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Archive for March, 2014

Army general sex case sentencing nears conclusion

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss a general from the Army for his inappropriate relationships with subordinates.

The sentencing hearing for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was expected to wrap up Wednesday afternoon. It’s not clear how long it could take the judge to hand down the sentence.

Dismissal from the Army would wipe out Sinclair’s benefits. Sinclair has pleaded guilty to several charges including adultery – which is a crime in the military.

He had been accused of sexual assault, but those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.

Defense attorneys still have to deliver their closing arguments. They presented character witnesses who praised Sinclair on Tuesday and Wednesday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Avant jazz’ duo gets experimental

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Jack Wright/Andrew Drury Duo’s first U.S. tour makes stop at Squidco..

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First Alert Weather: pleasant spring pattern developing…

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

A warming trend should take us to the 60s and 70s for the end of the week!

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Man who won retrial in 2009 home invasion pleads guilty to lesser charge

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Andre Sharpless, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

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Utility crew broke gas line that led to evacuations

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A gas leak at 17th and Grace streets forced residents to evacuate their homes for about an hour this morning.

The Wilmington Fire Department says an investigation found a CFPUA crew removing asphalt accidentally ruptured the line because it was very shallow. No fines were assessed.

The fire department said responders secured a two-block area around the leak as a precaution, but those in a one-block radius had to evacuate.

Michael O’Connell says he was fast asleep when he heard someone pounding on his door.

“Well, I haven’t had my morning coffee, the dog wants to go back to bed, it’s cold out here, and where are my neighbors?” O’Connell said.

He was eventually allowed back into his home. Police and fire crews cleared the scene soon after. The gas company’s maintenance crew remained on scene to fix the two-inch main.

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