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Archive for June, 2012

Bolivia man pleads guilty, sentenced for 2009 drive-by shooting

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man will spend at least two years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2009. drive-by shooting.

The District Attorney’s Office say Jaquan Lamont Holland, 24, of Bolivia, pleaded guilty this week two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of discharge of a weapon into an occupied vehicle.

Prosecutors say Holland used a .22 rifle to shoot from his vehicle into a vehicle occupied by Anthony Lloyd Johnson, Jr. and Bradley Williams. Investigators say Holland was upset because he believed Williams had been talking to his girlfriend, Brittany Smith.

Williams suffered minor injuries to his face from shattered glass. Johnson was hit in the face by a rifle shell. He was treated and released from the hospital the same day.

As a result of his plea, Holland was sentenced to 24-38 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for the victims’ medical bills.

Holland’s current prison sentence will run after another 2-3 year sentence he is already serving for the attempted armed robbery of the Dollar General Store in Shallotte in 2010. Holland also still has pending charges in Brunswick County for statutory rape, which are scheduled to be tried later this year.

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DSS uncertain of Medicaid changes after ruling

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Republican leaders react to Supreme Court health care law decision

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his health care overhaul is a “victory for people all over the country” and will make their lives more secure. Meanwhile Republican leaders across North Carolina are responding to the US Supreme Court’s ruling upholding health care reform legislation.

“The Court has now fulfilled its obligation as final arbiter of the constitutionality of the President’s health care law, and I thank them for their service. While the Court has been reviewing this law for months, American families and businesses have been reviewing it for years, and they have rendered their verdict as well. People on both sides of the health care debate will spend the days and weeks to come discussing the impact of today’s ruling, but a few things remain clear: our health care system is broken, costs remain unchecked, and outcomes are not improving. I remain committed to addressing these concerns and fulfilling our obligation to the American people to lower health care costs, expand coverage and choice, and build on the innovation that sets America apart from the rest of the world.”
-Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina)

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“The North Carolina Senate does not intend to take up the Health Care Exchange bill this session. The General Assembly needs time to process and understand this mixed ruling on Obamacare.”
-NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham)

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“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is disappointing and upholds a law that I believe is the wrong approach for the people of North Carolina. This decision reaffirms what we already knew: the national healthcare law supported by Gov. Perdue and Lt. Gov. Dalton is a tax on North Carolinians. It greatly concerns me that I hear from small business owners in North Carolina that they will not hire more workers because of the costs of this healthcare plan. Our state has one of the worst economies in the country and the last thing our small businesses need is another major impediment to growing their businesses. I hope Congress and our next President can successfully overturn the law and replace it with healthcare reform that is less partisan, divisive, and doesn’t put the federal government between doctors and patients.”
-Pat McCrory (R-Governor Candidate)

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Scorching weather set to fry region

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Heat index could push temperatures into triple digits

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NCDOT letters inquiry heading to ethics panel

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The flap over letters sent to legislators that appeared to reverse a high-ranking North Carolina Department of Transportation official’s previous statements on two toll projects is heading to the State Ethics Commission.

The Senate Rules Committee voted along party lines Thursday to send the case to the ethics panel for further review.

Aides of Gov. Bev Perdue edited letters sent under a transportation department executive’s electronic signature to legislators before a key budget vote. The executive was out of pocket at the time of the edits and later disavowed the letters.

Rules Chairman Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville said it’s time for the commission to evaluate whether the changes were designed to mislead the Senate.

Democrats on the committee said there’s nothing to show anyone tried to deceive legislators.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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