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Donald Andrews responds to SCE safety issues
Stace Thursday November 21, 2013
Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews says thanks to a video showing the arrest of a parent by the SRO officer at South Cumberland Elementary has taught him the meaning of the world “viral.” Andrews says viral means “everyone will call me.” Andrews stated that he couldn’t comment on the arrest of parent Jim Howe as it was a matter of the courts, however, Andrews did address the change in parent pick up policy at South. Andrews stated that the system that had been in place allowed parents to simply park and claim their children. The PTSO addressed the growing safety concerns regarding that system, and recommendations were made. Andrews outlined the notification that parents had been provided, and stated that it is continually being monitored and adjusted. Andrews says that reports that the schools were keeping parents from picking up their children at anytime was incorrect, but qualified that by stating that guidelines were in place for safety.
Man arrested for leaving scene of accident after his vehicle is spotted
CCSD Thursday November 21, 2013
A smoking hood was the smoking gun needed to arrest a man for hit and run. According to reports, Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted of a hit and run at the Plateau Road Exxon. A sheriff’s deputy noticed a PT Cruiser driving past him, with front end damage and a smoking hood. The deputy followed the vehicle to a Randolph Road addressed where they questioned a resident. The man, identified as 51 year old Billy Ray Conley, stated that someone else had been driving the car, and had fled into the woods. Deputies noted that Conley appeared intoxicated. Conley was placed under arrest, where he was picked out of a lineup as the subject who had fled the accident. Conley is facing several charges including driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident
House fire on Woodlawn deemed arson
CCSD Thursday November 21, 2013
Authorities are calling a house fire on Woodlawn Road arson. According to Cumberland County Sheriff’s reports, authorities investigating the fire earlier this month noted “various origins” of the blaze. Major damage occurred in the home’s kitchen and living room areas. Damage is estimated at $97,000
large busses required to have seatbelts in 2016
AP Thursday November 21, 2013
New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a new federal rule. It's a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half-century. Beginning in November 2016, all new motor coaches and some other large buses must be equipped by manufacturers with three-point lap-shoulder belts. The rule does not apply to school buses or city transit buses. An average of 21 people in large buses are killed each year in crashes and nearly 8,000 others are injured. The safety administration says seat belts could reduce fatalities and injuries by nearly half.
Coffee Co schools placed on lockdown Weds following email threat
DOS Coffee Co Schools Thursday November 21, 2013
Schools in Coffee County were placed on lockdown Wednesday after the school system received a possible threat in an email, which stated that there was possibly a man with a gun on campus. No specific campus was mentioned. As a proactive measure, all Coffee County schools were put on lockdown. School officials say the email appeared to have originated from Rutherford County. Director of schools Dr. LaDonna McFall says at no time was there a direct threat to any of the students or staff. The Coffee County Sheriff's Department and Manchester Police are investigating.