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Feds Authorize More Funding For Hurricane Recovery Efforts PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 19 July 2019 09:06

Tje U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has designated Bladen and Columbus counties as among the Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) areas that were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The new designations will allow North Carolina to increase recovery spending for both counties through the federal agency’s Community Block Development Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding. Officials with the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency requested the designations for Bladen and Columbus counties in an April 17 letter to HUD. 

“Families in Bladen and Columbus Counties were hit hard in Hurricane Matthew and Florence and we must continue to work to make sure they have the resources they need to recover,” Governor Roy said. “It’s good news that that the federal government has approved our request so we can increase funding in these counties, get more families back in their homes and continue to rebuild communities stronger and smarter.”
Under HUD guidelines, the state must spend at least 80 percent of its CDBG-DR funding in MID counties. Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne counties were previously given that designation. Funds provided through the CDBG-DR program can be used for necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2019 09:23
Tillis Co-Sponsors Bill To Increase Veterans Benefits PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 12 July 2019 08:23

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to increase veterans’ disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“The brave men and women who put their lives on the line to serve our country were given a promise that they would be taken care of as veterans,” said  Tillis. “We have made great progress under President Trump and Secretary Wilkie and this bipartisan legislation to ensure veterans’disability benefits keeps up with cost of living is another step in the right direction.”

The bipartisan Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019, which was co-sponsored by every member of the Senate VA committee, would increase the rates of VA disability compensation, dependency compensation for surviving children and spouses, and the clothing allowance for veterans based on rising costs of living.

This cost-of-living adjustment, which would be equal to the amount of the adjustment given to Social Security recipients, is determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index on a yearly basis. The cost-of-living adjustment for veterans would go into effect on Dec. 1, 2019.

Drug Gang Members Receive Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:38
RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that Antonio Kevin McKoy 32, of Garland, NC, Tony Chevallier, 40, of Clinton, NC, and JABARR RYEHEINE RUDOLPH, 39, of Clinton, NC were sentenced by United States District Judge James C. Dever, III. McKoy  was sentenced to life of imprisonment plus 5 years, followed by 6 years of supervised release. Chevallier was sentenced to 360 months followed by 10 years of supervised release and Rudolph was sentenced to 240 months followed by 3 years of supervised release.
A federal jury found all three men guilty of Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute significant quantities of multiple controlled substances, including methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine, and "Molly". Additional convictions were sustained for the distribution of various controlled substances and multiple firearm related charges.
The investigation giving rise to the charges faced at trial began in 2013. Multiple and extensive investigative techniques were utilized throughout this case.
The evidence presented at trial detailed a significant drug trafficking organization (“DTO”) that was built and lead by Antonio McKoy. The DTO maintained contacts with individuals throughout the Southeastern United States who supplied the drugs sold primarily within Eastern North Carolina. In addition to trafficking drugs, the DTO maintained a sophisticated apparatus that was used to launder the proceeds derived from drug sales. The evidence presented at trial showed a trucking company that McKoy started in early 2016 was used to conceal the money collected in the drug business.
The following additional individuals were charged in relation to the drug conspiracy as part of Operation Sugar Hill Gang Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation and their sentences are listed below:
• James Daniel McKoy of Garland, North Carolina – 210 months in prison
• Jafa McKoy of Clinton, North Carolina – 209 months in prison
• William Garner of Clinton, North Carolina – 144 months in prison
• Robert Parker of Clinton, North Carolina - 137 months in prison
• Donald Garner of Harrells, North Carolina - 120 months in prison
• Deames Henry of Garland, North Carolina – 120 months in prison
• Gregory Bright of Turkey, North Carolina – 115 months in prison
• Derrick Ingram of Clinton, North Carolina – 114 months in prison
• Brandon Smith of Wilmington, North Carolina – 108 months in prison
• Amanda Burch of Clinton, North Carolina – 96 months in prison
• David Williams of Harrells, North Carolina – 90 months in prison
• Earl Melvin of Clinton, North Carolina – 60 months in prison
• Darryl McKoy of Garland, North Carolina- 48 months in prison
• Derrell Wilson of Warsaw, North Carolina – 42 months in prison
• Andrekia Parker of Clinton, North Carolina – 30 months in prison
• Bryant Carr of Harrells, North Carolina – 27 months in prison
• Harry Oates of Wilmington, North Carolina – 21 months in prison
• Russell Bell of Clinton, North Carolina – 15 months in prison
• Bryan Carr – 12 months in prison
• Braylynn Spencer of Willington, North Carolina– 12 months in prison
• Craig Melvin of Raleigh, North Carolina – 12 months in prison
• Anthony Barnes of Garland, North Carolina – 11 months in prison
• Ryan Carr of Clinton, North Carolina – 36 months’ probation
The case is a federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) criminal matter that was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, U.S. Probation Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and the North Carolina Departments of Revenue and Emergency Management. Assistant United States Attorneys Brad Knott and Toby Lathan prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:42
Cooper Requests SBA Federal Disaster Aid PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Monday, 08 July 2019 13:12

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper signed a letter requesting that the U.S. Small Business Administration issue a disaster declaration for Mecklenburg County and Catawba County, and the contiguous counties of Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union. Dozens of homes were flooded in these areas after recent heavy rains.

“There are people hurting from these storms who need help recovering, and we want to do everything we can to get them help,” said Governor Cooper.

An initial assessment of damage from storms on June 6, 2019 indicated flooding and heavy winds caused debris obstructed roads and major damage to more than 50 homes and businesses, with at least 25 each in both Catawba and Mecklenburg counties.

If granted, the SBA disaster declaration will provide low interest loans to the affected citizens and business owners. The loans are designed to help people where insurance does not fully cover the cost of repairs to a home or business. The loan can also be used to reduce the economic injury, or replace machinery, equipment and inventory loss caused by the storm. The Governor also intends to pursue a state disaster declaration following the approval of an SBA declaration.


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