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    New ‘radar gun’ may spot drivers who text behind the wheel

    HARRISONBURG, Va. — A Virginia company is developing a radar gun-like device that could help police catch people who are texting while driving, according to the Virginian-Pilot. The technology works by detecting radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone, Malcolm McIntyre, of ComSonics, told the paper. Cable repairmen use similar means to find where a cable is damaged by looking for frequencies leaking in a transmission. A text message, call and data transfer emit different […]

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    Man robbed in Greensboro home

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police responded to a report of a robbery Tuesday evening. Officers responded to a home in the 400 block of South Booker Street around 6:45 p.m. in reference to a robbery call. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who said that three black male subjects forced their way into his home, one armed with a knife. The suspects took property and left the area in an unknown direction. An investigation is ongoing.

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    Father could lose custody of son over ‘I Hit Little Girls’ sign

    MONROE, Mich. — A Michigan father could lose custody of his 4-year-old son after making him hold an embarrassing sign in public, WXYZ reports. Tristan Devine, 4, has been in trouble for striking girls at his school several times. As punishment, his father Rob Devine made him hold a sign that read “I Hit Little Girls” on a heavily traveled street in Monroe, Mich., for more than an hour. The public punishment upset the boy’s mother — Rob Devine’s ex-wife — […]

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    Two charged with robbery of Hardee’s in Burlington

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police have determined that two men in custody in Guilford County for numerous robberies are also responsible for robbing a Hardee’s restaurant in Burlington and several customers inside at gunpoint. Lord Shahki Allah Black, 20, and Marquis Rayshun Humphrey, 21, both of Greensboro, are each charged with eight counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the robbery of the Hardee’s at 2756 Alamance Road on Sept. 6. The suspects allegedly entered the restaurant with handguns […]

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    School bus driver dragged, killed by rolling bus after saving child

    AKRON, Ohio — An Ohio school bus driver sacrificed her life to save a child during an evacuation drill, according to WJW. The accident occurred Tuesday morning at Middlebury Academy, a K-8 charter school in Akron. The bus was parked outside of the school just before classes started. According to police, the driver was doing evacuation drills with about 38 students. After one successful drill using a side door, students boarded the bus again to practice exiting the back of the […]

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    Man accused of eating murdered ex-girlfriend’s brain, heart

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A man is in custody after police say he stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death and consumed parts of her body, according to WHAS. Joseph Oberhansley, 33, is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and residential entry in connection with the death of Tammy Jo Blanton. Officers responded to Blanton’s home on Sept. 11 for a welfare check after a co-worker called authorities to report she had not shown up for work. When officers arrived at Blanton’s […]

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    Cary photographer charged with sexual exploitation of minor

    CARY, N.C. — Police have charged a Cary photographer with 12 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, WTVD reports. David Earl Maney II, 43, was booked into the Wake County Detention Center Monday afternoon. The charges stem from material found on Maney’s computer at his apartment that was allegedly pornographic depictions of underage teens, police said. Detectives said the investigation began when the mother of a 16-year-old girl came into the police department complaining about a Facebook conversation the […]

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    Woman notifies authorities of ‘dead tiger’ on side of road

    BRYANT, Ark. — An Arkansas woman called authorities last week to report a dead tiger on the side of the road. According to the Bryant Police Department’s Facebook page, a woman called police and said she stopped to take pictures of the animal but was “scared to approach it.” The police department sent an officer to investigate the report. When the officer arrived at the scene, they discovered the “dead tiger” was just a stuffed fake tiger. “Ofc. VanVeelen located the […]

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    New details released in death of Anna Smith

    BOONE, N.C. — Police said Monday that they have found no evidence to believe there was foul play in the death of Anna Smith. “Based upon reports that we have heard from community members and media sources, it is obvious to me and my staff that many, if not most, people in the community are under the impression that this case is a homicide,” said Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford. “We do not have any information leading us in that direction.” Smith’s […]

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    Kids injured after school bus collides head-on with pickup truck in Durham

    DURHAM, N.C. — Police said Friday a pickup truck crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a school bus, according to WTVD. The accident happened shortly after 8 a.m. on North Roxboro Road at East Ellerbee Street. The driver of the truck and two children on the bus were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Two other students on the bus were not hurt. The bus was headed to Merrick-Moore Elementary School when the accident happened.

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    Ancient swamp creature found by WFU anthropologist named after Mick Jagger

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Sir Mick Jagger can add having a prehistoric swamp creature named after him to his list of accolades. Ellen Miller, an associate professor of anthropology who specializes in paleoanthropology at Wake Forest University, didn’t hesitate to pay homage to the rock-and-roll legend when it came to naming a new fossil she surmised had large, sensitive lips. “I like the Rolling Stones,” Miller said with a big smile. “I’m a huge Stones fan.” That’s why a swamp-dwelling creature that lived 19 million years ago […]

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    Lexington woman accepts plea deal in 2012 death of 9-month-old daughter

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington woman accused of killing her 9-month-old daughter in July 2012 accepted a plea agreement Wednesday, according to District 22B District Attorney Garry Frank. Chrystal Nicole Tanksley, of Lexington, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and willful child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. Tanksley was sentenced to serve between five and seven years in prison for the manslaughter charge. If she commits any crimes after she is released, she will serve a suspended sentence of between two years, one month and […]


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