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Archive for October, 2013

NC crime lab forensic advisory board to meet

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The head of a scientific advisory panel established to help improve North Carolina’s state crime laboratory following a stinging audit three years ago says forensic upgrades are a continual process.

Retired Virginia crime lab director Peter Marone has led the Forensic Science Advisory Board since it was created. The panel of experts held its quarterly meeting Tuesday at the Raleigh lab.

Marone said the crime lab has done everything that’s been asked of it by state lawmakers. But Marone said recruiting and retaining new qualified lab workers can be difficult and time consuming.

The crime laboratory audit followed the release of a once-convicted murderer and called for the thorough examination of 190 criminal cases with similar blood testing issues. The audit covered cases between 1987 to 2003.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Woman accused of embezzling from Cancer Society in court

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A woman who allegedly embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the American Cancer Society made her first appearance in front of a judge Tuesday morning.

Last week the Pender County Sheriff’s Office accused Wendy Perdue of stealing $68,000 from the charity after detectives say she opened an unauthorized bank account under the Relay for Life name.

Perdue’s case was continued until November 13.

After her appearance, Perdue refused to comment on the 10 counts of embezzlement the Sheriff’s Office has charged her with.

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Mary Lee returns to the East Coast

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Great White Mary Lee has made her return to the East Coast, according to ocearch.org. which tracks great white sharks.

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Marching band showcase postponed until Oct. 29

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

New Hanover County Schools’ marching band showcase has been postponed to Oct. 29 because of rain.

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NC, SC experts: Nature’s leaf show great this year

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Trees are exploding with color at the upper elevations in western North Carolina.

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