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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday October 24, 2017 -- the cold front has moved through and the next several days look nice: Sunny skies with highs ranging from the mid 70s today to the mid 60s the rest of the week. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A Fayetteville woman accused of killing her nine-year-old son over the weekend faced a judge for the first time on Monday. WRAL-TV reports Chrystal Matthews cried and shook as the judge read the first-degree murder charge for the death of Zamarie Chance. A domestic disturbance call from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Fayetteville on Saturday led to the arrest. 18-year-old William McKnight of Lumber Bridge in Hoke County faces 46 child sex charges following an investigation of a sexual offense in Lumber Bridge. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports McKnight is charge with 2 counts of statutory rape of a child, and 22 counts of both indecent liberties with a child and 22 counts of statutory sexual offense with a child. McKnight is held on 950-thousand dollars bond. A cold front swept through the state last night, setting off bands of showers and thunderstorms... WRAL-TV says tornado watches were issued, but no funnel clouds were reported... but in western North Carolina, which was hardest hit, trees and power lines went down, and more than 98-thousand power outages were reported. Some parts of the state received up to 7 inches of rain. The newly remodeled Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services shelter has re-opened and is back to normal operations. The Sheriff's Office says multiple improvements have been made, including re-sealed floors, a new animal washing bay, a new in-take room, and the installation of a new washer and dryer. And, Sheriff Neil Godfrey says, it's been transformed into an up-to-date safe, clean environment for staff and animals alike. (AP) - The judge deciding Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's punishment says comments by President Donald Trump haven't swayed him but he's worried about public perception of the military justice system. Sentencing at Fort Bragg for Bergdahl on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy was set to begin Monday, but has been rescheduled to resume on Wednesday. (AP) - North Carolina Republican leaders say a judge should dismiss a lawsuit involving the replacement for the state's "bathroom bill" before considering a deal pushed by the governor. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger filed a brief Monday arguing the judge lacks authority to consider the case in part because LGBT people who sued haven't shown they've been injured by the law. (AP) - North Carolina tax collections are trailing slightly what legislators anticipated when forming the state budget last summer. A General Assembly staff report says taxes, fees and other revenues are $62 million behind the revenue target through the first quarter of the fiscal year, or about 1 percent short. State revenues have ended in the black the past three years.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday October 23, 2013 -- and apparently today is something called "National Slap Your Irritating Co-Worker Day." So If you're not sure who the irritating co-worker in your office is, it might be a good day to stay home. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A man lying in the yard of a home in Aberdeen was run over by a car on Saturday evening. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the 61-year-old man was seriously injured when a car pulled into a home on Arnold Avenue. Police say the driver of the car said he didn't see the man on the ground when he pulled off the road. When police arrived, the man was still under the car... he was airlifted to a trauma center. A body found in the woods off Crabtree Road on Friday night is under investigation by the Moore County Sheriff's Office. AberdeenTimes-dot-com says suicide is a possibility, but the investigation continues, due to the circumstances of the death. An autopsy will be performed for confirmation of the victim's identity and for cause of death. Aberdeen Police are asking the public's help in finding four runaway teenagers: 16-year-old Karli Wagner, 15-year-old Christopher Leak, 15-year-old Juan Zamora, and 17-year-old Lashanti Drumgoole were last seen on Saturday in the area of Pine and Main Streets... all four are residents of a group home. Pictures and descriptions can be found on the Aberdeen Police Facebook page, and on our Sunrise In The Sandhills Facebook page. A woman has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her 9-year-old son, who was found unresponsive on Saturday morning after a domestic disturbance call at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Fayetteville. WRAL-TV reports 35-year-old Crystal Matthews faces first degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the death of Zamarie Chance. She's being held without bond. (AP) - A registered sex offender at the North Carolina State Fair was taken into custody just before 7 p.m. Saturday. 35-year-old Alexander James Cogdell of Kinston is charged with being a registered sex offender in a place where children are present. (AP) – Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will appear at Fort Bragg today before the judge deciding his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The North Carolina Department of Insurance has a reminder that the Medicare enrollment period is now open and runs for the next seven weeks. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plan and make changes as necessary. The Open Enrollment Period began October 15 and all changes must be made by December 7 to ensure coverage begins without interruption January 1.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday October 20, 2017. Today is, among other things, National Brandied Fruit Day (I could go for that!) and National Suspenders Day. On that note, not to keep you in suspense any longer, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Two people were arrested yesterday after Southern Pines Police executed a search warrant for a home on Tray Street. 21-year-old Immanuel Jarie Brown, and 23-year-old Shalijwaan Ris Smith, both of Southern Pines, face numerous charges, ranging from possession of marijuana with intent to sell, to possession of a stolen firearm. According to a news release, the investigation continues, and more arrests are expected. The cyclist who was hit by a car on Tuesday near the Robbins crossroads has died. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports 65-year-old Ronald Edward Hussey was airlifted from the accident site and taken to the trauma center at UNC Chapel Hill, where he passed away. Police say Brenda Brown Saunders, the 68 year old driver of the vehicle that struck the bicycle, said the sun was in her eyes as she was driving and that she did not see the man on the bicycle. She's charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. The Moore County Sheriff's Office says crime in the county has decreased by 18 percent since Neil Godfrey became sheriff in 2013. Godfrey credits the decrease to the command staff and deputies, and close working relationships between the Sheriff's Office and local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies. Moore County Schools has launched a new app with features that allow users to connect with the district as well as with individual schools with ease and efficiency. According to a news release, the app is organized into student, parent, staff and community sections, with pertinent information. It can be downloaded for both iPhones and Android devices, by searching for “Moore County Schools.” The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after a body was found in a yard Thursday morning. According to WRAL-TV, deputies responded to a well-being check at a home in Holly Springs and found 49-year-old Phillip Simon Sauls under a car in a wooded area behind the home. He lived alone and operated a towing and mechanic service from his home. Beginning Monday, North Carolina DMV license offices and license plate agencies will accept American Express credit cards, along with MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards, which have been accepted since 2013. Legislative leaders fired back at Governor Roy Cooper on Thursday over his agreement to settle a federal lawsuit over transgender access to public bathrooms that was filed after House Bill 2 went into effect last year. House Bill 2 is the so-called “bathroom law.” WRAL-TV reports Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore say Cooper is acting in bad faith by trying to resurrect issues after successfully repealing the bill, and that he lied about wanting to end the focus on HB-2.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday October 19, 2017, and in case you were not aware of this, it's World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day. Otherwise known as PB&J Day. Not to be confused, of course, with Peanut Butter & Jelly Day, which is April 2. Really. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: One person was airlifted to a trauma center after an accident in Pinehurst Wednesday afternoon. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the accident took place a little after 2, on US 15-501 at the intersection of Page Road near the traffic circle. Three SUVs were involved, including one that overturned in the middle of the road, and witnesses say a Silverado pickup was involved, but the vehicle fled the scene. There were no other injuries. In Johnston County, 19 people were arrested in the largest drug operation in the history of the Clayton Police Department. WRAL-TV reports “Operation Hailstone” culminated in a series of early morning raids in which police found cocaine, heroin, marijuana, guns and cash. (AP) - North Carolina's largest health insurer says President Trump's recent move to cut off Obamacare payments to insurers won't affect its average 14 percent price increase on individual policies for next year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Wednesday that the state insurance department approved the company's rate increase for 2018 Affordable Care Act plans. Several hundred patients are actively involved in or are being followed in studies conducted by the FirstHealth of the Carolinas Clinical Trials program. According to a news release, the program recently received a Gold Seal Award from the Southeast Clinical Oncology Research Consortium and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Charles Kuzma says FirstHealth Clinical Trials gives cancer patients who live in the Sandhills region access to treatments that are not usually available in a community cancer center. (AP) — Governor Roy Cooper launched a two-part strategy to end protracted litigation over the state's so-called bathroom bill and its replacement. Cooper also issued an executive order prohibiting Cabinet-level departments under his control, including their contractors, from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. (AP) - A state appeals court is considering whether to force municipalities to open more of their internal records to the public. The state Court of Appeals heard Wednesday from attorneys for Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett of Manteo, who's had a long-running fight with a police department that detained his adult son. (AP) — A North Carolina textile plant which was once the largest in the world is shutting down. Cone Denim announced in a news release Wednesday that its White Oak plant in Greensboro will close by the end of the year. The plant opened in 1905. Changes in market demand were cited as the reason for the closing.

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