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Archive for December, 2013

Gov. McCrory pardons two

Friday, December 27th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Governor Pat McCrory granted unconditional pardons to two men who completed their sentences for offenses committed more than 35 years ago and have since become outstanding citizens.

The pardons were granted to Linwood Paul Britton, 52, of Edenton and Richard Allen Brown, 58, of Panama City, Florida.

“These pardons weren’t just granted, they were earned,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Paul Britton and Richard Brown paid for their mistakes, turned their lives around and have made significant contributions to our community and nation. They are a testimony to everyone that has been convicted of a crime that it’s never too late to turn your life around.”

The pardons will restore citizenship rights that are lost when an individual is convicted of a felony.

Linwood Paul Britton

In 1979, at age 17, Britton pleaded guilty to armed robbery of a store in Edenton and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. During his incarceration, Britton attained his GED and took classes in electrical wiring.

Britton was released from prison on September 30, 1983. While incarcerated, Britton joined a work release program at Jimbo Jumbo’s Peanuts in Edenton where he started as a floor worker. Britton has been with the company ever since and currently serves as the Vice President of Plant Operations.

Mr. Britton has been married for 17 years and he and his wife have a 13-year-old daughter.

Richard Allen Brown

In 1974, at age 18, Brown pleaded guilty in Guilford County to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He received a five year suspended sentence and a $1,500 fine. His suspended sentence was terminated on November 20, 1975 so Brown could enlist in the United States Navy.

Brown served honorably for 30 years and rose to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. His service included the honor of serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He retired from the Navy in 2005.

After his retirement from the military, Brown worked as a private contractor for the State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brown resides in Panama City Beach, Florida with his wife of 30 years. He has two sons and one grandson. Brown is involved with his church and serves on the board of his homeowners’ association.

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Leland police officer goes to hospital after woman rams patrol cars, leads police on chase

Friday, December 27th, 2013

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland Police Officer was hospitalized Thursday night after a woman slammed into his patrol car.

According to Leland Police Chief Mike James, the loss prevention team at the Walmart on New Pointe Blvd. had been tipped off by the Walmart in Wilmington to watch out for a woman they suspected of shoplifting.

Around 10 p.m. Chief James says the store contacted police when this same woman entered their store.

Sgt. Keel approached 51-year-old Joyce Mae Norris as she was getting in her Dodge truck and tried to talk with her according to Chief James.

That’s when police say Norris hit Keel’s patrol car, and another car in the parking lot, before speeding off.

Other officers arrived on the scene and chased the woman toward the Waterford neighborhood.

Chief James says Cpl. Long also tried to stop Norris, almost resulting in a head on collision.

Norris was finally arrested after Chief James says the road ran out on her near the Good Will.

Norris is charged with larceny, flee to elude, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, DWI, and hit and run according to the Leland Police Department’s Facebook page.

Cpl. Long was sent to the hospital for problems with his wrist and knee, but he is expected to be fine according to Chief James.

Police say there was a lot of damage to the patrol cars, but at this time they do not know how much it will cost to have them fixed.

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Sweepstakes parlors still under fire

Friday, December 27th, 2013

At least two cafes in New Hanover County are the subjects of ongoing investigations

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Amber Alert issued for missing Robeson County boy

Friday, December 27th, 2013

The Robeson County Sheriff's Office has issued an Amber Alert for Jaylon Marcus Bullard.

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Top stories of 2013, No. 10 – Police officers in hot water

Friday, December 27th, 2013

At least three Wilmington Police officers found themselves in hot water this year

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