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A grassroots group that's been leading the fight against toll lanes on Interstate 77 will respond Thursday night at the Cornelius Town Hall to the state's latest information released on the project.
The group doesn't believe the private partnership with road company Cintra is a good financial decision by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The group plans to voice its concerns to other citizens in hopes of generating some action and support from local lawmakers.
LINK: I-77 toll lanes design build project details
Channel 9 was at NCDOT’s presentation on the project Wednesday.
Transportation experts said adding toll lanes to sections of I-77 from uptown to Mooresville would cost taxpayers $88 million and that the infrastructure company Cintra would come up with the remaining nearly half-billion dollars.
NCDOT said the high-occupancy toll lanes will alleviate traffic and would create thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
It didn’t say how much drivers should expect to pay to use the lanes.
The citizens group would rather have NCDOT simply widen the sections of the interstate.
The NCDOT released data Thursday it believes will prove the partnership is the best financial decision and quickest way to alleviate traffic.
The NCDOT release data Thursday it believes will prove the partnership is the best financial decision and quickest way to alleviate traffic.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after porcelain dolls resembling little girls were left at the girls’ homes in San Clemente, California.
As many as 11 dolls were left in front of the girls’ homes, all of which are in the same gated residential development, Lt. Jeff Hallock said. (KTLA)
All the girls are about 10 years old and attend the same elementary school.
Hallock said the dolls were taken as evidence as investigators work to determine who left the dolls and why.
“Is it a prank? Is there some specific motivation?” Hallock said. “Obviously, there’s an indication by some the parents that the dolls resemble their daughters.”
Hallock said there is no obvious criminal act behind the dolls, but investigators are concerned.
“Anything that has the potential to involve children causes us some concern.”Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:29:50 -0400
A Rock Hill man said someone stole a loaded gun from his car while it was parked at the business valet deck at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The alleged crime comes just weeks after a new valet company took over.
The airport made Park Inc. leave a month before its contract was up because of a long history of thefts from vehicles and workers taking joyrides in cars.
AmeriPark hired some Park Inc. workers and has only been in charge for a month, but the same problem is resurfacing.
A traveler returned to his car on Tuesday at the business valet deck and said someone stole a gun from inside the vehicle.
The report said it was a Ruger 38-caliber handgun loaded with five rounds of ammunition worth $400.
It doesn't say if the car was locked or if it was parked by the traveler or a valet at curbside.
“It seems like there is a lot of security and a lot of people,” said Cheryl Rosso, a traveler. “I am sort of shocked.”
Another traveler, Linda Ramsey, said, “I’ve left shopping items, electronics and never had an issue.”
AmeriPark took over the valet service in June and promised to use tracking devices on employees and customers’ keys to better secure vehicles and valuables.
It’s not clear if that technology is working yet or could have prevented this theft.
The previous valet company complained about a lack of security cameras at the deck.
The airport would not comment on security issues, including whether any cameras are going to be installed.
While she's had no problems, Ramsey questions people who leave expensive items or dangerous ones like guns in their cars at the airport.
“I don’t know why you would bring a gun to a place like this. That is a bigger issue,” Ramsey said.
An AmeriPark manager did not return phone calls from Eyewitness News and a worker at the valet desk hung up on anchor Scott Wickersham.
The airport's response is that AmeriPark reported the incident to police quickly and is working with investigators.