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Archive for July, 2012

Water testing program honored as it braces for budget cuts

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The data in the report helps demonstrate the thoroughness of the program.

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Cyclist killed in crash at Camp Lejeune

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) — A service member has died after being hit by a car while riding a bike at Camp Lejeune.

The Marine Corps base says the cyclist was traveling along Highway 172 aboard Camp Lejeune just after 6 a.m. when car hit the cyclist at the Hammocks Bay Road intersection.

The incident is under investigation.

The name of the victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

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Man accused of killing Lumberton police officer had child in car

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Marques Brown, 27, had a small child in a car seat in his vehicle when Brown shot and killed Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Goodson, according to Captain Johnny Barnes with the Lumberton Police Department.

Brown was arraigned just after 10 a.m. Wednesday via video conferencing from the Cumberland County Detention Center, where he is being held. The bond hearing and his arraignment were held at the same time, and Brown was denied bond.

Officer Goodson was off-duty when he spotted Brown, who was wanted by Lumberton police, at the Express Depo/Dairy Queen on Fayetteville Road.

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Duke Energy chairman to appear before Fla. PSC

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) — State utility regulators are looking for answers to the question of how the merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy will affect Florida consumers.

The Public Service Commission on Tuesday said Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers has been asked to appear before the five-member panel on Aug. 13 in Tallahassee.

The North Carolina-based company, now the nation’s largest electric utility, serves parts of north and central Florida including St. Petersburg.

The merged company inherited Progress Energy Florida’s troubled Crystal River nuclear power plant. It’s in a prolonged shutdown due to a crack that occurred in a containment building in during an upgrade and maintenance project in 2009.

Rogers told North Carolina regulators last week that Duke’s directors were disappointed in the Crystal River situation and with Progress’ financial performance.

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Man held without bond in Lumberton officer’s death

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

LUMBERTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is in jail without bond after he was charged with killing a Lumberton police officer yesterday.

WTVD in Raleigh says Marques Ramon Brown, 27, made a video appearance in Robeson County Court this morning and asked for an attorney.

He is accused of shooting Master Police Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr. at a gas station just off Interstate 95 late Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old officer was off-duty when he saw a man wanted on other charges. Investigators say he waited for another officer before approaching the suspect’s car. As the officers walked up, authorities say Brown began shooting, and Goodson was struck several times. He died a short time later at the hospital.

Goodson had been with the police department since 2006.

This is not Brown’s first run-in with the law. The NC Department of Corrections website shows Brown’s record includes convictions for breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods and stealing a car.

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