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N.C. Air National Guard Change of Authority Ceremony

The North Carolina Air National Guard will hold a change of authority ceremony at the 145th Airlift Wing, 4930 Minuteman Way, Charlotte, on Feb. 8, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Airmen of the 145th will honor the outgoing North Carolina Air National Guard Command Chief, Command Chief Master Sergeant Bruce G. Pickett and welcome the incoming North Carolina Air National Guard Command Chief, Command Chief Master Sergeant Michael D. Stanley.

Command Chief Master Sergeant Michael Stanley, a native of Salisbury, will advise the North Carolina Adjutant General and the Assistant Adjutant General-Air on matters influencing the health, welfare, morale and effective utilization of the state’s more than 1,200 enlisted airmen. He is the highest ranking enlisted member of the N.C. Air National Guard.

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Operation Trident results in 13 arrests in Union County

MONROE – Law enforcement and public safety officers arrested 13 individuals during a multi-agency enforcement operation called “Operation Trident” on Jan. 29 and 30 in Union County.  The operation focused on a three-part mission: locating absconders from probation supervision, conducting compliance checks on sex offenders, and conducting searches on high-risk probationers.

Agencies involved in the operation included the U.S. Marshals Western NC Violent Fugitive Task Force, N.C Department of Public Safety – Community Corrections, N.C. State Highway Patrol, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Union County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe Police Department.

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NC Public Safety Department opens new probation violation centers in Burke and Robeson counties

The Department of Public Safety is opening two new Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV) centers to house and provide intensive behavior modification programs for those who have violated probation. These new CRV centers in Burke and Robeson counties are recently closed state prisons which have been repurposed to incarcerate probation violators for 90-day periods of confinement in response to technical violations of probation, parole or post-release supervision as provided in the Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011.

The facilities will utilize dormitory style housing similar to a minimum-security prison and will offer intensive programming designed to modify behavior of probation violators. Probation officers and case managers will work closely with offenders as they progress through treatment and programming including cognitive behavioral therapy, substance abuse interventions, employment readiness and life skills training.

Under the Justice Reinvestment Act, violations of probation that involve committing new crimes or absconding can still result in revocation of probation and activation of the suspended prison sentence. Technical violators, including those who miss appointments, curfews or fail drug tests, can serve two 90-day CRV periods before they face probation revocation and return to prison.

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State Highway Patrol Reports Results from “I-40 Challenge”

The two-day special enforcement period (11 a.m.-11 p.m., Wed., Nov., 26, and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun., Nov.30) resulted in the following:

  • Total Motor Vehicle Crashes Investigated 80
  • Number of Fatal Crashes 0
  • Number of Alcohol Related Crashes 4
  • Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Related Crashes 1
  • Number of Fatalities 0
  • Number of Unrestrained Fatalities 0
  • Number of Citations Written 1248
  • Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Citations Written 5
  • Number of Stranded Motorists Assisted 264
  • Number of Speeding Violations Written 1010
  • Number of Driving While Impaired Citations Written 20
  • Number of Traffic Moving Violations 1317
  • Number of Traffic Non-Moving Violations 266
  • Number of Seatbelt Violations 272
  • Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections 27
  • Number of CMV Drivers Placed Out of Service 15
  • Number of CMV Vehicles Placed Out of Service 15
  • Number of Vehicles Seized 2
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Highway Patrol Reports 17 Fatalities during the Thanksgiving Holiday

During this holiday period, troopers investigated 11 fatal collisions resulting in 17 deaths. The following is a breakdown of the highway and approximate location of each fatality:

  • Fronis Strickland Road (6.5 miles northwest from Tabor City)(Columbus County)(1 fatality)
  • US 301 Service Road (1.6 miles east of Hope Mills) (Cumberland County) (1 fatality)
  • NC66 (1 mile north of Kernersville) (Forsyth County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC24 (3.5 miles east of Kenansville) (Duplin County) (1 fatality)
  • Holdens Crossroads (5.3 miles northeast of Wilson) (Wilson County) (1 fatality)
  • Morgan J. Road, aka Great Marsh Church Road (4 miles southeast of St. Pauls) (Robeson County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC125 (0.6 miles north of Scotland Neck) (Halifax County) (1 fatality)
  • I-795 (4.9 miles from Black Creek) (Wilson County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC11 (2.6 miles west of Riegelwood) (Columbus County) (1 fatality)
  • NC42 (0.7 miles east of Pinetops) (Edgecombe County) (4 fatalities)
  • McGrit Bridge Road (5.3 miles north of Maxton) (Robeson County) (1 fatality)

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NC Highway Patrol Participates In I-40 Challenge Campaign

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other state and local law enforcement agencies from across the country by participating in the I-40 Challenge. This campaign will focus special attention to the I-40 corridor and other interstate highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. States to participate in the combined effort include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

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McCrory Celebrates Veterans Treatment Court

Governor Pat McCrory and Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry attended the first graduation ceremony at North Carolina’s first veterans treatment court in Harnett County today. Today also marks the one year anniversary of this court which provides referrals for treatment, education and vocational programs and community resources while being judicially monitored.

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Operation Witches Brew Sweeps Up Meth Trade

Nearly 50 people are behind bars in Ashe County on methamphetamine charges following a joint investigation and arrests by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation.

Operation Witches Brew targeted “smurfers,” those who buy the products to make methamphetamine, and the “cookers,” the ones who make this highly addictive stimulant drug.

“For the past two years, we have been conducting investigations and making arrests, and today’s arrests are the largest meth round-up ever in this county,” Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said. “We tried to get as many as possible to sweep with a broom at one time to get a better chance of shutting these operations down.”

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N.C. Guard Soldiers Deploy for Spartan Shield

The 120th has been deployed twice into Iraq in 2004 and 2009. The experience they gained during that time in the context of building relationships, assisting with training of multinational forces and ultimately supporting the regions in which they served will be vital to their success in Operation Spartan Shield.

The 120th is preparing to deploy to Jordan soon.

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