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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday March 19, 2019 -- and it's Certified Nurses Day -- and they certainly deserve a day to honor them for all they do! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... A collision between a police car and a semi-truck Monday morning extensively damaged the police car, and the truck's bumper was partially knocked off. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the accident took place on US-1 in front of the Aberdeen Police Station. there were no injuries, and it took emergency crews more than an hour to clear the scene. Starting this spring, Moore County Schools will partner with K2 Solutions in an operation that will have K-9 teams visiting middle and high schools to detect and deter possession of drugs, weapons and explosives. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com says parents of Moore County School students have received a notification informing them of the partnership, which has been in the works since last year. 61-year-old John Allen Ray of Raeford has been charged in the July death of John Wesley Rogers. WRAL reports Rogers died of injuries he received in an assault at his home. Ray is held in the Hoke County Jail on a half-million-dllar bond. 31-year-old Jessica Warren of Durham pleaded guilty Monday to beating her 4-year-old daughter to death more than four years ago. WRAL reports Warren was sentenced to 13 to 20 years in prison on the second-degree murder charge, although she'll be credited with the two years she's already been incarcerated. Armani Hodges was found unresponsive in Warren's apartment in 2014, and an autopsy found that the girl died of severe abdominal trauma. Warren had told police she had fallen, but later admitted she had beaten her. (AP) — A former state lawmaker was indicted Monday on charges of filing false campaign statements and his ex-campaign treasurer faces a related charge. A Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted Democratic ex-Representative Rodney Moore on nine felony counts of filing false campaign statements. Tammy Neal, the former campaign treasurer, was indicted on one count of felony obstruction of justice, the prosecutor’s office said. The charges stem from a state investigation of Moore’s campaign finance reports that uncovered unreported donations and expenses. (AP) — An autopsy says natural causes claimed the life of a North Carolina prosecutor found dead at home last year amid attention over "The Staircase" documentary series. Freda Black helped prosecute 2001 killing examined by the documentary. An autopsy released Monday by the state medical examiner cited liver disease due to alcoholism as the cause of death. Police have said Black was found dead last July and the 57-year-old's death didn't appear suspicious. Because of the federal government shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services continues to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits. For the month of April, families and individuals who normally receive FNS benefits from the first through the 11th of the month will receive benefits on their normal cycle. Those scheduled to receive benefits from the 12th of the month through the 21st will receive them on April 12. Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday March 18, 2019 -- and you may be interested in knowing that today is the 58th birthday of Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Of course, you may NOT be interested. Either way, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Two structure fires, burning simultaneously Saturday morning required more than a dozen agencies to respond... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that emergency crews from all over the county – including fire, EMS, public safety and law enforcement were dispatched. The first fire involved a chicken house and nearby structures at the corner of Lobelia and Byrd Roads, near Vass, and minutes later crews responded to a house on Maple Street in Carthage. The structures near Vass and the home in Carthage were destroyed in the fires. No injuries were reported. Early Sunday afternoon, an aircraft coming in to the Moore County Airport reported that the front landing gear may not have locked properly, and they had only 20 minute of fuel remaining. AberdeenTimes-dot-com says fire, EMS and police were dispatched to the airport, just in case. They were in place along the runway, but the plane was able to land with no problem... the pilot was not injured and the aircraft was not damaged. An arrest was made by Southern Pines Police late last week, bringing to a close a year-long drug investigation called “Operation Leader.” In the first part of the operation, last year, 9 people were arrested, and late last week, 41-year-old Robert Marvin McRae of Southern Pines was taken into custody and charged with 29 felonies. He's held on an 8-million-150-thousand dollar bond, and has a hearing in Moore County District Court on Wednesday. (AP) — A Nash County man on the run from accusations that he killed his wife has been arrested in Tucson, Arizona. Sheriff Keith Stone said 57-year-old Rexford Lynn Keel Jr. was arrested Sunday. Keel is charged with murder in the death of his wife, 38-year old Diana Alejandra Keel, missing since March 9. Her body was found days later in Edgecombe County. Authorities are now looking into the death of his first wife, whose death in 2006 was ruled “accidental.” (AP) — The North Carolina Transportation Department is looking for volunteers to clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep next month. The sweep is scheduled for April 13-17. It’s one of two held annually; the other is in September. Volunteers are provided with clean-up supplies such as reversible orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from local DOT county maintenance yard offices. (AP) — Police say a woman in Winston-Salem was arrested Friday after slashing the tires on a telephone company van and attacking an officer. Police were dispatched to a residential area to deal with 31-year-old Hope Nicole Vinson, who, authorities said, was cutting tires on an AT&T service van with a knife and had stolen its license plate. She ran from police inside her home and attacked an officer with a knife after she was pursued inside. The officer was later treated and released from a hospital. Today: Sunny, with a high near 61. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Sunrise in the Sandhills #ShopLocalSandhills Spotlight: March is the annual Month of Giving for our good friends at Jersey Mike's Subs in the Central Park Shopping Center. During the month of March, all of our listeners are invited to go by and make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills. The month culminates in the nationwide event, Day of Giving, on Wednesday, March 27, when Jersey Mike’s will donate their resources and every single dollar that comes in to the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills. We encourage you to support their National Month of Giving.
Month of Giving - Jersey Mike's Subs qoo.ly Every Jersey Mike's Subs store we open starts by partnering with a charity in the local community. Our culture of giving is as much a part of our heritage as oil and vinegar.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday March 13, 2019 -- and guess what day it is! Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike... what day is it? Hump Day! And now here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: State Senator Tom McInnis, along with Representatives Jamie Boles and Allen McNeill recently proposed legislation authorizing Moore County Commissioners to create a tax district to pay for repairs to the Woodlake Dam. But county officials say they were not informed about the bills, and while they sympathize with the situation faced by Woodlake residents, there are major issues that must be resolved. They say it is “regrettable” that the local legislative delegation did not consider these issues before filing the bills, nor inform County officials of plans to do so – and that these complex issues create major obstacles that make the legislation premature. (AP) — Distracted driving dangers are getting revisited in North Carolina, where lawmakers are advancing a prohibition on hand-held cellphone use in the name of reducing fatalities and potentially reining in insurance rates. A House committee overwhelmingly backed a bill on Tuesday that would bar drivers from holding their wireless devices to take calls, as well as using them to watch videos or to text. Sixteen states now prohibit hand-held cellphone use. A body, believed to be that of a missing Nash County woman, was found yesterday. WRAL reports that 38-year-old Diana Alejandra Keel was last seen by her husband Friday, and her car remains parked at their home. The body will be sent to the medical examiners office for an autopsy... Sheriff Keith Stone says, “there is definitely foul play involved.” North Carolina is ranked 29th in the nation for teacher pay, and second in the Southeast. WRAL reports that figures released by the National Education Association indicate the average teacher pay in North Carolina is 53-thousand, 975 dollars for the current school year, but once the fiscal year ends that number is subject to change. (AP) — Federal prosecutors investigating potential election crimes are digging into a North Carolina congressional race that's still undecided and being rerun this year after last year's contest was deemed tainted. The state elections board on Tuesday provided a grand jury subpoena it received showing the U.S. Justice Department's Public Integrity Section in Washington, D.C., is conducting a criminal investigation. (AP) — The founder of an admissions consulting company has pleaded guilty to running a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme involving wealthy parents and coaches at elite universities... one of the universities named in the probe is Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest's volleyball coach, Bill Ferguson has been indicted... He's been suspended, and Wake Forest has hired outside legal counsel to look into the matter. (AP) — The city of Winston-Salem has taken away the base and column that supported a Confederate statue as it finishes up removal of the monument.Tuesday, workers used a crane to hoist a square, ground-level piece from a grassy area outside a historic courthouse. The removal began Tuesday morning when they took down the statue of an anonymous Confederate soldier. Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

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