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Aug 24, 2023

New NC park honors Black history

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina state officials have unveiled the state's first park honoring the African American struggle for freedom. The new North Carolina Freedom Park is between the state Legislative Building and the governor's Executive Mansion. Board members who helped create the park said at a ribbon-cutting Wednesday that they hope it will spark civic conversations and encourage the stat[...]

Jul 25, 2023

Shooting victim’s fiance seeks Raleigh council seat

RALEIGH (AP) — A man whose fiancee was killed in a North Carolina mass shooting says he's running for Raleigh City Council. Rob Steele, the fiance of Mary Marshall, one of five people killed in the Oct. 13, 2022, shooting rampage, announced Monday in a video posted on YouTube that he will run for an at-large seat on the council. The teenage suspect in the shooting rampage fatally shot his 16-yea[...]

Aug 2, 2018

Fake general gets 6 months for helicopter ride

A Raleigh-area auto mechanic was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison followed by a year of supervised release for pretending to be a U.S. Army general and piloting a helicopter, all to impress a married female employee, according to the Associated Press. The AP reports the case was so serious that federal terrorism investigators […]

Aug 1, 2018

‘Halloween every day’: Judge scolds military impersonator

RALEIGH (AP) A judge demanded to know July 31 why a North Carolina man repeatedly used an Army general’s uniform to fool others, asking if “it was like Halloween every day,” as he sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for an impersonation that ended with an alarming helicopter ride. Christian Desgroux, 58, also received a year […]

Jul 23, 2018

Lawyer responds after reporter loses job in plagiarism probe

RALEIGH (AP) A veteran North Carolina newspaper reporter lost her job after editors found she used material from other publications in her stories without credit. The News & Observer announced Anne Blythe’s departure on its website this week. A lawyer for Blythe said July 20 that the Raleigh newspaper didn’t give her an adequate opportunity to respond to […]

Jul 19, 2018

Raleigh attorney receives award for trial advocacy

  Raleigh lawyer Sammy Thompson was given the first annual Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy at the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys annual meeting last month. Thompson, a graduate of the University of North Carolina and its law school, has practiced law for 50 years. He is a founding member of the NCADA […]

Jul 16, 2018

Train kills woman whose wheelchair gets struck on tracks

KENLY (AP) A North Carolina woman is dead after her motorized wheelchair got stuck while she crossed railroad tracks and she was hit by a freight train. Media organizations say it happened shortly after midnight Friday in Kenly, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of Raleigh. A police spokesman said either the 40-year-old woman’s wheelchair […]

Jul 9, 2018

Late candidacy could help Democrats win Supreme Court race

RALEIGH (AP) A last-minute candidacy has the potential to dilute Republican votes this fall for a North Carolina Supreme Court seat and boost chances for the Democrats to expand their majority on the court. Raleigh attorney Chris Anglin filed on the last available day last week as a registered Republican to run for the seat […]

Jun 19, 2018

Judge won’t restore North Carolina judicial primaries

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina judicial primaries won’t happen this year, based on a federal judge’s ruling favoring Republican legislative leaders who passed a law canceling those nominee elections for this year only. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles announced June 19 she would side with the GOP defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party demanding […]

May 31, 2018

Lawsuit: The poor shouldn’t lose licenses over traffic fines

RALEIGH (AP) Because he can’t pay $228 in traffic fines, Seti Johnson faces revocation of his North Carolina’s driver’s license, which means he won’t be able to drive to the job he hopes to get soon. For Sharee Smoot, the amount keeping her off the road is $648. In a federal lawsuit filed May 30, […]

Apr 27, 2018

Former Raleigh city attorney wins Grainger Barrett Award

A Raleigh city attorney received an award for excellence during a recent North Carolina Bar Association Government & Public Sector meeting. Thomas A. McCormick Jr. was given the Grainger Barrett Award for Excellence at the annual meeting on April 12 at the North Carolina Bar Center. Section Chair Nicolette Fulton presented the award, and she, […]

Apr 25, 2018

Lawyers wrap up case blaming pork giant for ghastly smells

RALEIGH (AP) Industrial-scale hog producers knew for decades that noxious smells from open-air sewage pits tormented neighbors but didn’t change their livestock-raising methods to keep production costs low, the lawyer for farm neighbors told jurors in a federal lawsuit April 24. The first in a series of federal suits raising accusations of nauseating hog operations […]

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