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Archive for September, 2014

Cary man pleads guilty in wife’s death in 2008

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A man awaiting a new trial in the death of his wife six years ago has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Multiple media outlets reported that 40-year-old Brad Cooper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday in Raleigh.

Cooper responded “yes” when Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner asked him if he had killed Nancy Cooper in 2008 and dumped her body near their home in Cary.

He had been convicted of first-degree murder in 2011. The North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned Brad Cooper’s conviction last year. The North Carolina Supreme Court refused to review the case.

As part of a plea deal, Cooper had to consent to the adoption of his daughters, now 8 and 10. They are now living with Nancy Cooper’s sister.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Death row inmate asks for new trial in Wilmington murder

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A local death row inmate, Shan Carter, who is charged with several counts of first degree murder is coming back to court this week to get a new trial.

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Hoke County to be tested for wind power

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

LUMBER BRIDGE, NC (AP) — A Florida company is building a 196-foot tower in Hoke County to determine whether the area has enough wind to generate electricity.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that NextEra Energy Resources is building the tower near Lumber Bridge. Equipment on the tower will measure wind speeds for up to five years.

The Hoke County Board of Commissioners approved a permit earlier this month that will let the company build the tower near the Robeson County line.

Donald Porter with Raeford-Hoke Economic Development says officials hope the area will have enough wind to make the project work.

Steven Stengel with NextEra said the company is considering the area after analyzing available information about wind speeds from airports and other sources.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Cat killer on the loose

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Something disturbing is happening to people’s cats in one Wilmington neighborhood. Police say a person is to blame for killing cats in a brutal way.

Randy Leonard found something disturbing in his front yard Monday morning. It was half a cat. Cut, almost surgically, and then placed there.

“It was just shocking to see something like that lying there,” said Leonard who lives off of Pine Valley Rd. in Wilmington. “That’s when we contacted the authorities.”

Now, police are involved. Judy Evonko is a supervisor at Animal Services in New Hanover County. She says this is the second cat found and killed like this in that area.

“It’s sad. It’s hard to imagine somebody could do something like that,” Evonko said.

She says though, someone is doing ‘something like that.’

“Some serial killers start out that way,” Evonko added, “But, you know you hate to speculate anything like that.”

That’s why they are investigating. In this neighborhood, with flyers going up for other missing cats, neighbors are unsettled to say the least.

“I was very disgusted,” said Leonard, and sick that there’s people going around that even do this type stuff.”

The owners of the cat that was killed were notified of what happened to their pet.


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Search continues for man missing since mid-August

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

SNEADS FERRY, NC (WWAY) — The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a Sneads Ferry man missing for more than a month.

Eric Jason Dunn’s wife has not heard from her husband since about 12:05 a.m. on Aug. 11.

Dunn is described as a 43-year-old white male, about 5’10”, weighs about 150-160 lbs and has light brown hair and hazel colored eyes.

Anyone who has any information about where Dunn may be is encouraged to contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273.


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