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Archive for February, 2012

Loose logs block US-17 causing severe traffic

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Traffic backed up for miles Wednesday night after a truck carrying timber flipped near Supply Street on US-17, blocking the Northbound lanes and spilling the wood across the Southbound lanes.

Highway Patrol says the truck driver was attempting to avoid hitting a white van that cut the truck off. They say when the truck swerved to avoid the van, the driver lost control, over corrected and flipped. Investigators say the driver was taken to Brunswick County Novant Medical Center with non life threatening injuries and is in stable condition.

Troopers re-routed traffic while Sheriff’s Deputies and Emergency Services flipped the truck back onto its wheels and cleared the street. Investigators say a business located near the site of the accident had heavy equiptment available so they were able to quickly clear the loose logs from the highway.

Highway Patrol says the person they believe to have caused the accident, the driver of the white van, left the scene before authorities arrived. Luckily, no other vehicles were involved in the accident that troopers say could have been much worse.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on the white van involved in the accident to call their office at 910-395-3917.

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Another GOP candidate files for NC governor’s race

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat
McCrory’s first primary opponent hasn’t been in elected office
before and believes local government property taxes should be
replaced with some other revenue source.

Fayetteville resident Jim Harney filed Wednesday to run as a GOP
candidate for governor. His entry means McCrory will have to run
some kind of campaign for the May 8 primary.

Harney said in a phone interview he runs a promotional
advertising business and was discouraged from running as an
independent because he would have needed so many signatures to get
on the ballot.

McCrory has been considered the presumptive GOP nominee and
spent the past several months trying to clear the field of
high-profile candidates through speeches to party groups and

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

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Randleman man hits multiple lottery jackpots in NC

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Education Lottery
hands out more than $2 million in prizes per day, and a Randleman
man has won a healthy share of it.
A lottery official says Carlton Hill’s name shows up 23 times on
a list of winners since 2009. WRAL-TV reports that Hill won a $1,000 prize 21 times. He says he also won a new
car, sold it and paid off his house 10 years ahead of time with the
money he received.
The lottery sold its first instant scratch-off ticket nearly six
years ago.
Meanwhile, an unidentified Wake County man who has won at least
$1,000 on scratch-offs 26 times said his wife made him quit because
he lost more money than he won.

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NC woman accused of murder in stabbing death

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a Charlotte-area
woman with murder following a fight with another woman.
The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that
22-year-old Dakota Lynn Castner is being held without bond in the
Cabarrus County jail on a murder charge. Deputies arrested Costner
around 3 a.m. Tuesday in a wooded area near the crime scene.
It wasn’t immediately known whether Castner had an attorney.
The victim was identified as 19-year-old Kadi Ann Paden of
Sheriff Brad Riley said Castner and the victim got into a fight
Monday night. Riley said Castner pulled out a knife and stabbed the
victim in the neck outside a mobile home near Concord. The victim
ran into the backyard of her home and died at the scene.

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NC county expands ban on camping on its property

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The home for this summer’s Democratic
National Convention is banning camping without permission on all
county-owned property.
Mecklenburg County commissioners have voted 7-0 to extend the
prohibition against camping at park and recreation sites to cover
all county properties. The move is in part to prevent expected
protesters from setting up tents during the political convention in
Opponents of the county ordinance told commissioners they were
concerned that the ban would allow police officers to selectively
enforce the law.
Commissioner Bill James said Tuesday the months-long Occupy
Charlotte encampment on the old City Hall lawn demonstrated the
need for the law.
Charlotte City Council last month banned camping on its property
as part of a series of ordinances to control demonstrations.

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