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Archive for July, 2009

Man accused of killing father scheduled for trial

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man accused of killing his father and then opening fire at his former high school is scheduled to go to trial.

Alvaro Castillo has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to all of the charges against him. A judge has ruled that the 22-year-old is competent to stand trial for the August 2006 shootings.

Prosecutors say Castillo fatally shot his 65-year-old father before driving to Orange County High School, where he set off firecrackers or smoke bombs in a parking lot and fired at the
school with a rifle and a shotgun.

Investigators have said Castillo was obsessed with the 1999 Columbine, Colo., high school massacre and sent an e-mail to the Columbine principal before the North Carolina attack.

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

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A North Carolina man accused of killing his father and then opening fire at his former high school is scheduled to go to trial.

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Marine Corps League to meet in NC in 2010

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — The Marines are beginning a slow march to Greensboro.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Monday that an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 Marines and former Marines are expected to attend the Marine Corps League 2010 national convention. North
Carolina will host the event in August 2010 for the first time in the league’s 86-year history.

Commandant Danny Bracken leads the Greater Greensboro detachment and says the event typically attracts about 2,700 attendees. Bracken says since so many Marines and former Marines live North Carolina and surrounding states, more people will be able to attend.

The 2009 national convention will be held next week in Rochester, Minn.

The league is classified as a veterans group but also includes active duty members and reservists.

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

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The Marines are beginning a slow march to Greensboro.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Monday that an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 Marines and former Marines are expected to attend the Marine Corps League 2010 national convention.

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State budget goes back to drawing board

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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House and Senate Democrats thought Tuesday was going to be an important day. They expected a vote on the state budget, but it turns out that plan quickly began to crumble.

Governor Bev Perdue was apparently not happy with the deal the two Houses had made. She requested they go back and start over, and now no one knows how long that will take.

One of the topics the governor is looking to change is the tax plan. She wants to raise state taxes. Republican State Representative Carolyn Justice disagrees. “You know the two Houses are pretty independent, you know they believe in the separation of powers, and this is a legislative decision, and she is the executive decision. They’re pretty determined on what they want to raise and don’t want to raise, and so the war could go on for weeks or it could come to a close quickly, we just aren’t sure.”

Justice also spoke about cutting the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College. She said it was a bad decision, because that program directly created jobs for folks in our area.

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House and Senate Democrats thought Tuesday was going to be an important day. They expected a vote on the state budget, but it turns out that plan quickly began to crumble.

Governor Bev Perdue was apparently not happy with the deal the two Houses had made.

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Report: Mary Easley rarely spent full days at work

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A published report says logs of former first lady Mary Easley’s everyday activities show she rarely spent a full day on the campus where she held a job she is now fighting to regain.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that newly discovered time-stamped records indicate Easley was on the North Carolina State University campus for an average of about three days a week during the months she was working full-time.

The records also show her doing other things during workdays, such as running errands.

The university’s chancellor, provost and chairman of its board of trustees have stepped down. Easley was fired from her job after details became public about her hiring – and an 80 percent salary increase. She has filed a grievance challenging her firing.

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

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A published report says logs of former first lady Mary Easley’s everyday activities show she rarely spent a full day on the campus where she held a job she is now fighting to regain.

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Two suspects wanted for Wrightsville Beach robbery

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Wrightsville Beach Police need your help. Detectives are looking for two suspects wanted for stealing beach bags from Wrightsville Beach.

The first suspect is a white man between the ages of 19 and 24. He drives a white Ford Taurus with a sun roof.

The second suspect is a while man with blonde, curly hair and has possible injuries to his face.

If you know anything about these men call the Wrightsville Beach Police Department at 910-256-7945.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wrightsville Beach Police need your help. Detectives are looking for two suspects wanted for stealing beach bags from Wrightsville Beach.

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