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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday September 25, 2017 -- and although we're now three days into autumn, the forecast this week will not reflect that reality. It'll pretty much be a copy of last week's weather, with lows in the 60s and highs in the upper 80s. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... A fire in the woods behind a residential area on Eastview Drive in Aberdeen was brought under control fairly quickly Saturday afternoon. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the small, fast-moving fire was between the back of a home and the railroad tracks, and not easily accessible. The fire was estimated to have been between one-and-a-half and two acres. The Moore County Board of Commissioners will hold a joint meeting with the Moore County Board of Education on Wednesday afternoon to discuss a proposed bond referendum. The meeting will take place in the Community Room in the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center in Carthage, at 2:30. One person received non life-threatening injuries on Saturday afternoon after striking a tree on North Knoll Road near Midland Road in Southern Pines. AberdeenTimes-dot-com says initially a helicopter had been called in because of the heavy damage to the car, but once the driver had been assessed by EMTs the copter was cancelled. A Tropical Storm watch has been issued for most of the North Carolina co ast, as Hurricane Maria continues to move north. Maria is now a Category 2 storm with winds at a little over a hundred miles per hour, but meteorologists say hurricane conditions will be possible along the coast tomorrow night. Ocracoke Island has been issued a mandatory evacuation order. In Goldsboro, police are investigating a drive-by shooting, which took place last night around 8... WRAL-TV reports that a car with three people inside was hit by bullets – no one in the car was hit, but one person was injured by shattered glass and was taken to Wayne UNC Health Care. Seven people were hit by a car in Durham while they were waiting in line at a food truck early Sunday morning. Two were critically injured. WRAL-TV reports 23-year-old Hugo Romero-Robles was arrested following the crash and charged with DWI and felony hit-and-run. State Attorney General Josh Stein says his office has seen an uptick in an old scam that exploits grandparents. In one variation callers claim they were with friends when their car was involved in an accident. After being arrested for DUI or possession of drugs, they need money to post bail. The victim is then instructed by another person how to send the funds, usually via Walmart or Sam’s Club gift cards. Wake County has been particularly hard-hit by this scam. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been accused of stealing a street sweeper and using it to drive doughnuts around a shopping mall. Garner police say 39-year-old Jason Lee Robinson of Raleigh took the sweeper while its driver was emptying trash cans on Saturday night, and then used it to drive in circles around a Garner shopping mall parking lot, damaging a curb, bushes and another vehicle. He was arrested Sunday and charged with larceny, driving while impaired and hit and run.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday September 22, 2017 -- and this is it. The last vestiges of summer. Fall begins this afternoon just after 4. But with temperatures up to near 90 for the next few days, it'll still feel like summer. Anyway, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A single-vehicle accident in Pinebluff resulted in three people being injured, according to AberdeenTimes-dot-com. It was just after 10:30 Thursday morning when first responders went to the scene on Pinebluff Lake Road near the railroad tracks... special rescue tools were used to pry open the door of the vehicle to free those inside. One adult and a toddler were taken by helicopter to a trauma center, with serious injuries. More than 2-thousand soldiers are deploying to Afghanistan from Fort Bragg, joining 15-hundred sent there earlier this year. WRAL-TV reports the members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team have been leaving in groups over the past week... they're part of a troop surge of more than 3-thousand who will join the 10-thousand military personnel already in Afghanistan. Fayetteville police are investigating a robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank on Morganton Road Thursday afternoon. A woman gave a note demanding money to the teller, and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. She then took off in a maroon Chevrolet Impala that's missing a left front hubcap. The suspect is a black female, about 5' 6”, in her mid-twenties, and was wearing a black and white striped shirt and red scarf. A tractor-trailer overturned early yesterday morning near U-S 70 and Shotwell Road in Clayton, Johnston County. The truck was carrying 40-thousand pints of vodka. No one was injured... the road was closed until just after 2 PM. For those keeping score, 40-thousand pints is 5-thousand gallons of vodka. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are urging a state commission not to grant Governor Roy Cooper's request to relocate three Confederate monuments from the old Capitol grounds. House Republican leaders sent a memo to the North Carolina Historical Commission on Thursday... Today the panel is to meet to consider Cooper's petition to move the monuments to the Bentonville Battlefield, a Civil War site. (AP) - Former Governor Pat McCrory is keeping himself busy since leaving office with work, a new home and as a radio station pundit, but he's not closed the door to another gubernatorial run. McCrory says he signed a contract to do a daily radio commentary starting last week. McCrory says he'll decide after the 2018 elections whether to run for governor again in 2020. For aviation buffs, something special is coming to Raleigh-Durham International Airport next month: four genuine, still-flying World War II Aircraft. A B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, A B-25 Mitchell bomber and a P-51 will be at RDU on October 19th. It's a chance for an up-close and personal look at these historic planes... information may be had at collingsfoundation-dot-org.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday September 21, 2017 -- the last full day of Summer! The autumnal equinox will be tomorrow afternoon at 4:02. Now here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The roof of a double-wide mobile home being towed by a truck, smacked into the underside of the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge over U-S 1 yesterday, temporarily closing the road to traffic. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the accident occurred just before noon... there were no injuries. Although there did not appear to be any damage to the bridge, fire officials contacted the NC Department of Transportation. Deputy Chief Nick Polidori, a 21 year veteran of the Southern Pines Police Department, has graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The program offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selection officers with proven records. The Campground United Methodist Church in Fayetteville was slightly damaged by an arson fire on Tuesday night. Firefighters found smoke coming out of the back of the building when they arrived, and they quickly got it under control. 27-year-old Jesus Eliezer Gonzalez Acevedo has been arrested and charged with 1st Degree Arson. (AP) - The country's largest electric company is refusing online access to federally mandated maps showing the scope of disaster resulting if a coal-ash pit burst and spilled its toxic muck onto neighboring properties. Advocacy groups said Wednesday they've alerted Duke Energy they're planning a federal lawsuit. Governor Roy Cooper says North Carolina is joining more than a dozen other states with a goal of meeting greenhouse gas emission reductions... Cooper announced Wednesday that the state is becoming part of the U.S. Climate Alliance, saying that reducing pollution is important for the state's economy and keeping air clean. The bipartisan coalition was launched in response to President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. (AP) — The state Highway Patrol says a cement mixer carrying 40,000 pounds of concrete overturned on top of a van, injuring three teenage girls and a woman. Police say the driver of the truck went into a turn too fast Wednesday morning causing it to overturn. The woman and one of the three girls were taken by helicopter to a hospital, while the other two girls were taken to the hospital by ambulance. After 35 years delivering the news on radio, television and the web, WRAL’s David Crabtree is planning to retire near the end of 2018. WRAL says Crabtree has been the station's lead anchor since 1994, and has reported from the Vatican, South Africa, and Jerusalem. The next chapter begins in late November of 2018, when Crabtree will move to a permanent role in the Episcopal Church. He was ordained a permanent deacon in 2004 and is on track to earn his master’s degree in Theological Studies from Duke University.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday September 20, 2017 -- the penultimate day of summer. That is, it's the second-to-the-last full day of summer. Break out the pumpkin spice... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: 32-year-old Andrew Chavez of Pinehurst was arrested after allegedly attacking his father with a knife. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports Pinehurst Police and Moore County EMTs went to a home on Pearl Court Monday night in response to a reported assault. There they found the victim standing outside bleeding from several injuries. Chavez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. On Saturday, 16-year-old Kenneth Neil Wells of Titusville, Florida was brought back to Moore County to stand charges of felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, a count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, as well as felony financial card theft and misdemeanor larceny. AberdeenTimes-dot-com says Wells was arrested in Georgia while driving a stolen North Carolina Honda Civic. 43 citations were handed out yesterday morning during a speed enforcement operation on Midland Road in Pinehurst. Between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, 37 citations were written for driving 15 miles an hour over the speed limit of 35. Tickets were also given for driving with a revoked license, no valid operators license and a couple of registration violations. (AP) — Three soldiers remain hospitalized after last week’s deadly training accident at Fort Bragg. The Fayetteville Observer reports the soldiers are being treated on post at Womack Army Medical Center and off the post at an unspecified hospital. Their conditions have not been released. (AP) - A state appeals court says students and parents still fighting for sufficient school funding decades after they were guaranteed the right to a sound, basic education should make demands of the governor and legislators, not county officials. The court ruled Tuesday that schoolchildren can't sue Halifax County commissioners over funding for the county's segregated public school districts. Dembe, a 5-year-old male gorilla is about to become the newest resident of the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. He's a Western Lowland Gorilla, an endangered species, and comes to North Carolina from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. When he arrives, Dembe will go through a required 30-day quarantine, until late October. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is seeking documents from manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids as part of multi-state investigations into the opioid epidemic. This information will help Stein and 40 of his colleagues to evaluate whether the manufacturers and distributors engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale and distribution of prescription opioids.

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