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Archive for February, 2012

NC terrorism convict faces new beheading plot case

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina man convicted in a homegrown terrorism plot faces new charges for attempting to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses who testified against him.

Hysen Sherifi of Raleigh was indicted on nine counts Tuesday, accused of plotting with his younger brother and a female friend to pay a hit man to carry out the killings. Court records say an FBI informant accepted $5,000 in payment and then provided faked photos appearing to show a beheaded corpse as confirmation of the hit.

Shkumbin Sherifi and Nevine Aly Elshiekh were arrested last month. They face additional charges in the new indictment.

Hysen Sherifi, now in federal custody in the New Hanover County Jail, was sentenced in January to 45 years in prison for a plot to attack the US Marine base at Quantico, VA, and targets overseas.

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

AP-NY-02-22-12 1116EST

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Marriage issue fuels debate on both sides

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Faith-based advocacy groups are already mobilizing campaigns on the marriage issue.

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New Hanover reports third rabies case of 2012

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

New Hanover Animal Control Services confirmed the county’s third case of rabies this year.

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Civil War program features re-enactment

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The 1865 Battle of Forks Road will be re-enacted twice this weekend at Cameron Art Museum.

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Third rabies case of 2012 reported in New Hanover County

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — A third case of rabies has been confirmed by New Hanover County Animal Control Services. On Monday, ACS officers responded to the area of Yellow Daisy Drive and captured a fox that chased nearby residents and attacked their dog. The owner of the dog and a friend cleaned the dog’s wounds, which resulted in their potential exposure. The fox was transported to the State Lab, where officials confirmed the virus on Tuesday.

The residents were notified of the positive results and ACS staff verified a booster rabies vaccine for the exposed dog. Animal control officers will canvass the area to educate the public on the importance of their pets being current with their rabies vaccination.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend animals that are not current on their rabies vaccinations be destroyed. Pets with up to date vaccinations should be re-boostered within five days. Pets should never be handled without protective gloves after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal. All pets should be vaccinated as a primary defense against the spread of rabies.

There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim.

When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission. People should stay away from any animal that they have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.

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