Composite Sketch Released in Craggy Gardens Assault Case

first_imgWhen a missing hiker turned up tied to a tree near Craggy Gardens on the North Carolina portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway earlier this month, few knew what to make of the limited details released by authorities.The assault victim, a 64-year-old female hiker, was rescued shortly after her disappearance was reported by a hiking partner. She was treated at a local hospital and released that same day.Now there’s a composite sketch of the suspect who allegedly assaulted the woman in an area known as Potato Field Gap.In addition to the sketch authorities have released multiple details about the suspect’s physical appearance. He is said to be a white male around 50 years old with salt and pepper hair and sparsely grown facial hair. He may be wearing a light gray shirt and baggy blue pants with dark tennis shoes, and could give off an off-putting odor due to lack of personal hygiene.People in Asheville and surrounding areas are reacting to the sketch, released on Monday by the National Park Service, and at least one is claiming to have seen a man that fits the description on area trails.“Beware, I just had a very odd encounter with an individual on the MTS (Mountains to Sea) trail off the parkway just South East of where the Arboretum is,” Jim Davis wrote in a post on the Exploring Pisgah National Forest Facebook page. “Upon returning home I stumbled across the sketch they just released of the person that assaulted the lady an(d) tied her to a tree near Craggy last week, and the sketch looked EXACTLY like this guy I encountered.”The National Park Service is asking any individuals with pertinent information about the alleged suspect to contact them via the following channels: phone – 888-653-0009; email – [email protected]; or facebook at @investigativeservicesnps.Related Articles:last_img read more

Patchwork of pot laws compounds credit union headaches

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions are poised to go green in 2019 – and they don’t mean championing the environment.Marijuana will be legal in more than half of the states next year. In some states the drug will only be available for medicinal use while voters in other places have approved laws decriminalizing the drug for recreational use as well.Even though there is a growing number of credit unions willing to bank marijuana companies, the drug remains illegal at the federal level. That means any financial institution attempting to serve legal pot businesses does so with the uncertainty of how the Department of Justice may choose to enforce current law.last_img read more

Assembly OKs bill to move up primary

first_imgThe bill to give California voters a louder voice in the 2008 presidential campaign by moving up the state’s presidential primary from June received its final legislative approval Tuesday and now only awaits what should be a swift signature by the governor. The historic vote will elevate California as a key player in choosing the next presidential nominees, said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles. The bill, SB 113, which already cleared the Senate, was approved on a party-line vote, 46-28, with Republicans objecting to the estimated $60 million to $90million price tag of a third election and Democrats’ refusal to add language guaranteeing that counties would be reimbursed for the cost. “Our voice will travel across the nation,” Nu ez said, “because we are putting California squarely in the front, center stage of the national political debate.” But the push for an earlier presidential primary also has been met with some political cynicism. Legislative leaders have sought to attach the primary to other reforms, including a change in term limits, redistricting and possibly campaign finance rules. Critics contend the real reason for an early primary is to also place the term limits measures on the Feb. 5 ballot, which could extend the power of Nu ez and Senate president pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. “They’re not doing this to get voters more information; this is not about civic engagement at all,” said David McCuan a political science professor at Cal State . “It’s clear the motivations are crass, political and selfish.” Legislators could have avoided the perception of self- interest if they’d also moved the legislative primaries from June to February, critics said. That would have prohibited current lawmakers from running again. Instead, the legislative primaries will remain in June – adding to the cost. In the three previous presidential elections – 1996, 2000 and 2004 – the legislative and presidential primaries were all held simultaneously in March. “This is so blatantly geared toward retaining power and influence that the public is bound to be cynical,” said Carmen Balber, a consumer advocate for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. “They could just as easily do a term limits extension that didn’t grandfather all the leaders. Instead, they’re doing it for their own political interest.” Nu ez denied any self-interest. “This is an issue that stands on its own. It doesn’t need to be accompanied by anything else,” Nu ez said at a news conference before the vote. to Feb. 5 Sonoma [email protected] (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Feb. 5 primary could turn into a de facto national primary, with as many as 19 states having moved or are considering moving to that date, including New York, Florida, New Jersey and Illinois. They would follow New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada in the nation’s first primaries and caucuses, creating what will likely be an unprecedented flow of campaign cash – with unpredictable effects on how campaigns are waged. “We need to do this because as long as I can remember California is basically an ATM for presidential candidates,” Assembly Charles M. Calderon, D-Whittier, said during the Assembly debate. “California is an important state in this union, and we need to be involved in who the next president of the United States is.” The assemblyman’s brother, Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, wrote the early primary bill. The Senate passed the bill last month on a 31-5 vote. The potential for an early California vote already has paid dividends for the state. Major candidates from both parties – including Democrats Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards, and Republicans John McCain and Rudy Giuliani – have made numerous appearances in the state, and not merely to raise cash. last_img read more