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From: MaryW
Date: 06-21-2006, 08:40 AM (1 of 11)
Last night there was a shooting within one block of my grandson's school. One person dead and another critical. This is a mile from my home. This is very scarey stuff to me. My grandson was with his buddies last night until around 9 pm in that very neighborhood. So close to home. You just never know what is going on in your own backyard.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 06-21-2006, 09:57 AM (2 of 11)
I know what you mean Mary! My cousin, female and approx. 40, went to a drive thru bank machine on Sunday evening around 8:00 p.m. While there a man came up to her with a gun and asked for her keys. Then while he was getting in the car, she got out the other door and ran. He took off with her vehicle. She ran and flagged down cars in the street. The person had a cell phone and called 911. She was very lucky! Apparently there were 4 incidents at drive thru tellers in Ottawa on the weekend and now they are warning women to be careful until this guy is caught.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 06-21-2006, 04:29 PM (3 of 11)
No foolin...within a mile of my house (down that same darn street behind me where everyone lives off of...cul-de-sacs abound) they've found 3 meth houses, and the storage place was fulla marijuana...If a meth house blows it usually takes a few others with it...lovely....thats in addition to our friends the thumping stereos....we had a guy kill his 3 roommates last week and they haven't found him yet....(I'm not looking for him...)
The world gets smaller and weirder every day.... :sick:
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From: bridesmom
Date: 06-25-2006, 06:00 PM (4 of 11)
Really makes you wonder what the world is coming to doesn't it?
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From: Carol in ME
Date: 06-26-2006, 08:34 AM (5 of 11)
Oh, Mary, how smart of her to get out!

A few years ago, a middle-aged woman leaving her job at a grocery store was threatened by two punks who wanted her to drive them somewhere, or they'd kill her. They killed her anyway. The police said she should have just thrown the keys at them and run away. Since they'd already announced their willingness to kill her, she'd at least have had an opportunity at getting away. Chances are they wouldn't have done anything more to draw attention to themselves in a store parking lot at noontime on a Sunday.
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From: swartzrn
Date: 06-28-2006, 05:13 AM (6 of 11)
No, you certainly never know what is going on your backyard! I cannot imagine how scary this was for you all! You can never be too careful these days!
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
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From: Sewhappie
Date: 07-02-2006, 06:28 PM (7 of 11)
This world is getting very crazy.

DH and I had a real scare three weeks ago. He was at work and I was coming home from WalMart in the next town west of us. It just so happened that we where both listening to the same radio talk show, when the news came on they reported that the body of a white 24 yr old female had just been found at the Apartment Complex that DD and SIL had just moved into the weekend before!!!! I almost recked my car hearing this, I am franticly trying to call DD ( she matched the discrition of the female) on her cell phone ( the whole time DH is trying to call me on the cell ). I didn't get a answer on either her phone OR SIL's. I called where they work and demanded to talk to the BIG BOSS!! Once he was on the phone I explained the news story to him, he put me on hold and then came back to tell me that DD WAS okay and that she is at work and that she is to call her mother RIGHT NOW!!!!! She did and I cried when I heard her voice.
Her response to me was, " So that's why the Police where at the next building when I left for work". The next building is only 50 feet away from where they where living!!!!!!! She just acted like NOTHING HAPPENED, me with a heart condition, and NOTHING HAPPENED!!!!!!!! I did find out later that the young girl was killed by her DH of only 7 months with a knife. He tried to tell the police that someone broke into their apartment, but his story fell apart.
I was glad to hear that my DD was safe, but I feel for the parnets of the young woman that was killed. Why didn't he just walk out of the apartment and cool off if they where fighting.
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From: vickki
Date: 07-04-2006, 06:47 PM (8 of 11)
It might be cold here,we get a couple of sunny days once in awhile,but thankGod I'm on this island...I lived in Toronto for 10 years and couldn't wait to get out off it.At least I can go for a walk at night without looking over my shoulder.
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From: sews4love
Date: 07-04-2006, 07:16 PM (9 of 11)
Things like what you all are talking about just didn't happen where I grew up and it is so scary that it is happening now just about everywhere. I grew up just across the bridge in Charleston South Carolina. We could sleep with the windows and doors open, take late night walks, and sleep like babies. ( I would not dream of doing it there now!) I thought this was a thing of the past till I read Vicki's post. I don't know where you live but it sure sounds nice to me. :smile:
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From: Bama
Date: 07-06-2006, 02:09 PM (10 of 11)
I remember sleeping with all the windows and the front door open when I was a kid. (no air conditioning then) We felt safe with the screen door latched. :wink: I can't imagine that now. :sad: And we live in a small, quiet town.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 07-06-2006, 11:36 PM (11 of 11)
We do usually lock our doors but today I didn't have my key so I didn't lock the door. I didn't have a second thought or worry.
The reason I didn't have a key was it is in the Realtor's lock box on the door knob because we are selling the house to move to a city where I would never leave the house unlocked.
Maybe we are crazy.
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