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Cleveland County Sheriff denies rumor of ‘serial killer on the loose’

A rumor that started on Facebook about a serial killer on the loose in the area got so out of hand this week that law enforcement had to step in with an official denial.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office posted a rebuttal to the rumor on Wednesday and asked the community to share the message. As of Thursday, the sheriff’s post had been shared nearly 2,000 times in 13 hours.

“There is a bad rumor going around that four dead bodies have been discovered in Cleveland County and there’s a serial killer on the lose. This is not true,” the Facebook post stated. “The sheriff’s office nor the Shelby Police Department are working any such case. We would encourage those who are posting and sharing this to stop.”

It was unclear Thursday exactly how the rumor got started.

Many people fell for the ruse and contacted local authorities by phone and email, Cleveland

Read more at: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article174590181.html

Cleveland County Sheriff denies rumors of ‘serial killer on the loose …

A rumor that started on Facebook about a serial killer on the loose in the area got so out of hand this week that law enforcement had to step in with an official denial.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office posted a rebuttal to the rumor on Wednesday and asked the community to share the message. As of Thursday, the sheriff’s post had been shared nearly 2,000 times in 13 hours.

“There is a bad rumor going around that four dead bodies have been discovered in Cleveland County and there’s a serial killer on the lose. This is not true,” the Facebook post stated. “The sheriff’s office nor the Shelby Police Department are working any such case. We would encourage those who are posting and sharing this to stop.”

It was unclear Thursday exactly how the rumor got started.

Many people fell for the ruse and contacted local authorities by phone and email, Cleveland

Read more at: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article174590181.html

Chelan and Douglas county congressional Rep. Dave Reichert will retire in 2018

OLYMPIA- Dave Reichert, the U.S. congressman representing Chelan county and some of Douglas county will get out of the political limelight when his term expires next year.

Reichert announced this week that he will not run for another term. Reichert, a seven-term Republican incumbent, said “it was not an easy decision but I believe it was the right one for me family and me.”

Reichert’s congressional district also encompassed parts of Kittitas, Pierce and King counties. Prior to Reichert’s announcement to retire, several Democratic candidates had already launched their own bids against him.

Republicans familiar with the race named state Sen. Dino Rossi as a potential candidate to replace Reichert.

Prior to his political career, Reichert served as King County’s sheriff for two terms and was part of the Green River Task Force that tracked down Gary Ridgway, the “Green River Killer.” 

Read more at: http://www.ifiberone.com/columbia_basin/chelan-and-douglas-county-congressional-rep-dave-reichert-will-retire/article_0ae2124a-93e9-11e7-b909-1fa032ef2c59.html

When the ‘Night Stalker’ serial killer attacked, Orange County lost its innocence

In the summer of 1985, Richard Ramirez — dubbed the Night Stalker by news media — terrorized Southern California. He drove the L.A. Basin freeways, pulled into suburban neighborhoods, climbed through open windows and killed men and women in their homes. If you lived in Southern California then, the Night Stalker got inside your head. Even if he didn’t get inside your house, he went to bed with you at night.

I was 15 in 1985, growing up in master-planned Irvine — Orange County’s mostly white, upper-middle-class resort/suburbia, a place where people left their doors unlocked at night. Back then, the town was surrounded by orange groves and strawberry fields. The hills were dotted with cattle and cowboys. On hot days, the ocean breeze was singed with the spice of eucalyptus trees. It was easy, surrounded by this California Eden, to feel removed from the endless bad news to the north

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-drew-night-stalker-in-orange-country-20170830-story.html

The ‘Night Stalker’ taught Orange County you can’t master plan away the darker elements of human nature

In the summer of 1985, Richard Ramirez — dubbed the Night Stalker by news media — terrorized Southern California. He drove the L.A. Basin freeways, pulled into suburban neighborhoods, climbed through open windows and killed men and women in their homes. If you lived in Southern California then, the Night Stalker got inside your head. Even if he didn’t get inside your house, he went to bed with you at night.

I was 15 in 1985, growing up in master-planned Irvine — Orange County’s mostly white, upper-middle-class resort/suburbia, a place where people left their doors unlocked at night. Back then, the town was surrounded by orange groves and strawberry fields. The hills were dotted with cattle and cowboys. On hot days, the ocean breeze was singed with the spice of eucalyptus trees. It was easy, surrounded by this California Eden, to feel removed from the endless bad news to the north

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-drew-night-stalker-in-orange-country-20170830-story.html

Johnson County serial killer found ‘unduly familiar’ with prison guard loses appeal

A man in prison for the 1989 deaths of three Johnson County women whose bodies were never found has lost his appeal of a prison disciplinary action.

Richard Grissom Jr. was disciplined by Kansas Department of Corrections officials for passing a sexually explicit note to a female corrections officer.

Grissom, who is a prisoner at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, admitted to writing the note, but said the officer had asked him to write it.

She denied having done that, and Grissom was sentenced to serve 30 days in segregation and fined $20.

On Friday, a three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals, denied Grissom’s appeal of the disciplinary action.

Read more at: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article167067712.html

Johnson County serial killer found ‘unduly familiar’ with prison guard loses appeal

A man in prison for the 1989 deaths of three Johnson County women whose bodies were never found has lost his appeal of a prison disciplinary action.

Richard Grissom Jr. was disciplined by Kansas Department of Corrections officials for passing a sexually explicit note to a female corrections officer.

Grissom, who is a prisoner at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, admitted to writing the note, but said the officer had asked him to write it.

She denied having done that, and Grissom was sentenced to serve 30 days in segregation and fined $20.

On Friday, a three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals, denied Grissom’s appeal of the disciplinary action.

Read more at: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article167067712.html

Bristol County CAC celebrates 10 years as their need grows

FALL RIVER — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County deals with the smallest victims, and on Monday, they set up a tent near their Arch Street headquarters, and celebrated 10 years of doing good work.

“Opening a nonprofit during an economic downturn is material for a book,” said CAC Executive Director Michelle Loranger.

Loranger noted that the CAC has seen a 123 percent increase in cases since it opened in 2007.

The agency helps children who have been abused or have witnessed violence.

In particular, the agency provided interview rooms where children who have a story to tell can tell it once, instead of having to tell the same terrible story to police, district attorneys and other interviews.

A number of police officials, elected officials, supporters and workers attended Monday’s event.

“I wouldn’t be here without you giving your time, treasure and talent,”

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20170731/bristol-county-cac-celebrates-10-years-as-their-need-grows

Ex-Bristol County Sheriff’s Deputy, Carlos Rafael associate convicted

NEW BEDFORD — Less than two days after the start of Antonio Freitas’ trial, a federal jury found the former Bristol County Sheriff’s Deputy and associate of Carlos Rafael guilty of smuggling profits of an over-fishing scheme to Portugal.

Freitas was convicted of one count of bulk cash smuggling and one count of structuring the export of U.S. currency. The former task force officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be sentenced at 2 p.m. Oct. 12.

The charges carry a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

The conviction stems from an incident on Feb. 5, 2016, when Freitas smuggled $17,500 through airport security and later deposited it in a Portuguese bank account belonging to Rafael, according to court documents.

The prosecution submitted an audio tape of Rafael speaking with undercover agents

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20170719/ex-bristol-county-sheriffs-deputy-carlos-rafael-associate-convicted

Candleworks to house new Bristol County Savings Bank branch

NEW BEDFORD — Bristol County Savings Bank is set to have its third branch in the city in the historic Candleworks Building.

“We’ve been looking in the area in downtown for years,” said Patrick Murray, bank president and CEO.

The bank had a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday morning at the building, 72 North Water St., which also houses Carmine’s Italian Ristorante.

The branch is slated to open in the fall after interior renovations are completed. The new office will have a retail branch on the first floor, a loan office on the second floor and drive-thru Interactive Teller Machines. The drive-thru allows customers to press a button and talk to a bank teller, which could eventually be available 24 hours, Murray said.

In addition, the space is set to have a community room, a night deposit box for business customers and plenty of off-street

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20170629/candleworks-to-house-new-bristol-county-savings-bank-branch