Daily Archives: February 2, 2017

S.C. kidnapping ends in Salisbury, man gets 20 years

Edward Ford Wright of Seaford is sentenced after forcing an elderly woman to drive through 4 states

A 25-year-old man was convicted Wednesday in connection with a kidnapping that stretched 600 miles and ended in Salisbury.

Edward Ford Wright of Seaford received 30 years in prison with all but 20 years suspended, according to the Office of the State’s Attorney for Wicomico County. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 1 to kidnapping, according to the office.

According to charging documents obtained by The Daily Times, on July 6, 2016, Wright approached the victim at a Wal-Mart in Greenwood, South Carolina. The victim agreed to take him to the airport in order to get home and lent Wright her cellphone to call several people, police said.

After making his phone calls, Wright became angry, grabbed the victim by her throat and told her she was going to drive him home, according to police.

Police said he then pulled a knife out of his pocket, threatened her and forced her to withdraw $180 in cash from an ATM. Shortly after the withdrawal, Wright took over the wheel, driving to Salisbury with the blade in his lap. He then stranded the woman at the Centre of Salisbury on North Salisbury Boulevard.

The car was later recovered at the mall, according to police.

U.S. Marshals later took Wright into custody in Seaford, finding the knife he used to hold the victim hostage.

Assistant state’s attorney Kristen Schultz said Wright does not face any additional charges in any of the states that Wright traveled through to get to Salisbury. She said discussions were conducted with the federal government, but it was ultimately decided to prosecute him in state court since he ended in Wicomico County.

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Schultz also said the only motive provided by Wright was that he just wanted to get home.

“He was down there and trying to get back here, as least that’s what he says,” Schultz said. “Luckily, nobody got hurt.”

Kidnapping is considered a violent crime under the Maryland Criminal Code. That means Wright must serve 50 percent of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.


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Confusion after council votes to save historic Torquay playing fields

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CAMPAIGNERS have won their battle to preserve a historic Torquay playing fields.

Torbay councillors supported the petition by residents in the Watcombe area of Torquay and Liberal Democrats to preserve the King George V Playing Fields.

But afterwards the fate of nearby Easterfields was uncertain.

Residents were up in arms at proposals to use the fields for a golf club development.

A petition calling on the councillors to right an 80-year-old ‘mistake’ to save the fields at Watcombe from development was handed in at Thursday’s full council meeting.

Torbay Liberal Democrats say the fields were never registered in trust as a memorial to his majesty in 1936.

David Ward told the council the local community was passionate about the fields which were used by a cross section of society from dog walkers to kite flyers.

Some local people had used the fields all their lives. His appeal to councillors to preserve the green open space was applauded by the residents at the meeting.

Lib Dem leader Steve Darling said they were asking for a wrong to be put right and for the fields to be registered with the national Fields Trust.

They accepted a move by Conservative Robert Excell that the registration should be done within a year.

Members agreed that 12.5 acres at King George V should be registered.

But after the meeting Mr Ward said the campaign would continue to ensure that the nearby Easterfield were also protected as it was not clear from the meeting that they were included in the protection though they are also highly valued by the local community.

Torquay Golf Club wants to expand by taking over the majority of the neighbouring King George V park, which includes footballs pitches and BMX fields along Easterfield Lane.

But the plans for housing, a new club house and large car park and new golf driving ranges and training golf course for beginners — affecting the King George V playing fields — have angered local residents and amateur football bosses.


Motion for a resolution on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus – B8-2017-0094

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the coronavirus responsible for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) has been detected in Saudi Arabia and is also present today in South Korea, where the outbreak resulted in 186 infections and 36 deaths in 2015;

B.  whereas the virus was also identified in Germany in 2015, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control issued an expert opinion on this disease on 21 October 2015;

C.  whereas the risk assessment is nonetheless not entirely satisfactory, and the migration crisis in particular poses an increased risk of infections occurring in Europe;

1.  Urges the Commission, through the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, to revise its recommendations on the coronavirus in light, inter alia, of the new risk created by the migration crisis;

2.  Urges the Member States to screen migrants on the basis of Directive 2013/33/EU.

Dog walker hit with three fines for walking 11 dogs at once

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A professional dog walker has received three fixed penalty notices after being spotted walking up to 11 dogs at a time.

One lady from Budleigh Salterton has regularly been spotted walking 11 dogs at a time, and concerns have also been raised that she lets the dogs off the leads, worrying fellow dog walkers.

There was also an incident on Woodbury Common involving the 11 dogs, all of which were let off their leads, involving a horse and its rider.

The dog walker has also been spotted at Wheathill Plantation and Bear Lane, Budleigh Salterton.

East Devon District Council say there is a bye law in East Devon, which requires dog walkers to walk no more than six dogs at a time.

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Members of the public say they are worried about these dogs that run around freely, and there have been several reported incidents.

In a statement, Richenda Oldham, Communications Officer at East Devon District Council said: “Three fixed penalty notices have been issued to a lady from Budleigh Salterton who has been seen to regularly walk up to 11 dogs at a time on Woodbury Common, Wheathill Plantation and Bear Lane, Budleigh Salterton.

“There is a bye law in East Devon, which requires dog walkers to walk no more than six dogs at a time and this lady has been in breach of this on several occasions.

“There is a further concern in relation to this in that the lady usually lets the dogs off the lead and often they don’t wear collars either. She is therefore unable to control all the dogs if an incident occurs with people, other dogs or horses that she encounters.

“Our message to people walking more than two or three dogs at a time is to try to avoid areas popular with the general public and to keep all the dogs on the lead so that they are under close control.

“We recommend that members of the public using the services of dog walkers and licensed home boarders ask basic questions about how and where the dogs are taken and looked after so that they can be confident that their own dogs are not likely to be involved in these types of incidents.

“We do encourage dog owners to use the services of people able to walk their dogs whilst they are at work or otherwise unable to walk them because this is clearly good for the dogs, but everyone needs to make basic checks that the people they use are acting responsibly when out with their dogs.”

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WATCH: The terrifying moment power cables explode as gale-force…

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A South West residential street was lit with multiple explosions after power cables came down as gale-force winds struck the region last night.

Warning: The video above contains some bad language.

At around 3am, the power lines began arcing spectacularly in Bodriggy Street in Hayle, Cornwall.

Blake Evans awoke to the intense smell of burning and the bright flashing and crash of explosions just outside his bedroom window.

He said: “There were explosions and sparks which awoke everyone in the area. No one was hurt as far as I know. The cable was touching at least two cars and the was power out, obviously. Everything smelled of burning and the noise was honestly like multiple fireworks, just inches from our bedroom window.”

He was able to catch the dramatic moment on video from his mobile phone.

He added: “I was filling buckets and pots and pans with water just in case – the smell of burning was everywhere, so we were panicking for about 30 minutes. It is hard to describe just how scary and loud it was.”

Hayle firefighters and engineers from Western Power Distribution were quickly on scene to make the street safe.

Gusts of up to 50mph were recorded across South West last night.