Monthly Archives: April 2015

Justice for Michelle — A WIS Investigates Special Report – – Columbia, South Carolina

A year-long investigation uncovers new details in a 14-year-old murder mystery along Interstate 20 in Darlington County. More shocking is the man once named a prime suspect in the case may never be charged. Now, a year later and a re-examination of the evidence, investigators and the victim’s family talk to us.

“It leaves me very frustrated, number one,” said Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers. “What my role is, and what we want to do, is seek justice.”

It has been 14 years since an unknown woman was found dead; four years after investigators declared they had a suspect; and one year after questions about the case rocked the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.

Now, Rogers formally revealed he does not have a criminal case to make.

“It may be a situation where we can’t ever move forward because of the strength of the case,” Rogers said.

The mystery of

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Police working to determine motive in South Hackensack shooting death

SOUTH HACKENSACK — The New York man who was found mortally wounded at his Route 46 his chimney cleaning business Sunday evening had been shot multiple times, at least once in the head, a law enforcement official said. But police still are trying to determine whether the attack was a botched robbery attempt or a targeted killing.

Some details of the killing bear striking similarities to the last shooting death in this small town in 1997. That case remains unsolved.

The law enforcement official, who asked not to be identified, said autopsy results might help determine whether Richard Zarriello, 51, of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., was shot by more than one assailant. Zarriello owned Clean Sweep Chimney Depot at 480 Route

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Brownsville group exalts Elbert Williams as first NAACP martyr

By Thomas Bailey Jr.

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — The knock on their door came just after Elbert and Annie Williams had listened to the radio broadcast of Joe Louis’ TKO of Arturo Godoy in eight rounds at Yankee Stadium.

Arguably, what happened next that Thursday evening of June 20, 1940, should have elevated Elbert Williams as a national icon for bravery, and placed him in the pantheon of martyrs

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How Google Earth Has Revolutionized Archaeology

Thanks to Google Earth and other open-access imagery, amateur archaeologists are making spectacular finds — but what are we losing?

By Gemma Tarlach|Thursday, April 02, 2015

On a wintry December day, in a farmer’s barn tucked into the English countryside, Peter Welch was setting out snacks for fellow metal-detector enthusiasts when one of them came in and said, “You’d better have a look at this.”

Welch tramped up a hill to where half a dozen people gathered around a freshly dug hole. In the cold ground was a handful of 11th-century coins, the first of more than 5,000 that would be found at the site as the excavation progressed. The discovery — one of the largest hoards of Saxon coins ever found in the United Kingdom — could be valued at more than $1.5 million.

For Welch, founder and owner of the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club, the sheer thrill of the find was the proverbial pot of gold at the end of a rainbow called Google Earth.
The descendant of a CIA-funded project, Google Earth has become arguably the most popular — and ubiquitous — open-access satellite-imagery program in the world. Since its public launch in June 2005, Google Earth — with its virtual globe and street view capabilities — has found its way into driving directions, real estate presentations, study plans, online games such as GeoGuessr and flight simulators.

Google Earth has also revolutionized, for better and worse, amateur archaeology. In December 2014, for example, the same month Welch’s group found the coin hoard, another amateur archaeologist used Google Earth to locate a Bronze Age burial site in the eastern English county of Suffolk. Two months earlier, an enthusiast in southwestern England discovered still another Bronze Age site, possibly a farm, after scouring satellite images online.

“It’s invaluable. I can’t imagine anyone not using it,” says Welch.

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