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Charlotte Mecklenburg police have arrested three men in connection to a child porn investigation.
Investigators made the arrests after separate investations that spanned several months by the CMPD’s Cyber Crime Unit.
Police arrested Larry Trevathan, 56, Donald Veazie, 70, and John Winterton, 43. All three men are facing sexual exploitation of a minor charges, police said.
Detectives said the men were in illegal possession of child sex abuse images that are heinous in nature and all involved children.
Anyone with additional information related to these cases are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-335-1600 or the National Cyber Tip Line at 1-800-843-5678.
It's been only a few weeks since fares went up on Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) buses, but it's already having some unintended consequences.
Bus passes are vital to Kim Sowell and her 1-year-old baby.
"It means getting to the doctor's appointment, getting to work, anywhere the baby needs to go," she said.
But now riding the city bus costs 20 cents more each way. The Metropolitan Transit Commission raised prices in July by 10 percent.
Sowell visits the Shelter Health Services Clinic, which budgets for passes, but the organization has been forced to divert money from other services to make up for the CATS fare increase.
Making matters worse, the Department of Social Services recently ran out of passes it provides to those who qualify, and won't have more for the next few months.
The Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter is facing a similar challenge. It houses more than 100 women and children, most of whom depend on public transit. The shelter must now change the way it provides passes to clients in need.
"We won't be able to give them out as often, or we won't be able to give any one particular person as many as we used to," supervisor Jane Taylor said.
CATS provided this statement to Eyewitness News:
"The Metropolitan Transit Commission adopted a fare policy in 2001. The objectives of this fare policy include making transit simple and convenient, encouraging ridership through affordability and meeting mandated financial goals. CATS looks at small, incremental fare increases every two years so as not to have a large impact on riders all at once. We must keep pace with inflation and cost of operations to maintain the current level of service. CATS offers a 25 percent discount off passes to non-profits through the Employer Transit Coordinator program. That is the largest discount CATS offers. Since the fare increase on July 1, sales to non-profit agencies remain strong."
Jean Leier, APR
Manager of Public & Community Relations
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
Police in Rock Hill arrested a man Tuesday night after they said he crashed his car into a ditch, exposed himself to two women and urinated on himself, the Herald of Rock Hill reported.
According to officers, 57-year-old Vernon Jordan told them he was drunk when they arrived on Fieldcrest Circle, just off of Mount Gallant Road near the Food Lion around 11 p.m.
Police found Jordan near his blue Honda Civic, which was wrecked in a ditch. Two women who witnessed the crash told officers they saw the car drive through the Food Lion parking lot and then through the grass before it hit the ditch on the other side of the road. They said when they went to check on Jordan, he walked out of the car with his pants down.
According to a police report, Jordan asked the women for a ride. Both women refused before he asked them if they thought he would be charged with driving under the influence.
The Herald reported officers said Jordan’s pants were wet with urine and when they asked him for his license, Jordan handed over several credit cards, but never his driver’s license.
Jordan refused to comply with a field sobriety test, but claimed that he was drunk and should not have been driving, the report states.
Police said Jordan’s blood alcohol level registered at .31. He was arrested and charging with driving under the influence. He was cited with open container of beer in a vehicle after police found empty cans of Busch Light beer in his car.
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