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The chief of police in Chester said he was threatened in a restroom following a Monday night council meeting.
Chief Andre Williams told a sergeant with the Chester City Police Department that he and a major were in the bathroom washing their hands when Councilman Odell Williams entered.
The police chief said the councilman told him and the major that he “don’t like the chief nor you,” according to an incident report.
The chief said Odell Williams started using racial slurs against the two. The chief said while walking out the door with his hand in his pocket, the councilman said, “I have my stuff on me now and I am not afraid to use it.”
Andre Williams said that while standing on the steps of city hall the councilman told him, “I am 79 years old and I am not afraid to die.”
The major and the police chief returned to the council chambers and informed the mayor and the remaining council members of the incident.
Odell Williams was charged with intimidation. The police chief called the State Law Enforcement Division to conduct an investigation.
More than 17,000 North Carolina customers are still without electricity after last week's winter storm.
Duke Energy reported Tuesday that the biggest problems continued to be in Guilford and Alamance counties.
Duke says nearly 7,000 customers are without service in Guilford County. Nearly 7,000 more customers are without service in Alamance County.
The utility expects to have service restored by Wednesday night.
Hundreds of thousands of customers lost service during the storm that coated much of the state in ice.Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:09:32 -0400
In what could be bad news for bike trail riders, a Supreme Court decision Monday put hundreds of miles of trails across the country at risk.
In an 8-1 vote, the court ruled that land once used by the government for railroad lines should revert back to the original owners once the lines are abandoned. A federal program had been converting many of the lines into bike trails. (Via Bloomberg)
The court found that the government didn't own the land, but just had easements on it — that's permission to use someone else's land — and those easements had expired decades ago.
Wyoming man Marvin Brandt originally sued after the Forest Service moved to convert an old rail line crossing his 83-acre property into bike trails. Before the Supreme Court's decision, Brandt had lost twice in the lower circuits. (Via Google Earth)
In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said the legal question had been settled in 1942, in a similar case that ruled land ownership reverted back to the original owner. (Via SCOTUSblog)
But Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the lone dissent, criticized the majority's interpretation of that case, and said the court tarnished "the legality of thousands of miles of former rights of way that the public now enjoys as means of transportation and recreation." (Via Bloomberg)
The ruling could jeopardize almost 1,400 miles of trails facilitated by the Rails to Trails program and will set an anti-trail precedent for 80 other cases pending across the nation. (Via Rails to Trails Conservancy)
But according to The Wall Street Journal, Brandt's lawyer says the trail expansion at the center of the case isn't exactly high traffic, with his client only seeing around 50 bikers on the existing trail since 2006, and adding, "The idea that a bunch of people is going to come out there and start riding that trail is asinine."
The justices did not address the lingering question about exactly how much land is at stake, but during oral arguments back in Janurary, Justice Stephen Breyer noted the government keeps poor track of its easements, saying, "For all I know, there is some right-of-way that goes through people's houses."
See more at newsy.com.Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:54:07 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories