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Archive for July, 2012

Federal grant to help law enforcement in Columbus County

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A federal grant will help law enforcement in Columbus County get on the same page. The county has received a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) of $14,683 to increase communications and information sharing among law enforcement agencies in the county.

“We, like most others in our country, are trying to reach out to every source available to ensure that our officers and staff have the equipment needed to perform their duties,” Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said in a statement.

The Columbus County grant will fund the purchase of a portable fingerprint machine and a printer for the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office to modernize communications between county agencies.

The Department of Justice established the Edward J. Byrne JAG Program to support a broad range of initiatives based on the needs of specific communities.

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Change in Fort Fisher Saturday schedule

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Fort Fisher State Historical Site to scale back Second Saturday event scheduled for Saturday.

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IRS drops fine over late forms

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Internal Revenue Service has dropped a $35,000 fine against the town of Navassa

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Man shot on South Eighth Street

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

A man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center after being shot in the abdomen.

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Overall crime reported in NC lowest since 1977

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The NC Department of Justice reports that incidents of violent crime across North Carolina fell by more than five percent in 2011, making last year’s crime rate the state’s lowest since 1977.

While crime dropped overall, the statewide murder rate rose by nearly 6 percent.

As he released the annual tallies Thursday, Attorney General Roy Cooper expressed concern that successive years of budget cuts are making it harder for law enforcement to combat crime.

The overall crime rate decreased by nearly 1 percent compared to 2010. This marks the third year in a row North Carolina has seen its lowest crime rates in decades, in line with downward trends reported nationally. The state compiles annual crime statistics based on data provided by local law enforcement agencies across North Carolina.

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

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