Friday, May 17 2013 7:01 AM EDT2013-05-17 11:01:29 GMT
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed. The group said Friday the attackMore >>
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:35 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:35:35 GMT
Around 1:30 Thursday morning, the Owensboro Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Hampton Inn, located at 615 Salem Drive.Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised thatMore >>
Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised that a male subject entered the business armed with a rifle, and demanded money.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-16 10:53:21 GMT
Police say a 7-year-old boy is critically injured, after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Indianapolis. The boy was hit about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the city's south side. A police spokesman saysMore >>
Officers were told that the boy was trying to cross the busy two-lane street when he was hit.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-15 10:53:05 GMT
European officials are investigating some of the world's biggest oil companies on suspicions of price manipulation over more than a decade. Shell, B-P and Statoil all say they're co-operating with theMore >>
The commission carried out unannounced inspections, because of concerns the companies may have worked together in reporting distorted prices.More >>
The world's oldest profession, prostitution, has been the target of Savannah-Chatham Metro Police for many years. One recent case of a prostitute who is HIV positive has raised a major red flag.
Last week, WTOC went down to Jefferson Street to meet with a police officer but had an unexpected guest. A woman stopped me to ask what we were doing. I told her a story on prostitution. She said, "I'm a prostitute, just out of prison, and back on the streets."
Our cameras were rolling as she explained why she does it, how she ended up in Savannah, why no one will help her, and the whole time the plain clothed officer was there. She had no idea, especially when she appeared to solicit me.
The woman, who said her name was Rhonda, asked me for $10, then offered to go into my pants to see for herself.
"I'm a prostitute. The only way to make money in Savannah is to be a prostitute or a drug dealer. Other than that, you ain't going to live in Savannah," Rhonda said.
Sgt. Keith Edwards, and plenty of others, would say her statement is wrong. Rhonda had no idea Edwards is a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Officer speaking to WTOC about prostitution and the risks of spreading HIV.
Rhonda said she knew her HIV status, which was negative, and gets tested every three months.
Last week, Sonya Gadson was indicted on charges of prostitution and reckless conduct for not disclosing her HIV positive status to clients. Rhonda claims she knows Gadson.
"She should have told people her status. That way, things wouldn't happen the way they happened," she said.
The conversation continued as I asked her why she chooses to be a prostitute rather than get a legal job.
"Ain't no jobs out here. They don't want to hire people. So, easy money comes. Get that money and pay your bills. Buy your food. Buy your clothes," Rhonda said.
A we interviewed Edwards, Rhonda was over his shoulder, about 20 feet away, signaling to cars and apparently soliciting motorists.
"That is the only way she wants to make money," Edwards told WTOC.
Edwards says too many dangers exist beneath the surface of prostitution, from drug abuse and activity to the disease aspect and deadly violence.
Rhonda wasn't done yet, and she crashed WTOC's interview with Edwards. First, she asked him for money to get a two piece meal at Church's Chicken.
He said no.
"Department of Labor is giving no jobs. McDonald's, Burger King ain't hiring. The only thing left for a woman to do in Savannah is sell their body," Rhonda said. "Prostitution ain't nothing bad. It happened long time ago. It happened in Jesus Christ's time."
Rhonda and Edwards engaged in a 30 minute debate on programs and agencies available to help Rhonda, and others in her situation.
"What do you got to offer me? Nothing but the streets again," she said. "I need help. What are y'all going to do to help?"
I asked her what she is going to do to help herself.
"Prostituting," she said.
The message we tried to get through to her was she has to help herself, and not rely on everyone else, and especially illegal activity which could end up with her hurt or dead.
"I'm not going to do it," she said.
And with that, Rhonda walked away. Edwards hopes he doesn't see her again but he has a feeling he will.
You may be asking why Sgt. Edwards didn't make an arrest right there. He says it takes a little more than just saying you are a prostitute to make a case but he will be keeping his eye on Rhonda.
There are other Rhonda's out there in danger of not only disease, but being raped, robbed, hurt or killed. Those same dangers exist for the officers trying to stop them.
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:38:49 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:54:39 GMT
Evansville police made a large drug bust Fir day night. It happened at a home in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue near Garvin Street. Police say officers were in the area and could smell a strong odorMore >>
Officers got a search warrant, and once inside the home, found what they call a substantial amount of marijuana.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:35:07 GMT
(KRIS/NBC) - A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home. That all changed thanks to one family who granted his wish, 24 hours before it was too late. DamienMore >>
A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:10:16 GMT
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse. Since the moving of Vulcan, OaklandMore >>
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:53:17 GMT
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. 28-year-old, Robert Adam Baxter of Greenville,More >>
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-18 15:05:55 GMT
Spend your Saturday enjoying some wine, art and jazz on Newburgh's Riverfront. Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Local wineries will be offeringMore >>
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:21:45 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN – New Albany police said Friday that a mother found dead along with her two young children in a creek in Binford Park in March drowned her two young children and then herself. New AlbanyMore >>
Investigators said Jaime Clutter, 35, suffered from mental illness -- possibly psychosis and postpartum depression -- when she walked her children to Binford Park March 13 and drowned them. More >>
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