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Missing NC teen found safe in Georgia more than a year after she vanished

Missing NC teen found safe in Georgia more than a year after she vanished

A missing North Carolina teenager, who vanished last year, has turned up at a home in Georgia. Hailey Burns, now 17, has been reunited with her family at an undisclosed location in Georgia, according to law enforcement sources. >> Read more trending news A FBI special agent in Charlotte learned of information that led investigators to a home in Duluth, Georgia, where they found Burns. A man found at the home, Michael Ren Wysolovski, was taken into custody and is now facing a number of state charges, the FBI said. The FBI in Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will continue their investigation into Burns' disappearance and will work closely with the FBI Atlanta and the Gwinnett County Police Department.  Burns  was last been seen at her Charlotte-area home on May 23, 2016. Police said at the time they had information that she may have left of her own accord and they weren’t sure if she had help. “You have to let go of the hope that she will just walk through the door, the teen’s mother, Shaunna Burns, said in a later interview. “We are past that point. She is not just going to come home in the middle of the night. You have to hope that they still find her, wherever she is.” >> Related: Body, likely missing Arkansas boy, found after 3 relatives discovered dead “You have to distract yourself because you will drive yourself crazy wondering what you could have done, or could be doing,” her father, Anthony Burns, said after his daughter disappeared.

Georgia women’s college trying to atone for Ku Klux Klan legacy

Georgia women’s college trying to atone for Ku Klux Klan legacy

Like other first year students corralled in Wesleyan College’s auditorium in Macon, Georgia, Dana Amihere didn’t know what to make of the spectacle unfolding on stage. >> Read more trending news It was fall 2006 and the freshman had been awakened in the dead of night. A group of sophomores stood on stage yelling, screaming and cheering as part of a hazing ritual that seemed part pep rally, part seance, she said. But one feature struck Amihere, an African American, about the young women on stage tormenting the first year students: They wore purple, hooded robes. “They looked just like Klan robes,” she said. “It was kind of like bells and whistles going off.” Amihere had no idea at the time how close she was to the truth. For more than a century, the nation’s oldest college chartered for women has had historical links to the Ku Klux Klan that have never been formally acknowledged. Its class names in 1909, 1913 and 1917 were the Ku Klux Klan. The 1913 yearbook is named the “Ku Klux.” A sketch of a masked night rider on horseback galloping under crescent moon graces the title page. The 1910 yearbook contains a prominent sketch of a female figure in white hood and robe holding a burning cross. Read more here.

Woman dragged through parking lot trying to retrieve stolen purse

Woman dragged through parking lot trying to retrieve stolen purse

A man who allegedly stole a woman’s purse at a South Florida gas station dragged the victim with his car when she tried to get her purse back.  >> Read more trending news The woman was pumping gas at a Broward County station on June 2 when Robert Flagg, 19, broke her car window, grabbed her purse and tried to make a getaway in his car, according to NBC 6 Miami. When he was about to drive off, the victim grabbed her purse from inside the alleged thief’s car through an open window and was then dragged through the parking lot, authorities said. >> Related: Car stolen with baby inside, mother dragged by thieves Flagg was later arrested.  Read more  here.

The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
Three teens who overpowered staff at a juvenile detention center in Jacksonville last week, have been caught by police. Justin Silva, Luther Davis and Derek Browley were found together on Old Kings Road shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday. They had been on the run since escaping from the Jacksonville Youth Academy, which is operated by G4S Youth Services, on June 18.  The president and CEO of G4S Youth Services told WOKV the boys, ranging in age from 15 to 16 years old, ambushed a youth care worker, stole keys to the facility and escaped over a high fence. Police described the attempt as a coordinated plan.  WOKV will continue to update this story as more information is released.  
UPDATE: JSO says Waverly was found under a motel stairway by a maintenance worker on Sunday. ---------- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking you to keep an eye out for a missing elderly man, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.   JSO tells us Waverly Northington Jr., 66, left his home in the 8200 block of Halls Hammock Court on Friday morning, between the hours of 12:00 am and 2:45 am.   Police say they've conducted an extensive search, but haven't been able to find him.  We're told Northington doesn't have a vehicle, so he's believed to be on foot.   Northington is described as a black male, 5'9'', 130 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing all white clothing with white shoes.   If you know where he is, or even if you've spotted him somewhere today, you're urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there has been a deputy-involved shooting on Lake Echo Ridge Drive in Keystone Heights. According to Clay County Fire Rescue, this was a barricaded situation and a shooting victim at the scene was taken by air to a hospital in Gainesville.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be taking over the investigation.
Three teenagers are still on the run as of early this afternoon, following an escape at the Jacksonville Youth Academy on the northside Sunday night. Three security guards at the facility, which is operated by G4S Youth Services, were overpowered by 15 year-old Justin Silva, 16-year-old Luther Davis, and 16-year-old Derek Browley. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice said Friday that it is conducting an escape review, which may include corrective actions.   And if a failure is identified on the part of staff or the contracted provider, DJJ says penalties could include termination and contract action against G4S Youth Services.  Here is a full statement from DJJ:  “As it relates to Jacksonville Youth Academy, DJJ is in the process of conducting an escape review and will determine what corrective actions may be necessary. A comprehensive investigation will also be conducted to determine whether all policies and procedures were followed. If a failure is identified on the part of staff or the contracted provider, they will be held fully accountable up to and including termination of staff and potential contract action against the contracted provider.”
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
U.S. House moves to bolster lawmaker security in wake of baseball shooting

Responding to concerns about personal security for lawmakers after last week’s gun attack at a Congressional baseball practice, U.S. House leaders are moving to provide extra money to members for protection back home, as well as new funding to bolster the work of police and security officials on Capitol Hill.

Under a plan approved by a House spending subcommittee on Friday, the Congress would provide an extra $7.5 million next year to the Capitol Police for an “increased security posture” around the Capitol, along with $5 million to the House Sergeant at Arms to help with security for lawmakers back in [More]

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