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Archive for December, 2011

NC Elections Board dismisses McCrory complaint

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina State Board of Elections has unanimously dismissed a complaint against the 2008 gubernatorial campaign of Republican Pat McCrory.

The board Thursday found no evidence of improper coordination between the former Charlotte mayor and an outside GOP group.

The board launched the investigation in October in response to a 2010 complaint by the North Carolina Democratic Party. The complaint alleged McCrory’s campaign coordinated fundraising and spending efforts with the Republican Governors Association, which would be a breach of state and federal campaign-finance laws.

A copy of the state report obtained by The Associated Press showed that investigators found no evidence that the allegation was true.

A second complaint against the McCrory campaign is pending.

McCrory is running again for governor in 2012.

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

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Fayetteville police expect crowd for bike giveaway

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — An annual Christmas tradition in Fayetteville has police concerned because of the number of people expected to show up.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Moses Mathis, known locally as the Bicycle Man, will be giving away bicycles from his warehouse Thursday morning.

Mathis has been holding the event since 1991. He gave away 1,100 bikes last Christmas and police said 2,000 people may attend this year’s event. Officials are concerned because there’s not sufficient space around the warehouse for parking, so police are asking drivers to plan ahead.

Police say those attending might consider having a driver drop them off to get a bicycle and pick them up later.

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

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NC woman could lose car for speeding

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – A Fayetteville woman has become one of the first in North Carolina to be prosecuted under a law that allows police to seize the vehicles of those who run from officers.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that 20-year-old Devaney Alexa Ballard was stopped by a Southern Pines officer last weekend.

Police seized her car under the “Run and You’re Done” law that allows officers to seize and sell the vehicles.

The Moore County district attorney says Ballard’s car is the first to be seized in that county. The vehicle can be sold if Ballard is convicted.

Rep. Phil Shepard of Onslow County co-sponsored the law and says it’s designed to let criminals know they will pay a big price if they run from police.

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

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Report due soon on new ferry fares

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Legislators meet to discuss ports, ferries.

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NC woman, 85, shoots husband; claimed mistreatment

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

CONNELLY SPRINGS, NC (AP) — An 85-year-old North Carolina woman has been charged with killing her husband a day after complaining to authorities the man was abusing her emotionally.

Janey Stilwell Brittain of Connelly Springs was charged with murder hours after reporting Tuesday that she shot her husband.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arriving at the couple’s home found Robert Brittain dead. His wife was jailed without bond. It wasn’t clear if she has a lawyer.

Sheriff Steve Whisenant says Janey Brittain told deputies Monday she was a victim of emotional abuse, but authorities found no signs of physical harm. The sheriff said after learning she could not file charges against her husband, deputies took her to a battered women’s shelter.

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

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