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Archive for March, 2012

Outer Banks exhibit focusing on Civil War to open

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo will open an exhibit about the Civil War

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NC agent investigated over fender bender is fired

Friday, March 9th, 2012

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A special agent for North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement has been fired after wrecking his state car while driving with a revoked license.

Ronald Gilliard was dismissed following an internal investigation of a Dec. 14 fender bender in Charlotte. Records showed the 46-year-old Gilliard’s driver’s license was revoked at the time after he failed to appear in court in Durham County for two traffic citations. ALE policies require agents to immediately inform a supervisor following the revocation or suspension of driving privileges.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Ernie Seneca says Gilliard was dismissed January 24, the day after the Associated Press first reported on his wreck.

Gilliard has appealed his firing. Seneca says a final decision on the dismissal would be made later this month.

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

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Grandiflora Drive is at top of Leland’s road priority list

Friday, March 9th, 2012

At its Thursday meeting, the Town Council is set to adopt its road priority list

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Short stretch of new I-85 in NC slated to open

Friday, March 9th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — If the weather holds up, motorists will be shifting onto a newly constructed section of Interstate 85 in Davidson County.

The NC Department of Transportation says barriers will go up Friday night to move traffic along a one-quarter-mile section of I-85 North near the NC 150 interchange. Cars will shift from two
existing lanes to the two new lanes.

The traffic shift allows crews to widen and realign I-85 North. Workers will have the space needed to remove asphalt and concrete from existing lanes, grade the land and build the additional new lanes.

The department also plans to move all traffic on I-85 North from Exit 81 in Rowan County to just north of the NC 150 interchange in Davidson County onto the two newly constructed lanes by early May.

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Gang worries lock down 6 NC prisons this year

Friday, March 9th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina prison officials concerned about gang violence are locking inmates in their cells at high-security prisons statewide.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports five of the six prisons have returned to normal operations.

The violence began at the Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg, which has been on lock-down off and on since January.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker says after gang fights among inmates broke out at Scotland, lock-downs were imposed within days at the Maury, Lanesboro, Pasquotank, Bertie and
Foothills prisons. The goal was thwarting coordinated gang activity.

Neal Richards of the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective says his organization collected prisoners’ complaints of guards and inmates being attacked. Richards says the crackdown sparked hunger strikes and inmates intentionally flooding their cells.

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

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