Last Weeks News
Officer Responding to Alarm Shot at on Tanbridge
Wilmington Police Officer HB Newton was responding to a house alarm at the 600 block of Tanbridge (new development behind Mayfaire, homes in the $400,000 range) where according to police reports gathered over the past 180 days is a neighborhood of frequent break-ins and larcenies from a vehicle. While making a check of the alarm complaint, officer Newton was approached by an older model black, 2 door Honda Civic hatchback with two occupants traveling at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached a shot was fired and then again once the car passed another shot was fired supposedly in the direction of Newton.
Newton attempted to give chase and other officers responded to the area, one officer stopping a vehicle matching the description on Eastwood that was later proven to be unrelated to the crime.
Shooters still at large, vehicle not recovered as of posting. White male passenger discribed as having long dark hair, and a mustache, possibly in his 30's.
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Neighborhood Police Report
Campbell College Law School takes it upon themselves to investigate the death of Officer Rich Matthews. Apparently this taxpayer funded "investigation", once complete, will be delivered to the defense attorneys representing Anthony Pierce, who was charged with second-degree murder for Officer Matthews' death. Pierce, who had just robbed a drug dealer at gunpoint of cash and merchandise, was tossing out weapons, and other evidence as he fled in a high speed chase after he was briefly stopped by a Wilmington Police Officer. Matthews was killed in a singlke vehicle car crash as he responded to a radio call for assistance to the chase.
This reminds us of something similar that happened in San Francisco in 2006. Please go to our blogsite and watch this relevant video of a press conference attacking the idiots that blamed the police, rather than the felon involved in a chase, for the death of one of their officers.
THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE NC "EDUCATION" LOTTERY ALSO PLAYS A THIEF, GO FIGURE
Governor Beverly Perdue is robbing the Lottery's trust fund robbing thousands of children of their educational needs that were established by the legislature when the bill was passed allowing the State to enter into the gambling business. We should have seen it coming when the spokesperson in the many lottery commercials run to encourage us to "play" the lottery so we can help the kids, meanwhile the spokesperson plays a burglar in several CPI Security commercials.
Oh the irony.
State Representative Carolyn Justice says the governor's decision to take lottery funds has left some North Carolina school districts in distress.
The $50 million in the Education Lottery Reserve Fund was supposed to pay for school construction costs, some for this school year.
The Pender County Republican says that's going to hurt local school districts.
"If those counties already issued bonds planning on that money to pay their debt, they're in trouble right now. And this hasn't even become solidified yet--just the first overtures here are not looking good for us locally."
Justice says Governor Beverly Purdue's withdrawal was one of many unfavorable options for trying to balance the state budget.
Mecklenburg County State Rep. Thom Tillis cosponsored House Bill 518, which would strip the "education" portion out of the lottery name.
Tillis said he and others formed the bill because Gov. Beverly Perdue said she plans to pull $50 million to $70 million from the Education Lottery Reserve Fund to pay for things other than education. He argues even if a portion of the lottery money is paying for things other than education, it shouldn't be called an education lottery.
The North Carolina lottery is here to stay after the state Supreme Court on last Friday deadlocked over a suit challenging the way the games were enacted.
In a one-paragraph filing, the court said it had split 3-3 on the issue. A seventh justice, Mark Martin, recused himself.
The tie means a lower court's ruling in favor of the lottery remains in place.
Courts are still soft on speeders
DAs, judges work around new laws
By Mandy Locke and David Raynor, Staff Writers News & Observer
In the 16 months since legislators tried to close loopholes that let the fastest speeders avoid harsh penalties, some judges and prosecutors have ignored the new laws or found ways around them.
Nearly 12 percent of those charged with driving more than 25 mph over the speed limit got breaks that legislators tried to outlaw, according to records from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Prosecutors since December 2007 have been forbidden from allowing those speeders to blame their indiscretion on broken speedometers; also, they forbid judges from granting "prayers for judgment continued," a forgiveness of sorts, in these cases.
Across the state, the rate at which these high-speed drivers were found guilty as charged hasn't improved. In most districts, there was a surge in another type of deal: reducing the charge to 10 mph or less over the limit. That break spares insurance rate increases and points on a driver's record.
Sen. Tony Rand, a Fayetteville Democrat who helped shepherd the legislation in 2007, was flabbergasted.
"What do they want me to do? Pass another bill this session saying I really meant the one we passed in 2007?" Rand said after being presented with the findings of a News & Observer analysis.
The legislature's action in 2007 followed an N&O series that found speeders are rarely punished in North Carolina. Overall, only about 17 percent of speeders are found guilty as charged; that rate didn't change after the law did. Conviction rates are even lower for the fastest drivers.
North Carolina courts have long been overwhelmed by the volume of speeding tickets. Since December 2007, law enforcement officers ticketed more than 779,562 speeders. In some district courts, hundreds of drivers report each morning seeking painless resolution to their ticket. Prosecutors and judges oblige, saying they don't have the resources to try even a handful of speeding cases a day.
All the while, North Carolinians continue to die in speed-related crashes. Across the state, an average of more than eight people died each week in speed-related crashes, according to the UNC Highway Safety School. That's a slight reduction from 2006.
A Highway Patrol spokesman said he is disappointed. "The Highway Patrol will continue to work hard to make a difference on our highways," said Capt. Everett Clendenin. "We hope the courts will join us in our effort."
In almost all districts, judges and lawyers granted concessions since 2007 that the legislature had banned. Some have done it more regularly than others. In Johnston County, which has seen a rash of speed-related crashes involving teenagers, 94 drivers caught speeding more than 25 mph over the limit were found guilty of having a broken speedometer -- a break legislators say they outlawed in 2007.
In Wake County, judges granted 362 prayers for judgment continued, a resolution that, in effect, wards off insurance and driving record penalties.
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In Johnston County, a trooper clocked Alexander Michael Green, then 16, driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on a rural highway in January 2008. Three months later, a prosecutor granted a request from his attorney to plead guilty to having a broken speedometer. In August of 2008, the Smithfield teenager was ticketed for traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. Again, he pleaded guilty to improper equipment.
In Wake County, a Raleigh police officer stopped Susan Lynn Deyton speeding through a school zone at 52 mph as school let out. In court, the prosecutor dismissed the speeding charge and changed it to reckless driving, enabling Wake District Court Judge Shelley Desvouges to grant a prayer for judgment.
A state trooper stopped Amanda Gray Ennis, then 16, in September, clocking her at 96 mph on Interstate 40 in Johnston County. Prosecutors agreed to let Ennis plead guilty to improper equipment -- the broken speedometer strategy.
The Division of Motor Vehicles, which logs speeding convictions, caught about 176 of the cases resolved in violation of the new law. But 160 of those speeders returned to court and negotiated other kinds of breaks, said DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell.
The new law specifies that drivers charged with going more than 25 mph over the limit are not eligible for certain concessions. But Robert Rader, Wake County chief District Court judge, said prosecutors can issue new charges in court, striking what the officer issued on the road.
Rader said he would send a memorandum to Wake County's District Court judges about the matter.
"It concerns me that some people have possibly gotten concessions beyond what they may deserve," Rader said Friday.
In 2008, Johnston District Attorney Susan Doyle began mandating that young drivers charged with speeding attend a driving school to receive a break on a ticket. She was trying to address the rash of teen fatalities.
She noted that the improper equipment pleas for high-rate speeders were a small share of all speeding tickets Johnston County courts handled.
"This was less than 1 percent of the total speeding cases filed in Johnston County in 2008," Doyle said. "It is important to treat repeat speeding offenders very seriously, since speed can kill. At the same time, it is also important to encourage drivers to take that extra step to complete beneficial driving schools in order to save lives."
Even legislators who helped tighten the laws were skeptical about the state's ability to press harder on speeders. Tickets can cost drivers big. Their insurance spikes; they could lose their licenses. As long as those pressures exist, court officials say, speeders and their attorneys will be shopping for bargains.
"Any charge is met with a corresponding attempt to avoid it," Rand said. "But the big question is, does anybody else care? I'm not sure they do."
Staff writer Sarah Nagem and news researcher Denise Jones contributed to this report.
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Judges had been granting prayers for judgment continued to nearly 60 percent of speeders in fiscal year 2006. That rate has dropped dramatically, with only 12 percent of speeders granted prayers for judgment in fiscal 2008. Since then, that rate has dropped to 1.4 percent.
The problem: The district has seen a dramatic increase in speeders granted reductions to less than 10 mph over the limit. In fiscal 2006, practically none were resolved that way. So far this year, prosecutors have given these reductions to a third of speeders.
District Attorney J. Douglas Henderson did not return several calls for comment.
New Hanover and Pender
Prosecutors had been granting improper equipment pleas to half of the speeders exceeding 90 mph. That rate has dropped slightly since 2006.
In New Hanover County, however, prosecutors granted 93 improper equipment pleas to speeders who exceeded the limit by more than 25 mph.
District Attorney Ben David said that in the vast majority of these cases, the drivers were required to complete a driving course before getting this break. Others, he said, "we candidly dropped the ball." He said he would address the matter with his assi stant district attorneys.
Prosecutors dismissed 47 percent of speeding tickets in fiscal year 2006. That rate dropped to 16 percent in 2008.
Reductions to speeding under 10 mph over the limit increased, however. In 2006, only 8 percent of speeders received this break. In 2008, 26.5 percent did.
District Attorney Ed Grannis did not return a call for comment.
By JASON DEAREN and LISA LEFF
Associated Press Writers
OAKLAND, Calif. --
Thousands of mourners gathered with the families of four slain Oakland police officers for a joint funeral Friday that drew law enforcement officers from around the world.
Officers Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were remembered for their dedication to their families, friends and a gritty job they loved despite the dangers.
Police said Hege and Dunakin were gunned down March 21 when the two motorcycle officers pulled over a 26-year-old parolee during a traffic stop. Romans, Sakai and the parolee died later in a shootout when the city's SWAT team stormed an apartment where the man was hiding.
The violent confrontation was the biggest single day, gun-related loss of life for law enforcement since four federal agents died 16 years ago during a raid on the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas.
The officers' caskets were draped in American flags and shepherded to the Oracle Arena that passed under a giant U.S. flag held up by two fire truck ladders as they entered the parking lot. Among those speaking at the service Friday were Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and state Attorney General Jerry Brown, a former Oakland mayor.
A spokesman for Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said the mayor was attending the service, but was asked not to speak by at least one family of the victims. Paul Rose said he did not know which family made the request or the reason.
Acting Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said at the start of the service that the officers were "our brothers."
"They rest in peace, because they were men of peace," he said.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama thanked the officers in a letter read by Oakland police chaplain Jayson Landeza, saying: "Our nation is grateful for the men and women who work in law enforcement. Their commitment to their fellow man will never be forgotten."
New York City Police Lt. Tommy Ng, who attended the ceremony, said the tragedy brought back memories of Sept. 11. He said he was not surprised by the outpouring of support for his colleagues in Oakland.
"When one of us is hurt, all of us are hurt," Ng said before the service. "We're all brothers."
Minneapolis Police Sgt. Steve Blackwell said he and three other officers drove from Minnesota to the service in Oakland, even though they didn't know the slain policemen.
"It's a national tragedy, so it cuts pretty deep," Blackwell said. "We want to let the people of Oakland see that we care. I hope that this city finds strength from this tragedy to move ahead."
Oakland police officer John Wilson, a 25-year veteran of the force, said he knew the four slain officers and promised that their memories would live on.
"They made the ultimate sacrifice," Wilson said. "They will never be forgotten."
Missouri Highway Patrol retracts controversial report on militia activity
By JASON NOBLE
The Star’s Jefferson City correspondent
JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri Highway Patrol this week retracted a controversial report on militia activity and will change how such reports are reviewed before being distributed to law enforcement agencies.
The Highway Patrol also will open an investigation into the origin of the report, which linked conservative groups with domestic terrorism and named former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin.
The Highway Patrol’s announcement followed a news conference in which Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, suggested putting the director of public safety on administrative leave and investigating how the report was produced.
The uproar revolves around a report released last month by the Missouri Information Analysis Center, a “fusion center” for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to collaborate on domestic security issues. The report concerned militia movements in Missouri and across the U.S., and described how they had evolved over the last several years.
But it suggested that domestic militias often subscribed to radical ideologies rooted in Christian views and opposition to immigration, abortion or federal taxes. The report also stated that it was “not uncommon” for militia members to support third-party political candidates.
The Highway Patrol’s superintendent, Col. James F. Keathley, released a memo saying the report did not meet the agency’s standard for quality and would not have been released if it had been seen by top officials.
“For that reason,” Keathley wrote, “I have ordered the MIAC to permanently cease distribution of the militia report.”
The memo noted the report was compiled by an employee of the information analysis center and reviewed only by the center director before being sent to law enforcement agencies across the state.
In the future, Keathley wrote, reports from the center will be reviewed by leaders of the Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety.
On Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, expressed support for Keathley’s order and distanced his administration from the process that allowed the report to be released.
“Under a previous system, MIAC would prepare and distribute these reports to law enforcement agencies without review or approval from the colonel of the Highway Patrol or the director of Public Safety,” Nixon said. “That’s simply not acceptable.”
Conservatives in Missouri and nationally have criticized the report for lumping people with conservative political views in with domestic terrorists and potentially opening them to harassment from law enforcement.
Before Keathley’s memo was released Wednesday, Kinder criticized the report for suggesting that only issues championed by conservatives motivated domestic terrorists. The report “slanders” opponents of abortion and critics of illegal immigration, he said.
“Under the guidance of the present director, who apparently must think it is Nixon’s secret service, the Department of Public Safety has taken on the new and sinister role of political profiling,” Kinder said.
Also troubling Kinder said, the report makes no mention of Islamic terrorists or those who might subscribe to ideologies associated with liberals, such as environmental radicals.
The state’s response to the conservative outcry over the report evolved over the last few weeks. In one early response, the information analysis center released a statement reaffirming its “regard for the Constitutions of the United States and Missouri” and expressing regret that “any citizens or groups were unintentionally offended by the content of the document.”
Then earlier this week, Department of Public Safety Director John M. Britt retracted the portions that noted third party and Republican presidential candidates by name and sent letters of apology to the politicians.
But even with the retraction and the investigation announced Wednesday, Britt should be suspended and the General Assembly should investigate how the report was prepared, Kinder said.
“Director Britt has still not answered any of the questions about what other reports may have been developed and the procedure behind these memos,” Kinder’s spokesman, Gary McElyea, said in a statement. “Until those questions are answered Mr. Britt should be placed on immediate leave.”
Britt had no comment.
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Ex-Officer Dies at Spot Where He Saved Wife's Life
Posted: March 27th, 2009 09:33 AM GMT-05:00
The Associated Press
VASSAR, Mich. --
A former police officer suffered a heart attack and died at a Michigan gas station where he saved his future wife's life nearly 15 years ago
Lynne Smith tells The Saginaw News she and James Smith were returning home from breakfast on Monday when their pickup truck started to veer off course.
Lynne Smith looked at her 66-year-old husband and knew something was wrong. She scrambled to take control and piloted the vehicle through some bushes. It came to rest in the parking lot of the service station.
In 1994, James Smith acted quickly to save the then-Lynne Butterfield's life when her estranged husband slashed her throat at the same station.
Said his widow: "He saved my life here and now his life ended here." His funeral is set for Friday afternoon.
Connecticut Robbery Suspect Caught after He Called 911
Posted: March 25th, 2009 10:21 AM GMT-05:00
The Associated Press
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. --
Police say they caught a bumbling bank robber who crashed his getaway car and fled by bus and taxi, only to make it home and find his roommate dead.
Authorities found nearly $4,000 stolen from a Darien bank after the suspect called 911 to report the roommate's apparent suicide.
Fifty-nine-year-old David Maksimik was brought before a federal magistrate in Bridgeport Tuesday.
Police say he held up the bank on Jan. 29 and rear-ended another car fleeing the robbery. They say Maksimik didn't make it home until he got rides on a bus, a taxi and with his sister.
Maksimik found his roommate dead and called 911. Police responding to the suicide say they found the bank money inside a bag on Maksimik's bed.
'Dumbest criminal' nabbed in cop convention holdup
The Associated Press
Posted: Friday, Mar. 27, 2009
HARRISBURG, Pa. A retired police chief said he was robbed by "probably the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania," at a police officers' convention on Friday morning. John Comparetto said as he came out of a stall in the men's room, a man pointed a gun in his face and demanded money. There were 300 narcotics officers from Pennsylvania and Ohio at the gathering.
Comparetto gave up his money and cell phone. But when the man fled, Comparetto and some colleagues chased him. They arrested a 19-year-old man as he was trying to leave in a taxi.
The suspect is also awaiting trial on four previous robbery charges.
The suspect was arraigned and taken to Dauphin County Prison. When a reporter asked the suspect for comment as he was led out of court, he said, "I'm smooth."
Bank probes how crime case cash turned up in ATMs
March 27, 2009
NEW YORK - Chase bank is probing how a batch of twenty dollar bills that had been seized by police and stamped as evidence in criminal trials wound up in a pair of New York cash machines.
Some of the bills were still bearing stamps reading NYPD Evidence when they turned up at ATMs in the Bronx and on Long Island in the past few weeks.
The police department had turned the currency over to the bank to be destroyed.
A Chase spokesman says the bank is investigating.
Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com
Bullet not doing it's job so manufacturer recalling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ammo.
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How Do You Identify Shooters In The Midst?
Posted: March 22nd, 2009 04:35 PM GMT-05:00
Mass Violence Incidents Contributor
American law enforcement is faced with an imminent threat commonly referred to as the Active Shooter. The Active Shooter, as defined by this author, is an armed individual who has used continuous deadly force on the populace in order to achieve their particular objective. An Active Shooter will typically engage in this horrific act with the expectation of being killed (or killing) themselves. Furthermore, history has demonstrated that the Active Shooter typically stems from the organization in which they target, giving them intimate knowledge of the area.
To date, America's communities have had the fortune of minimal exposure to the effects of the Active Shooter. American law enforcement has an obligation to protect their citizens from this forthcoming threat. In order to accomplish this objective, a concise and solid action plan must be created and implemented. This action plan must incorporate not only America's law enforcement but also America’s citizens. A unified goal to identify, prevent and terminate the Active Shooter must be embraced. In order to understand the Active Shooter, a synopsis of their motivational beliefs must be understood. Identifying characteristics of the Active Shooter, along with their threat to the American public and the public's response, is essential.
American law enforcement has historically been tasked with protecting their citizens from the traditional criminal element; however, their true challenge is approaching. They are challenged with a new non-traditional criminal. Intelligence sharing, swift and precise decision-making are the elementary tools in defeating this threat. A solid action plan to combat this ever-increasing threat is paramount to the safety of American citizens and culture. The label Active Shooter brings fear, panic and confusion to the western world. The act itself comes with little warning and spreads grand pandemonium. The Active Shooter prefers soft targets rather than hard targets. The terminology for hard and soft targets derives from their vulnerability and accessibility to public access. Areas that typically constitute soft targets are schools, shopping malls, churches and public gathering places.
Unlike other cultures whose law enforcement organizations are tasked with the obligation of combating the Active Shooter, America's law enforcement is vastly different. Cultural freedoms of which Americans have grown accustomed forbid American law enforcement from utilizing tactics utilized by other cultures. American law enforcement is charged with maintaining a balance of its citizens' freedoms and maintaining their safety; therefore, severe organizational change must occur. The entire community, to include its schools and business community must participate.
Properly combating the Active Shooter requires understanding of the psychological motivation that inspires these individuals. Modern times have increased the Active Shooter's popularity as a renegade or problem individual. Although many blame the media, the human desensitization from electronic games, or the ever-strained family unit for this increasing violence; the reality is that incidents involving an Active Shooter are on the increase. Therefore, a cohesive organizational mind shift in America must occur to deter this threat.
Throughout the country, law enforcement entities are enthusiastically training their personnel on Active Shooter drills. However, the majority of the general public, the victims that are truly affected by this criminal, have failed to become proactive in deterring this scenario from affecting their work or school environment. They have become reactive in nature, believing that law enforcement will be their rescuers. The public, in cohesion with law enforcement, must create a survivalist mind set. As a unified community, we must learn to identify the various stages of this criminal element. Once identified, a course of action to institute assistance to that individual, their family and the community must be swiftly implemented. The end goal is to identify and learn the characteristic build-ups of an Active Shooter.
The Active Shooter typically will progress through three stages before reaching their fourth, final Execution stage. During stage one, classified as the Visionary stage; the Active Shooter will begin to envision himself committing the act. He may engulf himself with violent video games, practice shooting techniques and imagine himself as being immortalized through media coverage. He may spur a competitive drive by analyzing other Active Shooting Incidents and focus on inflicting more casualties than previous incidents.
The individual will then progress to stage two, the Developmental stage and like a predator, he will analyze his prey. He will identify building layouts, viable threats, such as large threatening males, security measures in place and best times of approach in which allow easy access to his arena. Furthermore, a priority for the Active Shooter is to inflict as many casualties as possible. To accomplish this he will familiarize himself with the location in which maximum targets, innocent citizens, are congregated. He will analyze his plan of attack. Taking account of his weaponry, armament he will compose and practice concealment techniques and transcribe a meticulous plan of attack. During the later part of this phase, the individual will attempt to requisite the materials required to execute his plan. He will attempt to gain weapons and explosive devices, often times conducting research on the internet. He will fabricate his whereabouts to loved ones in order to account for missing time, as he conducts dry-runs through the operation, mentally preparing him self for the Execution stage.
The Active Shooter will then progress to the third stage, the Advance stage. This is the last stage in which intervention can occur by a secondary party that would result in the termination of the shooters intended actions. During the Advance stage, the shooter is mentally and physically prepared to carry out his mission. During these first three stages the Active Shooter's plans can be stopped. However, it must be understood that the further the Active Shooter progresses in stages, the more mission focused they become, thus becoming more dangerous to individuals attempting to terminate their objective.
Once the Active Shooter has progressed through the three stages, he will naturally evolve to the Execution stage. This stage will yield a massacre if an immediate and unrelenting opposition does not confront the Active Shooter. This confrontation is intended for law enforcement only. However, the members of society, must culture our mindset. This is done by actively partaking in scenario planning on what actions we must do during an Active Shooter incident. We must be able to compliment law enforcement's response, rather than maintain a reactive mindset. Joint planning of law enforcement with its community, in creating a pre-orchestrated plan will minimize the casualties by an Active Shooter.
In conclusion, understanding characteristic build-ups of an Active Shooter, planning cooperatively and developing a survivalist mindset will eliminate or minimize the effects of an Active Shooter. While training with the National Tactical Officers Association in the Active Shooter Instructor Course, I read a statement that read as follows:
In the past 50 years, no student has been killed in a school fire.
How many have been killed in school shooting (violence) in the past 2 decades?
Every state has mandatory school fire drills.
How many have mandatory active shooter drills?
America's society needs to become proactive and infuse with law enforcement in creating a solid plan, with focus on a survivalist, proactive mindset to defeat the enemy within.
Pete Eliadis is a 17-year law enforcement veteran with intense command experience, and is the founder of Intelligence Consulting Partners, LLC (ICP). He has earned a variety of national and regional instructor certificates, as well as academic degrees from international institutions, such as Johns Hopkins University. He has been a consultant in various combative and intelligence fields for many years. The purview of Pete Eliadis’ clientele spans federal, state and local governments, as well as the private sector. His company, ICP, prides itself on innovative training with emphasis on intertwining law enforcement and civilian applications. He is nationally published in the arena of the Active School Shooter.
THE REMAINS OF PAMELA WALDHER HAVE BEEN FOUND IN HARNETT COUNTY ...ANOTHER YOUNG COUNTY WOMAN REMAINS MISSING
Pamela Waldher went missing January 2005. Her story can be found on NC WANTED and on our blog site crime.blogs.com.
On January 5, 2006 Harnett County resident Susan Renee Andersen, 19, did not come home from work. Her family has not heard from her since. The Harnett County Sheriff's Office claim they spoke with someone purporting to be Susan in May of 2006. The Harnett investigators closed the case after that even though they did not have any proof of life that would have required law enforcement to visually identify her. The CUE Center for Missing Person's was recently asked, by the Andersen family, to help in the search for their missing daughter. Since CUE's involvement in July the Sheriff 's Office has reopened the missing person case. After that, the Sheriff's Office has refused to respond to repeated phone calls and email messages. The family assumes the investigators have failed to locate Susan or any one who has seen her since she failed to return home after work January 5, 2006. CUE Center Press Release