Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Woman makes history at Air Force — again

Air Force has its first female superintendent

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — There is a very new face at the Air Force's superintendent office.

Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson, a 1981 graduate of the academy, is now the first woman named to that post. However, she says she isn't dwelling on it.

"I was very blessed to be born where I was and when I was," said Lt. Gen. Johnson, who made history two times before: as the academy's first female cadet wing commander and first female Rhodes scholar.

"We as officers really have to be on our game to lead them the way they deserve," she added.

As a Rhodes scholar, Lt. Gen. Johnson earned a master's degree in politics and economics from Oxford University in Oxford, United Kingdom. She also holds a master's degree in national security strategy from the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington.

She played basketball all four years at the Air Force Academy and is the women's team's second-highest all-time scorer with 1,706 points.

She is the second woman overall to be named as a commander to a service academy. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz was the first woman to become a superintendent of a military service academy, Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., two years ago.

[WLTX News 19]

Charleston County man gets a quarter-century of prison time in wife's death

CHARLESTON — A Charleston man will spend 25 years in prison for murdering his wife before their eldest daughter's very eyes.

Chesley Jones Black accepted a plea deal on manslaughter charges Monday morning, because had the case gone to trial, his 6-year-old daughter would have been the prosecution's star witness.

Mr. Black killed his young 25-year-old wife at their Fife Ln residence right in front of their daughters' eyes in the autumn of 2011.

Their eldest daughter, who was 4 at the time, told Charleston Police Department investigators that her parents were in the penultimate fight inside the home when her father stabbed and killed her mother.

The couple's youngest daughter, whom Mr. Black fled the City of Charleston and Charleston County with, was also home at the time of the slaying, according to Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon. Sheriff Cannon then said that Mr. Black dropped the eldest daughter off at the residence of the victim's sister, then left with the youngest daughter, who was 2.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested Mr. Black less than a week later and safely returned the now 4 year old youngest daughter back to the victim's relatives in Charleston.

Let's hope that this abuser has to serve 100% of the sentence.

[WCSC-DT Live 5 News]

Woman found dead inside Dillard's

CHARLOTTE — A 57-year-old woman was found dead at a Dillard's store dressing room at the Carolina Place Mall.

A women-only cleaning crew found the body at 9:30 Thursday.

Law enforcers said the death appears to be from natural causes, though police said they are waiting for the medical examiner to come back with an official result.

Police said there were no signs of foul play.

Police have not said how long the woman was in the fitting room. They said she may have been there Wednesday evening prior to closing, but are not certain.

Dillard's has been closed since Thursday and will remain closed until further notice.

Although there were no signs of foul play, we are withholding the woman's name until the medical examiner's official result completely rules that possibility out.

[WSOC-HD 9 Eyewitness News]

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