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Archive for December, 2009

ABC board to go before New Hanover Commissioners’ tonight

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The New Hanover County Commissioners tonight will ask officials with the county’s Alcoholic Control Board to explain themselves.

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Man arrested in deaths of 2 NC women found in SC

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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GASTONIA — A North Carolina man has been arrested in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in northern South Carolina.

Multiple media outlets reported that 47-year-old Danny Robbie Hembree Jr., of Gastonia was arrested Saturday.

Hembree is charged in the deaths of 30-year-old Randi Dean Saldana and 17-year-old Heather Catterton.

Saldana’s body was found burned on a road in Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina last month. Catterton’s body was found near Clover, S.C., in late October.

Nick Catterton says Hembree had been dating another of his daughters, Nicole, and sometimes stayed in their home.

Nick Catterton says he knew Hembree had been in prison previously but he didn’t notice anything usual about him.

It was unclear if Hembree had an attorney.

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

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A North Carolina man has been arrested in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in northern South Carolina.

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NC sheriff’s aide wants bribery sentence reversed

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — A volunteer captain who helped a former North Carolina sheriff extort bribes from illegal gambling operators wants a judge to set aside his prison sentence.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Monday that 78-year-old Guy Penland filed a court petition from the Kentucky federal prison where he is serving a five-year sentence. Penland says his attorney refused to file an appeal without being paid more money, violating his constitutional rights.

Prosecutors say Penland collected protection money from video poker operators for former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford, who pocketed more than $300,000 during his dozen years in office.

The 64-year-old Medford is serving 15 years in prison.

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

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A volunteer captain who helped a former North Carolina sheriff extort bribes from illegal gambling operators wants a judge to set aside his prison sentence.

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Police: Man broke window, slipped into NC capitol

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Authorities say a man slipped into the State Capitol through a broken window and vandalized a Christmas tree and a water fountain.

Ernie Seneca, a spokesman for the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, said Sunday in a news release that 35-year-old Douglas Webster McClary was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of breaking and entering.

Seneca says McClary was trying to get into the governor’s press office when officers found him in the capitol around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

McClary is also charged with damage to real property and damage to personal property.

He was treated for minor injuries after the break-in and taken to the Wake County Jail in Raleigh. State Capitol Police are still investigating.

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

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Authorities say a man slipped into the State Capitol through a broken window and vandalized a Christmas tree and a water fountain

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Two women report being robbed on Wilmington streets

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Wilmington | Two women, in separate cases, each told police they were robbed while walking in Wilmington in the early hours of Sunday morning.One woman told police an assailant punched her in the arm and stole her cell phone while she was walking near the intersection of Front and Orange streets.

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