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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday March 24, 2017 -- and we'll start off the weekend with nice, sunny weather -- high today 71. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Lee Christian School in Sanford canceled classes yesterday and today, because about ten percent of its 400 students had the flu. WRAL-TV reports the school has hired a company to clean the building to prevent further spreading of the illness. The North Carolina Department of Health says there were four new flu deaths in the state last week, bringing the total this flu season to 126. A bill introduced yesterday in Raleigh would make it illegal to use a cell phone while driving. WNCN-TV reports that the legislation, sponsored by state Senator Jeff Tarte of Mecklenburg County, is called the Brian Garlock Act, after a 17-year-old who died in an accident while he was talking on his cell phone. North Carolina already has a ban on texting while driving. If adopted, the law would impose a 200-dollar fine on violators. Fayetteville police are looking for two suspects who they say pulled off a couple of robberies by threatening store personnel with hypodermic needles – but the incidents appear to be unrelated. They're searching for 28-year-old Brian Gregory Graham who, police say, robbed a Walmart on Skibo Road on February 16, and James Pete Allen, who's accused of robbing the Home Depot, also on Skibo Road, February 18. In both robberies, the suspects pulled out the needles, and told store employees that they had a communicable disease that could be transferred by a needle stick. (AP) — The NCAA will start deciding on locations for its upcoming championships next week and has indicated it will leave North Carolina out of that process if the state hasn't repealed HB-2, the law which says that in public buildings people must use the restroom corresponding to their birth genders. In a statement, the sports organization says its committees will begin picking sites for 2018-22 and will announce those decisions April 18. The NCAA says "once the sites are selected by the committee, those decisions are final." (AP) — The state House has agreed to a partial rewrite of North Carolina's criminal gang law that supporters say will make it easier to prosecute gang members and those who are directing violence. Yesterday, the House voted overwhelmingly for the measure, which adjusts gang-related crimes and defines more specifically what constitutes a criminal gang and criminal gang activity. Prosecutors and law enforcement says it's difficult to prosecute gang members under a 2008 state law. (AP) — North Carolina House members want to prevent state pension funds and other money from being invested in companies that are boycotting Israel. The House voted Thursday for legislation directing the State Treasurer's Office to avoid investments in these companies and divest when necessary. The bill also would prevent government contracts with these companies. (AP) — The General Assembly has officially canceled Governor Roy Cooper's first veto, meaning elections for local trial judges will become officially partisan again starting next year. The Senate completed the veto override Thursday, the day after the House held a similar vote. At least three-fifths of the members voting in each chamber had to agree to override.
2017-03-24T10:08:24+0000
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday March 23, 2017 -- and today will be bit cooler than yesterday... high near 57. But by Monday it'll be back up to 80. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... A man is in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after an apparent drive-by shooting. Fayetteville police say the man was walking along Turnpike Road early yesterday evening when a vehicle pulled up and its occupant started shooting. The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot in the head. The Moore County Animal Shelter has reached its capacity for housing adoptable animals, and in an effort to find homes for them, adoption fees have been waived for the rest of the week. As of yesterday afternoon, there were fifteen healthy dogs available for immediate adoption – all have been spayed or neutered. Fayetteville police have found a teen girl who had been reported missing Sunday. Police say 17-year-old Catherene Theresa Frederick is now home and safe. She'd been missing since Sunday afternoon. Governor Roy Cooper is on a statewide tour this week to gain support for using state lottery money to provide tuition-free community college. Currently, students in public high schools are allowed to take community college courses at no cost through a program called NC Career and College Promise... but as the News & Observer of Raleigh reports, Cooper wants to expand that to any recent graduate with at least a 2.0 grade point average, beginning in the 2018 school year. (AP) — The ability to carry a concealed handgun on public school property while attending church services there is being considered in the North Carolina House. House floor debate and voting is expected today on legislation allowing someone with a concealed weapons permit to be armed while at a public school where space is used for religious worship. (AP) — Governor Roy Cooper is appealing a court ruling that in part left intact a Republican law subjecting his Cabinet secretaries to Senate confirmation. Cooper's private attorneys filed his notice this week with the state Court of Appeals. The lawyers also asked the three-judge panel that ruled against Cooper on the law last week to prevent confirmation hearings by the Senate during the appeals. (AP) — A proposed law in the state House would create felony "hate crimes" for people who assault North Carolina firefighters, police officers and other medical personnel, and who lure first responders to locations to attack them. A House judiciary committee voted Wednesday for a wide-ranging measure that would also provide tax breaks for volunteer fire and rescue workers and spouses of law enforcement killed in the line of duty. (AP) — It looks like all judicial elections in North Carolina will be officially partisan again, with the General Assembly poised to override Governor Cooper's veto of a bill addressing trial court races. The Senate has scheduled an override vote for today on the measure that in 2018 would put the party affiliations of candidates running for Superior Court and District Court on ballots. The House voted to override yesterday.
2017-03-23T10:29:18+0000
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday March 22, 2017 -- and it'll become a nice day after any residual morning rain leaves us -- mostly sunny this afternoon, with a high in the mid-60s. Now here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The Carter Bank and Trust on Country Club Drive in Fayetteville was robbed Tuesday morning... Police say the robber approached a teller demanding money, and took off with an undisclosed amount. The suspect is described as a white female, about 5' 6”, 130 pounds. The robbery took place about 10:30 yesterday morning. Fayetteville police are asking for help in their efforts to find a teenage girl who's been missing since Sunday. 17-year-old Catherene Theresa Frederick was last seen leaving her home on Stansfield Drive at 2 o'clock Friday morning... she's said to be about 5' 5”, and 216 pounds... she has brown hair and eyes, and was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt with the words “National Zoo” on the front. Representatives from adult day programs, post-secondary educational programs, vocational training, residential programs, and health and mental health services will be on hand today to answer questions about services available to students and adults with disabilities in Moore County. The fair will be held from noon until 4 this afternoon at the Agricultural Center in Carthage. Susan Hicks, Moore County Clerk of Superior Court, will give a keynote address at 4 on “Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship.” The event is free and open to the public. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are deciding whether they've got the votes to cancel Governor Roy Cooper's first veto of a bill making local trial court elections officially partisan again. The House placed the vetoed measure on its floor debate calendar for today. The bill is one of several pieces of Republican legislation designed to reshape the state's courts. (AP) — The idea of catching drivers passing school buses unlawfully with cameras and issuing fines based on photos or video is advancing again at the North Carolina General Assembly. The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of letting counties pass ordinances imposing penalties and letting school districts install and operate bus stop-arm cameras. The bill now goes to the House. (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers want to create a commission that would advocate for college athletes. A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate would create the Legislative Commission on the Fair Treatment of College Student-Athletes, which would "examine the needs and concerns" of athletes in the University of North Carolina system. (AP) — Some North Carolina legislators want to make clear documents held by the state's public colleges about the NCAA, Atlantic Coast Conference and other athletic organizations are public records. A bill filed Tuesday seeks to ensure correspondence held by University of North Carolina system schools about conferences and associations are accessible. The bill sponsor said the idea surfaced because of House Bill 2, which caused the ACC and NCAA to pull championships from the state this school year.
2017-03-22T10:10:23+0000
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday March 21, 2017 -- and today will really feel like spring! Expect some showers and possibly a thunderstorm, and a high near 80. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: 38-year-old Stephen Black of West End has been arrested and charged with several larcenies in the Carthage area. Black is accused of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of felony larceny and one count of possession of stolen goods. He was taken into custody by Moore County Sheriff's deputies, and has an April 11 appointment in district Court. A Milwaukee man has been charged with rape and kidnapping, in connection with two rape and kidnapping incidents that took place in 1995, and has been extradited to Cumberland County to stand trial. 59-year-old Louis Lane III is in the Cumberland County Detention Center on 800-thousand dollars bond. Warrants were originally issued for these cases in 1995, but at the time extradition was not approved and the suspect had fled the state. Lane was apprehended in Milwaukee with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force. Two people have been arrested in connection with a couple of robberies in Fayetteville. 23-year-old Dontrell Lamar Wright, and 24-year-old Deion Johnson were taken into custody yesterday by Fayetteville Police. They're accused of robbing a Pizza Hut and a Subway in January. Police are looking for a third suspect in the robberies, 22-year-old Calvin Spearman, and detectives are encouraging his family and friends to have him turn himself in. UNC Health Care has sent letters to approximately 13-hundred patients alerting them that their confidential medical information may have been shared with their home county – including Social Security numbers, and other data. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that women seen for prenatal appointments at two UNC Health Care obstetric clinics between 2014 and 2017 may have filled out a form that was sent to the health department in their county by mistake. (AP) — Police in Salisbury say a woman faces second-degree murder charges after allegedly injecting a teen with non-medical silicone in a plastic surgery procedure at her home. 42-year-old Kavonceya Iman Cornelius turned herself in Monday after warrants were issued. 19-year-old Eugene Jones reportedly went to Cornelius' home for silicone injections, and then returned to Fayetteville, where he died from the procedure in January. Cornelius is being held in the Rowan County jail without bond. (AP) — A Durham County prosecutor says no charges will be filed against three police officers involved in a fatal shooting in 2016. District Attorney Roger Echols i said Monday that his office found no criminal wrongdoing in the November shooting of 34-year-old Frank Clark at a public housing community.
2017-03-21T11:08:14+0000

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