Victims Compensation Services reimburses citizens who suffer medical
expenses and lost wages as a result of being an innocent victim of a
crime committed in North Carolina. Victims of rape, assault, child
sexual abuse, domestic violence, and drunk driving, as well as the
families of homicide victims are eligible to apply for financial help. Since 1987, Victims Compensation Services has assisted innocent victims
and their families to heal from the devastating effects of criminal
violence with payments for a diversity of needs, including medical care,
counseling, lost wages and funerals. Like other compensation programs,
North Carolina is a payer of last resort paying for financial losses not
covered by other sources, including, but not limited to:
Auto or disability insurance
Public funds such as Medicaid
Workers Compensation; or
Restitution paid by an offender.
The program does NOT compensate victims for damaged or stolen property or for pain and suffering.
A maximum of $30,000 may be paid for an award for medical expenses
related to treatment of injuries as a result of the crime. A maximum of
$5,000 may be paid for funeral expenses when the victim dies as a result
of the crime. Benefits for approved claims are paid directly to a service provider.
While no amount of money can erase the trauma and grief victims suffer,
this aid can be crucial in the recovery process. By paying for care
that restores victims' physical and mental health, and by replacing lost
income for victims who cannot work and for families who lose a
breadwinner, compensation programs are helping victims regain their
lives and their financial stability.
Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men
and women who serve as Public Safety Telecommunicators. These are the "first line of defense" individuals you speak with when you activate the 9-1-1 system or call our non-emergency line needing assistance.
This time each year, many state and local governments will take time out to honor
their “behind-the-scenes heroes,” who are not as visible as the men and
women who arrive at the scene of emergencies, but are just as critical
to the safety and service provided to the community.
If you will, please help me celebrate these crucial individuals this week for a job well done, day in and day out!
The more time it takes a burglar to break into your business, the
greater the chance he'll move on. Most burglaries are committed by
amateurs. They can be deterred if you take basic security measures
Lighting: It is important for your business to be properly
lighted inside and out. Outside, there should be lighting near all doors
and windows. High pressure sodium vapor lighting is recommended. It
eliminates shadows and is inexpensive to operate.
Windows: The most vulnerable parts of any business are glass
areas. In more than half of business burglaries, entry is made by
breaking the glass. All rear and side windows should be replaced or
covered with iron bars of 26 gauge (or stronger) wire mesh screens. For
display windows, smash-resistant window film should be considered.
Before closing up at night: Remember to turn on interior and
exterior lights. Leave cash register empty and open. Turn off all
computers. Finally, secure and check all doors, windows, and locks
Some states, including North Carolina, are reporting a rise in heroin
use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get
prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative.
In the decade beginning in 1999, North Carolina averaged 53 deaths a
year from drug overdoses, with the final year of that decade the outlier
with 81 fatalities, according to data from death certificates compiled
by the State Center for Health Statistics. The drug's deadly effects
have expanded since then. Deaths then rose to 81 in 2009; 85 in 2011;
and 160 in 2012. The total fell to 106 last year, though not all
post-mortem drug tests are finalized for 2013. None have been recorded
yet in 2014. For more information, follow this story here.
Project Safe Neighborhoods, which has been implemented in cities and
counties across North Carolina and the United States, identifies repeat,
violent offenders and gives them two options: get on the straight and
narrow, or go to prison for a long time.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”) is a comprehensive, strategic
approach to reducing gun violence and promoting safe communities in this
country. PSN combats gun violence by bringing together local, state,
and federal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community
leaders to implement a multi-faceted strategy to deter and punish gun
PSN has created unprecedented coordination among law
enforcement officials, with an emphasis on prevention, tactical
intelligence gathering, more aggressive prosecutions, and enhanced
accountability through performance measures.
4/9/2014 @ 9:30 AM Lee County Sheriff
Detectives executed a search warrant at 3200 Jefferson Davis Hwy for Johnny
Wayne Norris, Michael Ray Norris and computer equipment. Detectives arrested
Johnny Wayne Norris (23) W/M of 3200 Jefferson Davis Hwy Sanford and charged him
w/ solicitation a 14 yr old child by computer, felonious disseminating obscenity
to a 14 year child and taking indecent liberties w/ child on 4/8/2014.Norris is also charged w/ taking indecent
liberties w/ a child for an internet conversation w/ a 13 yr old child on
Johnny Wayne Norris was held under $40,000
Michael Ray Norris (20) W/M of that address
was arrested for using social media while being a registered sex offender. Michael Ray Norris was held under $30,000
4/4/2014 @ 2:40 PM Madeline Burns of 238 Jones Chapel Rd. Sanford reported a man
walked into her residence and demanded her purse. Burns reported her front door
was open w/ only a screen door being closed. Burns reported the man had his
face covered but she believed the man was white and did not display any weapon. She reported she went into the back room and
retrieved her purse and gave it to the suspect. The suspect left on foot. Burns was not injured.
Aaron Sidney Smith (21) W/M of 4760 Deep
River Rd. Sanford was arrested for Common Law Robbery, Felony Breaking and Entering and
Possession of stolen goods.
Lee Holder (28) W/F of 1002 S. Third St. Sanford was arrested for felonious aiding
and abetting; she was held under $5,000 secured bond.
Update - Staff treated 126 animals onsite today at our rabies clinic! Great Job Everyone!
A rabies clinic hosted by Dr. Schaller of Willow Springs Animal Hospital and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be held on April 5, 2014 from 10am to 12pm in the back parking lot of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office) at 1401 Elm Street, Sanford.
Shots - $7.00 each
Dogs MUST be on a leash / Cats MUST be in a cage
Bring your pet’s proof of previous rabies vaccinations
around 3:30 pm, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3000 block of
Khalif Court, reference to an assault.
When deputies arrived, they located John
White, 73, of 3074 Khalif Court, who was receiving medical treatment from EMS.
Mr. White advised a black female approached his residence; indicating she was
selling donuts for the Salvation Army. After being inside his residence for
several minutes, Mr. White became suspicious and asked the female to leave. The
female then assaulted Mr. White, taking an undisclosed amount of money.
White was transported to Central Carolina Hospital for treatment of minor
injuries to his elbows and wrists. At 9:00 pm, Lee County Detectives arrested
Melissa Faye Brice, 38, of 921 Oddfellow St., charging her with Common Law
Robbery, Assault on a Handicapped Person and Possession of Stolen Property. She
was placed in Lee County Jail under a $101,000 secured bond.