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Politics and General Assignments Reporter — Fayetteville Observer

Justice system, politics and general assignment reporter and columnist for The Fayetteville Observer

Longtime lawyer Lester Carter Jr. dead at 90 — Lester Grant Carter Jr. of Fayetteville, who practiced law for more than 50 years and served as a state lawmaker, a judge and as the area's top prosecutor, died Tuesday. He was 90. Mr. Carter was well-known and well-loved in this community, said retired Superior Court Judge Jack Thompson.

Shelter owner arrested this week is on probation for obscenity charges — Animal shelter operator Stephen Joseph Spear of Hoke County, who was arrested this week with his wife Linden on animal cruelty charges, is serving 30 months of probation on felony obscenity charges. Spear's probation stems from his arrest in March 2009 on 18 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor and 18 counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor.

Man sues state, says drunk driver got off too easy — Former Fayetteville resident Jeremy Bruns and his wife, Jenny, are suing North Carolina because he thinks the drunken driver who took his legs and part of his hand did not spend enough time in prison. He's also suing the driver, her husband, their son and their insurance company, USAA.

For want of four words, contempt-of-court conviction overturned — For want of four words, a conviction was lost, according to the state Court of Appeals. Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons did not include the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt" when he ruled at a non-jury trial in August 2014 that Oakland McCulloch, now 27, was in contempt of court.

Hoke Sheriff's Office faces wrongful death lawsuit from 2014 shooting — Sandy Jamel McCall was wrongfully shot to death in May 2014 by Hoke County Deputy Samuel Morant, says a lawsuit that McCall's father filed Wednesday in Hoke County Superior Court. "I feel like my son should still be here," said Sandy McCall's father, Willie Marvin McCall, in an interview on Wednesday.
Jan 14, 2016

Father sues Hoke County Sheriff’s Office for shooting his son to death in 2014:…

Sales tax squabble and political candidates on deck at citizens meeting Saturday — Residents can quiz Cumberland County Commissioners Chairman Marshall Faircloth on Saturday about the county's plans to take several million dollars in sales tax revenues away from the cities and towns in Cumberland County and put the money into the county budget.

Bernie Sanders presidential campaign to hold rally, training in Fayetteville — The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has scheduled an organizing rally and training event for campaign volunteers in Fayetteville this week. The event is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, in the Metropolitan Room, at 109 Green Street. Host Corbin Trent can be reached at 423-839-6107.
Jan 06, 2016

Sanders presidential campaign to hold rally, volunteer training in Fayetteville (Sanders not expected)… #ncpol

New Year's Bragg Blvd shooting update: New photos of suspected gunman — New security camera photos issued Saturday by the Fayetteville Police Department show a shooting suspect and three people who might know him, the department said. The department is asking for the public's assistance in finding the suspect and the other three people. The suspect allegedly shot 28-year-old Deonta Hoking about 3 a.m.

Hoke County sisters 'Diamond and Silk' ride Trump campaign to Internet fame — Media pundits, reporters and presidential candidates beware: If you say something negative or untrue about presidential candidate Donald Trump, you will incur the wrath of two fired-up women from Hoke County who regularly vent their outrage to a large and growing online video audience.
Dec 29, 2015

Interesting that these talented sisters' YouTube channel took off only once they started promoting Donald Trump…

Jan 28, 2016

As the others debate immigration, Trump has these ladies from NC on stage:…

Justice Department suggests 76 ways to improve Fayetteville Police Department — The U.S. Department of Justice issued a report Wednesday with 76 recommendations on how the Fayetteville Police Department can reduce its use of force incidents, improve its relationship with the community and make other improvements. The study and report from the agency's Community Oriented Policing Services Office were done at the request of Police Chief Harold Medlock.
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Feb 06, 2016

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Feb 06, 2016

Cumberland Sheriff's Office investigating body found in northern Cumberland County:…

Feb 06, 2016

FPD tweeted this picture of the overturned vehicle blocking the on-ramp to All American Freeway at Santa Fe Drive:…

Feb 06, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERT: Overturned crane blocking on-ramp of All-American Freeway at Santa Fe Drive in Fayetteville.

Feb 04, 2016

@ncdit where on Fort Bragg are you holding the Feb. 19 jobs fair? Is it open to veterans, too? Or just to those still in the service?

Feb 03, 2016

Lester Carter Jr. of Fayetteville, former NC House member, former district solicitor, long-time attorney, died Tuesday at 90 #ncga #ncpol

Feb 02, 2016

RT @brookecarbo: Psst... hey #fayettevillenc big announcements coming tomorrow on the 2016 @faydogwood festival so stay tuned... #faydogwood

Feb 01, 2016

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