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Archive for February, 2012

2 men sentenced on federal drug charges

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Two Wilmington drug dealers were sentenced in federal court to more than a decade in prison.

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Wilson sheriff says 2 found dead inside home

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

WILSON, NC (AP) – The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what authorities say appears to be a double murder.

The Wilson Times reports investigators found the bodies in a home Monday. The sheriff’s office has not disclosed how the victims died.

Sgt. Wanda Samuel identified the dead as 61-year-old John Henry Little, who lived at the home, and 42-year-old Charlene Jones Leake. Samuel says it isn’t immediately clear where Leake lived.

Investigators say the two apparently knew each other, but were not in a relationship.

Deputies blocked traffic in the neighborhood and remained on the scene overnight. Samuel says police don’t think there is an immediate threat to other people in the neighborhood.

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

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Bridge lane closures scheduled

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

There will be nighttime lane closures this week on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

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NC Congressmen unite to call for end to war

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The war in Afghanistan has made for strange political bedfellows in North Carolina’s congressional delegation, with a conservative Republican joining two liberal Democrats in calling for the withdrawal of US troops.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Republican Rep. Walter Jones joined Democrats Brad Miller and David Price at a meeting at the capitol Monday where the three urged the Obama administration to leave Afghanistan.

About 150 people at the Legislative Building gave Jones a standing ovation after an emotional speech recounting his visit to three disabled Marines at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Jones, Miller and Price say they often disagree on policy issues, but say the war transcends partisan divisions. Jones’s participation was criticized by his Republican primary opponent, Frank Palombo.

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

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Defense lawyers want DNA evidence out in Kathy taft case

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Defense attorneys have asked a judge to throw out DNA evidence in the death of state school board member Kathy Taft.

Attorney Michael Driver told Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner on Monday the evidence related to a cigarette butt discarded by 32-year-old Jason K. Williford was improperly gathered by police.

Williford is charged in the March 2010 rape and death of Taft at a home in Raleigh.

Driver says police should have obtained a search warrant before picking up the cigarette butt.

Prosecutor Trish Jacobs says the apartment parking lot was a public space and that Williford discarded the cigarette butt in an area that does not require a warrant for a search.

Williford’s trial is scheduled to begin next month.

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

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