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NC Education Lottery: Christmas gift turns into $200,000 for Ta’Von Batts
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NC Education Lottery: Christmas gift turns into $200,000 for Ta’Von Batts

Raleigh,  NC (STL.News) A Christmas goodie bag from his boss delivered the goods for Ta’Von Batts of Charlotte to the tune of $200,000. “The scratch off that I received was a gift in a goodie bag that my boss gave out to all employees before Christmas,” he said.  “He got two tickets for everyone and put them in the gift bag.  So, I scratched it off after work and it turned out to be a winner!” Batts’ winning Black Diamond 7s ticket was purchased at the Quik Trip on West W.T. Harris Blvd in Charlotte. “I’m not gonna lie, at first, I thought it was one of those prank lottery tickets,” he recalled.  “So, I went up to him and was like, ‘You’re playing with me!’ And he said, ‘No!’ and then his eyes got really big, and he started running around screaming and then I started running aroun...
NC Education Lottery: $642,767 Cash  Won by Charlie Bennett
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NC Education Lottery: $642,767 Cash Won by Charlie Bennett

Raleigh,  NC (STL.News) When the Cash 5 jackpot got above $500,000 Charlie Bennett of New Bern decided to try his luck at the jackpot and ended up taking home $642,767. “I think it was at $500,000 on the 27th and so I said, ‘Well, it’s time to start playing again,’” recalled Bennett.  “So, on the 28th I decided to go out and play.” He purchased his winning Quick Pick ticket for the Dec. 28 drawing from the Super Stop on Neuse Boulevard in New Bern. The next morning, Bennett woke up to celebrate his mother’s birthday and decided to check his tickets using his NC Lottery Official Mobile App. “The first ticket I turned over was the winner,” he recalled.  “It was pretty exciting.” Bennett claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.  After required federal and st...
North Carolina Governor Visits UNC Friday Center
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North Carolina Governor Visits UNC Friday Center

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen visited a large-scale vaccine site at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Conference Center to witness health care workers and North Carolinians over age 65 receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “The number one priority right now is getting this vaccine administered to North Carolinians as quickly and as equitably as possible,” Governor Cooper said.  “I’m grateful for the health care providers working tirelessly to get these shots into more people’s arms and helping us get to the other side of this pandemic.” In accordance with federal recommendations, the state has given local entities the flexibility to begin vaccinating North Carolinians over the age of 65 and all ...
NC Education Lottery: Patti Pinkston Wins for Twin’s Education
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NC Education Lottery: Patti Pinkston Wins for Twin’s Education

Raleigh,  NC (STL.News) For Patti Pinkston of Canton, a $100,000 Powerball prize will help pay for her children’s education. “I have 17-year-old twins and this is going in the college fund,” she said of her plans for the prize money. Pinkston purchased her winning Quick Pick ticket for the Jan. 9 drawing using Online Play on the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Her winning Power Play ticket matched numbers on four of the white balls and the Powerball to beat odds of 1 in 913,000, winning her $50,000.  Her prize doubled to $100,000 when the 2X multiplier was drawn. Pinkston claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $70,751 after required federal and state tax withholdings. The jackpot stands at $730 million as an annuity prize or $546 million...
North Carolina Executive Mansion Will be Lit for COVID-19 Victims
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North Carolina Executive Mansion Will be Lit for COVID-19 Victims

North Carolina Executive Mansion Will be Lit in Honor of Lives Lost to COVID-19 on Jan. 19 Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Executive Mansion will be illuminated on January 19, 2021, at 5:30 PM in remembrance of the lives lost as in the COVID-19 pandemic.  Governor Cooper invites all North Carolina counties and municipalities to join in this memorial by lighting buildings and ringing bells at churches and houses of worship. “In the midst of the battle against this pandemic, we continue to mourn the hundreds of thousands of Americans we have lost and send our prayers to the grieving families and friends they leave behind,” Governor Roy Cooper said.  “Please join me in honoring their memories by taking responsible actions to prevent more deaths...
NC Education Lottery: Aweis Mohamed Won $150,000
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NC Education Lottery: Aweis Mohamed Won $150,000

Guilford County man’s ‘heart dropped’ when he realized $150,000 win Raleigh,  NC (STL.News) Aweis Mohamed of Greensboro thought he had won $1,000 on a scratch-off ticket but, much to his surprise, it was worth a whole lot more. “My heart just dropped!” recalled Mohamed when he realized his big win. After a long day at work, Mohamed, who works as a manufacturing technician, stopped at the Penny Saver on Lees Chapel Road in Greensboro to try his luck on a few Extreme Cashword tickets. “I got 3 tickets and 2 didn’t win,” he recalled.  “But I scanned the one I won and it said take it to the lottery headquarters.  And when I took it, I thought I won $1,000 and the lady said I won $150,000 and that I had to come to Raleigh!” Mohamed claimed he prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters...
NC Education Lottery: $2 million Won by Christopher Martin
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NC Education Lottery: $2 million Won by Christopher Martin

Raleigh,  NC (STL.News) Christopher Martin of Newton tried his luck on a new 100X The Cash ticket and saw it reveal the first $2 million top prize. Martin purchased his winning $20 ticket from Lake Norman Grocery on River Highway in Mooresville. He claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Martin had the option to take the $2 million prize as an annuity of 20 payments of $100,000 a year or a lump sum of $1,200,000.  He chose the lump sum and took home $849,006 after required state and federal tax withholdings. The 100X The Cash game launched this month with five top prizes of $2 million and five $100,000 prizes.  Four top prizes and five $100,000 prizes remain to be won.
NC Education Lottery: Brittney James Won $147,107 jackpot
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NC Education Lottery: Brittney James Won $147,107 jackpot

Raleigh,  NC (STL.News) For Brittney James of Fayetteville, winning a $147,107 Fast Play jackpot means a new opportunity to further her education. “I was getting ready to go back to school,” she said. “I want to do dental hygiene and this is going to help a lot.” James purchased her $2 Jackpot 7s ticket from Lucky Seven on Raeford Road in Fayetteville on Monday. Her ticket beat odds of 1 in 240,000 to win 20 percent of the jackpot.  At the time of the win, the Fast Play jackpot stood at $735,535, producing a prize for James of $147,107. “I always play that game and I was just feeling lucky that morning!” recalled James. She claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $104,079. “I just kno...
NC Governor Deployed National Guard in Raleigh & Washington, DC
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NC Governor Deployed National Guard in Raleigh & Washington, DC

Governor Mobilizes NC National Guard for Deployment in Raleigh and Washington, DC Raleigh, NC (STL.News) North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has mobilized approximately 550 North Carolina National Guardsmen to assist with upcoming security needs in Washington, DC and North Carolina.  The Governor mobilized approximately 350 National Guard personnel for duty here in North Carolina, beginning this weekend to support state and local authorities and protect the well-being of residents, property, and the right to peacefully assemble and protest. At the request of federal authorities, North Carolina will also send 200 National Guard personnel to assist civil authorities and local law enforcement in Washington, DC prior to and during the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20.  This deployment i...
North Carolina Governor Names Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary
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North Carolina Governor Names Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Governor Roy Cooper has named retired Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin to lead the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “After a career at the highest levels of the United States Marine Corps, Walter Gaskin understands well the challenges and opportunities faced by active duty military personnel, veterans and their families and he shares my belief that North Carolina should be the most veteran- and military-friendly state in the nation.  I appreciate General Gaskin’s willingness to serve our state in this new capacity and look forward to his leadership at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs,” said Governor Cooper. “It is my honor to serve the members of our military, veterans and their families in the state of North Carolina. ...
Seven North Carolina Tax Preparers Plead Guilty to Defraud the IRS
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Seven North Carolina Tax Preparers Plead Guilty to Defraud the IRS

Seven North Carolina Tax Preparers Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the IRS (STL.News) Seven Charlotte, North Carolina tax return preparers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States by preparing and filing false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray for the Western District of North Carolina, and Special Agent in Charge Matthew D. Line of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). Joseph Octave and Vonyeda Carson pleaded guilty on Jan. 12, 2021, while Melissa Greene, Natisha Holloman, Kimberly Joline, Whitney Vargas-Medrano and Wendia Courtois pleaded guilty earlier in 2020.  In addition to the conspiracy charge, Octave pleaded guilty...
North Carolina Governor Announces Judicial Appointments
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North Carolina Governor Announces Judicial Appointments

(STL.News) North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Friday announced two judicial appointments, one to the North Carolina Superior Court and one to the North Carolina District Court. “The knowledge and legal experience of these North Carolinians make them strong additions to our courts,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m thankful for their commitment to serving the people of our state.” In Judicial District 15B (serving Orange and Chatham counties), Gov. Cooper appointed Alyson Adams Grine as Superior Court Judge. Grine will fill the vacant seat of Judge Carl Fox who retired.  Since 2018, Grine has served as a prosecutor for the Durham Office of the District Attorney.  Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the North Carolina Central School of Law, Defender Educator at the UNC School of Govern...
Gene Hersholt Williamson Sentenced for Preparing False Tax Returns
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Gene Hersholt Williamson Sentenced for Preparing False Tax Returns

North Carolina Man, Gene Hersholt Williamson Sentenced to 36 Months in Federal Prison for Preparing False Tax Returns (STL.News) Gene Hersholt Williamson II, was sentenced yesterday to 36 months in prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return and ordered to pay $637,000 in restitution, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to court documents and statements made in court, Gene Hersholt Williamson II, 54, operated a tax return preparation business out of Jacksonville, North Carolina, between 2012 and 2018.  Williamson fraudulently inflated his clients’ claimed refunds by reporting fictitious Schedule C businesses on his clients’ returns.  If clients had minimal income, Wil...
U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $7,077,577.63 in Civil and Criminal Actions
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U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $7,077,577.63 in Civil and Criminal Actions

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina Collects $7,077,577.63 in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2020, and $4.4 Million in Asset Forfeiture Actions RALEIGH (STL.News) United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced today that the Eastern District of North Carolina collected $7,077,577.63 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2020.  Of this amount, $3,728,529.18 was collected in criminal actions and $3,349,048.45 was collected in civil actions.  Additionally, over $4.4 million was collected in asset forfeitures. Overall, the Justice Department collected more than $15.9 billion in civil and criminal actions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 ending Sept. 30, 2020.  The $15,988,516,670 in collections in FY 2020 represents more than five times the a...
Four Oaks: Marvarlus Cortel Snead Convicted of Multiple Crimes
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Four Oaks: Marvarlus Cortel Snead Convicted of Multiple Crimes

Four Oaks Man, Marvarlus Cortel Snead Convicted of Human Trafficking a Minor and Production of Child Pornography RALEIGH (STL.News) United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that yesterday, Marvarlus Cortel Snead, 34, of Four Oaks, North Carolina, was convicted in federal court following a four-day trial before United States District Judge James C. Dever. The jury found Snead guilty on all three counts: sex trafficking of a minor, production of child pornography, and one count of using facilities in interstate commerce to operate a prostitution enterprise. In December 2017 and January 2018, Snead prostituted an adult female and a minor victim in various locations throughout the Eastern District of North Carolina. Snead targeted extremely vulnerable victims and enticed them...
U.S. Department of Justice Recognizes U.S. Attorney’s Office
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U.S. Department of Justice Recognizes U.S. Attorney’s Office

U.S. Department of Justice Recognizes U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina for its Work with Project Safe Neighbhorhoods Take Back North Carolina Receives National Award as the Outstanding Overall Partnership/Task Force RALEIGH (STL.News) The Department of Justice has recognized the Take Back North Carolina initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina with its Outstanding Overall Partnership/Task Force Award in support of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative. “We are extremely gratified and humbled by the Attorney General’s recognition of the important work being done by federal, state and local law enforcement, our partners in the District Attorneys’ Offices and by the men and women of my office a...
North Carolina: David Changhyub Lee admits to ginseng violation
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North Carolina: David Changhyub Lee admits to ginseng violation

North Carolina man, David Changhyub Lee admits to ginseng violation ELKINS, W.V (STL.News) David Changhyub Lee, of Raleigh, North Carolina, has admitted to aiding and abetting the illegal transportation of ginseng across state lines, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Lee, 35, pled guilty to one count of “Interstate Transportation of Ginseng in Violation of State Law – Aiding and Abetting.” In the fall of 2018, Lee was identified as a willing buyer of illegally transported ginseng.  In September and October 2018, Lee facilitated and purchased nearly 15 pounds of ginseng for a total of $4250 from Randolph County and elsewhere and transported it to North Carolina. This case was in violation of the federal Lacey Act (16 USC § 3371 et seq.), which prohibits the taking and interstat...
North Carolina Governor Announces Chick-fil-A Supply® Will Create 160 Jobs
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North Carolina Governor Announces Chick-fil-A Supply® Will Create 160 Jobs

Restaurant company to invest $52 million in Alamance County (STL.News) Chick-fil-A®, one of the nation’s leading quick service restaurant companies, will locate a major distribution center in Alamance County, investing an estimated $52 million to build the new facility, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today.  The project, part of Chick-fil-A Supply®, the company’s new distribution service focused on supplying food and products to its restaurants, will create 160 jobs at the North Carolina Industrial Center in Mebane.  It is scheduled to open in early 2022. "North Carolina attracts the nation’s most well-known brands because of our strong workforce and steady leadership, even in a crisis,” said Governor Cooper.  "Alamance County is the right location with the right infrastr...