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Archive for August, 2009

N.C. legislature opens door to local transit taxes

Monday, August 31st, 2009

By Gary D. RobertsonAssociated Press

State lawmakers agreed in the legislative session’s final days to expand to all 100 counties the option to raise local sales taxes for their own public transportation projects.

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Strickland arrested again

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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A Tabor City boy with ties to State Sen. R.C. Soles was in jail Sunday for the second time in less than a week. Thursday Allen Strickland wound up in jail accused of setting fire to a house Soles bought him. Sunday the 17-year-old was back behind bars because of his car the Senator paid for.

According to a Tabor City police report, Strickland’s white Corvette was involved in a high-speed chase yesterday from Tabor City almost to the South Carolina state line. The report says the car was driving at speeds up to 75 miles per hour, and that it almost hit another car in the process. The chase ended when the car wound up in a ditch on Carolina Road near the state line.

Witness David Watts told WWAY in an e-mail that the car almost hit him and that Strickland ran away from the crash scene. Strickland later showed up at the Tabor City Police Department and reported the car stolen. That led police to charge Strickland with filing a false report after he’d already been charged with reckless driving, no license and fleeing to evade arrest.

We are told a magistrate set Stricland’s bond at $4,000, which Strickland posted Sunday evening.

We will have more on this story tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5 p.m.

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A Tabor City boy with ties to State Sen. R.C. Soles was in jail Sunday for the second time in less than a week. Thursday Allen Strickland wound up in jail accused of setting fire to a house Soles bought him. Sunday the 17-year-old was back behind bars because of his car the Senator paid for.

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Strickland arrested again after run from police

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Just days after his arrest for allegedly burning down the home N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles bought him, authorities say 17-year-old Allen Wayne Strickland is headed back to jail.

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UPDATE: Boy in coma after fall from tree dies

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Belville | On Friday, Heather Skipper made the most difficult decision of her life. Her 9-year-old son Teddy Hiatt hadn’t woken up from a coma since he fell from a tree in Belville on Aug. 23.He was dying.If she allowed Teddy’s organs to be donated, Skipper said, maybe other parents might not go through what she has.

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Hampstead man wants to build aquatic center there

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

A Hampstead landowner is seeking approval to build a community pool and recreation complex on the west side of Country Club Drive.

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