Up & Coming Weekly

July 13, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JULY 14-20, 2021 UCW 9 e city of Fayetteville is purchasing a warehouse at 128 King St. off Person Street (formerly the Rock Shop) for conversion to a homeless day center. e design contract was awarded to Raleigh-based ar- chitectural firm IBI Group which designed Oak City Cares, the Raleigh day center that's being used as a model for Fayetteville's day center. e building is a 12,800-square-foot warehouse that was built in 2006. $4 million has been provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's disaster recovery program. e money will be used to purchase the property, construction, design and equipment. Win- dows will be installed in the front of the building. e center will also function as an emergency shelter when needed. Chris Cauley, the city's direc- tor of economic and community development said preliminary plans for the day center include shower and laundry facilities, a large community room for people to use computers and charge their devices, plus a warming kitchen and offices. Recylcing schedule change delayed Bi-weekly recycling has been delayed until August. City officials say material unavailability and pro- duction issues caused the delay. Every other week recycling was scheduled to begin this month and was heavily promoted. e delay wasn't announced until July 1. Recycling customers who have not yet received their new, blue 96-gallon recycling carts should continue using the small carts. Residents who haven't received the new ones by Aug. 1 should call 910-433-1329. City crews will eventually collect the old carts which should be left at the curb. "We appreciate your patience as we work to deliver new carts," Public Services Director Sheila omas-Ambat said. "is is a change, but the new schedule will be in line with the industry standard, and we will see cost savings in the future." She didn't explain what industry standards govern the use of bigger recycling implements. Sex trafficker convicted Markus Odon McCormick, 36, was sentenced to serve at least 24 years in state prison following his conviction this month on human trafficking charges. In 2018, police officers conducted a traf- fic stop which led to an interview with a victim of human trafficking. Fayetteville Police detectives spent three years gathering evidence that resulted in McCormick's trial. Det. D. Graham had arrested the accused for trafficking two victims for the purpose of sexual servitude. McCormick was found guilty by a jury on two counts of human trafficking, five counts of felony promotion of prostitution, and one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Final co-defendant found guilty in death of 3rd Special Forces Group soldier A court martial panel found Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez guilty of involuntary man- slaughter in the 2017 death of Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar. Madera-Rodriguez was also found guilty of hazing, making false official statements and conspiracy. e incident took place in Melgar's bedroom at off-site housing that he shared with other special operators in Bamako, Mali. e jury came to its ver- dict after a day's deliberations in a three-week trial at Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia. Madera-Rodriguez was the last of four co-defendants charged in Mel- gar's death by strangulation. Madera-Rodriguez' sentencing is pending. New day center for homeless to be built in Fayetteville by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS DIGEST JEFF THOMPSON, Reporter. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. An artist concept of the proposed day center for the homeless. (Image courtesy city of Fayetteville) make your Radio sound funny. Mornings 6am to 10am on WFAY. Bud & Broadway Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar died in a 2017 incident in Mali.

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