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Archive for March, 2013

Man charged with arson

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Dallas Knotts of Little River is facing four separate charges, including arson.

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Professor’s lawsuit against UNCW proceeding to trial

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Six years after a UNCW professor filed lawsuit against the school, the case is proceeding to trial. Mike Adams, a criminal justice professor at the school, sued the university in 2007, after he said he was denied a promotion due to his conservative political and religious beliefs.

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NC woman facing life for unborn child’s death

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A judge told an Asheville woman accused of killing an unborn child during a delivery that she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/16kKaSK ) 44-year-old Tina Louise Bailey appeared in Buncombe County District Court Thursday via video link from the county jail. Bailey is charged with murder of an unborn child, obtaining property by false pretense and obstruction of justice.

Police described Bailey in court papers as a midwife, though she is not listed with the state board.

An arrest warrant said Bailey provided medical services to a woman in labor in July, telling the woman she could provide all necessary care during labor.

The state of North Carolina regulates midwifery, and practitioners must be a certified nurse midwife to legally attend deliveries.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Feds, Forsyth sheriff settle lawsuit over firing

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Forsyth County is settling a federal lawsuit alleging its sheriff improperly fired a deputy less than a year after he returned from military service in Iraq.

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that Forsyth County and Sheriff William Schatzman will pay $96,000 in lost wages to former Sgt. Michael Russell. Schatzman will provide a reference letter stating Russell met or exceeded job expectations.

Forsyth County and Schaztman deny violating federal law protecting veterans.

Schatzman said in court papers last summer he fired Russell in 2010 because he was disloyal. Russell was among a group of former deputies who unsuccessfully tried to push the Legislature to change a state law letting sheriffs hire and fire employees at will.

Gov. Pat McCrory named Schatzman on Thursday to his Emergency Response Commission.

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

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New website hopes to attract film tourism in nearby state

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A new website launched by Georgia's tourism officials is serving as inspiration for tourism leaders in North Carolina.

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