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Firefighter finds friend dead after discovering house fire

Brandon Wilson was driving his stepson to school in Cheraw Monday, when he noticed smoke coming from a house on Highway 52. He pulled over and told his stepson they'd be late for school.

Wilson is chief of the Cash Rural Volunteer Fire Department outside Cheraw.

"I started knocking on the doors, trying to see if he was home, and noticed the car was there," Wilson said.

The man who lived in the home on Highway 52 near Society Hill was a long-time family friend. The coroner identified him as 57-year-old Richard Noel.

"It’s heart-breaking. You gotta keep going, move forward, and help the community,” Wilson said.

Four fire departments responded to the scene. They took the front door off the house to try and ventilate it.

Sheriff's investigators said Noel lived alone, though he has family living next door. He was found in a bedroom on a bed, and there was severe smoke damage throughout the brick house.

The police would not say where the fire started, or if anything in the home looked suspicious.

South Carolina law enforcement agents were inside the house for several hours on Monday. Family members did not wish to talk to Channel 9.

The coroner said a cause of death won't be determined until an autopsy Tuesday morning.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:53:26 -0500

9 Investigates: Employee misconduct at local VA

In a 9 Investigation, Eyewitness News looked into employee misconduct at the Salisbury VA Healthcare System.

Anchor Natalie Pasquarella spent months investigating the disciplinary actions taken and what's being done to prevent similar incidents from happening.

She found 18 violations in a six-month period in 2013, which included striking a veteran patient, improper restraint of a patient, and unprofessional behavior.

Pasquarella spoke to Eileen Gabellini who is a Navy veteran. During her service, she suffered a traumatic brain injury for which she still receives medical care through the Salisbury VA.

She told Eyewitness News most of the care she's received there has been excellent but some of her interaction with the staff has not been.

She said a doctor was unprofessional when she went to the ER for an embarrassing medical situation and made a joke about her condition.

“He got the nursing staff laughing at me,” she said.  “He was laughing so hard he left the room for a number of minutes."

“I was really horrified and really upset but I kept my mouth shut because I wanted to get the care that iI needed at the time."

Gabellini said when she called to file a complaint she received an apology and was told they would investigate.

Eyewitness News spent months looking into employee violations at the Salisbury VA Healthcare System.

Pasquarella filed a request for violations and disciplinary actions more than a year ago.

It took more than 9 months for the VA to provide the information.

Among the 2,500 employees within the Salisbury VA Healthcare System, there were 18 violations during a six-month period last year.

Striking a veteran patient resulted in the employee's removal or termination.

Improper restraint of a patient also resulted in a removal.
   
Unprofessional behavior, misuse of government equipment, and lack of candor resulted in a three-day suspension.

PDF: Employee violations and disciplinary actions at the Salisbury Healthcare System

Eyewitness News took the list to Amy Morris who is the chief of human resources at the VA in Salisbury.

“Unfortunately no matter how many processes and procedures you can put into place, there will always be these violations in every circumstance, in every walk of life,” said Amy Morris.

Pasquarella asked Morris for more information on the "striking a patient" violation.

Morris wouldn't disclose details, only saying they evaluate everything on a case-by-case basis.

“Would you say there was a failure in the system? Something that could have prevented this?” said Pasquarella.

“It depends on the circumstances.  You certainly can't correct for every employee. You can put some safeguards in place with appropriate training and orientation of employees,” said Morris.

Morris thinks current training is working.

She told Eyewitness News that patients have access to advocates and the staff knows how to report misconduct.

“We have multiple avenues for employees to raise alarm or concerns with privacy officers,” said Morris.
   
While Gabellini hopes what happened to her doesn't happen to anyone else, Morris says the majority of patient experiences are positive.

“I think on any given day, that you find great care going on and you find positive interactions with employees."


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Eyewitness News went to the Employer’s Association in Charlotte to get more perspective on the incidents reported.

Director Kenny Colbert told us the number of violations is low compared for a typical company that size.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:51:02 -0500

9 Investigates: City employees calls grievance process unfair

Current and former employees of the city of Charlotte claim issues like terminations and grievances against their supervisors aren't being handled properly.

Eyewitness News anchor Allison Latos sat down with several people who said the process needs to be more transparent and that city employees want their voices heard.

“There is a culture here where no one feels like process is credible at this point,” one employee said.

Latos is examining what employees say is wrong with the system -and the change one council member is calling for. See her full investigation at 5 p.m. on Channel 9.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:44:39 -0500

Police investigate Belmont bank robbery

Police responded to a bank robbery Monday night at the Wells Fargo on Park Street.

Witnesses said the robber fled in a white mini-van that may have South Carolina tags. The van left towards Interstate 85, police said.  

Police said the robber was a black male, six feet four inches tall with a beard wearing black shirt, pants and glasses.

The bank was closed following the robbery and no one was injured, police said.

Anyone with information about this robbery is urged to call the Belmont Police Department at 704-825-3792.

Chopper 9 flew over the scene.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:39:02 -0500

Social media posts from the streets of Ferguson

The St. Louis region is on edge in anticipation of an announcement from the grand jury that is weighing whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The August shooting led to weeks of protests, some of them violent, and many people fear renewed violence after the decision, particularly if the panel does not issue an indictment.

Here is a look at the latest social media posts from Ferguson:

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:13:42 -0500

Police: Shooting in Charlotte street started as shooting at mall

Police said a terrifying shooting on a busy Charlotte street nine days ago appears to have been triggered by a shooting moments earlier behind a nearby mall.

Officers charged Tyreese Martin, 25, in connection with a shooting behind Northlake Mall on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Martin made his first court appearance Monday, and told he Eyewitness News he believes he was the target as he drove away from the mall and a passenger in another car opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle.

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A 58-year-old man was hit and injured -- caught in the line of fire -- along with half a dozen others, including Divera Johnson.

“A guy pulled up to my left side in a white car ... and that's when I realized it was a shooting,” Johnson said.

She said her SUV was in between the white car and a second car, where a passenger stood outside the window and fired as many as 20 shots.

One of them hit her SUV behind the back seat.

“And not just myself,” Johnson said. “Many people (in) broad daylight. Terrifying.”

Johnson was able to remember the car -- a distinctive white car with large rims -- and police believe they found that car when they searched Martin’s home.

They said they also found drugs, cash and guns.

Martin is free on bond, and after his first court appearance Monday he told Eyewitness News that he believes he was the target of that shooting on Harris Boulevard.

Johnson said whatever the motive, it doesn’t justify the danger that is very real.

“Every week a mother is burying her child, and these are young boys, and something needs to be done," said Johnson.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:10:20 -0500

Statement from Bernice King awaiting Ferguson grand jury decision

As the world awaits the grand jury decision regarding Officer Darren Wilson, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with Michael Brown’s parents, Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, his family, and the entire Ferguson community. 

In his timeless speech, ‘Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution’, my father exhorted, “Let us stand up. Let us be a concerned generation. Let us remain awake through a great revolution.” I believe that we are in the midst of a great revolution and that the shooting death of Mike Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, while horribly tragic, serves as one of the catalysts to charge the revolution. However, the progress of the revolution for social change is heavily dependent on whether we are a concerned generation, whether we are awake and on how we answer this question: Decades from now, what do we want historians to write about this moment?

Answering this question truthfully and thoughtfully requires self-analysis. As my father stated, “When the dawn reveals a landscape dotted with obstacles, the time has come for sober reflection, for assessment of our methods and for anticipating pitfalls.” This nation, and indeed, the world, is in need of an influx of citizens who are soberly reflecting, assessing and anticipating, then choosing nonviolence as a lifestyle.

In embracing Nonviolence 365 days a year, we are agreeing to engage in examination of our thoughts, our motives, and our conformity to the violent, fear-mongering, hostile culture that we, as humanity, have created. That’s difficult to do. It is much easier to point out the bad deeds of others than to confront our own contributions to social ills. But, we must. From law enforcement to activists, from media to grass roots organizers, from faith leaders to policy makers, we all must be honest with and challenge ourselves to act with love, respect and compassion for all people.

We must choose strategy and discipline over destruction and frustration. It takes discipline to opt for nonviolence and restraint in a culture that is permeated with anger and rapid responses. Nevertheless, it is imperative for our human survival and the cultivation of what my father called the Beloved Community that we, no matter our vocation or walk of life, conduct ourselves on “the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

Even in our struggles across the globe for freedom and rights, it behooves us to “not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” For the revolution for social change to remain alive, vibrant and progressive, we must answer the call to live, think and act higher. Four of the most critical characteristics within this higher call are the aforementioned dignity, discipline, compassion and respect. The relationship between police officers and the communities that they serve is an area that must be addressed with attention to this higher call.

Finally, we must realize that our present global human condition is the result of years of neglect. We have not consistently, with focus and with critical thinking, confronted the Triple Evils that my father taught about. Those three evils are racism, poverty and militarism. Therefore, to answer the question ‘What do we want historians to write about this moment?’, we must begin again the intensive, transformative work of addressing these three epidemics within our “World House”.

This transformative work has to be done in tandem with a mental and spiritual outlook of ‘interrelatedness’. As my father shared, “All mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be - this is the interrelated structure of reality.”

When we embrace this ‘interrelated World House’ perspective, cease to neglect addressing the Triple Evils, choose strategy and discipline over destruction and frustration, and engage in self-analysis, we will have positioned ourselves for a great revolution for social change. We will have emphatically responded with our actions that we want historians to say that, in this moment, we chose the Beloved Community. Historical accounts will reflect that we chose to believe that “the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice”, but we also chose not to “overlook the urgency of the moment.”

As my father stated, “We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.” Historians, 40 years from now, can reflect that we decided to live in such a way that humanity could continue. Nonviolence 365 is the choice that we must make. “The alternative may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation.”

Let’s stand up, be concerned and stay awake through this great revolution.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:07:50 -0500

Meck Co. Chairman being investigated for missing campaign checks

A complaint has been filed with the North Carolina Board of Elections against Mecklenburg County Chairman Trevor Fuller.

This comes after a 9 investigation found Fuller did not report several checks worth thousands of dollars he received.

Officials: Candidate neglects to file report on campaign money received

Fuller is under the microscope right now because of an upcoming vote to be the face of the county. He believes the race for county chair is what is fueling the complaint that was filed a little more than one week before the vote to pick the Board of County Commission's next leader.

"This is nothing more than a low-class political attack," said Fuller.

Last month, Eyewitness News found several contribution checks missing from Fuller's 2014 campaign finance reports. After Channel 9’s investigation, Fuller formally corrected them all the way back to 2012. The changes showed that what was first reported was off by thousands of dollars.

Channel 9 asked Fuller to explain the errors in the reports.

"I'm confident that we have full records for every penny that was taken in and every penny that left," he responded.

Kathy Davis filed the complaint. She said she found several discrepancies while working as treasurer for Emily Zuyus, who ran and lost against Fuller in November.

Davis said she isn't bitter Zuyus lost, but she is concerned about Fuller winning county chair and overseeing the county's $1.5 billion budget.

"You cannot tell from any of this what his cash balance really is and how it got to be," said Davis. "When they can't provide accurate records for their own campaign, that topped out of donations of around $37,000, I have a problem with that."

Candidates for office can face penalties for inaccurate campaign finance reports.

Election officials said this is the first complaint filed against Fuller.

The State Board of Elections told Channel 9 they would only investigate if a county audit doesn't produce corrections.

County officials said they check the math, but don't check the receipts to back up the numbers.

Officials said they depend on the media and other candidates to find missing money.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:35:33 -0500

Police: 2 killed in Mount Holly wreck

Two people died Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on West Charlotte Avenue in Mount Holly, according to a news release from the police department.

The vehicle was traveling east at about 1:53 p.m. when the driver ran off the road and went down an embankment, landing in a creek.

The names are being withheld pending notification of family. The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:26:51 -0500

Charlotte Hornets’ Jeff Taylor: ‘I made bad decisions’

For the first time since his domestic violence conviction, Charlotte Hornets power forward Jeff Taylor spoke about it. He apologized to his team, community and the victim involved in September’s incident.

“(I’m) genuinely sorry for everything that happened,” he said.

The NBA commissioner said Taylor drank heavily while staying at a hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, in September.


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He got into a loud argument with his girlfriend and pushed her out of the room so hard that she hit her head on the door of the room across the hall.

He then slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall.

“I made bad decisions. I don't really want to go into it any specifics, but I just made genuinely bad decisions,” he said. “I wish I could go back and change them.”

He said he apologized to his girlfriend.

“She understands that people make mistakes,” he said.

He said he must be punished for his mistake.

Taylor had his initial assessment at a batterers counseling center in Charlotte.

The judge ordered him to complete more than two dozen sessions.

“There is not a day that goes by that I don't regret what happened; that I don't wish I could go back in that moment and change everything, make better decisions,” he said.

He has 18 months of probation and 80 hours of community service to complete.

The NBA suspended him for 24 games.

He will be fined for the 11 games he missed, and he will not be paid for the next 13 games.

The players’ union said it is excessive, but Taylor said the suspension is fair and he will not fight it.

“I know I disappointed a whole lot of people,” he said.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:18:11 -0500

Providence Day closed Tuesday due to water main break

Pipe repairs will cause major delays on Sardis Road near Rama Road Monday night until 11 p.m.

One inbound and outbound lane, the center lanes, will be closed.

Providence Day School will be closed Tuesday due to the repairs.

School officials said they most likely won't have water on campus Tuesday.

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City officials said residents in the area will experience low to no water pressure.

Drivers are highly encouraged to use Providence Road during rush hour.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:13:26 -0500

5-year-old dies after being hit with aluminum bat

A 5-year old boy has died after an accident at a house in Fort Mill.
        
Police said Luke Howard was hit with an aluminum baseball bat, went in to cardiac arrest and died at the hospital Friday.

They said there was no malicious intent and are not filing charges.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:54:47 -0500

Woman says man pulled her from car at store, stole purse

Police hope surveillance cameras at a Gastonia convenience store may have caught two men on video, after a woman said she was pulled out of her car and robbed Sunday night. It happened before midnight at the Kangaroo gas station on Cox Road.   

"Did his fist like this with the gun,” Renee Smith told Channel 9.

Smith said that's the only warning she got before she was robbed. She said she is still frightened and didn't want to be identified.

She left work last night and stopped here to get a drink for her pregnant daughter-in-law. She also bought a lottery ticket.
 
She said seconds before the robbery she saw a police officer at the store next door. She said the men waited until the officer left, then one of them walked over to her car.
 
"When I looked up all I could see is this,” she said, pointing her fingers like a gun. “That's when he started hollering at me,”
 
Smith said the masked men wanted money. When she told them she didn't have any, one reached for her unlocked door.
 
“He just grabbed like this and when he did he just jerked it completely open like that,” Smith said. “I held on and I was telling him I didn't have anything and he was pulling."
 
He overpowered her.
 
"He grabbed the back of my coat and he just jerked,” she said.
 
He threw her to the ground, reached over her and took her purse.
 
She said she kept thinking: “Just let me survive this, don't shoot me,” she said.
 
She said then the two men took off running. However, they did not take her winning $10 lottery ticket.
 
"It couldn't believe it happened to me,” she said.
 
She said there was no money in her purse. They didn't get her debit card because she had put it in her pocket after she brought the drink.
       
They did get items with her personal information.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:47:59 -0500

CRVA: Checkers to move home games to Bojangles Coliseum

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority said the Charlotte Checkers will be moving back to their old home at Bojangles Coliseum in October 2015.

The team plays at Time Warner Cable Arena.

At City Council’s meeting Monday night, the CRVA will request that an additional $4 million in hospitality tax be used to outfit the coliseum for hockey, including the ice and branding for the team.



That’s in addition to $12 million already being used to upgrade the arena, which will include new seats and a new scoreboard.
       
The Checkers moved to the uptown arena after it opened in 2005.
       
It has 40 home games a year.

The move back to Bojangles frees up those dates for other events at Time Warner Cable Arena, but it also provides a strong draw for Bojangles Coliseum as the city tries to turn it into an amateur sports complex.

The city has been working on a deal with Goodsports to build a hotel and sportsplex at the coliseum.

The move could be a way to sweeten the deal for Goodsports and ensure a stronger draw for the complex if that deal happens.

Channel 9 reporter Jim Bradley is digging more into the decision and will have more at 6 p.m.

Checkers history:

The Checkers are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.

The franchise was originally the Capital District Islanders from 1990–1993. It then became the Albany River Rats from 1993–2010, until the River Rats were sold to MAK Hockey, LLC, led by Michael Kahn.



The new ownership relocated the team to Charlotte for the 2010–11 season, renaming the franchise the "Charlotte Checkers" and relinquished the ECHL franchise to the league.

The Checkers' first home game was played on Oct. 15, 2010, in front of 12,512 spectators which set an attendance record for a hockey game in Charlotte.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:30:07 -0500

9 Investigates: Woman fights to recover identity for over decade


Story highlights:

  • Woman said man has been using her Social Security number for past decade.
  • Ariel Giles said she was 11 years old when a man bought her Social Security number for $25.
  • Social Security Administration says to protect yourself now from identity theft.

A local woman said an identity theft nightmare has cost her time and money, and she's still fighting to get her life back on track.
 
She said for the past decade, a man in Winston-Salem has been using her Social Security number to hold a job and open several accounts.

Ariel Giles of Troutman had her life turned upside down two years ago when she applied to nursing school and learned from a background check that someone else was using her Social Security number.

It had been going on since 2001, when she was just 11 years old.

Giles has pages of documents she uncovered on a 35-year-old man named Abel Gonzalez.

While Giles was living out her childhood, she said Gonzalez was using her Social Security number to get a job and open accounts for things like cell phones, utilities, a home security system, even for medical reports.


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“He's using my Social Security number, and he's making like three-times more than I am and getting away with it,” Giles said.
 
Through much of Giles own hard work and persistence Davidson County detectives arrested Gonzalez earlier this month and charged him with felony identity theft.

Investigators told her that Gonzalez had purchased her Social Security number in 2001 from a man on the street.

“He pulled out a piece of paper with a couple Social Security numbers and sold him mine for $25.” -- Ariel Giles

Kathleen Nicolaides is a former federal prosecutor now a criminal justice professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

She said with all the security breaches in the news lately -- now more than ever -- parents need to take action.

“There are 2-year-olds who own mansions in Beverly Hills." -- Kathleen Nicolaides

"Often children and parents don’t keep up with credit agencies to check your credit," Nicolaides said. "Who thinks of doing that when you are 11 years old? But unfortunately, the longer the scheme continues, the more mop up there is.”
 
The Social Security Administration said getting a new number is a lengthy process, so you need to protect yourself now.
 
"I would say put a strong firewall on your computer, put strong passwords on all of your accounts, and most importantly just monitor all your accounts daily,” said Tracy Lynge from the Social Security Administration.
 
Gonzalez is due in court in December on that identity theft charge. He faces eight to 20 months in jail.


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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:04:28 -0500

CMPD investigating another flashing incident at Arboretum

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating another flashing case at the Arboretum Shopping Center in southeast Charlotte.

A woman told officers a man exposed himself to her at the Walmart in the shopping center, just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

No arrests have been made.

This isn't the first exposure case Channel 9 has reported on.

Police said two men have exposed themselves to women and children at the Walmart in the Arboretum.

The cases happened in October and September.

It's not clear if the man involved in Sunday's incident are linked to the other cases.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:03:10 -0500

Are female bosses more likely to be depressed?

Raises, promotions, authority -- all reasons for moving up in the workplace, but are these goals a hidden stressor for women?

The truth is authority, like the ability to hire and fire or set salaries, might add stress to anyone's workday. However, a study conducted by the University of Texas, found, "Exercising job authority exposes women to chronic interpersonal stressors that undermine the health benefits of job authority."

In other words, the conflict of, say, firing someone contributes to depression symptoms in high-ranking women. Of course, the same feelings were found in men as well, but the study concluded as men grew in their authoritative positions, depression decreased instead.

The study focused on a group of adults toward the end of their careers. The group included 1,300 men and 1,500 women.  

Researchers surveyed the group in 1993 when all participants were age 54 and again in 2004 when they reached the retirement age of 65. The Washington Post notes the subjects weren't given a clinical exam for depression, but rather they answered questions linked to depression, like, "How many days did you feel depressed this week?"

So what's contributing to women counting more days than men? Lead author Tetyana Pudrovska saysgender barriers continue to sponsor the belief men in power are more normal or more accepted when using authority.

"Women in authority positions are viewed as lacking the assertiveness and confidence of strong leaders. But when these women display such characteristics, they are judged negatively for being unfeminine. This contributes to chronic stress."

Another reason cited in the study: Internal conflict brought on by executing authority is amplified in women. But a writer for Jezebel says the ability to exercise that authority isn't the root problem.

"Obviously women can handle the authority and are willing to sacrifice some mental wellness for it. It seems the same social stigma that women overcome in order to attain positions of power can still stand in women's way when it comes to mental health."

Researchers published their findings in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Going forward, the study suggests leaders in the workplace environment should address the "gender discrimination, hostility, and prejudice against women leaders."

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:30:03 -0500

Why officer Darren Wilson shouldn't give a TV interview

Tensions are high in Ferguson, Missouri as residents await a grand jury decision on whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. 

Wilson has been nearly impossible to find since the shooting, completely disappearing from public view. But now he's reportedly being courted by a handful of network news anchors looking for his side of the story. 

CNN's Brian Stelter reports the likes of NBC's Matt Lauer, ABC's George Stephanopoulos, CBS' Scott Pelley and CNN's Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper have all met with Wilson at undetermined times at undisclosed locations. 

Shortly after Stelter reported that information Sunday morning, Cooper and Lemon confirmed on Twitter that they'd met with Wilson, with Cooper saying Wilson declined an interview with him. 

And is it really wise for the Ferguson police officer to make his first public statement via a national TV interview? Exclusive interviews with national TV networks don't always result in positive publicity for the subjects.

Stelter's report led to comparisons to his network's big interview with former Clippers owner Donald Sterling. 

"I'm not a racist," Sterling said then. 

Although Sterling might've thought the interview would help his public image, it didn't seem to do him any favors.

The same sort of backlash occurred after Fox News' 2012 interview with George Zimmerman. 

"I feel like it was all God's plan," Zimmerman said.  

Several outlets took exception to Zimmerman's "no regrets" attitude.

Another interview that gained widespread criticism was former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky's phoner with Bob Costas in 2011. 

We should point out, though, the big difference between Wilson and these examples is he hasn't been officially condemned or even charged with any wrongdoing. Sterling was kicked out of the NBA, Zimmerman was brought to trial and Sandusky was convicted of sex crimes against children and is currently in prison. 

The only "mixed reviews" interview that comes to mind is when NSA leaker Edward Snowden sat down with NBC in May, nearly a year after his original leaks to British outlet The Guardian -- and that was simply his first interview with an American media outlet.

"All we need to do is to take action, to hold our government to account," Snowden said. 

A grand jury is expected to announce this week whether charges will be brought against officer Wilson. 

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:29:51 -0500

Ferguson cop Darren Wilson marries colleague

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who killed a unnarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August -- igniting a national firestorm around issues of race and the legal use of lethal force -- has recently gotten married.

Wilson, 28, applied for a marriage license last month in Clayon, Missouri, outside of St. Louis, according to the New York Times. On Oct. 24, he wed another officer in the Ferguson Police Department, 37-year-old Barbara Spradling, with one of his lawyers as a witness.

According to the Times, a clerk at the St. Louis County building was unsure why Wilson stayed in the state, where his license would be exposed to public scrutiny. But he went "unnoticed" at the time of his application, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Wilson disappeared from public view almost immediately after the shooting and has remained on paid administrative leave. He has even reportedly failed to appear in court on cases in which he was an arresting officer.

A grand jury has been investigating Brown's death and their decision on whether to indict Wilson is expected at any time, as cities around the country prepare. He appeared before jurors for several hours in mid-September.

As the Times notes, the fourth-floor office where he obtained the license is very near the courthouse where they are deliberating.

According to reports, Wilson will resign from the department.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:06:38 -0500

Deputies: Man charged after multiple electronics stolen

A man was arrested on breaking and entering after $2,500 in property was recovered.

Stanly County Sheriff’s Office said multiple electronic devices and other property were stolen from homes. Two men were arrested in connection with the incidents.

Marques McCormick, 22, was arrested Friday. He was charged with four counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and three counts of damage to property.

He was held under a $100,000 secured bond.

Arrests warrants issued for Marcus Crump, who officials said was also identified as a suspect.

Deputies said they were able to find and recover several of the stolen items.

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:47:33 -0500