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Archive for July, 2009

Delay sought in third trial of NC triple slaying

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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FORT BRAGG — Lawyers for a soldier recalled to duty so he could be tried a third time for a 1985 triple slaying in North Carolina say they need more time to deal with DNA testing and to find witnesses.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that lawyers for 51-year-old Master Sgt. Timothy B. Hennis asked a judge to delay the Sept. 15 trial until January. A decision is expected in a few weeks.

Hennis was charged with the slayings of 31-year-old Kathryn Eastburn and her two daughters at their home in Fayetteville. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

Hennis was convicted in state court and sentenced to die, then acquitted in a new trial ordered by an appeals court. Civilian authorities brought the case to the military after they said DNA linked Hennis to the case.

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

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Lawyers for a soldier recalled to duty so he could be tried a third time for a 1985 triple slaying in North Carolina say they need more time to deal with DNA testing and to find witnesses.

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Man arrested on charges of attacking a downtown Wilmington store clerk

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Police arrested a man Wednesday afternoon after a store clerk in downtown Wilmington reported being assaulted when he tried to stop a shoplifter.

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Fed hold red wolf recovery program in NC

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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COLUMBIA, N.C. — Federal wildlife specialists are holding a teacher education program on the recovery of the rare red wolf at an eastern North Carolina refuge.

The program Thursday is designed to teach the teachers about the endangered animal that was reintroduced to the wild in North Carolina. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says North Carolina is home to the world’s only wild population of red wolves.

The wolf can be found in parts of Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Washington and Beaufort counties.

Red wolves once were common in the Southeast but were killed as nuisances until they were declared extinct in the wild by 1980. Pairs of the wolf from a captive breeding program were placed in the Alligator River Wildlife refuge in 1987.

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

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Federal wildlife specialists are holding a teacher education program on the recovery of the rare red wolf at an eastern North Carolina refuge.

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NY freak show owner wants NC dog with 5 legs

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — There’s a fight over a five-legged Chihuahua puppy from North Carolina.

The owner of a Coney Island animal show, John Strong, says he had a deal to buy the dog, Lilly, from a Gastonia man.

Multiple media outlets reported that the dog’s owner, Calvin Owensby, sold the pup to a Charlotte woman who wants to have the extra leg amputated next week so the dog can walk normally.

Strong says he’s the rightful owner of the dog. But Allyson Siegel says — quoting — “over my dead body.”

The New York man says his show contains “amazing animals, oddities and freaks.”

Strong is hinting that he may go to court over the whole affair.

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

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There’s a fight over a five-legged Chihuahua puppy from North Carolina.

The owner of a Coney Island animal show, John Strong, says he had a deal to buy the dog, Lilly, from a Gastonia man.

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New NC elections board could consider Easley probe

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — A new North Carolina elections board is meeting for the first time and campaign finance reports by former Gov. Mike Easley are on the agenda.

The five board members are getting together Thursday for the first time since Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed them.

The board’s staff has been looking at how Easley’s campaign changed several years of campaign finance reports after failing to disclose the use of a car. It also is looking at whether free
airplane flights by Easley exceeded donation limits.

The board could dismiss the matters or call for a public hearing. The board also could issue fines or refer the case to prosecutors.

The probe is part of a broader examination of the former governor and his wife by state and federal authorities.

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

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A new North Carolina elections board is meeting for the first time and campaign finance reports by former Gov. Mike Easley are on the agenda.

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