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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday March 22, 2019 -- and did we mention that it's Friday? Well it is! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A 17-year-old driver flipped his car last night in Southern Pines, and escaped with only minor injuries... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the single vehicle accident took place on Midland Road between Leak Street and Crestview Road. The driver was headed east when he ran off the road and overturned. He managed to get out of the SUV before help arrived. Three people were injured and two cars badly damaged in a collision Thursday morning outside Aberdeen. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports that one of the vehicles caught fire in the accident on 15-501 at the intersection of Stubby Oaks Road. The three people with injuries were taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital... their injuries are reportedly non life-threatening. A Fort Bragg soldier died Friday during routine military free-fall training in Arizona. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that Sergeant 1st Class Ethan Carpenter was a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Carpenter, who had a Purple Heart, was a native of Trumansburg, New York, and had been in the Army since 2007. Lynn Keel, who was arrested in Arizona for the murder of his wife will be extradited back to North Carolina today. WRAL reports that Keel waived his right to fight extradition, and is expected to arrive back in North Carolina late this afternoon. Fort Bragg is getting set to remember 2 dozen paratroopers who died 25 years ago tomorrow, in the worst peacetime loss of life suffered by the 82nd Airborne since the end of World War 2. WRAL reports that on March 23, 1994, an F-16 fighter jet collided with a C-130 cargo plane in the air. The C-130 landed safely, but the F-16 crashed and sent a fireball into a C-131 cargo plane on the ground. That plane had just been fueled, and exploded, killing 23 paratroopers. The incident became known as the Green Ramp disaster. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says seven people have died from flu in the state over the past week, bringing the season's total to 148. While this year's numbers are not as high as the 2017-2018 flu season, health officials are still concerned, and they emphasize that it is not too late to get a flu shot.... flu season ends officially on May 18. (AP) — State lawmakers say the NC Department of Transportation misinterpreted a state budget provision and gave about 5,300 workers pay raises as high as 65 percent. Three state budget chairmen say NCDOT was supposed to use 2 percent of payroll expenses for raises, but it instead interpreted the provision to mean it could use 2 percent of the state’s $3.7 billion in highway funds. NCDOT has since spent nearly $30 million on the pay hikes. NCDOT officials say they stand by their interpretation of the provision. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina prison authorities must stop denying expensive medicines to most of the inmates believed to be carriers of Hepatitis C. U.S. District Judge William Osteen ordered that the three inmates suing prison officials immediately receive drugs for a hep C treatment regimen that should prevent liver cancer, cirrhosis or other ailments. Today: Sunny and breezy, with a high near 63. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 61.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday March 21, 2019 -- the first full day of Spring. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Southern Pines Police have arrested a 16-year-old, and charged him with Robbery, Robbery With a Firearm, 2 counts of Larceny, Possession of Marijuana and Resisting Arrest. The boy, whose name has not been released because of his age, is accused of responding to an online ad for an iPhone on three separate occasions. Each time, the seller agreed to meet him to complete the transaction. When the meeting took place, the teen stole the iPhone and on one occasion used a gun. He's in the Moore County Detention Center on 20-thousand dollars bond. Moore County Commissioners this week rescinded the 2.6-million-dollar supplemental funding for the new Southern Pines Elementary School, and, as SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports, directed the School Board to complete the construction within the 103-million-dollars approved in a referendum. The increase was requested when the low bidder on the school withdrew the bid due to a mathematical error, and the next lowest bid resulted in an increase in the cost of the project. A middle school student and an adult face charges after a gun was brought to Harnett Central Middle School Wednesday. WRAL reports administrators were alerted by a “vigilant student” that there was a loaded gun on campus. Harnett County Sheriff's deputies found and seized the gun and the student, whose name has not been released, was charged with possession of a weapon on educational property. The gun belonged to 28-year-old Kevin Spence, with whom the student lives --- Spence is charged with failure to secure a firearm to protect a minor. Some services have been restored in Orange County, after a ransomware virus led to the shutdown of the county's computer network. WRAL reports the Register of Deeds Office functions are mostly restored, with real estate transactions, public health and dental clinics operational again and Animal Services is able to process new pets and make them available for adoption. The cyberattack was detected on Monday morning. (AP) — The names of two hurricanes that caused widespread devastation from Florida to Virginia last year have been retired. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Florence and Michael will be replaced with Francine and Milton. The new names will first appear during the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season. Names are retired when hurricanes are so destructive that recycling them would be insensitive. Former University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt has been named as the president of the University of Southern California. WRAL reports that Folt will be the first female president of USC. Folt's nearly six years of overseeing UNC Chapel Hill ended in January, shortly after she had the pedestal of a controversial Confederate monument removed from campus. (AP) — A Confederate monument in Salisbury has been splashed with paint for the second time in seven months. The “Fame” monument was vandalized with yellow paint sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Salisbury city crews say they’re not responsible for removing the paint, as the statue is on private property and owned by a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Today: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny...rain likely this morning... High near 61. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms during the early evening, then gradual clearing... Low around 40. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday March 19, 2019 -- and it's Certified Nurses Day -- and they certainly deserve a day to honor them for all they do! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... A collision between a police car and a semi-truck Monday morning extensively damaged the police car, and the truck's bumper was partially knocked off. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the accident took place on US-1 in front of the Aberdeen Police Station. there were no injuries, and it took emergency crews more than an hour to clear the scene. Starting this spring, Moore County Schools will partner with K2 Solutions in an operation that will have K-9 teams visiting middle and high schools to detect and deter possession of drugs, weapons and explosives. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com says parents of Moore County School students have received a notification informing them of the partnership, which has been in the works since last year. 61-year-old John Allen Ray of Raeford has been charged in the July death of John Wesley Rogers. WRAL reports Rogers died of injuries he received in an assault at his home. Ray is held in the Hoke County Jail on a half-million-dllar bond. 31-year-old Jessica Warren of Durham pleaded guilty Monday to beating her 4-year-old daughter to death more than four years ago. WRAL reports Warren was sentenced to 13 to 20 years in prison on the second-degree murder charge, although she'll be credited with the two years she's already been incarcerated. Armani Hodges was found unresponsive in Warren's apartment in 2014, and an autopsy found that the girl died of severe abdominal trauma. Warren had told police she had fallen, but later admitted she had beaten her. (AP) — A former state lawmaker was indicted Monday on charges of filing false campaign statements and his ex-campaign treasurer faces a related charge. A Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted Democratic ex-Representative Rodney Moore on nine felony counts of filing false campaign statements. Tammy Neal, the former campaign treasurer, was indicted on one count of felony obstruction of justice, the prosecutor’s office said. The charges stem from a state investigation of Moore’s campaign finance reports that uncovered unreported donations and expenses. (AP) — An autopsy says natural causes claimed the life of a North Carolina prosecutor found dead at home last year amid attention over "The Staircase" documentary series. Freda Black helped prosecute 2001 killing examined by the documentary. An autopsy released Monday by the state medical examiner cited liver disease due to alcoholism as the cause of death. Police have said Black was found dead last July and the 57-year-old's death didn't appear suspicious. Because of the federal government shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services continues to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits. For the month of April, families and individuals who normally receive FNS benefits from the first through the 11th of the month will receive benefits on their normal cycle. Those scheduled to receive benefits from the 12th of the month through the 21st will receive them on April 12. Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday March 18, 2019 -- and you may be interested in knowing that today is the 58th birthday of Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Of course, you may NOT be interested. Either way, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Two structure fires, burning simultaneously Saturday morning required more than a dozen agencies to respond... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that emergency crews from all over the county – including fire, EMS, public safety and law enforcement were dispatched. The first fire involved a chicken house and nearby structures at the corner of Lobelia and Byrd Roads, near Vass, and minutes later crews responded to a house on Maple Street in Carthage. The structures near Vass and the home in Carthage were destroyed in the fires. No injuries were reported. Early Sunday afternoon, an aircraft coming in to the Moore County Airport reported that the front landing gear may not have locked properly, and they had only 20 minute of fuel remaining. AberdeenTimes-dot-com says fire, EMS and police were dispatched to the airport, just in case. They were in place along the runway, but the plane was able to land with no problem... the pilot was not injured and the aircraft was not damaged. An arrest was made by Southern Pines Police late last week, bringing to a close a year-long drug investigation called “Operation Leader.” In the first part of the operation, last year, 9 people were arrested, and late last week, 41-year-old Robert Marvin McRae of Southern Pines was taken into custody and charged with 29 felonies. He's held on an 8-million-150-thousand dollar bond, and has a hearing in Moore County District Court on Wednesday. (AP) — A Nash County man on the run from accusations that he killed his wife has been arrested in Tucson, Arizona. Sheriff Keith Stone said 57-year-old Rexford Lynn Keel Jr. was arrested Sunday. Keel is charged with murder in the death of his wife, 38-year old Diana Alejandra Keel, missing since March 9. Her body was found days later in Edgecombe County. Authorities are now looking into the death of his first wife, whose death in 2006 was ruled “accidental.” (AP) — The North Carolina Transportation Department is looking for volunteers to clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep next month. The sweep is scheduled for April 13-17. It’s one of two held annually; the other is in September. Volunteers are provided with clean-up supplies such as reversible orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from local DOT county maintenance yard offices. (AP) — Police say a woman in Winston-Salem was arrested Friday after slashing the tires on a telephone company van and attacking an officer. Police were dispatched to a residential area to deal with 31-year-old Hope Nicole Vinson, who, authorities said, was cutting tires on an AT&T service van with a knife and had stolen its license plate. She ran from police inside her home and attacked an officer with a knife after she was pursued inside. The officer was later treated and released from a hospital. Today: Sunny, with a high near 61. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

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