Robertson, Gary D_ 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 US NC: Search Of Man's Pants RejectedWed, 06 Sep 2006
Source:Charlotte Observer (NC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:North Carolina Lines:87 Added:09/06/2006

Judges Say Suspect's Consent Didn't Include A Look Inside Trousers

RALEIGH - A man convicted of possessing cocaine after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer found drugs by shining a light down his pants should get a new trial because the search was unreasonable, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

The ruling in favor of Timothy Stone may serve as a warning to officers to more exactly describe the scope of their searches before they physically examine a suspect.

Officers said they spotted and recovered a pill bottle of crack between Stone's groin and testicles. A court sentenced him in March 2005 from roughly 10 1/2 years to 14 years in prison for drug and habitual felon convictions.

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2 US NC: Former NC Justice - Stop War On DrugsTue, 15 Nov 2005
Source:Charlotte Observer (NC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:North Carolina Lines:79 Added:11/15/2005

Spend On Treatment Instead Of Enforcement, Says Burley Mitchell

RALEIGH - North Carolina should consider decriminalizing illegal drugs as it tries to stem the need for additional prisons, a former state Supreme Court chief justice said Monday.

Burley Mitchell, the state's top judge from 1995 to 1999, said the war on drugs in North Carolina and nationwide has been "a total failure" that has filled up prisons. The money saved if police no longer made arrests and courts no longer handed out sentences could be used to treat drug addicts, he said.

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3 US NC: NC House Wraps Up Work, Final AdjournmentWed, 31 Aug 2005
Source:Star-News (NC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:North Carolina Lines:127 Added:09/01/2005

The House wrapped up its work for the year Wednesday by giving final approval to a bill that will keep some popular cold medicines behind pharmacy counters in an effort to fight methamphetamine labs.

No meetings were scheduled Thursday, and just a few lawmakers were expected to attend low-key sessions Friday, when the General Assembly is expected to formally adjourn its seven-month session.

The Senate left Tuesday after approving a lottery bill.

"I don't believe we're going to be taking up any more legislation," House Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, told colleagues.

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4 US NC: Safety Agencies Back Meth BillFri, 18 Mar 2005
Source:Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:North Carolina Lines:88 Added:03/21/2005

Measure Puts Limit On Cold-Pill Sales

RALEIGH, N.C. - Sheriffs and an injured firefighter urged lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill that would restrict the sales of popular cold medicines that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

They joined Attorney General Roy Cooper and two senators who introduced a measure that would require cold tablets containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine to be sold from behind a pharmacist's counter. The two compounds are key ingredients used by illegal drug-makers who "cook" meth.

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5 US NC: Official Warns Of Dangers To KidsFri, 12 Mar 2004
Source:Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:North Carolina Lines:87 Added:03/13/2004

"We Feel Confident That This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg", Roy Cooper, Attorney gGeneral

RALEIGH, N.C. - Social workers may be accustomed to removing children from squalid homes, but they face threats to their own health when those homes double as methamphetamine labs, Attorney General Roy Cooper warned Thursday.

As meth labs spread across the state, county social service offices must equip themselves to help neglected youths who have grown up around dangerous chemicals, Cooper told a meeting of the N.C. Association of County Directors of Social Services.

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6 US NC: Officers Seize Stores' Drug ParaphernaliaTue, 02 Mar 2004
Source:Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:North Carolina Lines:100 Added:03/06/2004

Officers Seize Stores' Drug Paraphernalia

Authorities Aim To Make Items Scarce

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The federal government is going on the offensive against drug paraphernalia, seizing pipes and other items from half a dozen stores in eastern North Carolina.

Federal prosecutors said Monday the searches and seizures are the first in a new campaign designed to make it harder to find materials that could entice teenagers to begin smoking marijuana.

"The distribution of drug paraphernalia is a federal felony," U.S. Attorney Frank Whitney said at a news conference in Raleigh. "If we can cut down on the demand for drugs, it will make our jobs easier."

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7 US NC: N.C. Law Enforcement Seize Drug-Related Items From StoresTue, 02 Mar 2004
Source:Hendersonville Times-News (NC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:North Carolina Lines:63 Added:03/02/2004

The federal government is going on the offensive against drug paraphernalia, seizing pipes, clips and other items from a half-dozen stores in eastern North Carolina.

Federal prosecutors said Monday the searches and seizures are the first in a new campaign designed to make it harder to find materials that could entice teenagers to begin smoking marijuana.

"The distribution of drug paraphernalia is a federal felony," U.S. Attorney Frank Whitney said at a news conference in Raleigh. "If we can cut down on the demand for drugs, it will make our jobs easier."

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8 US: Drug War's Innocent Victim Forgives But Just Can't ForgetThu, 11 Jul 2002
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:United States Lines:82 Added:07/10/2002

Year Later, Missionary Still Awaits An Apology

GARNER, N.C. -(AP)- When he got off the plane that brought him to North Carolina, Jim Bowers wondered aloud to his mother whether he could ever get the images out of his mind:

The smoke from the guns of a Peruvian Air Force A37 that shot through the small aircraft carrying his missionary family. The screams in Spanish of the Cessna's pilot: "They're killing us! They're killing us!" The blood on his infant daughter. His wife slumped over in her seat.

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9 US: Able To Forgive, Not Forget, Peru Air Attack MissionarySat, 06 Jul 2002
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:United States Lines:90 Added:07/06/2002

GARNER, N.C. -- When he got off the plane that brought him to North Carolina, Jim Bowers wondered aloud to his mother whether he could ever get the images out of his mind.

The smoke from the guns of a Peruvian air force A-37 that shot through the small aircraft carrying his missionary family. The Cessna's pilot screaming in Spanish: "They're killing us! They're killing us!" The blood on his infant daughter. His wife slumped over in her seat.

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10 US: Peru Missionary Relives Plane TragedyFri, 05 Jul 2002
Source:South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:United States Lines:128 Added:07/05/2002

GARNER, N.C. -- When he got off the plane that brought him to North Carolina, Jim Bowers wondered aloud to his mother if he could ever get the images out of his mind.

The smoke from the guns of a Peruvian Air Force A-37 that shot through the small aircraft carrying his missionary family. The screams in Spanish of the Cessna's pilot: "They're killing us! They're killing us!" The blood on his infant daughter. His wife slumped over in her seat.

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11 US NC: Missionary, Son Rebuilding Lives After Plane CrashTue, 21 May 2002
Source:Charlotte Observer (NC) Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:North Carolina Lines:120 Added:05/22/2002

GARNER - When he got off the airplane that brought him to North Carolina last year, Jim Bowers wondered aloud to his mother whether he could ever get the images out of his mind.

The smoke from the guns of a Peruvian Air Force A-37 that shot through the small aircraft carrying his family. The screams in Spanish of the Cessna's pilot: "They're killing us! They're killing us!" The blood on his infant daughter. His wife slumped over in her seat.

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12 US: Secondhand Smoke, Alcohol Recommended As CarcinogensSun, 6 Dec 1998
Source:Associated Press Author:Robertson, Gary D. Area:United States Lines:28 Added:12/06/1998

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- An advisory commission's decision has paved the way for secondhand smoke to be placed on the federal government's official list of cancer-causing substances, over the tobacco industry's strong objections.

The subcommittee of the National Toxicology Program's Board of Scientific Counselors voted unanimously on Wednesday to affirm the recommendations of two groups of government scientists that secondhand smoke should be labeled a carcinogen.

The panel also concluded that alcoholic beverage consumption can lead to cancer, and it noted that heavy drinkers and drinkers who smoke are most susceptible to cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx and larynx.

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