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Archive for November, 2011

8-year-old boy dies in hunting accident

Monday, November 28th, 2011

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -– An 8-year-old boy is dead after an accident while hunting with two older boys Friday afternoon. It happened near a house on Soup Haire Road just outside of Elizabethtown.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the three boys were playing in a yard when the parents left to go to Elizabethtown. The boys decided to go squirrel hunting with a .22-caliber rifle they had taken from a house. One of the older boys dropped the rifle and it went off, hitting the 8-year-old in the side. He was airlifted to Chapel Hill, where he later died.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the Bladen County Department of Social Services and North Carolina Wildlife officers are investigating the case.

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Cooper cautions NC residents on cyber shopping

Monday, November 28th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Cyber Monday, a day when online retailers offer deals to holiday shoppers, is becoming increasingly popular, but North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning that convenience doesn’t come without risks.

Cooper says shoppers should stick to established websites, and that if an online seller seems unfamiliar, the state Consumer Protection Division might have useful information about them. The Better Business Bureau is another source to see if any complaints have been filed about Internet retailers.

The attorney general says people buying gifts online should also use credit cards to make their purchases. Federal law limits individual liability to $50 if a credit card number gets stolen, and shoppers can dispute unauthorized charges with their credit card company.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Suspect in NC triple homicide has violent past

Monday, November 28th, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – North Carolina prison records show a violent past for a man police plan to charge with three counts of first-degree murder following a break-in that left five people shot and stabbed.

State Correction Department records show 44-year-old Shawn Lee Legrand spent 23 years in prison for violent crimes before his release in July. Legrand was convicted of assault inflicting serious injury, robbery and burglary for 1987 crimes and had his sentence extended while in prison for another assault with a deadly weapon offense.

Fayetteville police and arrest warrants accuse Legrand of breaking into a home early Saturday, then tying up his victims before shooting or stabbing them. Police say Legrand was taken to a local hospital after he was shot and wounded.

Police have not disclosed a motive.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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ONLY ON 3: Parents of hit and run victim plead for driver to come forward

Monday, November 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NC Highway Patrol is still looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured 22-year-old Joseph Earl Jones, Jr. on the southbound side of Carolina Beach Road late Thursday night.

Trooper Phillips says Jones was hit sometime between 11:16 and 11:54 p.m. Thursday while crossing Carolina Beach Road near Monkey Junction Storage. He was wearing a royal blue long sleeve pullover.

Jones is currently in critical condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Jones’ mother, Tammy, says he had driven from Leland to visit his girlfriend and was walking back to her house from Wal-Mart when he was hit.

He has several broken bones, suffered internal bleeding, a collapsed lung and needs multiple surgeries.

“It’s a wakeup call to see my son when I just saw him hours earlier and to see him unrecognizable,” said Joseph Jones Sr.

Joseph has a son of his own, two year-old Jessiah. Tammy is afraid he may not see his father again. She doesn’t understand how someone could just drive away.

“If you can stand there and look at my son and have no mercy, I just want to know what kind of person you are,” she said.

Both parents say they hope whoever hit their son will turn themselves in.

“Come forward,” Tammy Jones said. “Come forward and take responsibility for what you have done.”

Joseph is scheduled to have surgery Monday morning for his fractured pelvis.

Highway Patrol is looking for a 1995 Chevrolet pickup, Tahoe or Suburban with damage to the front right side. They hope that with so many shoppers out that someone saw something.

Anyone with information is urged to call Trooper Phillips at (910) 392-3918 or (800) 334-7411.

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Trial set to begin in UNC student leader’s death

Monday, November 28th, 2011

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — A man accused of killing the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill more than three years ago is scheduled to go on trial.

Twenty-one-year-old Laurence Alvin Lovette of Durham was set to appear in court Monday in Hillsborough for the hearing of motions, with jury selection slated to begin Tuesday.

Twenty-two-year-old Eve Carson of Athens, Ga., was shot to death on March 5, 2008, after she was abducted and robbed.

Lovette’s co-defendant, DeMario Atwater, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison.

Lovette has pleaded not guilty.

Investigators say the men abducted Carson and forced her to withdraw $1,400 from automated teller machines before they shot her five times. Her body was found on a Chapel Hill street.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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