Hurricane Florence has landed in the Carolinas. A number of people have perished from the storm and the flooding, I understand, is epic. But that’s not all that is going on in affected areas… blatant in-your-face looting is going on in a number of places. I am sure people are struggling with the storm, but there is simply no excuse for this kind of lawlessness.
In Wilmington, North Carolina, a whole bunch of citizens decided this was the perfect time to break into and loot a Family Dollar Store. It happened yesterday on Greenfield Street. People were stealing anything they could get their hands on until one white woman showed up. She’s one brave lady.
That woman was WECT reporter Chelsea Donovan and she had her camera crew with her. The thieves covered their faces with hoodies and masks and ran off. Then the cowards stood across the street flipping Donovan off. Some of them were kids. They all knew they were breaking the law too and didn’t seem to care.
There were literally dozens of people streaming in and out of that store in the front and the back where the doors had been busted open. They were carrying items in laundry bags back to the public housing community Houston Moore. “When we came over the hill on Greenfield Street, you could just see people everywhere,” Chelsea Donovan said.
NEWS ALERT – We are aware of the looting occurring at the Family Dollar Store at 13th & Greenfield Sts, unfortunately management has asked not to intervene at this time.
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) September 15, 2018
The storm only started a couple of days ago so these people were not in dire need of anything. This was just plain opportunistic theft. And when the police were called, it gets even more bizarre. The owners of the store originally asked them to stand down according to Fox News and just let the looters take what they wanted to take. SMH.
Wilmington police sent out a statement saying that they were told by management of the Family Dollar to stand down after receiving reports of looting at the store. Assistant Police Chief Mitch Cunningham said officers were talking with the owner, who initially said he didn’t want to pursue charges when they arrived on scene. Cunningham said officers consulted with the district attorney and the owner ultimately agreed to press charges.
Donovan and her intrepid crew walked to the front of the store and then to the back exit while witnessing people lugging out all kinds of stuff, including paper goods. You can see them wearing masks. Real brave guys. They should not just be ashamed, they should be arrested. Stealing like that is a felony.
Police officers are now trying to identify the looters. I hope they catch every last one of them. Because of the looting, Wilmington police said they will enact an extended curfew for the blocks between 13th, 14th, Greenfield, and Martin streets. The curfew will go into effect at 5 p.m. and will last until 6 a.m.
“We take looting very seriously and we are going to aggressively pursue any kind of looting that goes on,” Cunningham said. “We are going to take a strong stand.” It always amazes me how quickly people turn to crime when a catastrophe hits… no matter the size or duration. All it takes is a few hours or days of things being shut down and they go for it. Every single time.
NHSO has just arrested a man for looting the Exxon Store at 810 N College Rd. Sheriff McMahon said if you break into someone's home or business we will arrest you!
— New Hanover Sheriff (@NewHanoverSO) September 15, 2018
District Attorney Ben David knew this was coming and earlier this week went about clearing room in the local jail so looters could be charged and locked up. Brunswick County authorities arrested four people earlier this week on felony breaking and entering charges. It sounds like the minute people got out of town as they were ordered to, these people started looting.
Eventually, Donovan and her camera person had to retreat to their vehicle as it looked like things were going to get ugly and possibly violent. “I was concerned the whole time. I won’t lie, but I was there to get the story,” Donovan said. She’s lucky she didn’t get more than that. Just sayin’.
From WECT 6:
“After the looting, District Attorney Ben David reiterated a statement he said ahead of Hurricane Florence hitting the coast: “There is a vacancy sign on our jail.”
“David and Judge J. Corpening allowed inmates with low-level misdemeanors to be released on their own recognizance while others were transported to other detention facilities to make room for anyone who takes advantage of this situation.
“We have room for people who are going to show the worst in humanity during this. If that means going into unoccupied homes because people have left or looting property that’s exposed to the elements or price gouging that comes in the wake of clean up,” David said.
“David said his advice to the chief of police is to prosecute looters to the fullest extent of the law. A business can decide whatever they want to do civilly, but criminally law enforcement has been advised to move forward.
“It is a felony,” David said. “These are serious crimes, and they are going to be seriously punished.”
“In regards to the looting at the Family Dollar, David said there are people that can be identified by watching the video. He encourages people to report anyone they recognize.
“Just a few hours later, the Wilmington Police Department arrested five people from the Family Dollar store on Dawson Street. Police say they will be charged to the fullest extent of the law.
“David made it perfectly clear that law enforcement is ready to do their jobs.
“We’re going to do everything we can to protect your property. This is not a response to the video, this has been our message before the storm arrived,” said David, adding, “This conduct does not speak for the people in that community.'”
This is the ugly side of what a natural or manmade disaster can bring concerning crime. The police no doubt will be busy for days rounding these people up and making sure they get the justice they deserve. They sure did run at first from that reporter. I’m glad she got out of there because they looked like they would have gleefully torn her apart.
Cops Conduct Sting On Disabled-Parking Abuse – Look Who They Caught Stealing Spots Most!
When I go shopping I avoid handicapped spaces like the plague for two reasons. The first is that I feel for those who truly need those spaces to make it easier for them to get in and out of the parking lot. The second is I don’t want to get slapped with a horrendous fine. People should respect those two points even at a county fair in California.
The Department of Motor Vehicles conducted four sting operations at the Los Angeles County Fair. Their targets were those drivers who looked to game disabled parking places by the clever and dishonest use of handicapped placards. Anyone who was caught got nailed with a citation and deservedly so.
“We want the public to know that a person who is assigned a disabled parking placard is the only one who can legally use it,” said DMV Investigations Chief Tom Wilson in a statement. “Our goal is to achieve compliance through education and enforcement, and we ask those without a disability to save the space.”
“I’m glad they’re cracking down,” said Laura Romero of Lake Arrowhead. “Because a lot of people who have these cards shouldn’t have them.” And it’s not just California you see that in. I’ve seen it happen all over the country.
During the operations – which took place on four different September days – authorities checked 1,955 placards and issued 345 citations. That’s nearly 17 percent of them. What the heck is wrong with these people? Who does something like that?
Citations range from $250 per violation all the way up to $1,000. If I were the police, I’d go for the max on something like this. This disgusts me and I can’t believe people stoop this low. Check that, yes, I can.
“We get a lot of family members using their father’s or mother’s (placard),” said Commander Paula Lucero of DMV Investigations. “Sometimes they’ll flat out tell us (the placard owner is) at home, and they’re just using the placard to get better parking.” So much for honesty anymore. It looks to me as if the majority of those caught are the children of those who need those spots who figure they can just use the placard. SMH.
Most of the people caught would not talk to the media. Shocker there. But some actually did. “Ah, it is what it is,” said Will Espinoza, who claimed he was driving his brother-in-law’s vehicle and since it had a placard hanging from the rear-view mirror, he decided to use it. Dude, you do know that makes you look like a grade-A scumbag, right? Not to mention putting the size of your IQ in question.
“It’s like a speeding ticket, eventually you’re going to get one,” said Espinoza about the citation he received. Really? No, it’s not because most people don’t do something like that. I believe most people are good and don’t lie like this. Maybe I’m just naive that way. This is the kind of guy that thinks lying and stealing are normal somehow.
The Department of Motor Vehicles says that each of its 24 districts conducts a disabled-person parking placard enforcement operation at least once a month. “We really want to educate the public and let them know this is a violation,” said Lucero. “It’s a steep fine, and if you’re out there misusing it, we’re going to find you and give you a citation.”
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) September 22, 2018
The citations did not include people without placards parking in designated stalls because, according to DMV authorities, the operation took place in the disabled parking lot and to enter every person either had a disabled placard or disabled license plate.
This is the second year the DMV has done this at the L.A. County Fair. Last year, of the 2,754 placards checked during five operations, investigators caught 477 people misusing them, officials said. Gee, it’s a trend.
“If there is someone illegally taking a parking spot from a guest with a disabled parking placard, we want to know about it,” said Miguel A. Santana, Fairplex’s president, and CEO, in a statement. “Those spots are designed for those who need them. So, we are happy to assist the DMV in making sure everyone is following the law.”
In California, a valid placard cannot be used by anyone but the person it was issued to and they must be present when it’s in use. Additionally, individuals cannot display a canceled or revoked placard. That seems pretty straightforward to me and applies pretty much everywhere you go I bet. I still can’t wrap my head around anyone who would pull something like this.
BREAKING: Man Who Threatened To Put Bullet In Trump’s Head Just Got BRUTAL Dose Of Karma
Any president is known to receive some death threats and to be in danger, but it seems that President Trump has been dealing with this a lot lately. One man in particular was on the run after threatening to shoot the President. Now, law enforcement authorities have done everything in their power to bring him to justice.
Fox News reported,
“The manhunt for a Pennsylvania man who allegedly threatened to “put a bullet” in President Trump’s head has finally ended, officials said Friday.
Shawn Richard Christy, 26, surrendered after being tracked down to a ravine just north of Route 30 in Mansfield, Ohio, about 4:30 p.m., just three hours after the day’s search began, officials said at a press conference.
“He was captured with a firearm on him and the FBI is processing that and he going to be facing further charges on that firearm,” U.S. Marshal Brian Fitzgibbon said. He would not confirm what the firearm was other than it was a pistol believed to have been taken from a property in Pennsylvania.
— Ohio State Patrol (@OSHP) September 21, 2018
Christy has been on the run since June 19, after he allegedly threatening John M. Morganelli, the district attorney of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and Trump in a Facebook post that has since been deleted. “Keep it up Morganelli, I promise I’ll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump,” Christy allegedly wrote. A federal warrant was issued for his arrest as a result.
The manhunt for Christy began Sunday afternoon when law enforcement learned he was in Ohio. U.S. Marshal Ann Murphy said that he is facing “numerous charges” and would first appear in federal court in Ohio on Monday. Marshals will then take him back to Pennsylvania to face charges.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter,” whose name is Duane Chapman, said earlier this week that he would be joining in on the search for Christy. But in the end, a different kind of dog got credit for the capture. “It was a police dog,” joked Fitzgibbon. “It was a canine that picked up his scent and took him down.”
“Police have arrested a fugitive wanted for threatening President Trump after a three-month manhunt. Shawn Christy, 26, was taken into custody Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. in Mifflin Township, Ohio, the U.S. Marshals tell Channel 11 News. Christy, 27, of McAdoo, was found hiding between some large rocks on a streambed and was arrested with a knife and a .380 handgun, the U.S. Marshals say.
In early June, Christy allegedly made threats against Trump, police and a district attorney on Facebook. In additions, Christy had warrants in Pennsylvania for burglary, probation violation, and failure to appear for an aggravated assault case.
In the ensuing weeks and months, law enforcement officials said he’s led them on a chase through several states. “We are most pleased that this case is resolved with Mr. Christy safely in custody and headed back to Pennsylvania to face justice,” said U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio Pete Elliott. “While he may have exhibited a strong determination to avoid capture, I hope he now understands that U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task forces are resolute and will not stop until they get their man.”
In addition to U.S. Marshals from Ohio and Pennsylvania, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office assisted with Christy’s capture. K9 Deputy Jeffrey Belback and his federally certified bloodhound, Ranger, were part of the search along with the drone team.”
There were dozens of agents that had been looking for Christy but the scour of vast thickets made it difficult in the woods. A place he was known to frequent. Regardless, agents were able to scour over 55,000 acres of the area near his home.
He had allegedly also stolen several cars. As well as had an invariable number of shotguns and pistols to aid in his cross-border escape. Included in this summation was a stolen pickup truck in Pennsylvania that the police had recovered.
The fugitives path went through various states including Kentucky, West Virginia, as well as New York. There were multiple arrest warrants under his name in the Pennsylvania jurisdiction. Marshall’s put him on high alert after the fugitive said publically that he would use full lethal force if a law enforcement tried to engage him.
In 2011 he pled guilty to harassing attorneys for Palin with hundreds upon hundreds of phone calls that were threatening. As a result, he was sentenced to probably. He spent two years in a federal prison shortly thereafter and when he was released he went to a halfway house in order to abide by the terms of his release but broke it by leaving shortly thereafter again.
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