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Archive for January, 2010

NC ABC commission wants more info on paid meals

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top alcohol regulators want more information about meals for local ABC employees that may have been paid for by a liquor company.

The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission said Friday it wants additional expense receipts from Diageo North America by next week.

State agents investigated a $12,700 dinner that Diageo paid for in November for 30 Mecklenburg County ABC employees, spouses and other guests. A Diageo representative also told agents he had paid for meals for at least six other local ABC boards.

The agents cited Mecklenburg ABC and the company for violating gift bans. Employees later reimbursed Diageo $9,300.

The state ABC also wants to know about a meal between Mecklenburg ABC employees and representatives of Beam Global Spirits and Wine.

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

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North Carolina’s top alcohol regulators want more information about meals for local ABC employees that may have been paid for by a liquor company.

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Soles released on $5,000 bond after turning himself in

Friday, January 8th, 2010

State Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, was released about noon Friday, shortly after turning himself into the Columbus County Detention Center.

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Purdue provost named chancellor at NC State

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A provost at Purdue University has been elected chancellor of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

The Board of Governors of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system elected William Randolph “Randy” Woodson as chancellor during its meeting Friday in Chapel Hill. Woodson was
also executive vice president for academic affairs at the Indiana school.

The 52-year-old Woodson will assume his new duties by May 1. He succeeds James Woodward, who has served as interim chancellor since June of last year after the resignation of James Oblinger.

Oblinger resigned amid questions over his role in the hiring of former first lady Mary Easley, a controversy that also caused the provost and trustee chairman to resign.

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

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A provost at Purdue University has been elected chancellor of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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‘Robin Sage’ lawsuit against NC county settled

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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CARTHAGE, N.C. — A former Army sergeant wounded by a deputy during a military training exercise in North Carolina has settled a civil rights lawsuit for $580,000.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Friday that 35-year-old Stephen Phelps agreed to dismiss his lawsuit against the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and former Deputy Randall Butler as part of the out-of-court settlement reached in November.

The settlement is in addition to more than $650,000 a federal jury awarded him in October.

Phelps was shot in the arm and chest in February 2002 during an Army role-playing exercise called Robin Sage, the final exam for soldiers in Special Forces training. First Lt. Tallas Tomeny was killed.

Butler has a pending lawsuit against the United States involving the shooting.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer

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A former Army sergeant wounded by a deputy during a military training exercise in North Carolina has settled a civil rights lawsuit for $580,000.

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NC man charged in beating death of landlord

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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OGDEN, N.C. — Authorities say a North Carolina man has been charged with killing his landlord.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Friday that 55-year-old Dennis Benjamin Roy of Ogden is charged with murder in the death of 68-year-old Carmine Anthony Bruno.

Officers say Bruno was struck repeatedly with a baseball bat while he slept Tuesday. His body was found Thursday in a garage.

They say Bruno’s wife, Mary, was ordered to her room and given a drug that kept her incoherent for two days. Authorities responded after she called her brother, who called 911.

Officers say Roy, a tenant, was upset Carmine Bruno had been verbally abusive to his wife in the past.

Roy is in New Hanover County jail. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.

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

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