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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday January 24, 2020 -- it'll be a bit warmer and a bit wetter today. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Pinehurst Police are looking into some vehicle break-ins in Village Acres, specifically on Longleaf Drive. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com says the Village is asking anyone who may have home surveillance footage or other information to contact Pinehurst Police. Tips can be left anonymously by calling the crime tip line at 910-420-1654. Three people were shot in Nash County on Thursday... WRAL reports sheriff's deputies aren't sure where they were shot – they drove themselves to a pizza place in Rocky Mount to get assistance, and from there, they were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Their identities have not been released, and the Nash County Sheriff's office is investigating. The current flu season is hitting North Carolina pretty hard – Six flu-related deaths were reported in the state last week, bringing the total so far to 41. That's in addition to 11 deaths from the flu the week before. Twenty-four of the deaths were people aged 65 or older, another eight between 50 and 64. One child died two weeks ago, and the remaining 8 flu victims were ages 25 to 49. (AP) — The North Carolina Association of Educators is seeking more input from members before determining a response to the extended state budget stalemate. The group's president, Mark Jewell, said Thursday that options include a teacher walkout. State law says strikes by public employees are illegal. The General Assembly and Governor Roy Cooper haven't been able to agree on a two-year spending plan. (AP) — A Wilkes County pastor has been charged with more than 100 felony sex offenses involving three children, who were as young as four. The Sheriff's office says 58-year-old Rodney Luffman was arrested at his home. Luffman is accused of abusing the victims beginning about 20 years ago, when they ranged in age from 4 to 15 years old. The crimes allegedly continued for 15 years. There will be a three-day open house at the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 8 headquarters on DOT Drive in Carthage, to allow in-person input about potential transportation projects in Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties. That'll take place during regular business hours from February 3rd through the 5th. The NCDOT is accepting public input during a 30-day comment period that runs between Monday January 27th and Friday February 28th. (AP) — Mitchell County Animal Rescue says it has the “world's worst cat” available for adoption. They're waiving adoption fees in the hope that someone will take the cat named Perdita off their hands. A tongue-in-cheek profile says her dislikes include “dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas and last but NOT least ... HUGS.” It says she likes lurking, pretending to be sick and “staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again ...” The shelter says it's received more than 50 applications to adopt her.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday January 23, 2020 -- partly sunny and just a couple of degrees warmer today. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: 27-year-old Rodney Montez Blue has been arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Lavon Jamel McMillian last month in Fayetteville. WRAL reports Blue was arrested yesterday and is in the Cumberland County jail, held without bond. Vance County middle school Assistant Principal Kevin Ross will not face charges after accusations of inappropriate force. WNCN-TV reports Ross was suspended during an investigation of allegations that student Miktazza Wynn was injured when she was thrown against lockers in December. The incident also involves School Resource Officer Warren Durham, who was seen on video body-slamming a student. He was fired and charged in the incident. A fire at a home in Lumberton, where a man was found dead has investigators thinking it may have been foul play. WRAL reports Lumberton Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to a fire late Tuesday evening. They found a small fire, and a dead person inside the house. The North Carolina S-B-I is assisting with the investigation. (AP) — At least eight North Carolina counties have passed resolutions supporting gun rights. The vote was unanimous Tuesday night in Cabarrus County, but commissioners decided against calling their county a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” Sheriff Van Shaw said he doesn't want people thinking Cabarrus is a sanctuary for gun owners who don't have to follow laws. (AP) — Legal arguments to North Carolina's voter photo identification law are still being heard in state courts even after a federal judge blocked the mandate for the March primary. Lawyers for voters who sued over the ID mandate and for Republican legislative leaders who helped enact the 2018 law argued Wednesday at the state Court of Appeals. A trial court last summer denied the voters' request to block voter ID. The voters appealed that decision. (AP) — State Senate candidate Cal Cunningham is highlighting his military service in his first television ad of his campaign. Cunningham says in the ad he's running for the Senate to fulfill the oath that he took when he joined the Army Reserve to defend the Constitution. Cunningham, state Senator Erica Smith and three others are running for the Democratic nomination. Republican incumbent Thom Tillis is the heavy favorite to win the March 3rd GOP primary. (AP) — Federal appellate judges are questioning whether a law meant to preserve Native American families unconstitutionally intrudes into state adoption issues. Arguments heard Wednesday in federal appeals court could determine the future of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday January 22, 2020 -- and we'll have another cold but sunny day today. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Two men have been arrested following an investigation by Southern Pines Police – and they're looking for a third suspect. 27-year-old Brandon Lamar Ray of Southern Pines faces drug and weapons charges and is held on 6-thousand dollars bond, and 18-year-old Arie James McCants of Aberdeen is charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Now, police are looking for Delojuwon Montrese Campbell for the charge of resist, delay, and obstruction of a police officer. Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has admitted to mistakenly sending bills for rape kits to rape victims... WNCN-TV reports that officials say it was an error that took place while switching to a new records system last year... but victim advocates say that's no excuse – and that it keeps happening. They say they know of at least 17 cases from last year where victims received bills of up to 5-thousand dollars. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company has announced plans to build a research facility in Research Triangle Park, and, WRAL reports, 462 jobs will be created over the next five years. Lilly will invest 474-million dollars in the lab, which will produce drugs for diabetes. Officials say the new jobs will pay an average salary of more than 72-thousand dollars a year,, which is slightly higher than Durham County’s average of 71-thousand-750 dollars. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the legality of a quickly called legislative session in December 2016 in which Republicans pushed through laws that weakened incoming Governor Roy Cooper. The vote was unanimous, affirming a trial-court ruling that declined to declare the session's procedures unconstitutional. Common Cause and several citizens complained that the rushed session violated their constitutional right to “instruct their representatives.” But the appeals court disagreed. (AP) — North Carolina's Secretary of State says federal anti-counterfeit agents seized 460-thousand dollars worth of knock-off Rolex watches, Gucci purses, Air Jordan sneakers and Ugg boots at a Greensboro flea market. The merchandise was recovered by agents with the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force during a raid last weekend. Two vendors were charged with felony criminal use of a counterfeit trademark and three others received misdemeanor citations. (AP) — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a pizza delivery man shot and wounded three suspects who tried to rob him. The man was delivering a pizza at an apartment complex when he was approached by four suspects who pointed what appeared to be a rifle at him. He fired at them with a handgun, resulting in non-life threatening wounds for three suspects. The suspects range in age from 15 to 20. Police say the robbers used a toy rifle painted to look more like an assault rifle. ​People will have a chance to provide input on what transportation projects they would like to see included in the next North Carolina Department of Transportation’s 10-year transportation plan for 2023 – 2032. NCDOT uses data and local input to determine which projects get funded. A statewide 30-day public comment period to submit project ideas will be held between January 27 and February 28. During the 30-day period there will be open houses​ held at all the NCDOT highway division offices where people can give their input.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday January 21, 2020 -- and we can expect another cold sunny day. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A bomb squad from Fort Bragg was called out Monday morning after some people who were magnet fishing in Vass brought up a fragmentation grenade. On their Facebook page, the Crains Creek Fire Department says the grenade was very close to the bridge on Morrison Bridge Road... and the rusty grenade had its firing pin missing. The bomb squad said it wasn't safe to carry back to the base, so they detonated it in nearby woods. (According to Wikipedia, magnet fishing is searching in outdoor waters for ferromagnetic objects with magnets strong enough to remove bicycles, guns, safes, car tire rims... and, apparently, frag grenades.) Fayetteville Police are looking for 30-year-old Desmond D. Newton – he's wanted on two counts of statuary sex offense by an adult, two counts of indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of crimes against nature. WRAL reports Newton is accused of the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old. Police are asking anyone who may have information on his whereabouts to contact them, but warn that he's considered armed and dangerous. 24-year-old Wani Thomas of Fayetteville is in custody after a manhunt yesterday... Fayetteville Police say Thomas broke into a home and took his infant son and the baby's mother, 20-year-old Janice Livermore, forcing them into a car at gunpoint. Police found Livermore and the baby at a hotel where the couple had been living until recently. Thomas was arrested about 11:00 AM in Duplin County... he's held without bond. (AP) — Two men are dead after a shooting at a home in Durham. Police were called to the home early Monday morning and found a man in driveway suffering from fatal gunshot wounds. Police then learned there was another man inside the home. After a standoff, police entered the home and found the second man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. 31-year-old Brian Dennis Anderson of Garner is accused of stealing 46-thousand dollars in jewelry from Belk's in the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh... WRAL reports Anderson is charged with felony larceny in the November 28th heist and faces other related charges. Anderson is in the Wake County Jail under 50-thousand dollars bond... Yesterday, a pair of smash-and-grab thieves went into Regent Jewelers at the Triangle Town Center Mall, smashed cases open and fled with an undisclosed amount of jewelry. (AP) — This week, paratroopers with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division are heading to South America to train with their Colombian counterparts. The 75 paratroopers are taking part in a multinational training exercise in Colombia as part of their efforts to maintain readiness to respond to threats around the world. An example of the need to stay ready came on New Year’s Eve when hundreds of paratroopers went from relaxing at home to deploying to the Middle East within hours. (AP) — Danny Talbott, a two-sport athlete at UNC and member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. Talbott died Sunday morning at his home in Rocky Mount. Talbott played varsity baseball and football for the Tar Heels from 1963 to 1967 and was briefly a member of the freshman basketball team. As a quarterback, he won ACC Player of the Year honors.

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