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Archive for April, 2013

New Hanover Co. GOP chair named to state Board of Elections

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The chair of the New Hanover County Republican Party has been named to the state Board of Elections.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Rhonda Amoroso is one of the three Republicans who will join the board May 1. Prior to becoming party chair, Amoroso was vice chair in charge of election operations. She was also a member of Gov. McCrory’s transition team after he won election last fall.

Amoroso will be joined on the Board of Elections by fellow Republicans Josh Howard, a Wake County attorney, and Paul Foley, an attorney from Forsyth County.

McCrory also appointed two Democrats: Joshua Malcom, chair of the Robeson County Board of Elections and Maja Kricker, chair of the Chatham County Board of Elections.

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New Hanover Co. Republican named as Board of Elections member

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Raleigh, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Governor Pat McCrory announced the following direct appointments today, effective May 1:

North Carolina Board of Elections, Members (Republican):

Appoint Josh Howard (Wake County) – Howard is a founding member of the law firm Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski, PLLC. Howard has served as Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer for RTI International, as well as Deputy Criminal Chief for Economic Crime for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Howard also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Appoint Paul J. Foley (Forsyth County) – Foley is currently an Associate for the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. He has served as an Associate for several other firms, including Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and Seward & Kissel LLP.

Appoint Rhonda K. Amoroso (New Hanover County) – Amoroso recently served as Chair of the New Hanover County Republican Party. Prior to her time as Chair, Amoroso served as Vice Chair of the executive committee in charge of election operations. Amoroso was an Associate at several New York law firms before being appointed to the New York State Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board.

North Carolina Board of Elections, Members (Democrat):

Appoint Joshua D. Malcolm (Robeson County) – Malcolm is the current Chair of the Robeson County Board of Elections. Malcolm has served on the board for the past six years. He also served as the General Counsel for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Prior to his time at Pembroke, Malcolm served as Assistant General Counsel at Fayetteville State University.

Appoint Maja Kricker (Chatham County) – Kricker serves as Chair of the Chatham County Board of Elections. She has served on the board for six years. Kricker was also the owner of GeneLights Productions, a molecular media company, and previously worked as a computational biologist for Paradigm Genetics.

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Witness: Pa. player’s alleged killer sought blacks

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Two North Carolina restaurant workers say a Texas man accused of killing a Pennsylvania high school football player warned he’d shoot any black person who crossed him.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports (http://bit.ly/11qMB2H ) that Emily Donnell testified Friday that 24-year-old Gabriel James Gamez of San Antonio told her he would shoot any black person who said anything to him or his family. They were visiting Durham for his grandmother’s funeral.

Gamez is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Darrell Turner, an 18-year-old who was traveling through Durham with a team of all-star football players from the Pittsburgh area. Turner was black.

Earlier in the trial, Turner’s teammates testified that as they passed Gamez on their walk back to their hotel, he cursed them with a racial epithet.

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Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com

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

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Former middle school teacher gets 18-year sentence

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP) – A former Buncombe County middle school teacher is headed to federal prison for producing child pornography and recording videos of students’ genitals.

The Ashville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/11q5wLh ) Kevin Mark Calloway was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison and lifelong probation following his release. The 43-year-old math and science teacher at Owens Middle School apologized to the families of victims in federal court after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and another charge.

He faced up to 25 years in prison

Calloway admitted to recording videos of students’ genitals with his cell phone as they urinated in the boys’ restroom. He also admitted to secretly videotaping children in his own home.

He admitted exchanging sexually explicit messages and videos with students for years.

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

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NC receives $211M in cigarette lawsuit payments

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s annual share of payments from top cigarette companies paying for smoking-related health care costs is $211 million.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper notified Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders on Friday how much money was going to state coffers and the Golden LEAF Foundation, which politicians established to help tobacco-growing regions transition their economies.

North Carolina has received more than $1 billion in the past decade under the agreement 20 states negotiated with Big Tobacco 15 years ago.

Winston-Salem-based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. paid $1.8 billion this year for the second-largest cigarette company’s share to all the states covered by the settlement.

Greensboro-based Lorillard Inc. paid $900 million this year.

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

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