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Archive for March, 2009

Police cruiser going 90 mph before fatal NC wreck

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Police say a North Carolina officer whose cruiser collided with another vehicle and killed its driver was going more than 90 mph without lights or siren when the crash occurred.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said his department will investigate the wreck.

Police said Officer Martray Proctor’s cruiser collided with a vehicle Sunday night at a north Charlotte intersection and killed 20-year-old Shatona Evette Robinson of Davidson. Four others, including the officer, were hurt.

State law requires police to obey speed limits unless their blue lights and siren are activated. The speed limit where the accident occurred is 45 mph.

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

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Police say a North Carolina officer whose cruiser collided with another vehicle and killed its driver was going more than 90 mph without lights or siren when the crash occurred.

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Vice president to visit NC this week

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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FAISON, N.C. — Vice President Joe Biden will be in North Carolina this week to discuss how federal stimulus money will help rural Americans.

The White House released a statement Monday that said Biden and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will “make a major announcement regarding rural housing funding” when they visit the state Wednesday.

Biden and Vilsack are scheduled to visit Goshen Medical Center in Faison. The clinic serves rural residents and will receive funding from the federal Recovery Act.

They also are scheduled to be in Pikeville to visit the local fire department, which also will receive stimulus funding to help build a new facility.

Further details of their visit haven’t been released.

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

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Vice President Joe Biden will be in North Carolina this week to discuss how federal stimulus money will help rural Americans.

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Seminars at Brunswick college to offer business pointers

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

BRUNSWICK COUNTYSeminars to offerbusiness pointersEmployers who need help navigating these tricky recession waters can find a resource at Brunswick Community College.

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NC town imposes teen curfew

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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TRENTON, N.C. — A small town in southeastern North Carolina has imposed a curfew for those under age 18.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that the Trenton Town Board of Commissioners has voted to keep those under 18 off the streets between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Mayor Gladys Meadows said people all over town had requested the action.

Jones County Sheriff John Hall says the ordinance should keeping children out of trouble. Hall says some minors are out on the street almost around the clock, hanging out in front of stores.

Violators will be taken home. If a parent or guardian can’t be found, the youngster will be turned over to the Jones County Department of Social Services.

There are exceptions for work, school or church functions, as well as those just traveling through town.

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

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A small town in southeastern North Carolina has imposed a curfew for those under age 18.

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Bladen County gang related forum focuses on West Bladen fights

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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Concerned Bladen County residents gathered Monday night to talk about what they can do help the county’s youth get on the right track. Just hours earlier, ten students had been arrested at West Bladen High School in a series of fights.

“I personally don’t like to see children being brought to jail in handcuffs. They should be in school learning, what they’re there for,” said Niki Dennis as she attended Monday night’s meeting.

Glendell Robinson also attended and said, “It’s a sad situation, a sad situation and I hope we can get it straightened out because we are not used to this in Bladen County.”

While law enforcement is not saying whether Monday’s incident was gang related, they suspect it was a factor in a shooting at an Elizabethtown McDonald’s in January, which killed West Bladen student Jackee Sledge. It is incidents like these that the Bladen County Ministerial Association wants to prevent with these forums.

Bill Young led the gang forum and said, “It gives proof for the fact that we are trying to do prevention, work with children and youth and young adults so that we can prevent these kinds of activities and situations within our county.”

The meeting gave people a chance to hear each other’s ideas for reaching out to kids, such as getting parents more involved in school, creating a Boys and Girls club in the area, and having volunteers start up various activities.

“I just want to be able to reach out and be able to help them,” said Dennis. “I think the community wants to do that and that’s why we’re here, to try to help out and guide them and give them new direction.”

The leaders of the forum said the next step is to continue to get feedback, as well as reaching out to every town in Bladen County to spread the anti-violence, anti-gang message.

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videoViolence was fresh on the minds of a community-based gang task force that met Monday night in Bladen County. Gang related or not, the people who gathered in Elizabethtown said the violence has to stop.

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