Gov. Roy Cooper announces statewide mask requirement, delays Phase 3 of reopening for at least 3 weeks

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday issued a mandatory mask requirement across North Carolina and ordered a “pause” on easing any other restrictions as infections rates and the number of hospitalizations continue to climb.

The mask mandate will go into effect Friday at 5 p.m.

The two actions announced at an afternoon news conference could further inflame rising tensions between the governor and the Republican-led General Assembly, and several business owners in the fitness and entertainment industries.

Cooper, however, reiterated his vow to follow the science and trends and expressed hope that mandating all North Carolinians to wear a face covering could “stabilize” the spread of the coronavirus and enable the state to move into the next phase of reopening. (Read more)

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For immediate release: New citizen committee created to help cops crack cold case murders

More than $15,000 raised in one week for tipster rewards

ROCKY MOUNT — Retired Brigadier General Arnold N. Gordon-Bray will head a new team to spotlight the scores of unsolved murders and missing person cases in the Twin Counties and beyond.

Still in the early stages of organization, the nonprofit board will serve as a round table team of individuals from different backgrounds in close communication with law enforcement officials to assist in engaging the public to help solve cold cases in an effort to bring closure to victims’ families and respective communities as a whole.

Christened as Team Cold Case by Gen. Gordon-Bray, the board will also oversee donations and issue reward monies to be paid to anonymous tipsters for information about unsolved homicides in Nash and Edgecombe counties with an eye toward expanding into Wilson County, and eventually Fayetteville, Wake County and throughout central and eastern North Carolina.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for citizens to participate in enforcing the rule of law, bring closure for loved ones and let all know, just because a case is cold…it ain’t over,” said Gen. Gordon-Bray. “Do I expect instant or tons of success? No. First, I trust our District Attorney Robert Evans and investigators. The missing piece has been civic participation.”

Gen. Gordon-Bray pledged the TCC board will practice parity in case selection and show the utmost respect for victims and their families. The cases will be referred to the board by the area’s top law enforcement officials including Rocky Mount Police Chief George Robinson, Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson and Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone, who will each appoint members to the board.

The sheriffs and Chief Robinson, who attended organizational meetings, said they are 100 percent behind the project. All three said they are committing all available resources to get the job done.

“I’m with this all the way,” said Sheriff Atkinson. “Anything this team needs, I’ll be there.”

Chief Robinson said he hopes the board helps to bring closure to grieving families.

“I’ve seen people who didn’t get closure leave this world,” Chief Robinson said. “That’s a sad thing to see.”

The TCC board will hold regular meetings with detectives directly involved in cold case investigations and vote on the award amounts to be distributed to tipsters who provide information leading to arrest. So far $15,000 has been raised by local business owners to be added to existing reward amounts.

Less than an hour before this information was released, Hope Fisher Connie, a Rocky Mount attorney, signed on as the team’s legal liaison.

“It’s a worthwhile cause and I look forward to serving our community in this way,” Connie said.

The board involves a three-pronged approach utilizing law enforcement, members of the civic and business communities and the news media. Under the umbrella of the TCC board, Sandra Smith of WHIG-TV, a local television station with a wide reach; Lindell Kay, an award-winning investigative reporter who writes for The Enterprise; and Katheryn Zughbi, who operates Fighting Crime, a popular local crime blog; have joined forces to present detailed information about unsolved murders and missing person cases.

In addition to his continued coverage of cold cases for The Enterprise, Kay will appear live with Smith at 8 a.m. every Thursday on the station’s morning show. The hour will be repackaged to run in primetime at 7 p.m. Fridays as The Kay Files, a brand Kay developed while reporting about unsolved cases in the area.

Zughbi will receive tips generated by the show via a special hotline — 252-406-6736 — and turn the information over to detectives. All tipsters will remain anonymous. Zughbi said only the pertinent tip information will be passed along to authorities. Personal information will never be shared in order to protect informant identities and prevent them from having to appear in court.

“Fighting Crime has been helping us for years with good tips,” Sheriff Stone said. “I’m excited about this new group. It will be good to get citizen involvement. I’m here to help in any way that I can.”

More information about the board appointees and move to include Wilson County will be shared in real time on the show and via future press releases.

“I am praying this will incentivize those who know something to say something without fear of retribution,” said Gen. Gordon-Bray. “It’s a great start. Lindell and Kat have been doing this for years. Let’s give them a boost.”

About Gen. Arnold Gordon-Bray

Gen. Gordon-Bray served more than three decades in the U.S. Army as a joint-qualified officer. A combat leader, the general commanded more than 4,000 men and women from Ft. Bragg in the War in Iraq. He is a Ranger qualified Paratrooper earning numerous medals including the highest award for peacetime service and two bronze stars for combat.

Known as a broad strategic thinker and a life-long learner, Gen. Gordon-Bray was the Deputy Operations Officer for the entire continent of Africa, and Principal staff officer for all U.S. Army installations worldwide. He holds multiple advanced degrees including an honorary doctorate of humanities from N.C. Wesleyan College. The general has served on numerous national, state and local community boards. He’s the founder of ANGB Consulting LLC.

About Lindell Kay

A print journalist since 2003, Kay covered Nash and Edgecombe counties for local newspapers for five years before moving to The Enterprise and The Wilson Times last summer. In his short time at The Enterprise he’s already won an award from the N.C. Press Association.

It was Kay’s 19th such acknowledgement, which includes numerous accolades for writing about unsolved homicides, many of which have been reopened or resolved.

A Navy veteran, Kay’s training includes body recovery with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, suspicious activity reporting with the Department of Homeland Security and recognizing sexual abuse with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He’s been featured on WRAL, CNN, Fox News, Dateline and programs on Investigation Discovery.

About Katheryn Zughbi

Since 2012, Zughbi has operated Fighting Crime News and Who’s Wanted, a blog and social media page with more than 70,000 followers. She has a track record of helping law enforcement solve hundreds of crimes.

In the last year, Zughbi has been directly involved in helping solve at least two homicides, one involving a woman who’s been missing for more than a decade.

Having vanished in 2004, Debra Deans remained a missing person until information from Zughbi led authorities straight to Dean’s shallow grave, and the arrest of Dean’s sister-in-law on a murder charge.

In another case, Zughbi received tips and relayed the information to police in Nashville, resulting in two arrests in the brutal death of a man during a 2019 home invasion.

Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett publicly thanked Fighting Crime for the information provided.

About Sandra Smith

Smith is an on-air personality and president of WHIG-TV. She is the main host of the Don Bulluck Chevrolet Morning Show.

An employee of WHIG for two decades, Smith has grown the station to a 19 county reach on cable, half a million viewers on HD antenna and a worldwide audience on the web.

Smith is the recipient of several honors, including the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Advocate Award.

She serves on the Twin County Hall of Fame Board of Directors and the Christian Fellowship Board where she was chairman from 2017 to 2019.

WHIG appears over the air on Channel 31.1; SuddenLink on Channel 17; GreenLight on Channel 19; CenturyLink PRISM on Channel 31; and CBN on Channel 26.

WHIG reaches Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Cumberland, Wayne, Wake, Harnett, Warren, Franklin, Person, Vance, Granville, Moore, Sampson, Roberson, Halifax, Northampton and Johnston counties including the major cities of Rocky Mount, Wilson, Tarboro, Nashville, Fayetteville, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Louisburg, Henderson, Oxford, Zebulon, Wake Forest, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Roanoke Rapids and Carthage.

Questions about the WHIG program should be directed to Sandra Smith at sandra@whigtv.com.

Gen. Gordon-Bray can be reached via email at info@teamcoldcase.com. The TCC is receiving tips at 252-406-6736 or at info@ncfightingcrime.com.

Officer fired in shooting death of Breonna Taylor, Louisville police say

(CNN)A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, has been fired more than three months after Taylor’s death, according to the police department.

Det. Brett Hankison was informed in a letter signed by the the police chief that his employment with the department “is terminated,” effective immediately.

The Louisville Metro Police Department posted the letter, dated June 23, on Twitter.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, was killed when police broke down the door to her apartment in an attempted drug sting and shot her eight times. Hankison and two other officers were later put on administrative leave. (Read more)

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Tarboro NC – Here In Edgecombe County Damn You Would Think Van Holland Was Running For Governor Of NC

The Political Agitator’s response: It is a damn shame that folk allow this dude to write this ignant mess but it is on his personal page. But how can folk take The Tar River Times  Fake News Paper serious?
Van Holland

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Everyone get prepared for Roy Cooper’s jaw dropping news if it comes to fruition – another Stay at Home order.
The word is, Cooper is going to shutdown the entire state since the numbers are so high and continue to increase regarding COVID-19.
But what he needs to look at is the regional aspect of the virus. There are not a whole lot of cases East of I95, the majority of the new cases are west of I95.

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I will just lay it all on the line for you all….And you can disagree or agree, I don’t care, but here are the facts as I have investigated and done my research….

THESE ARE ALL FACTS:

I will just lay it all on the line for you all….And you can disagree or agree, I don’t care, but here are the facts as I have investigated and done my research….

THESE ARE ALL FACTS:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released a report that estimated that almost 37,000 North Carolinians have recovered from COVID-19. This good news means that NC is down to ONLY 15,461 active cases. As the world learns to live with the virus, it’s essential to understand most people who get COVID-19 recover.

There’s also good news coming from hospitals. As of June 22, North Carolina has 870 people hospitalized because of COVID-19 and 4,120 empty hospital beds, 468 ICU beds, and over 2,000 available ventilators.

Our hospitals have done such a great job, that North Carolina could currently handle 4 times the amount of COVID-19 patients without activating the surge capacity.

In addition to the state statistics on recoveries and hospital capacity, a new report from Wake Forest Baptist Health which highlights that potentially over 1 million North Carolinians may have already been exposed to COVID 19.

Cooper’s continued insistence on keeping NC locked down despite the low number of active cases, ample hospital capacity, and an increasing number of people with antibody tests is genuinely confusing.

While the increasing number of positive tests remains a concern, it is critical to keep these numbers in context. It is also critical for Cooper to stop blocking the full release of COVID-19 data.

Congressman Dr. Greg Murphy confirmed that while the White House Coronavirus Task Force was deeply concerned about North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers, according to Task Force officials, it’s clear that the initial reopening of our economy had nothing to do with our current increase in COVID-19 cases.

Instead, NC made a systematic flaw in responding to COVID-19. Perhaps this explains why Cooper refuses to comply with North Carolina Public Record Laws and release all the COVID-19 data to the public.

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Everyone get ready for the second round of Phase 1 – Stay At Home but you can sit on your roof order.

This is the first time since COVID-19 hit North Carolina that Roy Cooper has not spoken at a press briefing on a Monday or Tuesday.

Think long and hard about it now……..

I am telling you all, the NC COVID-19 task force is just waiting to make an announcement tomorrow or Thursday that the so-called governor is going to revert back to Phase 1.

I want you all to know this as well, WE ARE 1 OF 5 STATES THAT HAVE NOT REOPENED YET….

And guess what, those 5 states that haven’t reopened, all have Democratic governors.

Makes you think for a minute or two doesn’t it?

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June 15 at 9:27 PM ·

North Carolina’s governor has absolutely lost his mind….how can he say during his briefing they are thinking about making people wear masks.
I guess the governor wants people to wear masks while they eat as well. But he didn’t wear one while he was protesting/marching in Raleigh and doesn’t wear one while having his briefings on live TV.
Roy Cooper knows he is on his way out of office because he will be defeated in November by Dan Forest so Cooper wants to have all the control and power he can now.
Hell he couldn’t even help rebuild NC after Hurricane Matthew or Florence. How can he make decisions to make people wear masks during COVID-19.

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Rocky Mount City Council Meeting – This Special C Right Here Randy Adcox I Can Speak For Myself

Randy Adcox's Profile Photo, Image may contain: 1 person, smilingThe Political Agitator’s response: Wow! I love it “in your face” really! Damn this ignant said I was a self – professed “political agitator.” Wrong! I am a damn Professional Political Agitator. My message was not about bridging a damn racial divide and claiming to resolve a damn thing. I came to address the council however I mentioned Ignant Ass Racist Special Cs. I know you and others who think like you are about division because I am not here bridge a damn thing but to speak truth to power about the facts as presented. I have no control over how Ignant Ass Racist Special Cs receive and respond to it. But fact is you can attempt to twist my words but the facts remain the same. Damn this Ignant Ass Special C said I should not be able to voice my opinion but this Ignant Ass Special C and his Special Ass friends can. Oh but if I said that was White Privilege he would attempt to twist that fact too. Randy Adcox this is the reason I began to video the meetings years ago so I can play back what was said while ignants like you try to twist what Black Folk say. This is what I said during the Public Comments and I meant every word so prove what I said is not factual. I stand behind and challenge Ignant Ass Racist Special Cs and Safe Negro Black Folk may as well to get the hell over it because I am a Professional Political Agitator and it is documented. I do not need your approval. My comments are I repeat as follows: https://youtu.be/hwscsEpvgrw?t=2681

Randy Adcox Greetings friends and welcome to another episode of the Rocky Mount City Council Roundup! If you couldn’t make it out to attend today’s council meeting, don’t worry; I was there, and I witnessed the entire Trainwreck; uh… Sorry…I meant meeting. 😉
So after a bit of a delay, Mayor Roberson dropped his gavel at 4:05, and then asked for a moment of silence so those with varying religious beliefs could pray in their own manner. The roll was then called, followed by the approval of the minutes from the June 8th “regular” council meeting, and then approval of the “Committee of the Whole” meeting from the same date.
Item 6 today was the city manager’s “Community Update” segment, and Mrs. Small-Toney used her time to thank the city’s fire and police departments for their efforts in rescuing 92 citizens and 4 pets during the recent flooding across the city. She also acknowledged assistant city manager Elton Daniels and his recent selection as secretary/treasurer of the state’s city manager’s organization. Sadly, she also announced the cancellation of the city’s annual July 3rd fireworks celebration, as well as the public gatherings scheduled at some of the city’s outdoor venues, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Item 7 was the presentation of a plaque proclaiming the month of July as Parks and Recreation Month.
Item 8 was the “public speaking” segment of the meeting, and frankly, it was during this part of the meeting that I was tempted to get up and leave. Though I’m hesitant to even repeat some of the comments made during this portion of the meeting, I feel like there were some things said that NEED to be heard by EVERYONE in this city – in spite of their threatening and disgusting message. Truthfully, I’m just sorry my “audience” isn’t bigger (feel free to share this post. In fact, I’d ask that you PLEASE share it with everyone you come into contact with over the upcoming days and weeks; it’s THAT important!)
So, Mr. Tom Harris led off today’s speaking segment, and he used his time to inquire about the methodology the city uses in determining how utility bills are “written off”, an obvious reference to council member Andre Knight who has had (so far anyway) more than $47,000.00 in utility bills written off. Mr Harris also inquired about the status of the Local Government Commission’s (LGC) ruling on the downtown hotel and parking deck project, and further pointed out that the hotel/motel industry has suffered a significant financial downturn during the current Covid-19 pandemic. He also questioned the wisdom of moving forward with such a project in light of the current financial uncertainty.
Mrs. Morie Minges spoke next and pleaded with the council to respond to the citizens’ questions and concerns brought up during these meetings.
Nehimiah Smith spoke next and issued a not-so-subtle threat to any business in this city who doesn’t “respect the black citizenry”. Mr. Smith has apparently become the defacto spokesperson for the entire black population in Rocky Mount, and he repeatedly stated that “we will shut you down”. It’s hard to see how Mr. Smith’s bellicose and incendirary comments could possibly help to alleviate the racial disharmony he frequently *claims* to be trying to heal, but nonetheless, every business in this city has now been put on alert that *HE* will “shut you down” if you fail to live up to *his* expectations!
Curmilus Dancy spoke next and his message was also an “in your face”, defiant, and frankly, non-constructive diatribe about how everyone who doesn’t agree with *him*, should simply go away or “sit down and shut up”. In other words, unless you’re willing to agree – unconditionally – with Mr. Dancy, you shouldn’t be allowed to voice your opinion regarding this city council as a whole, but *especially* the black members of the council. It was in a word, “typical” commentary from the self- professed “political agitator”. And again, it was hard to discern how such comments could possibly help bridge the racial divide he and others claim to want to resolve.
Council member Reuben Blackwell’s son “Cooper” Blackwell spoke next, and dropped what some might call a “bombshell”. According to young Mr. Cooper, this city council has “met the demands” of he and his “Black Action Committee” members regarding the Confederate monument, and that “the revolution has begun!”.
Former mayoral candidate Bronson Williams spoke next, and used his time to pontificate on the status of Rocky Mount, and specifically how the city is moving forward in spite of perceived hindrances from certain (presumably white?) citizens.
There would be additional “fiery” commentary later in the meeting, but I for one was glad to see THIS segment of the meeting come to an end!

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Another reopening bill passes NC legislature as Cooper plans update Wednesday

NC health official: ‘We’re seeing significant spread of coronavirus across the state’

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of North Carolina’s DHHS, says the state is seeing an increase in all metrics of the COVID-19 coronavirus, particular among younger demographics and people of color. Cohen spoke to reporters on June 22, 2020. BY WUNC-TV

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The Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly has been sending Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper bills that would reopen the state faster than his phased plan.

So far, Cooper has vetoed bills dealing with bars, outdoor seating and gyms. On Tuesday, the state legislature sent him another one.

With the state waiting to find out what restrictions could be eased on Friday when the current phase of reopening expires, Cooper said he would give an update at 3 p.m. Wednesday. (Read more)

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