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12:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Raleigh Appoints 1st African-American Woman Police Chief

Cassandra Deck-Brown
Credit www.raleighnc.gov

City Manager J. Russell Allen announced today that he has named Cassandra Deck-Brown to be Raleigh’s new Chief of Police. Deck-Brown has been serving as Interim Police Chief for the Raleigh Police Department since October 1, 2012, when former Police Chief Harry Dolan retired. Prior to being Interim Police Chief, she was the Deputy Chief. Deck-Brown is the first African-American female to hold the position. Her promotion is effective February 1.

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5:03 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Blueprint Calls For Proactive, Efficient Approach For Court System

District Attorneys are touting a plan to help North Carolina become safer as the General Assembly prepares to begin its legislative session.  The blueprint for a safer North Carolina is a collection of bullet points. Ben David wrote it and hopes it can lead to a more proactive approach when dealing with crime prevention, funding for the courts and recidivism. David is president of the state conference of District Attorneys and the DA in New Hanover and Pender Counties. He says these building blocks could help Manteo with one issue, and assist Asheville in another area.

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6:29 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

State Attorney General, Wake County DA Seek Tools To Fight Corruption

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on efforts to give state prosecutors and investigators new powers to fight public corruption.

North Carolina's attorney general wants new laws for state agents and prosecutors to urge cooperate in public corruption investigations.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says state prosecutors should be able to convene grand juries to get to the heart of corruption.  He's tried before to secure the power..but says the legislature has so far refused to act.  Wake County D-A Colon Willoughby says they can do it for drug offenses..but that needs to expand.

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6:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Why a Gun Rights Group is Suing Winston-Salem

  • Jeff Tiberii reporting

A gun-rights group is suing the city of Winston-Salem over what it claims are unconstitutional restrictions of concealed weapons.

Two years ago the general assembly gave cities the ability to regulate concealed handguns at county and municipal recreational facilities. Winston-Salem leaders defined recreational facilities as playgrounds, swimming pools, athletic fields and athletics facilities. Of the city's 69 parks, concealed handguns are prohibited in parts or all of 52.

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1:15 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Attempt Marriage, Despite NC's Ban

Two same-sex couples are submitting applications for marriage licenses today, knowing they will be turned down. The couples are heading to courthouses in Wilson and Winston-Salem as part of a movement called "We Do" from the group Campaign for Southern Equality. The organization hosted a similar event last week in Asheville as a protest of North Carolina's constitutional ban of gay marriage. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is the group's executive director and an openly gay minister in the United Church of Christ.

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3:29 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

SEC Investigating Herbalife

A company planning to bring nearly 500 jobs to Winston-Salem is being investigated by the federal government.

Just last month Herbalife announced plans to develop an east coast distribution center and create more than 490 new full-time jobs. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the nutrition and skin care company, after claims by some investors that Herbalife is a well organized pyramid scheme. Mayor Allen Joines said the State Attorney General already looked into these allegations and found nothing illegal.

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6:11 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Fayetteville Police Department Chooses Medlock as New Chief

A new chief has been hired for the Fayetteville Police Department.

Harold Medlock accepted the job as top cop in Fayetteville today. He appeared at a news conference with his wife to be formally introduced as chief. Medlock comes to Fayetteville from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department where he served as deputy chief. He says he won't begin his new duties until mid-February.

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6:28 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Meth Lab Busts Jump 34% in 2012, Sets New State Record

There were 460 meth lab busts in the state last year. That's a record high. It's up from 344 busts the year before. State Bureau of Investigation agents attribute the rise to an increase in a simpler method of making the drug called "one-pot" or "shake and bake." Criminals cook the meth in a plastic soda bottle - using much smaller levels of the main ingredient, pseudo-ephedrine - commonly found in cold medicine.

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6:50 am
Fri January 4, 2013

NC Gets Federal Funding to Fight Mortgage Fraud

The fight against mortgage fraud and other financial crimes just got a little easier in North Carolina – thanks to a new Financial Crimes Initiative.

Ben David is the District Attorney for New Hanover and Pender counties and heads the state conference of D-As. He says the rise in mortgage fraud and other scams is what helped North Carolina get funding for a Financial Crimes Initiative.

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6:10 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Chatham County Celebrates New Justice Center

Chatham County's new Justice Center is open for business.

The new justice center has four courtrooms, and significantly more office space than the previous, historic courthouse in Pittsboro. Plans to move out of that building started 13 years ago, but a fire in 2010 threatened its future. David Hughes is the Public Works Director in Chatham county. He says the 130-year-old building has been preserved.

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