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Volume XCV, No. 201
How dangerous can going to church be? By AL WHELESS Daily Dispatch Writer
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Starr Barbaro, a State crime specialist, speaks Thursday at Church Watch at South Henderson Pentacostal Holiness on Americal Road.
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Some pastors, members of their congregations and other community leaders in Henderson got a dose of reality Thursday when they encountered Starr Barbaro. “I’m going to say some things that make some people angry today,” she said after being introduced. The head of the State’s Crime Prevention Unit gave the group which met at South Henderson Pentacostal Holiness Church a two-hour “overview” on how to avoid or minimize violence there or at other places of worship. “Make sure your law enforce-
State crime prevention chief helps local congregations under the risks ment officers are armed during church.” Barbaro was the guest speaker at Church Watch, a quarterly information program concerning numerous safety issues such as fire prevention, insurance, break-ins, larcenies and murder. This one was called “Securing The Faith-Based Community.” Besides displaying photos of known killers and details about their crimes, Barbaro conducted a running monologue consisting of facts, humor, anecdotes and challenges.
“Remember I said I was going to offend everybody. I’ve got a shooter for every reason, every purpose.” If a church has the potential for more than 250 casualties in the event of a bombing or some other unforeseen method of attack, Barbaro revealed, it is at high risk. Some of her statistics, such as the locations of shootings in churches between 1999 and 2008, were chilling: • Sanctuary — Eight instances or 38 percent.
• Offices — Three instances or 14 percent. • Parking Lot — Five instances or 24 percent. • Basement — One instance or 5 percent. • Temporary Church — Two instances or 10 percent. • Dormitory — One instance or 5 percent. • Other — Five instances or 24 percent. As for times of shootings during the same years: • During Service — Eight instances or 40 percent. • Before Service — Two instances or 10 percent. • After Service — Two in-
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OXFORD — The Oxford City Commission’s Recreation Committee today is set to discuss a subject that was much talked about at the Aug. 11 full commission meeting: The Belle Street basketball court. The committee meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. in the mayor’s conference room of City Hall, which is located at 300 Williamsboro St. Commission committee meetings are open to the public. The full commission, in a 4-3 vote on Aug. 11, rejected a request by Mayor Pro Tem Howard Herring to prohibit parking on city grounds adjacent to the court in an attempt to stop loitering in vehicles by illegal drug dealers and in the aftermath of instances of disorder. Mayor Al Woodlief told Herring his idea was a Please see AGENDA, page 4A
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Police to complete transition to VIPER By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer
The Henderson City Council earlier this week approved two financial amendments, with one of them being to create a budget for the Police Department to use $93,064 in federal Justice Department grant funding to complete a transition to having two-way radios compatible with the statewide VIPER system. Police Capt. Perry Twisdale said officers will AP Photo/Julie Jacobson be able to communicate more securely and without U.S. Marines listen to comments by commanding officers during a memorial service Thursday for Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard having to overwork the at a forward operating base with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 2nd MEB, 3rd MEF, in Now Zad in the Helmand Henderson-Vance County Province of Afghanistan. Bernard was killed in action during a Taliban ambush on Aug. 14. July and August have been the deadEmergency 911 system. liest months for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. See story, page 11A The Police Department’s new hookup went on the air on Aug. 17. Twisdale on Monday evening told the council that, “The coverage is times, times better than nated the vestiges of its school systems in recent Zullinger said the By EMERY P. DALESIO what we had with our local past (legal) discrimination years have not sought to 3,000-student district Associated Press Writer repeater and ensures that, to the extent practicable.” close desegregation cases wanted to close the case if we were needed by the Judge Terrence Boyle that are echoes of an earRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — which periodically needed county, we could go anyagreed Thursday to sign lier generation. A federal judge is about to management attention where in the county now the order, Bertie County “The orders were dealclose the book on a 1967 and incurred legal fees. and our portables would ing with circumstances in civil rights lawsuit against schools superintendent “You’ve had this 40-year work and our car radios Chip Zullinger and atplace in the 1960s,” said the rural Bertie County drain on legal expenses,” would work.” torney Carolyn Waller Crowell, who has advised schools that dates back he said. “We actually could go as said. Boyle’s signed order several North Caroto the days of separate Officials at the state far as Raleigh and anyschools for black and white had not been filed with the lina districts on handling Department of Public where in the eastern part court clerk’s office Thursvestigial desegregation students, the school disInstruction nor the North of the state and talk back day. cases. “The reason a school Carolina School Boards trict’s superintendent and and forth,” Twisdale said. Michael Crowell, a district wouldn’t go to attorney said Thursday. Association say they don’t “Obviously, we don’t professor of public law at court (to close the case) is The school district and know how many of the make that a regular habit. the University of North the order’s old, it doesn’t the U.S. Justice Departstate’s more than 110 That’s just in case there’s Carolina School of Govern- say much about what the ment had earlier agreed school districts still operan emergency situation ment, suggested the move school system is currently on language declaring the where we have officers Please see SCHOOL, page 8A is a little unusual because doing.” school board had “elimifrom other agencies come here or vice versa,” with an example being an incident along Interstate 85, Twisdale said. Councilman Michael Infamily’s compound in For many, it was hard he loved about his home By STEVE LeBLANC scoe asked Twisdale asked Hyannis Port, along the to untangle Kennedy’s state and everything he Associated Press Writer whether a citizen would Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy larger-than-life role as was outside the Senate.” no longer be able to use a Greenway, past the John statesman from his role The motorcade started BOSTON — Sen. Edscanner to listen to what is F. Kennedy Federal Build- as neighbor and local its trip in Hyannis Port, at being said over the police ward M. Kennedy began ing and by the JFK stop on celebrity, whether he was the Cape Cod home where channel. his final journey Thursthe city’s subway system. taking a turn conducting Kennedy’s family held a day, first past landmark “For right now, if you Finally it came to the the Boston Pops or throwprivate Mass. Eighty-five after landmark bearing his want to buy a really expenJohn F. Kennedy Library ing out the first baseball Kennedy relatives traveled sive one, you can, but the family’s famous name and and Museum, where his pitch for the Red Sox. with the senator’s body to VHF/UHF scanners, no,” then to his slain brother’s body lay in repose. As “It was Teddy’s home the John F. Kennedy Lipresidential library where Twisdale said. “They canmany as 12,000 people team. It just seemed apbrary and Museum, where not scan on this.” mourners lined up by the waited in line to file past propriate to leave him the the Senate’s third-longestthousands to bid farewell “Well, I think that’s a his closed casket and cap,” said James Jenner, serving member will lie in good thing,” Inscoe said. to him and an American mark the end of a national 28, placing a Sox cap he repose. political dynasty. “And that was my point.” political chapter that was was wearing near the Among those accompaCrowds assembled The council in April apequal parts triumph and entrance to the library. “It along the 70-mile route Please see KENNEDY, page 4A Please see VIPER, page 8A tragedy. symbolizes everything that that snaked from the
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Mark It Down Today Health seminar — The registration deadline is today for a health seminar on Sept. 1 sponsored by Granville Health System on the topic “How do I know if there is something wrong with my heart?” The seminar will be held from 6-7 p.m. in Meeting Room 133 at Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus in Creedmoor and the guest speaker will be Dr. L. Allen Kindman. A free dinner will be served. To make a reservation, call (919) 690-3447 or e-mail sgmealandmore@ graanvillemedical.com. Truck/tractor pull — The Vance County Fire & Rescue’s third annual National Truck & Tractor Pull will be held today and tomorrow at the Vance County Fairgrounds off U.S. 1 Bypass at N.C. 39. Admission for adults is $15; children 6 - 12, $5; under 5, free. Gates open at 4 p.m. For more information, call (919) 291-9501. Weight loss group — TOWN (Take Off Weight Now), a non-profit weight loss group, will meet at Aycock Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Recreation Committee — The Oxford City Commission’s Recreation Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the mayor’s conference room on the second floor of City Hall, 300 Williamsboro St. The committee will discuss the basketball court, a water splash park, summer activities for inner city youths and other items. Commission committee meetings are open to the public.
Saturday Back to School Bash — Crossroads Christian School’s Back to School Bash will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Bring your family and friends. There will be many fun activities, games, food and fellowship. Warren County Farmers’ Market — The Warren County Farmer’s Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Market and Main streets in historic downtown Warrenton. All produce is locally grown by the vendors. For more information or to receive a vendor application, contact the Warren County Extension Center at 257-3640. Vance County Farmers’ market — The Vance County Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is located at the intersection of Williams and Arch streets in downtown Henderson. Vendors interested in selling at the market should contact Wayne Rowland at 438-8188. Oxford Farmers’ Market — The Oxford Farmers’ Market, located on the corner of McClanahan and Lanier streets across from the police station in Oxford, is open from 7 a.m. to noon.
Tuesday Black Caucus — The Henderson-Vance Black Caucus will hold a called meeting on election planning and action matters at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 326 W. Rockspring Street. Members are urged to attend. Parenting class — “Parenting Matters,” an eight-week parenting class for parents of any age child, will have its first meeting from 10 a.m. to noon at the Vance County Extension Center, 305 Young St. The teacher will be Anne Williams with Five County Mental Health. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call Williams at 430-3077 or Mary Helen Jones at 438-8188. Nutrition class — “Families Eating Smart and Moving More,” an eight-week series targeting families with children, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Vance County Extension Center, 305 Young St. Extension nutrition assistant Arnetta Wilson will be the instructor. The class focuses on planning healthy meals, shopping carefully, family meal time, and moving for health. There is no charge. The class will also be held tomorrow at the same time and place. Call 438-8188 for more information. Kiwanis Club — The Kiwanis Club of Henderson meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Dabney Drive Restaurant on West Andrews Avenue. Gary Morgan, executive director of Gateway Development Corporation, will speak on the present vision of Henderson and the role Gateway Development Corporation will play in the future of Henderson and Vance County. Interested non-members may call Opie Frazier for reservations or membership information at 430-1111. Painting event — Art du Jour, 209 E. Nash St., Louisburg, will sponsor a “paint in” from 6-9 p.m. All area artists are welcome to join in the fun and camaraderie with fellow artists. Suggested donation fee is $5. For more information, please call Art du Jour at (919) 496-1650.
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Early College High School recognized The Vance County Early College High School is anticipating a successful school year in 2009-2010 for its 139 students after completing its first year of operation in the spring and being recognized as a North Carolina School of Distinction. The Early College High School has been recognized as one of the top high schools in the state with 85.8 percent of its 70 ninth graders scoring at or above grade level on state end-of-course tests in English I, Algebra I and Geometry taken in May. Principal Michael Bullard attributes the school’s early success to the hard work of the students and staff members. “We focus on student learning,” Bullard said. “If you have this in your school, the teaching will follow. A big difference for our school is that our students want to be here. They don’t miss school. Our teachers also really work well together. It’s a total team effort. The teachers coordinate their instruction from class to class and grade to grade.” The Vance County Early College High School is a grant-funded program, administered through the state, and is a partnership between Vance County Schools and Vance-Granville Community College. The school is located on the third floor of Building 2 on the main campus of the community college located in Vance County near Henderson. Eighth-grade students apply for admission to the school, which allows them during a five-year period to complete their high school education and a two-year college associate’s degree or two years of college credits to go on to a four-year college or university. All of the services are offered to them free of charge. The program already has proven to be a popular choice among Vance County students. With 70 spots available for the ninth-grade class, there were almost 300 applicants. Bullard admits that with the beginning of the school’s second year on Aug. 5, the challenges to continue student success are more difficult. He noted that now with 70 10th graders and 69 ninth graders enrolled in the high school, not only is the student population larger, but there are more academic standards for students to meet. There also are additional state endof-course tests in Algebra II and Civics & Economics. “Certainly, we’ll be challenged this year to see if our students can be as successful,” Bullard said. “Everyone will be looking at us to see if the great success we had last year was real. They want to see if we can build on the success in year two.”
Principal Michael Bullard talks with students about their classroom work at the Vance County Early College High School after the school was recognized as a North Carolina School of Distinction. Bullard said he and his faculty also are interested to see if their success can continue. He believes the mechanics and process are in place for the students to continue to do well academically. “Our students are not necessarily the top achievers,” he added. “Some of them are, but most are not. But, our students are ones who want to achieve. Their parents want to be involved.” The principal says he meets with each student and their parents after they are accepted for enrollment in the school. “I talk to them about what they need to do to be here. We all sign a contract and everyone knows what the expectations are. Quite simply, we don’t allow students to fail. If a student isn’t getting their work done in the classroom or doesn’t do well on a classroom test, the teacher works with them until they get it. We retest them on course work until they master the material.” The Early College setting, which exists in several other counties throughout the state, each year seeks 35 applicants from EatonJohnson Middle School and 35 applicants from Henderson Middle School. A new 70-student ninth grade will be added each year, so that in its fifth year of operation the high school will have full enrollment with 350 students. In the spring of 2013, it also will have its first graduating class. The purpose of the school is to serve mostly lowwealth students who have never had anyone in their family attend college. The Early College mission is to have its students be successful, receive their high school diploma and complete two years of college work so that they receive that degree or go on to receive a four-year college degree. “Every day, we are working toward our goals,” Bullard said. “We have
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Barbaro proved Thursday that she is able to talk about what makes a gang member or an offthe-street shooter tick as easily as some people can rattle off a cooking recipe or accurately describe the sequence of events that take place inside a gasoline combustion engine. â€œI consider a gang member a terrorist. Thatâ€™s my opinion.â€? Whenever a church is open, she informed anyone present who might not have realized it, the congregation can find itself facing the dilemma of whether admittance should be granted or denied to the member or visitor who seems mentally unbalanced, suspicious, eccentric, disagreeable or all of the above. â€œTrying to find middle ground is hard.â€? Itâ€™s unknown, Barbaro explained, just when the front door of the sanctuary might be opened by someone who then walks down the aisle to the front, gun-in-hand, while asking himself or herself: â€œHow many can I kill?â€? She said the survivors can be those who have done their homework and have already planned what to do in case what they hoped would never happen did. Barbaro encouraged church officials to lock all the doors in the building except the one in the front the moment the service begins. When it comes to keeping out potential surprises, she added, â€œThe lock is only as effective as the last person who leaves the building and has the reWeâ€™ll straighten everything out!
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sponsibility of locking it.â€? During her 15-year law enforcement career which included being a police officer â€œin the armpit of Broward County in Southern Florida,â€? Barbaro was taught how to pick the lock of a Saturn with a pair of scissors. â€œIf I can learn how to steal a car, I can learn how to break into your church,â€? she said. â€œWe recommend dead-bolt locks. They are probably the most successful. A lock is only as good as how it is installed.â€? Churches tend to rely too heavily on alarms to signal that evil is afoot and not enough on other preventive measures, according to Barbaro. â€œDonâ€™t install an alarm system thinking it is going to solve all your burglary problems at night,â€? she cautioned. â€œYou need to switch to wireless alarms so they canâ€™t just cut the wires to deactivate them.â€? If the faithful inside a church canâ€™t prevent an attack from occurring, Barbaro said, there are ways to reduce the number of people hurt or killed. She pointed out that the level of awareness among church leaders and the congregation is extremely important when it comes to considering what can go wrong. â€œWatch out for that eccentric person who you think is harmless and is just a little odd,â€? the speaker urged. â€œYou really need to know who your ay yd r e Ev
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stances or 10 percent. â€˘ Fair Or Fellowship â€” One instance or 5 percent. â€˘ Business Meeting â€” One instance or 5 percent. â€˘ Program â€” Four instances or 20 percent. â€˘ Not On Sunday â€” Three instances or 15 percent. â€œWhat youâ€™re going to be getting (this morning) are the latest and greatest strategies and techniques out there,â€? Barbaro said. â€œWhen you are in a house of worship, you are not necessarily safe,â€? the pleasant-mannered, smiling and amiable woman told her audience of several dozen. This Church Watch program was different from some of the previous ones other speakers have presented. Besides showing how to discourage burglaries and thefts, part of Barbaroâ€™s message dealt with coming up with a plan to keep those who come to a church to pray from becoming human targets of terrorists, mentally-ill killers, rapists and other bullies. Several times, the expert on coming to grips with the unthinkable and the unspeakable suggested that her listeners consider taking her two-day course that studies in-depth the complex subjects briefly paraded in front of them Thursday. â€œYou have to put yourself in the mind of the criminal who wants to do harm to you and your church,â€? she said. â€œWhen you spend two days with me, you will think as warped as I do by the end of the second day.â€?
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Deaths Cloe Benjamin NEW YORK — Cloe “Coppedge” Benjamin, 93, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in New York. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel in Warrenton. The Rev. Douglas Harris, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the family cemetery in Louisburg. She is survived by a sister, Lillie Florence Jackson of Frederick, Md.; and two brothers, Oscar Dee Coppedge of Newport News, Va., and Luther Coppedge of Raleigh. The body will be on view Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel in Warrenton. Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Service of Warrenton.
Emma Mason WARRENTON — Emma Mason, 53, of 1558 Baltimore Road, Warrenton, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shocco Chapel Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Lennis Thorpe, pastor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Vernon Mason of Hampton, Va.; her son, Myco Jamaal Foy of Danbury, Conn.; her mother, Mary Eaton of Warrenton; four sisters, Marie Mason, Frances Dowtin and Cartes Newell, all of Warrenton, and Gale Williams of Rochester, N.Y.; and three brothers, Marlee Hawley of Centerville, Garland Gordon of Warrenton and Rodger Gordon of Jackson, Tenn. The body will be on view Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel in Warrenton. Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Service of Warrenton.
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KENNEDY, from page one nying Kennedy were nieces Caroline, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, and Maria Shriver, daughter of his late sister Eunice; and his son Patrick Kennedy, a Rhode Island congressman. On Main Street in downtown Hyannis, flags, flowers and personal notes lay at the base of a flagpole outside the John F. Kennedy Museum, where about two dozen people gathered. Someone had placed an old Kennedy campaign sign with a new inscription: “God bless Ted, the last was first,” referring to his ascension to political greatness after his two older brothers were assassinated. Several enlarged photos showed events in Kennedy’s life — meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., reading to a school girl. A rosary hung over a picture of Kennedy standing in his office. Echoes of the Kennedy
history were hard to miss as the motorcade traveled through the city. Kennedy’s wife, Vicki, put her hand over her heart as the procession rolled down Hanover Street in the North End neighborhood, past St. Stephen’s Church, where his mother, Rose, was baptized and where Kennedy later eulogized her. The crowd applauded, and his niece Caroline and other family members acknowledged them with a wave from their cars. After leaving the church, the motorcade traveled across the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway created by the Big Dig highway project, which Kennedy helped shepherd through the Senate. The park occupies the same stretch of land once dominated by an elevated expressway named after John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, Rose’s father and a patriarch of the Kennedy-Fitzgerald clan.
Kennedy’s motorcade then paused at Faneuil Hall, where the historic bell rang 47 times — once for each of Kennedy’s years in the Senate. From there the motorcade passed the Massachusetts Statehouse with its life-size statue of John F. Kennedy, which was accessible to tourists Thursday for the first time since just after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. There, too, onlookers watched silently, waiting for the motorcade to turn and pass 122 Bowdoin Street, where Kennedy opened his first office as an assistant district attorney and where John Kennedy lived while running for Congress in 1946. After passing by the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in the city’s Government Center complex, the motorcade headed to the library, where Kennedy’s body will remain until his Saturday funeral. Just before arriving at the
museum, the motorcade passed the JFK stop on the city’s subway system. The family planned an invitation-only private memorial service for Friday evening at the library. All the living presidents were expected to attend the funeral Mass on Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica — commonly known as the Mission Church — in Boston’s working-class Mission Hill neighborhood. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the eulogy. Shortly before the Mass, 44 sitting senators and 10 former senators will be among a group of about 100 dignitaries who will pay their respects to Kennedy at the library before making their way to the church. Included in the group is former Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, who pulled Kennedy from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed near Springfield, Massachusetts, in June 1964. The
pilot and a legislative aide were killed, and Kennedy suffered a broken back that caused him pain the rest of his life. “The Impossible Dream,” Kennedy’s favorite song, from the musical “Man of La Mancha,” will be played at one of the services, according to the person familiar with the arrangements. The city may soon have one more Kennedy landmark. Planning is already under way for a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. Kennedy will be buried Saturday evening near his assassinated brothers — former President Kennedy and former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy — at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia.
August 2006, but the court became a subject of much concern among city officials in May 2008 after a report of gunfire. A countywide gang prevention partnership was formed in the aftermath of a March 10 clash at the court that swelled into a larger crowd on the southeast side of Oxford. And Wolford has said that, on July 22, officers responded to a report regarding a disturbance at the court and found approximately 80-100 people in the area. Wolford has said although there was no disorder by the time officers arrived, witnesses told of a fight between alleged gang members.
Officers found what appeared to be drugs on the ground in the area of the court, along with approximately 15-20 empty plastic bag corners used to sell drugs and spread around the court. The committee at today’s meeting additionally is scheduled to discuss having a water splash park and to discuss summer activities for inner city youths. The committee at the Aug. 3 committee meeting discussed a splash park, but did not take any action. The county has a new water spray park at the countymaintained athletic park off Belltown Road near the Interstate 85/U.S. 15 interchange southwest of Oxford.
The cost was $126,000, with the county having saved $5,000 by reducing the size of the project from 2,800 to 2,000 square feet. During the Aug. 3 committee meeting, City Recreation Director Mary Caudle reiterated her belief that the minimum cost for a city splash park would be $100,000. The committee on June 17 agreed to work toward having a water splash park, but emphasized there will be additional intentions of moving in the future toward having a swimming pool as part of what will be a developing recreational facility.
Associated Press writers Ray Henry in Hyannis Port and Denise Lavoie, Jeannie Nuss and Russell Contreras in Boston contributed to this report.
REC, from page one good one, but needed simplifying and to be worked out with the Police Department. Specifically, Woodlief said he believed City Manager Mark Donham and Chief John Wolford needed “to discuss the ramifications of cars parking too long — and if they suspect something, get ‘em moving.” Committee Chairman Steve Powell at the Aug. 11 meeting, as he had at the Aug. 3 committee meeting, continued to emphasize the argument he made about a need for monitoring by adult volunteers. Herring at the Aug. 11 meeting recommended the commission ban parking from 1 p.m.-7 a.m., which would be timed to follow the noon closure of the adjacent Area Congregations in Ministry (ACIM) building. And Herring recommended that parking from 1-7 be
restricted to governmental employees. The parking off Belle Street is adjacent to ACIM, City Hall and the Granville County Economic Development Commission. During the Aug. 11 meeting, a police detective, Jason Tingen, said he and fellow officers had found illegal narcotics on persons and around vehicles parked in that area and said those driving up were from outside Oxford. “They’re from Henderson,” Tingen said. Tingen said the Police Department has been closing the court at dusk and said Wolford issued a memorandum saying the court is to be closed at 7 p.m., but Commissioner Chance Wilkinson said there were times where he saw the court was not locked after hours. The court was opened in
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U.S. awash in natural gas; prices hit new 7-year lows By CHRIS KAHN AP Energy Writer
NEW YORK — Natural gas prices slumped to their lowest level in seven years Thursday after the U.S. government reported that salt caverns, aquifers and other underground storage areas are filling up. Levels of natural gas, a key energy source for power plants around the country, has been building because power-intense industries, like manufacturing, have cut back severely on production. Natural gas tumbled 4.5 cents to $2.865 per 1,000 cubic feet. The price dropped as low as $2.692 per 1,000 cubic feet earlier in the day, a price not seen since Aug. 7, 2002. The contract is scheduled to end Thursday, however, and most of the trading already has switched to the October contract that gave up 4.6 cents to trade at $3.248. Meanwhile, crude and gasoline futures were tugged higher as equities markets rose and the dollar fell among other major currencies.
Benchmark crude for October delivery added $1.06 to settle at $72.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Still, oil prices have been tumbling since they touched $75 a barrel on Tuesday, and analysts said they expect it will fall further as the summer driving season ends in a few weeks. Retail gas prices peaked in late June at around $2.69 per gallon and have been falling slowly since, giving consumers a bit of a break in the tough economy. Gas prices gave up twotenths of a penny to $2.62 a gallon, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular gasoline is 11.5 cents more expensive than last month, but it’s $1.047 cheaper than the same time last year. Oil remains above $70, largely because it is bought in the U.S. dollar. That means when the dollar falls, like it did Thursday, investors can get more crude for less money. Crude supplies grow this week, however,
and they remain well above seasonal norms. “It’s getting harder and harder to justify it at these prices,” PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said. Natural gas prices plunged early in the day when the Energy Information Administration reported that natural gas placed into storage surged again. There is so much natural gas in storage, it has begun to test the country’s storage capacity. But EIA economist Jose Villar told The Associated Press that storage facilities have added about 100 billion cubic feet of extra space, giving suppliers more places to put it. The EIA will include details of the added capacity in a report to be published in the next few weeks, Villar said. In other Nymex trading, gasoline for September delivery increased 1.49 cents to $1.9975 a gallon and heating oil added less than a penny to $1.8615 a gallon. In London, Brent crude climbed 49 cents to $72.14.
FTC addresses ‘robocall’ annoyance By DEBORAH YAO AP Business Writer
Americans tired of having their dinners interrupted by phone calls touting car warranties or vacation packages will soon get some relief. The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is banning many types of prerecorded telemarketing solicitations, known as robocalls. Currently, consumers must specifically join a do-not-call list to avoid them. Starting Sept. 1, telemarketers will first need written permission from the customer to make such calls. Violators will face penalties of up to $16,000 per call. Don’t expect phone solicitations to disappear completely, though. Calls that are not trying to sell goods and services to consumers will be exempt, such as those that provide
information like flight cancellations and delivery notices and those from debt collectors. Other calls not covered include those from politicians, charities that contact consumers directly, banks, insurers, phone companies, surveys and certain health care messages such as prescription notifications. The FTC said those don’t fall under its jurisdiction. And calls made by humans rather than automated systems will still be allowed, unless the phone number is on the National Do Not Call Registry. But the FTC said the ban should cover most robocalls, forcing marketers to turn to more expensive live calls, or ramp up efforts in direct mail, e-mail and TV ads. The ban is part of
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Fed Chairman Bernanke, wife victims of identity theft scheme By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press Writer
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Neighbors unwittingly help burglars rob home
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RALEIGH (AP) — A 17-year-old who said a North Carolina state senator gave him money for a home is facing two charges, including one that accuses him of setting that house on fire. The State Bureau of Investigation said 18-year-old Allen Wayne Strickland was arrested Thursday and charged with fraudulent burning of a building and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. SBI spokeswoman Noelle Talley said the charges stem from a July 29 incident at Strickland’s home in Tabor City. He was released from the Columbus County jail on $100,000 bond. Strickland has told reporters that state Sen. R.C. Soles provided him with money for the home, and Soles said he’s also helped the teenager by giving him money for clothing and education. An officer at the jail said Strickland doesn’t have an attorney.
STATESVILLE (AP) — Authorities say two men posing as IRS agents convinced neighbors to help them burglarize a North Carolina home. WCNC-TV of Charlotte reported that Statesville police said the men broke into the home earlier this month, telling neighbors the house had been foreclosed and they were repossessing all the property. The men said all the items in the house had to go and they told neighbors to “come help themselves.” Police said more than half a dozen neighbors made off with property in the home, while the two robbers stole a trailer from the backyard, hitched it to their sport utility vehicle and loaded it with a lawn mower, a hand gun and other items. Police were notified several hours after the robbers left. Neighbors returned most of the stolen items.
GREENSBORO (AP) — A neo-Nazi group is hosting a regional conference in North Carolina and many Greensboro residents are protesting. The News & Record of Greensboro reported Thursday that churches are organizing a ribbon campaign to protest the National Socialist Movement’s regional 2009 meeting Saturday. Places of worship will hand out ribbons in support of diversity, rather than organizing an open protest. The National Socialist Movement plans to host its regional party business meeting at an undisclosed location. On its Web site the group bills itself as the largest and most active of its kind. The Movement says its core beliefs include the promotion of white separation and the preservation of European culture and heritage. Messages left for the group were not returned.
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Hagan willing to consider health co-op alternative By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH — North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan said Thursday she is willing to consider health care co-ops as an alternative to a government-backed public option, signaling that she’s receptive to some of the same compromises as her GOP counterpart. Hagan said in an interview with The Associated Press Hagan that she continues to support a plan to provide a government alternative to private insurance. But the freshman Democrat said a co-op may also have benefits, noting that it could be more agile if offered on a state or regional level. “The states can respond quicker to citizens versus, in many cases, the federal government,” Hagan said. “So I would be open to looking at a co-op plan.”
The comments could prove a source of middle ground for Hagan and fellow North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican who has been adamantly opposed to more government involvement in health care. Burr has also said that he would consider a co-op plan, so long as it covers all Americans, stresses prevention and doesn’t increase taxes. Both lawmakers stressed that they haven’t seen any specific proposals on what the co-op plans would look like. The plans are generally designed as nonprofit, member-run systems for providing insurance. The White House has pushed for a governmentrun health insurance option, but the administration seemed to back off the idea in recent weeks, suggesting that it wasn’t the key component of the overhaul. Hagan continued Thursday to promote the government-backed public option that she voted for
in her health committee before returning to North Carolina for the August recess. She wants it to come with a variety of other changes: incentives to get students into primary care, rules to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, a focus on wellness and prevention, and the adoption of electronic medical records. She insisted that the private market would remain vibrant despite the newfound competition. She has insisted that any government-backed option have the same solvency rules so that private insurers can still keep pace. “If I know the marketplace, the market is going to figure this out,” she said. “That’s why I’ve never been in support of a singlepayer system. I don’t think we ought to put private industry out of business. I strongly believe in competition and a strong market,” she said.
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â€˘ William Andrew Wilson, 41, of 920 Goshen St. reported Aug. 26 the theft from 4576 Raleigh Road of a 2009 Kawasaki street bike valued at $4,700. â€˘ Toyota of Henderson, 205 Toyota Lane, reported Aug. 26 that a white Toyota Yaris rental car, valued at $31,000, was not returned.
â€˘ Kevin Cheatham, 36, of 4480 Old Watkins Road reported Aug. 26 the theft from the residence of a Dell laptop computer valued at $500 and a Remington 1100 auto with wood stock valued at $250. â€˘ Palm Harbor Homes Inc. of 2000 Sterling Road, Albermarle, reported Aug. 26 the thft from 4955
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Property Damage â€˘ Rashad Hauter, 23, of 1438 Nicholas St. reported Aug. 26 that an LCD screen and money receiver were damaged at the car wash at 585 Bear Pond Road. Damage estimated at $1,000.
Ex-copâ€™s training paid off in California heists SANTA ROSA, Calif. â€” Police say a former Santa Rosa officer used his law enforcement experience to pull off four armored car holdups in Sonoma and Marin counties. Robert Stephen Starling was charged Wednesday with armed robbery and
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Arrests â€˘ Wanda Evette Owens, 34, of 115 S. Clark St. was arrested Aug. 26. Order for arrest/failure to appear. Bond was set at $700. Court dte Sept. 10. â€˘ Lahmad Kingsberry, 29, of 728 Southerland St. was arrested Aug. 26. Order for arrest/ failure to appear. Bond was set at $166. Court date Sept. 22. â€˘ Daryl Bernard Williams, 20, address unknown, was arrested Aug. 26. Order for arrests/failure to appear. Bond wa set at $30,000. Court date Sept. 1. â€˘ Stacy Williams, 28, of 920 David St. was arrested Aug. 26. Failure to appear/driving while license revoked. Bond was set at $2,000. Court date Sept. 11.
an armored car carrier. Sgt. Steve Fraga says investigators had suspected the robbers had law enforcement training because they placed Breaking & Entering bogus crime calls before holdups to divert police. â€˘ Alice Yarborough, 43, of Starling is being held on 200A Wester Ave. reported Aug. $1 million bail and has not 27 the theft of a refrigerator entered a plea. valued at $800, a safe valued at
values not listed. â€˘ Verreatha Barnett, 59, of 125 Sycamore St., Oxford, reported Aug 26 the theft of $300 from her purse at a business at 1549 Dabney Drive. â€˘ Sharal Thompson, 29, of 871 Lamb St. reported Aug. 26 the theft from the residence of a Jimenez 22LR semiautomic pistol valued at $200.
$30 and an amount of cash. According to the report, a suspect broke into the residence with the use of a firearm.
Larceny â€˘ Safety Kleen Systems, 125 Sommerville Park Road, Raleigh, reported Aug. 26, the theft from 1421 E. Andrews Ave. of the following items and their values: Dell laptop computer, $1,500; cell phone, $100; wallet, $50; Black & Decker 18-volt battery charger, $85; cell phone charger, $60; State Employees Credit Union debit card and credit card,
Stolen Vehicle â€˘ Mangone Silver, 27, of 628 East Ave. reported Aug. 26, the theft of a 1990 Oldsmobile 98 valued at $500.
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