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Poppy field seized in N.C.

Poppy field seized in N.C.

AA CLAREMONT, N.C. — Authorities say an acre (nearly half a hectare) of poppy plants used in producing opium has been seized in North Carolina. Local news groups report the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office seized the field Tuesday. Authorities roughly estimate the value at $500 million, pending the plants’ weighing. Sheriff Coy Reid says the […]

Forest City Officers recognized with citations

Forest City Officers recognized with citations

Lt. Josh Bumgarner, Sgt. Brad Moore, SPO Scott Haynes, Officer Tim Kimbrell, Officer Joey Brandle and Detective Samuel Bailey received their Region C Law Enforcement Citations for their actions on March 7, 2017. What began as a traffic enforcement action lead to a drug investigation resulting in the arrest of three suspects and the seizure […]

Woman who broke into actress Kelly McGillis’ home is sentenced

Woman who broke into actress Kelly McGillis’ home is sentenced

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C.  — Laurence Dorn will serve 18-months supervised probation after a jury found her guilty Wednesday of misdemeanor breaking and entering into actress Kelly McGillis’ Henderson County home in June 2016. There wasn’t convincing evidence for the jury in charges that she wanted to harm McGillis. According to investigators, Dorn said she wanted to […]

Woman sentenced for fraud of Lake Lure elderly couple

Woman sentenced for fraud of Lake Lure elderly couple

LAKE LURE — Joanna Marie Cain of 472 Jack McKinney Road, Forest City, North Carolina was arrested March 16, 2017. Cain, employed by an elderly couple in Lake Lure, was accused of fraudulently writing and endorsing blank bank checks stolen from the home, larceny of gift cards, theft of jewelry, and fraudulently charging merchandise on the couple’s credit […]

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case The Supreme Court refused to hear North Carolina’s appeal of a lower court’s decision to strike down its voter ID law. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals judge’s ruling striking down the controversial 2013 law will stand. Earlier a judge found that North Carolina’s ballot […]

UPDATE: Senate Bill 531: School Boards Can’t Sue Counties

Senate Bill 531 : School Boards Can’t Sue Counties Sponsors: Tommy Tucker (R-Union), Bill Rabon (R-Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender) Status: Passed the Senate on April 26, 37–11 What It Does: Repeals the statutory authority for a local board of education to sue county commissioners for insufficient funding. Why It Matters: This bill disenfranchises the local […]

UPDATE: Discrimination lawsuit against Forest City Facebook

UPDATE: Discrimination lawsuit against Forest City Facebook

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Details of the court filing of the lawsuit “Robert Baron Duffy and Robert Louis Gray against Facebook, Inc. , Wayne Hawkins, James Swenson, et al.” are revealed in the 11/22/16 case filing. The plaintiffs allege a violation of Civil Rights under 4 USC 1981. In the lawsuit, the Facebook employees allege that […]

Motion for Discovery filed in Fenner/Covington case

Motion for Discovery filed in Fenner/Covington case

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The hearing on pre-trial motions in the Fenner/Covington case will hear one more motion. Assistant District Attorney Garland F. Byers, Jr. filed a Motion for Discovery to be heard on May 19, 2017 along with previous motions filed by the defense attorney and him. Those pretrial motions to be heard in […]

RC Facebook is in Asheville’s federal court over racist remarks

RC Facebook is in Asheville’s federal court over racist remarks

ASHEVILLE —Two African-American workers at Rutherford County Facebook’s data center in Rutherford County have sued over allegations of racial harassment and discrimination. In the lawsuit, the Facebook employees allege that for three years they endured the harassment and discrimination against African-American employees who were said to “ infect the working conditions” at the Forest City center. […]

Fenner Case: State opposes Bill of Particulars

Fenner Case: State opposes Bill of Particulars

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The State of N.C. is proceeding onward in the Matthew Fenner case scheduled for hearing on May 19, 2017. On Monday, May 1, 2017 prosecutor Garland F. Byers, Jr. filed the State’s opposition to a defense motion for a Bill of Particulars as requested by the Brooke Covington counsel. A Bill […]

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