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Rocky Mount tax preparer arrested on felony counts

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Rocky Mount tax preparer is facing felony charges of filing fraudulent tax returns.

The N.C. Department of Revenue said Tuesday it has filed charges of aiding or assisting in the preparation of fraudulent individual income tax returns against 36-year-old Myesha Harrington Moore.

A statement from the department said Moore was the owner and operator of a tax service. Arrest warrants say Moore aided or assisted in preparing and filing at least 11 fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns for clients for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Moore is free on bond of $82,500. A first appearance was scheduled for Thursday in Wake County District Court.

It’s not known if Moore has an attorney.

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Ex-Cherryville police chief accepts plea agreement

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

CHERRYVILLE, N.C (AP) – The former police chief of Cherryville has pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement.

Woody Burgess entered his plea in federal court Tuesday as part of an arrangement. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Attorney Melissa Owen said that as part of her client’s plea arrangement, Burgess pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement, which accounted for five city checks written for a total of $5,173 and three firearms.

Federal prosecutors said Burgess embezzled more than $11,000 by telling the town’s finance director to issue checks to buy firearms from a sporting goods store for his personal use.

FBI agents last October began a roundup that included three Cherryville officers and a Gaston County sheriff’s deputy. They were accused of providing protection to trucks carrying stolen goods and cash.

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DA: Gang member “threw up” when charged with federal crimes

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A joint task force is making sure gang members spend the maximum amount of time in jail and off the streets.

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General accused of sex assault wants Panetta email

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Lawyers representing a U.S. Army general facing sexual assault charges are asking a military judge to force prosecutors to turn over any e-mails related to the case sent or received by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

A court martial is set to begin at Fort Bragg next month for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair on charges including forcible sodomy, indecent acts and violating orders.

In a motion filed Tuesday as part of a pre-trial hearing, lawyers for Sinclair argue top Pentagon brass were receiving regular updates last year on the investigation and may have encouraged subordinates to make an example of Sinclair. It is unlawful in the military justice system for senior commanders to interfere in criminal cases.

Two of Sinclair’s commanders testified earlier this month there was no such pressure.

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Cutter Diligence returns home, marks last mission for commander

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a night of celebration on Wilmington’s riverfront. The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to its homeport after a 43-day patrol on the Atlantic Ocean.

While at sea, the Cutter Diligence embarked 65 migrants after they tried to illegally reach the U.S. and support a long-range medevac of a sick mariner.

Brittney Curtis couldn’t wait to embrace her husband, Aaron.

“We’re just excited to tell him about different things that have happened while he was gone,” Curtis said. “We’ll probably say, ‘I love you and we missed you.’”

This is the last mission Douglas Goodwin will serve as Commander of the Cutter Diligence. He will turn over command of the ship in a ceremony next month.

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