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A truck driver broke down in tears on Tuesday while telling Channel 9 about the thieves who drove off with his semi full of beer from an Orange County truck stop.
The victim's truck and at least one other were swiped Monday from a truck stop on South Orange Blossom Trail.
Van Thomas was trying to live the American dream. After years as a trucker, he bought a semi three weeks ago and started a company of his own.
Thomas was traveling from Texas to Pompano Beach and was on his last stop before a delivery in Orlando when his entire truck and alcohol cargo was stolen.
"I don't mean to cry about it but I'm just trying to do the best I can and make a better life," Thomas told WFTV.
Inside the truck was 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life, which comes out to about 9,700 four-packs.
"It's just so devastating to me," said Thomas.
It's not the first time a semi has been stolen in Florida. About 180,000 eggs were stolen earlier this year in Fort Myers. A truck with Hershey chocolate was also stolen in December in Volusia County, and a truck with Slimfast was swiped near downtown Orlando.
Just when Thomas thought he lost everything, he received a phone call telling him the truck and most of the cargo had been located.
"Oh, my God. That's beautiful," he said.
The call came in from detectives that the truck had been found in Miami.
There's no word on whether the robbers knew "The Champagne of Beers" was inside at the time of the theft. Detectives are still trying to figure out who stole the two trucks and if they are part of a bigger ring.Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:05:13 -0400
A man suspected of killing his 70-year-old mother in Winchester, Massachusetts was arrested in Belmont, police said.
Belmont police confirmed to Channel 9 they have Matthew McAveeney in custody and are awaiting warrants from Massachusetts.
Our sister station WCVB reported that McAveeney, 46, has been on the run since his mother’s body was found on Oct. 14.
The medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be blunt-force trauma to the head.
Investigators said McAveeney has been charged with murder in connection to the death of his mother, Barbara McAveeney.
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The woman in charge of infectious diseases at Carolinas Healthcare Systems said officials have calmed a lot of fears and answered questions about Ebola, both from people in the community and within the hospital system.
Doctor Kate Passaretti said Carolinas Healthcare Systems asked for volunteers within its staff who would be willing to step up if there was a case of Ebola in Charlotte.
For those people in particular, the hospital is offering ramped-up and continual training on how to properly use the protective equipment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made changes this week to its guidelines on how to care for Ebola patients.
The biggest change is requiring health care workers to be completely covered. They will no longer be able to wear a surgical mask, which does not cover the neck.
Now they will have to have some sort of hood, covering the head and neck, as well as a shield that covers any exposed area on the face.
Passaretti said the right gear could have possibly stopped the spread of the disease in Texas.
“Ebola is spread by contact with bodily fluids, so if there is no way for the bodily fluids to enter the body using the appropriate personal protective equipment, then yes, there should not have been transmission unless there was a slip in technique,” Passaretti said.
Carolinas Healthcare Systems officials also said they’ve had 30 people come to their local hospitals who had been to West Africa and were showing disease symptoms.
They were all ruled to not have Ebola.