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This past year has had a number of highs and lows for residents of the Twin Counties, including a rash of violence, a surge of public debate about a proposed downtown Event Center and an influx of economic development.
The Telegram staff voted on this year’s Top 10 stories.
1. In January, Rocky Mount police investigated two homicides – including a 15-year-old boy – and the shooting of four boys playing basketball reportedly by a shooter who was 17 years old.
“We are pleased to bring this suspect to justice in this case, but we are not satisfied just to solve this case,” Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis said. “We are continuing to work on other cases, such as the homicide of 15-year-old Brian Freeman and taking all steps to curb the juvenile violence this community is experiencing.” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: Mayor Bill de Blasio has sent a strong message across the nation that one should stand for right. I support his actions.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to apologize to the New York Police Department for “[creating] the impression” that he sided with protesters over law enforcement during recent protests over the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers.
In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Giuliani condemned police for turning their backs on de Blasio during the funeral for Rafael Ramos, one of two NYPD officers who were shot dead in their squad car by an assailant who had posted on social media about targeting police. (Source: Read more)
The president doubled down in an interview with NPR last week. Asked if race relations were worse since he took office, he said, “No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.”
But that’s not what the American people see. A Pew Research Center poll found that only 40% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling race relations. Black approval is down to 57%, while approval among whites is down to 33%. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: You mean to tell me that she was arrested alive? It is sad that some folks do extreme criminal activity but their lives are sparred but when certain folks do criminal activity, they are killed. I would love to have seen how George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson and the others whom have killed folks would have handled this.
A middle-aged Tennessee woman is under arrest after she drove around a suburban Chattanooga neighborhood, inexplicably shooting at people and vehicles. Julia Shields, 45, has been arrested and faces multiple felony charges, after she terrorized her neighborhood on Friday. Shields faces three counts of attempted murder and seven counts of aggravated assault. She also faces charges for reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The woman fired shots randomly at vehicles and continued to aim her gun at vehicles even while she was being chased by police. She also pointed her firearm at police officers, but she was eventually arrested and taken alive. (Source: Read more)
My condolences goes out to my church Deacons Jay & Ray Maye and the entire family of the late Mother Martha Lee Maye Greenville NC.
I have grown to know the Maye family while attending Anderson Chapel MBC Macclesfield NC. Nice folks.
Wake Wednesday December 31, 2014 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Rountree Funeral Home Greenville NC
Funeral – Thursday January 1, 2015 2:00 PM Anderson Chapel MBC Macclesfield NC Pitt County
My condolences goes out to the entire family of the late Forest Pittman Jr. Battleboro NC.
I served on the N.E.E.D. Inc Board of Directors along with Mr. Pittman back in the early 90’s. He was a very nice and kind man and was about business. He was always a well dressed man. Because of older folks like Mr. Pittman, I view life from a different angle because I learned from elders like him.
The Political Agitator response: If this is true, I wonder what made him do it. If it is true then he will have to suffer the consequences.
One of the most frequently quoted and photographed Ferguson protesters was charged Saturday with setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store last week.
St. Louis County police arrested Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, on Friday after several local media outlets and store surveillance captured images of him trying to set a pile of wood on fire outside the QuikTrip on North Hanley Road early Wednesday.
Williams confessed to setting fires at the store in a videotaped interview, according to court documents. (Source: Read more)
Don’t look now, but President Barack Obama has been inching up in the polls, tying Reagan for this juncture in his presidency. Several polls have him inching up to nearly 50 percent approval rating after a rough 2014. Is it just a bit of holiday cheer, or is the trend real? And how does Obama compare to Reagan and other presidents in their sixth Christmas?
Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate (WBUR) reported that Obama’s approval rating is up to 48 percent. And they cited Rasmussen Reports, a polling firm often accused of leaning conservative in its surveys. WBUR speculated that the trend was driven by a positive view of the economy (51 percent concur in a CNN/ORC poll) and the stock market breaking the 18,000 point barrier. (Source: Read more)
It was the summer of 1991, in Berkeley, California, when I took part in my first protests against police brutality, after video surfaced of the violent beating of Rodney King by white police officers. I had moved out there to take classes at the university, and a few friends had rented rooms near the campus. The school had recently announced plans to raze and repurpose People’s Park – site of the famous anti-war demonstrations of the 60s and an important public space for the city’s massive homeless community. Word spread of an uprising to challenge the park development and we went to watch from afar, uninvested.
But that first night, I watched a police officer wade into a crowd of hippies swinging his billyclub. I saw the club strike the hand of a woman; her fingers had been in a peace sign. I imagined the bones in those fingers breaking. I thought I almost heard the crunch. I am a pacifist. I was enraged. (Source: Read more)
A Cornell University student was busted with $150,000 worth of heroin over the weekend, the latest in a string of high-profile drug busts at prestigious universities.
“The preliminary weight of the heroin indicates it may be the second largest seizure of the drug by the Ithaca Police Department since September of 2008,” Deputy Ithaca Police Chief John Barber told the Ithaca Journal. (Source: Read more)