North Carolina police unit to add ‘In God We Trust’ decals to patrol cars

Police CarsPolice cars in a North Carolina county will soon display “In God We Trust” decals thanks to support from a local church.

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis said he’s been trying to display the nation’s motto on patrol cars for quite some time now, but it wasn’t in the budget, WLOS reported.

Fairview Baptist Church Pastor David Ledford learned of the project and decided to get involved. He offered to fund the decals and agreed to continue to fund the project as new vehicles were added to the unit.

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Sheriff receives award from Special Olympics NC: Second annual Polar Plunge kicks off this year’s fundraising season

Special OlympicsCleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman was recognized by Special Olympics North Carolina as 2015 Sheriff of the Year for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Norman was honored at this year’s kickoff for the fundraising season for Special Olympics, Sgt. Melanie Martin of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said. Norman was selected out of the 100 sheriffs in the state for his “leadership and dedication” concerning Special Olympics.

Over the past four years, the sheriff’s office has raised more than $30,000 for Special Olympics, including more than $13,000 in 2015 alone. This year, the sheriff’s office is hoping to increase that, Martin said.

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New sheriff in town: Robert Graves

ASHEBORO — GravesRobert Graves, a retired state trooper, will be the next Randolph County sheriff.

Graves will take the oath of office at the Feb. 1 meeting of the Randolph County commissioners.

“I’m very humbled and excited to go to work,” Graves said Monday night moments after members of the Randolph County Republican Executive Committee tapped him as their nominee to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Maynard Reid.

“I look forward to the challenge of working with all the fine employees at the sheriff’s office. I’m ready to go to work.”

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Virginia sheriff adds ‘In God We Trust’ to cruisers

TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va. — CruisersA Virginia sheriff’s office is adding a new feature to its cruisers: a simple decal that says “In God We Trust.”

All patrol cars for the sheriff’s office in Tazewell County will now include the saying, WJHL reported.
“Our department feels very strongly about having ‘In God We Trust’ on our vehicles. We know there is nothing we can do for our community without the guidance of our Lord,” Sheriff Brian Hieatt said.

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As mass killings rise, how can sheriffs keep guns from the mentally unstable?

UnstableWASHINGTON – Before issuing thousands of permits each year for North Carolinians to buy handguns, sheriffs in Mecklenburg, Union and some other counties across the state have gone through an oft-futile exercise.

Relying on statutory language allowing them to ensure each gun owner is of “good moral character,” they have submitted applicants’ names to large health care facilities seeking to learn whether anyone was suicidal or otherwise mentally unfit to own a pistol.

Under the 1968 federal Gun Control Act, the sheriffs’ offices are entitled to know whether an applicant is disqualified from owning a firearm because he or she has been found by a court to be mentally ill, unable to manage his own affairs or a danger to himself and others.

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Deputies: Man caught with video poker machines

videopokerROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is accused of running an illegal gambling operation.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 74-year-old Peter Thomas MacMillan of Sanford Street on Jan. 12, following an undercover investigation.

Investigators say they found four video poker machines.

“We got complaints from the community and our officers investigated and made an arrest,” Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. said Tuesday.

MacMillan was charged with one misdemeanor count each of operating or possessing slot machines and allowing gaming tables on his premises and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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Security upgrades approved for Pamlico County courthouse

pamlicoBAYBORO, Pamlico CountyPamlico County Commissioners approved a $160,000 budget for security upgrades in the courthouse.

Sheriff Chris Davis said ever since he came into office, security in the courthouse has been a priority.

“For far too long, courthouse security has not received the attention that it deserves in Pamlico County,” Davis said.

Sheriff Davis created a proposal which he presented in front of county commissioners on Monday. Security improvements include upgrades to cameras, the addition of metal detector screening and one-way locking doors.

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Beaufort County Courthouse to start new security measures

WASHINGTON, Beaufort County – Starting in February, new security procedures Beaufortwill take place at the Beaufort County Courthouse.

The changes will include modifying access to building entrances, security screening checkpoints and video surveillance, said officials. All pedestrian traffic will be directed to two exterior entrances. Other building entrances will be closed off.

County officials said Universal Protection Services from Greenville will be assisting with additional security. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office will continue to secure the courtrooms and other specific areas of the courthouse.

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Officer’s empathy gives mom a chance at redemption

— On Dec. 10, a desperate mother crossed paths with a compassionate police officer and learned a lesson about human nature she hopes will inspire others.

Natasha Nicholls, an out-of-work graduate student, is sandwiched between caring for an 8-year-old son and her 76-year-old mother. As Christmas approached, she worried about being able to provide for them.

“I didn’t want to see my son disappointed for Christmas,” she said. “I had to have something for him.”

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JACKSON – Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith said he is not sure how or if his department will be impacted by President Barack Obama’s Executive Action on gun control.

In a nationally broadcast speech Jan. 5, Obama announced that he is requiring all gun sellers to get federal licenses to sell guns and that all purchasers of guns would be required to undergo background checks.

The president’s executive order is designed to close loopholes in existing laws to ensure that criminals and potentially violent people with mental illnesses cannot readily purchase firearms.

Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan also said he is not sure how or if the president’s executive order would impact his department or other law enforcement agencies.

Vaughan said he would like to investigate the new rules before commenting on them.

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