Burris was from.
GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A man suspected of killing five people and terrorizing a South Carolina community was shot to death Monday by police investigating a burglary complaint at a home 30 miles away.
Ballistics tests on a gun and bullets found with the man in Gastonia, N.C., match those used in a weeklong killing spree in and around Gaffney, said State Law Enforcement Deputy Director Neil Dolan.
“We have him. He’s our serial killer,” Dolan said Monday night.
Authorities did not release the man’s name, but said he has had several encounters with law enforcement over the years.
Dolan said the physical evidence leaves no doubt the slain suspect was the person who shot five people to death over six days. But investigators still have no idea why he started the killing spree June 27.
“He was unpredictable. He was scary. He was weird,” Dolan said.
The case came to an end in Gastonia early Monday after a couple called police to report a suspicious sport utility vehicle in their neighborhood.
Mike and Terri Valentine were on edge because the Gaffney serial killer was just a short drive away.
They watched two people who sometimes visit the neighboring home get out of the vehicle, followed by a third man who matched the description of the killer: tall, heavyset, unshaven and wearing a baseball cap. The man appeared to be very drunk, Mike Valentine said.
When officers went inside, Terri Valentine said she heard someone yell “put it down” and heard a gunshot.
Then “bam, bam, bam, bam. Next thing I know, all of Gaston County was here,” she said.
Gaston County police said the other two people were in custody, but did not indicate whether they were facing charges.
The Gaffney killings happened in a 10-mile area over six days. A peach farmer was killed June 27, an 83-year-old woman and her daughter were found bound and shot four days later, and the next day a father and his teen daughter were shot in their family’s furniture store.
SLED Chief Reggie Lloyd said the investigation isn’t over, and Cherokee County Sheriff Bill Blanton said investigators will trace the suspect’s recent activities and trying to figure out if he has killed other people in other places.
Blanton said he hopes the arrest calms the fears of 54,000 people in the county 50 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., known for its peach orchards and mills.
“We feel the victims’ pain,” Blanton said. “This isn’t over. We’re just changing gears.”
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MONROE NC JULY 4 2009
USE CAUTION DRIVING IN THE COUNTY TODAY!
THERE ARE 5 SERIOUS ACCIDENTS AT THIS MOMENT AND SEVERAL ROADS ARE CLOSED DOWN!
Serious accident-4 injured-1 pinned into vehicle on Pageland Hwy/601 South near Macedonia Church Rd
Helicopter has been dispatched to scene.
Road Is Closed!
Wolf Pond RD.
Road is closed near Stack RD. Serious motorcycle accident.
Two accidents on Hwy 74
5 car pile-up at Hwy 74 and Rocky River RD.
2 Car wreck at Flea Market.
Union County NC July 3 2009
Indian Trail: Festival and parade, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; parade at 11:30 a.m. on Indian Trail Road, between U.S. 74 and Old Charlotte Highway.
Monroe: City festival, 4:30-9:30 p.m., with games, music and food; concert by Continental Divide, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.; Belk Tonawanda Park, Skyline Drive.
Unionville: Parade, 1 p.m., Unionville Road; town festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Unionville Volunteer Fire Department.
Waxhaw: Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; parade, 10 a.m., in downtown area; fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Jackson Station, N.C. 16 (about a mile north of town
Union County NC July 3 2009
Police in the Charlotte metro region and across the Carolinas are launching a Fourth of July holiday crackdown on speeding and drunk driving.
The crackdown already is under way, with the Highway Patrol in both Carolinas and local law enforcement agencies staying very active on the region’s highways today.
In North Carolina, the police activity is being called Operation Firecracker. It involved the N.C. Highway Patrol, sheriff’s offices and local police.
“I have instructed our troopers to crack down on traffic violators on our interstates and to apply strict enforcement to those motorists who are traveling at dangerous speeds or in a careless manner,” said Colonel Walter Wilson Jr., commander of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
North Carolina troopers will use electronic speed-tracking devices and will increase their road patrols. South Carolina troopers will do the same, authorities there say.
In addition to speeding, police say they also plan to watch for drunk drivers.
Police though-out Union County will also be stepping up enforcement looking for aggressive driving, vehicles that do not maintain a safe distance with vehicles in front of them, weaving drivers, speeders and DUI violators.
Area police will also be using roadblocks in various parts of the county.
And, added N.C. Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin, troopers also will increase efforts to deal with people who violate the state’s littering laws. Clendenin said that under tougher littering laws passed by the N.C. General Assembly, first-time offenders can be fined as much as $1,000 and be ordered to perform up to 24 hours of community service. Repeat offenders can get a $2,000 fine and 50 hours community service.
MONROE NC July 3 2009
Police said that what started as a call about a suspicious vehicle ended up with a search for a car theft suspect and a recovery of a stolen vehicle.
The call came into the 911 communications center at around 4:40pm Wednesday and when police arrived they found more than what they had expected.
Monroe police also called in the Union County sheriff’s office K-9 team to help track for any suspects in the area as other officers closed off areas around Hospital Drive and kept a perimeter.
After several hours of searching, police did not locate anyone but said that the case is still under investigation.