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Archive for April, 2009

3 years of probation for NC woman in teen’s death

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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WENTWORTH — A judge has sentenced a 60-year-old North Carolina woman to three years of probation for passing a stopped school bus and striking a 16-year-old boy, killing him.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Judy Stilwell pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rockingham County. Her six- to eight-month jail sentenced was suspended as long as she completes probation. Her driver’s license was suspended for a year and she was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Stilwell had a clean record before passing the school bus which had its lights on and stop sign out on state Highway 770 and striking Nicholas Adkins as he crossed the street in January.

Stilwell cried in court and her attorney called the incident a lapse in attention.

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

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A judge has sentenced a 60-year-old North Carolina woman to three years of probation for passing a stopped school bus and striking a 16-year-old boy, killing him.

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Sheriff: NC deputy dies after shootout in woods

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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GRIFTON, N.C. — Authorities say one sheriff’s deputy has been killed and another shot in the neck during a shootout with a man in North Carolina.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says deputies received a call Tuesday night that a man drove a car down a wooded path and was shooting a gun near Grifton, about 75 miles southeast of Raleigh.

Det. Allen Pearson was shot as he confronted the man and died at the hospital. Det. Ryan Dawson was wounded and is being treated at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Officials say the suspect also was shot and taken to the hospital.

Deputies say the vehicle the suspect drove was registered to a woman in Craven County who has been found dead. Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man or the woman, or how she died.

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

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Authorities say one sheriff’s deputy has been killed and another shot in the neck during a shootout with a man in North Carolina.

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Emotions high at Monkey Junction annexation hearing

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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Inside and out, one by one, opponents of the proposed of annexation of Monkey Junction made their voices heard. City Council chambers were packed with protesters. Monkey Junction property owner James E. Dykes said, “I think the City Council needs to vote on whether or not the residents want to be part of the city or not.”

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said, “It’s always a controversial issue, and as cities become more urban in nature, cities annex.”

The opponents were certainly heard when it came to the inevitable tax increase that comes with paying city taxes. Monkey Junction resident Laura Triece said, “It’s immoral for them to be doing this to young families, and older retired people on fixed incomes at this time.”

“We’re being annexed simply because the city of Wilmington wants to increase the funds and money for the city of Wilmington,” said Lewis Sasser of Monkey Junction.

The session overflowed with emotion, to the point that two people were arrested and charged with disrupting an official meeting. The men were escorted out of the room by police.

Council did not vote on any annexation yet. They did vote “yes” to hold another public hearing on May 5th to discuss the largest proposed area to be annexed.

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videoTuesday night was the first official public hearing for the proposed annexation of Monkey Junction. Opponents certainly were not “monkeying” around; some of them got arrested.

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Eve Carson case murder trial to start in November

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — A man charged in the death of the slain student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will go to trial on federal charges in November.

U.S. District Court Judge James Beaty said in a ruling Tuesday that 22-year-old Demario Atwater’s trial will begin Nov. 2. A pretrial hearing will be held June 4.

Atwater faces five federal charges in the death of Eve Carson, including three that carry a maximum penalty of death. Prosecutors allege Atwater and another man, Laurence Lovette, kidnapped Carson from her home and shot her to death the morning of March 5, 2008.

The 22-year-old Carson was from Athens, Ga.

Lovette also faces state charges in the case, but he will not face the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of Carson’s death.

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

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A man charged in the death of the slain student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will go to trial on federal charges in November.

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NC Senate prepares for first budget vote

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A budget to operate North Carolina state government for the next two years is ready for debate on the Senate floor.

Senate Democrats prepared to hold the first of two required votes on the spending plan Wednesday afternoon.

The budget spends $20 billion in state funds for the fiscal year starting July 1. It narrows a $3.4 billion gap between projected revenues and expenses by cutting costs, spending stimulus money and generating $500 million in tax increases. Republicans are frustrated because Democrats don’t plan to finalize what they intend to tax until later.

The budget should pass by the end of the week and head to the House, which will create its own version. The two chambers then will work on a compromise to present to Gov. Beverly Perdue.

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

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A budget to operate North Carolina state government for the next two years is ready for debate on the Senate floor.

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