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Tillis Co-Sponsors Budget Balanced Bill PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 04 February 2019 10:05

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored legislation to require the President and Congress to enact annual balanced budgets.

S.J.Res.3 is a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution requiring the President to submit, and Congress to approve, a balanced budget each year. The legislation has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I often ask our military leaders what keeps them up at night. Time and time again, their answer is the rapidly growing national debt and the uncertainty it brings for the future,” said Senator Tillis. “That should be evidence enough to get the $22 trillion national debt under control beforeit is too late, and I urge Congress to take up this balanced budget legislation to ensure we spend the American people’s hard-earned tax dollars responsibly.”

The joint resolution also includes certain spending waivers for use during wartime or imminent danger to national security.


President Trump Approves North Carolina Disaster Declaration PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 01 February 2019 10:04
President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Michael from October 10 to October 12, 2018.
Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Michael in the counties of Alamance, Brunswick, Caswell, Chatham, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Granville, Hyde, Iredell, McDowell, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Vance, and Yadkin.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Albert Lewis as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. 
Jacksonville Man Convicted On Federal Cocaine Conspiracy And Distribution Charges PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 01 February 2019 09:41
Anothony Depree Smith, 44, of Jacksonville, was convicted following a two-day trial before Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard.
The jury found Smith guilty of Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Two Hundred Eighty (280) Grams or More of Cocaine Base (Crack). Sentencing is scheduled for the May 7, 2019 term of court in Greenville. SMITH faces at least 10 years’ and up to life imprisonment.
The evidence at trial showed that SMITH had operated a long-standing crack cocaine organization in the city of Jacksonville, North Carolina, supplying multiple people with crack cocaine for resale on the street. Members of the Jacksonville Police Department conducted over a dozen controlled purchases of crack cocaine from members of SMITH’s organization and ultimately secured their cooperation against their supplier, SMITH. At trial, the evidence included a financial investigation, showing that SMITH had deposited over $118,000 in cash into a bank account that could not be accounted for from other, legitimate sources.
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina,said “The prosecution of Anthony Smith, and others like him, highlights our focus as we seek to take our communities back from drug
traffickers and violent criminals. Smith controlled a significant portion of the illegal drug trade which plagued Jacksonville for many years. His conviction is an important step in helping law enforcement and the people of Jacksonville to eliminate this problem.”
The case was investigated by the Jacksonville Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service. Laura S. Howard prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 February 2019 09:45
Wilson Man Sentenced To 14 Years For Possession of Child Porn PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:58
United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Courtland Barnes 28, of Wilson, North Carolina, to 168 months of imprisonment followed by ten years of supervised release for receipt and possession of thousands of images and videos containing child pornography.
Barnes was named in an eleven-count Indictment on May 8, 2018. On October 18, 2018, Barnes pled guilty to all counts in the indictment.
In October of 2014 The Cary Police Department began an online investigation relating to the distribution and receipt of child pornography through file sharing programs. During the course of the investigation, Barnes was found to be downloading and distributing child pornography from an IP address associated with his home. Homeland Security Investigations secured a search warrant for Barnes’s home and seized multiple electronic devices. The forensic examination of the devices found 3,839 images and 896 videos containing child pornography. The forensic examination, as well as statements made by Barnes during an interview, indicated that Barnes actively traded child pornography with other individuals on the internet using file sharing programs.
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon stated: “We remain committed to the aggressive prosecution of child pornography and child exploitation cases. The children depicted in the images and videos this defendant possessed and traded are illegal, immoral and work to victimize the children in them each time they are viewed, traded or used in any way. We are grateful for the sentence The Court handed down and hope it acts as a deterrent to anyone who would even think of involving themselves in this type of criminal activity.”
This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the criminal investigation of this case in cooperation with the Cary Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Belle Kessler handled the prosecution of this case for the United States.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:10

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