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On Wednesday, 26-year-old North Carolina Deputy LaKiya Rouse was pronounced dead after testing positive for COVID-19.

“One day my baby was here, the next day my baby was gone,” Rouse’s grieving mother said. “LaKiya loved her job. She was just a loving spirit. My daughter was a smart young lady. LaKiya had the beauty and the brains behind it,” she added.

After her Monday shift as a bailiff in Greensboro, Deputy LaKiya Rouse was hospitalized and given a COVID-19 test as a part of the facility’s protocol.

According to the sheriff’s office  Rouse cause of death was due to medical issues. “No medical official has linked the positive COVID test result in her death. Our team suffered a terrible loss. No words can adequately express our sadness.” Sheriff D.H. Rogers said.

“She protected me and made sure all things went the way they should. She was full of life and loved to laugh with me. We talked about other goals she wanted to accomplish in life and she made sure I had my candy on the bench. Lakiya Rouse thank you for opening and closing my courts. Thank you for the laughter and the words ‘you just a real judge and I like that.’ To her family, her work family is mourning and praying with you. Heaven’s gain is truly our loss,” Judge Lora Cubbage said.

The Guilford County Courthouse has been closed since the announcement was made and will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

26-year-old North Carolina Deputy LaKiya Rouse



‘Impossible to trace.’ Tech savvy dad may be holding daughter captive in WA, cops say





A father accused of kidnapping his teenage daughter 17 months ago could be holding her captive in Washington, but his technology skills are making it hard for authorities to find him, officials say.

Authorities say John Oliver Westbrook kidnapped his daughter, Daphne Westbrook, 17, in October 2019 from Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to a news release posted on Facebook by the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office in Tennessee.

Investigators say Westbrook is holding Daphne against her will and they’re struggling to locate them because he is “an IT expert specializing in security, block chain technology and bitcoin.”

Brooke WolfordFri, March 5, 2021, 5:41 AM