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Ben Bradlee, Washington Post editor during Watergate, dies at 93

Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, has died. He was 93.

At the helm of the Post from 1968-1991, he led the paper through some of its most defining moments. He oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal, earning him a portrayal in the Oscar-winning film “All the President’s Men.” (Video via The Washington PostWarner Bros. / "All The President's Men")

BRADLEE VIA ABC: “These guys were on a roll. They had the town by the throat. Nobody else was touching them.”

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During his tenure, he also fought the Nixon administration over his decision to run a trove of leaked documents on the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers.

In September, his wife, fellow Post reporter Sally Quinn, disclosed Bradlee’s Alzheimer’s had gotten worse and he was in hospice care at their home. 

SALLY QUINN VIA C-SPAN: “I don’t think we’ve ever been as loving with each other as we are now. You know, we spend a lot of time together, and we hold hands, and he knows me.”

For the past 23 years, he’d carried the title “vice president at large” at the Post. He also published a memoir titled “A Good Life.”

This video includes images from Miguel Ariel Contreras Drake-McLaughlin / CC BY SA 2.0, Getty Images and Terissa Schor / CC BY NC 2.0.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:26:02 -0400

Attorney says judge scolded her for bringing baby to court

A Gwinnett County, Georgia, attorney filed a complaint against a federal judge after she says he reprimanded her for bringing her baby to court, according to Atlanta's WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Attorney Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle said she filed a motion for a continuance and provided a doctor’s note, which recommended she stay on maternity leave for six weeks.

“Counsel for the respondents is a solo practitioner and does not have another attorney in the firm that may appear on her behalf,” Ehrisman-Mickle wrote in her motion. The opposing counsel did not oppose her motion.

Judge J. Dan Pellettier Sr. denied the motion, saying she showed “no good cause” and that the “hearing date (was) set prior to counsel accepting representation.”

Ehrisman-Mickle said she found out on a Friday that the continuance had been denied for the next Tuesday. She said she made efforts to find child care but couldn’t, and no daycare would accept her baby, who was under 6 weeks old. 

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Ehrisman-Mickle said she was left with no choice but to bring her baby to court with her.

She said that when she arrived, her child started to cry and the judge reprimanded her for bringing the child to court, calling it “inappropriate.”

“Not only do you slap me in the face and deny my request for maternity leave, you embarrassed me in front of a full courtroom,” Ehrisman-Mickle told WSB-TV after she said she was forced to bring the child to U.S Immigration Court in Atlanta.  

Ehrisman-Mickle said Pelletier told her, “Your pediatrician must be appalled that you brought your child here and exposed her to all of these germs.”

She said that after a conversation, Pellettier ultimately gave her a continuance to Oct. 28, right after her maternity leave is over. However, she said she is upset with the way he handled the situation.

“I was shocked and embarrassed and humiliated, and even now I can’t believe it happened,” she said.

The complaint she filed is being investigated, but she said she is coming forward with a message to working mothers.

“I think the country needs to start to re-evaluate maternity leave and realize it is not just a vacation for moms to hang out and relax; it is a time for bonding, and it is really important for the child,” she said. 

The judge would not comment on his decision.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:39:37 -0400

Police: Mom charged after 2-year-old found alone eating gum off busy street

A mother is facing charges after police say they found her 2-year-old daughter sitting on a busy street corner alone in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

The woman who found the girl and called police said the toddler was filthy and eating gum off the ground.

Despite being alone, the woman said the girl was in good spirits.

“She’s just a sweetheart. She’s always smiling. I’ve never seen her unhappy,” said a neighbor.

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The woman who found her said the girl didn’t even cry.

The girl’s mother, Mary McChesney, is charged with endangering the welfare of children.

After Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV aired this story at 6 p.m. Tuesday, McChesney spoke with anchor Lisa Sylvester. She said the whole incident is a tragic misunderstanding. 

McChesney said she was getting ready for work, and there were two other adults in the house, but somehow her daughter opened the door.   

The mother said she’s eternally grateful for the woman who found her daughter. 

“I don’t know this lady, but she is a true blessing. She may have saved my daughter’s life,” McChesney said.

McChesney’s former neighbor said McChesney is a good mom, and this was an accident.

Police said the girl was checked out by EMS workers, and she had some cuts.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:54:51 -0400

Police: Armed and dangerous man spotted in Gastonia

Police said a wanted man considered armed and dangerous was spotted in Gastonia.
 
Harry Allison is wanted for a shooting in Clover and is accused of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
 
Police have been searching for him since a shooting last month.
 
They said he was seen Tuesday night on Kilborne Drive in Gastonia but took off when he saw police.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:54:19 -0400

Charlotte passes new tobacco ordinance

After months of discussion, Mecklenburg County leaders passed a controversial tobacco ban.

Commissioners talked about the ordinance for nearly an hour Tuesday night before voting.

The tobacco ban applies to county buildings and parks but it will not apply to county-owned golf courses, Freedom Park, Reedy Creek Park or the Matthews Sportsplex unless a special event is being held.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:34:13 -0400

Authorities investigate motorcycle wreck near Northlake Mall

Authorities investigated a serious motorcycle wreck near Northlake Mall Tuesday night.

The crash happened at about 9:40 p.m. between Northlake Centre Parkway and Mount Holly-Huntersville Road.

Paramedics said one person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Police said the motorcycle hit a curb and slammed into a guard rail.

Police blocked off roads in the area.

Return to www.wsoctv.com and watch Eyewitness News Daybreak at 4:30 a.m. for more developments on this accident.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:24:28 -0400

Woman grateful to be alive after home riddled with bullets

Police are investigating two crimes in the same neighborhood -- a robbery and shooting on Grier Heights.

Eyewitness News reporter Trish Williford spoke with a woman whose home was shot at least 15 times.

“I don't bother nobody. Everybody will tell you I live here alone by myself and mind my business,” said Sheila Cohen.
 
And that's exactly what Cohen said she was doing Sunday night when bullets pierced through her home in Grier Heights.

“I thought for a minute it was firecrackers. Pop, pop,” she said. 

Her wall, window, living room kitchen and her bedroom closet were riddled with bullet holes.

“Sitting right here, laying here, looking at Channel 9 news, I heard something say, ‘Pop’ and another one went pop,” Cohen said. 

After calling 911, she found out Charlotte police were called to a shooting in the same apartment complex 30 minutes before her home was shot at.

Police said a man was attacked and robbed at gunpoint and the assailants sped off in the victim’s car.

Cohen believes the shooting at her home and the robbery are connected.

“From what I'm hearing, that's where it all escalated from that robbery and like someone came back to retaliate and they got my house mixed up,” she said. 

She's thankful to be alive Tuesday.

“’Amen,’ that's why I say I know it's the man above. God is good all the time,” Cohen said.

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:41:00 -0400

Police charge Gaston Co. man on child sex exploitation charges

Brian Eisinger, 39, of Dallas, N.C. was charged with 14 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Investigators said he downloaded and shared pictures online.

Eisinger is in jail on $250,000 bond.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:55:14 -0400

Group says show must go on after school cancels play

A Hickory group wants to help students at Maiden High School put on a popular play after it was abruptly canceled by the principal.

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The group said it wants the students perform "Almost, Maine" at a Hickory theater since students were already rehearsing when the principal made his decision.
 
Students told Channel 9 some parents and local churches complained because the play involves a same-sex couple.

"I was really devastated for those kids,” said organizer Carmen Eckard. “It is really sad to have something you care about just yanked away from you. And kids who are in theater in high school care about theater."

The principal said he canceled the play because it "contained sexually explicit overtones and multiple sexual innuendos."

The group started a fundraiser for the play. For more on the fundraiser, click here.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:44:17 -0400

Big-rig with 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life beer stolen from truck stop

A truck driver broke down in tears on Tuesday while telling Channel 9 about the thieves who drove off with his semi full of beer from an Orange County truck stop.

The victim's truck and at least one other were swiped Monday from a truck stop on South Orange Blossom Trail.

Van Thomas was trying to live the American dream. After years as a trucker, he bought a semi three weeks ago and started a company of his own.

Thomas was traveling from Texas to Pompano Beach and was on his last stop before a delivery in Orlando when his entire truck and alcohol cargo was stolen.

"I don't mean to cry about it but I'm just trying to do the best I can and make a better life," Thomas told WFTV.

Inside the truck was 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life, which comes out to about 9,700 four-packs.

"It's just so devastating to me," said Thomas.

It's not the first time a semi has been stolen in Florida. About 180,000 eggs were stolen earlier this year in Fort Myers. A truck with Hershey chocolate was also stolen in December in Volusia County, and a truck with Slimfast was swiped near downtown Orlando.

Just when Thomas thought he lost everything, he received a phone call telling him the truck and most of the cargo had been located.

"Oh, my God. That's beautiful," he said.

The call came in from detectives that the truck had been found in Miami.

There's no word on whether the robbers knew "The Champagne of Beers" was inside at the time of the theft. Detectives are still trying to figure out who stole the two trucks and if they are part of a bigger ring.

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:05:13 -0400

Police: Massachusetts man accused of killing mother arrested in Belmont

Police captured Matthew McAveeney in Gaston County Tuesday. He had been on the run since last week.

Police in Belmont stopped him in a store parking lot.

McAveeney was charged with murder for the beating death of his mother, Barbara McAveeney, whose body was found in her Winchester, Massachusetts apartment on Oct. 14.

Winchester police discovered her body after a well-being check at her home.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:58:32 -0400

Health care official discusses Ebola preparation in Charlotte

The woman in charge of infectious diseases at Carolinas Healthcare Systems said officials have calmed a lot of fears and answered questions about Ebola, both from people in the community and within the hospital system.

Doctor Kate Passaretti said Carolinas Healthcare Systems asked for volunteers within its staff who would be willing to step up if there was a case of Ebola in Charlotte.

For those people in particular, the hospital is offering ramped-up and continual training on how to properly use the protective equipment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made changes this week to its guidelines on how to care for Ebola patients.

The biggest change is requiring health care workers to be completely covered. They will no longer be able to wear a surgical mask, which does not cover the neck.

Now they will have to have some sort of hood, covering the head and neck, as well as a shield that covers any exposed area on the face.

Passaretti  said the right gear could have possibly stopped the spread of the disease in Texas.

“Ebola is spread by contact with bodily fluids, so if there is no way for the bodily fluids to enter the body using the appropriate personal protective equipment, then yes, there should not have been transmission unless there was a slip in technique,” Passaretti said.

Carolinas Healthcare Systems officials also said they’ve had 30 people come to their local hospitals who had been to West Africa and were showing disease symptoms.

They were all ruled to not have Ebola.

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:54:29 -0400

Rock Hill police raid store for knock-off goods

Police raided a store, seizing thousands of dollars of phony name brand shoes, purses and wallets.

Neighbors were stunned to hear about the arrest of the manager at discount beauty supply on Saluda Street.

“I go in there to get hair products and stuff. I didn't know any of that was going on," said Diane Nelson.

Police got a tip from a company that investigates counterfeit merchandise and searched the business Oct. 15. They took fake Nike shoes and leather accessories worth nearly $13,000.

Jimmy Gaston runs a barber shop across the street and visits the shop several times a week for supplies.

He saw the police there last week.

"They were in, and out with boxes and carrying things out, and so forth and so on. And I was like, ‘Wow. What's going on?" Gaston said.

As often as he's in the store, he didn't have any idea that anything illegal was being sold, according to police.

"I'm surprised. I've never had any problem with them there," Gaston said.

Darryl Canty said he's disgusted about people getting ripped off.

"If you come in a store, and you expect to buy Nike and it's got a Nike symbol on it, you think it's Nike," he said.

Police arrested the store manager, Khalid Ziada, charging him with selling counterfeit goods.

Ziada is now out of jail.

Rock Hill police Detective Keith Dugan said Ziada said he didn't know anything about the knock-off merchandise because he didn't do the buying for the store.

The owner of the store is out of the country but police have a warrant for his arrest as well.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:41:25 -0400

Police: Boy beaten, robbed while walking home in east Charlotte

A Charlotte mother said her 13-year-old son was beaten up and robbed not far from her east Charlotte home.

Police said the robbery happened as the boy walked home from playing basketball near a business park on East Independence Boulevard near Margaret Wallace Road.

The boy and several other children were playing basketball outside this Christian School Sunday night.

Jesse Estrada’s friends left him alone and a short time later he was attacked.

He noticed an older teenager sitting near the basketball court who he said gave him a weird feeling so he started to walk home.

"Jesse was getting ready to leave and as he was leaving the boy came up behind him and hit him and the boy took his phone and ran," Estrada’s mother said.
 
Estrada hit the ground face first and once he got his bearings, he was able to pick himself up and walk home.

"I opened the door and he was pretty panic-stricken,” she said. “There was a lot of blood, he was holding his mouth and his shirt had a lot of blood. So immediately it freaked me out."

She took her son to the hospital where doctors stitched up his mouth inside and out.

His mother said he's recovering at home but the assailant is still on the loose.

She wants to know why someone would do this to a 13-year-old boy.

"I'm going to be more protective because of what happened," the mother said.

The basketball court is on private property. The business owner said kids from nearby neighborhoods often cross a fence to play.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:03:13 -0400

Union Co. looks to overhaul U.S. 74 to ease congestion

A major overhaul on U.S. Highway 74 could ease congestion and address safety concerns on one of the area's busiest highways.
 
For years drivers have complained about the red sea of traffic lights on the highway.
 
"I have to leave an hour before I have to be at school just to get to school and I only live 15 minutes away," driver Victoria Cardele told Eyewitness News.
 
On Monday night Union County commissioners approved a regional transportation plan for U.S. 74, one that has been in the works since 2011.
 
"It's really important from a safety standpoint for moving traffic, and providing access to the business and jobs that are along 74," said Dick Black, Union County planning director.
 
Officials plan to create "super streets" at least four major intersections with U.S. 74, including Sardis Church Road, Faith Church Road, Indian Trail-Fairview Road and Unionville-Indian Trail Road.
 
"From the side streets you can't take left turns on 74 and you can't go across on 74," Black said, indicating it would create a continuous flow of traffic through U-turns at other intersections.
 
Officials are also planning a network of parallel streets for local traffic to use to avoid traffic snarls on U.S. 74 and want to consolidate driveways of some businesses to eliminate the delay of stop-and-go traffic.
 
Black said the overhaul is vital to the county's financial future.
 
"(U.S.) 74 is the economic engine for Union County," he said.
 
Commissioners will issue bids for the first four intersections next year, expected to cost $2 million each.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:45:22 -0400

Rear-end crash kills 2 and sends 2 to hospital

A rear-end crash in Salisbury killed two people and sent two more to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

A Honda Accord with four passengers was stopped on South Jake Alexander Boulevard at about 4 p.m. when a Chevrolet pickup truck carrying only the driver hit the Honda from behind, police said in a news release.

The two passengers who died were in the back seat of the Honda. The driver of the Honda was taken to Novant Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. A medical helicopter flew the person in the front passenger seat to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem and is in critical condition.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

There was no indication of impairment or excessive speed involved, police said.

The names of the passengers are not being released at this time pending the notification of their families.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:30:56 -0400

Truth test: Hagan vs. Tillis ads heating up as election nears

The battle for the U.S. Senate seat is heating up. Sen. Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis are narrowing their attacks on each other.

The campaigns have taken aim on a variety of issues, but there are some arguments that have been made more than others.

Speaker Tillis has repeatedly linked Hagan to President Barack Obama.

“Sen. Hagan has voted with President Obama 96 percent of the time,” Tillis said during a debate.

According to Congressional Quarterly, Hagan did vote with Obama 96 percent of the time in 2012 and 2013. However, that percentage only refers to Senate roll-call votes on issues the president publicly took a position on.

Meanwhile, Hagan has tried to connect Tillis to the upper class.

“Speaker Tillis feels that those who have the most, they should get the most help,” Hagan said.

Tillis voted to cut taxes across the board for almost everyone in the state. Hagan alleged that Tillis protected tax breaks for yacht and jet owners.

A $1,500 sales tax cap for boats and planes remained in place.

Tillis claims Hagan hasn’t done much of anything in Washington.

“Hagan hasn’t written a single bill that’s become law,” Tillis said.

According to Library of Congress records, Hagan has sponsored more than 200 pieces of legislation and co-sponsored more than 500.

Some bills she wrote became parts of bigger pieces of legislation. She has co-sponsored 16 bills that have become law.

“Tillis supports a plan that would end Medicare as we know it and raise premiums,” Hagan said in an ad.

Tillis has said he liked some of the ideas in a 2011 plan that would alter Medicare, capping spending and offering vouchers for private insurance. He didn’t endorse it.

One week before election night, anchor Blair Miller pushes the U.S. Senate candidates on the tough issues and asks why they’re the right person for the job.

Watch the Vote 2014 Senate Showdown on Channel 9 on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:24:58 -0400

Charlotte leaders make changes after audit

The City of Charlotte is making changes to the way it collects and deposits millions of dollars in cash and checks after an internal audit found major problems.
 
The audit of cash collections by city departments found "insufficient compliance and monitoring."
 
It recommended "corrective actions" be taken.
 
The probe was triggered by a case in 2013 in which a Charlotte Area Transit System employee was found to have embezzled more than $50,000. 
 
When auditors looked at how other departments were handling cash and checks, they found many were not following established policies that require cash collections to be deposited within 24 hours.
 
At the Charlotte Fire Department, more than $80,000 in checks were found in employee desks months after they were issued. 
 
The audit said they weren't deposited for five to 13 months. 
 
"That's unacceptable," said Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, who said the audit showed too many departments were flouting the rules. "They weren't following established procedures with respect to handling cash that's coming in."
 
The audit showed three other departments, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department, Charlotte Department of Transportation and Neighborhood and Business Services also had significant delays in depositing cash or checks. Between the fire department and the three other departments, the total amount of money involved was $95,511.
 
"Having this happen with $95,000 is a problem," said Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes. "But I think we are in a position where we're catching almost all of it and luckily this is caught too."
 
The city manager's office will now make all audits public and subject to review by City Council. The audit also recommended stricter controls for handling cash and frequent checks to make sure cash and checks are being deposited on time.
 
Clodfelter knows how closely the community is watching after months of public questions about the integrity of city government following the arrest, conviction and sentencing of former Mayor Pat Cannon on corruption charges.
 
"This goes to that issue," Clodfelter said. "This is why we're doing the audits in the first place."

Click here for the entire audit.

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Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:16:04 -0400

Packaging error prompts recall of Naproxen pills

A North Carolina company is recalling nearly 12,000 boxes of pain relief tablets sold at Dollar Tree stores because some cartons contain a different medication that could cause allergic reactions.

Greensboro-based Contract Packaging Resources Inc. says it mistakenly placed bottles of ibuprofen inside boxes sold at Dollar Tree stores nationwide as Assured brand naproxen sodium tablets.

Some consumers buy naproxen sodium pain relievers because of allergies to ibuprofen. The packaging company says reactions that can include hives or life-threatening respiratory problems, but it hasn't received any reports of adverse reactions.

Consumers who bought 15-count boxes of 220mg Assured brand naproxen sodium tablets may return them to the store of purchase or call 336-252-3422.

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:54:33 -0400

16-year-old injured by garbage truck on way to bus stop

A 16-year-old is out of the hospital after troopers said a garbage truck ran over his foot while he was trying to get to his stopped school bus.

The truck driver faces a felony charge.

Skid marks that stretch 50 yards can still be seen at the crash site.

The accident happened Tuesday morning on Connelly Springs Road south of Lenoir.
        
The bus driver, who was already stopped in the opposite direction, began blowing his horn trying to get the attention of the teenagers.

IMAGES: 16-year-old hit by dump truck on way to school bus stop

"As soon as I saw it, I jumped out of the way and it ran over my foot,” said Jeffrey Zaldivar said.

Zaldivar said he will never forget what happened at his bus stop when he and his brother and a neighbor were crossing the road to reach their West Caldwell High School bus. A Blue Ridge sanitation truck heading in the opposite direction came right at them.   

"Him and this one guy ran off toward the bus and I was in the back and I didn't know what to do. I looked at it and tried to jump as fast as I could,” said Zaldivar.

The driver of the garbage truck, Larry Shew, is charged with passing a stopped school bus and willfully striking a student.  

The Highway Patrol said the bus did have all its lights on and its stop-arm extended for nearly 10 seconds before the accident.  

"I heard the horn blowing several times. It was real loud," said neighbor Chris Hambrick.

Hambrick heard the bus driver blowing the horn to alert the students to the garbage truck that was skidding right toward them.   

He said the accident is a reminder to all drivers to exercise caution around bus stops.    For now, he plans on driving his young son to and from school.

"I really don't like him riding the school bus for that very reason, just for not knowing what might happen,” Hambrick said.

Ironically the accident comes during the Highway Patrol's "Operation Stop-arm Week."

The school district has cameras on the outside of some of its buses trying to catch drivers who break the law. 

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:24:29 -0400