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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday May 22, 2018 -- and we are actually going to see some sun today! But tomorrow, apparently, it's back to clouds and rain. Sigh. Anyway, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A man was airlifted to a trauma center after he ran off the road on his moped outside of Robbins on Monday afternoon. AberdeenTimes-dot-com says he drove around a curve on Talc Mine Road, went off the road and into a ditch, and struck a culvert, throwing him off the moped... another person was airlifted from a second accident Monday, when the vehicle overturned on Highway 22. Four passengers were taken to the hospital. Southern Pines Police request the assistance of the public to identify three persons of interest in a May 12 theft at Kay Jewelers. You can see their pictures and more information on our Sunrise in the Sandhills Facebook page, or Southern Pines Police Facebook page. Pinehurst Village Council will hold its regular meeting this afternoon... among issues being considered is an ordinance to reduce the speed limit on Midland Road from 45 to 35 miles per hour, and there will be a presentation by NC-DOT on proposed improvements at the Pinehurst Traffic Circle. There will also be a Public Hearing to discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Village Budget, The meeting gets underway in the Assembly Hall at 4:30. 15-thousand veteran paratroopers marked the start of All American Week at Fort Bragg, with a four-mile run Monday morning. As WRAL-dot-com reports, All American Week is a celebratory event leading up to Memorial Day weekend, which includes sporting events, special exhibitions and social gatherings for 82nd Airborne Division soldiers and vets. Ten experienced emergency managers and fire service officials from North Carolina departed Saturday for Hawaii, to serve on an incident management team, as response continues to the erupting Kilauea volcano. The North Carolina team will work from an emergency operations center in Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii. Team members come from six North Carolina counties, including Moore and Lee. (AP) - More than a dozen people have been arrested at North Carolina's Legislative Building while demonstrating against Republican policies and supporting a long list of liberal-leaning demands. Authorities led away 13 protesters associated with the national Poor People's Campaign on Monday. Nearly 50 people involved in the campaign were cited by police last Monday in front of the building. (AP) — Officials in Polk County are assessing damage from floods and mudslides in hopes of qualifying for federal disaster aid. The Times-News of Hendersonville reports Polk County crews and engineers with the state Transportation Department were assessing damage to homes, roads and bridges. One person died in the storms, which dumped up to 6 inches of rain in three hours Friday night. Today: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms likely... High near 86.
Sunrise in the Sandhills CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THESE MEN?
Southern Pines Police Department The Southern Pines Police Department is requesting the assistance of the community to identify three individuals of interest in the following photographs. The three men pictured are persons of interest in a theft that took place at Kay Jeweler’s on May 12, 2018. If anyone has information leading to the identification of these men, please contact the Investigations Division of the Southern Pines Police Department at 910-693-1481, or leave a message on the Tip Line at 910-693-4110. As always, anonymous information is both helpful and welcome.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday May 21, 2018 -- Are you ready for some sunshine? Unfortunately we won't see much sun today, although this week won't be as constantly stormy as last week... but there's still plenty of rain in the forecast. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The Circle K on US-1 and Council Way was robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports a black male entered the store at about 4:00 armed with a handgun... he got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Nobody was injured in the robbery. The suspect was wearing a dark hoodie with writing or an image on the chest, blue jeans, and a bandanna. Anyone with information is asked to contact Aberdeen Police. A traffic safety and enforcement checkpoint in Pinehurst Friday night netted two drivers for DWI... AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports four law enforcement agencies set up the checkpoints on Highway 5 and Highway 2, as well as on Murdocksville Road at Lincoln Avenue. In addition to the DWI arrests, the checkpoint resulted in one arrest for marijuana possession, one for drug paraphernalia, and several others. Fayetteville Police say a Crimestoppers tip has led to the arrest of a fourth suspect in a January 2017 murder that took place at the Motel 6 in Fayetteville. 19-year-old Iona Thomas was arrested in South Carolina in connection with the shooting death of Calvin Blackshire Jr. A live video of Blackshire's death was streamed online for 10 minutes before help arrived. (AP) - The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum has reopened its main gallery with new exhibits that cover the division's operations against terrorism. The Fayetteville Observer reports the main exhibit gallery was closed for nearly two years. The renovations are complete just in time for the annual All American Week, which starts today. The week typically brings hundreds of veterans and thousands of visitors onto Fort Bragg. On Saturday, police discovered 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine stored in a fuel tank on a semi-truck in Harnett County. WRAL-dot-com reports the driver, 49-year old Raul Topete Arreola, and another man, 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda, were charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats says when converted into crystal meth, it would have had a street value of 90-point-8 million dollars. (AP) - At least one resident of the North Carolina mountains is dead after heavy rains triggered mudslides and flooding. Polk County Manager Marche Pittman said Saturday that searchers have recovered the body of a woman whose home was crushed by a mudslide in an area of rolling hills near the town of Tryon. (AP) - Police say a man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a steak and seafood outlet in Gaston County, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law who had been seated inside the restaurant with other family members. Bessemer City Police say preliminary evidence indicates the man purposely plowed the vehicle into the Surf and Turf Lodge. They've arrested the driver, Roger Self. He's been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Today: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms... High near 86. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms... Low around 68. Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms... Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday May 17, 2018 -- and the big controversy is upon us: What do YOU hear, "Laurel" or "Yanny?" We'll find out this morning. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The Moore County Public Utilities water supply is back to full strength, and the emergency water conservation measures in effect for the last several days have been canceled. The failure of a pump that carries water between Pinebluff and Southern Pines was the cause of the problem, but quality of the water supply was not compromised. The Roseland Road bridge over Deep Creek west of Aberdeen will be replaced, and is scheduled to close on Monday. The bridge, which was built in the 1950s, has become functionally obsolete and requires a good deal of maintenance. The new bridge is scheduled to open in September. A detour will route traffic onto Hoffman and Rose Ridge roads. Fayetteville Police are looking for a man they've charged with murder in the shooting death last month of 20-year-old Demarko McEachern. Terrance J. Melvin faces several charges, including first degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle. Police say Melvin should be considered armed and dangerous. (AP) - The North Carolina General Assembly has opened its annual session as thousands of teachers descended on the Legislative Building in support of public school funding and teacher pay increases. Speaker Tim Moore and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest gaveled in the House and Senate floor meetings shortly after noon Wednesday. The Senate seated a new member and the House Health Committee met. (AP) - Some North Carolina legislators say they listened to teachers crammed by the thousands into the state capital yesterday, but they're not giving in to demands to sharply increase public school spending. Republican Senator Bill Cook said after Wednesday's 30-minute opening of the state legislature's annual session he isn't swayed by the activism. (AP) - Federal authorities say 10 people who worked at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport used commercial flights to distribute methamphetamine. Investigators say the drugs were flown to Arizona, New Jersey and North Carolina. Authorities allege the scheme began in 2016. They say the suspects used their positions to bypass security and place the meth on flights. Prosecutors said Tuesday that the suspects had been arrested and charged. A truck carrying cookie dough created a sticky situation when it lost some of its load on US 17 near Wilmington Tuesday. The spill happened shortly before noon, and delayed traffic well into the evening rush hour. The StarNews of Wilmington says the load may have been waste that was being discarded. Temperatures were about 80 degrees so it's unlikely that the dough would have baked on the road anyway. Today: Patch early morning fog... Showers and thunderstorms...Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 82. Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, some of which could produce heavy rain. Low around 69. Friday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 81.

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