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Archive for July, 2014

Two charged in fatal attack on UNC professor

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has died after an attack near campus, and two people have been charged.

According to police, 59-year-old Feng Liu was found unresponsive Wednesday. Authorities say Liu suffered serious head wounds and was taken to UNC Hospitals. He died Thursday morning.

A Chapel Hill police spokesman said a passerby saw the incident and called police.

A news release says 23-year-old Derick Davis II of Durham and 27-year-old Troy Arrington Jr. of Chapel Hill are charged in connection with the attack. The two were scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, and police say more charges are pending after Liu’s death.

It’s not known if either man has an attorney.

Liu was a research professor in UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

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Marines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) — Marine Corp officers in North Carolina are launching a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or later after returning to the United States.

A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune said Thursday that Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is being investigated for alleged desertion, destruction of government property and larceny. He faced those charges a decade ago after disappearing from his unit in Iraq with a 9 mm service pistol and a Humvee.

A photo of a blindfolded Hassoun turned up on Al-Jazeera television a week after his 2004 disappearance. Hassoun soon contacted American officials in Beirut, Lebanon, saying he’d been kidnapped.

He returned to Camp Lejeune, but disappeared again later months later while visiting his family in Utah.

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Wilmington man pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 22 year-old Terrell Robinson appeared in court today for the gang-related shooting of a young man in 2012. Robinson plead guilty to a 2nd degree murder charge.

Now, family friends that were at the murder are speaking out against gang violence. Family friend Wanda Richmond says she’s had enough. “We have to stop this gang violence,” Richmond said. “Gang violence is our number one problem in Wilmington. You follow the command of somebody. Look what happens,” Richmond said.

Richmond saw first hand what happens May 12, 2012. She recounts the day 22 year old David McPhatter was shot three times at a cookout in front of her hair salon on castle street.
“I held him in a fetal position as if he was my child and I began to talk to him as he was fighting to take his very last breath,” Richmond said.

That’s when Wilmington gang violence claimed another victim, 22 year-old David McPhatter. McPhatter and the two young men charged with his murder had a previous run in weeks before the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan goes over the case during the trial.
“There was a fight where David Mcphatter seemed to come out on top and this was, appeared to be a retaliation,” Jordan said.

The retaliation was an attempt to get McPhatter to rejoin a gang. Jordan says it’s hard to see see a 22 year-old take a plea.
“We have such young gang violence going on in Wilmington right now,” Jordan said.

Richmond is friends with both Robinson and the victim’s family. She hope Robinson’s prison time will give him a chance to turn his life around and become a voice against gang violence. Richmond says Wilmington depends on it.
“… Our youth, our future, our reputation,” Richmond said.

The judge said Robinson is looking to serve anywhere from 13-17 years behind bars.

Guerro will go to trial for first degree murder in October.


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NC Senate approves county sales tax changes

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill changing how counties impose sales taxes beyond what the state collects.

The Senate voted Thursday to limit nearly all of the state’s 100 counties to a local sales- and use-tax of 2.5 percent, including large urban counties that are currently allowed to raise the sales tax to 2.75 percent.

Consumers in more than 70 counties currently pay a combined state and local sales tax of 6.75 percent. Other counties have slightly higher rates.

Lawmakers rejected an attempt that would have increased the sales tax limit by 2.75 percent.

The bill now goes to the House.

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New Hanover officials may discuss clerk’s resignation

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

County officials say they’re willing to discuss exchanges between Sheila Schult and County Manager Chris Coudriet if Schult provides a waiver of confidentiality

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