National Police Week

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.

Alabama Fugitives – Casey White in Custody – Vicky White is Dead

Casey White is in custody – and Vicky White is dead, from what was apparently a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a police chase Monday afternoon in Indiana,

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said that chase took place in Evansville just under 220 miles from where the ordeal began, back on April 29th – when 56 year old Vicky White, a former jailer, led 38 year old Casey White to freedom in her patrol car.  Casey White was a Capital Murder suspect.  The couple was involved in a police chase with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, which led to their capture.

Northern District of Alabama U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said they learned that the two were staying at a hotel in Indiana and set up surveillance.  At some point Vicky White left the hotel wearing a wig and the suspects got into a vehicle – and what is termed a “rolling surveillance” continued.  A short time later the chase ensued until it ended in a rollover crash.  According to reports Casey White got out of the crashed vehicle and immediately began saying his wife had shot herself and that he “didn’t do it”; the two were NOT married.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, at a press conference in Indiana, said the chase involved a Cadillac driven by Vicky White.

The details remain unclear; however at some point, Vicky White supposedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the vehicle wrecked.  During the aftermath, Casey White surrendered, and Vicky White was taken to an Indiana hospital where she was pronounced dead.  Casey White will be returned to Alabama.  When depends on if he waives extradition; he is now charged with Escape, and Vicky White was charged with Permitting/Aiding an Escape, Identity Theft and Forgery 2nd Degree.

Authorities said there is no evidence that the pair had any help during their time on the run.  The nationwide manhunt began the day Vicky White was set to retire – after an exemplary 17 years at the jail.

Vicky White had instructed another officer to prepare Casey Cole White for transport explaining no one else was available to take him.  She explained to one colleague that she would take him to the nearby courthouse for a mental health evaluation, but as it turned out there was no such evaluation scheduled.

Vicky White led Casey White, who was in shackles, to her patrol car – and in less than two minutes, the pair were gone.

They left the jail on Seminary Street near downtown Florence at 9:41am then drove directly from the jail to Florence Square Shopping Center, at Huntsville Road and Cox Creek Parkway.   Surveillance video showed White’s vehicle at the intersection of Cox Creek Parkway and Huntsville Road shortly after 9:49am Friday – just eight minutes after the two left the jail.  A patrol vehicle was left in the parking lot, and Vicky White and Casey White left the scene in a different vehicle — a 2007 rust-colored Ford Edge with an unknown license plate and minor damage to the rear left bumper.

Williamson County, Tennessee Sheriff’s officials stated that the vehicle was reported abandoned on Friday, April 29th, the same day the two made their getaway.  Sheriff’s officials in Tennessee also said there were no tags on the vehicle and it was locked.

It was taken to an impound lot, and it went unnoticed as the vehicle linked to the two until Thursday night.

(AL.COM/www.al.com/Paul Gattis contributed to this report)

National Day of Prayer, May 5

The National Day of Prayer will be coming up on Thursday, May 5.

Local organizers will be holding a prayer service on the Trade Day grounds on Thursday beginning at 6:30 PM.  Different pastors and leaders from Chattooga county will be leading in prayers.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The public is invited to meet at the Courthouse in Summerville between 12 Noon and 1 PM on Thursday to pray for our nation and local government leaders.  This is a drop in event.  Come as you can and leave when you need to.

Local pastors will also be at the various schools in the county on Thursday morning at 7:00 – 8:00 AM to meet with students, teachers and staff to pray.  Parents and friends are invited to come and join in.

The theme of the 2022 National Day of Prayer is a call to praise in prayer and exalt the Lord Who has established us (based on Colossians 2:6-7 NASB).

 

This is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Each April since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week recognizes the needs and rights of victims and survivors. The theme for 2022 is Rights, Access, Equity, for all victims.

Victim Advocates provide notification of court events and support to crime victims and their families.

Victim Advocates ensure that victims are afforded the rights to which they are entitled under the Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights.

Services provided to victims by this program are numerous and can be found by visiting https://www.floydcountyga.gov/…/victim-assistance-program

Target Stores Boosting Start Pay

Target is boosting starting pay for a number of positions.

The retailer announced Monday that it’s setting a new starting wage range – between $15 and $24 per hour – as a way to “attract and retain strong talent.”  The change will apply to hourly workers at its stores, within supply chain facilities – and also to those at the corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to a news release by Melissa Kremer, the company Chief Human Resources Officer “We want all team members to be better off for working at Target – and years of investments in our culture of care, meaningful pay, expanded health care benefits and opportunities for growth have been essential to helping the team members build rewarding careers,”

In addition to the change in hourly pay, the employees who work a minimum average of 25 hours a week will be eligible to enroll in a company medical plan – beginning in April.  Previously an employee was required to work 30 hours a week to enroll in the healthcare coverage plan – and, they’ll also have a shorter waiting period to enroll in benefit programs and faster access to Target’s 401(k) plan.

Target employs more than 350,000 workers at its more than 1,900 U.S. stores.

Red Cross Offering Chance to Win Trip to Super Bowl For Those Donating Blood During January

In response to a national blood shortage, the American Red Cross is offering people who donate blood during January the chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl in Los Angeles, Calif.

The package includes tickets to the game, round-trip airfare, three-night hotel accommodations and $500 gift card for expenses.

Last week, the organization warned of the blood crisis – citing the 62% drop in college and high school blood drives due to the COVID-19 pandemic as two contributing factors.  Other reasons for the blood shortage were ongoing blood drive cancellations because of illness, staffing limitations and weather-related closures and a surge of COVID-19 cases and an active flu season.

In response to the crisis, the Red Cross teamed up with the NFL to create the promotion which also includes entry to the official NFL Tailgate and tickets to the Super Bowl Experience.

In addition, the Red Cross is offering blood donors the opportunity to win an at-home Super Bowl experience, which includes a short-throw laser projector, speakers and a $500 gift card.

On the contest’s promotional page, the Red Cross wrote, “Health emergencies don’t pause for holidays, game day or a pandemic. Donors are needed now to help patients make a comeback this winter.”

The Red Cross previously announced that donors were “urgently needed” due to a national shortage.

RED CROSS WARNING: FACING “NATIONAL BLOOD CRISIS”

The American Red Cross warned this week that it is facing a “national blood crisis.”

The organization said its “worst blood shortage in over a decade” is “posing a concerning risk to patient care” and that doctors have been “forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.”

“While some types of medical care can wait, others can’t,” Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer of the Red Cross, said in a statement “Hospitals are still seeing accident victims, cancer patients, those with blood disorders like sickle cell disease, and individuals who are seriously ill who all need blood transfusions to live even as omicron cases surge across the country. We’re doing everything we can to increase blood donations to ensure every patient can receive medical treatments without delay, but we cannot do it without more donors. We need the help of the American people.”

The Red Cross – which supplies 40% of the nation’s blood supply – has had to limit blood product distributions to hospitals as a result of the shortage, and some hospitals may not receive one in four blood products they need.

The organization said that there has been less than a one-day supply of critical blood types in recent weeks.

January is National Blood Donor Month and the Red Cross, America’s Blood Centers and AABB cautioned that if the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, “life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed.”

Donors of all blood types – especially type O − are urged to make an appointment now to give in the weeks ahead.

find the Red Cross at www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

FOX NEWS

Dole Recalls Bagged Salad – Some Sold In Georgia

Dole is recalling some of its bagged salad due to concerns over listeria contamination

That voluntary recall includes Dole-branded and private-label salads processed at its Bessemer City, North Carolina and Yuma, Arizona plants – and being sold in 13 states – including Georgia.  The Products included in the recall have a product code beginning with the letter “N” or “Y” in the upper-right hand corner of the package, and will have a “Best if Used By” date between November 30th 2021 and January 8th, 2022.

People who have any of the products are urged not to use them and throw them away immediately.

You can see a list of recalled products here.

The symptoms of listeria include – high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea and is especially dangerous for young children, the elderly OR any  people with weakened immune systems.  Consumers with questions about the voluntary recalls should call the Dole Consumer Response Center at 1-800-356-3111.

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