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LEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Technology tightens security
Sheriff touts $235K in stimulus-funded additions at county jail tor for jail visitors, a fastmoving fingerprint scanner and, most importantly, a video linkup connecting Carter inmates to courts. Jail personnel will be able to utilize the video to have
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SANFORD — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is touting a handful of technology upgrades intended to tighten security and speed operations at Lee County Jail. The equipment, paid for by a $235,000 federal stimulus grant, includes a metal detec-
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inmates appear before magistrates and judges for initial court appearances without leaving the jail, said Lt. David Prevatte of the Sheriff’s Office. Currently, suspects must physically go before a judge or magistrate, requiring intensified security and transportation worries. But a split-screen video hookup will do that from a jail cell under lock and key.
“I’m very excited about this,” said Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter. “This is going to greatly enhance the security of the jail.” Officer Chris Amundson of Lee County Jail showed off the video monitor in a courtroom and jail cell Thursday, explaining the device will also
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Man shot at park, won’t give details
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OBAMA URGES PATIENCE ON HEALTH CARE LAW
SANFORD — Police said they are puzzled by an area man who said he was shot several times but refused to cooperate with authorities. The man, 40-year-old Ramese McKoy of Cameron, came to the Central Carolina Hospital emergency room Wednesday evening with five gunshot wounds, two in the abdomen, two in the left leg and one in the left ankle with an unknown caliber gun, a Sanford Police Department report said Thursday. McKoy said he was shot when a man attempted to rob him in the Carbonton Road parking lot of Kiwanis Park. Other than providing that information, McKoy has largely rebuffed investigators’ inquiries, said Capt. David Smith of the Sanford Police Department. Smith said McKoy refused to give a description of the suspect and told investigators that he would not pursue charges against his assailant. “He also told investigators not to waste their time because he had nothing to say,” Smith said.
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STATE JUDGE WON’T DISMISS CHARGES AGAINST AIDE A federal judge has declined to dismiss any of the felony counts against an ex-aide of former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley, saying he found no fault in the indictment Page 8A
Temperatures in Sanford are expected to reach a summer-like 86 degrees today, and the recent warmth has led to a spring burst of color in Central North Carolina. (Above) The flowering plum trees in front of Trinity Lutheran Church on Carthage Street are a crisp white this week, and (right) gardens throughout the city are starting to show their true colors as well. Photos by ASHLEY GARNER
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LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS
Educators ‘disappointed’ with Race to the Top result
Teachers’ Resource Room in need of donations
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SANFORD — Local education officials said they aren’t sure why North Carolina was passed over for federal “Race to the Top” grant funds earlier this week.
HAPPENING TODAY n Lemon Springs Ruritan Club will hold its semi-annual pancake and sausage supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 62 Willett Lake Road. All-you-can-eat for $5. Proceeds will be used to support the club’s community service projects. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
North Carolina was one of 16 finalists in the competition among states, narrowed down from 40 states and Washington, D.C. On Monday, Tennessee and Delaware
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SANFORD — For educators, the Teacher Resource Room is similar to a thrift store: You never know what treasures you’ll find. The resource room, which
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occupies a trailer on Lee County High School’s campus, has been operating for almost 15 years. The collection of school supplies is available for the taking when teachers are in need; binders,
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n Lemon Springs Ruritan Club will hold its semi-annual pancake and sausage supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 62 Willett Lake Road. All-you-can-eat for $5. Proceeds will be used to support the club’s community service projects. For more information, contact Eddie Cupps at (919) 770-7049.
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
MONDAY n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center on the corner of Carthage and Hillcrest in Sanford. n The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. at the Agricultural Building Auditorium in Pittsboro. n The Harnett County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Building in Lillington. n The Siler City Town Board meeting scheduled for April 5 has been canceled due to a lack of business items.
TUESDAY n The Moore County Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at the Commissioners Room in Carthage. n The Chatham County Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Dunlap Building Classroom in Pittsboro. n The Sanford City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, located at 225 East Weatherspoon St.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Claude Upchurch Jr., Jimmy Lewis White Jr., Amber Marie Angel, Jessica Erin Eckenrode, Colby Glen Oldham, Kayla Elizabeth Bright, Johnny Whiteside, Marcie Thomas, Zackary Taylor, Ondrea Goins and Antoinette Marks-Seymore. CELEBRITIES: Actress Rita Gam is 82. Singer Leon Russell is 68. Jazz musician Larry Coryell is 67. Actress Linda Hunt is 65. Singer Emmylou Harris is 63. Social critic and author Camille Paglia ia 63. Actress Pamela Reed is 61. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 49. Actor Christopher Meloni is 49. Singer Keren Woodward (Bananarama) is 49. Country singer Billy Dean is 48. Actor Clark Gregg is 48. Actress Jana Marie Hupp is 46. Rock musician Greg Camp is 43. Rock musician Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) is 41. Actress Roselyn Sanchez is 37. Country singer Jill King is 35. Actor Adam Rodriguez is 35. Actor Jeremy Garrett is 34. Rock musician Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5) is 31.
Almanac Today is Good Friday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2010. There are 273 days left in the year. This day in history: On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.” (Congress declared war four days later.) In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in present-day Florida. In 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint. In 1860, the first Italian Parliament met at Turin. In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., because of advancing Union forces. In 1932, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condon went to a cemetery in The Bronx, N.Y., where Condon turned over $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh’s kidnapped son. (The child, who was not returned, was found dead the following month.) In 1956, the soap operas “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night” premiered on CBS television. In 1974, French President Georges Pompidou died in Paris. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed into law a windfall profits tax on the oil industry. (The tax was repealed in 1988.)
n The Hearts and Hands ECA Quilt Guild is changing its regular day and night meeting every month to the first Saturday of each month. The first meeting reflecting the change will be held at noon at the Mcswain Extension Center, 2420 Tramway Road. There will be a “trunk show” immediately after the meeting by Barbara Massengill, a guild member who is famous for her embellishment of quilts. n Local horror movie director Christine Parker is calling for extras for her upcoming film, “A Few Brains More.” Those who want to be zombies are asked to meet from 9 a.m. until dark at Old Gilliam Park, located on Carbonton Road west of Sanford, for the opportunity to be become part of the “undead.” For more information, e-mail Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org. n Patriot Run VIII to benefit the Fisher House. The run will begin at 10 a.m. from the VFW Post 9103, 14258 Hwy. 210 South, ride to the Capitol in Raleigh for the POW/MIA ceremony at 12 noon and end at the VFW Post 5631 in Sanford. $15 donation per person includes meal, door prize, t-shirt and entertainment at the VFW at 1 p.m.
Attending the Area Farmers family night and scholarship awards program were the 2010 scholarship recipients (left to right) John Alexander Watson, Ashley Watson, Hillary Dycus and Jacob G. Nicholson. Scholarships were also awarded to Catherine Dalyrmple, Robert Dalrymple, Anna Buchanan, Jamie McLeod, Ashely McNeill and Cody Gross who were unable to attend. Members of the Lee County Area Farmers tend more than 36,210 acres of farmland in Lee County. Through winter production educational programs, Lee County Area Farmers continue to increase their knowledge in farming innovations, technology and financial business management. If you have a calendar item you would like to add or if you have a feature story idea, contact The Herald by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (919) 718-1225.
SUNDAY n Local horror movie director Christine Parker is calling for extras for her upcoming film, “A Few Brains More.” Those who want to be zombies are asked to meet from 9 a.m. until dark at Old Gilliam Park, located on Carbonton Road west of Sanford, for the opportunity to be become part of the “undead.” For more information, e-mail Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY n Candidates for the Lee County Board of Education will meet with local business leaders to discuss their goals for Lee County Schools at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Luncheon. The meeting will take place at 11:30 a .m. at Chef Paul’s. The price to attend is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Registration is required and can be done by calling the Chamber office or visiting its Web site. Call (919) 775-7341 or visit www.sanford-nc.com. n Local horror movie director Christine Parker is calling for extras for her upcoming film, “A Few Brains More.” Those who want to be zombies are asked to meet from 9 a.m. until dark at Old Gilliam Park, located on Carbonton Road west of Sanford, for the opportunity to be become part of the “undead.” For more information, e-mail Parker at email@example.com.
TUESDAY n The Lee County Horticulture Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lee County High School’s greenhouse. Okra, cantaloupe, herbs, aloe, tomato, Morning Glories, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, bell pepper, hot peppers, marigolds and hanging baskets will be available for purchase. All plants will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. n The annual Burrito Bash at the General Store Café, 39 West St., Pittsboro, will benefit the Central Carolina Community College Foundation and the Chatham County Partnership for Children. The 6 to 9 p.m. event features the famous General Store burrito and fixings, a silent auction and bluegrass music by Tommy Edwards and Friends. Tickets are $12 in advance at the college’s Pittsboro Campus and Siler City Center, or $15 at the door. For more information, call (919) 542-7449 or (919) 542-6495.
WEDNESDAY n The Lee County Horticulture Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lee County High School’s greenhouse.
THURSDAY n The Council For Effective Actions & Decisions (CEAD) will host a candidates forum for Lee County Board of Education, Lee County Commissioner and State
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n The Lee County Horticulture Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Lee County High School’s greenhouse. n Legal Aid Intake Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. Types of cases accepted will be housing evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, unemployment and benefits denials. Appointments preferred but walk-ins will be accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 800-672-5834 to be screened. n Beverly Lewis will hold a booksigning at 7 p.m. at the Carpenter’s Shop, 2431 S. Jefferson Davis Hwy., Sanford.
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SanLee Park expanded to 177 acres
SANFORD â€” At its March 1 meeting, the Lee County Board of Commissioners announced the purchase of 17 acres of property adjacent to San-Lee Park. This brings the total acreage of the park to 177 acres. San-Lee Park is a nature preserve facility that offers outdoor education and recreational activities. The purchase consists of two tracts of land: one is 9.98 acres and the other is 7.02 acres. The combined total purchase price for both properties was $85,000. The new land gives the park additional buffering from the U.S. 421 bypass and protects the water shed that feeds the two ponds on the site. The purchase of the land comes at a time when the county will be spending $1.2 million on improvements to the San-Lee dam. Both the purchase of the land and the restoration of the dam will protect this natural space in the future. Construction at the dam has already begun and should be completed by Sept. 1. Recreational activities will continue at the park during construction, but some areas may not be accessible during this period. For more information, call 776-6221. â€” from staff reports
Local horror film needs zombies for weekend filming
SANFORD â€” Horror movie director Christine Parker is calling for extras for her upcoming film, â€œA Few Brains More.â€? Those who want to be zombies are asked to meet from 9 a.m. until dark this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Old Gilliam Park, located on Carbonton Road west of Sanford, for the opportunity to be become part of the â€œundead.â€? Those in attendance will also get to meet Michael Christopher, the â€œHare Krishna Zombieâ€? from the original horror classic, â€œDawn of the Dead.â€? â€œA Few Brains Moreâ€? is set in 1973, so extras are asked to dress time-appropriate (and be prepared to get messy). Food will be sold on site, and camping will be available Saturday and Sunday night for $6 per camp site. For more information, visit www.afewbrainsmore.com or e-mail Parker at email@example.com â€” from staff reports
2010 CANDIDATE ELECTION FORUMS
Herald education board forum set for April 12
The Herald will host a forum featuring the seven candidates for three open positions on the Lee County Board of Education on April 12 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The forum will begin with a 6 p.m. reception outside of the centerâ€™s auditorium, and the question-and-answer session will begin at 7. Candidates will be provided the opportunity for opening and closing statements and will answer questions submitted by The Herald and its readers. To submit a question for the April 12 forum, e-mail Herald Publisher Bill Horner III at firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission to the forum will be free. â€” from staff reports
Sanford man arrested for cocaine, meth
Chamber election debate Monday
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SANFORD â€” Candidates for the Lee County Board of Education will meet with local business leaders to discuss their goals for Lee County Schools at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Luncheon on Monday. The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Chef Paulâ€™s Restaurant in Sanford. Chamber members and the public are invited to attend this forum, designed to help them learn more about the candidates before election day on May 4. The price to attend is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Registration is required and can be done by calling the Chamber office at (919) 775-7341 or visiting its Web site at www.sanfordnc.com.
SANFORD â€”A Sanford man is in jail following an area drug bust Wednesday afternoon, the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported. Law enforcement agents arrested Victor Dejuses Duprey, 25, of 456 Harbor Trace in Sanford on a number of counts, including trafficking cocaine and crystal methamphetamines, a Sheriffâ€™s Office press release said.
Both trafficking charges are felonies. The arrest was made Dejuses under a joint operation by the Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Sanford Police Departmentâ€™s Tactical Narcotics Team and Selective Enforcement Unit, said Capt. John Holly of the Sheriffâ€™s Office. Agents seized about
$11,600 worth of drugs, or 28 grams of cocaine and 30 grams of crystal methamphetamines, from Duprey. Holly said Duprey was under investigation and that law enforcement had been tipped off that he would be in the parking lot of a Sanford business on South Horner Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. â€œWe set up surveillance and took him down when he got there,â€? Holly said.
Duprey is charged with maintaining a vehicle to store drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and trafficking cocaine and methamphetamines. Holly said the amount of drugs confiscated from Duprey merited a stiffer trafficking charge than simple possession. If convicted, Duprey faces a mandatory prison sentence of at least three years, he said. Duprey was being held in Lee County Jail under a $400,000 secured bond.
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CEAD candidates forum to be held April 8 in Sanford SANFORD â€” The Council For Effective Actions & Decisions will host an election candidateâ€™s forum for Lee County Board of Education, Lee County Commissioner and state representative on April 8 in the upstairs courtroom of the old Lee County Courthouse on South Horner Boulevard. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with light refreshments and will offer an opportunity for candidates to meet and talk with voters and to pass out campaign literature. The forum portion will begin at 7 and conclude by 9. Each candidate will be allowed three minutes for an introduction and platform. Questions from the audience will follow. Early voting for the May primary will begin April 15. Questions about the forum may be directed to Margaret Murchison, CEAD president, the law firm of Wilson & Reives or any CEAD member. â€” from staff reports
Junior Chefs to make bread On April 17, the Junior Chef class at Chatham County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, will explore bread making. Designed for youth ages from 9 to 15 years old, class time is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Cost is $8 per youth, which covers supplies and literature. Enrollment is limited to eight. The class will be held in the cooking laboratory on the first floor of the Cooperative Extension Building in Pittsboro. For additional information, please contact Phyllis Smith, Extension Agent, phyllis. firstname.lastname@example.org or Brenda Talton, Administrative Secretary brenda.talton@ chathamnc.org or call (919) 542-8202.
Central Carolina Community College theater students and community members, under the direction of Ellen Bland, will present â€œWorking, A Musical,â€? April 14-18 at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The show is based on an oral history of American workers by author Louis â€œStudsâ€? Terkel. Performances are 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 14-15; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 16-17; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Tickets are $12 at the collegeâ€™s Chatham County Campus, Pittsboro, and at www.brownpapertickets.com. Cast members include students (front, from left) Eleasha Schmidt of Pittsboro, and Carrie Norris of Sanford; and (back, from left) Chris Yarborough of Pittsboro, Layton Sheppard of Sanford, Kayla Fletcher of Sanford, Adam Stark of Pittsboro; community artist Forrest Greenslade of Pittsboro and student Fonda McSwain of Sanford.
A heroâ€™s return, for the moment RALEIGH (MCT) â€” U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, who could face a perilous re-election effort this fall, received a raucous welcome home to his district Wednesday night, from Democrats who praised him for his courage in voting to help pass the new health care law. â€œThank you, Bob; thank you, Bob,â€? about 120 people chanted at a rally as Etheridge entered the John P. Greene Community Center in Raleigh. Etheridge acknowledged that he had angered some of his constituents, but he said he hopes that as the benefits of the new health care law became better known -- from making insurance available to people with pre-existing medical conditions to ending the so-called doughnut hole for Medicare recipients -- more people could come around to his way of thinking. â€œIt was a monumental achievement,â€? Etheridge said of the bill, compar-
ing it to the passage of Social Security in the 1930s and Medicare in 1965. â€œI voted for it because the working people, the families of North Carolina really needed solutions, not more fears,â€? Etheridge said. â€œNow the truth will come out in the coming weeks and months.
We could not continue to allow the old system to kill jobs and literally bankrupt families.â€? Etheridgeâ€™s vote is a difficult one in the 2nd District, which voted for Republican George W. Bush in 2004 and for Democrat Barack Obama in 2008. A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, a
Democratic-leaning firm in Raleigh, found that 53 percent of voters in the district opposed the health care plan, while 37 percent supported it. The survey of 601 voters was taken March 13-14 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. â€” Raleigh News & Observer
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