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Archive for December, 2011

Ex-city council hopeful charged as NC gang leader

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A North Carolina man who twice ran for Greensboro’s City Council is among 13 people who federal prosecutors say were members of the Latin Kings gang indicted on racketeering charges.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Wednesday that 12 of the 13 defendants were arrested.

Prosecutors said 35-year-old Jorge Peter Cornell of Greensboro led the North Carolina chapters of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, which prosecutors say is a gang based in Chicago and New York. Prosecutors say the gang has been responsible for a host of North Carolina assaults, robberies, bank frauds, and murders since 2005.

Cornell held news conferences calling for peace among local gangs and for Greensboro’s police gang unit to be dismantled. Prosecutors say he also bragged of killing rival gang members.

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

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Wreck on Carolina Beach Road stalling traffic

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

A van was overturned, and both northbound lanes were blocked as of 10:35 a.m. Wednesday.

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NC officials return Zahra Baker remains to father

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

HICKORY, NC (AP) — The remains of a 10-year-old disabled girl killed in North Carolina last year have been released to her father.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s office in Chapel Hill released the remains of Zahra Baker last month to a Hickory funeral home, where they were cremated and given to her father.

Adam Baker says he wants to return to Australia and give Zahra a proper service and burial there. Baker can’t leave the country until he resolves criminal charges alleging several misdemeanors and two felonies unrelated to the girl’s slaying.

Her stepmother, Elisa Baker, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree murder in Zahra’s death and was sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison. Prosecutors said they don’t think Adam Baker was involved in his daughter’s death.

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

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Cumberland County backs away from dog restrictions

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Cumberland County will not ban the adoption of so-called bully breeds of dogs.

The Fayetteville Observer reported the county animal control board decided against plans to ban the adoption of dogs such as pit bulls, Rottweillers, chow chows, American Staffordshire terriers and some other breeds.

About 100 people turned out for the board meeting earlier this week to condemn a plan the board had decided in October to recommend.

The board has told its animal control director to work on ways to more carefully screen people who adopt animals from the shelter.

Many in the crowd said it was impossible to classify an entire breed of dog as dangerous. Hope Mills groomer Karin Miller said it was wrong to categorize dogs just as it would be to categorize people.

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

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Wilmington City Council approves public meeting for voluntary annexation

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington city council members voted in favor of holding a public meeting on the proposed voluntary annexation of a vacant plot near Market Street and Marsh Oaks Drive in Porters Neck.

Development company, Flournoy, wants the city of Wilmington to annex the 27 acres for a future apartment complex.

Flournoy’s attorney and spokesman Tom Johnson told WWAY today, the project will create jobs and help meet the city’s housing needs.

A date and time to hear from the public on the project have not yet been set.

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