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Archive for February, 2012

NC authorities charge 27 after dog fighting raid

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

MAXTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities have charged 27
people with a variety of crimes stemming from what investigators
say was a Robeson County dog-fighting ring that drew participants
from three other states.

State Alcohol Law Enforcement officers raided a home in Maxton
on Saturday during the middle of what they say was a dog fight.
State and federal authorities seized 18 dogs, including some with
serious wounds, along with tens of thousands of dollars and other
paraphernalia.

Most of the suspects tried to flee on foot, but were caught,
thanks partly to air support from a National Guard helicopter.
The suspects include people from South Carolina, Maryland and
Ohio along with North Carolinians.

The charges they face include dog fighting, animal cruelty,
weapons charges and possession of controlled substances.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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9 NC people indicted on drug, gun, robbery charges

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police say they’ve arrested nine people
who were selling drugs and engaging in other criminal activity in a
north Charlotte neighborhood.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Monday the
arrests in the Hidden Valley neighborhood will send a message that
his department won’t tolerate crime in the area. He says police
have received complaints about illicit activity in the neighborhood
for years.

Authorities say some of the activity took place in and around
motels in an area off Interstate 85.
The nine men arrested Monday face either state or federal drug,
gun and robbery charges.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police worked with several federal
agencies including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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SC man charged in shooting death at NC flea market

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) – A South Carolina man has been arrested in
the shooting death of a man at a flea market in western North
Carolina.

Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies say two vendors argued at a
flea market in Fletcher on Sunday morning before one of them shot
the other.

Twenty-six-year-old Otha Ray Barefoot of Greer, S.C., is charged
with murder.

Fifty-nine-year-old Paul Allen Bradish of Asheville died in the
shooting.

Capt. Jerry Rice says witnesses provide a description of the
suspect and Barefoot was arrested a short time later.

Owner Ben Campen Jr. says Sunday’s shooting was the first time
any violence has happened at the market in Fletcher.

It was not clear if Barefoot has a lawyer.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Mayfield indicted on larceny charges

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

HUDSON, N.C. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has
been indicted in Caldwell County on four counts of felony larceny,
one week after he was indicted in neighboring Catawba County.

A grand jury on Monday indicted the 42-year-old Mayfield in
connection with the theft of trailers and furniture.

Mayfield was indicted in Catawba County on three counts of
possessing property stolen from businesses, and a fourth charge of
obtaining property by false pretense.

It’s the latest in a series of troubles for Mayfield. He was
suspended from NASCAR after failing a random drug test at Richmond
in May 2009. He was in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
Richmond last month to argue his lawsuit seeking reinstatement as a
NASCAR driver should be heard by the courts.

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Illegal Immigrants-Drug Charge: 1,000 pounds of pot found

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

REIDSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in Rockingham County have
arrested two illegal immigrants living in Reidsville after
sheriff’s deputies seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and
$600,000 in cash.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said 26-year-old Jose
Gomez and 30-year-old Antonio Nunez are charged with trafficking
marijuana. A sheriff’s deputy said Monday both men have waived
their right to an attorney.

On Sunday, Rockingham sheriff’s deputies and narcotics officers
from the Greensboro Police Department carried out a search warrant
at the home where the two men lived. The authorities located and
seized 1,060 pounds of marijuana, over $600,000 is U.S. currency
and an AR-15 assault rifle.

It was also determined that the men are in the United States
illegally. Both are under detainers from U.S. Immigrations and
Customs Enforcement.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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