The Observer asked Fayetteville police spokeswoman Theresa Chance whether police responded to the home after the first 911 call.
Her response: "As part of our protocol, any time there is a 911
abandoned call, we attempted to make contact with the person who dialed
After continued questioning, Chance responded with another e-mail saying:
"We did make attempts to make contact with the (phone) number.
Finally, a voice message was left. A patrol car was sent to the
residence at 1954 (7:54 p.m.). Why it was not done sooner is part of
the investigation. There will be no further comments on this
investigation or this incident."
The time Chance said the patrol car was dispatched was seven minutes before Fox called to report the deaths.
The court reached that conclusion in a 5-2 decision reinstating a $15
million wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of a 14-year-old
North Carolina girl who died in a car crash during a sleepover with a
friend in the Richmond area in December 2004.
According to the complaint, the McDonoughs asked if Jaimee could spend
the night with their daughter Becka. The Kellermanns agreed but said
their daughter was not allowed to ride with young drivers - or, as
Michael Kellermann put it, "No boys with cars."
That night, Paula McDonough dropped the girls off at the mall, where
they met up with another girl and two boys, including 17-year-old
Nathan DeFrank. Becka later called home and got her mother's permission
for DeFrank to drive her and Jaimee home, according to the lawsuit.
the way home, according to the complaint, DeFrank drove "wildly" at up
to 80 mph on a winding two-lane road while Jaimee frantically
text-messaged her father and a friend, saying she was afraid. DeFrank
lost control of the car and slammed into a tree. Jaimee died at a
hospital the next morning.
Henrico County Circuit Judge Daniel T.
Balfour dismissed the Kellermanns' lawsuit, agreeing with the
McDonoughs that they had no legal duty to Jaimee.
Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr. wrote in the majority opinion that
agreeing with that ruling would mean an adult who agreed to supervise a
group of 4-year-olds could allow them to play on a busy street or play
with loaded guns without being subject to liability.
Couple videotaping an 18 month old toddler, forcibly making it smoke a marijuana pipe
Everyone in this video was arrested and charged. And that's something that might not have happened if the suspects had not videotaped their crime.
A Pataskala home was where prosecutors said the alarming event took place.
The tape and the crime were discovered when a camcorder was sold to a Columbus pawn shop. Hard to believe, it's harder to watch.
At first, it appeared a male was smoking marijuana through a pipe and a baby was playing nearby.
Then the unthinkable happens. The male, whom police said was 18-year-old Melvin Blevins, was seen passing the pipe to the baby. You see the 18-month-old little girl resist and video cut to black. But what was recorded next likely will stun you.
16-year-old Angel Dailey, identified by police, was seen holding the little girl. The male was seen placing the pipe in front of the child's mouth. Police believed the videotaped child to be Blevins' niece.
Police arrested 16-year-old Dailey. She was charged with child endangerment and corrupting another with drugs.
Blevins is in custody facing the federal charge of distributing narcotics to a person younger than 21.
Blevins was indicted with four other males -- including Angel's dad, Don Dailey --- on federal drug and weapons charges last month.
In March, Blevins was indicted in a drug bust that police said included more than $3 million in cash and more than a ton of marijuana.
The child is now 2 years old. Police believe the tape was recorded when she was 18 months old. Blevins will appear in federal court Friday to hear his charges and indictment.
Angel Dailey remains in a juvenile-detention center, Newsome reported. Earlier this month, she pleaded not guilty to charges of corrupting and endangering the child.
THEN THERE ARE THESE TWO...
Elizabeth Lyvers and John Robert Gray. The dimwitted Kentucky couple was arrested Sunday for felony child abuse after taking pictures of Lyvers's two-year-old son smoking pot. The pair was nabbed when an employee at the convenience store where Lyvers, 24, and Gray, 20, dropped off their film called cops after seeing the offending images. According to Bardstown police, one photo shows Gray holding a pipe to the child's mouth while an unidentified man--who is being sought--lights the pipe (after his arrest, Gray acknowledged that the device contained marijuana). Lyvers's son--and a one-year-old fathered by Gray--were removed from the couple's home by state child welfare officials. The below mug shots were taken by the Nelson County Sheriff's Department.
Since when do we have the right to enter private property and by show of military type force remove over 400 children from their mothers on a warrant based on an anonymous phone call reportedly made by a 16 year old married woman complaining about mistreatment? Has "Sarah" even been identified? Has her 50 year old husband been charged with any crime?
I watched the situation developing around the recent government intervention into the alleged abuse of children belonging to the breakaway Mormon sect led by the Texas nutcase Warren Jeffs with growing interest.
I don't defend the teachings and practices of these religious extremists, nor do I condone the bizarre treatment of their children; however, this episode looks strangely like Act II of the Waco debacle.
Is not the very foundation of this country based on religious freedom? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Seems to me an overzealous government skipped the "free exercise thereof" part of the First Amendment rights of a whole lot of people in Texas.
What about parental rights? Where are the parental rights of the women whose children have been kidnapped by the Texas authorities? And since when do you have the authority to imprison a pregnant women because you suspect she may be the victim of a crime.
If you condone the heavy-handed treatment of this religious sect by the government, you must ask yourself what the government should do about the children of practitioners of voodoo, and San-teria, and others who have a direct conflict with Christian beliefs with their obvious sacrifices and allegiances to Satan. What about Judaism and Islam, where children's genitalia are ceremoniously surgically altered by the practice of circumcision, for both male and female? Should the government step in and be the advocate of those "abused" children?
Religious freedom doesn't mean it's all right and sanctioned by the government. It means that regardless of how foreign and distasteful someone's religious ideas are, they must be tolerated. The alternative is to have no religion, or government-sanctioned religion. Think about it, is this where we are headed in our push to a one world government?
If the same criminal charges (the sexual abuse of children) were leveled against a member of a Catholic Church as are levied against the individual in Texas, would the government take all of the children of the congregation into protective custody? I think not. What about a Hassidic community? There are gypsies in South Carolina called the Travelers have for generations basically auctioning off their daughters to sect members for marriage. Seventh Day Adventists for excusing incest and child rape. Where are the tanks and busses for these children whose parents participate in the congregation?
And let's not discuss the children growing up in drug infested communities and poor homes with single parents, whose enrollment in the local school system places their very lives in danger due to the gang influence. Let's not discuss how the country's infant mortality rate is higher than some third world counties.
The laws regarding any criminal conduct are pretty straightforward. There has to be a victim, there has to be an investigation, there has to be a charge, and finally a trial based on facts and findings, and a just punishment. Or I guess you could just round 'em up and burn the place down.
During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. — United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171
I read on the Wilmington Star News forum that the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office again won first place in "Best Uniforms" by some law enforcement magazine. The same magazine gave the award back 15-20 years ago when Marc was a skinny pup working for Sheriff Joe McQueen. (I promise I will dig up those pictures of him and David Stevenson) Marc was a coverboy for the magazine posing in what looks like the same uniforms, who knows, it could be.
There was a picture in the WSN Forum of the second place finishers and it made me smile about how ridiculous all this is. Serious, I looked at the application and the judges don't look at the fabric, the uniform, they look at pictures of the uniform. And it's not even the magazine that gives out the award it is the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors.
"New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Castle Hayne, NC – Best Uniforms, supplier. New Hanover’s highly polished appearance aptly underscores the obvious pride they feel about the profession. Outfits are crisp, neat, and impeccable. Tan, the color choice for pants and shirts, easily identifies the wearer as a Sheriff's Office deputy. Brown, the color used for ties, pant stripe and Campaign hats, is a perfect outfit compliment."
I know the head of Best Uniforms was excited that his client, who I'm sure has choked him and pinned him against the wall at least once with stressful orders and demands, is now happy to hold in their hands the coveted trophy for best dressed county agency. Awesome!
But as Francis Weller pointed out to us all when WECT proudly gave the all important shoutout about this award, "The photos in the magazine were taken by WECT's very own news director, Raeford Brown." Well hells bells, that's exactly why they won. Francis was dead on when she gave a mention to her news director. As I mentioned earlier the judges selected the best (no pun intended) uniform by the photographs and Raeford was the photographer.
Now Raeford has quite the reputation as a photographer, especially around Carolina Beach because for years Raeford would work with teen models taking pictures of them in swimsuits, and those pictures I'm sure, were anxiously viewed by more than a couple of Pleasure Isle residents and vacationers.
So who better to take pictures of those people who proudly represent all those good men and women in law enforcement than the local master of cheesecake. It worked. Congratulations.
Word on the street is that the "security" of Brogden Hall will cause more harm than good. 140 deputies, streets blocked off, helicopters, SWAT guys, ERT guys, dogs, UC officers in the mix. Imagine 3,000 excited 14-25 year olds standing in line for 45 minutes to get inside a show. Half of them leaving because of the hassle. The buzzkill will soon be amped back up once lights dim and the music starts. Thump, thump, thump, get ya hands up, ya hands up, hands up, holla, holla!
Overly anxious concert goers will stand up, dance about, egg people on. Pop, lock and drop girls will cause vulgar shouts from the testosterone pumped boys in the hood. It will all be in rowdy youth style fun, something us old farts forgot all about when we hit 30... or 50.
More and more people fill in empty seats finally after making their way through TSA grade anti-terrorist security. The crowd begins to shift. Creeping to better vantage points, filling halls and exits, pushing their way closer to the stage. An argument, an arrest or two, a wiff of reefer rolling thru the crowd, boooo's start up when the show slows silently then the lights come on. Show's over. Lil Wayne hasn't even left his tour bus yet and everyone has to go home.
The big money ticketsellers balk at the heavy fist coming down on this night of entertainment, my God it was a show featuring BET's MVP Artist of the Year, here in Wilmington and those tickets make money yo. Who would have thought putting on a show like this would have such financial risks.
Some angry youth want payback when their tickets become worthless. Promoters forced to sue anyone they can so that they can refund the ticket sales and pay Lil Wayne for stopping by and beeping the horn. What was hyped by the press and Causey, as a potential shootout at the gym, gang thug against gang thug turns deadly violent against the deputies, is a disappointment to those touting this show as a Stop the Violence rally.
But when all hell breaks loose, kids being kids, feeling ripped off a wrong move can set this tendebox a blaze in an instant. And when it does catch fire the only way for these law enforcement officers can stay safe is to go on the offensive. Pushing and moving the crowd deep into a pocket to be rounded up and controlled.
Possibly a few bandana wearing soldiers of fortune will break ranks and cause heartache for the community. Possibly, if someone makes the wrong move.
But if everyone survives the show, the "After Parties" (plural) will be held at the National Guard Armory and at the ILA Hall on Kidder Street. Do I need to say anymore? That is an entirely different box of matches.
Word on the street is that it will be a night to remember, one way or another.
Let's hope someone doesn't make a wrong move.
The right move was made by Cumberland County officials when Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy wowed a crowd of 6,000 at the FSU Homecoming held at the Arena. When I talked with officials with FSU Friday I was told that the university requested no added security for the concert.
"…most important hip hop album (Lil Wayne's newest release) of decade." Rolling Stone "He's (Lil Wayne) the perfect artist to own this time – the best rapper alive. Hear! Hear!" VIBE MAGAZINE November Issue
Think about it, these rappers are businessmen. In this day and age artists make little money from record sales. They now make their big money from the shows. Lil Wayne will make something in the neighborhood of $50,000 for his one and a half hours of performance. $50,000! And that's not counting merchandising. A friend of mine who managed a small no-name touring band said they grossed $5,000 a show from t-shirt sales. Lil Wayne and his posse' might take in ten times that...net! This is business, BIG business. And Lil Wayne, his manager and his record label are not going to want headlines saying how he instigated a riot. The million dollar lawyer who will represent Weezy on his pending weapons and drug case does not want that sort of publicity. These guys are all about the DOLLAR. The "gang" stuff is a front. Sort of like Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley. So there is no need to panic, to bring out the 140 deputies, tax the citizens of the county $30,000 in overtime pay to have these deputies stand watch for a few hours. There was no need to over react. Had the folks been allowed to go to the Lil Wayne concert same as they did last year when it was at UNCW, there would have little to no violence. Certainly no more than has been at any Hoggard v. Hanover High School football game in recent memory.
But what gets me in all this is why the HYPE? What purpose does that serve? Do they have intelligence from snitches that a gang war was to start in the gym tonight? Or were they using their racially challenged mental intellect that just because a large group of predominantly black youth gathers in one spot it will automatically cause death and destruction? Tell that to Fayetteville State University. Newspaper headlines declared "No extra security planned for Lil Wayne concert Sunday, sheriff says" What was that all about? Everyone knew different. You can't call up 140 deputies and keep it a secret, so why lie to the public, to the media? Is Causey setting a trap? Is this a tactical strike against teenage rap fans that can afford $40 tickets?
Besides Causey being dosed up on some sort of medication causing irrational thought and paranoid delusions, what political statement is he trying to make? Is the idea to worsen racial tensions, and create a bonding with ALL gangs focusing on the police? Or is it just a brain damaged Manuel Noriga type of military wannabe waving his imaginary wand at the troops sending them into harm's way.
God bless all those men out there tonight. Keep them safe. They are just following orders. And Lord protect these kids, for they have no idea what they are walking into tonight.
Please, please nobody make a wrong move tonight!
*** Since the event turned out to be uneventful I thought about deleting this post but this was written 12 hours prior to the show and we even talked about it on the show Saturday, so I felt it should be left up to the reader to decide if this post is still relevant or not.***
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -- A Williamston woman is alive, thanks to the quick response of a police officer who got her out of her car seconds before an Amtrak train slammed into it -- and it was all caught on camera.
Every night, Greer police Officer Marcus O'Shields meets an officer from the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport to exchange information. Tuesday, just after midnight, O'Shields went to the meeting place near the Norfolk Southern tracks along Highway 80 near the Poinsett Bridge.
That's when he spotted a car driven by Betsy Devall stopped on the tracks.
Devall was on the phone with a friend. It took O'Shields nearly a minute and a half to convince Devall to get out of the car and away from the vehicle -- just 17 seconds before the train crashed into the car.
“You’ve seen the video,” O’Shields told News 4’s Mandy Gaither. “It tells the whole story. It's pretty graphic, and we don't see the rest of it, with the car catching on fire on down the track. It gets your nerves going pretty good.”
The Crescent Line train was headed to New York, and had just left the Greenville depot loaded with 180 passengers.
By the time it smashed into Devall's car, the 854-foot-long train was traveling more than 70 mph.
The incident was caught on camera by one of the officer's dashboard cameras. On tape, you can hear Devall thanking O'Shields for saving her life. She told him she wasn't familiar with the area.
Three passengers on the train were treated for minor injuries -- two for smoke inhalation and one for an ankle injury.
Devall said that she had been to visit a friend after work, and was on her way to another friend's house when she got lost and stopped to call for directions. She said she didn't realized that she had turned onto the tracks.
Doug Bryson with Spartanburg Emergency Management said that if Devall hadn't gotten out of the car, she wouldn't be alive.
"The condition of her car -- there's no way she should have survived that type of impact," Bryson said.
Bryson agreed that the officer ending up at his usual meeting place at the usual time made all the difference.
"He was in the right place at the right time," Bryson said, "Like I said, there would have been a much different outcome if he or any other witness had not been here to see that."
Police said the use of the cell phone was clearly a contributing factor in the crash, but at this time, no charges have been filed.
Back in April Ron Tettaway tells a guy in an Atlanta bar that the guy reminded him of Lil Wayne. He might as well said the dude reminded him of a pile of shit. Needless to say those were fighting words and the kick ass drug out into the streets where the police came to break it up. Well, tough guy (and he really was) didn't want to stop and the cops shot and killed him where he stood. Brother Roy Pettaway saw what went down and ran over to take up where his brother ended and he got shot as well, but he faired better and lived.
The other night in Wilmington, members from two separate groups in the same neighborhood were outside at the same time. One group was white, one black. One of the white guys says something to one of the black guys one thing or another about "Lil Wayne" and all hell breaks loose. Twenty year old white kid Sam Flinn takes a punch to the jaw and dies.
What is it about Lil Wayne that causes punches to be thrown and people to die?