U.S.Officials from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Chicago Police Department have launched a joint investigation following the disappearance of a 26-year-old mail worker who was last seen close to her home in South Vernon Avenue more than two weeks ago.As family and close friends continue to flyer the streets with pictures of USPS employee Kierra Coles, detectives on the case are now probing potential foul play, the Chicago Tribune reported. Coles was three months pregnant at the time of her disappearance on Tuesday, October 2.The woman’s mother, Karen Phillips, reported her daughter as missing on October 4 after not hearing from her for two days. Coles’ purse and phone were found inside her car. “I talk to her every day. I knew something was wrong. It’s just not like her,” Phillips told The Tribune.Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesperson, said investigators had no reason to suspect the disappearance was linked to her work. He … [Read more...] about Who is Kierra Coles? Pregnant Chicago Postal Worker Missing for Two Weeks
It’s been more than two weeks since a pregnant 26-year-old postal worker mysteriously disappeared in Chicago. Postal officials joined efforts to find out exactly what happened to Kierra Coles as her family and friends continued to knock on doors and hand out flyers in the hope that someone has a clue to her whereabouts. SEE ALSO: Black Mother Speaks Out: Girls And Women Are Turning Up Missing In Chicago The U.S. Postal Inspection Service offered $25,000 on Monday for information about Coles’ disappearance, the Chicago Tribune reported. Chicago police investigators said Coles was last seen on Oct. 2 near her South Side Chicago neighborhood. Cole’s mother, Karen Phillips, reported her mission two days later after not hearing from her and cellphone calls to her daughter went directly into voicemail. “At this point, anything is possible,” said the postal inspection services’ spokesperson Julie Kenney. “We’re just looking for … [Read more...] about Where Is Kierra Coles? Everything We Know About Missing Chicago Pregnant Postal Worker
ST. PETERSBURG — The YMCA is taking over a popular child literacy program run for years through the financially troubled Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center in Midtown.The non-profit will turn to a familiar face to lead the effort: Donna Welch, the wife of Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch who was sacked two weeks ago after a decade overseeing the program at Sanderlin.Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County members voted unanimously on Thursday to make the change, which will take place in two weeks. An attorney for Donna Welch confirmed she has been offered a contract to run the faith-based literacy program."We did need to move or do something differently with the faith-based literacy center," said Dr. Marcie Biddleman, CEO of the Juvenile Welfare Board, which provides some of the Sanderlin Center’s funding with tax dollars. "We have children involved. It’s their summer programs."Donna Welch was one of three top employees accused in June of accepting payouts … [Read more...] about YMCA to take over literacy program at St. Pete’s Sanderlin Center
ST. PETERSBURG –– The James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center board of trustees voted Monday to fire Donna Welch, the director of a faith-based literacy program and the wife of Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.But Donna Welch was fired after she was exonerated by an investigation looking into unauthorized payouts for unused vacation pay.Earlier this month two Sanderlin Center employees — executive director Lounell Britt and operations chief Delphina Davis — stepped down after they and Welch received payouts for unused vacation hours totaling $16,000.That’s according to the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, which uses tax dollars to help support the Sanderlin Center’s mission of offering education, health and job-related programs in Midtown.The same controversy that engulfed the two Sanderlin Center leaders also resulted in Donna Welch being suspended for two weeks without pay earlier this month. The board then voted to fire her … [Read more...] about Sanderlin Center board fires a county commissioner’s wife. But why?
ST. PETERSBURG –– Two top employees have resigned and another is on unpaid leave at the James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center over questions about unauthorized payouts they received for unused vacation pay, officials said.Lounell Britt, executive director for the nonprofit that runs the center, and Delphina Davis, its operations chief, both stepped down this week. Donna Welch, the director of faith-based programs and wife of Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, was suspended for two weeks without pay.All three received payouts for unused vacation pay totaling $16,000, said the head of the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, which provides much of the center’s funding. A breakdown of how much each employee received was not immediately available.Britt authorized a change in policy to allow payment for unused vacation time without seeking approval by Sanderlin’s board of trustees, said Marcie Biddleman, executive director of the Juvenile Welfare … [Read more...] about St. Petersburg’s James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center leaders step down