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Archive for September, 2011

Assistant DA trades in court for military duty

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It’s 7:30 a.m., and Assistant District Attorney Fred Gore is getting in a quick workout behind his office in Whiteville.

Gore enlisted in the National Guard at the age of 17. In his nearly 20 years of service he has earned a law degree and has also become a father.

The Supply native says balancing law, family and military service has become part of his routine. Soon, though, that routine will change when Capt. Gore ships out to Kuwait.

“This Friday will be my last day in the office,” Gore said. “We’ll be doing some stateside training and deploying later this year. I’ll be on active duty orders up until probably this time next year.”

Gore, who has been with the DA’s office since February, is one of District Attorney Jon David’s up-and-coming prosecutors in Columbus County. In a short time Gore has prosecuted and overseen the cases of offenders like Allen “Frog” Strickland. Last week Gore got a guilty plea from the teen, who had piled up numerous charges after several altercations with former state Sen. R.C. Soles.

“To now be able to give back to the community and try to make it a safer place and hold people accountable when they decide to make bad decisions, it’s a good feeling,” Gore said. “I’m humbled and give a lot of it to my boss Jon David, because he made the decision to bring me back to this area and gave me the opportunity to excel.”

With everything on Gore’s plate he says the hardest thing about his upcoming deployment is leaving his two-year-old twin boys.

“Being a father, having sons look up to you, following dad step for step, and they’re starting to value following daddy’s foot steps, you know watch him cut the grass and ride the tractor. I’m taking a step back and starting to realize that I’m not going to enjoy that this upcoming year like I did this summer and this year,” Gore said. “That is the toughest part.”

Gore is not leaving the DA’s office for good. He plans to step right back in after returning from his deployment.

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Pine Valley, Holly Tree elementary schools on lockdown

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Murder conviction in police officer’s death goes to appeal

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NC Court of Appeals will hear arguments tomorrow in the case of a man convicted of killing a Wilmington Police officer.

A jury convicted Anthony Pierce last year of second-degree murder. Pierce’s refusal to stop for police led to a chase in February 2009. Ofc. Rich Matthews died after his cruiser crashed as he swerved to avoid a box in the road as he tried to join the chase.

Court filings show the appeal is based on 10 arguments, including jury instructions, evidence allowed at trial and ineffective counsel.

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Civil Air Patrol prepares young people for Air Force, trains volunteers

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The patrol’s cadet programs trains members ages 12-20, educating them in leadership, aerospace fitness and character development, many of them preparing to enter the Air Force.

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Court to consider appeal of murder conviction related to officer’s death

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The N.C. Court of Appeals will hear arguments Wednesday in the ground-breaking murder conviction of a man whose refusal to stop during a police pursuit, authorities say, led to the death of an officer in another part of town.

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