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Senior citizen arrested and two others hurt in North Carolina ‘early bird’ buffet brawl

A 64-year-old woman was arrested after she assaulted two other senior citizens at the Golden Corral food bar in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. According to WITN Channel 7, Polly Richards was taken into custody by police after she attacked two other customers — one with a flying plate — at around…

U.S. Army general avoids dismissal and jail time in sexual assault case

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) – A U.S. Army general who had faced possible life in prison on sexual assault charges was reprimanded by a judge on Thursday but avoided any jail time for mistreating a captain during one of several improper relationships with junior female officers.…

U.S. Army general admits to mistreating junior female officer during adulterous affair

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) – A military judge could decide the punishment on Wednesday for a U.S. Army general who pleaded guilty to mistreating a junior female officer during one of several improper relationships but was cleared in a plea deal of sexual assault charges. Brigadier…

NC mom says school is blaming the victim by banning bullied son’s ‘My Little Pony’ bag

School officials in North Carolina have barred a bullied boy from bringing his “My Little Pony” lunch bag to school. Fourth-grader Grayson Bruce said he understands why other students tease him for liking the cartoon, which promotes the idea that “friendship is magic.” “Most of the characters in the show…

Court-martialed Army general accused of rape to plead guilty to lesser charges

By Colleen Jenkins FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) – A U.S. Army general will plead guilty on Thursday to military crimes of having an adulterous affair, seeking nude photos of junior officers and possessing pornography while deployed in Afghanistan, his lawyers said. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, the defendant in a…

High-ranking U.S. military officer to stand trial for raping junior female officer

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) – Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair’s court-martial on a sexual assault charge that could send him to prison for life gets underway on Tuesday, one of the few such proceedings against a top U.S. military officer in recent decades. Sinclair, 51, is…

Second coal ash dump leak sends arsenic-laced toxins into North Carolina river

North Carolina on Tuesday ordered Duke Energy Corp to plug a leak of contaminated wastewater from a decommissioned power plant, which authorities in the state said might be leaking into a river that supplies drinking water. The arsenic-laced discharge from a 36-inch stormwater pipe was the second this month from…

North Carolina’s Duke Energy plant reports coal-ash spill

With fallout from the West Virginia chemical spill into the Elk River still ongoing, a new coal related spill in North Carolina calls new attention to the clean coal conundrum. The spill originated from a stormwater drain connected to a Duke Energy……

Meet ‘wacko bird’ Greg Brannon, the tea party’s secession-backing, public school-hating hopeful

A tea party candidate whose role model was an unrepentant segregationist and has spoken to a group that supports Southern secession said he’s eager to join the U.S. Senate’s “wacko bird caucus,” and he’s got some big-name supporters. Republican Greg Brannon said he moved to North Carolina due to his…

North Carolina 3-year-old shoots another 3-year-old after parents leave rifle in playroom

Two North Carolina parents are facing multiple charges after police said that one 3-year-old child accidentally shot another 3-year-old child near Asheboro this week. According to WXII, deputies believe that 27-year-old William Monroe Simmons’ daughter was in a playroom unattended when the other 3-year-old shot her with a .22-caliber rifle…

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