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NC bases had at least 39 kid-on-kid sex assault reports
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other kids on base.
An Associated Press investigation finds that sex assault cases occurring where military kids live and learn often die on the desks of prosecutors. Criminal investigators shelved an unknown number of reports.
Instead of punishment or rehabilitation, offenders may be shuffled into the civilian world.
The Pentagon doesn’t know the extent of the problem. In North Carolina, records the military acknowledge are incomplete document at least 39 sex assaults among children or teens on bases since 2007. Camp Lejeune had the most reports with 22. Fort Bragg was second at 12.
Pentagon officials promised “appropriate actions.”



AP Investigation: US military overlooks sex abuse among kids
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Even as the U.S. military confronts rape in the ranks, it frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they sexually assault one another.
That’s according to an Associated Press investigation which found that assaults reported on military bases often die on the desks of prosecutors. Other cases don’t make it that far because military investigators shelve them, despite requirements they be pursued.
Instead of punishment or rehabilitation, offenders may be shuffled into the civilian world.
The Pentagon doesn’t know the scope of the problem. AP documented nearly 600 sex assault cases among military kids on base since 2007 in the U.S. and abroad.
Officials said they take seriously “any incident impacting the well-being” of service members or families and promised to take “appropriate actions.”



Alligator River bridge in North Carolina closing for repairs
COLUMBIA, N.C. (AP) – Road crews are closing a major bridge to the North Carolina Outer Banks so they can renovate the parts that help open the drawbridge.
The state Department of Transportation says it will close the Alligator River bridge that carries U.S. Highway 64 early Wednesday. Officials hope to reopen the bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties by the end of March 20.
The DOT says crews will replace the electrical and mechanical components to extend the life of the 58-year-old two-lane bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of the Outer Banks
Officials say drivers heading to or from the Outer Banks can use U.S. 264 as a detour, but it doubles the typical 30-mile (48-kilometer) trip.



27 cases started by officer accused in beating video dropped
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina prosecutor has dropped 27 cases initiated by a white police officer shown on video beating a black man accused of jaywalking.
Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams tells the Citizen Times in a Monday statement that former Asheville police Officer Christopher Hickman could not be considered a credible witness.
The 31-year-old was arrested Thursday on felony assault and other charges in the August incident. The Associated Press was unable to reach him by phone Friday.
Williams says the dropped cases involved 17 defendants and included felonies and DWIs. They did not include violent felonies or sex offenses. More cases could be dropped as prosecutors analyze convictions obtained using Hickman’s testimony.
County courthouse records staff say a list of the dropped cases was not immediately available.


WWE star Jeff Hardy charged with DWI in North Carolina
(Information from: WSOC-TV, http://www.wsoctv.com)
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Professional wrestler Jeff Hardy has been charged with DWI in North Carolina.
WSOC-TV reports that the WWE star was charged in Cabarrus County after being in a single-vehicle crash Saturday. An arrest report says Hardy registered a 0.25 blood alcohol level on a Breathalyzer test. North Carolina’s limit is 0.08 percent.
Hardy and his brother, Matt Hardy, are known as the wresting duo The Hardy Boyz. The Cameron natives won the WWE Raw tag team championships at WrestleMania in April.
Hardy has an April court date scheduled. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.


US Sen. Richard Burr’s papers to be housed at Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr will leave his official congressional papers, photos and other documents with his alma mater.
The Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and Wake Forest University administrators announced Monday at a ceremony their agreement to house his documents at the Winston-Salem school, where he graduated in 1978.
The Republican was first elected to the U.S. House in 1994, where he served for 10 years before being elected to the Senate. He is now in his third Senate term and has said he won’t seek re-election.
Wake Forest also announced planning has started for the Richard Burr Center. Preliminary plans have center leaders bringing worldwide speakers to the campus and helping scholars review Burr’s papers for research.
Burr grew up in Winston-Salem and still lives there.



Republicans want intact lower-court ruling on election board
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican legislative leaders want the North Carolina Supreme Court to keep intact a lower-court decision voiding only one portion of the state law creating a combined elections and ethics board.
Lawyers for House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger filed Monday their response to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s motions last week asking justices to throw out the entire law – and the combined board.
The Supreme Court favored Cooper in a January decision, but a panel of three trial judges last week viewed the court’s majority opinion more narrowly than Cooper wanted.
Berger and Moore’s attorneys wrote the justices have previously affirmed the General Assembly’s authority to merge the once-separate elections board and ethics commission.
Legislation tweaking the board’s membership is expected to take effect later this week.



Public hearing on Confederate monuments proposal next week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The public can address in person next week members of a committee examining the proposal by Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration to move three Confederate monuments from North Carolina’s old Capitol grounds to a Civil War battlefield.
Committee members meeting Monday by telephone set rules for their March 21 public hearing in the auditorium of the North Carolina State Archives in downtown Raleigh. The meeting will last up to three hours, with each speaker getting one minute.
The five-member panel plans to report on the proposal next month to the full state Historical Commission, which makes the decision on Cooper’s proposal to move the monuments to the Bentonville battlefield site in Johnston County.
Citizens can also file written comments on a website . More than 3,700 messages already have been received.

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