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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday June 20, 2018 -- the last full day of Spring. That's right, Summer doesn't even begin until tomorrow... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: We have another day of dangerously hot weather today... the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, in effect from 11 o'clock this morning through 8 this evening. The combination of heat and humidity will result in apparent temperatures in excess of 105 degrees across the eastern Piedmont, Sandhills and Coastal Plain of North Carolina today. It should be a little cooler by Friday. A single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning resulted in one person being airlifted to a trauma center, and a second taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. The accident took place on US-1 near the Lee County line. The vehicle had gone off the road and rolled over, and, AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports, the roof had to be cut off to free a passenger. A helicopter crashed at the Highway Patrol Training Facility in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon. WRAL-dot-com reports the helicopter was just taking off, and was about 5 feet off the ground when it tilted to its side and the rotor struck the ground, causing the helicopter to fall on its side. The pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries. (AP) - Governor Roy Cooper says he's bringing home the three North Carolina National Guard members working at the Mexico border because of the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their families. Cooper said Tuesday the decision was a "strong response" to the "cruel policy." Attorney General Josh Stein also signed a letter seeking to end the policy. (AP) - An appeals court says Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest can seek monetary damages for a campaign ad run by a group backing his opponent, even though he won the race. Forest's campaign committee sought action against the political arm of the State Employees Association of North Carolina over a 2012 commercial. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a trial judge who had ruled for the employees' group. (AP) - North Carolina judicial primaries still won't happen this year, based on a federal judge's ruling favoring Republican legislative leaders who passed a law cancelling those nominee elections for this year only. A U.S. District judge announced Tuesday she would side with GOP defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party demanding the primaries for trial and appellate court seats be restored. (AP) — Three people died Tuesday after they were pulled from a swimming pool in Durham. Police were called to an apartment complex swimming pool around 3 a.m. … Officers pulled the bodies of two males and one female from the pool. They were taken to the Duke University Medical Center where they were pronounced dead. The names of the victims have not been released. Today: Mostly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms...High near 94. Heat index values as high as at least 100. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms... High near 93.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday June 18, 2018 -- and today is International Sushi Day. Oh boy. I think we'll celebrate International Sushi Day by having a burger. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The National Weather Service says dangerously hot weather is expected through at least the middle of the week, with heat index values likely to be 103 to 109 degrees through Thursday... high temperatures will likely be in the mid to upper 90s. It's important to take it easy on outdoor activities during this hot weather, and to stay hydrated. Southern Pines Police are investigating the death of a man yesterday afternoon. SandHillsSentinel-dot-com reports police went to a home on Cox Street, where they found of 65-year-old Robert Glenn Davis inside his home, dead from what looked like a gunshot wound... but the manner of his death is unknown. An autopsy will be conducted this week, and an investigation is now taking place. 19-year-old Justin Casillas of Aberdeen died Saturday in a single-vehicle accident in Whispering Pines. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports Casillas was ejected from the Jeep he was driving. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say a group of people had gathered at Thagards Lake on Saturday afternoon, when a boater called police to report possible under-age drinking. Casillas apparently slipped away in his Jeep after police arrived... he ran off the road into some yards and that's when he was ejected. Three people were injured in an accident Sunday afternoon on US-1 in Aberdeen. The accident took place at the entrance to Center Park Shopping Center... the three were taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. NC Emergency Management has announced that 64 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina soon will receive 8.5 million dollars in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. This round of funding will be used to reconstruct five homes, elevate 17 homes and acquire 42 properties so the homeowners can find alternative housing outside of the floodplain. Moore County will receive more than 660-thousand dollars to acquire six properties. (AP) — The General Assembly Friday wrapped up a long week of debates and voting on scores of bills designed to clear the decks on this year’s most contentious legislation that Governor Roy Cooper can sign or veto. Friday, the chambers passed their annual regulatory overhaul measure and a transportation bill. The legislature resumes work tomorrow. (AP) - Authorities say that two prison officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when an inmate attacked them with a homemade weapon. The Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying the attack by inmate Alexis Ramirez happened Saturday at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner. Today: Increasing clouds, with isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon...High near 95. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with isolated showers and thunderstorms... Low around 73. . Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon... High near 98.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday June 15, 2018 -- and compared with early next week, it'll be cool this weekend, with highs in the upper 80s. On Monday, it's supposed to get REALLY hot, with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s! And summer's still a week away... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ>>> Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey is offering a one-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for two local home invasions. An elderly man was robbed at gunpoint at his home in Robbins in December of 2017. In January of this year, an elderly woman was robbed at gunpoint in her home in Carthage. There were at least two assailants. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moore County Sheriff's office. Traffic checkpoints on Wednesday night resulted in more than 50 charges filed, including 1 DWI and 4 drug charges. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the traffic enforcement operations were conducted on Murdocksville Road, on 15-501 near the traffic circle, and on Highway 5. Eight local police departments participated in the operation. 38-year-old Joseph Adam Brady of Carthage is in the Moore County Detention Center on 145-thousand dollars bond, after his arrest Tuesday... Brady is charged with kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault by strangulation, and assault on a female. There's no further information on what situation led to those charges. He'll appear in court on June 28. (AP) – Republicans in the General Assembly are looking again at changing the rules on early voting, a popular idea which has prompted legal action. A House committee voted Thursday to change the 17-day early-voting schedule and require more uniform voting times in counties during that period. The legislature passed an election law in 2013 reducing the number of early-voting days to 10, but federal courts struck that down. An employee at the State Crime Lab in Raleigh was accidentally shot Thursday morning while conducting a forensic test in the lab's firearms section. WRAL-dot-com reports the employee was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (AP) - North Carolina legislation now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper would give harsher punishments for threatening mass violence at a school or place of worship, but also give extra help to accused young people. The Senate and House voted Thursday for a measure making such threats a felony. But some first-time offenders could reach an agreement whereby a judge would dismiss a charge in exchange for community service, probation and mental evaluation and possible treatment. (AP) - The mayor of Sharpsburg says he's the subject of racial bias. Mayor Robert L. Williams Jr. stormed out of a meeting earlier this week, saying other town officials and police are biased against him because he's black. Williams had been charged with driving while impaired May 8, the day he was elected as mayor of the town of 2,000 people east of Raleigh. Today: Mostly sunny, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms...High near 89. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms... High near 88.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday June 14, 2018 -- and today is Flag Day. It's also National Bourbon Day. Two good reasons to celebrate! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... A single-vehicle accident on Lake Bay Road near Vass resulted in a DWI arrest for the driver. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports that just after 10 last night, emergency responders were dispatched after a report of a vehicle on its side off the road... the Ford Escape had slid off the road, turned over and came to rest on its side. The driver was taken to a mobile DWI testing bus set up for a traffic enforcement operation in Pinehurst, where, police say, he had a breathalyzer reading of point-14. The identity of the driver hasn't been released. Fayetteville Police are looking for help from the public in identifying the family members of 54-year-old Jeffery Dunston. Dunston's body was found along Judson Church Road on May 16. Police say he died of natural causes, but detectives have been unable to locate any family members. Anyone who may recognize the photo of Dunston is asked to contact Fayetteville Police – you can see Dunston's picture on our Sunrise In The Sandhills Facebook page. A Johnston County man is in jail, charged with cruelty to animals and assault inflicting bodily injury... WRAL-dot-com reports 62-year-old Bobby Gene Barbour was taken into custody after a video taken by a neighbor showed several dogs in filthy conditions, no food or water and one dead dog. Barbour was jailed on 150-thousand dollars bond. (AP) - The General Assembly has decided new restrictions should be placed upon North Carolina's governor when naming someone to temporarily fill a U.S. Senate seat vacated by death or resignation. The House gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a measure requiring the governor to appoint someone from three people recommended by the party with which the outgoing senator was affiliated. The bill now goes to Governor Roy Cooper for his consideration. (AP) - Spirit Airlines will be offering new flights from North Carolina to Florida in September. Spirit plans to offer flights three times a week between Piedmont Triad International Airport near Greensboro and Orlando International Airport starting Sept. 7. Twice-weekly service will go to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and to Tampa International Airport. (AP) — A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with shoplifting from a grocery store faces more charges. Officer Samuel Yaravitz faces 25 more larceny charges. He was arrested in May and charged with shoplifting at a grocery store between February and May It was not immediately clear if the new charges also result from thefts at the same store. He's been suspended without pay. (AP) - Chimney Rock State Park has reopened after a retaining wall at a parking lot collapsed last month after a week of heavy rain. The park reopened the Hickory Nut Falls Trail on Tuesday. That was the last part of the park to reopen after record rainfall closed the park during the Memorial Day weekend. Damage was estimated at $300,000. Today: Partly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. High near 90. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Friday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms... High near 87

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