November 18th thru November 24th in the year Two Thousand and Nineteen
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019Detention Center officer charged with DWI
A Cleveland County detention officer was charged with driving while impaired earlier this month.
Samantha Autumn Earley, 27, who lives in Forest City, was arrested shortly after midnight on Nov. 2, according to a Shelby Police report.
She was charged with impaired driving, expired registration/tag and speeding.
Sheriff Alan Norman said Earley was hired to work at the Cleveland County Detention Center on Jan. 1. Following her arrest, she has been suspended without pay while an internal investigation is conducted.
According to a Shelby Police report, an officer was running radar near Lidl on East Dixon Boulevard early in the morning and clocked a car going 68 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone. The officer wrote that he activated his lights and sirens and started to follow the car but it “was slow to react,” and the car passed two entrances before yielding to the right on Earl Road.
Once the car stopped, the officer spoke to Earley and asked her why she was speeding, and she said she was “trying to slow down” and was heading home, according to the police report.
The officer reported that Earley had red eyes and her breath smelled of alcohol. The officer said she told him she had one beer and drank it just before she left for home.
When the officer ran her tag, it allegedly came back to a different vehicle, and Earley told him she was waiting for her tag to come in the mail.
The officer wrote that he gave Earley a breathalyzer test, and she blew a 0.1. It is illegal to drive with a 0.08 or higher.
“I asked Ms. Earley how big the beer was, and she advised me it was a big beer,” the report reads.
He said he also put her through several sobriety tests before placing her under arrest and bringing her to the Cleveland County Detention Center to be fingerprinted and brought before a magistrate, the police report says.
She was released on an unsecured bond. Earley could not be reached by phone for comment, and her mugshot was not available on the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office website.
Monday, November 18th, 2019Oslo attack: Armed man shot and wounded by police after ‘driving stolen ambulance into crowd’
An armed man has been shot and arrested after he “hijacked” an ambulance and ran down pedestrians, including two seven-month-old babies, during a major incident in Oslo.
The driver lightly injured five people. Police said there was no information to suggest the crash was related to terrorism.
A woman and two infants were hit by the vehicle, which was stolen from the area of Rosenhoff at around 12.30pm, a police spokesperson said.
“They were called to an ordinary traffic accident where they were met by the armed person,” a spokesperson for Oslo University Hospital said.
“One [ambulance] was hijacked by an armed person with a shotgun.
“Some minutes later one of our other ambulances managed to stop the hijacked vehicle by crashing into it. Then the police came after the crash and got him.”
Three hospital employees in the vehicle at the time of its hijacking were unharmed. Hospital staff tracked the ambulance using its built-in GPS device.
The man was apprehended 15 minutes after stealing the ambulance.
NRK broadcast footage of the ambulance driving through the city’s Torshov neighbourhood while the sound of gunshots rang out.
Officers fired shots at the vehicle, wounding and detaining the man, who was not critically injured.
“We are in control of the ambulance that was stolen,” Oslo police tweeted.
A hospital spokesperson confirmed that the ambulance had run over twin babies in a pushchair and a woman.
“Two babies were injured after the hijacked ambulance hit a family,” the spokesperson said.
“They are twins, seven months old, they are being treated.”
The woman has been taken to hospital, along with an elderly couple who ran from the vehicle’s path.
A large area in northern Oslo was closed off as significant numbers of officers were deployed in the city.
Police officers are hunting for a second suspect, a woman, over the theft of the ambulance.
Oslo police said the woman was wearing a black jacket and “looks intoxicated...upon observation the police must be contacted immediately.”
A police helicopter could be seen above the city as the situation developed.
“An armed man stole an ambulance, drove away and hit some people. We got him now,” a police spokesperson said.
“There is nothing to indicate that this incident is terrorism related.”
The Aftenposten newspaper published a photo showing a man, wearing green trousers, lying next to the vehicle surrounded by police officers.
A witness told the newspaper — one of Norway’s largest — that he saw “the ambulance driving at high speed toward me ... and right behind a police car.”
“I heard several shots,” Omar Khatujev said.
NRK said the suspect was in his early thirties.
The incident took place in the north of Norway’s capital.