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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday July 21, 2017, and this weekend will be HOT! The National Weather Service has us under a heat advisory today from noon through 8PM. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, in effect today from noon until 8 o'clock tonight. Temperatures could reach 98 degrees today, with heat index values between 104 and 107 degrees. Aberdeen Police are looking for the public's help in locating a missing teenager... AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports that 16-year-old Jessica Rachel High may be in the company of 17-year-old Devonte Erwin of Pinehurst. Jessica is a white female... 5'6”, about 140 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes, and a scar on her right cheek. Anyone with information is asked to contact Aberdeen Police. 21-year-old Paul Winter-McRae of Carthage has been arrested and charged with one count of felony statutory rape and one count of felony indecent liberties with a child... He's in the Moore Detention Center under a 75-thousand dollar bond, with an August 8 preliminary court date. Fayetteville Police yesterday searched a remote area near Hope Mills in a continuing effort to find Heather Carter... she's the woman who has been missing since July 12, when she was shot and wounded at a convenience store. Jimmy Proffitt has been charged with attempted murder in the case... Carter was shot and, presumably, wounded... her friend Ashley Davila was also wounded but managed to drive away. 56-year-old Billy Jo McLean of Sanford has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his wife and stepdaughter two years ago. As WRAL-TV reports, the bodies of 42-year-old Calandra McLean and 13-year-old Tashonna Cameron were found at the family's home in July of 2015. They had been strangled before the house was set on fire. (AP) - North Carolina's highest court says a revamped state elections board that also oversees ethics and lobbying controversies can stay in limbo for now, a holding pattern that could last months. The state Supreme Court on Thursday said Governor Roy Cooper isn't required to appoint members of the new state elections and ethics enforcement board created by Republican legislators. (AP) – In Raleigh, legislative leaders are stopping their lawsuit to block efforts by Governor Roy Cooper to expand Medicaid before President Obama left office. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger filed their dismissal notice Thursday. They say the lawsuit is now unnecessary because Cooper never submitted formal paperwork for expansion. (AP) — Increased efforts to discourage human trafficking in North Carolina are among one of nearly 30 additional bills that Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law. The list of additional bills Cooper has enacted means fewer than 50 remain on his desk from the end of the most recent General Assembly session. (AP) - Governor Roy Cooper says he's opposed to drilling for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast. Speaking at a state park on Thursday, Cooper said it's not worth the risk of harming the state's pristine beaches and tourism economy.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday July 20th, 2017, and we're heading into a HOT weekend in the Sandhills. Temperatures tomorrow and Saturday will approach 100! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: (AP) - A Sanford man was killed when lightning hit a tree he sought as shelter from a storm. Sanford Police said 39-year-old David Charles Everette was killed Tuesday. A neighbor said Everette was trying to run to a store when the storm hit and tried to use the tree to shield him from the weather. In Cumberland County, the search continues for 28-year-old Heather Carter. Police think she may have been kidnapped after having been shot by her ex-husband. Jimmy Lee Proffitt of Hope Mills was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder... Police say he may have ambushed Carter and Ashley Davila, and that while Davila was slightly wounded, she was able to drive away from the scene in a convenience store parking lot... but that Carter was apparently not able to get back into the car... she hasn't been seen since. (AP) — Police are investigating an armed robbery in which two employees were tied up with zip ties and left in a bathtub. WRAL-TV reports police got a call Tuesday afternoon saying armed suspects had gone into a Raleigh realty office, demanded money and tied up two employees. The caller said the employees were bound and inside a bathtub. The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, and authorities are still investigating the robbery. (AP) - Shareholders of British American Tobacco and Reynolds American Inc. support merging into the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company. Shareholders of both companies on Wednesday approved London-headquartered BAT buying the nearly 60 percent of Reynolds it doesn't already own. (AP) - North Carolina's highest court is speeding up a final decision on whether Republican legislators could strip down the election oversight powers of the governor. The state Supreme Court said Wednesday it will take up Governor Roy Cooper's lawsuit against state legislative leaders. (AP) - A judge won't dismiss a lawsuit challenging a special session of the General Assembly last year in which Republicans passed bills eroding powers of incoming Governor Roy Cooper. Common Cause and several voters sued over the session, saying there wasn't proper notice to citizens before holding it and the laws passed should be nullified. Republican legislative leaders and Lt. Governor Dan Forest wanted the lawsuit thrown out. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a man after authorities say he hit his 9-year-old son in the head several times with a hammer. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Ramel Shabal Daye is jailed under a $1 million bond for attempted first-degree murder. Police say Tremel Daye was attacked in October 2016 and was hospitalized for severe head wounds.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday July 19, 2017 and today the high temperature will reach the low 90s. And that's as cool as it'll be for the next few days. Temperatures this weekend will approach 100. Now, here's your Sunrise News on WIOZ... The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on the proposed widening of Highway 211 from Route 73 in West End to Holly Grove School Road. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday August 3 from 4 til 7 at West End Presbyterian Church... NC-DOT representatives will be on hand to answer questions and hear comments. 81-year- old Margaret Francis Kellis of Aberdeen will remain in jail under a one million-dollar bond after prosecutors said at a bond hearing last week that she's a danger to herself and others. Kellis, is charged with murder in shooting death of her husband a year ago. Prosecutors presented a signed statement from another inmate who alleges Margaret Kellis threatened to kill her and said family members considered her a flight risk if she was released. A new Assistant Director for Communications has been appointed by the Moore County School Board. Darcelle McDougald’s appointment comes following a scaling back of communications staff at the central office with the streamlining of three positions into one. McDougald is a native of Southern Pines and a member of the Pinecrest High School Class of 2002. 28-year- old Jimmy Lee Proffitt of Hope Mills faces attempted first degree murder and several related charges in connection with the shooting of 29-year- old Ashley Davila on July 12. WNCN-TV reports Heather Carter was with her at the time of the shooting but was unable to get back to the car. Authorities are concerned that Carter was injured in the shooting and her whereabouts are unknown. (AP) — Shareholders are deciding whether to merge British American Tobacco with Reynolds American, a deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company. If approved during separate shareholder votes on Tuesday, the deal is expected to become effective next week. (AP) — North Carolina Democrats say they're organizing around their goal of retaking the Republican-controlled legislature thanks to the person who'd benefit the most: Governor Roy Cooper. Cooper and the state Democratic Party announced a new initiative Tuesday to get back a majority in the House and Senate by the close of the 2020 elections. (AP) — Governor Roy Cooper has signed legislation directing how 100 million dollars in additional Hurricane Matthew relief funds must be spent and requiring zip line and aerial ropes course owners to get liability insurance. Cooper still has nearly 80 bills to consider before a deadline in less than two weeks. (AP) — General Assembly members tasked with drawing North Carolina's legislative districts after courts found some boundaries were drawn with unlawful racial bias will hold their first meeting next week. The House and Senate redistricting committees will convene
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning! It's Tuesday July 18, 2017, and the temperatures are creeping back up. Today's high will be in the upper 80s... but by the end of the week, we could see what forecasters are calling "deadly" heat -- with temperatures approaching 98 degrees. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright said yesterday that he doesn't know why a man shot at an off-duty deputy last week while he was doing yard work... but that the suspect says he didn't know he was shooting at a deputy. WRAL-TV reports that it isn't the first brush with the law for 33-year-old David Bain... he was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002, and was released from prison last year. The outdoor community green space in Robbins was damaged over the weekend by someone who drove a truck through it. SandhillSentinel-dot-com reports that almost immediately, volunteers went out to fix the damage. The police department is asking that if anyone can provide credible information about who may have caused the damage, to contact them. A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her boyfriend at a Garner motel Sunday. WRAL-TV says officers responded to the InTown Suites in response to a man found stabbed in the hotel breezeway. Deric Fernandza Shaw, 49, of Garner was taken to WakeMed, where he died. Lakesha Nicole Johnson was taken into custody in connection with the incident and charged with voluntary manslaughter. State Attorney General Josh Stein is warning of a scam targeting real estate agents with a scam aimed at potential home buyers. North Carolina consumers have reported losing tens of thousands of dollars. The scammers hack into real estate agents' email and steal information about pending deals. When they see a closing date has been set, they send an email to the home buyers posing as the real estate agent, claiming that a change has been made and that closing costs must be wired to a different account. (More information is available on our Sunrise in the Sandhills Facebook page.) (AP) — Former Senator Kay Hagan is now getting outpatient treatment as she recovers from encephalitis. She was discharged from an Atlanta rehabilitation hospital recently... she was admitted in January. She’s now receiving therapy at a nearby outpatient facility, with several more weeks of treatment there expected before she returns to North Carolina, according to a family email. (AP) — Advocates for migrant labor in North Carolina are gathering outside Governor Roy Cooper's office to express their unhappiness with a bill he signed they say makes it harder to improve worker conditions. Union representatives and pro-labor clergy planned to hold a Tuesday news conference outside the old Capitol building to criticize a provision in a farm measure approved by the legislature. (AP) — North Carolina has received three million from the EPA to help the state enforce the Safe Drinking Water Act. The grant was made under the Public Water System Supervision program and goes to the state Division of Environmental Quality. It will help the division in its oversight of 5,677 public water systems serving approximately 9 million people. NCDOT will be closing Lamms Grove Road on the South side of 15/501 from US 15/501 to address 1195, today through Tuesday for roadway repairs. No thru traffic will be allowed.

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