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Animal Control investigates picture posted of dog with mouth taped shut

South Daytona Animal Control is investigating a picture posted on Facebook of a dog’s mouth taped shut.

The post was seen on an account operated by Katie Brown of South Daytona.

The picture shows a dog with its mouth taped shut and a caption reading, “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!.”

The post was shared by more than 25,000 people and has generated dozens of negative comments.

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A follow-up post possibly made by Brown stated, “Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since... POINT MADE!!!”

Channel 9 received dozens of calls about the post and contacted Volusia County Animal Services, which said on its Facebook page it was made aware of the picture and South Daytona Animal Control is investigating.

The City of South Daytona's Facebook page said that the police department is aware of the incident and an animal abuse investigation is underway.

No further details have been released.

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Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:35:00 -0500

About the officer killed in Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was shot and killed by a gunman at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Nov. 27, 2015.

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Swasey was among the first responders to the shooting and subsequent standoff, which lasted almost six hours.

The shooting also left two civilians dead.

Four other officers and five other civilians were wounded in the shooting, as well.

Pam Shockley Zalabak, UCCS chancellor, released the following statement following the shooting:

“It is with great sadness that I share that the tragic events today at the offices of Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs have touched the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

"A UCCS police officer, Garrett Swasey, 44, responded in support of Colorado Springs Police to the active shooter situation at about 11:50 a.m. Friday. He was killed in the line of duty.

"UCCS officers are sworn, state-certified police officers. Officer Swasey was on duty at the campus and responded in support of Colorado Springs Police.

"Officer Swasey was a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police Department.

UCCS is working with Officer Swasey’s family and continues to support the Colorado Springs Police Department at the shooting scene.”

Swasey was an elder at Hope Chapel, according to the church's website. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; a son, Elijah; and a daughter, Faith, as identified on the church website.

Swasey was raised in Massachusetts and was a competitive skater, competing in the 1995 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and later performing in ice shows in northern Maine, according to a local report in Colorado. 

>>Read more about the shooting at The Denver Post.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:22:26 -0500

Parking slim as shoppers swarm Charlotte Premium Outlets

Shoppers found themselves circling the lots at Charlotte Premium Outlets as parking filled to capacity on Black Friday.

“We had to park all the way at Zaxby’s,” Erica Chriboga said. “We drove around for about 30 to 45 minutes, and it was madness.”
Tow trucks were on site, looking for those who parked illegally as well.

“They were parked everywhere,” Ann Lammers said. “We went through the lot numerous times, all the way around.”
The Eyewitness News crew spotted vehicles parked on the edge of the curb.
Nekeva Walters works at Premium Outlets and was forced to leave her car at the curb.

“I mean, I had nowhere else to park,” she said.

Officials at Premium Outlets said this is a great problem to have, and they expect even larger crowds Saturday and advise shoppers to be patient.

Be sure to download the WSOC-TV Wake Up app to get the latest breaking news, weather and traffic on your phone first thing in the mornings.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:07:35 -0500

Volunteers treat ducks, turtles after fuel spill at NASCAR Plaza

Volunteers in Charlotte are treating ducks and turtles that were covered with diesel after a fuel spill into local creek.

Volunteers with Carolina Waterfowl Rescue found 10 ducks in Freedom Park on Wednesday and planned to rescue another 20 to 30 ducks in the park this week.

Authorities say a generator at the NASCAR Plaza building spilled about 1,000 gallons of diesel into a storm drain on Wednesday. The fuel then entered Little Sugar Creek and traveled 4 miles south to a shopping center.

Jennifer Gordon, executive director of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, said the rescued ducks received medical evaluations and a charcoal-based fluid to flush out any fuel they may have ingested. Kara Lopp of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said several turtles also were rescued.

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Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:12:24 -0500

NFL fans flock into Panthers team store

Carolina Panthers fans were out in full force at Bank of America Stadium on Black Friday taking pictures and grabbing some Panthers gear. 
The team has become the 16th NFL team to start a season 11-0 and fans are loving it.
Team store employees said the winning season has absolutely had an impact on sales.
They said the store has been noticeably busier than past seasons, and this Black Friday was the busiest they've seen in a while and almost as busy as a game day.
The store drew in other NFL fans.
Kalif Perkins was there with his family visiting from Dallas. 
"I'm a Cowboys fan I'll admit that but I do respect the Panthers,” Perkins said. ‘They're a really good and surprising football team."
Denise Cooper Page is an Atlanta Falcons fan but said she's always supported Panthers quarterback Cam Newton who is originally from Georgia. 
"I'm going to buy a jersey, I'm going to support him," she said, "I'm going to wear it except on Falcon-Carolina day." 
The fans said they'd be at the store even if it wasn’t Black Friday.
"While we're in town, we wanted to come by the shop and see if there were any Black Friday sales," Jill Saleebe said. "But either way, we're here to support the Panthers and we're just so proud of them."
"I'm a number one fan," Cynthia Thomas said, "So I don't just come out for Black Friday I come out any time they have a special or anytime of the season."

Be sure to download the WSOC-TV Wake Up app to get the latest breaking news, weather and traffic on your phone first thing in the mornings. 

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:47:48 -0500

Feds allot $4 million in 2016 to butterfly habitats in 10 states

Federal officials in the Department of Agriculture (USDA) are sending $4 million to 10 states next year to promote the planting of milkweed and other nectar-producing plants that attract butterflies.

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Populations of monarchs have decreased significantly in the past two decades, from an estimated 1 billion butterflies in 1995 to about 34 million today. The Obama administration has set a goal of boosting the eastern population of monarchs back up to 225 million by 2020.

Milkweed is the only plant on which monarch butterflies will lay their eggs, and monarchs must reproduce along their migratory path to survive as a species. The monarch’s journey to and from Mexico takes three to four generations. They fly south from eastern North America to roosting spots in the mountains of central Mexico, where they spend the winter before heading back to lay eggs on milkweed plants. 

In many areas of the Midwest and southern Great Plains, farmers and landowners have cleaned milkweed and other weeds from along fence rows, pasture land, cropland and buffer areas along waterways and wetlands. Those weeds included many of the flowering plants that provide monarchs and other pollinating insects with shelter and food.

"We're trying to add milkweed back into the landscape, but also other flowering plants," Zezula said.

The 10 states where the USDA will spend the funds, providing technical and financial aid for landowners who plant for monarchs, are:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:59:15 -0500

Woman arrested for dancing naked on historic street

A Memphis woman was arrested on Thanksgiving after police say she was dancing naked on Beale Street.

Marilyn Corbett was jailed on charges of disorderly conduct, indecent exposure and public intoxication.

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According to the affidavit of complaint, an officer walking at Second and Beale was flagged down by a citizen who was concerned about Corbett’s behavior. The officer was able to detain the 44-year-old defendant, who was belligerent and highly intoxicated.

The affidavit states Corbett was fully nude while dancing in the street. She was being combative with the officer and refused to put her clothes back on.

Police said Marilyn Corbett is known to be diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She was placed into custody and taken to Regional One before being taken to jail.

She is being held on $250 bond. She will appear in court on November 30.

 For more, visit MyFoxMemphis.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:54:56 -0500

Woman's hair ignites during surgery

A woman's hair caught on fire during a surgery at Cape Cod Hospital. 

An automatic fire alarm called in the Hyannis Fire Department, but the surgical team was able to extinguish the small fire. 

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The hospital blamed the incident on a heat generating piece of equipment and the woman is now resting comfortably.

For more, visit MyFoxBoston.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:33:13 -0500

Gastonia firefighter injured in kitchen fire

Gastonia firefighters responded to a structure fire Friday afternoon in Gastonia.

Firefighters arrived on the scene of a one-story residential duplex at 515 W.Garrison Blvd. with smoke coming from the front and rear of the structure. 

Gastonia firefighters discovered a fire in the kitchen of one of the units, which was extinguished in about 10 minutes.

A firefighter had minor injuries and was treated at a medical facility.

The occupants escaped with no injuries.

An estimated $25,000 in damages was caused by the fire.

The fire was started by food left unattended while cooking on a stove.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:09:32 -0500

Deputies: Florida couple stole $5 from 11-year-old girl

A man and his girlfriend were accused of stealing $5 from an 11-year-old girl who was walking home from a Dollar General store in Brooksville, Florida.

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The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said that on Saturday, Nov. 21, the girl was approached by Courtney Barter, 25, and Nathaniel Prater, 21. 

According to WFLA, the girl told authorities that Barter told her "give me all you have." The girl complied and gave Barter a $5 bill, which was what she had left after having shopped at the Dollar General. After taking the money from the girl the pair ran away, according to the report. 

The 11-year-old used her cellphone to call her father to tell him what happened.

Deputies found Prater and Barter walking along  a road in Brooksville. According to the report, Prater was found with a glass pipe and a razor blade that had electrical tape on one end that "served as a make-shift handle." Deputies say Prater threw the pipe under the deputies' patrol car. The pipe had white residue on it which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report. 

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Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:33:12 -0500

Thieves steal $35,000 worth of Christmas trees

A Christmas grinch stole two trailers full of Christmas trees from a Costco in Kendall, Florida.

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Police still have not recovered them.

The trees were stolen while still in the refrigerated trailers they were transported in.

Police said the thieves drove over 30 miles before disabling the GPS trackers used to monitor the trailers.

"They stole the whole trailer. They're just desperate," said Mike Welsh, owner and operator of Welsh Transport.

Welsh had unloaded a shipment of poinsettias at the Costco where the Christmas trees were stolen shortly before the trailers were stolen. He said he saw the trailers while they were still outside the store.

The Costco store assured customers it will have enough Christmas trees for everyone who wants one this holiday season.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:01:30 -0500

Suspect ID'd in shooting at Planned Parenthood that killed three

The suspect in the shooting at a Planned Parenthood medical center in Colorado Springs has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 59, the according to The Denver Post.

At around 5 p.m. local time, police said the gunman who had been taken into custody at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility, after nearly six hours of shooting and a standoff with police.

At least 11 people, including five police officers, were taken to hospitals after being shot, police Lt. Catherine Buckley said.

One police officer and two civilian victims died, according to police officials Friday night. The remaining victims were in good condition, they said.

The fallen officer was identified as University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Officer Garrett Swasey, 44. He was among the first responders to the almost six-hour standoff. His death was first reported by a police organization on social media.

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A number of people were evacuated during the standoff — some wrapped in blankets in the blowing snow — to a nearby Veterans Administration clinic.

For several hours, the firing of a long gun was the only indication police had that the shooter was in the building, Buckley said. Officers finally made voice contact by shouting to him and convinced him to surrender, she said.

Video from The Denver Post showed a tall man in a white T-shirt being led away by police as snow fell on the frigid evening.

With the immediate threat over, authorities turned their attention to inspecting unspecified items the gunman left outside the building and carried inside in bags.

Three officers were injured while responding just before noon to the initial report of shots fired. More than two hours later, the gunman shot and injured a fourth officer in another exchange with police inside the clinic, Buckley said.

It was not immediately clear when the fifth officer was shot.

The suspect surrendered about five hours after entering the building. Police did not name the person.

Authorities said they haven't determined a motive or whether the shooter had any connection to Planned Parenthood.

"We don't have any information on this individual's mentality, or his ideas or ideology," Buckley said.

Planned Parenthood released a statement that said it did not know the full circumstances or motives behind the attack, or whether the organization was the target.

The shots sent people inside the clinic racing for cover. Jennifer Motolinia hid behind a table inside the clinic and called her brother, Joan, who said he heard multiple gunshots in the background.

"She was telling me to take care of her babies because she could get killed," Joan Motolinia said of his sister, the mother of three.

He rushed to the clinic but was frustrated because a police barricade kept him from getting close.

"People were shooting for sure. I heard someone shooting. There was a lot of gunfire. She was calm, she was trying to hide from those people," he said.

Police inside the building ushered staff and patients to the second floor without saying why, employee Cynthia Garcia told her mother-in-law, Tina Garcia.

Then Cynthia Garcia heard gunshots, but she couldn't tell where they were coming from, Tina Garcia told The Associated Press.

Police cordoned off the clinic, nearby medical offices and a shopping center. Authorities ordered everyone in the area to take shelter where they were.

Denise Speller, manager of a nearby hair salon, said she heard as many as 20 gunshots in less than five minutes.

She told The Gazette newspaper that she saw two officers near a bank branch, not far from the Planned Parenthood facility.

One of the officers appeared to fall to the ground and the other officer knelt down to help and then tried to get the officer to safety behind a patrol car, she said. Another officer told Speller to seek shelter inside the building.

"We're still pretty freaked out," Speller said by phone while still trapped inside the salon. "We can't stop shaking."

Shelley Satulla said she saw five or six people put on stretchers and placed in ambulances lined up next to King Soopers shopping center near the clinic.

Mike Pelosi, who works at a deli at a nearby King Soopers grocery store, said he heard over the store's loudspeaker just before noon that nobody could leave the store.

The location of the shooting is less than 6 miles from the street where a man shot and killed two of three people before dying in a gun battle with police on Halloween day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:58:44 -0500

1 person dies in house fire on Hilton Head Island

Authorities say an 85-year-old woman died in an early-morning house fire on Hilton Head Island.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says deputies and firefighters responded about 4 a.m. Friday. After the fire was extinguished, the office confirmed one person died.

The coroner's office identified the victim as Annie Mae Bolden.

Deputy Coroner David Ott told The Island Packet of Hilton Head that an autopsy scheduled later Friday will determine how she died.

It's not yet known what caused the fire.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:20:59 -0500

Man bikes thousands of miles with message, 'Veterans are a national treasure'

A man is riding his bike thousands of miles with one message:Tthere's still good in the world.

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In 2012, Bob Votruba took his longest ride - a 4,000-mile trek from California to New York.

His mission was inspired by the Virginia Tech tragedy in 2007. Vortruba said that while watching horror unfold on his TV, he realized something was missing in the world. He wanted to show people, especially children, that people still have goodness in them.

Votruba is pedaling with a passion, paving his own road of kindness. This time, he's biking 1,600 miles around the state of Florida, stopping in 35 cities in 27 days.

“I’m a one-man show, if you will,” Votruba told Action News Jax. "Trying to raise awareness about kindness."

The 60-year-old has been biking around the country for almost 8 1/2 years. The mission of each trip is different. The focus of his Florida trip is to raise awareness for those who served America. 

“Trying to help as many veterans as we possibly can,” Votruba said.

On Thursday, Votruba spent time volunteering at the Clara White Mission, an organization dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, including veterans, in the Jacksonville, Florida community.

Votruba traded his home, car and most of his possessions for a bike and the "kindness bus," where he sleeps.

The bus is filled with hundreds of messages of kindness in 52 languages written by people he’s met across the country.

“The kindness bus tour is dedicated to all the children of the world. May they only know love,” Votruba said.

The bus follows him on the long bike rides he's been taking for the past eight years and he said he's nowhere close to chaining up his bike.

“We all, I think, in our lives can take a little bit of our day and help one another,” Votruba said.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:20:02 -0500

Coats taped on poles help keep needy warm in W.Va. town

A group that calls itself "Toni's Team," is trying to make sure people in need in its community can stay warm this winter.

It started with only a few coats taped up arond Huntington, West Virginia. Attached, was a simple message, "If you need me, I am yours. God bless you. Team Toni," WCHS reported.

The note means if you're cold, and in need of a coat, take one.

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Throughout the past few days, dozens of jackets have been taped to light and utility poles in the community.

Members are also doing community coat drives, according to the group's Facebook page.

The group is named in honor of Toni Black, who died of lung cancer in 2012.

The coats on poles initiative is part of the group's push to, as a representative of "Toni's Team" says, love others as you wish to be loved, WCHS reported.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:14:04 -0500

Numerous North Carolina laws taking effect in December

New North Carolina laws are aimed at cracking down on revenge porn and graffiti, keeping children safe from the liquid used in electronic cigarettes and regulating how law enforcement agencies use automatic license plate readers.

Parts or all of more than 30 laws passed by North Carolina lawmakers will take effect Tuesday.

Below are highlights from the new laws:


The law bars the distribution of nude images without the subject's consent and with the intent to cause harm. The offense will be a felony for adult offenders and repeat juvenile offenders. At least two-dozen other states have passed laws addressing so-called revenge porn, with most enacted in the past two years.



The state will require child-resistant packaging for the nicotine liquid used in the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry, with violations resulting in the most severe type of misdemeanor. The bill was approved unanimously by both chambers and had the backing of North Carolina-based cigarette companies and a state task force on child safety.



Penalties have been toughened for those who spray-paint or deface public or private buildings, tombstones or public statues. While vandalism and property damage were previously addressed under state law, the new law creates an offense called "graffiti vandalism." A violator would be charged with a misdemeanor initially, but upon a third conviction the crime would generally be upgraded to a felony.



The law increases penalties for people who abuse group home residents and requires employees or volunteers who witness abuse to report it. The law was championed by the parents of a young man who was abused at a North Carolina nursing home.



The state created regulations for state and local law enforcement agencies that use automatic license plate readers in patrol cars or at fixed locations. The agencies must have a written policy on the systems' use and keep maintenance information on file. License plate data captured by the systems can only be preserved for 90 days unless it's subject to a search warrant or request from a law enforcement agency.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:51:37 -0500

'Stormtroopers' hang 10 for tourism shoot

"Star Wars" is everywhere, but this is one you don't see everyday.

Stormtroopers were caught hitting the waves, if Stormtroopers can hit anything, in Gloucestershire, the BBC reported.

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The Galatic Empire was invited by the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourisum Association to help promote the park's new television and movie trail.

The area was filmed as part of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and has also been featured in "Dr. Who" and "Harry Potter."

The waves were caused by tide coming up a narrowing estuary flowing into the River Severn, the BBC reported.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:45:45 -0500

White House locked down after man jumps fence

It didn't take long for federal security agents to act after an incident at the White House on Thursday.

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A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House, prompting a lockdown the day the first family celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Secret Service said the man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody.

An image of the man atop a section of fence in front of the North Lawn was posted on WJLA's website.

A second image shows the man standing on the lawn with his arms raised in victory.

One witness, Victoria Pena, said the man, who was later identified as Joseph Caputo, rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder.

"I just heard him take a big, deep breath and whisper to himself, 'All right, let's do this,' and he took off," Pena told WJLA. "It was chaotic. Everyone around us was yelling and kids were crying. It was pretty unexpected."

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said the north and south fence lines at the White House were temporarily closed.

Criminal charges against Caputo are pending. The contents of the envelope he was carrying are unknown.

D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) released this statement: 

"Even though it was a national holiday, the Secret Service showed it could move quickly to apprehend a fence jumper," Norton said. "However, the failure of the new White House perimeter fence, despite its recent modifications with spikes, is both baffling and discouraging. Unlike some measures necessary to ensure security, raising the height of the fence and fitting it with spikes seemed gratifyingly old school, obvious, and simple. Apparently it was not. Now, we need to get to the bottom of the problem once and for all. The place to start is learning who was consulted, why the current design was thought to be effective, what the flaws are, and what it will take to enhance the historic fence so that even a champion high jumper cannot scale it."

President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters spent the holiday at the White House.

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Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:30:22 -0500

Police: Waffle House employee killed by customer over cigarette

Police say a man killed a Waffle House employee Friday over a cigarette dispute.

According to WLOX, the shooting took place inside the restaurant, after an employee asked customer Johnny Max Mount to put out a cigarette he was smoking.

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When Mount, 45, was told he could not smoke inside the restaurant, he reportedly exited the restaurant, went to his vehicle to retrieve a gun and re-entered the restaurant, where he shot the employee.

The employee, a 52-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Mount was arrested at the scene and charged with murder. The investigation is ongoing.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:57:14 -0500

Deputies: Man shot to death at Cleveland County party

Deputies in Cleveland County have arrested a man they said shot and killed another man overnight at a party just outside of Shelby.

Officials said the shooting call came in around 1:40 a.m. from a home on Holmes Street.

When deputies arrived, they found Christopher Odoms suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was rushed to Carolinas Health Care in Shelby where he was pronounced dead.

After interviewing witnesses on the scene, a murder warrant was issued for 24-year-old Jonathan Terrell Wray of 109 Nolan Road in Lawndale. Investigators said Wray also goes by the name Jon Jon.

Shortly before 11 a.m., investigators said they had arrested Wray without incident. 

"It was a combination of good law enforcement work along with good participation from the community," Sheriff Alan Norman said.

Deputies said someone had rented out a building in the back of the house on Holmes Street to host the party, and roughly 40-50 people attended.

It's unclear if that party was legal.

"That's still under investigation to see if there were any type of sales of alcohol taking place last night or early this morning," Norman said. 

Investigators have not released a motive in the slaying but did say Odoms and Wray knew each other.

There are still several people deputies want to talk to about this case.

"There are individuals (who were at the party) that we haven't had a chance to talk to yet," Norman explained. "We're continuing to investigate what led up to this tragic incident this morning." 

This is the second homicide in Cleveland County in the past week and anyone with information should call the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office at 704-484-4822 or Crime Stoppers at 704-481-TIPS.

Channel 9 reporter Angela Hong is working to find out more on this story, follow her on Twitter for updates.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:21:03 -0500