Monday, May 20 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:28:13 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:28 GMT
A retired Kentucky plumber is now a millionaire. On Monday, the winners of a $1 million Powerball prize from the May 15th drawing and the two winners of $1 million prizes from the May 18th drawing claimedFull Story >
On Monday, the winners of a $1 million Powerball prize from the May 15th drawing and the two winners of $1 million prizes from the May 18th drawing claimed their jackpots.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:10:03 GMT
On Monday, Gov. John R. Kasich announced the approval of assistance for 10 projects set to create more than 1,100 jobs and retain 21,264 jobs statewide. During the Ohio Tax Credit Authority's (TCA) monthlyFull Story >
The Senate Judiciary Committee is aiming this week to pass a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions, setting up a high-stakes debate on the Senate floor.Full Story >
Foreigners leaving the country through any of the nation's 30 busiest airports would undergo mandatory fingerprinting under an amendment senators added Monday to a sweeping immigration bill.Full Story >
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The general manager of the Independence Mall is reacting to allegations of discrimination at one of the salons located within the mall.
The family of a woman from Wilmington says that she was the victim of discrimination after Lee Nail Salon reportedly tried to charge the 86-year-old an extra fee because she is in a wheelchair.
In a statement, Helen Lewis, the GM of the mall, wrote:
"We regret that a member of our community had an unpleasant experience while visiting an Independence Mall retailer. Retail landlords do not have the ability to control individual tenant policies and procedures, but we do expect them to comply with state and federal laws. We are also bound and confined by our lease provisions and tenant laws as set forth by the state of North Carolina when dealing with tenants, and have taken every action allowed to us under those provisions to address the situation."
Earlier this week, Ilse Rosenberg, a Holocaust survivor, was with her caregiver, Melissa Padgett, who took her to Lee Nails for a manicure and pedicure.
"After she gets her feet in the chair and she's comfortable and her feet are in the water, he [an employee at the salon] said because she is in a wheelchair and it's an inconvenience of her being transferred in the chair, it is a $30 dollar up charge," said Padgett.
But Padgett, who is a CNA, said she had already transferred Rosenberg into the salon chair.
Still, she says that the salon manager told her to leave if she didn't want to pay the extra fee.
"I went back to Ilse, and at this point, I'm crying because I'm humiliated," she said. "When I saw her face, and I had to tell her we had to leave or pay an up charge, it broke my heart."
Rosenberg's family is outraged by what happened.
"She's only in a wheelchair because of her age, and she's been through a lot," said Ilse's son, Robert Rosenberg. "And she loves life, and it's very disappointing to find that this nail salon treated her so badly. It's discrimination."
"She went there to have her nails done and to feel beautiful and walked away humiliated," said Ilse's daughter-in-law, Charlotte. "That's just wrong."
On the phone, salon employees told WECT that they charge an extra $30 for those in wheelchairs because "it takes more time" for their workers to give them manicures and pedicures.
However, when we went to the salon to try to talk to the manager or owner on camera, we were escorted out of the business and out of the mall by security officers.
Now, her family is asking the community to boycott the business.
They filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
BBB officials said if the salon is charging more for those in wheelchairs, they are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability.
The family also complained to the North Carolina Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.
A representative from that office said they have forwarded the family's complaint to the US Department of Justice, which handles investigations into ADA violations.
Independence Mall posted this statement on its Facebook page:
"Dear Friends, we have been made aware of a potential situation at Independence Mall where a valued customer may have received sub-par treatment. Our first concern is the safety and enjoyable experience that all of our customers have at our center, and we are looking into this reported incident. That said, all of the merchants at Independence Mall establish their own individual policies, and we encourage them to adhere to best practices in all situations."
The Disability Resource Center, a local non-profit that helps and fights for equal treatment for disabled people in our community, investigated this case.
The center's director, Gloria Garton, said she also called the nail salon to inquire about what happened. She said they also admitted to her that they charge more for people in wheelchairs.
Given their willingness to talk openly about this, Garton thinks it's likely that others have paid this extra fee but didn't think anything was wrong with it or were too humiliated to say anything.
She hopes other businesses learn from what happened.
"We hope that for the business's sake, it's a learning experience for them and it doesn't get duplicated anywhere else and that other businesses realize you just can't do this kind of thing to people," Garton said.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:48 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:48:36 GMT
You can buy a little luck for just $7, thanks to a Craigslist post. A Covington resident is selling two four leaf clovers, according to a post on Craigslist Sunday afternoon The posting reads, "I haveFull Story >
A Covington resident is selling two four leaf clovers, according to a post on Craigslist Sunday afternoonFull Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 7:56 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:56:23 GMT
A Colerain Township man is arrested on charges he raped a 12-year-old girl. Toussaint Thrower, 37, is accused of committing the crime over a period of two years. He is expected to appear in court thisFull Story >
The police report also states the victim is pregnant and the act happened at least four times between 5-18-2011 and 1-1-2013.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 12:08 AM EDT2013-05-20 04:08:33 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show returned to the park on Sunday.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:33:10 GMT
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. LittleFull Story >
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:13:28 GMT
Police are investigating a shooting a in South Fairmount. Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. Little information is known atFull Story >
Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. The victim was transported to the hospital where he died.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:54:19 GMT
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break. "It's way beyond anything I could've ever imagined in a million years," said Elizabeth Edwards, whoFull Story >
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:30:16 GMT
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Liberty Township. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio. FOX19 has a crewFull Story >
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio.Full Story >
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