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Police arrest 1 man accused of kidnapping 2 people at Myrtle Beach hotel

Police arrest 1 man accused of kidnapping 2 people at Myrtle Beach hotel

Rysheen Dala Williams faces several charges



TOMORROW, WITH SOME CHANGES ON SUNDAY. I WILL GET YOU CAUGHT UP ON THE LATEST ON THAT, COMING UP. GEOFF: WELL, BREAKING OVERNIGHT, WE ARE FOLLOWING TWO DEADLY CRASHES, WITH DRIVERS FACING DUI CHARGES. HANNAH: ONE OF THOSE HAPPENED IN ANDERSON COUNTY, WHERE A TEENAGE DRIVER IS ACTUALLY CHARGED. TROOPERS SAY 18-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN FOWLER WAS DRIVING ON LAKE ROAD, NEAR RILEY ROAD, WHEN HE WENT OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND HIT A FENCE AND A TREE. GEOFF: THIS HAPPENED JUST AFTER 8:00 THURSDAY NIGHT. FOWLER WAS NOT HURT. THE FRONT-SEAT PASSENGER HAD TO BE MECHANICALLY REMOVED FROM THE TRUCK AND DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. TROOPERS SAY THAT THE PASSENGER WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT. ONE OF THE TWO OTHER TEENAGE PASSENGERS WAS HURT. HANNAH: IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY, A DRIVER IS FACING DUI CHARGES, AFTER A DEADLY CRASH INVOLVING THREE VEHICLES. GEOFF: IT HAPPENED THURSDAY NIGHT, JUST AFTER 9:00, ON PARRIS BRIDGE ROAD, NEAR DAVIS ROAD. THAT IS JUST OFF I-85, ABOUT THREE MILES WEST OF BOILING SPRINGS. HANNAH: TROOPERS SAY 43-YEAR-OLD JAMELLS FLOYD HIT A 2007 HONDA HEAD-ON, REBOUNDED, AND THEN HIT A 2001 HONDA TRAVELING THE SAME DIRECTION. THE DRIVER OF THE 2007 HONDA DIED AT THE SCENE, AND A PASSENGER WENT TO THE HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. THE 2001 HONDA DRIVER WAS NOT HURT. FLOYD IS CHARGED WITH FELONY DUI WITH DEATH. GEOFF: CHANGING GEARS NOW, AND RIGHT NOW, SEVERAL SHOPPERS ARE ALREADY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BLACK FRIDAY DEALS. HANNAH: THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT THE BEST BUY IN GREENVILLE. QUITE A FEW CARS IN THE PARKING LOT BUT NOT NEARLY AS MANY AS YEARS PASSED. SOME STORES CHOSE TO OPEN, WITH CORONAVIRUS PERCUSSIONS. OTHERS CHOSE NOT TO OPEN THEIR BUILDINGS AT ALL, OFFERING THEIR DEALS SOLELY ONLINE. THIS POST-THANKSGIVING SHOPPING TRADITION STARTED BACK IN THE 1980’S, WHEN RETAILERS STARTED SLASHING PRICES FOR ONE DAY TO GET MORE SALES. NOW, IN ACCOUNTING TERMS, BEING IN THE BLACK MEANS YOU ARE ACTUALLY MAKING A PROFIT. GEOFF: THE CITY OF GREENVILLE IS OFFERING FREE PARKING AT ALL OF ITS CITY PARKING FACILITIES TODAY. A REMINDER, THE RICHARDSON STREET GARAGE AND THE WEST WASHINGTON STREET DECK ARE ALWAYS FREE ON THE WEEKENDS. HANNAH: WELL, BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, AND THE INFLUX OF SHIPPING HOLIDAY GIFTS, THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE RECOMMENDS YO MAIL YOUR PRESENTS EARLY. THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 14 IS EXPECTED TO BE THE PEAK SHIPPING SEASON. IF YOU ARE SENDING FIRST CLASS MAIL, THEY RECOMMEND MAILING BY DECEMBER 18. AFTER THAT, IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU USE PRIORITY MAIL TO MAKE SURE YOUR PACKAGES ARRIVE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. GEOFF: THANKSGIVING HAD A DIFFERENT TONE THIS YEAR, WITH LIMITED GATHERINGS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. MORE THAN 90,000 AMERICANS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL, A NEW RECORD FOR THE COUNTRY. THERE HAVE BEEN NEARLY 12.9 MILLION CASES IN THE

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Guest Describes Moments With Accused Suspect Before Deadly Shooting At Bricktown Hotel

A metro man said he and his wife talked to a woman hours before police said she shot a man to death at a Bricktown hotel.

Dustin Larsen and his family checked in Monday after the ice storm knocked out power to their home.

Tuesday, he and his wife met hotel guest Tyesha Long.

“My wife and her had struck up a conversation, they were talking, the kids were swimming, everyone was having a good time,” said Larsen.

After parting ways Larsen says he ran into Long later that night.

“I came down to go out back and have a cigarette. At that time, as I was walking back out the door, I could hear yelling,” said Larsen.

Larsen said Long was in a heated argument with a man.

“It was loud enough that I was inside, and I could still hear at least the yelling going on,” said Larsen. “When she walked back in, she literally said just “F” off! She threw her hand up, I moved, she went back in.”

Larsen went to his room but said he got up later.

“As I came back up the elevator, I was getting off and that’s when I heard pow, pow, pow, I heard three shots,” said Larsen.

Larsen shrugged it off and went back to bed.

“I thought we’re at the Hilton, it can’t be that” said Larsen.

But after waking up he said he realized something awful happened.

Police said a man was shot dead and his body was found in a hallway.

“God forbid if those bullets would have traveled south or any direction, it could have got someone else,” said Larsen.

Police arrested Long on a first-degree murder complaint.

“I was like oh my gosh, we talked, she talked to my wife…they were very friendly. She was very friendly,” said Larsen.               

Last November, according to court documents, Long was granted a protective order against her on-and-off again boyfriend.

The Oklahoma County District Attorney will decide if she will be charged or if she acted in self-defense.

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Man, 24, accused of raping two women in their hotel room says they both willingly had sex with him

A man accused of raping two women in their hotel room has claimed they both willingly had sex with him before the ‘dominant’ one left him ‘covered in scratch marks.’

Callum Kenny, 24, alleged he met the women at the door of their Ibis hotel room after the pair returned from a night out in Bristol.

He told jurors how one of the women told him she found him attractive. Kenny said the pair kissed, and he was then invited inside their room.  

The defendant said he had consensual, unprotected sex with one of the women before the other was an equally willing participant, Bristol Crown Court heard. 

Kenny, from St Austell in Cornwall, denies raping the two women on October, 28, 2018. 

Callum Kenny, from St Austell in Cornwall, denies raping the two women after a night out on October, 28, 2018. Pictured: The Ibis Hotel in Bristol

Callum Kenny, from St Austell in Cornwall, denies raping the two women after a night out on October, 28, 2018. Pictured: The Ibis Hotel in Bristol 

He previously admitted drinking alcohol on the night in question, as well as taking under a gram of cocaine. 

Kenny told the court how he and a friend had watched a football match before heading to an event at the Motion night club in Bristol.

After the pair returned to their room at around 2.15am, Kenny claims his friend went to bed but he wanted to head out again to party.  

He admitted trying to open door handles to rooms on his floor in a bid to see if anyone was awake and drinking.

The court heard how Kenny then spotted the two women as he returned to his floor after sitting in the hotel reception. 

He told the court: ‘I could see these two girls walking back to their room. I said “hello'” with my arms open in an approachable manner. 

‘We engaged in conversation.’ 

Kenny told jurors one woman told him ‘Can you keep the noise down’ after he entered their room in the Ibis hotel.

He claimed it was then that he switched his attention to the second woman, and they engaged in sexual intercourse.   

Kenny told the court: ‘We had sex for five or ten minutes. Then they both performed [a sex act] on me at the same time.’

Jurors heard how, after some sleep, Kenny had sex again with one of the women before returning to his room.   

He said: ‘I was exhausted. I stood up and said, “I’m going to go now.”‘

Kenny claimed he was left with scratch marks all over is body, caused by the more aggressive, dominant woman.

Kenny, 24, alleged he met the women at the door of their Ibis hotel room after the pair returned from a night out in Bristol. Pictured: Bristol Crown Court

Kenny, 24, alleged he met the women at the door of their Ibis hotel room after the pair returned from a night out in Bristol. Pictured: Bristol Crown Court

He said: ‘Not once was I made to feel unwelcome. Not once was there a complaint about sexual activity.’

The defendant said that afterwards he returned to his room and later told his friend he had a threesome.

He and his friend left the hotel around 11.30am and he was arrested from his Cornwall home

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Wingate Hotel Great Falls accused of racism against Browning residents

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When Kevin Kickingwoman, a teacher who lives in Browning, checked in to the Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Great Falls Tuesday evening, an employee at the desk allegedly told him the hotel does not serve people from Browning due to the Blackfeet Nation’s stay-at-home directive due to coronavirus. 

Kevin planned to get back surgery in Great Falls early Wednesday, and his daughter and her mother, who live in Missoula, met him at the hotel.

Kevin’s daughter, Sharen, 26, took to Twitter after the incident.

“How come they will still serve people from Missoula? We have high covid numbers, (sh*t) every where across the state has high numbers at this point. Sounds like some racist picking and choosing.. is this your policy, Wingate Hotels?” she tweeted Tuesday evening. 

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Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Great Falls (Photo: NORA MABIE/TRIBUNE PHOTO)

Larry Gooldy, general manager of the hotel, said the hotel does not accept guests from any state that has a COVID-19 lockdown. The Blackfeet Nation’s stay-at-home order, which was recently extended through Nov. 8, exempts certain activities, including leaving the reservation to obtain medical services and groceries, and nowhere in the order does the tribe ask businesses located off the reservation to enforce their directive. 

Gooldy said if guests are from Browning, they must present either a verified doctor’s note, with their name and date of visit, or a document from the Blackfeet COVID-19 Incident Command, saying the person is allowed to leave the reservation. 

Gooldy said guests have shown him such travel permits, but the tribe’s public information officer Jim McNeely said that is untrue and those forms do not exist. 

The Blackfeet COVID-19 Incident Command (Photo: BLACKFEET COVID-19 INCIDENT COMMAND)

“The Blackfeet Tribe is currently looking into this matter and will keep the public updated,” McNeely said in a statement Wednesday. 

Gooldy said his policy applies to all states with COVID-19 quarantine orders. 

“Anytime that there’s a lockdown in the United States from any location, we post it up here, and they don’t get a stay,” Gooldy said. “Like we had California guests in here when their state was in lockdown initially. And they didn’t get to stay here at the Wingate in Great Falls. But I wasn’t called a racist either.”

When the Kickingwoman family explained Kevin was getting surgery the next day, Sharen said the employee asked for proof, so Kevin emailed the manager a doctor’s note. Gooldy said the doctor’s note did not have the patient’s name or time of visit, but that his employee alerted him of the situation and checked them in.

The family checked-in to the hotel for about 30 minutes but decided to leave and stay somewhere else. 

More: As COVID-19 spreads, Blackfeet Nation rallies to protect elders, preserve culture

Sharen said her mother, who made the reservation, still had not received a refund as of

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Wingate Hotel in Montana accused of racism against Native Americans

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Racist policies have led to COVID-19 being more dangerous and deadly for Black, Latino, Asian and Indigenous Americans than for white Americans.

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When Kevin Kickingwoman, a teacher who lives in Browning, Montana, checked in to the Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Great Falls, Montana, Tuesday evening, an employee at the desk allegedly told him the hotel does not serve people from Browning due to the Blackfeet Nation’s stay-at-home directive due to coronavirus. 

Kevin planned to get back surgery in Great Falls, which is two hours from Browning, early Wednesday, and his daughter and her mother, who live in Missoula, Montana, which is close to three hours from Great Falls, met him at the hotel.

Kevin’s daughter, Sharen, 26, took to Twitter after the incident.

“How come they will still serve people from Missoula? We have high covid numbers, (expletive) every where across the state has high numbers at this point. Sounds like some racist picking and choosing.. is this your policy, Wingate Hotels?” she tweeted Tuesday evening. 

Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Great Falls (Photo: NORA MABIE/TRIBUNE PHOTO)

Larry Gooldy, general manager of the hotel, said the hotel does not accept guests from any state that has a COVID-19 lockdown. The Blackfeet Nation’s stay-at-home order, which was recently extended through Nov. 8, exempts certain activities, including leaving the reservation to obtain medical services and groceries, and nowhere in the order does the tribe ask businesses located off the reservation to enforce its directive. 

Gooldy told the Great Falls Tribune, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, if guests are from Browning, which is the headquarters for the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, they must present either a verified doctor’s note, with their name and date of visit, or a document from the Blackfeet COVID-19 Incident Command, saying the person is allowed to leave the reservation. 

Gooldy said guests have shown him such travel permits, but the tribe’s public information officer Jim McNeely said that is untrue and those forms do not exist. 

The Blackfeet COVID-19 Incident Command (Photo: BLACKFEET COVID-19 INCIDENT COMMAND)

“The Blackfeet Tribe is currently looking into this matter and will keep the public updated,” McNeely said in a statement Wednesday. 

Gooldy said his policy applies to all states with COVID-19 quarantine orders. 

“Anytime that there’s a lockdown in the United States from any location, we post it up here, and they don’t get a stay,” Gooldy said. “Like we had California guests in here when their state was in lockdown initially. And they didn’t get to stay here at the Wingate in Great Falls. But I wasn’t called a racist either.”

When the Kickingwoman family explained Kevin was getting surgery the next day, Sharen said the employee asked for proof, so Kevin emailed the manager a doctor’s note. Gooldy said the doctor’s note did not have the patient’s name or time of visit, but that his employee alerted him of the situation and checked them in.

The family checked in to the hotel for about

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Hotel and Golden Corral owners accused of misusing COVID-19 funds

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The owners of a Saratoga Springs hotel and several Golden Corral restaurants in upstate New York and New Jersey are being accused by Adirondack Trust Co. of misusing nearly $2 million in federal COVID-19 funds in a newly filed lawsuit.

Niral Patel and Nirmala Patel are listed as the defendants in the case as the owners of the hotel and restaurants.

They could not be reached for immediate comment Wednesday at their hotel, the Comfort Inn and Suites in Saratoga Springs. An employee said they were not available.

Nirmala is Niral’s mother, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses the Patels of using $1.9 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program to pay off their mortgages. The money was supposed to be used for payroll and other business expenses to keep their businesses open. In fact, 60 percent of the funds must be used for payroll expenses under the program’s regulations.

Otherwise, the money, which are potentially forgivable loans, must be paid back to the bank.

“Worse yet, the individual defendants used the PPP proceeds for personal expenses and attempted to conceal the improper use of proceeds and shield those proceeds from collection by (Adirondack Trust) and other creditors, by diverting them through a web of transfers among their various accounts,” the lawsuit states. The Daily Gazette was the first to report the lawsuit.

The Patels own two Golden Corrals in New Jersey, as well as Golden Corral restaurants in Albany, Saratoga, Queensbury, Syracuse and Poughkeepsie, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit says the restaurants have not been open since March 18, 2020 and the Patels “have no intention of reopening” them as Golden Corral restaurants because the buffet restaurant concept has “suffered irreparable damage in the eyes of consumers” and must be “repurposed.”

The lawsuit says the Patels received a total of $1,979,600 from Adirondack Trust through the PPP and then deposited $1,924,000 into the personal checking account of Nirmala Patel before using the money for unauthorized purposes not related to the PPP.

The bank estimates that the Patels have $20 million in debts to pay off, and have been named as defendants in other lawsuits by creditors.

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