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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday January 20, 2020 -- a couple of cold days ahead -- Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A late afternoon accident on Sunday resulted in several injuries ... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports two cars collided at the intersection of Tarry Church Road and Highway 24/27, causing one of them to flip over, and the driver had to be extricated by first responders. He was taken to the hospital... the other car held three people... the driver of that vehicle and her six-year-old son life-flighted to UNC Trauma Center. Another person in that car was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. (AP) — Raleigh Police have released body-camera video of a traffic stop that prompted a use-of-force investigation. The video shows two officers grabbing, punching and kneeing a man who was shown ignoring their orders. Footage shot by a passenger in the car was widely shared online earlier in the week. The president of the Raleigh chapter of the NAACP said the suspect's choices contributed to the confrontation but that all parties involved should have behaved differently. (AP) — The North Carolina Association of Educators wants to know how long teachers would stay out of the classroom to get the pay raises and benefits that they want. The NCAE is surveying teachers to find out how long they would participate in a work stoppage if the legislature doesn’t meet its demands, which include 5% pay raises, $15 minimum wages, Medicaid expansion and reinstating previous retiree health benefits. NCAE President Mark Jewell says the survey is a first step in determining teachers’ support for a work stoppage. (AP) — Dozens of North Carolina Republican state legislators are expressing solidarity with Virginia local governments that have spoken out formally for gun rights. About 50 state House Republican members signed a letter expressing support for leaders in Virginia cities and counties who have declared their jurisdictions “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” The Cannon Park Community Center in Pinehurst is open and offering a wide variety of spaces and programs... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the 4-point-nine-million-dollar center on Rattlesnake Trail, has 19-thousand-555 square feet of space, and includes a full-size gymnasium with court lines for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, a multi-purpose room, various classrooms for programs and activities, offices for parks and recreation staff, restrooms, storage, and a small concession/catering kitchen. (AP) — The remains of a soldier who was killed a week ago in Afghanistan have been returned to his family in the U.S. The family of Staff Sergeant Ian McLaughlin greeted his flag-draped casket at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg on Saturday. The 29-year-old from Newport News, Virginia, was killed January 11 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. (AP) — Rowan County Sheriff's Deputies had to rescue a suspect after he tried to escape arrest by hiding in an air vent. The man got stuck and had to be rescued by deputies before being taken to jail, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, which conducted a roundup targeting people who allegedly weren't paying child support. The air vent incident wasn't the only botched attempt to avoid arrest... The sheriff's office said one man told deputies the suspect they were looking for wasn't home, but deputies found him hiding behind a recliner.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday January 17, 2020 -- much cooler, and sunny today. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A vehicle driven by someone who was fleeing from police slammed into an SUV at Big Oak Church Road and Highway 24/27 between Eagle Springs and Robbins Thursday afternoon... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that Moore County Sheriff's Deputies saw a female driver that they recognized as having outstanding warrants and no drivers license... when they tried to stop her she took off. She was life-flighted to UNC, two others taken to the hospital, and both vehicles were heavily damaged. Denver news outlets report that the family of Shanann Watts is not happy about a soon-to-be-released Lifetime movie based on her family's murder by her husband Chris. WRAL reports that Shannan's parents say the family was never consulted about the movie, and that it's an inaccurate portrayal of the murders, in which Chris Watts killed Shannan, her two daughters and her unborn child. Shannan was a graduate of Pine Forest High School, and her family lives in Pinehurst. (AP) — In Wilson County, police are warning motorists about someone who's been shooting at cars on U.S. Route 264, east of Raleigh. At least five cars were reportedly hit on Wednesday. Police are urging drivers to pay attention to their surroundings and to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity. (AP) — State health officials say 11 people died from the flu last week, the deadliest week of the season so far. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services reported nine people died from the flu, including the state's first pediatric death. For the year, the death toll from the flu in North Carolina is at 33 after 15 weeks of the 2019-2020 flu season, compared to 23 at the same time last year. (AP) — Police are looking for a man who they say assaulted a school bus driver as she stopped to pick up children. Laurinburg police say 46-year-old Kenneth Latrell Revels entered the bus on Tuesday and hit the driver on her head and neck, and then began stomping on her head when she fell to the floor. Multiple charges have been filed against Revels. In Cary, police say they discovered a card skimmer on a gas pump... and at least two people had their cards skimmed. WRAL reports that their cards were used in Charlotte and then in Florida. The skimmer was found on a pump at a Valero station, and police are urging vigilance. If you're using a debit card to pay for gas, the best way is to either use the credit option, which will prevent thieves from getting access to your PIN, or pay inside. A dog in Haywood County gave her owners quite a surprise last week when she gave birth to 8 puppies... and one of them was bright green. The green puppy... now named “Hulk,” was the fourth puppy in the litter. Apparently this kind of thing happens now and then, although it's rare. Experts say the green color will fade... and it was likely the result of liquids in the mother's stomach.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday January 16, 2020 -- clear skies and moderate temperatures today, then cold tonight. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A man died Tuesday after his car went off the road and overturned into a creek. The single vehicle accident took place just after 2:30 along Highway 24/27 outside Robbins, between McDuffie Road and Tarry Church Road. The name of the victim hasn't been released. Sheriff Ronnie Fields offered condolences to the victim's family, and praised his staff for their heroism in their attempts to save him. St. Joseph of the Pines has named Debra Griggs as Administrator of the Health Center. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports she has nearly thirty years of nursing and administrative experience in the senior living business. She previously served as administrator at Mullins Nursing Center in South Carolina, and has also worked for Pruitt Health Rockingham and Dundee Manor, Morrell Nursing and Rehab Center and The Pines Healthcare Center in South Carolina. Griggs started in her new position on January 6. One worker was killed, and three others were rescued when a trench they were working on near Brier Creek collapsed Wednesday. WRAL reports that one of the workers was able to get out on his own, one was stuck up to his thighs, and was able to walk with assistance after the rescue... another was trapped up to his chest. The man who died was apparently completely covered when the trench collapsed. A former Fayetteville police officer has been arrested in connection with text messages to a rape victim. Paul Matrafailo was fired last year after the woman said the messages he sent were “inappropriate.” WNCN-TV reports that Matrafailo is charged with misuse of a state computer. The district attorney says that after he was fired, a clerical error did not de-activate his computer access, and that he had logged in to get information on victims from cases he had investigated. (AP) — Senator Thom Tillis has proposed holding five televised debates with the Democratic nominee, starting this spring. Tillis' campaign said Wednesday that a cable channel already has agreed to host three debates in April, May and June, and he's seeking two more in September and October. One of the Democratic primary candidates, Cal Cunningham, says he's ready to debate Tillis but didn't specifically accept the incumbent's schedule. (AP) — North Carolina remains among the dozen or so states that haven't agreed to expand Medicaid after a General Assembly session this week began and ended in one day without action on health care access. A bipartisan group pressing for expansion expressed frustration Wednesday with Republican leaders for failing to act on Tuesday. Lawmakers aren't scheduled back to Raleigh until late April. (AP) — A soldier from Fort Bragg was killed in a routine freefall parachute training exercise in southern Arizona on Tuesday. Army Special Forces officials on Wednesday identified the soldier as 36-year-old Master Sergeant Nathan Goodman of Hope Mills. Freefalling is when soldiers jump from an aircraft and delay opening their parachutes. Army officials say the death is under investigation.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday January 15, 2020 -- cloudy and just a tiny bit cooler today. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Aberdeen police say there was an armed robbery Friday in the Berkley Community... they've posted a picture of the suspect, from a different incident, on the Aberdeen Police Facebook page, and are asking the public's help in identifying him... No other details were released. The Moore County Board of Education heard a presentation during its regular meeting on Monday, extolling the benefits of an agreement between Moore County Schools and Sandhills Community College. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that under that agreement, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding, students can take college courses, for both high school and college credit, free. With some courses, however, there are associated fees. (AP) — Republicans in the General Assembly have fallen short trying to overturn Governor Roy Cooper's vetoes on teacher pay and the budget during a one-day session. A budget stalemate has dragged on for months , except for several “mini-budgets" that have been approved. Now the impasse will extend at least until late April, when the General Assembly is next scheduled to meet. (AP) — In High Point, a homeless man sleeping under a truck was killed when the vehicle ran over him in a grocery store parking lot. High Point Police said 38-year-old Michael Jacobs was sheltering under the truck to escape heavy rains Monday morning. A witness reported the accident and said the person behind the wheel had driven away. Jacobs was pronounced dead at the scene. Police located the driver and said they don't expect to file charges. The death of 28-year-old Marcus DeShawn Allen is being investigated as a homicide. Allen was a music teacher at Fayetteville's Cornerstone Christian Academy... WRAL reports that his body was found outside his Spring Lake home on Sunday. The Harnett County Sheriff's office says there were signs of trauma to Allen's body. The school closed early on Monday to mourn him. North Carolina School Superintendent Mark Johnson sent a letter to the state's IT chief Tuesday, defending his decision to sign an “emergency” contract worth more than 928-thousand dollars to keep a controversial reading program in schools. WRAL reports that tech leaders last week disputed that the payment to a reading test vendor constituted an emergency and threatened to cancel the contract. Johnson blamed IT for putting him in the position to need to sign the contract and said if he hadn't done so, tens of thousands of children would not have been tested in their reading skills the very next day. (AP) — A man taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather was bitten by a shark while surfing off the coast Monday afternoon. 26-year-old Samuel Horne was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening. He'd been paddling in the surf in Rodanthe when he was bitten on the foot.

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