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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday August 10, 2018, and it's both National S'mores day and National Lazy Day. We think those things go together quite nicely. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Storms on Wednesday night did some serious damage in Johnston County... WRAL-dot-com reports heavy winds and lightning brought down tree limbs and knocked out power until late Thursday morning in south Smithfield... at least a dozen homes reported significant damage. Aberdeen Police are looking for Travis Wilson Driggers... they're asking anyone who may have information on the location of Driggers to contact them. Another man who was wanted, Edward Wilson Bell, has turned himself in. Aberdeen Police didn't release any other details involving the two suspects. Two people were arrested this week in Moore County; they're accused of stealing copper pipe and air conditioning units from a property on Maple Lane in Jackson Springs. The Moore County Sheriff's Office arrested 27-year-old James Patrick Britt and 35-year-old April Lynn Glover... they're both charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods. Britt will appear in court on August 27th, and Glover on August 14th. (AP) - Summer is traditionally busy for the Division of Motor Vehicles, but offices have been inundated this year with new federal identification requirements on the horizon. DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup says many standing in lines stretching outside offices are there to obtain a Real ID, which is a driver's license that meets new federal identification requirements. (AP) - An audit has found North Carolina's state-run wholesale and retail liquor distribution agency poorly managed its outside warehouse contract, leading to $11 million in additional costs covering over a decade. State Auditor Beth Wood's office released Thursday a performance review of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission's contract with a company paid to run ABC warehousing. (AP) - A state Supreme Court candidate says he's proven his point to fight what he considers constitutional abuses by legislative Republicans if he ends up withdrawing from his race. Chris Anglin turned in paperwork with the state elections board by a deadline asking it to end his candidacy if his lawsuit seeking to be listed as a Republican on the ballot is unsuccessful. (AP) - A group of former University of North Carolina Board of Governors has criticized the current board for what they deem "clearly bad governance." The News & Observer reports 10 former members signed an opinion published Wednesday on bipartisan advocacy group Higher Education Works Foundation's website. Today: Partly sunny, with a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms... High near 91. Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms... mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Saturday: Partly sunny, with showers and thunderstorms likely... High near 89.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday August 7, 2018 -- and it's National Sea Serpent Day. Why? We have no idea. Nonetheless, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: An accident last evening resulted in the death of one person... AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports that a van rolled over on Old US-1 outside Vass... first responders found five people inside the vehicle, where one man was dead on the scene, and a second was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The identity of the victim hasn't yet been released. 21-year-old Connor Orion Bradley of Cameron was arrested last week – he faces a charge of indecent liberties with a minor, although no details of an alleged incident have been released. Bradley was jailed on a 10-thousand dollar bond, and is scheduled for an appearance in District Court on August 16. (AP) - A Ft. Bragg soldier charged in the death of a South Carolina woman has been found dead. Dorchester County coroner Paul Brouthers tells media outlets that 19-year-old Chandler Ari Dunmeyer shot himself in his mother's home in the Summerville area on Sunday. (AP) - A flurry of lawsuits is trying to block referendums on constitutional amendments that Republican legislators approved for this fall and to let a Supreme Court candidate disclose his party affiliation on the ballot. Lawsuits were filed Monday against GOP legislative leaders by Governor Roy Cooper, two interest groups and Supreme Court hopeful Chris Anglin. (AP) - A panel tasked with writing summaries for the public describing six proposed amendments to North Carolina's constitution on November ballots made progress while meeting the first time at full strength. The commission has approved language to describe proposed amendments that would enshrine the right to hunt and fish and expand crime victims' rights. Work on the other four amendments was delayed until lawsuits filed Monday are resolved. (AP) — Authorities say a teenager who held up a North Carolina lemonade stand for $17 is still at large. They’re hoping to track him down through surveillance footage and possible DNA and fingerprint tests. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that investigators are still looking for the suspect, who the 9-year-old lemonade vendor said pointed a gun at him and took his cash box. (AP) - Police say NASCAR chairman Brian France's blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when he was arrested in New York's Hamptons for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. Police say France smelled of booze and slurred his words during a traffic stop in Sag Harbor. They say his eyes were red and glassy and he struggled to keep his balance during field sobriety tests. Today: Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday August 6, 2018 -- on this day in 1945, the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Some have used the day as a solemn remembrance of the bombing, and many memorial observances take place around the world. Now here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A couple of drug arrests in Moore County last week... Southern Pines Police seized drugs, paraphernalia and cash from a home on Tray Street, and arrested Immanuel Jarie Brown, Margaret Hamilton, both of Southern Pines, Rashawn Woods of Aberdeen and Donae Demetrius Ramey of College Park, Georgia. Three people were arrested in Carthage: Lee Alston, Jr., Jeffery McPhatter, and Brittany Scott... all face drug charges. 54-year-old Brexton Lloyd of Eagle Springs was sentenced last week to one year and one day in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release for his part in a dog-fighting group. Lloyd pleaded guilty in January to charges of possession and training a dog intended for fighting... The U-S Justice Department says Lloyd participated with Justin Love and others in a multi-state dog-fighting ring. Vehicle checkpoint operations in Taylortown and Pinehurst over the weekend resulted in 70 charges... AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports 3 DWI, 8 drug charges, 18 driving with a revoked license, 10 no license, 1 resisting/obstructing an officer, and 30 other assorted charges. Multiple local law enforcement agencies participated in the checkpoints on Main Street, Juniper Lake Road and Olmstead Boulevard, on 15-501 and Highway 5. Rabies cases in Moore County are increasing. Since the first of the year, Animal Services has received four positive results – all from wildlife, two of them foxes. In order to protect pets against rabies, the Sheriff's Office says it's essential that they be up to date on rabies vaccinations . Moore County Animal Services offers 1-year vaccinations for 8 dollars per shot. To reduce the risk of rabies, don't approach or touch wild animals, or bring them into the house... and if you are bitten, seek immediate medical attention and contact Animal Services. (AP) – Fayetteville Police accuse a woman of killing a man she had dated by hitting him with her car during an argument. 47-year-old Sofornia Faulkner was charged with voluntary manslaughter. Police say Faulkner hit 51-year-old Daren White with her car... His body was found along the side of the road. She's held on a quarter-million-dollar bond. (AP) – Governor Roy Cooper contends ballot language approved by lawmakers describing two proposed constitutional amendments are so false and misleading the courts must prevent voting on them. Cooper's office announced Saturday he would sue today in state court to block two of the six amendment referendums set for this fall's ballots. (AP) - Wells Fargo says a company mistake contributed to hundreds of foreclosures because it miscalculated customers' eligibility for mortgage modifications. The bank said in a filing Friday the error caused about 625 customers to be denied, or not offered, loan modifications they otherwise qualified for. Foreclosures were completed in about 400 of the cases. Spokesman Tom Goyda says there's no breakdown of where the foreclosures occurred. Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind. Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 90.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday August 3, 2018 -- and it's International Beer Day! There's something we can certainly support. It's also National Watermelon Day. Beer and watermelon... mmmmmm..... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Former Aberdeen Police Chief, and candidate for Moore County Sheriff Mike Conner was charged recently with misdemeanor hit and run after a minor incident in Biscoe... he was said to have struck a vehicle while backing up in a parking lot. Conner issued a statement on the incident, saying that he was unaware that he had hit another vehicle and that he feels that the charge was politically motivated. His explanation can be read in full at AberdeenTimes-dot-com. Fayetteville Police are looking for family members of 60-year-old Morris Dean Leonhardt... his body was found in his home on Enterprise Avenue in Fayetteville... police say he died from natural causes and that foul play is not suspected... but they've been unable to locate any of his family members. Anyone who may have information on Morris Leonhardt is asked to contact Fayetteville Police. The Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces will welcome a new garrison command sergeant major in an assumption of responsibility ceremony scheduled for 9 this morning. Command Sergeant Major William D. Lohmeyer will assume responsibility of Fort Bragg as the Fort Bragg Garrison Command Sergeant Major in a ceremony to be held at the Main Post Flag Pole. (AP) - Rainfall records were set from the mountains to the coast in North Carolina during July, and the National Weather Service suggests August will bring more of the same. Cape Hatteras got just over 20 inches of rain last month, while Wilmington topped 17 inches. Forecasters say another wet pattern is shaping up for the state this month. (AP) - New video of a white North Carolina state trooper yanking a black driver to the ground is being reviewed to determine whether criminal charges are warranted. A judge ordered the release Thursday of dashboard video showing Trooper Michael G. Blake arresting Kimberly Ingram in March. The video shows Blake dragging Ingram out of her car and appearing to knee her in the back while handcuffing her. (AP) - Freshly baked pot brownies cooling on a stove confirmed that Lee County Sheriff's deputies were on the right track as they raided a marijuana growing operation. A statement from the sheriff's office said the raid Wednesday shut down a sophisticated growing operation at a home in Broadway. Deputies say they found numerous plants in a closet for processing. A shed contained lamps and filtration equipment to eliminate odor. North Carolina has been selected as one of four states to be included in the National Governors Association Policy Academy on Implementing State Cybersecurity. North Carolina joins Indiana, West Virginia and Wisconsin in the initiative, which will provide technical assistance to help each state modernize cybersecurity planning and infrastructure. North Carolina was chosen as a part of the NGA Policy Academy on the strength of its existing cybersecurity strategy and preparation for cyber threats. Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening... Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 84. Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

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