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Local News Archives for 2020-07

Board Of Election Scam Calls

More scam calls to warn you about this morning. Some folks are calling saying they are from the board of elections, or one of the political parties, and saying they can get you registered to vote. All they need is your social security number. Obviously, the best thing to do is simply hang up. Do not worry about being polite.

Donate Plasma For Free Covid-19 Test

LabCorp says it is working with local public health officials, to offer a free Covid 19 test. Well, not totally free. You have to be willing to donate plasma. The Burlington based LabCorp says they need plasma that contains covid antibodies, and if you are willing to go to your doctor and give a sample of blood, they will test you. Then they will check your blood for antibodies as part of the research into finding a vaccine.

Human Trafficking Conference

A press conference this morning in Graham. Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson says he’s got some numbers to share at 9am today. As you probably know, Alamance County has a problem with human trafficking and prostitution, primarily as a result of Mexican cartel’s setting up here. Spokesmen for the Sheriff say they have the latest numbers from the latest undercover operation. They say the Sheriff will also talk about a grant from the Department of Justice, to help the continuing fight against human trafficking and prostitution here in Alamance County.  

By the way, this latest operation caught 21 suspects. Out of those, only 4 are from Alamance County. And as for that grant from the Justice Department,  the money includes 375 thousand dollars to fund 3 new positions in the Sheriff’s Office. They will be dedicated to fighting human trafficking, and internet crimes against children. Right now, those duties are shared by officers in the special victims unit and in the criminal investigations Division. And that is when they are not handling other duties. So this means at least 3 folks will be doing nothing but working on human trafficking and on internet crimes involving children. 

Do Not Open Mystery Seeds

Those mystery seeds keep showing up, and authorities keep telling us not to plant them. Not to even open the package they come in. We are being told to save the contents along with all shipping labels and contact the NCDA's Plant Industry Division toll free at (800) 206-9333 or email at newpest@ncagr.gov.  From what we are being told, the department of agriculture will make arrangements to pickup the package.

The Better Business Bureau is warning folks to check the package to see how much of their personal information is on the label. It could mean someone has hacked your account. 

Duke Power Extending Another Month

Today is the official end to the no disconnect orders for Duke Power and Piedmont Gas that came down earlier this year. That meant folks who did not have money for their power bill could make arrangements to catch it back up once they were able to go back to work. The North Carolina Utilities Commission has told power companies to extend their no disconnect orders for another month. Duke Energy, the largest power supplier in the state, had already said they would give a 30 day extension. Please note: this does not necessarily include your local municipal utility service.

Man Under 4 Million Dollar Bond

A Burlington man is looking at charges, and a 4 million dollar secured bond, after a woman from Charlotte has accused him of kidnapping and rape. The woman claims Andres Gonzales gave her a ride from Charlotte to Mebane. But she says when they got to a house on Bonfire Drive, he attacked her. Investigators say they spoke with several witnesses, and have charged Gonzales with at least two counts of rape, strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping. They say he is under a 4 million dollar secured bond.

FREE Mask Giveaway

A free mask giveaway this week, courtesy of the city of Burlington. City spokesmen say the giveaway will start this Friday, and end next Tuesday. Friday, the mask giveaway will be held at parking lot #1. In case you need more than that, this is the parking lot between Webb and Front Street there along Occasions Restaurant from 11am to 1pm, or until they run out. Saturday will be the same time, at Fairchild Community Center. Then Monday at North Park from 5pm until 7, or until that supply runs out. On Tuesday, the free mask giveaway will be at Joe Davidson Park from 5 to 7, again, that might be cut short if they run out. Each person will get 2 masks. You can also ask for a two pack for a family member.

PPE Arrives at ABSS

Officials with Alamance Burlington Schools say they are sorting through some of the personal protective equipment that has arrived from the state. It includes thousands of gowns and face masks along with thermometers. Some school spokesmen say they are working on how to convince the kids to wear their masks.

 

By the way, you might have heard that the CDC sent out a list of things schools across the country must do in order to reopen this Fall. One of the most controversial was the rule that kids had to bring their meals from home, to eat in the classroom. Critics though pointed out that most schools across the country have been feeding the kids while school has been out, so expecting them to suddenly be able to find their own food was not very realistic. 

 

Speaking of schools reopening, it looks like we might not have those Friday night high school football games this year. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association says it is thinking, if in-person classes are too dangerous, then high school football practice and games might not be a good idea either. But just like when or if school is going to start back, when or if there will be football is also still an unanswered question. 

3 Juveniles Arrested - Linked To Church Vandalism

Three kids have been arrested, and charged with that vandalism at a church in Saxapahaw. Investigators say they checked surveillance video and went through the area talking to folks who helped identify the 3 boys. Tires were slashed on the Moores Chapel Church van over the weekend. Vulgar graffiti was painted inside and outside the church. The children’s playground was vandalized, a window was covered with graffiti and walls were left with holes. Sheriff Deputies say they found the boys and they admitted to what they had done. No word yet on why.

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