Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastMore >>
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentMore >>
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.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 >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:56:05 GMT
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her. A statement from the Nash County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-oldMore >>
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her.More >>
131 wireless cameras for $1.7m, 95 license plate readers for $1.5m, a $4.5m new command center, and a $1.5m video management center. Those are some of the electronic public safety monitoring that CMPD bought and put in place for the Democratic National Convention back in September in Uptown.
Police officials say they've had electronic monitoring technology for decades. A federal grant for DNC security allowed them to upgrade.
During a briefing to Charlotte City Council members, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe and other police officials stressed that the technology was put in place to monitor criminal activity, not be big brother.
Now the department wants to re-deploy the cameras and technology to other areas outside of Center City.
Chief Monroe says "it helps create a safer environment" that is "focusing on criminal activity".
The Police Department's attorney says they're aware of the public's concerns about a reasonable expectation of privacy. The department says the cameras are mounted on public intersections and are only monitoring what's brought into public view.
Police officials say there are about 650 cameras across Mecklenburg County.
The Chief told council members that CMPD also has access to 60 cameras from the private sector - such as Bank of America, the Convention Center, and Time Warner Cable Arena - among others.
The department says it wants to partner with malls, colleges, motels and Charlotte Area Transit System and expand the areas being monitored for criminal activity.
They're also asking other small businesses to enhance their surveillance cameras in the event police need to track criminals.
In preparation for the DNC, CMPD installed the gunshot detection spotter. Police officials say they plan to expand the range of the spotter.