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Archive for December, 2009

NC police warn against firing guns in celebration

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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CONCORD, N.C. — A North Carolina police department is warning residents that ringing in the New Year with celebratory gunfire is not only a bad idea, it’s illegal.

The Independent Tribune of Concord and Kannapolis reported that Concord police want to end a long tradition of firing guns into the air.

Police Capt. Betty Crump says people often don’t realize the danger created since a bullet shot into the air must come to earth somewhere. Crump noted holiday gunfire can kill, injure or cause damage buildings.

The message seems to be getting through. Concord police received six calls reporting New Year’s gunfire last year, down from 21 the year before.

A city ordinance allows a $500 fine for anyone who discharges a gun in the municipal limits.

Information from: Independent Tribune

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

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A North Carolina police department is warning residents that ringing in the New Year with celebratory gunfire is not only a bad idea, it’s illegal.

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Boy Scouts rename NC camp for eatery entrepreneurs

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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WASHINGTON, N.C. — A North Carolina Boy Scouts council is renaming a camp that honored a former congressman in favor of a family of local entrepreneurs.

The Washington Daily News reported Thursday that the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America has renamed its summer camp on the banks of the Pamlico River in honor of Rocky
Mount’s Boddie (body) family.

The family owns several restaurant chains and has long supported the Boy Scouts.

The camp was named after Herbert C. Bonner, a former congressman from Beaufort County who died in 1965. The Bonner bridge connecting the main islands of the Outer Banks is also named for him.

The Boy Scouts have camped along the Pamlico River for 40 years since the property was purchased from Weyerhauser and private landowners.

Information from: Washington Daily News

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

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A North Carolina Boy Scouts council is renaming a camp that honored a former congressman in favor of a family of local entrepreneurs.

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NC police officer charged with on-duty sex crimes

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A police officer in North Carolina’s largest city has been charged with sexually assaulting two female motorists he had pulled over while on duty.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Marcus Jackson was being held on bond totaling $360,000 before a court hearing Thursday. Jail records did not indicate whether he had an attorney, and a
spokesman did not immediately return a call.

The case began after a relative reported Monday that a 17-year-old girl said she was ordered into Jackson’s car, driven to another site, and assaulted.

The 25-year-old Jackson was charged with sexual battery, second-degree sex offense, extortion, kidnapping, indecent exposure and two counts of felonious restraint.

Police Chief Rodney Monroe says he encourages other potential victims to come forward.

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

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A police officer in North Carolina’s largest city has been charged with sexually assaulting two female motorists he had pulled over while on duty.

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NC credit union warns ATM scam spreading statewide

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina police have confirmed customers of a statewide credit union have been swindled after crooks copied their ATM cards.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union alerted customers this week. The credit union reported about 300 victims whose information was stolen at gas pumps and was used to drain their accounts.

Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue (Shuh-GRU) says the credit union is not the only institution thieves have hit.

The fraud involves bandits placing a device over an ATM card reader to capture data from a card’s magnetic strip. A nearby camera records the card user punching in the personal
identification number that matches the card.

Crooks then clone the card to make withdrawals from the victim’s accounts.

Information from: The News & Observer

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

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North Carolina police have confirmed customers of a statewide credit union have been swindled after crooks copied their ATM cards.

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NC driver on mobile phone turned ahead of train

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Authorities say a North Carolina woman was talking on her cell phone when she drove through a railroad crossing into the path of an Amtrak train last week.

Multiple media reported Thursday that the Highway Patrol determined warning lights and bells and the crossing gate functioned properly before the Dec. 22 crash that killed a mother
and her 5-year-old son.

The Highway Patrol said witnesses reported seeing 26-year-old Erin Lindsay-Calkins using her phone as she drove toward the railroad crossing near Efland in Orange County.

Bystanders pulled her 4-month-old daughter out of a car seat in the vehicle’s twisted metal.

None of the 215 passengers on the Amtrak passenger train bound from Charlotte to New York was hurt.

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

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Authorities say a North Carolina woman was talking on her cell phone when she drove through a railroad crossing into the path of an Amtrak train last week.

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