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Archive for July, 2013

About 70 more arrested at NC legislative protests

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More than 70 protesters were handcuffed and taken to jail during the weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly, bringing the total number arrested in the current legislative session to about 900.

In a change from past weeks, state House leaders moved their Monday night session to 4 p.m., three hours earlier than typical. That left the protesters massing shortly before 7 in the atrium outside the legislative chambers singing and chanting in a largely empty building.

General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver made no move to force the crowd to disperse until North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber told the protesters to sit on the floor, signaling they intended to stay. Weaver declared the building closed about 7:20 and officers arrested those who remained.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Accused murder tells police he and the victim were plotting a robbery

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Officers in Whiteville arrested a man who is accused of a murder that happened around 3:00 a.m.

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NC town adopts boardwalk, pool restrictions

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

DUCK, N.C. (AP) – Officials in the Outer Banks town of Duck have adopted new restrictions on private boardwalks and swimming pools to protect dunes.

Last week’s changes come less than a year after Hurricane Sandy scattered debris from decks and walkways for miles and collapsed at least eight pools in Duck.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., reports (http://bit.ly/1dOEhPv ) that the new ordinance limits private boardwalks over the dunes to 4 feet in width. Pools, gazebos and other structures must be at least 30 feet landward of the first line of vegetation, which typically is at the foot of the dunes.

Wider boardwalks require larger pilings sunk up to 16 feet into the sand, which can destabilize dunes. Four-foot boardwalks require smaller pilings sunk only 5 feet.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Routine traffic stop leads to drug arrests in Elizabethtown

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) – A routine stop helped police make two drug arrests in Elizabethtown Friday.

Police said an officer pulled over a car for a registration violation near Broad Street and Airport Road around 10 p.m.

During the stop, the officer noticed evidence inside of the car of narcotics use. As they searched the car, officers said they found a crack pipe, syringes, razor blades, digital scales, an empty pill container, and several clear plastic baggies. Officers also said they discovered a pill box behind the CD player insert. Inside that pill box was 18 bundles of heroin, 7.4 grams of crack cocaine, five baggies of powder cocaine, and 11 Opium based pills.

They arrested two people from Fayetteville. Both 31-year-old Jason Terrell Williams and 32-year-old Rebecca Vance Smith, faces several drug charges and are in the Bladen County jail.

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Prosecutors put suspected pimp behind bars

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Prosecutors say a man sentenced for habitual assault and kidnapping in the city of Wilmington will spend more time in jail because he is a pimp with a long criminal history.

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