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Archive for June, 2009

Pender County man behind bars for alleged crimes involving 9 year old

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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A Pender County man is behind bars for crimes involving a nine-year-old girl.

Fifty-seven-year-old Paul Sorrells was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of first-degree statutory sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

He is in the Pender County Jail under a $300,000 bond.

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A Pender County man is behind bars for crimes involving a nine-year-old girl. Fifty-seven-year-old Paul Sorrells was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of first-degree statutory sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

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Bill to legalize marijuana front and center in Raleigh

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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The debate over legalizing medical marijuana is not a new one, but it is going to be front and center in Raleigh Thursday. The House Health Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that’s been introduced to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. One Oak Island man is in full support of House Bill 1380, based on his own first-hand experience.

“It’s time we come out of the dark ages and look at marijuana as it is, a medicine, and not a hard core drug,” said David Warren.

David Warren is pushing for pot to be legalized in North Carolina, as an option for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions. It is already legal in 13 states. “Marijuana is not addictive. It’s a drug that causes little side effects. I think people should have a choice in medicine,” Warren said.

Warren is in full support of House Bill 1380, which would protect seriously ill patients from getting arrested and going to jail for smoking marijuana if recommended by a doctor. Warren said, “Those who are sick don’t belong in jail. They need to be treated with care, love, and respect.”

Warren uses his own experience to back up his case. He was arrested in 2005 for growing marijuana to smoke while being treated for Hepatitis C. He said he also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and a seizure disorder. “I looked at the data, I looked at the studies, and I decided that rather than take narcotics, I would rather have something non-addictive.”

Warren said the law would tax those who grow marijuana for themselves or others, bringing those tax dollars into the Tar Heel state. He is happy to see the issue reach Raleigh, and said there is plenty of room for an open and fair debate. “I believe that God made the marijuana. I’ve never seen an Oxycodone bush,” said Warren.

The House Health Committee’s public hearing is at noon Thursday in Raleigh.

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videoThe debate over legalizing medical marijuana is not a new one, but it is going to be front and center in Raleigh Thursday. The House Health Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that’s been introduced to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

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New Hanover sheriff’s sergeant disciplined for role in man’s arrest

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

By Veronica Gonzalez,Veronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

A New Hanover County Sheriff’s sergeant has been disciplined for failing to not identify himself to a 28-year-old man he arrested two weeks ago.

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NC Dell plant says it will recall some workers

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — Dell Inc. says it will recall some laid-off workers for temporary duty at a North Carolina computer plant.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday that Mayor Allen Joines said the company told city officials about 150 people could be recalled to the Forsyth County plant starting Monday.

The newspaper says Dell has an estimated 1,140 workers, down from the 1,400 it employed in January. Dell has laid off 260 people at the plant since May.

Dell opened the desktop computer assembly plant in 2005 and was offered an incentives package valued at $305 million if it meets hiring and investment goals.

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

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Dell Inc. says it will recall some laid-off workers for temporary duty at a North Carolina computer plant.

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NC revenue officials require proof of big families

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Thousands of North Carolina families that claimed five or more children on their income tax returns are being told to provide proof.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that letters have been sent to about 6,700 families claiming a large number of dependents. The letters say families need to verify the family size before refund checks will be mailed.

The Revenue Department’s Linda Millsaps says the agency is responsible for verifying dependents.

In the past the agency has audited questionable returns after refunds were sent. This year, some $2.6 million in refunds were stopped.

Taxpayers say they have had to find birth certificates and Social Security cards for their children.

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

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Thousands of North Carolina families that claimed five or more children on their income tax returns are being told to provide proof.

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