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Archive for February, 2013

Bob Barker urges NC senators to oppose possum bill

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former game-show host Bob Barker is telling North Carolina lawmakers that caging a live possum for a New Year’s Eve event in the mountains isn’t good show business.

Barker wrote this week to a Senate committee’s members asking them to oppose a bill that would let the organizer of the Brasstown “Possum Drop” keep suspending a possum in a box every Dec. 31 and lowering it gently to the ground.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals complained about the event. A judge ruled state regulators don’t have explicit authority to permit the display. A House bill approved this week would change that.

Barker says the event is inhumane and loopholes for animal abuse shouldn’t be created.

PETA released the letter. Barker is a longtime animal rights activist.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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DOT prepares for winter weather

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is preparing for winter weather that is expected to arrive tomorrow evening.

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Police looking for man who allegedly stole rifle

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is looking for a man they say stole a rifle from Jim’s Pawn and Gun on Oleander Drive.

Police say the suspect took the rifle off one of the top shelves, placed it in a soft black gun case and walked out of the store.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600.

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NC minister accused in student’s death at bus stop

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a Forsyth County minister with passing a stopped school bus, leading to the death of a sixth-grader who was crossing the road to get to the bus.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ZfMOJi ) that 46-year-old Billy Roger Bailey of Kernersville was charged Thursday. Bailey’s attorney said his client plans to plead not guilty.

Bailey is a Walkertown minister, and also works at a billboard printing company in Winston-Salem.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said 11-year-old Hasani Wesley missed his bus for East Forsyth Middle School on Dec. 19. The bus turned around and was heading in the opposite direction. Hasani was crossing the road to reach it when he was hit.

The bus driver said her lights were flashing and the arm was out to warn motorists to stop.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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FIRST ON 3: Fan tasered by police at Whiteville game

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A fan was allegedly tasered by police tonight at Whiteville High School as the Wolfpack took on the South Brunswick Cougars. It’s the second time this year there has been fan misconduct at a Whiteville basketball game.

The fan allegedly pushed police officers after disputing a call made by referees. When the cops told him to back off, the irate fan pushed them again. That’s when police tasered him.

The fan was not a student and it’s not clear at this time whether charges will be filed.

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