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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday July 20, 2018 -- National Moonwalk Day. It was 49 years ago today that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon. How is it possible it was that long ago? We remember watching, fascinated, as those first steps were taken... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A drug bust in Hoke County netted more than a pound of methamphetamine, 29 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a handgun... and resulted in the arrest of Darius Deon McNair on charges of trafficking in meth and cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintenance of a dewelling for controlled substances. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports McNair is being held at the Hoke County Jail on one million dollar bond. Two people have been arrested in Fayetteville after candy and cookies containing marijuana were found at a daycare center. WRAL-dot-com reports 32-year-old Reshod Everett, the co-operator of the daycare, along with 34-year-old Victoria Everett, are now facing numerous charges in the case. Police seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana, as well as gummies and cookies containing the drug, cocaine, heroin, and six guns. A Hoke County detention officer was fired this week after his arrest on child pornography charges... WRAL-dot-com reports 23-year-old Dustin Quinn Locklear of Raeford was charged with five counts each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree exploitation of a minor. He's in the Hoke County Jail on 200-thousand dollars bond. (AP) – Governor Roy Cooper wants President Trump to draw back recent tariff increases, saying an escalating trade war is already hurting state farmers and companies that rely on aluminum and steel. Cooper wrote a letter Thursday to the president telling him retaliatory tariffs against U.S. products by other countries resulting from the administration's increases stand to harm several North Carolina commodity exports. The State of North Carolina will receive 16-point-8 million dollars from FEMA to fund seven projects to aid communities that were hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. WRAL-dot-com reports the funds will go to elevating, removing or reconstructing homes in Fair Bluff and Windsor, and in Johnston, Pender, Robeson and Wayne counties. With back-to-school season approaching, health officials are reminding North Carolinians to ensure their preteens and teenagers are current on their vaccinations. DHHS is partnering with the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians for a month-long awareness campaign to help ensure that school-age children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. A fire broke out at a used tire store in Spring Lake yesterday. The fire started shortly after noon and was put out within an hour but as WRAL-dot-com reports, the resulting black plumes of smoke could be seen for miles. Crews from Spring Lake, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, and other local fire departments rotated in and out to deal with the intense heat and smoke. No injuries were reported. Today: Increasing clouds, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms... High near 87. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Saturday: Partly sunny, with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon... High near 87.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday July 18, 2018 -- and it's both National Hot Dog Day and National Caviar Day. Maybe a hot dog topped with caviar? Uh... no. Nonetheless, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A mobile home near Vass was destroyed by fire late yesterday morning. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports there was no one home at the time of the blaze... and there were no injuries... but the two adults and six children who lived there have been displaced from their home. Southern Pines Police have arrested two women on prostitution charges and for performing unlicensed massage therapy... 47-year-old Genhua Zhou and 46-year-old Baoping Wu, both of Southern Pines were taken into custody after a month-long investigation by police in cooperation with the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy after complaints that their business, Beijing Massage, on Pinehurst Avenue, was operating without a proper license and engaging in prostitution. Further arrests are anticipated. 23-year-old Jamere Tyreese Monroe of West End faces multiple drug charges following an operation by the Moore County Sheriff's Office, as well as police from Pinehurst, Taylortown and Southern Pines. During a search of his home numerous drugs were seized along with drug paraphernalia, two firearms and more than 12-hundred dollars cash. He's in the Moore County Detention Center on 150-thousand dollars bond. A scam is apparently going around involving calls from people claiming to be with Duke Energy. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports some people in Carthage have received calls demanding money to keep the power on. The scammer tells potential victims to purchase a pre-paid card to make the payment. A news release says if you receive a call from someone who claims to be from Duke Energy and threatens to cut your power, hang up and call Duke energy directly to ask about your account. (AP) – State and federal health officials want to test whether neighbors of a chemical company are carrying little-understood industrial compounds in their bodies. The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Bladen and Cumberland county health departments to test dozens of volunteers living around a Chemours Co. plant south of Fayetteville. 52-year-old Eugene Pittman of Hope Mills is accused of trying to kill his wife by putting ant poison in her food. WRAL-dot-com reports Pittman was charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder, for the alleged attempt in May. A Cumberland County arrest warrant says Pittman put Terro Ant Killer on Carmen Jackson-Pittman's food, in an attempt to kill her. Bail is set at 50-thousand dollars. (AP) - A North Carolina state lawmaker and veteran has told President Trump that he's "not worthy to stand on American soil" in the wake of the president's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Representative Grier Martin posted a tweet Monday tagging Trump that read "don't come back." The Wake County Democrat served in the U.S. Army Reserves for nearly three decades, including a tour of Afghanistan. Today: Mostly sunny, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms...High near 88. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Thursday: Sunny through mid morning, then becoming mostly cloudy, with a high near 88.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday July 11, 2018 -- and here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: An armed robbery escalated yesterday into a carjacking and a two-county police chase that ended on the backroads of Fort Bragg. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the armed robbery and carjacking took place at the Dollar General on Highway 27 in Harnett County... police began the chase which led into Moore County and into the Vass area before entering Fort Bragg. The driver eventually wrecked on a back gravel road near the intersection of Plank Road, and was taken into custody. A collision on 15-501 at Murray Hill Road Tuesday afternoon sent three people to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. AberdeenTImes-dot-com says one lane of 15-501 in each direction was blocked for about half an hour. (AP) - Authorities have arrested 10 volunteer firefighters and accused them of setting fire to abandoned buildings and woods over nearly two years. Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey said in a statement the firefighters were from the Fairmont Rural and Orrum fire departments. Sealey said the firefighters were involved in a conspiracy to set the fires over the last 18 months. (AP) – The Cumberland County school system plans to finish security upgrades at all 52 public elementary schools before school starts next month. Tim Kinlaw, theassistant superintendent for auxiliary services, Tim Kinlaw, tells the Fayetteville Observer that the school system's 18 middle schools and 17 high schools will be finished during the year. (AP) - Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris has reached hurricane strength while moving away from the coast, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It's headed northeast at 10 mph. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but beachfront homes along parts of the Outer Banks are taking a pounding from the storm. (AP) – Governor Roy Cooper says he would have rather the Republican-controlled legislature put a statewide school bond on ballots this fall, instead of several constitutional amendments. Cooper said Tuesday he was disappointed that lawmakers decided against putting a nearly 2 billion-dollar school borrowing measure up for a referendum. The General Assembly instead asked voters to consider six changes to the state constitution. Lenoir County will receive more than $7.9 million in federal and state funds to buyout eighty-three homeowners flooded by Hurricane Matthew... That brings the total amount of Hazard Mitigation Grants for the storm in North Carolina to 79.7 million dollars for 641 properties. Today: Sunny, with a high near 96. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday July 10, 2018 -- and today is "Appreciate A Cow Day." It's also National "Pina Colada Day." If we have to pick one, we think we'll go with Pina Coladas.... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A 4-year-old child from Moore County accidentally shot himself Saturday night in a room at the Oceans One Resort in Myrtle Beach. WRAL-dot-com reports the child was unattended in the room at the time of the shooting... he was taken to Grand Strand Hospital, where he is reportedly in critical condition. His parents, Heather Lyn Odom and Jeremy Jermaine Barrett of Aberdeen have been charged with unlawful neglect of a child. A 24-year-old man drowned in a lake on Fort Bragg Sunday evening. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com says the victim was identified as Michah P. Laymon, a civilian from Raeford. He went missing on Sunday evening, but searchers were unable to find him until Monday morning. Lakes on Fort Bragg are off limits for recreational swimming and boating – and fishing in a Fort Bragg lake requires a permit. Starting on July 18 – next Wednesday – the speed limit on Midland road will be lowered to 35 miles per hour along a 2.5 mile stretch of the road, between US-1 and Windermere Road. The change will make the speed limit the same throughout that corridor. The speed reduction is the result of the Midland Road Corridor Study, which outlined recommendation for improving the road's safety and traffic flow. As Tropical Storm Chris swirls off the North Carolina coast, emergency officials are monitoring the storm carefully and warning coastal residents and vacationers to be cautious. The storm is churning up heavy seas and dangerous surf, which claimed the life of one beachgoer on the Outer Banks this weekend. Many North Carolina beaches are closed to swimming due to heavy surf and dangerous rip currents. As Tropical Storm Chris lurks off the North Carolina coast, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey wants all residents to remain prepared for what could be a very active hurricane season. Here are five tips that can help residents prepare: 1. Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. 2. Compile important documents and make sure you have copies with you if you have to leave your home. 3. Create a home inventory. 4. Identify potential hazards around your home. 5. Review contact information, and keep it updated. There's more online at nchurriclaims-dot-com. (AP) -Governor Roy Cooper has signed a bill restoring early in-person voting on the Saturday before Election Day, but for this year only. Cooper announced Monday he has signed the bill, which changed a previous measure the legislature passed after overriding the governor's veto. The previous measure shifted starting and ending dates for the early-voting period so it would end the Friday before the election. Today: Sunny, with a high near 90. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 71. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms...High near 94.

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