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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday December 9, 2016... and sometime between 7 and 8 this morning, I'll be giving away a pair of tickets to see the Beach Boys in concert, on January 30th at the Crown Theater in Fayetteville. Here's the number to call when we do that: 695-0555. Now, here's Sunrise News from WIOZ: Two Sanford men have been arrested on charges of trafficking and conspiring to traffic in cocaine… On Wednesday, sheriffs’ deputies from Moore, Richmond and Lee Counties, and Southern Pines Police arrested 35-year-old Chavez DePaul Fox and 32-year-old Calvin Deangelo Fox. The two are being held on several charges related to possession and sale of cocaine… they’re both in the Moore County Detention Center with initial court dates scheduled for January 17. A teenage boy who was shot at the Sanford Christmas parade says he wasn’t the intended target of the shooting. 16-year-old Jadakis Tyser told WRAL-TV that although he’s acquainted with the accused shooter, 20-year-old Deion Johns, he doesn’t have any reason to think that Johns singled him out. Johns’ father earlier said that his son “snapped” after the July shooting death of his brother… 18-year-Sean Matthews was also wounded in Monday night’s shooting at the parade. A 5-year-old girl was injured when she was hit by a passing truck while getting off a stopped school bus in Cumberland County yesterday. The incident happened on Highway 210 in Roseboro, and the girl was taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries The truck was traveling in the opposite direction of the bus and appeared to not stop for the bus. North Carolina officials are now ready to finalize results from last month's elections, but they'll have to wait a little longer on one race where the statewide recount isn't quite finished. The State Board of Elections planned Friday morning to certify the outcomes of races for governor, U.S Senate and president among others. The board will probably have to wait on the race for state auditor until next week. It may be next week before election results are certified in the North Carolina state auditor's race as a statewide recount continues. Many counties were still re-tabulating votes Thursday. Republican candidate Chuck Stuber asked for a recount after trailing Democratic incumbent Beth Wood by just 6,000 votes. The health insurance plan for North Carolina government employees, teachers, retirees and their families next year will cover some sex change surgeries and hormone therapy, but the next state treasurer isn't happy about the decision.The State Health Plan's trustee board voted this month to remove previous exclusions and cover the treatments when considered medically necessary.A spokesman for current Treasurer Janet Cowell, whose office oversees the plan, told The News & Observer of Raleigh the plan risked losing millions of dollars if it didn't comply with new federal regulations and offer the treatments. Former senator and Democratic nominee for vice president John Edwards has listed his North Carolina estate on the market for 6-point-9 million dollars. The Wall Street Journal reports that the gated estate was built by Edwards and his late wife Elizabeth on about 102 acres near the Chapel Hill church where the two married. Listing agent Gilliam Kittrell says the home is about 26-thousand square feet and includes a full-size basketball court, an exercise room and a covered, heated swimming pool.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday December 8, 2016. Expect a bit of mid-day rain and cloudy skies today... but the sun returns to the skies tomorrow. Now, here's Sunrise News from WIOZ: A man who stabbed a woman to death was killed by Fayetteville police last night after he lunged at them with a knife, the Fayetteville Observer reports… Police say they were were responding to a 911 call just before 10, from a child who jumped out of a window of the house and ran to a neighbor's house to make the call. After police arrived, a man called 911 and said he had just killed someone inside the home. When they went inside, officers found the man holding a knife and standing over a woman, who was lying in a pool of blood. The officers repeatedly told the man to drop the knife. When he refused, they tried to use a Tazer on him… and then, as police were attempting to put him in handcuffs, the man lunged at them with the knife and they shot him. No names have yet been released, and the investigation continues… Two fatal fires in as many days in Robeson County may have been caused by space heaters, according to officials… WNCN-TV reports that the latest fire occurred early Wednesday morning in Lumberton. The victim of that fire was identified as 61-year-old Terry Smith. On Tuesday, a former highway patrolman, 58-year-old Michael Wayne Chavis died in a Pembroke house fire. The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help identifying a person who allegedly used a stolen identity to open a credit card account back in October. This “person of interest” purchased a 65-inch flat-screen TV at the Wal-Mart in Aberdeen, using this fraudulent account. Anyone who may have information about this individual is asked to contact the Hoke County Sheriff’s office. Roy Cooper wants to formally begin his term as governor as soon as the North Carolina Constitution grants it, so he'll take his oath on January 1. The constitution says the governor's term begins on New Year's Day. Often the incoming governor has waited to take office until the pomp of inauguration events a little later. Cooper's public inauguration will still occur January 7. North Carolina's incoming governor says he's optimistic he'll be able to repeal HB-2, the so-called "bathroom law," which mandates that, in state buildings, people use the restroom corresponding to their birth gender, despite opposition from the Republican-dominated legislature. Roy Cooper told reporters that he also wants to assemble issue-specific coalitions. Federal authorities say 10 North Carolina men face charges involving dog fights in which as much as $100,000 was bet on a single match. In addition, more than 155 dogs have been seized and are in the care of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The ten men were arrested Tuesday and Wednesday. Most face charges of conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act, which makes it a felony to possess, train, sell, buy, deliver, receive or transport dogs for fighting. Those charged are from Maple Hill, Jacksonville, Hubert, Fayetteville and Ayden. Attorneys who say they represent hundreds of neighbors of North Carolina coal ash pits want details from Duke Energy about its plans to compensate people for depressed property values as a result of feared groundwater pollution. Three law firms based in Raleigh, Salisbury and Dallas, Texas, said Wednesday their clients are concerned about what the country's largest electric company may offer. The attorneys say people living near the state's 14 coal-burning power plants worry about their property values, health and the cost of getting safe drinking water to replace tainted water wells. The North Carolina man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant appears to have lived an aimless life that had become turbulent in the weeks before he was drawn to the nation's capital by an online hoax. In late October, Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury struck a teenage pedestrian with his car, a police report said. More recently, he was dropped from the rolls of a volunteer fire department. He's due in court Thursday.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good Morning -- it's Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Expect rain once again today, most of it in the morning... our high will be near 49. Now, here's Sunrise News, from WIOZ: Sunrise News 120616 Police say two people have been shot during a Christmas parade in Sanford. Police told the Sanford Herald that one person is in serious condition after the Monday evening shooting and the other person's injury is not life threatening. Witnesses said the shooting happened at the corner of Wicker Street and Gulf Street The parade was halted after several shots were fired about 8 o’clock last night. Police say one suspect is in custody and the investigation continues. The man who died in a single-vehicle accident early yesterday morning has been identified as 32 year old Armando Campos from Colorado. He was reportedly staying with friends in this area according to law enforcement officials. Aberdeen Times-dot-com reports that about 3:45 Monday morning, police received reports of a vehicle on fire along Camp Easter Road in Southern Pines… the vehicle had apparently left the roadway, rolled over a few times and caught on fire. Campos was ejected from the mini-van, and died at the scene. A second man has been charged in a murder that occurred near a Wendy's fast-food restaurant, an arrest warrant said. The Fayetteville Observer reports that 20-year-old Courtney Rae'Kwon Matthews was charged Monday for the first-degree murder of Brandon L. Ratliff. Matthews also is facing robbery and conspiracy charges. Ratliff, 31, of Norfolk, Virginia, was shot outside of the restaurant near the Highland Shopping Center on November 26. Antonio Deondre Styles was also charged with first-degree murder in Ratliff's death. North Carolina's next governor campaigned to work on the repeal of HB02, the law which mandates that people must use the restrooms that correspond with their birth gender... and was supported by outgoing governor Pat McCrory. But Roy Cooper may have trouble doing that given that Republicans will still hold veto-proof majorities when he takes office next month. McCrory conceded to Cooper yesterday after a local recount made no change in Cooper's statewide lead. Democrat Josh Stein is set to become North Carolina's next attorney general after his Republican opponent conceded defeat. Buck Newton of Wilson conceded the election on Monday, nearly four weeks after his apparent narrow loss on Election Day. Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia. The court's liberal and conservative justices seemed otherwise divided after arguments Monday about whether race played too large a role in creation of congressional districts in North Carolina and state legislative districts in Virginia. Pending litigation challenging North Carolina's process to ensure people who use same-day registration to vote are whom they claim to be are will not delay final election results this fall. A federal judge late Monday granted a request by lawyers for the head of a group to withdraw his bid to prevent the certification of statewide results until the voter verification was complete. A hearing on blocking the certification had been set for Thursday. Attorneys for the Civitas Institute president wrote that State Board of Elections rulings involving election protests and recounts have changed the necessity for blocking the certification. Gunfire related to a man "self-investigating" a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from a popular Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant has alarmed neighbors all the way to the White House. Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury was arrested Sunday afternoon at Comet Ping Pong in an affluent neighborhood of the nation's capital. On Monday, he was ordered held in jail until a hearing Thursday.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday December 5, 2016, and for the next couple of days we can expect cool rainy weather. High today near 57, tomorrow near 49. Now, here's Sunrise News from WIOZ: Sunrise News 120516 A single-vehicle accident took the life of one person early this morning – at about 3:45, police received a report of a car on fire along Easter Camp Road in Southern Pines. A mini-van went off the road, rolled over several times, and caught on fire. The driver was ejected from the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene. At this point, the driver’s identity has not been released. After more than 30 years of service, Southern Pines Fire Chief Hampton Williams will retire later this month. Williams has been involved in emergency services since 1972, and has been with the fire department since 1986. He became fire chief in 2005. Aberdeen Times-dot-com reports that although Williams will retire from the fire department, beginning on January 3rd he will start a new job as the Fire & Rescue Coordinator with Central Carolina Community College in Lee County. A replacement has not yet been named. A Robbins man has been arrested for sexual assault involving a 14-year-old girl. 32-year-old David Phillip Walsh was taken into custody late last week and charged with two counts of felony indecent liberties with a minor. He’s being held in the Moore County Jail under a 100-thousand-dollar bond, and has an initial court appearance scheduled for December 13. The State Board of Elections has dismissed a formal protest filed in an eastern North Carolina county alleging workers for a political committee fraudulently filled out absentee ballots on behalf of voters this fall. The split decision late Saturday means scores of ballots in Bladen County still will be counted for many races, including the close race for North Carolina governor. Governor Pat McCrory is moving ahead with a special legislative session on relief following Hurricane Matthew and wildfires despite uncertainties about when federal aid will be approved and whether McCrory will remain in office. McCrory says he'll call the General Assembly back December 13 to consider a package of programs and how to pay for them. McCrory has been fashioning state and federal aid requests while awaiting the gubernatorial election outcome. Unofficial results show him trailing Democrat Roy Cooper and running out of paths to victory. North Carolina lawmakers who drew General Assembly districts struck down by federal judges have asked that court to delay enforcing its own ruling that new boundaries be drawn by mid-March and a special election for dozens of seats occur next fall. Lawyers for Republican legislators and others sent a motion to a three-judge panel seeking quick action and suggested they could ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if denied. The judges last summer decided 28 House and Senate districts were illegal racial gerrymanders and this past week ruled a special election for seats in redrawn districts was appropriate relief for voters. Authorities say a teenager charged with killing his grandfather with a hatchet discussed the crime in advance with a still-unidentified person on a cellphone communications app. According to a detective's affidavit for a search warrant the teen discussed his plans before attacking 63-year-old Joseph Emmett Naulty in August. Detectives are working with the company behind the app, called Kik, to identify the person messaging with the Cumberland County teen. The 16-year-old is charged as a juvenile with first-degree murder. Prosecutors are deciding whether to try him as an adult.

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