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Archive for January, 2010

NC judge cancels meeting over delays in new jail

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Officials in a North Carolina county have pledged to build a new jail to replace an unsafe one closed last year, causing a Superior Court judge to cancel a meeting on
its delay.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Judge John Craig canceled the meeting with Yadkin County commissioners set for Friday after they adopted a resolution Monday saying they will
build the jail west of Yadkinville.

County Attorney Jim Graham said Craig told him he was satisfied with the commissioners’ action but would retain jurisdiction.

Craig ordered the commissioners in December 2006 to build a new jail. They approved construction of an $8 million jail in November 2007. But that decision was delayed by lawsuits and disagreement over the jail’s size and location.

Information from: Winston-Salem Journal

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Officials in a North Carolina county have pledged to build a new jail to replace an unsafe one closed last year, causing a Superior Court judge to cancel a meeting on
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Power restored to Ogden area

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Power has been restored to customers in the Ogden and Murrayville Road areas, according to Progress Energy’s Web site. About 2,000 homes lost power when a feeder line, which is a main power line that distributes power to neighborhoods, failed about 8 a.m., said spokesman Scott Sutton.– Shannan Bowen

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Soldier accused of murder won’t face execution

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Prosecutors say a U.S. Army sergeant accused of killing a pregnant soldier will not face the death penalty if convicted.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Thursday that prosecutors determined the murder of 23-year-old Spc. Megan Touma of Cold Spring, Ky., did not warrant capital punishment.

Sgt. Edgar Patino of Hope Mills is charged with first-degree murder. He was arrested in July 2008, a month after Touma was found dead in a bathtub in a Fayetteville motel. She was seven months pregnant and had been at Fort Bragg for less than two weeks.

Lawyers plan to meet Friday to discuss Patino’s bond. He is being held in the Cumberland County jail.

Authorities say Patino and Touma had been stationed together in Germany. He has admitted being the father of her unborn baby.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Prosecutors say a U.S. Army sergeant accused of killing a pregnant soldier will not face the death penalty if convicted.

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USS North Carolina Commissioning

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The USS North Carolina Commissioning was held Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the State Port in Wilmington, NC.

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Brunswick Co. teacher charged with sex with student

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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The Brusnwick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a teacher at Brunswick County Academy for sex crimes against a student. 39-year-old Leah Gayle Shipman of Leland is charged with sexual offense with a student, statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a student. Investigators say the victim was 15 years old at the time of the crime.

In an e-mailed statement, superintendent Katie McGee said Shipman has been suspended from her job. McGee released Shipman’s employment history with the district, which shows Shipman started as a teacher at Brunswick County Academy in August 2008. She has worked in various positions, including substitute teacher and teacher assistant and secretary at Lincoln and Belville Elementary Schools since 2001.

McGee said the district is cooperating with the Sheriff’s Office, but because of the investigation and privacy laws, she said the district would not say more.

Tune in for more information and reaction from Brunswick County tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5.

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Investigators say the victim was 15 years old at the time of the crime.

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