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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday August 16, 2017. It was 40 years ago today that Elvis Presley died in Memphis. Today, by the way, is National Bratwurst Day. Enjoy! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A couple of 17-year-olds have been arrested by Moore County Sheriff's deputies... Thomas Kristopher Pugsley Jr. of Pinebluff and Reshaun Carlito Christopher Walker of Aberdeen face numerous charges related to breaking and entering of a home in the West End area. They both have an initial court date scheduled for September 12. The Moore County Sheriff's Office continues to receive reports from people who have received phone calls from scammers demanding money by posing as agents with the IRS, the FBI, or local law enforcement. The sheriff wants to remind people that at no time will law enforcement solicit money by phone to rectify arrest warrants or legitimate legal issues. If you receive such a call please report it to the Moore County Sheriff's Office. Authorities are still investigating a double homicide – Kelcie Lyn Vann of Sanford and Bryant James Rosser of Spring Lake were found shot to death in a car on Buffalo lake Road in Harnett County on Monday. WRAL-TV reports no arrests have been made but the sheriff’s office is asking the person who found the car to come forward. That person drove away and asked someone else to call 911. The person who called remained on scene but the other individual left before deputies arrived. That individual was operating a white Chevrolet four door passenger car. A motorcycle driver was seriously injured yesterday morning after a collision with a mower... AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the accident took place outside Cameron just over the Moore County line in Harnett County. The motorcyclist was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, and then transported to a trauma center. (AP) – The Durham County Sheriff says he has identified some of the people who toppled a nearly century-old Confederate statue and plans to charge them with felonies. Mike Andrews told reporters at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that investigators were preparing arrest warrants and taking them to a magistrate judge. (AP) — Governor Roy Cooper says Confederate monuments "should come down" and wants the legislature to repeal a law preventing state and local governments from removing them permanently and limiting their relocation. Cooper wrote Tuesday online that North Carolina "cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery." (AP) — 37-year-old Robert Winecoff of Huntersville has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for scamming people out of more than $340,000 they expected to be invested for a quick profit. He also must reimburse his victims. Winecoff convinced his victims in 2013 and 2014 to invest with his bogus financial firm, claiming they would get large payouts within a few months. Prosecutors say each victim wired between $20,000 and $60,000 to Winecoff's bank account. None received any money.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday August 15, 2017. Today is National I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day, National Failures Day, and National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. More on that this morning. Now, though, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Hundreds of people gathered Monday in Spring Lake to honor the life and sacrifice of a Moore County soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Army Specialist Christopher Harris died along with Jonathan Hunter in a suicide bombing. Harris was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. WRAL-TV reports that his wife recently learned that she is expecting the couple's first child. Late last week, Moore County Sheriff's deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding in Robbins, and when they approached the car, they smelled marijuana. So they conducted a search and turned up 20 grams of weed, some Xanax, drug paraphernalia, and an AR-15 assault rifle. They arrested the driver, 20-year-old Traquan Marquis Jones of Carthage... he was taken to Moore County Detention Center under a 25-thousand dollar bond. He has an August 22nd court date. Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of two people, whose bodies were found in a car in Harnett County yesterday afternoon. WNCN-TV reports the victims were identified as 24-year-old Kelcie Lyn Vann of Sanford and 27-year-old Bryant James Rosser of Spring Lake. “Back-to-School” nights have been scheduled for parents and students in Moore County Schools, so they can meet their new teachers and visit classrooms. Elementary schools Back-to-School night is Wednesday August 23rd from 5-6:30, Middle schools on Thursday August 24th from 5 – 6:30, and High Schools also on August 24th, from 6 – 7:30. First day of classes in Moore County is Monday August 28th. (AP) — In Durham, protesters toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier that had stood for nearly a century on Monday. Activists used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924, and stood in front of an old courthouse building that now houses local government offices. (AP) — The Orange County School District has updated its dress code to ban all clothing that depicts the Confederate flag, swastikas or any Ku Klux Klan related symbols or language. The new policy was announced yesterday. Some parents and students have been asking the district for months to change the dress code to ban the Confederate flag. (AP) - A once-powerful Democratic leader in the North Carolina General Assembly is returning to state government, this time as a state lottery commission board member. Governor Roy Cooper appointed former Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand of Fayetteville to the board, replacing Kim Griffin. Rand played a major role getting laws passed in 2005 to begin the lottery. Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday that Fibertex Personal Care, a Danish textile company, will add 145 jobs in Asheboro with its first U.S. manufacturing facility. The company plans to invest 60 million dollars by the end of 2021 with a project facilitated in part by a Job Development Investment Grant.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday August 14, 2017. Don't forget the final concert in our Summer Concert Series with the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. It's tonight at 6:30, on the Boyd Library Lawn... but if it rains, we move it inside Owens Auditorium. See you tonight! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... A drug investigation in Robbins last week resulted in the arrest of three people... Moore County Sheriff's deputies searched a 2009 Honda Accord and seized counterfeit marijuana, genuine marijuana, synthetic marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia and 658 dollars in cash. 22-year-old Sarah Morgan Booth and 21-year-old Devin Daquan Barret, both of Asheboro, and 22-year-old Jaquan Deangelo Marley of Ramseur were taken into custody... all three have an August 22nd court date. Adam Anthony White was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Wesley Allen Swinnie in the parking lot of the Aberdeen Burger King in 2013. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports after the Moore County Superior Court jury convicted White, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Fort Bragg lifted the boil water advisory Saturday evening that was put in place after a water main break that occurred early Friday morning. WRAL-TV says repairs on the 36-inch line were completed, and all restrictions on the water have been cleared. Once the line was repaired, they flushed and sampled the lines for 24 hours to ensure safety. (AP) — Governor Roy Cooper says legislation he signed will help North Carolina workers when employers intentionally misclassify them as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and other benefits. Cooper signed two bills Friday the General Assembly approved last week. (AP) — Several legislators want more information from Governor Cooper to justify his funding request for responding to chemical releases into a river and future water safety issues. The Republican senators wrote Cooper last week demanding he answer questions by Monday about what and when his administration knew about the discharges of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River. (AP) — Cosmetics giant Revlon plans to invest 16 million dollars and create 55 new jobs at its North Carolina plant over the next thOree years. The company is expanding its plant in Oxford to produce more Elizabeth Arden products. The facility 40 miles north of Raleigh opened in 1986 and currently employs about 1,300 people. It is the largest private employer in Granville County. Revlon says the plant is its largest worldwide. (AP) — Wilmington's police chief has a message for gun owners: Stop leaving your weapons in unlocked vehicles. Ralph Evangelous held a news conference Friday to tell gun owners their carelessness is aiding local crime. He says more than 30 guns have been stolen this year from vehicles left unlocked overnight, which means they're "now in the hands of criminals." He pleaded with gun owners to "be responsible" and at least "take your guns in your house."
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday August 11, 2017. Today is National Annual Medical Checkup Day (oh boy!), National Kool-Aid Day, National Presidential Joke Day (insert your joke here,) and National Raspberry Tart Day. Enjoy! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A probation search at a home in Carthage has led to the arrest of three people. The Moore County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Robert Charles Schultz, 32-year-old Jamil Muhaimin-Malik Ismail, and 20-year-old Darian Jade Wood, face numerous drug charges after deputies found heroin, cocaine, prescription pain-killers, marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the residence on Merritt Drive. An SUV was heavily damaged in a fiery crash yesterday afternoon outside of West End. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the vehicle ran off the road and went down an embankment, hit a tree and caught on fire... the driver wasn't injured. A second car, which was behind the SUV also drove off the road and down the embankment in an attempt to reach the burning vehicle... it ended stuck and had to be winched out. (AP) — A 38-year-old Fayetteville woman is accused of killing her 74-year-old roommate. Police say Cynthia Anderson is charged with first-degree murder for the early Thursday shooting of Marston Collins. Fayetteville Police are looking for another missing person... presumed to be a runaway. 14-year-old Elihu Minor is a black male, 5 feet tall, 95 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen on August 4th near Cliffdale Plaza in Fayetteville... anyone with information is asked to contact Fayetteville Police. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will interrupt its online vehicle services for five hours tomorrow while the system undergoes an upgrade. The interruption of service will occur from 7 til noon and will temporarily prevent online vehicle registrations, vehicle dealer transactions and the payment of insurance lapses. The interruption will not affect online driver license renewals and duplicate license and identification card orders. Moore County Sheriff's Office Animal Services is partnering with PetSmart in Aberdeen tomorrow in an effort to find forever homes for cats and dogs... they'll be there from 10 til 1:30 for potential animal parents to take them for a test walk. Adoption fees are 95 dollars for dogs, and 65 dollars for cats. (AP) – In Raleigh, Republican legislators have decided election results can play a role in how dozens of General Assembly districts will be drawn, but the racial makeup of people living within those boundaries won't. GOP members of the House and Senate redistricting committee voted Thursday for the criteria that will be used to redraw boundaries later this month. (AP) - A citizens review board won't ask Charlotte Police to reverse a decision that an officer was justified in shooting a black man in the state's largest city. The board was evenly split 4-4 so won't issue a finding on whether the shooting was justified. Instead, the board will make confidential recommendations for policy changes to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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