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Archive for December, 2009

N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles says he won’t run for re-election

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

By Gary D. RobertsonAssociated Press

North Carolina’s longest-serving state senator won’t seek re-election next year as he faces potential criminal charges over a shooting at his home in August.

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News of decade dominated by terror, tragedy

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

By Jim WareNight Editor

Some stories are so big they can’t be confined to a single year or even decade. 9/11 was and is that kind of story. Yet life in Southeastern North Carolina continues, and other news routinely pushes the War on Terror aside.

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NC teacher charged with sex crimes from 1993-2001

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A middle school teacher in North Carolina has been arrested and charged with sex crimes, some of which occurred more than 15 years ago.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that 57-year-old Harold Robert Grant Jr. of Greensboro was arrested Tuesday.

Guilford County sheriff’s deputies say the charges stem from an investigation of allegations that occurred between 1993 and 2001. They did not release additional details.

The Southeast Middle School teacher is charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count each of second degree sex offense, crime against nature and felony child abuse
involving a sexual act.

Grant was being held in the Guilford County jail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Information from: News & Record

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

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A middle school teacher in North Carolina has been arrested and charged with sex crimes, some of which occurred more than 15 years ago.

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Defense wants info on tipsters in UNC murder trial

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Attorneys for two men suspected of killing a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president want access to information phoned in by tipsters.

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour said Wednesday he would rule next week on whether to allow access to information the Crime Stoppers program promises will stay anonymous.

Prosecutors say releasing the material would compromise a vital crime fighting tool.

Demario Atwater and Laurence Lovette face murder and other charges in the death of 22-year-old Eve Carson. The Athens, Ga., woman was taken from her Chapel Hill home and watched as hundreds of dollars were withdrawn from her bank account at several ATMs. She was later shot five times.

Lovette was in court Wednesday. Atwater chose not to appear.

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

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Attorneys for two men suspected of killing a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president want access to information phoned in by tipsters.

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Former NC judge challenges removal from bench

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A former North Carolina district judge is challenging his removal from the bench after allegations of misconduct.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that former Mecklenburg District Judge Bill Belk filed a brief with the state Supreme Court challenging the Judicial Standards Commission’s recommendation that he be removed.

Belk’s attorney, Kevin Byrnes, says Belk is suffering from cancer and is desperate not to be forced from the bench because it would leave him without health insurance.

Belk resigned as a judge in November. The commission accused him of misconduct in April for serving on the board of directors of Sonic Automotive, one of the nation’s largest auto retailers, and for a confrontation with the chief district judge.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer

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

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A former North Carolina district judge is challenging his removal from the bench after allegations of misconduct.

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