A break in the Drexel case?

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#DrexelCase

Brittanee disappeared while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2009.
Brittanee disappeared while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2009.

A South Carolina man police considered a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of Chili teenager Brittanee Drexel was jailed last week on obstruction of justice charges. Raymond Moody, 62, has been in custody since May 4, and no bail was set, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office. Deputies have not explained the obstruction charge or said whether it is connected to the Drexel case. Moody, a registered sex offender, has been considered a person of interest for years in the girl’s disappearance in the Myrtle Beach area. Moody spent 21 years in prison for the 1983 abduction and rape of a 9-year-old California girl.

#ShuttingDown

After nearly a century, Frear’s Garden Center in Greece will close permanently July 31. Warren Frear, third-generation owner/operator of the family business at 1050 Stone Road, cited supply chain issues, rising business costs and damage the center sustained in a March 6 windstorm as the reasons. Jay Nicholson, Frear’s longtime general manager, described the storm damage as the biggest factor, characterizing it as “massive.” The retail store lost about one-quarter of its roof, and the glass walls and ceilings of the center’s two largest greenhouses were shattered by winds that exceeded 70 mph.

#TanDenied

A federal judge has refused to reduce the 20-year prison sentence of Charles “Charlie” Tan, who in 2015 fatally shot his father at their Pittsford home. An appellate lawyer had argued that Tan’s attorneys, James Nobles and Brian DeCarolis, failed to give him sufficient representation because they did not detail numerous allegations of abuse within the Tan household. But in a ruling released Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. said the attorneys had been vocal about abuse allegations in their defense of Tan. “In this case ... defense counsel extensively documented Defendant’s abusive household while he was growing up,” Scullin wrote. Tan, 26, is incarcerated in the medium-security Ray Brook federal prison about 7 miles west of Lake Placid.

#RestInPeace

Gloria Langston, who with husband Andrew Langston co-founded WDKX-FM, Rochester’s first and only Black-owned radio station, knew how to be soft and empathetic. But make no mistake: “She had the heart of a lion,” said her granddaughter Andria Langston. And without that, “We wouldn’t have a radio station.” Mrs. Langston died May 6 at the age of 97. She was predeceased by her husband, and in addition to Andria, leaves behind son Andre Marcel Langston and his wife, Wendy Boyde, as well as an indelible mark on the radio industry and the Rochester community.

See you Thursday.

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: A break in the Drexel case?