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Archive for September, 2012

2 NC women plead guilty in Va. to sex trafficking

Friday, September 28th, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Two North Carolina women face up to five years in prison for bringing a 13-year-old girl to Virginia to work as a prostitute.

Whitney Rachell Hayes and Rachael Michelle Masingene of Charlotte pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to transport a person across state lines for prostitution. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond scheduled sentencing for Jan. 11.

The two 20-year-old women admitted that they met the girl in Miami last February or March and persuaded her to come with them to Charlotte. All three worked as prostitutes there before traveling to the Richmond area with their pimp, Korey Jermaine Reynolds.

Reynolds has pleaded guilty to transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution. He faces 10 years to life in prison at sentencing Tuesday.

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2 Fayetteville men arrested in home repair scam

Friday, September 28th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Two Fayetteville residents are accused by authorities of bilking a couple out of nearly $39,000 by promising to do renovations at their house but never finishing the work.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/NTMSss) that arrest warrants show 23-year-old Brittany Hobbs and 37-year-old Christopher Paul Beard are charged with obtaining property by false pretense, failing to work after paid and conspiracy.

Warrants say the two allegedly told the homeowner that Beard was a licensed contractor and could do plumbing, electrical and heating/air conditioning work. The warrants also said Beard performed the work, while Hobbs acted as the on-site supervisor.

The victims paid the bill of $38,813 for the work that was never completed.

Hobbs and Beard were jailed under $10,000 bail apiece. It’s not known if either person has an attorney.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Dream wedding

Friday, September 28th, 2012

An Air Force couple has been selected as recipients of a dream wedding.

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Charlotte Transit-Alcohol Ads Alcohol ad approved for Charlotte light-rail train

Friday, September 28th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – An alcohol advertisement will soon cover part of a Charlotte light-rail train after the idea was approved by the city’s transit commission.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/So09tV) that the Metropolitan Transit Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with two alcohol ads that previously had pending contracts. The commission also said it would wait 30 days before signing new alcohol ads.

Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon said he was upset by the decision. Cannon said he’s concerned about the impact of alcohol ads on children and people trying to stop drinking.

In 2000, the Charlotte Area Transit System decided against all transit advertising. But in 2010, the MTC voted to allow most commercial advertising on light-rail trains and buses. Last May, the commission repealed the alcohol ban.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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NC governor heats up over racial accusations

Friday, September 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican Pat McCrory says North Carolina politics has reached a new low after a video released by Democratic gubernatorial rival Walter Dalton accuses the former Charlotte mayor of being insensitive to black residents.

McCrory told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that Dalton should be “shameful” for approving such a video, which was emailed to Dalton supporters, It may turn into a television ad by the campaign’s end.

The video includes several black speakers. Former state civil rights group president Skip Alston accuses McCrory of not understanding the African American experience in North Carolina. The voices refer indirectly to McCrory’s support for bills requiring photo identification to vote and cuts to education.

Dalton and his allies have spent this week attempting to raise questions about McCrory and race.

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