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'Murder in progress' turns out to be a guy killing a spider

Police in New South Wales had a laugh when calls about a suspected domestic disturbance led them to a man deathly afraid of spiders.

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We’ll let the police tell the rest of the story, as told on their Facebook page.

21/11/2015 Wollstonecraft 2.00am. Police received numerous calls in relation to a violent domestic, with reports of a woman screaming hysterically, a man yelling “I’m going to kill you, your dead! Die Die!!”, with the sounds of furniture being tossed around the unit.

Numerous police cars responded to the address and began banging on the door. A man answered the door, out of breath and rather flushed with the following conversation:

Police: “Where’s your wife”

Male: “umm I don’t have one”

Police: “Where your girlfriend”

Male: “umm I don’t have one”

Police: “We had a report of a domestic and a women screaming, where is she?”

Male: “I don’t know what you’re talking about I live alone”

Police: “Come on mate people clearly heard you yelling you were going to kill her and furniture getting thrown around the unit”At this point the male became very sheepish.

Police: “come on mate, what have you done to her.”

Male: “it was a spider”

Police “Sorry??”

Male: “It was a spider, a really big one!!

Police :”what about the women screaming?”

Male: “Yeah sorry that was me, I really really hate spiders”

As it turns out the male was chasing a rather large spider around the unit with a can or mortein. After a very long pause some laughter and a quick look in the unit to make sure there was no injured party (apart from the spider) we left.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:47:53 -0500

Family still seeking answers in son's shooting

On this day of thanks, a Charlotte family is still grieving the loss of their loved one, killed nearly three months ago.

Thursday, the family of Kevin Rodas placed balloons, teddy bears and race cars on his gravesite.

The 7 year-old was gunned down as he stood in the front yard of a home on Fieldvale Place on Labor Day weekend.

Kevin was celebrating the birthday of his cousin when gunshots rang out.

He was one of 12 people shot over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  The little boy was one of five killed.

Gladys Rodas told Channel 9 it’s been difficult living without her son, but she believes God will allow her to see his killer’s face.

“It is very hard. Not only today, but everyday.  I’m waiting on police to have something.  Kevin isn’t coming back.  I want to see justice,” says Gladys Rodas, mother.

Merly Cruz is Kevin’s older sister.  She says life is unbearable without his smile and laughter.

“I remember him because he was a very happy child,” says Meryl Cruz, sister.

CMPD has made one arrest in the Labor Day shootings.  Kevin’s mother says she hasn’t heard much from detectives since her son was killed.

She plans to meet with them next week in hopes of getting an update on the search for Kevin’s killer.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:10:14 -0500

Organization helps Charlotte homeless families into homes of their own

Cynara Atherely prepared a Thanksgiving dinner in a home she never thought she'd have.
"I lost hope for a minute,” the mother told Channel 9.

She and her two kids left their home because of domestic violence and stayed with relatives, but were homeless.
Channel 9 learned the number of kids in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools who don't have a home of their own, whether they're staying with family, in shelters or even on the streets, is growing. At the end of 2014, there were 4,131 homeless children in CMS. 
"Our children are our most vulnerable residents here in Charlotte and they're in homeless situations due to no fault of their own and we needed to do something," said Cheron Porter with the Charlotte Housing Authority.
That’s when CHA partnered with CMS and an organization called A Child's Place to start a new initiative named A Stable Home.
So far, the program has helped 14 families with housing, including Cynara and her children. When Cynara told her kids in July they'd have a home of their own, she immediately noticed a difference.
"To me, they changed a lot. They have more smiles. They feel more comfortable. They have more confidence in themselves," she told Channel 9.
Organizers of A Stable Home say that's the ultimate goal. When children have a home, they're not missing school and are more focused in classes.
Cynara already had a job before the program and has since gotten a promotion. She says having a home in which to raise her kids has given her more motivation to work harder so they can have a better life.
"I'm just happy they're happy," Cynara said, “and I am thankful."
Right now, A Stable Home is working to get two more Charlotte families into a home of their own.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:16:50 -0500

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