PIGSKIN SEASON Burton Cates and the Lee County Yellow Jackets will get things started with a wrap up to their summer workouts tonight before opening the first day of practice at 6 p.m. Monday. Tom Paris and the Southern Lee Cavaliers will begin their practices at 8:30 a.m. Monday as they look to turn things around following an 0-11 season in 2009. Coverage in next week’s Herald
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From staff reports SANFORD — The funeral for a 5-year-old Sanford boy who died Monday, a day after being pulled from a lake unconsious in Western Harnett County, is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Turners Chapel Church. Elijah Caddick, who had just started kindergarten at Tramway Elementary this month, will be buried in the church’s cemetery following the service. Caddick died Monday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after drowning at the Carolina Lakes Marina Sunday afternoon. According to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, Caddick was playing with children who were attending a birthday party at the lake when he disappeared in the water. He was sent by EMS to Central
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Chapin Thomas smiles after approaching Top Gun, a wild mustang, at the Thomas family’s ranch in Pittsboro Thursday. The family will compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, which culminates in October.
A FAMILY OF HORSE MORE THAN 6,600 BODIES MAY BE IN WRONG GRAVES Estimates of the number of graves that might be affected by mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery grew from hundreds to as many as 6,600 on Thursday, as the cemetery’s former superintendent blamed his staff and a lack of resources for the scandal that forced his ouster Page 12A
STATE MOTHER FACING CHARGES IN SMITHFIELD MURDER A mother knew her daughter had been abused by a man before she left the 4-year-old in his care while she went to military training, authorities said Thursday Page 7A
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■ The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. at the Dunlap Classroom in Pittsboro. ■ The Harnett County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. in Lillington. ■ The Moore County Board of Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. at the Commissioners Room in Carthage. ■ The Chatham County Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Office Board Room in Pittsboro. ■ The Harnett County Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Lillington Education Building in Lillington. ■ The Siler City Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Siler City Town Hall in Siler City.
■ North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Lee County Environmental Health Department will sponsor SERVSAFE® Serving Safe Food seminar Aug. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Sept. 1 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Auditorium at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. For additional information, contact N.C. Cooperative Extension at 775-5624 or Lee County Environmental Health at 7184641. Enrollment will be limited to 25 participants. ■ The Lee County 2010 Idol competition (for ages 35 and above) will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Depot Park in Sanford. There is a $10 entry fee to audition. Official entry forms should be submitted by Aug. 4. Entry forms are available at The Enrichment Center of Lee County, or for information call (919) 776-0501. ■ Central Fire Station at 512 Hawkins Avenue will check car seats between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each Saturday. Appointments are required. Contact Krista at 7758310 by 5 p.m. Wednesday to schedule an appointment for the following Saturday. Child must be present for seat to be checked, unless mother is expecting. ■ Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May through October.
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■ The Sanford City Council will meet at 1 p.m. at the Sanford Municipal Center. ■ The Moore County Board of Education will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Office in Carthage. ■ The Chatham County Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Extension Building in Pittsboro.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Janiyah Davis, Keosha Bland, Reggie Cox, Glen Robinson, Stephanie Haywood, Anthony Trusell, Allyson Von Canon, Makani McKenzie, Madison Saunders, Garren Adams, Renetta Young, Teana Thomas, Timothy John Norris, Morgan Gillis, Richelle Buie, Cynthia Ann Deaton, Sandra Gail Norris, Tammy Pattishall, Shermaine Lee Ray, John Jason Hall, Carlos R. Allen, Debra White, Patrick Trusell, Maurice Gill and Jessica Gill. CELEBRITIES: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is 76. Blues musician Buddy Guy is 74. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 63. Actor Ken Olin is 56. Actress Delta Burke is 54. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 49. Actress Lisa Kudrow is 47. Actress Vivica A. Fox is 46. Movie director Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) is 40.
Almanac Today is Friday, July 30, the 211th day of 2010. There are 154 days left in the year. This day in history: On July 30, 1945, during World War II, the Portland class heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered components for the atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; only 316 out of some 1,200 men survived the sinking and shark-infested waters. In 1792, the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris by troops arriving from Marseille. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces tried to take Petersburg, Va., by exploding a gunpowder-filled mine under Confederate defense lines; the attack failed. In 1918, poet Joyce Kilmer, a sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment, was killed during the Second Battle of the Marne in World War I. (Kilmer is perhaps best remembered for his poem “Trees.”) In 1932, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles. In 1960, the recently founded American Football League saw its first pre-season game, in which the Boston Patriots defeated the host Buffalo Bills 28-7. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Medicare bill, which went into effect the following year. In 1975, former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit; although presumed dead, his remains have never been found.
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■ Carolina DockDogs will hold open practice/introduction for beginners at 2 p.m. at the Ole Gilliam Mill on Carbonton Road. For more information, visit www. carolinadockdogs.com.
SUNDAY SATURDAY ■ A blood drive will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Depot Park (Liberty Home Care and Hospice), 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. Free eco tote bag for all donors. Contact Dana Smith at 770-3333 or email@example.com to schedule your appointment. ■ Local farmers will be selling their fresh products from 9 a.m. to noon at Deport Park in downtown Sanford as part of the weekly Sanford Farmer’s Market. To get involved or to learn more, e-mail David Montgomery at david.montgomery@ sanfordnc.net. ■ Diving Dog Competition presented by Carolina DockDogs will be held at the Ole Gilliam Mill. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Competition waves are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 942 will be serving food from the grill. For more information, visit www.carolinadockdogs. com. ■ Applebee’s in Sanford will partner with the Sprott Christian Youth Center to host a Flapjack Fundraiser. Proceeds raised will help the Moncure community renovate their youth center. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m., and tickets are $7 and can be purchased by calling Donald Lyerly at (919) 542-6103. Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.
■ Diving Dog Competition presented by Carolina DockDogs will be held at the Ole Gilliam Mill. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Competition waves are 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and Divisional Finals at 2 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 942 will be serving food from the grill. For more information, visit www.carolinadockdogs.com.
TUESDAY ■ The Sanford National Night Out event will be held. ■ The National Weather Service will present a Severe Weather Spotter Training Class (Skywarn for Amateur Radio Operators) at 7 p.m. at the McSwain Center at 2410 Tramway Road.
WEDNESDAY ■ Celebrate your last free days before school begins and beat the heat at the Lee County Library’s mini film festival at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the library’s main branch. Bring a beach towel or blanket and a light snack. The event is free and open to the public; children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the library at (919) 718-4665 x. 5483.
THURSDAY ■ The Central Carolina Community College summer graduation will be held at 11
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SANFORD â€” The North Carolina Chapter of Americans for Prosperity will hold a â€œNovember is Comingâ€? Rally, at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 6. The event will be held at the McSwain Agricultural Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. It is free and open to the public. Free food and activities for children will be provided. â€œWe want to urge North Carolinians to hold their elected officials accountable for their votes to raise taxes and expand government on the state and local levels,â€? said Dallas Woodhouse, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina. â€œTheir decisions are killing jobs and raising taxes, and the North Carolina economy simply canâ€™t afford it.â€? Lloyd Jennings, chairman of Americans for Prosperity-Lee County, added, â€œLee County has the highest tax and unemployment rates in the area. AFP wants citizens to know that our elected officials are, in large measure, responsible for these conditions.â€? Concerned North Carolina citizens will be asked to sign petitions to the North Carolina General Assembly, urging them to â€œchange courseâ€? and â€œvote against big government legislationâ€? in November.
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SANFORD â€” Lee County and Sanford narcotics teams arrested two area men Thursday after a search of a home turned up drugs and moonshine. The two men, 23-yearold Sergio Telanto Heaggans of 170 Gilchrist Road in Cameron and 55-yearold Neomai Burch of 618 Matthews St. in Sanford, are both facing charges from the investigation. Agents from the Sanford Police Department and Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Office searched Burchâ€™s Matthews Street residence and found eight bags, or about 8 grams, of marijuana and a half-gallon of moonshine liquor. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $80, according to police. Heaggans, who was holding the marijuana, is charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Burch is charged with possession of a non-tax paid liquor.
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SILER CITY â€” The Chatham County office of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission will be close today to allow for a move to a bigger space. The office, currently located at 205 Chatham Street, will reopen Monday at 225 E. Beaver St. in Siler City. Area Director Edith Edmond said the new, larger space will allow the office to better serve its customers. The office is the only one in Chatham County and the only one between Chapel Hill and Asheboro. Currently, Chatham Countyâ€™s unemployment rate of 6.9 percent is among the lowest in the state. â€” by Jonathan Owens
SANFORD â€” North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will participate in the inaugural Badges for Baseball Quickball Tournament at 11 a.m. today in Snaford. Cooper will give opening remarks and throw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off a fun-filled day of Quickball, a fast paced indoor/ outdoor version of baseball. The 125 children Cooper competing in the tournament represent the 20 Badges for Baseball programs throughout the state. Badges for Baseball is a crime prevention program that pairs law enforcement professionals as mentors and coaches with youth. The program, developed by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, is a positive outlet for young people during outof-school hours when they are most likely to commit or become victims of crime. The Quickball Tournament will take place at the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford/ Lee County located at 1414 Bragg Street in Sanford. More information about Badges for Baseball is available at www.ncdoj.gov. â€” from staff reports
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CAMERON â€” Moore County investigators are charging a Cameron man with meeting a juvenile girl on the Internet and starting a sexual relationship. Dominique Elliott Ross, a 20-year-old resident at 115 Annie Place in Cameron, confessed Tuesday to having sex with a 13year-old Cameron girl, the Moore County Sheriffâ€™s Office said. Ross talked to the teenage girl in an Internet chat room and then met
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SANFORD â€” Celebrate your last free days before school begins and beat the heat at the Lee County Libraryâ€™s mini film festival. The library will show justreleased, family-friendly movies on Wednesday, Aug. and Aug. 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the libraryâ€™s main branch. The library encourages guests to bring a beach towel or blanket and a light snack. These programs are free and open to the public; children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the library at (919) 7184665 x. 5483.
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orth Carolina climbed a big step this week in the federal Race to the Top school funding competition. It’s one of 19 states named a finalist for a share of $3.4 billion. It helped that North Carolina recently adopted national academic standards, one of the keys to winning points from the U.S. Department of Education. The Obama administration is using its funding power to force states to reform their public school systems. Race to the Top was designed to reward innovation and punish business as usual. Top-down reform
is heavy-handed but effective, given that some states have set low expectations for too long. North Carolina was one that needed prodding. Its own K-12 academic standards in the most basic subjects -- English language arts and math -- are “among the worst in the country,” according to a new national survey by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The evaluation was jarring, especially for English language arts, which analysts called “one of the most befuddling sets of standards reviewed for this report. It is difficult to describe its organization and purpose, for neither is obvious to the reader.
The standards are jam-packed with jargon and littered with generic skills that appear in multiple strands (often nonacademic skills, such as personal reflection). Glimpses of good content can be found in early reading, vocabulary, analysis of arguments, and even conventions, but in many places the standards are devoid of academic content.” The math standards were better, but not by much. Overall, both areas were graded as a D. In contrast, the new national benchmarks, called the Common Core State Standards, scored a B-plus for English language arts and A-minus for math -- in both cases far superior to the current
North Carolina standards, the report said. North Carolina’s race to the top for additional federal funding should be encouraged. With state budget stagnation, help from Washington is sorely needed. The ultimate goal, however, is academic success for North Carolina children. Although improvements were noted recently on 2010 state end-of-course and end-of-grade tests, the question lingers: Has the bar been set too low? More modest results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in recent years suggest the bar isn’t far off the ground, and the Fordham survey adds further evidence.
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ALEIGH — One of the more disappointing aspects of the rounds of ethics reform that North Carolina legislators have passed in recent years is how little institutional reform was included. Ethics reform — whether it involves cutting out lobbyists-paid meals at swanky steakhouses or increasing criminal penalties for those who willfully violate campaign donor limits — inevitably means some finger-pointing. After all, the series of ethic laws passed since 2006 didn’t come about because all our elected officials were leading squeakyclean lives. So it’s not surprising when some of those targeted by these laws, but accused of no wrongdoing, feel a bit offended. ... But political preservation demanded a response to scandals that rocked the legislature and state government. So, legislators bit their tongue and put a litany new ethics requirements into law. They haven’t felt compelled to do the same for institutional reforms that can’t be characterized as a response to any shortcomings by the elected. Rather, they’re needs created by a changing world and shifting political dynamics. House Speaker Joe Hackney recently renewed talk of limiting the terms of House and Senate leaders after saying that he may restrict himself to three terms in the job. ... Before the mid-1970s, House speakers restricted themselves to a single two-year term. The Senate was overseen by the lieutenant governor, limited to a single four-year term. Then North Carolina voters agreed to allow the governor and lieutenant governor to run for a second term. House speakers decided that they should have longer terms too. A Democratic Senate stripped a Republican lieutenant governor of power, giving the chamber’s leadership to someone elected by the body, the Senate president pro tem. In the 1990s, a more competitive political landscape led to more legislative campaign fund-raising. The money flowed through chamber leaders, making it more difficult than ever for them to walk away from the positions. The obvious result has been a concentration of power. As those changes occurred, the legislature became older, populated by a growing number of retirees. Who else could take a job that paid $13,000 a year in salary and a $104 a day stipend? Meanwhile, the population grew, the economy became more diverse, lawmaking became more complex and took longer and longer each year. Eventually, legislators changed the rules designed to govern their behavior. They never really changed the rules that govern the legislating apparatus. They never considered a full-time legislature with full-time pay. For three decades, they haven’t asked voters what they think about extending legislative terms to four years. Apparently, they fear that voters will see those ideas as cynical power grabs. Ironically, they’re exactly the kind of thing that has nothing to do with anyone’s bad behavior.
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ASHINGTON — The tens of thousands of classified military documents posted on the Internet Sunday confirm what critics of the war in Afghanistan already knew or suspected: We are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well. The Obama administration, our NATO allies and the Afghan government responded to the documents — made public by a gadfly organization known as Wikileaks — by saying they tell us nothing new. Which is the problem. We already had plenty of evidence that elements within Pakistan’s intelligence services were giving support and guidance to the Taliban insurgency inside Afghanistan, even though Pakistan is supposed to be our ally in the fight against the terrorists. The newly released documents don’t provide conclusive proof, but they do give a sense of how voluminous the evidence is. “American soldiers on the ground are inundated with accounts of a network of Pakistani assets and collaborators,” according to The New York Times, one of three news organizations — along with the Guardian and Der Spiegel — with which Wikileaks shared the documents in advance. We already knew that U.S. and other coalition forces were inflicting civilian casualties that had the effect of enraging local villagers and often driving them into the enemy camp. The documents merely reveal episodes that were previously unpublicized — an October 2008 incident in which French troops opened fire on a bus near Kabul and wounded eight children, for example, and a tragedy two months later when a U.S. squad riddled another bus with gunfire, killing four passengers and wounding 11 others. We knew that U.S. and allied special forces units were authorized to assassinate senior Taliban or al-Qaeda figures. The leaked documents sketch the activities of the secret “kill or capture” unit named Task Force 373 — and in the process, according to the Guardian, “raise fundamental questions about the legality of the killings ... and also pragmatically about the impact of a tactic which is inherently likely to kill, injure and alienate the innocent bystanders whose support the coalition craves.” The Guardian highlights a 2007 incident in which Task Force 373, operating in a valley near Jalalabad, set out to apprehend or kill a Taliban commander named Qarl Ur-Rahman. As the commandos neared the target, someone pointed a flashlight at them; they called for air support, and an AC-130 gunship strafed the area. Later, they discovered that they had killed seven Afghan National Police officers and wounded four others. A few days later, according to the documents, a Task Force 373 unit fired rockets into a village where they believed a foreign jihadist fighter from Libya was hiding. They killed six Taliban fighters — but also seven civilians, all of them children. One was alive
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when allied medics arrived. “The Med TM immediately cleared debris from the mouth and performed CPR,” the incident report states, but after 20 minutes the child died. We knew that the Afghan government was spectacularly corrupt. The documents let us glimpse a bit of that corruption — how commonplace it is and how it destroys public trust. The documents do tell us some things that we didn’t know — for example, that the Taliban apparently used a heat-seeking missile to shoot down a coalition helicopter in 2007, at a time when U.S. officials were poohpoohing the threat to allied aircraft from insurgent forces. Underestimating the enemy is rarely a good idea. And the “Afghan War Diary,” as Wikileaks calls the documents, brings into clear focus the Catch-22 absurdity of trying to wage counterinsurgency warfare in a nation with a 2,000-year tradition of implacable resistance to foreign invaders. As the White House was quick to point out, the documents cover the period before President Obama ordered an escalation and a change of strategy. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s chosen commander, tried his best to limit civilian casualties — but soldiers complained, with some justification, that they were not being allowed to fully engage and pursue the enemy. Gen. David Petraeus, put in charge after McChrystal’s dismissal, is under pressure from the ranks to relax the rules of engagement — which would surely lead to more civilians killed, and more grieving relatives transformed into Taliban sympathizers. Overall, though, the most shocking thing about the “War Diary” may be that they fail to shock. The documents illustrate how futile — and tragically wasteful — it is to send more young men and women to fight and die in Afghanistan. But we knew this, didn’t we?
Today’s Prayer I am worn out, Lord, waiting for you to save me; I place my trust in your word. (Psalm 119:81 TEV) PRAYER: Lord, help us give our waiting times to You and trust You even when we are worn out. Amen.
Letters to the Editor There are ways to report loose animals who cause a nuisance To the Editor: This letter is in response to the July 24 letter to the editor written by Kelly Thomas. In this letter, Thomas asks whether or not Sanford has a leash law, because while out running and training for distance runs, she is all too often chased by loose dogs. The various ordinances for the city and county can be found online but yes, Thomas, there is a leash law for the City of Sanford. There is also a City of Sanford and a Lee County ordinance for nuisance animals and specifically there is a short section that states that an animal is considered a nuisance when it disturbs the rights of, threatens the safety of, damages the property of or injures a member of the general public — or interferes with the ordinary use and enjoyment of private or public property. Specifically, it is illegal to maintain an animal that repeatedly chases, snaps at, attacks or otherwise molests pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle passengers or domestic animals. In order for any action to be taken, any loose dog or animal that is considered a nuisance must be reported to Animal Control. The address or location of where the nuisance occurred and a description of the dog or dogs must be known and reported, and a request to have a citation issued must be made with you as the witness. It is my experience as a bicycle rider who has reported loose dogs that an Animal Control officer does visit the home and talk with the owner. In the case of a citation, I can only assume that the owner is served the citation which after a first warning is cause for a fine and after a number of citations it is possible the animal can be confiscated. Unfortunately the problem of loose animals is due more to irresponsible owners than to the animals themselves. But in the end, it is the animal that suffers. JOE WILD Sanford
Examples of good Samaritans in Sanford To the Editor: I would like to tell you about an act of kindness and honesty I recently experienced that reminds us that there are still a lot of good people out there. This past Monday afternoon I lost a church payroll check that I had endorsed ready to deposit at my local bank. I frantically retraced my steps that I had taken during my lunch hour; a stop at a different bank, a quick trip to a local thrift store and even back to my office to see if by some chance I had left it on my desk. I even looked under the seats and throughout my car but had no luck in finding the missing check from my pocketbook. I called the church office to have them stop payment on the check. What to my surprise when soon after my call a couple entered the church office to report that they had found the missing check. They had found it on a side road and when they discovered it was a check from First Baptist Church they went out of their way to return it to the church office. I want to publicly say a big thank you Mr. and Mrs. George Ballon for their honesty and showing that there is still goodness and acts of kindness in this world. Thank God for setting such a wonderful example to us all. I am overcome with gratitude. GRETCHEN GRINDLE Sanford
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ABERDEEN â€” John Bryant, 83, died Saturday (7/24/10) at Wilson Medical Center in Wilson. He is survived by sisters, Mary Brown of Aberdeen and Dorethea Bryant of Raleigh; brothers, Robert Bryant of Aberdeen and Lemuel Bryant and wife Rosa of Greensboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh AME Zion Church in Aberdeen. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Wagram. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Pugh & Smith Funeral Home of Carthage .
APEX â€” Gertie Emma Roberts Sears, 93, of 3000 Friendship Road, died Tuesday (7/27/10) at her home. She was born May 20, 1917 in Wake County, daughter of the late Eugene D. and Sarah E. Tipett Roberts. She was a retired Tobacca Farmer and Housewife. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Sears. She is survived by numerous neices, nephews, great-neices and nephews, and great-greatneices and nephews. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Apex Town Cemetery with the Rev. David Twigg officiating. The family will receive friends at the home. Arrangements are by Smith Funeral Home of Moncure.
SPRING LAKE â€” Nancy J. Wooley, 82, of 407 Duncan Road, died Monday (7/26/10) at Highland House in Memphis, Tenn. She is survived by daughters, Diana Crosby of Spring Lake, Teresa Tucker of Memphis, Tenn. and Mary Kay Bridges of Hernando, Miss.; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Elizabeth Street Mortuary. Arrangements are by Elizabeth Street Mortuary, Inc. of Spring Lake. For more information on obituaries in The Herald, contact Kim Edwards at (919) 718-1224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Odell â€œSmileyâ€? Jackson PITTSBORO â€” Mr. Odell â€œSmileyâ€? Jackson, 77, of Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro, died in his home July 28, 2010, with his family by his side. Mr. Jackson was born in Sampson County on August 23, 1932, the son of Luby Pete Jackson and Betty Thornton Jackson. He was manager of Burns Exxon in Pittsboro for 38 years. Mr. Jackson was a member of Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ, where he served on the Board of Trustees, as a deacon, an usher, and participated in the Jackson Menâ€™s Fellowship. Mr. Jackson served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He is survived by his wife, Doris Keck Jackson; sons, Mike Jackson and wife Pam of Pittsboro, Charles Jackson and wife Diane of Sanford, Tommy Jackson and wife Kim of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Ruth Jackson Gunter of Pittsboro; a daughter-in-law, Sylvia G. Jackson of Pittsboro; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his son, Joe, and a brother, William L. â€œBillâ€? Jackson. The funeral service for Mr. Jackson will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ with Pastors Bob Wachs and Ray Gooch presiding. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hanks Chapel Church and other times at the residence. Memorials may be made to either Hanks Chapel UCC Building Fund, P.O. Box 366, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312 or to UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312. Online condolences may be sent to www. hallwynne.com, select â€œObituariesâ€?. Arrangements for Mr. Jackson are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service of Pittsboro. Paid obituary
Elijah Caddick SANFORD â€” Elijah Christian Caddick, age 5, died Monday, July 26, 2010, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Elijah was born Nov. 8, 2004 in Lee County, son of David James Caddick and Melissa Williams Caddick. He was a kindergarten student at Tramway. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Billy and Mildred Thomas, Curt and Ruth Williams and James and Theresa Oâ€™Neill, and an aunt, Samantha Caddick. Surviving relatives in addition to his parents are brothers, B.J. Caddick and Mason Caddick of the home; maternal grandparents, Gary and Beth Williams of Sanford; paternal grandparents, David and Doreen Caddick of Sanford; paternal great grandparents, Ronald and Doreen Caddick of Boca Raton, Fla.; uncles Daniel Caddick and Michael Williams and wife Mindy; aunt Destiny Lawton and husband William, cousins Porter Williams, Faith Lawton and Hope Lawton and a special friend Elisa Carver. The family will receive friends Friday, July 30, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and at other times at 764 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Turners Chapel with Pastor Brian Parker and Ronnie Whitaker presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lee County Chapter of the Autism Society, at BB&T or with April Brooks, 5803 Bryan Drive, Sanford, N.C. 27332. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. Paid obituary
Benson to host Christian music fest BENSON (MCT) â€” Timothy Layaou is quick to concede that Christian music festivals are a dime a dozen these days. But the event heâ€™s planning for this Saturday in Benson will be different, Layaou says. Rather than focusing solely on bluegrass, gospel or Christian rock, he wants to bring together all types of Christian music. â€œOur dream was to break down the barriers between the churches,â€? Layaou said. â€œWe really just want to get all these diverse groups together. Unity is what the whole festival is about.â€? One Fest will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, and run all day with groups ranging from hardcore metal to hiphop to country. The event takes place at Benson
Chamber Park, 355 J. Lee Road. Layaou expects thousands of people from around the state to attend. Embracing Goodbye, a Southern metal/hardcore/Christian band from Four Oaks, will headline the festival with an evening performance. Layaou, who performs as rapper The Disciple, will also headline. Layaou is a Harnett County native who now lives in the Charlotte area. Heâ€™s hoping the Benson festival will be the first in a series heâ€™s organizing around the state and country. But he wanted to have the first festival here in order to give back to his hometown. The festivalâ€™s other organizer, David Houston, lives in the area and attended South Johnston High.
â€œBenson could really use some more entertainment, especially for the youth,â€? Layaou said. â€œItâ€™s really about watering your roots.â€? Furthering that goal, proceeds from the festival will go toward Belly Fish, a skate park and teen nightclub Houston and Layaou are trying to open in the Benson/Four Oaks area. The club will feature live music, paintball and an arcade. â€œItâ€™s really about giving those teens an alternative rather than partying all night,â€? Layaou said. He feels the cause is important in part because of his own troubled youth. He says he was involved with drugs and saw a friend murdered before he turned his life around and started rapping about Christianity.
ing threats. n Cedric Remell McNeil, 30, was charged Thursday at 209 S. Second St. with carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession. n Express Care reported breaking and entering into a business Tuesday at 1810 S. Horner Blvd. n Albert Glenn Martindale reported property damage Tuesday at 1953 S. Horner Blvd. n Ozark Motor Lines reported a larceny Tuesday at 2700 S. Horner Blvd. n Haywood Bernard Snipes, 46, of 80 Variety Lane in Sanford, was charged Tuesday with witness intimidation and violation of a valid protective order. n Jerry Wayne Saunders, 36, was charged Tuesday at 1400 S. Horner Blvd. with witness intimidation. n Samuel Ryon Roofener, 17, of 3129 Parkwood Drive in Sanford, was charged Tuesday with failure to appear. n Nakia Lashandra Baldwin, 35, of 1023 James St. in Sanford, was charged Tuesday with larceny. n Kenneth Durward Jernigan, 47, was charged Tuesday at 520 W. Weatherspoon St. with assault on a female.
LEE COUNTY Joseph Randall Lynn, 44, of 240 Holly Berry Lane in Sanford, was arrested Wednesday for a worthless check; he was released under $500 unsecured bond. William Gerald Holland, 43, of 151 Rental Lane in Sanford, was arrested Wednesday for failing to appear in court; he was held under $500 secured bond. Roy Benjamin Louis Bailey Jr., of 2946 Nicholson Road in Cameron, was arrested Wednesday for simple assault, harassing phone calls and violating a protective order; he was held under no bond.
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POLICE BEAT SANFORD n JTâ€™s Car Wash reported breaking and entering into a bu siness Wednesday at 1924 S. Horner Blvd. n One Stop Minute Mart reported fraud Wednesday at 1844 S. Horner Blvd. n Wilco Hess reported shoplifting Wednesday at 2224 S. Horner Blvd. n Jose Guerrero Arroyo reported vandalism Thursday at 49 Thornwood Court. n Oscar Vera Jiminez reported vandalism Thursday at 50 Thornwood Court. n Rolando Figueroa Herrera reported vandalim Thursday at 63 Thornwood Court. n Maria Idalia Becerra reported vandalism Thursday at 152 Thornwood Drive. n Domingo Leonidez Munoz reported vandalism Thursday at 118 Thornwood Court. n Figueroa Luis Gutierrez, 33, was charged Wednesday at 112 Jackson St. with violation of a valid protective order. n Adrian Jerome Womack, 32, was charged Wednesday at 1100 Woodland Ave. with failure to appear. n Tanette Michele Headen, 42, was charged Wednesday at 1 Rose St. with worthless check. n David Henry Kendall, 26, was charged Thursday at 520 Bounty Lane with communicat-
HARNETT COUNTY Joshua Allen Page, 32, of 16962 N.C. 27 West in Sanford, was charged Tuesday with burglary, possession of stolen goods, larceny after breaking and entering from storage buildings, motor vehicle theft, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and failure to appear on littering charges. Donna J. Duval, 40, of 105 Temple Road in Bunnlevel, was charged Tuesday with worthless check and failure to return rental property. Carol Alling reported a breaking and entering and larceny Tuesday at 181 Connecticut Way in Cameron.
LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1990 will have their 20 year class reunion on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18.
A Letter from the Gorham Family
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Today, the family of Rev. William M. Gorham wants to express and share our deep thanks, gratitude and appreciation for the joy and love Daddy Gorham brought into or lives. On Thursday, June 17th, we encircled Daddy Gorham with love and released him to go to his next great adventure - - - - that being in the presence of the Lord. His main love in life was his family. He is survived by his loving wife and lifelong soul mate, Helen L. Gorham. Their beautiful romance was often challenged yet remained unwavering for 57 years. They were truly blessed by a love that brought them joy. Their legacy of love are their four sons, Melvin (deceased), James Robert (deceased), Billy Ray and William Earl. Rev. Gorhamâ€™s life was blessed with many deep friendship. This circle of friends became his extended family and enriched his life immensely. Those who knew Rev. Gorham will remember and treasure the qualities that deďŹ ned him most. He lived life passionately and lit up a room with positive attitude and resounding laughter. He had an innate ability to make others feel connected, included, and warm in his presence. Daddy Gorham lived life to the fullest, celebrating every day without regrets. He has left a legacy that makes our family proud - - - kindness, love, and doing for others. Our love for him will hold him in our hearts forever and ever. From his â€œonlyâ€? baby son, Rev. William Earl Gorham and the entire Gorham Family.
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Apex won’t back Three still in hospital after wreck Cary’s effort for a toll-free bypass
APEX (MCT) — The town of Apex joined forces with Cary last week — at least partially — in approving a response to state plans for a stretch of U.S. 64 between Cary and Pittsboro. But Apex officials steered clear of Cary’s latest additions, including a request for a toll-free bypass of a proposed business portion of U.S. 64. The Apex Town Council approved the response at its meeting on Tuesday. Cary leaders passed the statement two weeks ago. Apex and Cary planners had drafted a unified response to the study to express concerns the towns had with the transit plan. The joint response will be sent to state and regional transportation authorities who will spend the fall making more tweaks to the long-term road map for the area. “[The response] adds a great deal of heft to what the citizens in the area — who live in both Cary and Apex — are saying,” Cary Councilwoman Gale Adcock said. “To have both local governments, the chambers [of commerce] and the [Regional Transportation Alliance] agree on the bulk of our recommendations makes a difference.” The N.C. Department of Transportation released the draft study report in May. The report, which takes a 30-year look at growing part of the four-lane, 19-mile stretch, has no allotted timeline or funding in place. At Tuesday’s meeting, Apex planners and engi-
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neers recommended approval of a joint response that covers nine points. But they could not suggest aligning with some of Cary’s extra comments. Apex wouldn’t support Cary’s toll-free bypass effort in part because it’s not something the towns or the study can control. Cary wants the bypass on N.C. 540, which relies on the toll as its funding source. “It compromises your credibility when you ask for things you can’t get,” said Apex transportation engineer Russell Dalton. Apex officials said they supported bypass options but that it was too soon to decide on specifics. Cary had also backed a recommendation to rename the current U.S. 64 corridor to U.S. 64 Business/Tryon Road. “When you try and downgrade [a road], you jeopardize your ability for future funding for improvements,” Dalton said. These recommendations will still be presented in the letter — but they’ll be listed separately as suggestions from Cary. The latest draft of the study removed the recommendation for a so-called superstreet at Laura Duncan Drive in Apex. The removal came after intense public outcry. Apex officials applauded the change to a modified roundabout. “It’s much of an improvement over what DOT was trying to cram down our throats,” Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly said. The response letter documents several contentions to the study that were also raised in a petition signed by thousands of Western Wake citizens. Cary and Apex officials want the state to delay proposed plans to implement short-term road improvements along U.S. 64 from U.S. 1 to N.C. 540, at least until the state completes the Western Wake Freeway and opens it to traffic. — The Cary News
SPRING LAKE (MCT) — Three people who were injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle wreck on N.C. 87 in Spring Lake remain hospitalized. Tonja Belinda Scott and Kourtney Lynn Jay were in good condition Thursday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said. Scott, 40, of Hunter Field, was the driver of a Chevrolet Blazer that was demolished when it
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responsible for planning the entire program from start to finish. “Our kids did all of the crafts and games and music and everything,” said Joel Murr, youth pastor at Grace Chapel. Because the area is relatively isolated, only a handful of children attend South Portage Baptist
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Carolina Hosptial before being transported to Chapel Hill.
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“When I first came in the pen, he’d be on the other side facing away from me,” Thomas said. “Now he’ll face me, and I can move his head a little.” Thomas is working with Top Gun as part of Extreme Mustang Makeover, a nationwide competition in which horse trainers have about 100 days to train a wild mustang, culminating with the finals in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in October. Only four trainers from North Carolina were selected to compete. Chapin Thomas, 20; his sister Emily Thomas, 24; and their father Jim
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was struck by a Chevrolet truck about 11 a.m. near the Harnett County line, according to a report filed by Trooper N.M. Oxendine. Jay, 19, of Bloom Road in Cameron, and Kristain Nigel Otero Murray, 16, also of Hunter Field in Sanford, were passengers in the Blazer. Murray was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and was in good condition Thursday morning, a hospital
spokesman said. The driver of the truck, James Jordan Luna, 31, of the 200 block of Coachman Way in Sanford, was cited for exceeding a safe speed and traveling left of center, the report said. Luna was headed north on N.C. 87 during heavy rain when he lost control of the truck and traveled into the path of Scott’s southbound sport utility vehicle, the report said.
The impact pushed the SUV into Toyota driven by Henry Ray Bowman, 44, of Morris Day Lane in Lillington, the report said. Luna was taken to Womack Army Medical Center and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Oxendine. Bowman was not injured, according to the report.
Church. To expand the vacation Bible school, the Grace Chapel members went door to door inviting other Fredericton children to join the program. “They only had about five or six kids in their little church, so to be able to get 30 kids to show up was pretty cool,” Murr said. In addition to seeing the local children’s understanding of the Bible evolve, Murr said it was a great experience to see the young Grace Chapel
volunteers grow in the process. “It was great to see them step up and be leaders,” Murr said. “There they really had the opportunity to do that. Not a lot happens out there, so (the children) were so excited.” Grace Chapel Church takes a youth mission trip every year. Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are just a few of the places the group has visited in the
past. Murr said the church is in the early stages of planning next year’s trip but hasn’t decided yet where to go. But as for this year’s trip, Murr counts it as a success in every aspect. “For a group like ours to come in and bring the excitement they did, the kids just had a blast,” Murr said. “We wanted them to see that you can have joy in the lord and that being a Christian can be fun.”
Elijah was the son of David and Melissa Caddick of Sanford and was the middle of three sons by the couple. According to Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, friends and family members will
gather today at the funeral home at at a local residence to remember Elijah’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made to the Lee County Chapter
of the Autism Society, at BB&T or with April Brooks of Sanford. An online condolences page has been created at the funeral home’s website, bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.
Thomas, 51, are three of them. The family has been involved with the competition for the past three years, and they usually place in the top 20. “It’s just blossomed and grown into a family affair,” Jim Thomas said. Sponsored by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, Extreme Mustang Makeover exists to demonstrate that mustangs are trainable and worthy of appreciation. Mustangs are wild horses that are protected under federal law, but because of overpopulation, the Bureau of Land Management must remove some of them from their natural habitat. Some of these mustangs are used for the competition, and at the end of the event, they are auctioned off for adoption. Jim Thomas said though many people view mustangs as crazy wild animals that can’t be tamed, with a little patience and hard work, it is possible to train them.
“They don’t even have green grass where they’re from,” Jim Thomas said. “But we get a lot of horses that people have problems with here, so it’s exciting to make that connection.” Since they picked up their mustangs on July 16, the Thomases have started working with them to varying degrees of success. Though Top Gun is learning a little slower than horses Chapin Thomas has worked with in the past, he said he is making progress. But Emily Thomas said she is having some difficulty gaining her mustang’s trust. “They’ve had very little human contact, and what contact they have had has been forced,” Emily Thomas said. Jim Thomas said he’s already passed both of his children in terms of his mustang’s progress, even though he was away on vacation the first week and has had less time to work with the horse. One of the first hurdles
is removing a numbered tag from the horse’s neck. Jim Thomas removed his mustang’s tag after only two sessions. “It’s just a testament to how different these horses can be,” Emily Thomas said. “Just like people, they have different personalities.” At the final competition in October, the trainers will have to demonstrate that their mustang is in good physical condition, they can mount and ride the horse and they can pick up all four of its feet. The mustang will also have to make its way through a number of obstacles. After the trainers have tamed the mustangs and gained their trust, they will begin working on routines. “You’ve got a PA on and 2-3,000 people, and the horse is all by himself in the arena, so that affects them,” Jim Thomas said. Emily Thomas said mustangs do require more work than other horses, but she hopes through the competition people will see that mustangs don’t have to be feared and can be tamed. All three Thomases agree that good communication and confidence are the most important keys to successfully training a mustang. “That horse has to trust you beyond a doubt,” Jim Thomas said. “He feels everything you feel.”
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STATE BRIEFS Man charged after 16 guns found in luggage
RALEIGH (AP) â€” Authorities say a North Carolina man attempted to illegally export 16 guns without getting a license. Court documents unsealed Thursday say Steven Neal Greenoe attempted to travel with the disassembled weapons in checked luggage on a flight Sunday. Greenoe had tickets from Raleigh Durham International Airport to New York and then to Manchester, England. Investigators said Greenoe has made a series of trips to England this year and a series of gun purchases in North Carolina. Documents show that he told investigators that he knew he wasnâ€™t supposed to bring the weapons in his luggage but was doing so to outfit employees working on maritime security contracts abroad.
Expert: Gulf oil unlikely to reach East Coast
RALEIGH (AP) â€” An expert on marine sciences and coastal circulation says itâ€™s unlikely that oil from the Gulf spill will each the eastern seaboard. North Carolina State University associate professor Roy He said Thursday the chances are low in part because the well is capped. He also says large amounts of oil havenâ€™t been observed in the Loop Current, which could carry oil around Florida and into East Coast waters. He also points to the ongoing dilution and degradation of the oil. A National Center for Atmospheric Research model released at the beginning of June projected that parts of the oil spill could come up the east coast during the summer. Experts said at the time any oil that would reach the east coast would likely arrive in the form of small, weathered tar balls.
Law limits length of monitoring DWI offenders
CHARLOTTE (AP) â€” North Carolina lawmakers say they are willing to revisit the stateâ€™s laws on ankle-monitoring for people convicted for driving while impaired. State law prohibits judges from putting the monitoring devices on serious DWI offenders for more than 60
days. That was the case for Howard Pasour, who was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet after his third impaired driving conviction last year. Pasour was allowed to remove the device in January. Authorities now say he was driving drunk on a two lane road on Sunday when his car crossed the center line and hit an oncoming car, killing 17year-old Laura Fortenberry. Democratic state Sen. John Snow tells the Charlotte Observer heâ€™s willing to consider extending the maximum time the bracelets can be worn.
N.C. Highway Patrol panel discusses how to fix force RALEIGH (AP) â€” A highprofile panel responsible for ideas on how to restructure North Carolinaâ€™s beleaguered Highway Patrol is meeting for the first time. WRAL-TV reported the sixmember panel meets Thursday to begin coming up with ways to change the patrolâ€™s policies and structure. The group also will find a new commander to replace Col. Randy Glover, who is retiring at the end of August after a series of scandals tarnished the Highway Patrolâ€™s reputation. The panelâ€™s members are former state Supreme Court chief justice Burley Mitchell, law professor Julius Chambers, former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Peter Gilchrist, former Appeals Judge Ralph Walker and University of North Carolina law professor Norma Houston.
2 from N.C. die in Interstate 95 wreck in Virginia HANOVER, Va. (AP) â€” The Virginia State Police say two members of a North Carolina family have died from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Hanover County. Police say 75-year-old Joe L. Thomas and 45-year-old Garry W. Estes died at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond after the Thursday morning accident. Police say the family was traveling in a vehicle driven by 51-year-old Teresa E. Bridges. The car ran off the highway and struck a tree. Police say the family members were traveling from Durham, to a relativeâ€™s college graduation in Washington, D.C.
Mother charged in death of girl who was abused SMITHFIELD (AP) â€” A mother knew her daughter had been abused by a man before she left the 4-year-old in his care while she went to military training, authorities said Thursday. Multiple media outlets reported that Helen Reyes, 27, of Raleigh was charged with negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury. Her daughter, Teghan Skiba, died July 19 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. She had cuts, lacerations, bite marks, head trauma and sexual assault injuries, authorities said. Reyes â€œhad first-hand knowledge that this type of abuse had occurred
prior to July 5 by Jonathan Richardson,â€? the arrest warrant states. Reyes left for military training in New Mexico on July 6. Richardson faces first-degree murder charges in the childâ€™s death. The warrant also states that Reyes subjected her daughter to â€œverbal threats, intimidation, forced consumption of alcohol, severe physical beatings and assault by biting.â€? The three had been living in a barn behind the home of Richardsonâ€™s grandparents, Wade and Helen Creech, near Smithfield. The barn had no bathroom, no run-
SBI director moves to new job By MARTHA WAGGONER Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH â€” As outside investigators continue looking into the State Bureau of Investigationâ€™s crime lab, the SBI director has moved to a new job within state government, North Carolinaâ€™s attorney general said Thursday. SBI Director Robin Pendergraft will become senior deputy attorney general of the newly expanded Medicaid fraud unit, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Thursday. The new SBI director is Greg McLeod, who has worked as Cooperâ€™s legislative liaison. Pendergraftâ€™s Medicaid fraud job is a new position, a spokeswoman for the state Justice Department said. The new salary for Pendergraft, who earns $113,293 a year as SBI director, has not been determined, spokeswoman Noelle Talley said. Defense attorney David Rudolf, who has represented clients who have sued the SBI, called Pendergraftâ€™s move an important change in the agency. But he said he had hoped the new director would be someone from
outside North Carolina with experience running a similar agency. â€œI donâ€™t think all the blame can or should be laid at Robinâ€™s feet,â€? he said Thursday. â€œHaving said that, I donâ€™t think she took the steps that were necessary to address the problems when she did become aware of themâ€? Two former assistant directors of the FBI are looking into practices at the state crime lab. Their contract, originally set to expire in June, now goes through the end of the year. They were called in after a ruling last February that a North Carolina man who served almost 17 years in prison for murder was innocent. The state Innocence Commission heard evidence that complete blood test results had been excluded from crime lab reports presented at Greg Taylorâ€™s trial. An SBI agent testified that not all lab results were provided to attorneys. Pendergraft confirmed in February that the practice existed before she took over the SBI. She told The Associ-
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