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Archive for December, 2012

Local pastor, co-author set to release book “My One Word”

Monday, December 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The pastor of Wilmington’s largest church is set to release his first book. Pastor Mike Ashcraft teamed up with UNCW instructor, Rachel Olsen, to write “My One Word.”

The book is centered around a simple solution to achieving New Year’s resolutions. Ashcraft and Olsen demonstrate that just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you can be achieved through an intense focus throughout the year.

Ashcraft and Olsen stopped by Good Morning Carolina this morning to talk about what readers can look forward to when the book hits shelves tomorrow.

The Salt Shaker Bookstore is hosting a book signing for the release of “My One Word” at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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1 killed in small plane crash in Robeson County

Monday, December 17th, 2012

PARKTON, NC (AP) — The pilot has died in the crash of a small plane near the Robeson-Cumberland county line.

Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey says the plane came down around 3:30 P.M. Sunday near Parkton.

Holly Baker with the Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot was the only person on the plane. The victim’s name has not been released.

Officials say the Piper PA-28 Cherokee had left Summerville, S.C., and was headed to the Fayetteville Regional Airport when it crashed. The planed burned in the crash.

A witness said it sounded like the plane’s engine was sputtering.

The National Transportation Safety Board was expected to arrive Monday.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC electors meet to vote for Republican Romney

Monday, December 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Election Day was six weeks ago, but North Carolina is now officially making its choices for president and vice president.

Fifteen Republicans were slated to gather at noon Monday in the old Capitol building in Raleigh as the state’s presidential electors. The electors are poised to cast the state’s official ballots – 15 electoral votes – for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The Romney-Ryan ticket edged Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden by 92,000 votes in the state’s popular vote, giving the GOP the right to cast the electoral votes.

Monday votes may give some consolation to North Carolina Republicans after Obama was re-elected to a second term. Obama won North Carolina’s electoral votes four years ago.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will preside over the meeting.

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

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NC Supreme Court denies fired trooper’s appeal

Monday, December 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina state trooper fired in 2003 for having extramarital sex in his patrol cruiser will not get his job back.

The North Carolina Supreme Court has denied Monty Poarch’s request for a discretionary review. That effectively ends the former trooper’s long legal fight to obtain reinstatement.

The high court’s decision follows the October ruling of a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court’s ruling sustaining the state’s decision to fire Poarch. The patrol’s investigation determined Poarch had sex with his mistress while on duty in his state car and at a patrol office.

Poarch is currently employed as a captain with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. He did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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

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Three charged with murder

Monday, December 17th, 2012

By F.T. Norton
fran.norton@starnewsonline.com

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — Three people were arrested late Sunday and early Monday morning on murder and robbery charges, but officials have yet to say what case they are connected with.

According to New Hanover County jail and Wilmington Police Department records, Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr., 23, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Anderson Street on suspicion of felony first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Jasmine Nikole Dottin, 19, was arrested at 2:03 a.m. Monday at the Wilmington Police Department, on charges of felony first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted burglary and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failing to appear on an unspecified charge.

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