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Police: Mass. murder suspect had cinderblocks in cart at Belmont Walmart

Massachusetts murder suspect Mathew McAveeney was wheeled into the Gaston County courthouse Wednesday in a prisoner cart.
His hands and feet were bound.
He answered to fugitive charges out of Massachusetts.
Authorities there said he beat his disabled mother to death inside their home and then took off to Belmont.
On Wednesday, McAveeney told a Gaston County judge he understood the charges against him.
"Based on the paperwork you just read there, I do waive the extradition and willing to go back to Massachusetts," said McAveeney.
Authorities in Winchester, Massachusetts, had been searching for McAveeney since Oct. 14.
That's when they found his 70-year-old mother dead in their apartment.
Sources said her body was on her living room floor, wrapped in trash bags.

Man accused of killing mother arrested in Belmont Walmart
Authorities immediately issued warrants for McAveeney. 
And then Tuesday night, they got a hit on his credit card, at the Belmont Walmart.
They immediately contacted Belmont police.
When officers arrived, they found McAveeney in the parking lot pushing a shopping cart with two cinderblocks inside.
Police said they ordered him to stop, but he refused.
"He had a blank stance toward us. You could tell he was agitated; he wasn't following our commands," says Belmont Police Lt. Basil Marett.
Belmont police managed to wrestle McAveeney to the ground.
They said they found a small knife and some snacks on him that he bought at Walmart.

McAveeney is charged with first-degree murder and also cruelty to animals.  Police said he also killed two dogs in the apartment.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:43:16 -0400

Paul Ryan campaigns with Thom Tillis in Wingate

North Carolina’s Senate race is in its stretch run, and each side is bringing in heavy hitters from their respective political parties to energize their supporters.

On Wednesday, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, who was the Republican candidate for vice-president in 2012, was at Wingate University campaigning for fellow Republican Thom Tillis.

Ryan told about 150 supporters -- many of them students -- that Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has been ineffective, and has simply gone along with Democratic leadership in the Senate and White House too many times.

“Harry Reid and his rubber stamp Kay Hagan are stopping anything from getting done in the United States Senate so Barack Obama can say I've got a phone and a pen and I'm going to go it alone,” Ryan told the crowd.

Later he told reporters that the vote here is critical when control of the Senate hangs in the balance.

“We're counting on North Carolina to break the logjam, to get things done and to see real solutions which we haven't seen for a while.”

Tillis spoke briefly at the rally and also took aim at Hagan and her connection to President Obama.

“Senator Hagan said -she promised us she was going to Washington and be different - she broke her promise,” Tillis said.

Tillis did not stop for questions afterward, but political analysts suggest that the last 13 days of the campaign will be frantic as both sides try to get out the vote, and Hagan will also be using star power to do that.

“This is the time to bring out those heavy hitters in the Democratic Party,” said Dr. Michael Bitzer, a political analyst for Channel 9.

Hillary Clinton is already scheduled to visit North Carolina over the weekend to campaign for Senator Hagan, and Bitzer said it is possible that former president Bill Clinton would make an appearance here before Election Day.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:37:58 -0400

Clover residents still frustrated cleanup of contaminated water

Many people in Clover, South Carolina, still don’t have clean water.

For years, Channel 9 has investigated contaminated wells in the Henry’s Knob area.

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency provided an update on the cleanup and some homeowners told Channel 9 they are frustrated with the answers they are getting.

People who live near the area attended a community meeting Tuesday night pushing for more answers on the effort to get clean water.

The EPA called the meeting to address residents’ concerns over the installation of well treatment systems and the source of contamination.

The Henry's Knob site housed a mine that contaminated groundwater with hazardous levels of manganese and cobalt more than 30 years ago.

A company called ABB took responsibility and has been working to contain the site and get clean water to residents.

"It's been frustrating. It's been continuous problems," said Larry Long.

Long had a new well installed. He showed it to Channel 9 in February.
He said the system doesn't always work so he wants the EPA to make sure there's a long-term fix.

Wayne Tadlock said the process is taking too long. His well was punched this spring, but nothing else has been done.

"I'd like to see what the condition of the water is in the well. They've been out to test it twice but I haven't heard any of the results one way or the other,” said Tadlock.

"This has been going on for a while. People are obviously very frustrated. That was very clear,” said EPA project manager Craig Zeller.

Zeller said progress is being made with the 33 homes affected.

Several well treatment systems have been installed and are working.

"We've got 10 folks hooked up and we hope by the end of this year to have everybody that's in this zone of potentially impacted groundwater to get them hooked up," said Zeller.

While Zeller reassured the crowd the systems will be fully functioning by the end of the year, some residents weren't convinced.

"I don't think this water is ever going to get better,” Long said.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:19:29 -0400

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