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Rocky Mount Man Sentenced To 17 Years In Federal Prison For Violent Robberies PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 February 2019 10:06
Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Darius Coty Whitaker, 24, to 204 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.
 
Whitaker was named in an eight-count Indictment filed on April 27, 2017. On December 7, 2017, Whitaker pled guilty to one-count each of Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence and Discharging a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence.
An investigation conducted by the Rocky Mount Police Department (RMPD)
 
determined that WHITAKER, armed with a handgun, robbed four businesses in the Rocky Mount area from September 6, 2016, to September 15, 2016. On September 19, 2016, an anonymous caller informed the RMPD that WHITAKER appeared to be the suspect in a surveillance video depicting one of the robberies. On September 23, 2016, WHITAKER confessed to law enforcement officials that he committed the four robberies because he was looking for money to buy cocaine. WHITAKER further admitted that he had previously stolen the two firearms he used during the robberies.
 
The evidence showed that a Dollar Tree employee of the store on Cobb Corners was approaching her vehicle in the parking lot when WHITAKER confronted the employee and demanded she give him the store’s money. When the clerk told WHITAKER she did not have any money, he pulled a stolen handgun from his waistband, pointed it at her, and threatened her with bodily harm. After rifling through her pocketbook and not finding any money, WHITAKER stated, “I know your name, if you call the cops, I’ll come back for you.” WHITAKER then fled the scene on foot.
 
WHITAKER, armed with a stolen loaded .38 caliber revolver, entered Marathon Gas Station in Battleboro, North Carolina and jumped over the counter. WHITAKER then pointed the firearm at the store clerk’s head and ordered that he open the cash register. As WHITAKER began to approach the register, the clerk grabbed WHITAKER’s firearm. A ground struggle ensued, during which WHITAKER hit the employee several times with his fist and also discharged a firearm round that struck the floor. The employee then bit WHITAKER, causing him to drop the firearm. During the altercation, another store employee activated the security alarm. WHITAKER was able to steal the clerk’s cellphone, identification card, and credit card, before fleeing the scene on foot.
 
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce
violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Since 2017 the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
 
That effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.
 
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mount Police Department, and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney James Kurosad prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2019 10:14
 
Cooper Calls On EPA To Set Standards For Gen-X PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 February 2019 09:23

 The U.S Environmental Protection Agency must move faster to help states like North Carolina dealing with unregulated chemicals that are causing serious concerns about drinking water, Governor Roy Cooper said today.

 

The EPA today rolled out an action plan for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), something that Gov. Cooper and other states have urged the agency to do. However, the plan does not go far enough or act quickly enough to address concerns about GenX and other unregulated compounds found in drinking water.

 

“North Carolina needs strong leadership from the EPA on water quality and I am disappointed that the agency’s action plan does not commit to setting standards, lacks detail on what research is planned on specific compounds like GenX, and seems to ignore the urgency of the problem,” Gov. Cooper said. “Today’s announcement contradicts promises made in public meetings in North Carolina last summer to work swiftly to set standards and recommendations for these compounds. People deserve to have confidence in the water they drink, and this weak action by the EPA negatively impacts state efforts to protect water quality and public health.”

 

PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate), known collectively as PFAS, are unregulated chemical compounds that have been found in wells and public drinking water in North Carolina and other states, but much is still unknown about their safety.

 

Earlier this month, Governor Cooper wrote to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to move forward to set standards for the compounds.

The federal agency last year held public meetings in North Carolina and a number of other states to hear concerns about PFOA and PFOS and at the time said the agency would set science-based standards for the currently unregulated compounds.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2019 09:36
 
Haitian Non-Citizen Sentenced For Voting On 2016 Election PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 February 2019 11:25
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that Dieudonne Soifils, 72, a citizen of Haiti and resident of Beaufort County, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Louise Wood Flanagan to 12 months’ probation and a $25 special assessment. Soifils sentencing follows his guilty plea to voting by an alien.
 
According to court records, Soifils was registered to vote in 2012 after executing a voter registration form claiming to be a United States citizen under penalty of perjury.
 
Soilfils was assigned a polling station in Beaufort County, North Carolina. SOIFILS voted in the 2012 and 2016 General Elections held in part for the purpose of electing a candidate for the office of President, Vice-President, and Member of the House of Representatives.
 
The case was investigated by the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) in the Eastern District of North Carolina lead by Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, and assisted by Enforcement Removal Operations, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, among other agencies. The investigation as to voting fraud is ongoing.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2019 11:28
 
North Carolina Maverick Congressman Walter Jones Dies At Age 76 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 February 2019 10:37
 
After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina. He was 76.
Congressman Jones was a man of the people. With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice.
 
Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right.
 
He will be sorely missed.
 
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