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Butner Federal Inmate Sentenced to 30 Months for Weapons Possession

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-Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice

An inmate housed at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina (“FCC Butner”) was sentenced yesterday to 30 months of incarceration for possessing weapons inside the federal prison.

According to court documents, Gerald Wayne Timms, 59, was found by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) staff to be in possession of multiple homemade sharpened objects on two separate occasions in May 2019 and again in September 2019.

BOP staff found the weapons inside Timms’ assigned cell during routine searches. Timms was charged by way of a two-count indictment for violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1791, possession of contraband in prison. On February 19, 2020, a jury found Timms guilty of both counts. Timms received 30 months on each count to be served concurrently.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. BOP Special Investigative Services investigated the case and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mallory Brooks Storus, Genna D. Petre, and Michael Bredenberg prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the U.S. Department of Justice’s website. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:19-cr-00428-FL.

N.C. Air National Guard Flyover ‘Operation American Resolve’ to Include Butner, NC

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-Press Release, North Carolina Air National Guard

The 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard will be conducting a one aircraft C-17 flyover of various North Carolina cities, hospitals, and food banks on Thursday, May 7, 2020, as part of Operation: American Resolve.

The flyover is to demonstrate the Department of the Air Force’s continued readiness during the national COVID-19 response while saluting the American heroes at the forefront in our fight against COVID-19. These flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers and are being conducted as part of regularly scheduled training.

The C-17 will depart the Charlotte Douglass International Airport at 10 a.m. and travel to the locations listed below.

Please remember proper social distancing and protective measures while viewing.

Questions can be directed to the 145th Airlift Wing, Public Affairs Office at 910-916-0868.

Route of Flight:

All times are subject to change.

Asheville, NC (10:50 a.m.) – Mission Hospital, Manna Food Bank, Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
and J.F.K. Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

Morganton, NC (11:02 a.m.) – Broughton Hospital, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center

Hickory, NC (11:07 a.m.) – Frye Regional Medical Hospital

Statesville, NC (11:12 a.m.) – Iredell Memorial Hospital

Winston Salem, NC (11:21 a.m.) – Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Bowman Gray Campus, Second Harvest Food Bank of NW, NC

Greensboro/Burlington, NC (11:30 a.m.) – High Point Regional, Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, Lab Corp Burlington Corporate Headquarters

Chapel Hill, NC (11:39 a.m.) – UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital

Durham, NC (11:42 a.m.) – Durham VA Medical Center, Duke University Hospital

Butner, NC (11:46 a.m.) – Central Regional Hospital, Murdoch Developmental Center, R.J. Blackley Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

Raleigh, NC (11:50 a.m.) – UNC REX Hospital, NC National Guard JFHQ, Wake Med Hospital, Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, Duke/Raleigh Hospital, Downtown Raleigh

Goldsboro, NC (12:09 p.m.) – Cherry Hospital, O’berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center

Wilson, NC (12:15 p.m.) – Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment

Greenville, NC (12:21 p.m.) – Vidant Medical Center, Walter B. Jones Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment Center, Greenville Veteran’s Health Care Center

Kinston, NC (12:28 p.m.) – Caswell Development Center

Jacksonville, NC (12:35 p.m.) – Onslow Memorial Hospital

Wilmington, NC (12:48 p.m.) – New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Charlotte, NC (1:25 p.m.) – Harris Teeter Distribution Center, Novant Health Presbyterian Med Ctr, Atrium Health Charlotte, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

MISSION COMPLETE

Warrants Obtained on Five Suspects in Carolina Chicken & BBQ Shooting

-Information courtesy Butner Public Safety’s Facebook page

On April 19, 2019, at 11:48 p.m., Butner Public Safety received a report of shots fired at the Carolina Chicken and BBQ Restaurant. Officers found that two people were shot during the incident. The victims were transported to Duke University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting took place outside of the restaurant when two groups of individuals started shooting at each other. Seven vehicles and the Carolina Chicken and BBQ building were also struck by gunfire. There were over seventy shell casings and nine guns seized from the scene.

As a result of the investigation by BPS investigators, Sgt. N. L. Williams obtained warrants on the following five people:

Joshua Lamont Glover Sr., 40, of Creedmoor, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. Mr. Glover Sr. was issued a secured bond of $540,000 by Magistrate H. G. Herring Jr. and placed in the Granville County Detention Center.

Joshua Lamont Glover Jr., 20, of Roxboro, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. Mr. Glover Jr. was issued a secured bond of $350,000 by Magistrate S. E. Evans and placed in the Durham County Detention Center.

Armonde Raheem Landis, 19, of Creedmoor, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. Mr. Landis was issued a secured bond of $540,000 by Magistrate H. G. Herring Jr. and placed in the Granville County Detention Center.

Antrown Lamont Nickerson, 37, of Oxford, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. The warrants on Mr. Nickerson are still outstanding.

Amani King, 18, of Creedmoor, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. The warrants on Mr. King are still outstanding.

Additional charges are possible as this investigation continues. If you have any information that may aid with the investigation, please contact Sgt. N. L. Williams at Butner Public Safety at (919) 575-6561 ext. 111.

‘Freedom Fest’ to Raise Money for Children of Fallen Soldiers

— courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~ ginnie@granville-chamber.com

The Chosin Foundation will hold a “Freedom Fest” on Friday, September 28, 2018, at Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena, Butner

Show starts at 4 p.m.; event ends at 10 p.m.

Live music will be provided by former Army medic Ian Wagner. Mature (PG-13) performances by comedians Jiovani, Angel Perez, Tank Smith, Ben Brainard, Freddy Valoy, Tim Payne and Marcus Crespo.

Local food, beer and wine will be served. Proceeds benefit children of fallen soldiers.

Tickets are $10 online, $15 at door. Veteran tickets are $10.

For more information on “Freedom Fest” or the Chosin Foundation, please visit www.chosinfoundation.org.

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‘Alive After Five’ Set to Entertain in Gazebo Park, Butner – TOMORROW

— courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~ ginnie@granville-chamber.com

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s “Alive After Five” event will be held tomorrow, August 16, 2018, at Gazebo Park, Central Avenue, in Butner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This second event in the 15th anniversary “Alive After Five” series will feature free admission, concessions and live music by The Konnection Band.

The third, and final, event of the series will be held Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot on Gilliam Street in downtown Oxford. The band Jim Quick & Coastline will be musical guests.

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Gazebo Park to Play Host to Chamber’s Second ‘Alive After Five’ of Season

— courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~ ginnie@granville-chamber.com

Good times will be had on Thursday, August 16, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s “Alive After Five” event to be held at Gazebo Park, Central Avenue, in Butner.

This second event in the 15th anniversary “Alive After Five” series will feature free admission, concessions and live music by The Konnection Band.

The third, and final, event of the series will be held Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot on Gilliam Street in downtown Oxford. The band Jim Quick & Coastline will be musical guests.

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Butner’s Annual Street Dance and Chicken Pickin’ Sure to Entertain

-Information courtesy Angela Allen, Director, Granville County Tourism Development Authority

The Butner-Community Association is making final plans for the 24th Annual Butner Chicken Pickin’!

Butner Street Dance

The festival weekend kicks off with the Butner Street Dance, which will be held on Friday, June 1 from 7 – 10 p.m.

Due to unpredictable weather, this event will held at Solider’s Memorial Gym on 24th Street in Butner.

The band for this year’s street dance is The Konnection Band.

Butner Chicken Pickin’

The Butner Chicken Pickin’ is always held on the first Saturday in June, so mark your calendars for Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! The day’s event includes day-long live entertainment on two stages, a BBQ chicken cook-off contest, lots of food and craft vendors, kiddie activities and rides, a tractor show and a car show that can’t be beat!

The featured band this year is The Castaways Band, which is a local favorite!

The event will be held rain or shine at Gazebo Park on Central Avenue in Butner

For the safety of others, pets, skateboards and bicycles are not allowed at the event.

For more info, visit BCAserves.org or like us on Facebook to receive updates as they are posted.

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Memorial Day Wreath Laying, Town of Butner

— courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~ ginnie@granville-chamber.com

The Town of Butner will have a Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony on Monday, May 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Gazebo Park, 416 Central Ave., Butner.

For more information, please call the Town of Butner at (919) 575-3032.

Granville County Schools names Principal of the Year

On the morning of Thursday, September 14, Superintendent Alisa McLean and senior staff made a surprise visit to Granville Early College High School.  It was a secret visit of sorts, except for the fact that all of the students and staff knew about the occasion, except one.  An unwitting participant, Principal Jackie Harris had been summoned to her office to have a meeting with Dr. McLean.  Meanwhile, students and staff gathered in the hallway, preparing to surprise their school’s leader.  With an abrupt knock at the door, Ms. Harris was told to quickly respond to an important incident.  Her administrative instincts flung her into action, where she was then promptly startled and surprised by a throng of her students and teachers – all congratulating her for being named the Granville County Public Schools 2017 Principal of the Year!

Ms. Harris is a veteran educator with more than 26 years of experience, having worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.  She received her undergraduate degree from NCCU and her Master’s degree from NC State University.  During her tenure as principal of Granville Early College, the school has consistently set the bar high on state testing criteria.  Currently student performance ranks the school letter grade as an “A”, with more than 95% of the students graduating on time.

School districts from across the state choose a Principal of the Year.  Principals nominate their colleagues for the honor, and a committee then makes the final decision.  District POYs then go on to compete at the regional level, where the winner progresses on to the state level, and eventually the national competition.

When asked why colleagues nominated her for this honor, Principal Harris responded, “Probably because they know how much I love my students and staff.  We truly are a team.  Nothing makes me prouder to see our students walk across the stage at graduation.  It’s a journey that we travel together, and one that I absolutely love.”

GCPS Continues Significant Proficiency Gains and Academic Growth

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 11, the Granville County Board of Education received a special report on the student achievement results from the 2016-2017 school year.  During this presentation, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael Myrick presented a series of graphs and charts providing comprehensive data on how the students performed on state tests.  The presentation focused on GCPS test score averages over the past three years compared to state and surrounding district averages.  Dr. Myrick also shared information about academic growth measures for each school, and school letter grades as assigned by the state.

Data from his presentation revealed an increase in proficiency in 14 of 18 tested areas, with 18 of 19 schools having met or exceeded academic growth.  These significant gains in growth and proficiency across grade levels and content areas contribute to a multi-year positive trend for student achievement.

The scores for our district were generally higher than those of Vance, Warren and Person counties, and slightly lower or comparable to those for Franklin County.  All five districts in our region were at or below the overall state average in all areas.

In the second set of data, Dr. Myrick displayed the following chart showing how GCPS schools letter grades compared to those of local charter schools:

Letter grades for schools in our district improved compared to the previous year, with no schools reporting an F, fewer schools reporting as a D, and more schools reporting as a B.

School Board Chairman Dr. Thomas Houlihan commented on this set of data, saying, “Three year trends sho tremendous growth over time.  It’s very exciting to see this type of progress.  We do want to celebrate, but we don’t want to forget the work that remains.  We also don’t want to forget the hard work and dedication of all of our talented teachers.”

School letter grades are determined by a state-mandated formula that uses proficiency and growth on a variety of test scores to assign a letter grade.  More information about how school letter grades are calculated can be found here:

https://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/accountability/reporting/spgbckgrndpack15.pdf

Vice Chairman Leonard Peace, Sr. offered his remarks, saying “We are definitely headed in the right direction.  The teachers certainly deserve all of the credit for their hard work.”

Superintendent Dr. McLean thanked Dr. Myrick for his work in this area, and summarized the presentation with these remarks, “While I can take no credit for these remarkable gains, I am excited that there is established, consistent momentum for our district.  If we are to achieve our goals of double digit improvements and 90 percent across the board, then we must use these fine results to help launch us forward. ”