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Archive for December, 2011

More NC misdemeanor offenders to jail, not prison

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Thousands of misdemeanor offenders will serve their time in local jails instead of a state prison under a change in state law taking effect next week.

The change, beginning in the new year, will see about 4,500 people a year convicted of misdemeanor crimes serving sentences of between three and six months in county jails.

Criminals from every county who fall into the sentencing range will be affected by the change, but not every county jail will participate in taking the inmates for $40 a day. Offenders sentenced to 90 days or less behind bars will continue to serve their sentence in county jails at county expense.

The longer sentences are typical for certain types of assault and some property crimes with a prior criminal record.

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

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Top 10 of 2011 – Irene soaks region, cuts power

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Emergency officials said Hurricane Irene’s impact could have been much worse.

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Canadians invade for New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Nearly 200 Canadian soldiers will descend to Wilmington on New Year’s Eve.

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‘One Tree Hill’ successor sought

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Local film officials aren’t looking at 2012 as downtime for the industry.

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Girl returned to NC as police search for father

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A little girl is back in North Carolina with her grandparents as police search for her father, who they plan to charge with the shooting death of the girl’s mother.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says 22-month-old Juliana Reyes is with her mother’s parents after being found Tuesday at a Food Lion in Newport News, VA.

Investigators say her father dropped her off at the supermarket after fleeing North Carolina with the girl in tow. Police plan to charge 23-year-old Alexander Zelaya with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Marianna Reyes, the girl’s mother.

Her body was found with multiple gunshot wounds in front of her Fayetteville home early Tuesday morning.

Police in North Carolina and Virginia are continuing to search for Zelaya.

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

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