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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday August 17, 2017. Today is Baby Boomers Recognition Day (about time, I say!) Balloon Airmail Day (?) National #2 Pencil Day, and National "I LOVE my Feet Day." I don't really want to know much more about that last one... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Two men were arrested on Tuesday after Moore County Sheriffs Deputies and Aberdeen Police seized two pounds of Methamphetamine during a drug investigation. Federico Alvarez Mendoza of Cameron and German Alvarez Mendoza of Sanford have been charged with conspiring to traffic meth, and several related charges. They'll both appear in court on August 28th. Three more people have been arrested in the vandalism of a Confederate statue on Monday night in Durham. WRAL-TV reports Dante Emmanuel Strobino, Ngoc Loan Tran, and Peter Hull Gilbert, all of Durham, were charged with two misdemeanors and two felonies in connection with the destruction of the statue and the accompanying riot. Takiyah Thompson of Garner was arrested Tuesday... she is allegedly one of the instigators of the vandalism. Fayetteville police are investigating after an SUV struck and killed a pedestrian Wednesday night. WRAL-TV reports an SUV was traveling northeast on Skibo Road near the All American Expressway overpass at about 9:15 last night when it collided with a pedestrian crossing Skibo Road. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was not injured. No names have been released. State Attorney General Josh Stein announced a settlement Wednesday with DriveTime Automotive Group Incorporated over allegations that the company misrepresented its pre-sale automobile inspection process and warranty coverage and engaged in aggressive debt collection practices in North Carolina. Eligible customers will receive refunds totaling nearly 80-thousand dollars. The settlement also prohibits DriveTime from overstating the extent of its warranty coverage and its pre-sale inspection process. (AP) - An eastern North Carolina town that took a one-two punch from Tropical Storm Julia and Hurricane Matthew can now get financial assistance from the state to pay for cleaning up the first storm. Governor Roy Cooper issued a state disaster declaration Wednesday for Windsor. The arrival of Matthew right after the tropical storm dumped over a foot of rain made it difficult to assess which damages originated from which storm. (AP) — The North Carolina House will hold its own investigative hearing into the discharge of a little-studied chemical into the Cape Fear River. House Speaker Tim Moore says he'll announce appointments to a special committee that will look at the chemical GenX and its release into the river. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people who plan to view Monday’s eclipse to use proper eye protection and take steps to reduce the risk of heat-related illness. The eclipse will be visible for more than two hours Monday afternoon across the state. Looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection can cause retinal burns and permanent eye damage. // Here in Moore County, we're not in the path of totality, but we will see about a 95 percent eclipse – more than sufficient to provide a memorable and exciting experience. The National Weather Service says we can expect partly sunny skies on Monday afternoon.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday August 16, 2017. It was 40 years ago today that Elvis Presley died in Memphis. Today, by the way, is National Bratwurst Day. Enjoy! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A couple of 17-year-olds have been arrested by Moore County Sheriff's deputies... Thomas Kristopher Pugsley Jr. of Pinebluff and Reshaun Carlito Christopher Walker of Aberdeen face numerous charges related to breaking and entering of a home in the West End area. They both have an initial court date scheduled for September 12. The Moore County Sheriff's Office continues to receive reports from people who have received phone calls from scammers demanding money by posing as agents with the IRS, the FBI, or local law enforcement. The sheriff wants to remind people that at no time will law enforcement solicit money by phone to rectify arrest warrants or legitimate legal issues. If you receive such a call please report it to the Moore County Sheriff's Office. Authorities are still investigating a double homicide – Kelcie Lyn Vann of Sanford and Bryant James Rosser of Spring Lake were found shot to death in a car on Buffalo lake Road in Harnett County on Monday. WRAL-TV reports no arrests have been made but the sheriff’s office is asking the person who found the car to come forward. That person drove away and asked someone else to call 911. The person who called remained on scene but the other individual left before deputies arrived. That individual was operating a white Chevrolet four door passenger car. A motorcycle driver was seriously injured yesterday morning after a collision with a mower... AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the accident took place outside Cameron just over the Moore County line in Harnett County. The motorcyclist was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, and then transported to a trauma center. (AP) – The Durham County Sheriff says he has identified some of the people who toppled a nearly century-old Confederate statue and plans to charge them with felonies. Mike Andrews told reporters at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that investigators were preparing arrest warrants and taking them to a magistrate judge. (AP) — Governor Roy Cooper says Confederate monuments "should come down" and wants the legislature to repeal a law preventing state and local governments from removing them permanently and limiting their relocation. Cooper wrote Tuesday online that North Carolina "cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery." (AP) — 37-year-old Robert Winecoff of Huntersville has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for scamming people out of more than $340,000 they expected to be invested for a quick profit. He also must reimburse his victims. Winecoff convinced his victims in 2013 and 2014 to invest with his bogus financial firm, claiming they would get large payouts within a few months. Prosecutors say each victim wired between $20,000 and $60,000 to Winecoff's bank account. None received any money.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday August 15, 2017. Today is National I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day, National Failures Day, and National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. More on that this morning. Now, though, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Hundreds of people gathered Monday in Spring Lake to honor the life and sacrifice of a Moore County soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Army Specialist Christopher Harris died along with Jonathan Hunter in a suicide bombing. Harris was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. WRAL-TV reports that his wife recently learned that she is expecting the couple's first child. Late last week, Moore County Sheriff's deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding in Robbins, and when they approached the car, they smelled marijuana. So they conducted a search and turned up 20 grams of weed, some Xanax, drug paraphernalia, and an AR-15 assault rifle. They arrested the driver, 20-year-old Traquan Marquis Jones of Carthage... he was taken to Moore County Detention Center under a 25-thousand dollar bond. He has an August 22nd court date. Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of two people, whose bodies were found in a car in Harnett County yesterday afternoon. WNCN-TV reports the victims were identified as 24-year-old Kelcie Lyn Vann of Sanford and 27-year-old Bryant James Rosser of Spring Lake. “Back-to-School” nights have been scheduled for parents and students in Moore County Schools, so they can meet their new teachers and visit classrooms. Elementary schools Back-to-School night is Wednesday August 23rd from 5-6:30, Middle schools on Thursday August 24th from 5 – 6:30, and High Schools also on August 24th, from 6 – 7:30. First day of classes in Moore County is Monday August 28th. (AP) — In Durham, protesters toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier that had stood for nearly a century on Monday. Activists used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924, and stood in front of an old courthouse building that now houses local government offices. (AP) — The Orange County School District has updated its dress code to ban all clothing that depicts the Confederate flag, swastikas or any Ku Klux Klan related symbols or language. The new policy was announced yesterday. Some parents and students have been asking the district for months to change the dress code to ban the Confederate flag. (AP) - A once-powerful Democratic leader in the North Carolina General Assembly is returning to state government, this time as a state lottery commission board member. Governor Roy Cooper appointed former Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand of Fayetteville to the board, replacing Kim Griffin. Rand played a major role getting laws passed in 2005 to begin the lottery. Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday that Fibertex Personal Care, a Danish textile company, will add 145 jobs in Asheboro with its first U.S. manufacturing facility. The company plans to invest 60 million dollars by the end of 2021 with a project facilitated in part by a Job Development Investment Grant.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday August 14, 2017. Don't forget the final concert in our Summer Concert Series with the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. It's tonight at 6:30, on the Boyd Library Lawn... but if it rains, we move it inside Owens Auditorium. See you tonight! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... A drug investigation in Robbins last week resulted in the arrest of three people... Moore County Sheriff's deputies searched a 2009 Honda Accord and seized counterfeit marijuana, genuine marijuana, synthetic marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia and 658 dollars in cash. 22-year-old Sarah Morgan Booth and 21-year-old Devin Daquan Barret, both of Asheboro, and 22-year-old Jaquan Deangelo Marley of Ramseur were taken into custody... all three have an August 22nd court date. Adam Anthony White was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Wesley Allen Swinnie in the parking lot of the Aberdeen Burger King in 2013. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports after the Moore County Superior Court jury convicted White, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Fort Bragg lifted the boil water advisory Saturday evening that was put in place after a water main break that occurred early Friday morning. WRAL-TV says repairs on the 36-inch line were completed, and all restrictions on the water have been cleared. Once the line was repaired, they flushed and sampled the lines for 24 hours to ensure safety. (AP) — Governor Roy Cooper says legislation he signed will help North Carolina workers when employers intentionally misclassify them as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and other benefits. Cooper signed two bills Friday the General Assembly approved last week. (AP) — Several legislators want more information from Governor Cooper to justify his funding request for responding to chemical releases into a river and future water safety issues. The Republican senators wrote Cooper last week demanding he answer questions by Monday about what and when his administration knew about the discharges of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River. (AP) — Cosmetics giant Revlon plans to invest 16 million dollars and create 55 new jobs at its North Carolina plant over the next thOree years. The company is expanding its plant in Oxford to produce more Elizabeth Arden products. The facility 40 miles north of Raleigh opened in 1986 and currently employs about 1,300 people. It is the largest private employer in Granville County. Revlon says the plant is its largest worldwide. (AP) — Wilmington's police chief has a message for gun owners: Stop leaving your weapons in unlocked vehicles. Ralph Evangelous held a news conference Friday to tell gun owners their carelessness is aiding local crime. He says more than 30 guns have been stolen this year from vehicles left unlocked overnight, which means they're "now in the hands of criminals." He pleaded with gun owners to "be responsible" and at least "take your guns in your house."

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