Greensboro woman hit, killed by SUV at South Holden Road, Vanstory Street intersection

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A Greensboro woman was hit and killed by an SUV on Saturday, according to a Greensboro Police Department news release.

At 5:01 p.m., Greensboro police responded to the South Holden Road and Vanstory Street intersection when they were told someone was hurt in a crash.

A 29-year-old Greensboro woman was driving a 2018 Toyota Rav 4 north on South Holden Road, approaching the intersection of Vanstory Street.

Yong Qing Tang, 61, of Greensboro, was crossing South Holden Road, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was hit by the Rav 4 in the travel lane.

She was takento the hospital where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Speed and impairment are not believed to be factors in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000. Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to to submit a web tip. All tips to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous.

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UPDATE: Phoenix woman gets reimbursed $900 from travel website | 3 On Your Side

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Kim Golis says thanks to 3 On Your Side; she has more than $900 back in her pocket.

“I wasn’t giving up. I got Gary Harper on my side, and that was great,” Golis said. “It’s good to know you have someone on your side.”

In a previous 3 On Your Side report, Golis explained how she used the travel website Hotels.Com to reserve a room on Coronado Island. The $510 room was for her adult daughter and her family for their annual California vacation.

Phoenix woman says travel website lost her ‘guaranteed’ hotel reservation

“First of all, it’s Coronado, and it’s June. So, getting out of Arizona in June to go to Coronado is a fabulous treat,” Golis explained to 3 On Your Side.

The reservation was guaranteed by Hotels.Com. But when Golis’s daughter arrived, bad news.

“So, what happens when your daughter gets to the hotel?” 3 On Your Side’s Gary Harper asked. “They got there, and the hotel said they didn’t have a room,” she replied. “But it’s guaranteed,” Harper said. “That’s right.”

Golis had to find another available room at another hotel, but when she did, it cost around$1,415. That’s about three times more than what she was expecting to pay at the other place.

“They need some place to stay. So, I said we’ll do this, and I’ll take it up with Hotels.Com when we get back,” Golis said.

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Kim Golis says thanks to 3 On Your Side; she has more than $900 back in her pocket.

Since June, Golis says she’d been battling Hotels.Com to refund her the difference she had to pay between the two rooms, right around $912. So, she contacted 3 On Your Side, and Gary Harper got a hold of the travel website. After looking into the matter, Hotels.Com promptly refunded Golis $912.

“Literally, it’s been a week since Gary contacted them, and they got back to me, and I got the refund. So, what I couldn’t do in three months he got done in a week,” Golis said.

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Gabby Petito Missing: Police Ask for Tips in Search for Woman on Road Trip

Law-enforcement officials are searching for clues that could lead them to Florida resident

Gabby Petito,

who went missing during a road trip with her fiancé,

Brian Laundrie.

The couple left on a cross-country trip in June and planned to travel the West Coast and visit state and national parks, said

Todd Garrison,

police chief in North Port, Fla. They used Ms. Petito’s van and shared their travels on social media, he said. Police in Moab, Utah, interacted with the couple in mid-August after learning of an altercation.

Ms. Petito’s family said they were last in touch with the 22-year-old in late August, North Port police said. Mr. Laundrie came back to North Port, which is about an hour northwest of Fort Myers on Florida’s west coast, on Sept. 1, and is a person of interest in the case, according to police. 

Her family reported Ms. Petito missing on Sept. 11. It was believed she was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming before she last talked to her family, police said. 

Tara and Joe Petito at a news conference for their missing daughter, Gabby Petito, on Sept. 16 in North Port, Fla.


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Officials are analyzing data from the van, which was recovered, and from phones, Mr. Garrison said at a press conference Thursday. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is working with the North Port police on the case, set up a national hotline for tips, and Mr. Garrison said law-enforcement partners in the field are following tips and leads. No search teams are on the ground right now, Mr. Garrison said, as authorities are still trying to narrow down the geographic areas. 

“Right now this is a missing-person case,” he said. “Our focus is to find Gabby. My focus isn’t to bring Brian in right now, it’s to find Gabby.”

North Port police named Mr. Laundrie as a person of interest earlier this week. They said he hadn’t provided any helpful details and hadn’t made himself available for an interview, which was hindering the investigation.

Mr. Laundrie’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said Mr. Laundrie will continue to be silent based on counsel’s advice.

Todd Garrison, police chief in North Port, Fla., said officials are analyzing data from Gabby Petito’s van, which was recovered, and from phones.


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“In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance,” Mr. Bertolino said in a statement Wednesday. He declined to comment further.

“Brian is exercising his constitutional rights, and I have to respect that,” Mr. Garrison said Thursday. 

Moab City police pulled the couple over in Utah on Aug. 12 for “obscure driving,” and separated Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundrie for the night after learning of an altercation between the pair, according to bodycam video provided to The Wall Street Journal by the police department. Ms. Petito reportedly slapped Mr. Laundrie.

Police in the video say a witness said they saw Mr. Laundrie shove Ms. Petito but couldn’t tell whether it was aggression or out of defense. Ms. Petito indicated that Mr. Laundrie grabbed her face.

“I didn’t get overtly physical,” Mr. Laundrie told police. “I was just trying to keep her away and not get hit.” He said scratches on his face were from her phone.

Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah in August.


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Ms. Petito told police she didn’t attempt to cause Mr. Laundrie physical pain or impairment, and police didn’t charge her.

Mr. Laundrie told the police that he and Ms. Petito have known each other since the start of high school.

Ms. Petito’s father,

Joe Petito,

asked at the press conference Thursday for people to help bring his daughter home.

“Whatever you can do to make sure my daughter comes home, I’m asking for that help,” he said.

The North Port police said the FBI hotline for tips regarding the case is 1-800-CALLFBI. “We have received hundreds of tips which are being vetted through multiple agencies,” the police said Wednesday.

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North Port woman on cross-country trip reported missing

NORTH PORT, Fla. — A North Port woman who was on a cross-country trip was reported missing by her family over the weekend.

Gabby Petito, 22, has lived in North Port for the past 2.5 years. She left on a cross-country trip from New York in July and was last seen in Grand Teton National Park.

Her mother reported her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department on Sept. 11.

“The first couple of days when I wasn’t getting responses, I believed she was in a place with no service. It was day 8-9 that I really became concerned,” said Gabby’s mother Nicole Schmidt.

According to her family, they were in contact with her during the last week of August. The Suffolk Police Department said she was traveling in a white 2012 Ford Transit van with the Florida license plate QFTG03. The family said she was traveling with her boyfriend.

Petito would share her destinations on her travel blog on YouTube. She would also post photos to Instagram. Her last post on Instagram was on August 25. Recently, she posted photos from Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Zion National Park.

“They bought a transit van, converted it into a camper and wanted to travel the country…just see all the amazing sites. She wanted to document it and create a YouTube channel to really do it. Her mom got her a drone so she could use and take better pictures. She wanted to document the experience of traveling the country,” said her father Joseph Petito.

Petito is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and several tattoos, including one on her finger and one on her forearm that reads “let it be.”

“We’re not focused on anything other than finding Gabby,” said her father.


North Port Police Department

The family created a Facebook page called “Find Gabby.” Her father is asking for people to share her photos.

The North Port Police Department is actively assisting in this case in conjunction with the Suffolk County Police Department where she was reported missing. North Port Police said officers have no definitive information that a crime took place in North Port. Police called the circumstances “odd.”

Authorities said Gabby’s boyfriend returned to North Port without her. The van has been recovered in North Port.

If you know anything about this case please contact North Port Police at 941-429-7382.

In addition, the FBI Tampa Field Office is assisting with the investigation. You can also call 1-800 CALL FBI or submit your tip to:

“It doesn’t matter how small the detail is, send the detail in, they will determine if it’s factual or not or good enough and they will use it if it’s good. No details are too small,” said her father.

Tips may also be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All callers can remain anonymous.

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Quebec woman held captive for 450 days in Mali credits poetry, nature in taking her life back

Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

Published Sunday, September 19, 2021 8:44AM EDT

MONTREAL — Almost 250 days into her 15-month captivity in Mali, Edith Blais realized her life was no longer her own, and she didn’t know if she’d ever get it back.

Separated from her travelling companion, Luca Tacchetto, and the group of women with whom she’d earlier been held hostage, the Quebec woman found herself in a truck racing across the Sahara in the company of yet another group of armed men. Despite the imminent danger, all she felt was numbness.

“I no longer had the strength to fight against oblivion,” she writes in a new book about her ordeal. “I had become docile, a puppet in their hands.

“I was their hostage: both a treasure and a nobody.”

The fact that Blais survived to tell her story is improbable.

She and Tacchetto, her sometimes boyfriend, were kidnapped in December 2018 by an armed Islamic terrorist group in eastern Burkina Faso as they drove towards the border with Benin. Some 450 days later, the pair made world headlines after escaping their captors in Mali and flagging down a passing truck, with Blais carrying a jug of water and 57 poems that she’d written in captivity.

Those events, and everything that happened in between, are chronicled in “The Weight of Sand,” which was released in French earlier this year and is now being published in translation. It recounts the agonizing and dangerous months she spent as a hostage: being shuttled from camp to camp at gunpoint, sheltering under trees, enduring insects, sandstorms and crippling boredom, embarking on hunger strikes and, eventually, breaking free.

In a recent interview, she said that if it weren’t for the COVID-19 pandemic, the book might not have existed. It was during her mandatory two-week quarantine period after she returned home to Sherbrooke, Que., that she decided to write down parts of her experience for her family and friends.

“At first, I started to write for them,” she said. “I was writing every day because I had nothing else to do. I was quarantined. After that, I didn’t stop. I wrote, I wrote, I wrote.”

The 37-year-old said the hardest part of her captivity was the uncertainty. “Not knowing what’s going to happen,” she said. “Actually,” she corrected herself, “the only thing you know is nobody gets out.”

After three initial months of captivity, Blais was separated from Tacchetto and taken to a camp with three other women, all of whom had been hostages for years. She said they formed a close bond, cooking together and exchanging stories and small gifts.

One of the women – called Elisabeth in the book – lent her a pen to let her start writing the poems that she credits with keeping her sane during the hard months of solitary captivity that would follow.

Blais said that while she’s always enjoyed creative pursuits, poetry became her “salvation” during the endless days. She wrote every day, even when the pen ran out of ink and she had to use the tip to scratch words into cardboard. Many of the poems are reproduced in the book, striking a dreamlike tone in which time and landscape are, unsurprisingly, the main themes.

After being separated from the women, Blais spent several agonizing months alone with her captors before being reunited with Tacchetto after both agreed to convert to Islam.

Soon after, they slipped away after evening prayers, taking advantage of a full moon to light their way and a rare night breeze to hide their tracks through the desert. A passing civilian took them to a UN checkpoint, and they began the long journey home – he to Italy, and she to Sherbrooke.

A year and a half after her March 2020 liberation, Blais appears remarkably well-adjusted. Talking in a park south of Montreal overlooking the St. Lawrence River, sporting dreadlocks and a loose blue outfit, she said she’s eager to move forward.

After her return, she spent some time in nature in Jasper, Alta., which she said helped her regain her bearings.

Now she’s hitting the road again, setting off on a two-month road trip to the East Coast, where she’ll live in a van with her new boyfriend. She says she’s also eager to travel internationally again one day, although she laughingly says she’s had enough of Africa.

When asked how she was changed by her experience, she says she is no longer stressed about life and no longer worries about the future.

“I was really surprised when I got out, so it’s like if I have bonus time I didn’t think I was going to have,” she said. “It’s like a gift.”

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How The Pursuit Of The American Dream Led This Woman Back To Her Southern Italian Roots

“America is technically home but my heart and soul is in Calabria,” says Rosetta Costantino, author of My Calabria, Southern Italian Desserts and culinary instructor of traditional southern Italian recipes and tour guide in Calabria, Sicily, and Puglia.

Costantino was born and raised in Verbicaro, Calabria a small wine-producing hill town at the tip of the Italian boot. It was there that her parents, Vincenzo and Maria, began to shape her love for food and the land. “My father was a master cheesemaker and winemaker, tending our family’s olive groves, vineyards, and farm where we also kept goats and sheep. Almost all of our food came from our property or the nearby Mediterranean.”

When the family left Calabria for more opportunities in California’s Bay area in 1974 they didn’t have any of the ingredients they were used to. The bread was bad, the tomatoes lacked the bright familiar flavor they had known, the beloved Calabrese sausages, hot chile peppers, and sweet peppers were nowhere to be found. “When they came they were not willing to blend in at all and eat whatever everyone else was eating,” says Costantino about her parents. So they set out to solve the problem, by growing and producing their beloved products. They grew all of their vegetables that were hard to find, curing their own salsiccia calabrese, making their own ricotta that would then be used in countless recipes.

The Bay area did offer opportunities however, Costantino went on to become a chemical engineer leading a team in Silicon Valley. Her Sicilian husband Lino, also working in the industry. They started a family and during a trip to Italy, Costantino began to reflect on the value of her Italian heritage and all the gastronomic and cultural traditions she grew up with thanks to her parents. “I realized that I wanted to return to my roots and revisit the gift that I had, what my parents had. Which was the opposite of what I was living – the rat race. I wanted to go back to that, and that’s what gave me the idea to do a cookbook, no one knew Calabria.”

“It became my mission to put Calabria on the map, to make people know it,” says Costantino. What initially began as a way to record recipes and make her home region become known to the American audience, turned into people requesting to have cooking classes and then students wanting to see Calabria with Costantino. “During those first weeks of cooking classes, I don’t even know how many fusilli we made!”

Often, with treasured recipes in families, they are not written down, amounts are estimated and not precise, leading to a loss of gastronomic history, “I felt a lot of recipes were being lost. I wanted to preserve everything my parents knew for the next generations; the way they cook, the way they live. My mother was always making everything,” says Costantino.

Making everything from scratch, the way it was once done is something changing even in Italy. Where more people work office jobs, or because they left their small towns for the big city where more opportunities were to be found, exchanging land and time for the fast pace of city life. “My mother’s generation worked. Hard work that many people don’t understand nowadays. But I often say to people who want to start a garden, begin with herbs so you don’t have to run to the store and buy them.”

Both Costantino’s and her parent’s homes in the Bay area have abundant gardens right in the backyard that supply food year-round. Full of San Marzano tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, escarole and cicorie, onions, romano beans, long sweet peppers, figs, arugula, and basil. Costantino’s father even brought a zappa in his luggage so he could till the land the way he knew how to do in America. “Our backyards look like Calabria, we recycle everything, trellising the tomato with old fabric, we kept my parent’s methods and traditions which most people wouldn’t choose to do. It’s hard work, and I think even in Italy the majority of people aren’t doing it anymore.”

When Covid hit, Costantino was forced to cancel her cooking classes that operate out of her home – but the cooking and gardening never stopped, now taking place virtually. “I had students that wanted to continue to learn, so I began posting how to make all of the different pasta shapes. I thought this was a way to give back, to teach by doing it online for free. It felt wrong to charge during this difficult time. I then started to make all of the dishes out of My Calabria and that’s how it grew.”

In a historic period that allowed people to finally have a little more time to devote to cooking and gardening, Costantino’s book was selling out. “I decided to do virtual garden tours. I did them throughout the entire year, showing all the things we grow seasonally, sharing tips on how to do it and how to cook these ingredients. One of the biggest rewards is to grow your own food – you can’t buy it as good as homegrown.”

Experiencing southern Italy from the sea to the mountains and all the varied gastronomy these regions offer is what Costantino loves to share in her travel tours as well. “The food from Cosenza is totally different from Reggio Calabria – food is very local and we travel throughout the areas tasting and drinking the incredible food and wine.” Tours are seasonally organized to highlight the local produce and products that are eaten in those periods. This also promotes helping the small and local producers to gain new audiences through Costantino’s tours.

During the spring, Costantino organizes tours to stay with two families, one of which is the Toscano Mandatoriccio Mascaro family who owns the Casa Solares estate in Rossano, Calabria, right on the sea. The family owns an oil mill where they produce an Igp product, ‘La Dolce di Rossano’ and fragrant clementines, native to Calabria. Then the tours go to the Barbieri family in Altomonte where cooking classes take place, guests stay in the estate and learn to cook local fare. On the evening before the final day, students make “pasta china” a typical baked pasta dish from the area of Cosenza that has layers of pasta, soppressata sausage, egg, tomato, and mozzarella. Then on the final day, the group hikes in the mountains of the Pollino National park, and Laura Barbieri of the estate brings the baked pasta to everyone to devour in the woods.

Costantino’s passion for the Italian south was transformed into an unexpected business that has transcended even the covid-19 pandemic. She continues every day to honor and make the recipes she grew up with, teaching and showing others how to have a piece of Italy in their very own homes.

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