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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly has referred to the county jail as the “Green Roof Inn” for more than a year.
A neon sign paid for with drug-seized assets, flashing “vacancy,” was unveiled Thursday and further emphasizes that rooms are available for criminals at the Flagler County Detention Facility.
“The purpose of the signs is crime prevention,” Staly said. “When you are arrested, we provide the minimum accommodations as required by law. Once an offender ‘checks-in,’ they lose their basic freedoms. They don’t decide what to eat, wear, or do with their day.”
What “guests” will get is free transportation to court and state prison, designer jewelry -- handcuffs and leg irons -- as well as free designer clothing -- in the form of a color-coordinated jumpsuit and shoes.
A sign at the facility’s exit reminds guests checking out that beds are always available and “the light is always on.”
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:01 PM
BESSEMER CITY, N.C. — Families were sitting down for a comfortable Sunday lunch when chaos ensued at a Gaston County restaurant.
Two people died and others were injured when a man drove his car into a Gaston County restaurant just after noon.
Police said the driver of the car, Roger Self, was taken into custody.
Police said after their initial investigation, they believe Self, of Dallas, drove the car through the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City intentionally.
Wait staff told our partners at the Gaston Gazette that Self took his family into the restaurant and had them seated. He then went back out to his vehicle and drove at a high rate of speed into the area where they were sitting.
Police say a man drove his car into the restaurant killing one person pic.twitter.com/aOfXMtref0— glenn benson counts (@gcountswsoc9) May 20, 2018
Officers said one of the victims was identified as Self’s daughter, Katelyn Self, 26, who worked with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office.
Other family members were also injured, according to police.
"Tragic, tragic loss of life,” Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said. “I'm asking people just to keep the family in your prayers, and the Sheriff's Office, because we're suffering right now."
Caleb Martin, who is just 14 years old and buses tables at the restaurant, witnessed the car crash through the building.
"I walked over to my station and I heard a loud boom,” he said. “It went straight through. There's a doorway. There is a wall and he drove in another room."
Caleb was dazed by the carnage he saw.
He said that momentarily he didn't know what to do but then sprang into action.
"The one guy I could help in back, he was pretty hurt,” Martin said, “I helped paramedics move tables off this dude and I moved debris out of the way so they could get to him."
Officials said Roger Self is a private investigator who used to work for the Gastonia Police Department years ago.
Police said all of the victims, and Roger Self, are known to the employees.
"He was a regular and we haven't seen him in a while, so when he came back, it was kind of sad,” Martin said.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:37 AM
— The British royal family on Monday released official photographs taken after Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle in a highly anticipated ceremony in England over the weekend.
The couple wed at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, nearly two years after they met when a friend set them up on a blind date in London.
Kensington Palace officials released three photographs from Saturday taken by Alexi Lubomirski after thousands of people greeted the newlyweds on a carriage procession.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs from their Wedding day.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 21, 2018
These photographs were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession. #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/WBim9EkI4D
The Duke and Duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their Wedding.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 21, 2018
They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world. pic.twitter.com/RSa9ukqxLF
Queen Elizabeth II conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Markle ahead of their nuptials Saturday.
“The Duke and Duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding,” royal family officials said in a statement. “They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth and around the world.”
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:02 AM
LARGO, Fla. — A Florida couple stole a motorized shopping cart from Walmart and took it on a joyride down the street to a nearby dive bar, police said.
Jeffrey Robert Sabiel and Santa Marie Walters took the scooter Thursday from a Largo Walmart and drove it about a mile east to Jimmy’s Sports Bar, where an officer found the cart parked out front, according to WFLA.
The couple at first denied taking the cart, but soon admitted to it, investigators said.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 3:37 PM
HOUSTON — Houston police Chief Art Acevedo is calling for gun reform, after 10 people were shot and killed and 10 more hurt in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.
The gunman was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school.
Pagourtzis was arraigned on capital murder and aggravated assault charges Friday.
In the post on his Facebook page, Acevedo said that he has hit “rock bottom” after this deadly shooting.
“Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed tears of sadness, pain and anger,” Acevedo posted. “I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.”
School resource officer John Barnes was injured in Friday’s shooting. He remains in critical condition, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) tweeted Saturday.
Patients condition update: Under 18 patient is in GOOD condition. The female patient in ICU is in SERIOUS condition. The male patient remains in CRITICAL condition.— UTMB News (@utmbnews) May 19, 2018
According to CNN, Barnes is a former officer with the Houston Police Department.
Acevedo also called “shame” to those in power who are not speaking out against gun violence, in a post on Twitter.
Shame to all given the task to enact common sense statutes & policies & continue to fail our families & especially our children. And shame to all that fail to speak out, including law-enforcement leaders. We are in these positions to mark a difference. https://t.co/ApDIp8Se0S— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) May 19, 2018
Acevedo has been vocal about gun control in the past. According to CNN, Acevedo urged others to join him to change legislation after the deadly massacre in Las Vegas last year were 58 people were killed.
Acevedo is the first Hispanic to lead the department. Before that, he was chief of the Austin Police Department, according to the Houston police department website.