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So who gets to keep the engagement ring when a couple go their separate ways?
One former couple took that question all the way to a New York court. But here's what's interesting about this story: The man, Joseph Robert Torres, says he clearly proposed. But the woman, Debbie Lopez, says Torres never asked that oh-so-important question.
WNYW: "Turns out the couple's 6-year-old son handed the ring to his mom. She says her boyfriend never actually said the four famous words, 'Will you marry me?' ... She told the judge she thought the $10,000 ring was a gift."
The New York Post reports the judge ruled "Lopez was not bound by the law requiring women to return engagement rings because it was 'given as a gift and not in contemplation of marriage.'"
So, in this case, Lopez gets to keep the $10,000 sparkler. That got us thinking — are there actually laws that require people to give back engagement rings when couples break up?
The answer is yes. An attorney writing for Primer Magazine says many states have adopted the rationale that "an engagement ring is a conditional gift, which is conditioned upon marriage between the parties."
This means states such as Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Pennsylvania all say if the couple never gets married, then the "condition" is not met and legally the ring must be returned to the person who purchased it.
Although New York is one of those states requiring engagement rings to be returned, in the case of Lopez and Torres, the judge deemed the ring an unconditional gift.
The Campbell Law Observer defines three components of unconditional gift-giving: the giver's intention to bestow the item as a gift, the giver's delivery of the gift and the recipient's acceptance of the gift. In this case the judge decided Torres hadn't explicitly mentioned a condition when delivering the ring as a gift.
But really, if you're going to ask someone to marry you, you should probably say those four little words.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:46:44 -0400
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is now working to solve more than 20 break-ins to north Charlotte businesses.
Debrae Bryant, who owns Sports Page Food and Spirits, told Channel 9 Saturday morning, a masked man broke into her restaurant and stole everything from her upstairs safe.
"When you work so hard and people come in a steal from you like that. It's just really stressful,” Bryant said.
Bryant told Channel 9 the burglar came in through a side window. She said it was smashed to pieces and blood everywhere.
Police are getting the burglar's blood tested.
"I feel like that someone would have to know - be familiar with the building," Bryant said.
Police believe one group of burglars is targeting north Charlotte businesses for cash and goods.
They are also tracking another group breaking into pharmacies and stealing painkillers, including a Rite Aid on Mount Holly Huntersville Road.
"We're looking for any information about any painkillers being sold on black market," said CMPD Capt. Rod Golding told Channel 9.
All of these businesses are targeted at night.
For Bryant, she hopes police will catch the man she said not only stole her money but her peace of mind.
"I'm just praying they catch whoever did it,” she said.
Police added extra patrols in the area.
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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:35:46 -0400
Police responded to a bank robbery in north Charlotte Thursday afternoon.
RAW: Cash dumped on ground after bank robbery
The robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo on East Sugar Creek Road at 12:50 p.m.
IMAGES: Scene of money dumped after bank robbery
Chopper 9 flew over the scene on Eastway Drive where money was dumped.
CHOPPER 9: Bundles of money dumped on Eastway Drive
Packets of money could be seen on the sidewalk as police surrounded the area.
Channel 9 reporter Jenna Deery was at the scene and said the teller may have given the robber money with a tracking device.
Police found the tracker and have evidence markers on Eastway Drive.
The robbery sergeant said no arrests have been made.
Stay with wsoctv.com for more on this story.