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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday April 24, 2017. You know the Carpenters' song "Rainy Days and Mondays?" Well, today is a rainy day AND a Monday. And there's a flood watch in effect through tomorrow morning. Nonetheless, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A woman had to be cut out of an SUV after a crash near Carthage on Saturday night. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the Jeep Grand Cherokee was badly damaged, but two of the three people inside were able to get out. A third person was pinned in the Jeep... Firefighters had to use power rescue tools to get her out. She was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries... the other two in the Jeep were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.| 46-year-old Faith Wilson Mather of Aberdeen was arrested by Moore County Sheriff's deputies on Friday and charged with providing contraband to an inmate at the Moore County Detention Center. She's accused of bringing drugs and a cell phone to an inmate. Now she's in the Detention Center on a quarter-million-dollar bond. Mather has a May 9th court date. In Fayetteville, a man found beaten inside his home on Friday night died on Sunday. WNCN-TV reports 62-year-old Jeffrey Brewington had been beaten and left unconscious, and there were items missing from his home. Fayetteville police ask that anyone who may have information on who may be responasible for Brewington's death contact them. (AP) — With the last freeze well behind them, North Carolina strawberry farmers are preparing for the second harvest. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said many growers were picking their crop at least two weeks early because of warm February temperatures. Freezing temperatures in March put production on hold, but since those conditions have passed, strawberries are ready for picking. (AP) — A food company is recalling frozen hash browns that may contain pieces of golf balls from stores in nine states. McCain Foods USA's recall notice said the golf balls apparently were inadvertently harvested along with the potatoes and chopped up. They say the pieces could be a choking hazard, but no injuries have been reported. The company is recalling 2-pound bags of Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns and Roundy's Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns. (AP) — A law mandating when North Carolina public schools hold summer vacation is facing its strongest challenge yet from educators and legislators arguing more calendar flexibility would improve student performance. The tourism industry and a parents' group are defending the law, saying it helps preserve vacations and lets hotels and restaurants retain seasonal employees throughout the summer. North Carolina is one of two states that tell local schools when their year must start and end. (AP) — Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed two Republican bills _ one that tries again to shift authority away from Cooper in overseeing elections and a second that reduces the number of state Court of Appeals judges. Veto overrides appear likely. The vetoes mark the latest flashpoint between the GOP-controlled legislature and Cooper since the former attorney general narrowly defeated Pat McCrory in November. (AP) — An audit shows state elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election. But that wasn't enough to change the outcome of any race. The State Board of Elections report said the vast majority of the 508 cases were felons who didn't have their voting rights restored. The number represented only a small fraction of the 4.8 million ballots cast.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday(!) April 21, 2017... and today is going to be hot: nearly 88 degrees. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A house in Robbins was damaged by fire Thursday afternoon... Aberdeen Times-dot-com reports firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in within a half hour... the structure fire was reported about 2 PM at a home on Highway 705 near downtown Robbins... there were no injuries and the cause is under investigation. The drowning death of 23-month-old Rylan Ott a year ago is the incentive for the introduction of a bill in the General Assembly that would strengthen rules for when children are returned to their parents after being in the custody foster parents. Rylan wandered away from his home near Carthage and drowned in a nearby pond... he had been returned to his mother Samantha Nacole Bryant. The bill, which would be known as “Rylan's Law,” has been approved by the House Committee on Homelessness, Foster Care and Dependency, and now goes to the Judiciary Committee. The parent company of several hotel chains is warning guests that some credit card information was compromised for stays between September of last year and January 1st of this year. WRAL-TV reports InterContinental Hotels Group says malicious software lifted personal information from credit and debit cards. Some of the hotels affected are Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites... and several North Carolina cities were part of the hack... including Raleigh and Fayetteville. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly acted on scores of bills this week while heading toward a self-imposed deadline designed to weed out policy legislation that has little support. The House approved nearly 50 bills during a two-day work week ending Thursday. The Senate approved several more. Committees from both chambers also met frequently, as ideas unrelated to taxes and spending that don't pass at least one chamber by April 27 are essentially dead until 2019. (AP) — Two Democrats challenging an incumbent in the mayor's race in North Carolina's largest city are considering a move that would help them win. State Sen. Joel Ford and Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles have agreed that oen of them should withdraw from the race to give the other a chance of unseating Jennifer Roberts in the September primary. Both feel they're the best candidate to face Roberts. (AP) — House Republicans are advancing a proposed constitutional amendment to reinforce North Carolina laws prohibiting union membership and paying union dues as a requirement for employment. A House judiciary committee Thursday narrowly approved a measure asking voters in November 2018 to decide whether similar prohibitions should be in the state Constitution. Democrats called a referendum unnecessary. (AP) — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association says it will hold two football state championship games at Duke in December, meaning each of the state's four Atlantic Coast Conference schools will host two games. The agency announced the move Thursday, adding Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium to the rotation along with UNC's Kenan Stadium, North Carolina State's Carter-Finley Stadium and Wake Forest's BB&T Field.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday April 17, 2017...and tomorrow is tax deadline day. Usually of course, it's on April 15, but that was Saturday, and today is Patriot's Day in some areas of the country, so we got a small reprieve. Now here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A 26-year-old man was shot and killed in Sanford early Saturday evening. WRAL-TV reports that Fredarius McIver was shot to death at a home, and died at the scene, after having sustained a number of gunshot wounds. A 15-year-old male suspect was arrested when he turned himself in to police with his mother a short time later. He's been charged with first-degree murder and was taken to the Wake Juvenile Detention Center in Raleigh. One person was air-lifted to a trauma center, and one was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital after the moped they were riding ran off the road and hit some trees. Aberdeen Times-dot-come reports the crash happened on NC 705 near Old Carthage Road at about 11:30 Friday night. (AP) — Weather officials say strong winds are carrying smoke from wildfires in Georgia into North Carolina. Multiple media outlets report that the National Weather Service in Raleigh said southwest winds pushed the smoke up Sunday from the southeast Georgia fire. Officials believe the smoke is coming from the Georgia fire and not one in McDowell County, that the U.S. Forest Service said was about 85 percent contained as of Sunday. (AP) — Environmental groups say they estimate tens of thousands of homeowners would be affected by a proposal to protect hog and poultry operations from lawsuits to stop intense animal waste smells. Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance released a map showing the proximity of homes to high-density hog and poultry barns around North Carolina. They estimate about 60,000 homes are within a half-mile of livestock operations, representing families likely to be affected if the legislation undercutting nuisance lawsuits is approved. (AP) — Distracting cell phones and too much alcohol are being blamed for an increase in pedestrians being mowed down by moving vehicles across North Carolina and South Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports that U.S. pedestrian deaths grew at a faster rate last year than at any other time in the past 40 years. (AP) — Tax Day marches took place Saturday in three North Carolina cities to protest President Donald Trump refusing to release his tax returns. Marchers hit the streets in Raleigh, Charlotte and Mooresville on the day Americans normally must complete their annual tax returns. (AP) — A trio of Republican state legislators with health-care backgrounds are proposing breaking from GOP opposition to a key element of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul law and expanding government coverage for the poor. The lawmakers this month introduced legislation studded with a wish list of conditions for expanding Medicaid. (AP) — A documentary that includes information about North Carolina's coal ash pollution will be premiere later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The Salisbury Post reports the documentary titled "From the Ashes" examines the history of coal and its future.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday April 14, 2017 -- Good Friday. And, of course, Sunday is Easter... and we hope your Easter is a joyful day! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A former Pinehurst Elementary School teacher has been arrested on drug charges. 31-year-old Thomas Sherman of Southern Pines was taken into custody earlier this week by Moore County Sheriff's deputies, who seized THC, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA – also known as ecstasy – amphetamines and drug paraphernalia. He faces numerous charges including possession with intent to sell. Sherman will appear in District Court on April 25. A Lumberton man has been arrested for fraudulent prescriptions. 25-year-old Matthew Lewis is accused of presenting phony prescriptions at several Moore County pharmacies, for Oxycodone and Fentanyl transdermal patches. Both are opioids, and listed as controlled substances. A report from a motel in Raeford about a customer passing counterfeit money has resulted in the arrest of a man wanted on a murder charge in Florida. WRAL-TV reports Paul Alexander Kahn was taken into custody during a traffic stop after managers at the Raeford Inn reported he'd used phony money to pay his bill. Kahn is held without bond in the Hoke County Jail... no details about the Florida murder charge have been released. (AP) — A federal judge has declared a mentally ill man fit for trial on a terrorism charge after 10 months of being forcibly injected with drugs that made him competent to defend himself in court. But a defense attorney is asking the government to drop the charge against the North Carolina man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle on Thursday declared 33-year-old Basit Sheikh fit to stand trial. (AP) — North Carolina health officials say 13 people died from the flu last week, raising the death toll for the 2016-17 season to 170. The death toll for the season is nearly three times the number of deaths occurring last season, and it is closer to the 218 people who died during the 2014-15 season. (AP) — Search warrants indicate the mother whose 3-year-old son was found dead on the porch of their Morganton home in March had used marijuana and methamphetamine prior to his death. The News-Herald of Morganton reports 23-year-old Jamie Lyn Basinger acknowledged using drugs before Landyn Michael Melton was found after a motorist called 911. Basinger is charged with involuntary manslaughter. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a Richmond County man in connection with the death and dismemberment of a Winston-Salem man. News outlets report 31-year-old Adrion Demare Whorley, of Rockingham, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and concealing the death of 75-year-old John Douglas Agnew. There was a special retirement ceremony yesterday in Fayetteville. K-9 Rambo retired after nine years of service with the Fayetteville Police Department. WNCN-TV reports that Rambo had participated in more than a thousand investigations, recovered nearly 60-thousand dollars worth of narcotics and more than a hundred weapons during his career.

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