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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday November 21, 2017 -- just two more days until Thanksgiving. And in case you want to celebrate early, for some reason, today is both National Stuffing Day and National Pumpkin Pie Day. Make of that what you will, but now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Southern Pines Police have made three arrests during an on-going investigation for vehicle breaking and entering incidents earlier this month. 18-year-old Caleb Javor Ingram, 21-year-old Kendrick Marquel Terry, and 22-year-old Tyrone Sequine Reynolds, all from Hamlet, were taken into custody in connection with 13 incidents in which vehicles were broken into and items stolen. They'll appear in court on December 4. The Moore County Sheriff's Office is offering security training this evening to all places of worship, in preparation for the holiday season. The Church Safety and Security Forum will be held tonight from 6 until 7:30 at the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center on McNeil Street in Carthage. Despite higher gas prices, Triple-A Carolinas predicts that 1-point-4 million North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving weekend... that's a 3.3 percent increase over 2016. The holiday travel period begins tomorrow, and runs through Sunday. Gas prices are, on average, 32 cents per gallon more than last year. The Moore County Board of Commissioners will meet this evening – the closed session begins at 4:30, and the regular monthly meeting begins at 5:30 in the meeting room on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse in Carthage. (AP) – Duke Energy has agreed to seek a lower rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers with a lower potential profit margin, but still wants nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal. Duke and consumer advocates working for the North Carolina Utilities Commission said Monday they've agreed to a partial settlement as the company seeks a reduced 13 percent rate increase. (AP) - A man and has 8-year-old son were attacked early Monday morning at their Randolph County home and the father has died from his injuries. The dead man's name has not been released. The boy is expected to survive and is being treated at a Winston-Salem hospital. No arrests have been reported. North Carolina’s workplace injury and illness rate for private industry in 2016 was statistically unchanged from its historic low in 2015. The 2016 rate was 2.5 cases per 100 full-time workers, compared with 2.6 in 2015. North Carolina remains one of the safest states in which to work with a rate below the national average of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time workers. Today: Mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain late this afternoon.... High near 60. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of rain... Low around 48. Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday November 20, 2017 -- and it's Thanksgiving week! Today, by the way, is Future Teachers of America Day. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A fire destroyed an RV at Mac's Food Store on Sandpit Road in Aberdeen Sunday morning. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the RV caught fire after the driver pulled up to the gas pumps at the convenience store. The pumps were shut down, the store evacuated, and vehicles were moved... the RV was a total loss... but no injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation. Moore County Sheriff's Deputies have made another drug arrest – last Thursday, along with Aberdeen Police, armed with a search warrant, they searched a home on East South Street in Aberdeen, and seized cocaine, marijuana, some cash, drug paraphernalia and firearms. 24-year-old Shyron Meeb Berry was taken into custody, and faces numerous drug-related charges. In Vass on Saturday night, a car was totaled in what may have been a drag race on Highway 690... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that authorities think whoever was driving the car got into the car it was racing after the wreck, and took off. Shortly afterwards, a man who said he owned the wrecked car arrived at the accident scene and said it was his car, and that a relative told him it had been involved in a wreck. A minivan collided with a Papa Johns' pizza delivery driver in a Honda Sedan on Friday evening at the intersection of 15-501 and US-1... A pregnant woman in the minivan was taken to Moore FirstHealth Regional Hospital for evaluation... no one else was injured. A Fayetteville man was struck and killed by a car Saturday night... 48-year-old Nathaniel Brown Junior was crossing Ramsey Street when he was hit by a Toyota... he was pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, according to WRAL-TV. (AP) — The nation's largest electric company is fighting to persuade regulators that North Carolina consumers should pay 15 percent more on average, including nearly 200 million dollars a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal to generate power. Consumers, the state's attorney general and the state's utilities consumer advocate are digging in ahead of hearings starting today. (AP) - A summary released by the Department of Defense shows reports of sexual assault from Fort Bragg increased by 28 percent in 2016 over the year before. The summary says Fort Bragg received 146 reports of sexual assault in 2016 compared with 114 reports in 2015. (AP) - An Outer Banks town plans to replenish 10 miles of beach that was lost last year to Hurricane Matthew. Nags Head will replenish the beach with 3.7 million cubic yards of sand dredged from offshore pits if all the permits and financing work out. Today: Sunny, with a high near 58. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. High near 60.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday November 17, 2017 -- and now, Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Of course, that means the Holiday Season will officially be in full swing. I don't think I'm ready just yet..... Nonetheless, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A storage building behind a home on Juniper Lake Road... as well as its contents... were destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. Firefighters arrived shortly after 2:30 to find the building fully involved in flames. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports the fire was brought under control quickly, but the building and everything in it were a total loss. 37-year-old James Ellis Turner III of Carthage has been arrested by Moore County Sheriff's Deputies on drug charges... during the execution of a search warrant, deputies seized 32 grams of marijuana, a gun and assorted drug paraphernalia. Turner faces several drug and firearm charges... he's held under a 250-thousand dollar bond. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about Love & War Clothing, a Raeford-based online retailer specializing in custom apparel for military consumers. The company has an F rating with the BBB, and 97 complaints have been filed in the last three years. Many of the complaints were about orders never received by customers and unresponsiveness to phone calls and emails. (AP) — State regulators say they're suspending and may revoke a chemical company's key permit after it didn't report the spill of an unregulated compound. The Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday it is moving to revoke The Chemours Company's permit to discharge wastewater from operations at its Fayetteville plant into a neighboring river. About one in three people in North Carolina say they have been personally affected by opioid addiction or they have someone close to them who has been, according to an Elon University Poll, which found that the crisis has touched 31 percent of respondents or their friends and family members, while 67 percent said they had not been impacted. Asked which is the larger problem — prescription drugs used improperly, or street drugs like heroin — close to 60 percent pointed to the abuse of prescription medications. (AP) - North Carolina prisons were already dangerous places to work before four employees at an understaffed prison were killed during a failed breakout attempt last month. State prisons data show assaults on prison staff so far this year are already 50 percent higher than five years ago. (AP) - North Carolina's elections agency wants bank records from a state House member's campaign that's filed donation reports late or with discrepancies in recent years. An elections official says work is still going on to reconcile campaign filings from Democratic Representative Rodney Moore of Charlotte. A newspaper says some political action committee contributions are not listed in Moore's paperwork. Today: Sunny, with a high near 61. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday November 16, 2017 -- and today is the Great American Smokeout. You don't hear much about that anymore but remember a few years ago, it was quite well publicized. In any case, if you haven't kicked the habit yet, today would be a very good day to do so. It's not easy -- I know that -- but it can be done. Anyway, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Eight regional law enforcement agencies collaborated on Tuesday to conduct a speed enforcement operation on Highway 211 between West End and Pinehurst. Between noon and 5:00 PM, they wrote 74 tickets, according to AberdeenTimes-dot-com. That included 67 tickets for speeding... the lowest for 67 in a 55 zone, and the highest speed was 80 miles per hour. 35-year-old Jennifer Marie Reynolds of Carthage was arrested earlier this week – she faces charges of Trafficking in Heroin. Moore County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a traffic stop Sunday, and seized heroin, oxycodone, cocaine, and other drugs, along with more than 25-hundred dollars cash. Street value of the drugs is said to be about 4-thousand dollars. Reynolds has a November 28 date in court. (AP) - The mother of a gunman who shot 14 people, killing four, says he called her in Raleigh the day before the rampage in Northern California to say he was weary of constant feuding with his neighbors. Kevin Neal's mother says he declared he "was on a cliff and there's nowhere to go." The first two people Neal shot and killed were neighbors. North Carolina has taken a step toward strengthening public safety and emergency preparedness by clearing the way for its first responders to join FirstNet, the first nationwide broadband network specifically built for public safety agencies. The high-speed wireless network is part of a federal program designed to allow first responders to maintain communication during disasters and other large-scale events that could disable or disrupt other communication channels. (AP) — North Carolina's two Republican senators say they oppose President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at EPA, putting his nomination at serious risk. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis issued statements saying they will vote against Michael Dourson to serve as head of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. (AP) - Trustees for UNC Chapel Hill heard yesterday from students who oppose a campus Confederate monument. The University's board heard from more than 30 speakers at a comment session during its bimonthly meeting. The statue of an anonymous rebel known as "Silent Sam" has been the site of demonstrations during a nationwide debate on Confederate monuments. (AP) - North Carolina's only farmworker union wants to block a new law limiting organized labor's activities around the state's vegetable and tobacco fields. A lawsuit filed Wednesday calls the law unconstitutional and discriminatory. A last-minute House amendment inserted into the General Assembly's annual farm law prohibits farming operations from collecting union dues. The lawsuit says that hurts a union whose membership is almost entirely Latino. Today: Sunny, with a high near 64. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 34. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

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