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Boy, 11, and teen, 15, escape fire after attending fire safety program

Fire officials in Anson County are crediting their school safety program with helping save a family in Wadesboro.

Officials said 11-year-old Mekhi Brooks and 15-year-old Rondell Thompson were at their home on Highway 52 last week cooking when a fire broke out.

Fire crews said the boys were able to turn the stove off and cover the pot before running from the home and calling 911.

The boys told firefighters the fire education program in school taught them how to safely escape.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:15:49 -0400

Fort Mill schools try to keep up with population growth

It's the second week of school for students in Fort Mill and leaders said within a couple of years they may not have enough space to fit students.
 
Plans are in the works to build seven new schools based on recent growth projections.
 
There are two new elementary schools and construction is underway at Nation Ford High School and leaders said there is more to come.
 
“We've been the fastest growing school district for over 10 years now in South Carolina," said Patrick White, School Board chairman.
 
Every year, the district reviews its 10-year Facility Needs Plan and recently when leaders looked at new growth projections, they realized there's going to be a big need for schools in five years instead of 10, White said.
 
There are somewhere around 11,000 new homes sites that could be built in the next five years. That would bring an additional 7,000 students, he said.
 
District leaders said the growth projections are based on housing developments.
 
Council members in Tega Cay, Fort Mill and York County have approved construction for 35 housing developments. Now the Fort Mill school district is trying to meet that demand.
 
Leaders said the only option would be to build new schools.
 
"That would be four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school," said White.
 
That's a total of seven new schools with a price tag of $310 million.
 
Leaders said taxes on the housing development would pay for nearly half that cost leaving the rest -- more than $158 million -- to taxpayers, which voters would have to approve.
 
Residents said it's worth the investment.
 
"That's not free and so I think taxes are OK if they are spent wisely," said Michael Troth, Fort Mill resident
 
If taxpayers don't approve, the district will have to come up with another way to meet demand.
 
"Our options are to grow our campuses. We have to educate those students. Or we could go back to the public with another referendum,” said Chuck Epps, superintendent of Fort Mill Schools.
 
District leaders said the new schools would create more than 250 teaching jobs alone not counting staff and support positions.

School Board members will meet again in November to review and update the 10-year growth plan.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:10 -0400

Smoke in cockpit reported on Charlotte flight to NY

A Delta flight from Charlotte to LaGuardia Airport landed safely in New York City within the past hour after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

Nobody on board the flight was hurt.

The plane left Charlotte just after 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

There are no details on what caused the smoke condition, but the plane will undergo a full inspection.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:31:26 -0400

Two Rock Hill brothers accused of dog fighting

A graphic video clip on a cellphone led Rock Hill police to issue warrants for two brothers on dog fighting charges.

Marcus Brice is in jail charged with animal fighting. His brother Michael Brice is still sought by police.

Police got a warrant to search Michael Brice's cellphone on an unrelated case.

They found the video and saw what appeared to be a dog fight between two pit bulls from December 2013.

"The dogs were just tearing each other apart. It was graphic," said Rock hill police spokesman Mark Bollinger.

The video apparently shows the dogs locked in battle with obvious injuries and the sound of voices urging the fight on.

The detective watching the video realized a lot of things he was seeing looked familiar.

"He looked at it a couple times and he realized he knew both Brices and also recognized the house in the background," Bollinger said.

Channel 9 went to the house on Hickory Lane Wednesday and it was boarded up and vacant.

The owner said that the previous tenants never paid rent and were evicted and the Brice brothers weren't even supposed to be living there.

Beside the home, there were two small dog houses with food and water bowls. Down a wooded path behind the house, there were half a dozen more dog houses with chains wrapped around trees.

The chains ran along the ground where there were fresh dog prints and dozens of empty 50-pound bags of food tossed into the woods.

Brian Cathcart is a cousin of the Brice brothers. He told Channel 9 they're not dog fighters.

"He was breeding dogs and selling them trying to make some money. That's all it was," Cathcart said.

Channel 9 asked Cathcart about part of the cellphone video which police said shows one of the brothers hitting the dog with a board to get it to keep fighting.

If he was beating on a dog, it was to break them up, not to get them to fight," Cathcart said. "His dog is dog-aggressive, that's it."

Marcus Brice is still in jail on a $12,000 bond. Animal control took the dogs Monday after the owner of the house found them and called authorities.

Neighbors said they had not heard dog fighting at the house on Hickory Lane and weren't even sure who had lived there last.

Animal Control Director Steve Stuber said they seized three dogs from the house this week. Two have already been euthanized due to aggression.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:29:39 -0400

CMPD: 3 store robberies possibly connected

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officers are searching for a man detectives believe may be behind three recent robberies. 

The first happened on Aug. 18 at the Plaza Express Mart at 6307 The Plaza, the second happened Monday at the 7-Eleven store at 8101 Old Concord Road and the third happened Wednesday at the Giant Penny Grocery Store at 3330 The Plaza in the Eastway Division.

Eyewitness News spoke with Wednesday's victim, who was behind the register at the Giant Penny when she said she was shot with a Taser while ringing up the person she thought was a customer.

"As the transaction was done, he came around my register, Tased me twice and took cash," the employee said.

Police said the suspect is a black male in his early 20s, 5 foot 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighs 160-200 pounds with a medium build and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and purple cap, according to a release sent out by CMPD Wednesday. 

The store manager at the 7-Eleven on Old Concord Road showed Channel 9 his surveillance video where the man in a blue shirt, reach across the counter with a Taser, scaring away store employees.

The store's manager said the man left with $85 in cash because there were only $1 and $5 bills in the register.

"No matter what we do -- where we go -- there is always something going on," Synetta Garret, a shopper who said she often goes to the Giant Penny for groceries.

Garret said she will not be scared away from shopping at Giant Penny but hopes police track down the robber.

The store employee who said she was assaulted this morning while working said she decided to stay at work even after the incident.

"I'm not letting someone like that take that away from me," the employee said.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:12:44 -0400

Police: 5 teens arrested in attacks on Hispanic males

Monroe police have arrested five teenagers they said are suspected in attacks on Hispanic males over the past month.

Officers arrested Rozalyn Allen, Rashan Ashcraft, Darroll Hough and two unidentified juveniles earlier this week on charges of common law robbery.

Police said on Aug. 21, the five teenagers attacked two Hispanic teens who were riding bikes on Andrew Street.

Police said the suspects jumped the victims from behind and stole their wallets, a cellphone and a Sony PlayStation controller.

"We are also looking into connections with the previous number of crimes that we've had over the past couple of weeks. This has been an unfortunate series of events," said city spokesman Pete Hovanec.

Over the past month, detectives have tracked at least a half dozen incidents where Hispanic males have been targeted by a group of African-American youth.

Assailants target Hispanics in Monroe, authorities say


One victim told Channel earlier this month the robbery made him fearful to leave his home, and police said that feeling was pervasive in predominantly Latino neighborhoods.

"It just makes you fearful to go outside. Everybody that lives in that neighborhood was a little on edge because you don't know if you could be targeted," Hovanec said.

On Wednesday, Channel 9 went to Ashcraft's home and spoke with his mother and grandmother.

Ashcraft's mother denied the allegations, telling Eyewitness News her son was a victim, not a suspect and was defending himself against gang activity.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:58:05 -0400

Air quality improves in Charlotte area

For the first time in six years, the air quality in Charlotte may finally meet the national standard set by the EPA.

Previously, the city had been ranked among the top 10 worst polluters in the country.

Meteorologist John Ahrens is taking a look at how the city has made such a huge improvement.

In the past, Severe Weather Center 9 has discussed ozone alert days.

That's when the air quality is so bad from pollutants from cars and buses that if a person has emphysema or asthma, they shouldn’t step outside.

Charlotte has not seen one of those days in two years and experts said that's because the word is out to keep the air clean
Air quality expert Shelley Lanham said the standard set in 2008 was for ozone levels to not go over 75 parts per billion.

When the number gets higher than that, people could start having health issues.

The highest it's been in Charlotte so far this year is 72.

"We think there are just fewer of those high ozone pollutants," Lanham said.

There are two big players that make ozone -- heat and pollution.

Charlotte has seen the heat with the number of 90 degree days has jumped from last year so that leaves pollution.

"We've seen an 80 percent reduction in nitrogen-dioxide and sulfur-dioxide throughout the state," Lanham said. "Clean commuting, taking (Charlotte Area Transit System), the Blue Line, walking – Yea, I think we're getting the message out.”
But Charlotte is still playing catch up.

It is the only place in the state that hasn't met the federal air-quality standard and there is still a long way to go to get there.
Ozone season doesn't end until October and starting Thursday, 90 degree temperatures are returning.

The state announced Wednesday that all cities in North Carolina have met the standard for another pollutant called particle pollution.

High levels of that can go deep into the lungs and have been responsible for heart and lung disease.

North Carolina has taken several legal steps to clean the air since the standard was raised in 2012.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:52:13 -0400

Police: Woman helps boyfriend break into 17 Gastonia homes

Gastonia police keep adding charges afer they said a woman helped her boyfriend break into 17 different homes.

Investigators said Ashley Sellers would driver her boyfriend, Clifton Shedd, to homes in the middle of the day and he would break into them.

They said the couple targeted homes mostly in southeast Gastonia when they thought people were at work.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:31:36 -0400

Officials looking to more retail options uptown

Shoppers can buy everything from sandwiches to soap at uptown's Seventh Street Public Market but many shoppers wish the area had a lot more to offer.
 
That's where Chris Hemans comes in. Charlotte City Partners just named him its first director of retail.
 
His job is to help create a better shopping environment in uptown and South End with more variety.
 
"It's going to increase the number of jobs that we have but also increase the tax base that we have in our center city," Hemans said.
 
He said Charlotte has untapped potential with the ability to support an additional 335,000-square feet of retail in uptown. He said that alone could lead to potential annual sales-revenue of $123 million.
 
"We know there's a demand for more retail here, the question is how do we get it here? How do we attract it here? And then how we can sustain it here?" he said.
 
Hemans previously managed Chicago's retail program and plans to collaborate with Charlotte's public and private stakeholders to strengthen retail markets.
 
The owner of uptown's Local Loaf bakery welcomes fresh business.
 
"Definitely a need for more retail. I feel like we lost a lot of retail when the South Park mall opened up and to bring some of that back is a good idea," owner Adam Spears said.
 
Hemans will also lead efforts to implement strategies from the 2013 uptown and South End retail studies conducted by Charlotte City Partners.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:31:28 -0400

Deputies: Granddaughter involved after vet shot in home invasion

York County deputies said a disabled war veteran's granddaughter was involved in a home invasion where he was tied up, robbed and shot.
 
Officers arrested Wolfgang Liewald and Kaylan Whiteside.
                               
Whiteside is the victim's granddaughter and her mugshot hasn't been released yet.
 
The two suspects, along with Ben Smith, face attempted murder and burglary charges.
 
Deputies say he broke into Wayne Whiteside's home Saturday on Gentry Lane.
                               
Whiteside is a former Marine who served two tours in Vietnam.

Read our past coverage:


 

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:20:46 -0400

Off-duty officer saves choking child

California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel was busy shopping inside a Redwood City grocery store when he heard the panic cries of a mother in agony.

He quickly located the woman, who was slapping her 5-year-old son’s back. He was choking on a grape.

Montiel’s training had taught him he had very little time to waste. He rushed over and began emergency medical aid for an obstructed airway.

He administered abdominal thrusts and back blows all the while shouting to others nearby to all 911.

Eventually, the boy spit up the small grape. He began breathing normally and color returned to his face.

Montiel continued aiding the boy until paramedics arrived to take over.

“It is extremely fortunate that Officer Montiel happened to be in the right place at the right time,” said Captain Mike Maskarich in a prepared statement. “Swift and correct action is extremely important when you have an obstructed airway.”

The boy -- Miguel Alvarez -- quickly recovered from his Friday brush with death and was able to meet his hero in person earlier this week.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:09:48 -0400

Trial starts for former basketball coach accused of sex crimes

The trial of a former head high school basketball coach accused of sex crimes on school grounds got underway Wednesday afternoon in Catawba County. 
 
Shawn Johnson is charged with 12 felonies after being fired from his job at Hickory High School in 2012.  

Read our past coverage:  High school basketball coach fired after accusations of assault against students

The former student described for the jury Shawn Johnson's sexual advances shortly after her lunch period inside Hickory high school in 2012.  Because of the allegations, we are not showing her face. 
 
Prosecutors say the former student is one of four victims in the case stretching back to 2004 school year.   During that time, Johnson took the school's basketball team to the playoffs eight consecutive years. 
 
Assistant district attorney Michael VanBuren said Johnson used his position to take advantage of female student, including having sex in his office. 
 
Shawn Johnson's attorney explained to the jury the allegations are rumors and lies, and that police went too far when questioning the teenagers who were involved. 
 
Jury selection took a week and the trial could last as long as a month. 
 
Johnson's attorney hinted that he may take the stand in his own defense.
 
Reporter Dave Faherty will be keeping up with the latest on the trial. Follow him for updates on Twitter using #JohnsonTrial.


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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:56:03 -0400

Firefighters battle house fire in Cornelius

Firefighters are responding to a townhouse fire Wednesday afternoon in Cornelius off Bailey Road.

Cornelius police said Bailey Road from Highway 21 to Washam Potts Road was closed. The road reopened around 3:30 p.m.

CHOPPER VIDEO: Firefighters battle house fire in Cornelius

One house was destroyed, but no one was inside.

Neighbors said they watched the flames rip through the buildings. Some neighbors were evacuated.

Investigators said the fire may have started with a motorcycle that was being charged and then spread to gas lines.

CLICK HERE for more images from the scene of the fire.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom was flying over the scene.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:20:06 -0400

Texas school district arms teachers for upcoming year

The Argyle, Texas Independent School District has armed many of its educators for the upcoming school year.

“Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students,” a sign on all independent campuses reads.

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At the Argyle schools, any teacher who wishes to carry a firearm in class must first undergo special weapons training and pass a psychological test, ensuring that he is properly vetted and trained before carrying in the classroom.

While the district won’t release the names and number of teachers carrying in the classroom, it told a local Fox affiliate that training has been continuous since the program was approved last January.

“I think if a tragedy does occur, lives can be saved by guns being in the right hands, and I think the teachers here might be able to stop something like that,” one parent told My Fox 8 of the approved firearms.

The program is voluntary and will work closely with law enforcement and teachers who have existing concealed carry permits.

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:45:59 -0400

Troopers: Exploding transmission causes van fire on I-485

A van pulling a camper caught fire Wednesday afternoon on the inner loop of Interstate 485 heading north, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the transmission went out in the van. The driver was moving toward the shoulder when the transmission exploded.

CLICK HERE for more images from the scene.

The transmission fluid hit hot spots and caused a big fire, troopers said. The van and half the camper were charred.

No injuries were reported. Two people and a dog were inside the van. They were all able to get out safely.

I-485 Inner was closed for almost 30 minutes.


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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:27:53 -0400

Police: Man dragged dogs with car, rope tied around their necks

A 59-year-old man is accused of tying rope around the necks of two dogs and dragging them by the hitch of his car last month in Wayne Township in Pennsylvannia.

According to police, officers were called to the area of Dewey Avenue on July 27 for the report of a man dragging dogs with a rope using his vehicle.

A responding officer reported that he found the two dogs badly injured with multiple gashes. The ropes were still around both dogs’ necks.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the dogs’ owner, William Wilkinson, told police the dogs got out of his yard while he was at the doctors.

The affidavit said Wilkinson said he couldn’t find anyone to help him when he located the dogs, so he tied the rope around the dogs and traveled about 2 mph with them tied to the hitch.

At one point, according to affidavit, Wilkinson said he stopped to give one of the dogs mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Police talked with a witness who said he saw the dogs being dragged so he raced in to help. The witness told police he noticed one of the dogs was not breathing so he got a knife from his truck to cut the rope.

According to the affidavit, the witness told police he couldn’t get his fingers under the rope because it was so tight. The witness said Wilkinson eventually resuscitated the dog.

The witness then called police, who came to the scene.

The affidavit said Wilkinson told officers dragging the dogs was an accident, and he didn’t know the rope would strangle them.

The dogs were taken to a veterinarian and are currently in an unspecified safe location.


Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:23:46 -0400

BI-LO set to hold 3 local job fairs

BI-LO is holding three job fairs to accept applications and conduct on-site interviews for part-time positions available at BI-LO locations in the greater Charlotte area. The grocer hopes to fill various openings available immediately at the below locations and surrounding areas. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply here prior to the job fair.

Gastonia Job Fair
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: BI-LO Store #5206, 2204 Union Rd., Gastonia, N.C. 28054
DETAILS: Recruiting for part-time positions including service clerks, deli clerks, bakery clerks, produce clerks and floral clerks

York Job Fair
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: BI-LO Store #5287, 717D East Liberty St., York, S.C. 29745
DETAILS: Recruiting for part-time positions including service clerks, deli clerks, bakery clerks, produce clerks and floral clerks

Lincolnton Job Fair
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: BI-LO Store #5717, 742 West Hwy. 27, Lincolnton, N.C. 28092
DETAILS: Recruiting for part-time positions including service clerks, deli clerks, bakery clerks, produce clerks and floral clerks

Who:             
Part-time job seekers
BI-LO representatives

 

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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:09:37 -0400

Reality TV star Will Hayden accused of raping minor

Will Hayden, star of the Discover Channel reality TV show “Sons of Guns,” was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated rape of a 12-year-old.

UPDATE: TMZ.com reports a representative for Discovery Channel has said the network has canceled the series in light of the allegations against Hayden. “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of Sons of Guns and cancel the series”

According to The Times-Picayune, in an affidavit the alleged victim told East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies that Hayden had raped her almost daily since March 2013.

Also in the affidavit, the victim told authorities she did not report the acts because she feared physical abuse from Hayden, who allegedly told the victim, "Don't tell them nothing, because I'm all you got.” TMZ reports the victim is Hayden’s daughter.

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Hayden was the founder and owner of Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge and, according to RawStory, has been on five seasons of the Discovery Channel show “Sons of Guns,” which centers on his business.

Hayden was also arrested on Aug. 9 and charged with molestation of a juvenile and crimes against nature. According to WAFB-TV, he bonded out from that arrest after posting a $150,000 bond.

TMZ.com reported that Hayden claimed the first arrest was the result of retaliation from an ex-girlfriend.

WAFB-TV reports the CEO of Red Jacket Firearms says Hayden agreed to separate himself from the company after the first arrest. 

On Tuesday evening, Red Jacket Firearms released the following statement on its Facebook page: Today, Red Jacket Firearms has received complete legal separation as an entity, from Will Hayden. We will continue to operate, although with heavy hearts and promise to do everything in our power to fill customer orders, back orders and provide support to those affected by these new developments.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:34:32 -0400

Troopers: Dog to blame after car crashes into building

A car crashed into a Lincoln County business Wednesday morning, knocking employees inside off their feet.
 
The pet grooming shop was condemned after the accident knocked it off its foundation.

CLICK HERE:  More images after car runs into building

Ingrid, her husband and their dog, Soffie, where headed to Sheila's Grooming, near Denver.
     
The dog spotted the shop.
 
“She got all excited,” Deitel Zeiffer said.
 
Soffie began jumping around in their car.
 
“I had her on the leash, and she jumped on my right foot,” said Ingrid Zeiffer.
 
Ingrid Zeiffer couldn't get her foot off of the gas.
 
She rammed the shop, knocking the owner inside off her feet and shifting the shop off its foundation.
 
The shop owner is safe but overwhelmed. Her business is condemned because it is too dangerous to go inside.
 
North Carolina Highway Patrol said it was an accident and charges would not be filed.
 
Officials said the lesson is dogs on the way to the groomers should ride in a crate.


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Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:50:28 -0400

Safety group demands answers about auto defect

Imagine that you’re driving down the road when suddenly you lose control of your vehicle. The horn is blaring, the windshield wipers are running and the windows are rolling up and down on their own. Dozens of Chrysler drivers say this has happened to them.

The Center for Auto Safety says it has heard nearly 100 similar complaints of electrical systems acting up in mostly Dodge Durangos and Jeep Cherokees. The group recently filed a petition asking federal highway safety regulators to investigate the problem.

Jeff Marlow says he was driving a new 2009 Dodge Journey when the car began acting possessed.

"The windows would go down by themselves, radio, windshield wipers, and blower motor would come on without the key fob in the ignition. It would not start either,” he said in an e-mail. 

“It was towed in a back of a rollback wrecker to the dealer just to have them say they could not reproduce the issue.”

Marlow says he took the car to the dealership, but the staff was stumped.

It wasn’t until Marlow brought the car in for the 14th time that the dealer bought the car back, still unsure what was causing the problems. 

The car was deemed a lemon.

Marlow stuck with Dodge and bought a new Durango, but he says the strange problems he had been facing for two years continued with the new SUV.

Unlike the dealership, the Center for Auto Safety says it knows what the problem is.

The Totally Integrated Power Module, or TIPM, is flawed in millions of Chrysler vehicles, according to the group.

The TIPM flaw causes vehicles to stall, accelerate sporadically and cause issues with other functions like the horn, wipers and blinkers.

“It also can disable the air bag, it can cause the vehicle to stall out and not restart,” said Center for Auto Safety executive director Clarence Ditlow.  “Owners are really riding at risk.”
The center says the problems started with cars in the 2007 model year.

A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency has received the petition to investigate Chryslers and is reviewing the merits.

“Is it a safety defect? We believe the answer is yes and at the very least they should do a safety investigation,” said Ditlow.

Chrysler says it’s investigating the complaints and that its vehicles meet or exceed safety standards.

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:24:19 -0400