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Archive for March, 2009

Firefighters from Pender, New Hanover respond to blaze

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Firefighters from two counties responded to Pender County this morning to fight a blaze in an abandoned building.

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NC’s largest city wants 150 cops with stimulus

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The largest city in North Carolina says it wants enough federal stimulus money to add 150 new police officers over the next three years.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the City Council’s decision Monday to ask for nearly $24 million is a reduction from the original plan, since the city would have to pay the officers when the funds end.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said it makes sense to scale back the request to something affordable. Monroe had said in February he wanted to hire 250 officers over two years using stimulus money.

Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess said the city should stick with the higher number.

City Manager Curt Walton said 150 new officers is what the city can afford.

Monroe has made putting more officers on the street a priority since taking over as chief in June.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The largest city in North Carolina says it wants enough federal stimulus money to add 150 new police officers over the next three years.

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NC conference explores influences on construction

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s State Construction Office is sponsoring an annual conference that will explore how financial events of 2009 have influenced the industry.

Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight will speak at the luncheon Tuesday.

The event is full and organizers say no walk-in registrations will be accepted.

The event attracts contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects and representatives of state agencies. This year’s conference is being held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

Topics to be discussed include bonding and insurance, standards and performance.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina’s State Construction Office is sponsoring an annual conference that will explore how financial events of 2009 have influenced the industry.

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Fire Dept: Stove may have ignited fatal NC fire

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE — Firefighters say a faulty stove may have started a fire that killed a 3-year-old North Carolina girl earlier this week.

Cmdr. Ronald Lewis of the Fayetteville Fire Department said Monday that arson has been ruled out as a cause of the fire Sunday night that killed Nevaeh Pratt. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Lewis said a preliminary investigation showed the fire started in the kitchen and involved the stove.

The girl’s father, 26-year-old Kenneth Jerome Pratt, was hospitalized at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for burns.

One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on Sunday and was released.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Firefighters say a faulty stove may have started a fire that killed a 3-year-old North Carolina girl earlier this week.

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Police standoff with soldier ends in Fayetteville

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE — Authorities in Fayetteville say a standoff with an armed Fort Bragg soldier who fired shots at police and barricaded himself in an off-base apartment ended peacefully
when the man surrendered.

Fayetteville police spokeswoman Theresa Chance said authorities expect to file charges against 24-year-old Spc. Jason N. Johnson. She said he was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to his left hand.

Chance said the incident began in the early morning hours as a domestic issue that did not involve his wife. She said Johnson barricaded himself in the apartment of a deployed soldier.
Authorities aren’t certain if Johnson knew that soldier.

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Authorities in Fayetteville say a standoff with an armed Fort Bragg soldier who fired shots at police and barricaded himself in an off-base apartment ended peacefully
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