While Widespread Panic was wrapping up their winter tour with a killer performance at the Civic Center in Savannah, GA (Watch highlights here), it seems local police were working on a performance of their own. The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, ran an undercover operation at the concert, ultimately arresting eight fans on felony drug charges.The agents actually attended the concert, where they were able to purchase controlled substances like LSD and heroin, as well as a cannister of nitrous oxide. The report in Savannah Now indicates that US currency and a vehicle were also seized in the operation. The report also features this damning parking lot photo:Naturally, the connection between drugs, law enforcement, and Widespread Panic conjures the memory of Troy Goode, who lost his life after being restrained by authorities outside of a WSP show last summer. More on that story can be read here. When law enforcement and live music cross paths, the result is never pretty. That’s why organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance exist, to get people help without damning them for their actions.If you’re heading to a concert, be safe!
CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council last night approved a development agreement with JSM Investments of metro Des Moines for a hotel and conference center project to be placed in the Courtway Park subdivision northeast of the intersection of Interstate 35 and State Highway 122. The project calls for an 85-room Marriott-brand hotel with a conference and event center with space for about 450 people. As part of the development agreement, JSM agrees to enter into a minimum assessment agreement with the city fixing the minimum actual value of the property and the completed improvements to be made on the property at not less than $5 million. The agreement provides for certain property tax incentives for JSM in the form of annual appropriation, incremental property tax payments in a total amount not exceeding $1.5 million. Councilman Mike Callanan says he’s excited to see this move forward. “I think once again it’s going to be ‘if you build it, they will come’, and it’s going to prompt all kinds of economic development in our area.” Councilman Bennett Smith says the hotel and conference center will be a fantastic addition to the community. “Frankly I think it’s vital for us as a city to support this kind of economic development that really fits well with what we do here in Clear Lake with tourism and our competitive advantages with that, particularly in the midst of this economic recession to have this kind of opportunity I think is fantastic. I also agree that the success of this project will catalyze further economic development out there, and I think that will be very exciting for us.” The hotel’s scheduled completion date is June 30th of next year.
UK’s National Health Service is reporting that authorities were forced to perform an emergency C-Section on a pregnant nurse after the nurse succumbed to complications due to the coronavirus.28-year-old Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust passed away on Sunday after testing positive for the virus on April 5th, according to reports.David Carter, CEO of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spoke about Mary saying the death was extremely sad:“Mary worked here for five years and was a highly valued and loved member of our team, a fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this Trust,” Carter said Wednesday.“She tested positive for COVID-19 after being tested on 5th of April and was admitted to the hospital on the 7th April. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mary’s family and friends at this sad time. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time,” he continued.While they have asked for the family’s privacy at this time, officials did report that the child is doing “very well.”At least 27 NHS workers are among the 13,700 people who have died of coronavirus in the UK. AnotherA GoFundMe page that was set up to support Agyapong’s husband and their baby has raised around £117,000 (about $146,000,) in 24/hrs time. The original goal was to raise £2,000 (about $2,500).