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Drug Conviction Gets Elizabeth City Man 10 Year Federal Sentence PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 April 2021 10:59

Christopher Neil McLean, age 47, of Elizabethtown, North Carolina was sentenced April 19, 2021 in Federal District Court in Raleigh.  McLean was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on three counts of an indictment charging:  conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

According to court documents, over the weekend of May 30, 2020, Paige Anderson, previously sentenced to 72 months in federal prison, and McLean would travel to Sanford, NC to pick up a large amount of methamphetamine and return the methamphetamine to Bladen County for distribution.  On June 1, 2020, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle by McLean and Paige Anderson was the passenger.  Law enforcement observed McLean leaning towards the center console of the vehicle.  Officers were unable to see McLean’s hands upon approach and commanded that McLean show his hands.  A K-9 was deployed after McLean and Paige Anderson were secured and the vehicle searched.  During the search of the vehicle, law enforcement found approximately 90 grams of methamphetamine, plastic baggies, glass pipes, digital scales, a firearm and $1,189.  Law enforcement officers found the firearm and holster in the center console area of the car.   Following the stop, McLean provided an unprotected statement indicating that he had a lot of methamphetamine in his car. 

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated the case and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Murphy Averitt  prosecuted the case.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation and 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.

NC Delegation Backs Bill To Consolidate Ft .Bragg Into One Federal Judicial District PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 April 2021 16:16
Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Deborah Ross (D-NC) and Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation supported by the entire North Carolina delegation to reduce the burden on defendants by consolidating Fort Bragg into one federal judicial district whose courthouse is in Fayetteville. 
Fort Bragg is located in six North Carolina counties: Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Scotland, and Randolph. Cumberland and Harnett are located in the Eastern District, while the other four counties are in the Middle District. A similar redistricting occurred several years ago when Congress moved FCI Butner into the Eastern District.
“The current judicial district boundaries cause significant logistical issues for court operations and hardships for defendants,” said the Members. “Rather than having their matters heard in Fayetteville, which is often closer to their homes and work, defendants arrested or cited in the Middle District portion of Fort Bragg are forced to travel to Durham, Greensboro, or Winston-Salem. The boundaries also make it difficult for the court to ensure defendants receive notice of their rights. This bipartisan legislation alleviates these issues by redefining the Eastern and Middle judicial districts of North Carolina so that any matter occurring on Fort Bragg Military Reservation will be heard in the Eastern District.”
The bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Greg Murphy, MD (R-NC), David Price (D-NC), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Kathy Manning (D-NC), David Rouzer (R-NC), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Alma Adams (D-NC), and Ted Budd (R-NC). 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 16:27
Greensboro Vaccination Distributes 100,000+ COVID 19 Doses PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 April 2021 10:46
More than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered through the federally supported vaccination center that opened March 10, 2021 in Greensboro, N.C. The center has been successful in reaching underserved communities with recipients praising the staff and service.
“This vaccination center has been a model site showcasing the best of local, state and federal partnerships. And it has demonstrated how instrumental on-the-ground, trusted partners are to reaching historically underserved communities and facilitating access to vaccines,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. 
“Many organizations working together have made this clinic a tremendous success,” said North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “Each day the team finds new ways to improve and implements those ideas to make a stronger operation.”
Federal and state partners have worked closely with community-based organizations in the area to ensure vaccine appointments for underserved communities. Of the 103,132 doses administered to date at the Four Seasons Town Centre, more than 22% have gone to Black or African American individuals, who make up a 23% of North Carolina’s population, and more than 15% to people from Hispanic/LatinX communities, who make up almost 10% of the state’s population. 
To reach more marginalized and underserved communities, the main vaccination center is supporting additional sites at the CityGate Dream Center and Eric Lane in Alamance County (in partnership with Cone Health/Alamance Regional Medical Center) and Winston Salem State University in Forsyth County (in partnership with the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center). These locations have distributed an additional 22,325 doses, of which more than 28% have gone to people who are Black or African American and 30% to Hispanic/LatinX individuals.
In a recent survey of 1,280 people who received vaccinations through the Greensboro center, more than 95% rated their experience as excellent, and almost 98% said that would be very likely to recommend the vaccine center to a friend or family member. More than 88% of people reported spending less than 30 minutes at the site to receive their vaccine. 
“Our good results changed our outlook on the vaccines, and we are now encouraging others to do the same,” noted one survey responder. Additional comments included: 
“This operation is worthy of every superlative.”
“Best experience I’ve had getting a shot.”
“Atendieron muy bien! 10/10”
The Greensboro clinic will be extended through May 27th and will continue to provide the Pfizer vaccine. While appointments are encouraged and available online at GSOmassvax.org or by phone at 888-675-4567, walk-in and drive-up vaccines are also available without appointment.
Guilford County was selected for a vaccination site by FEMA and the CDC as an area with significant underserved or marginalized populations. The site is organized and operated by the state and staffed through the U.S. Department of Defense. It is supported with resources from Guilford County, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, including the Division of Emergency Management and the North Carolina National Guard, and NCDHHS.
COVID-19 vaccines are now open to everyone in North Carolina ages 16 and older. For more information, visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov.
Roanoke Rapids Man Gets 30 Years For Armed Robbery Spree PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 April 2021 10:40
A Roanoke Rapids man was sentenced to 366 months in prison for interference with commerce by robbery, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
According to court documents, Joshua Jermaine Durante, 23, robbed the Family Dollar Store in Weldon on September 17, 2018.  During the robbery, Durante and a juvenile brandished firearms and pistol-whipped the clerk while demanding money.  After the clerk complied, the two fled the store. On September 26, 2018, Durante and the juvenile robbed a second store - New Dixie Mart #213 in Roanoke Rapids. 
After the clerk had trouble opening the safe at Durante’s command, he shot the clerk in the stomach.  The clerk sustained life-threatening injuries but survived.  A few days later, law enforcement in Gaston located Durante and the juvenile who ran from police leading them on a high-speed chase.  During the chase, Durante drove his car down railroad tracks which ultimately disabled his car.  He and the juvenile then fled from the car on foot but were captured by law enforcement after a short foot chase. 
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Weldon Police Department, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, and the Gaston Police Department  investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson  prosecuted the case.

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