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Reward Offered In Case Of Missing Lexington Man PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Friday, 29 May 2020 09:16
North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Daniel Allan Price, age 30. 

 

On January 24, 2019, deputies with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person, identified as Daniel Allan Price. Mr. Price was reportedly last seen at 133 Pearl Drive, Lexington, North Carolina, where he resided with two roommates. Mr. Price’s vehicle was located in the driveway at the residence but neither Price nor his roommates were located at the residence. Shortly after, Mr. Price’s roommates, Christopher Burgess and Natasha Myers, were also reported missing. Burgess and Myers returned home on January 27, 2019. However, Mr. Price did not return and is still missing.
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 242-2051, Lexington Area Crime Stoppers at (336) 243-2400 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500. 
 
Judges Appointed To District and Superior Courts PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 29 May 2020 08:57
 Governor Roy Cooper has appointed three judges to serve Brunswick, Cumberland and Duplin, Jones, Onslow and Sampson counties.
“Our superior and district courts are a critical part of the state’s justice system,” Gov. Cooper said. “These appointees are remarkable leaders in their communities, and I look forward to seeing them in these new roles.” 

 

The Honorable Jason C. Disbrow will serve as Superior Court judge in Judicial District 13B, which serves Brunswick County. Disbrow will fill the vacancy created by the passing of former Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis. Since 2015, he has served as a District Court Judge of North Carolina’s 13th District. Prior to being a District Court Judge, he was a partner in Stiller & Disbrow, P.C. Attorneys at Law. Disbrow is active in the Southport community and has served on the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. He received his Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University. 

 

Frances McDuffie will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 12, which serves Cumberland County. She will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert Stiehl. McDuffie has served as an assistant public defender for Cumberland County since 2013. McDuffie has held several board positions in Cumberland and Scotland counties. She received her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University
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Mario White will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 4, which serves Duplin, Jones, Onslow and Sampson counties. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Paul Hardison. White has been a solo practitioner at Mario M. White Law Office since 1993. He also taught criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law and business law at Sampson Community College from 1994-1998. White is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers and the Prince Hall Free Masons. He received his Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Central University.
 
State Offers $5,000 Reward In Disappearance Of Newton Grove Man PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 29 May 2020 08:50

North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of William Jimmy Graham, age 61.

On December 15, 2019, William Jimmy Graham was reported missing to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Graham was last seen at his residence located at 3250 Goldsboro Highway in Newton Grove, North Carolina on December 12, 2019. Mr. Graham’s Gray 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, license plate FJD-8888, is also missing. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office believe the disappearance is due to foul play and that Mr. Graham is the victim of a homicide, however no information has come to light about the location of Mr. Graham.

Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 592-4141 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500. 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2020 08:58
 
Federal Coronavirus Funds Distributed To NC Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:44
Governor Roy Cooper announced that $85.4 million in federal funds provided for COVID-19 relief to counties will be disbursed this week. Three large counties, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake, have already received funds directly from the federal government, and 59 other counties that have completed certification will receive funds this week from the state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) that was passed by Congress. Counties are encouraged to support municipalities with the funding as needed.
 
“Everyone is working hard to make ends meet, including county governments as they finalize their budgets,” Governor Cooper said. “These funds will help communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis with testing, personal protective equipment and more.”
 
Though the federal government did not require that the state share any of the $3.56 billion in the CRF to North Carolina local governments, Governor Cooper’s COVID-19 budget proposal recommended $300 million be allocated to counties and municipalities. Ultimately, the unanimously approved and bipartisan budget that Governor Cooper signed included $150 million for counties which have the flexibility to share monies with their municipalities as county
commissioners deem appropriate. The full distribution of funds is listed here by county, along with instructions to counties about how the funds may be used.
The CRF funds may be used for medical needs including the COVID-19 related expenses of public hospitals and clinics, including testing; public health expenses, such as personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, as well as the cost of cleaning public areas and facilities such as nursing homes; payroll expenses for public safety or healthcare employees dedicated to responding to the COVID-19 emergency; and expenses to comply with public health measures, including teleworking, distance learning, food delivery, paid leave for public employees, expenses for maintaining prisons, and protecting the homeless population.  
 
By state law, the 97 remaining counties will receive a base amount of $250,000, with more distributed by population. This quick disbursement of funds was coordinated by the state Office of State Budget and Management and the new North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office (NC PRO).
NC PRO is a temporary office that coordinates and oversees funds made available through federal and state COVID-19 recovery legislation, including the CRF. The office offers technical assistance for entities which receive funds and ensures proper reporting and accounting of all funds. The office will also work on the state’s economic recovery and strategic plan as North Carolina rebuilds from this pandemic. Two staff members will help lead the office’s recovery efforts:
 
Stephanie McGarrah will serve as Executive Director of the Office. A native of western NC, McGarrah most recently worked with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to help identify, measure and address health care workforce shortages across the state. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Policy at the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) and as a consultant for UNC Health and taught and conducted policy research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  From 2007 to 2013, Stephanie served as Assistant Secretary at the North Carolina Department of Commerce. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master degree in public policy from Duke University. 
 
Dwayne Patterson will serve as the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer for NCPRO. A Kinston native, Patterson most recently served as Director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation. Formerly, Patterson served as the executive director for CREST, a regional non-profit agency that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. His public service positions include serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Chief Deputy Secretary for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Chief Financial Officer for the Warren County and Durham public school systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from N.C. State University.
For questions about how CRF funds may be used, go to the NCPRO website for more information.
 
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