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Defendant used the U.S. mail to send threatening letters

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced that Ronald Thomas Brim, 28, of Walnut Cove, NC, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney in Charlotte to 20 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for using the U.S. mail to threaten the lives of former President George W. Bush and Former First Lady Laura Bush, for mailing threats to destroy the White House and Pentagon by explosives, and for using the U.S. mail to threaten Billy and Franklin Graham and others.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making the May 17 announcement by Russell F. Nelson, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Charlotte Field Division, and Keith Fixel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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Campaign yields 12,223 safety violations

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that more than 12,223 drivers and passengers were cited for seat belt and child passenger safety violations during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which began May 23 and ended June 5.

“This campaign serves as a reminder to buckle up as the summer travel season begins,” said Conti. “Law enforcement agencies across the state helped ensure North Carolinians stayed safe over the Memorial Day holiday, and I thank them all for their dedication.”

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When she heard that the assistant principal at her children’s school was going to be transferred to a new school on July 1, Debbie Hunter was alarmed. “I just don’t understand why they send him away when he does such a fabulous job at South Macon,” she said.

Randy Shepherd has been the assistant principal at South Macon Elementary School for five years, and according to Hunter, vice president of the school’s PTO, he has done such a good job that the parents don’t want to see him go. And they are going to fight to keep him.

On Friday afternoon, a group of parents and kids holding picket signs mounted a small protest across from the school as other parents were arriving to pick up their children. With signs that read, “Save Shep,” the protestors explained to passing cars that Shepherd had been informed earlier in the week that he would be transferred to fill the assistant principal position at Cartoogechaye Elementary School effective July 1.

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A Franklin man was arrested after leading authorities on a high speed chase on Tuesday, May 31.

At approximately 10 p.m., Macon County Sheriff’s Officers conducting a license checkpoint on Highway 28 North at the Big D Convenience Store noticed a motorcycle pull off into a work zone and turn its lights off just south of the checkpoint.

Officers Robert Young and Dereck Jones reportedly approached the vehicle right before the driver, Calvin Dale Hurst, turned back onto 28 heading back toward the Town of Franklin.

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