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Store owner speaks about January raid

By William R. Toler “Bullies. Complete bullies.” That’s how Mahmoud Salameh describes the law enforcement officers that raided his business last month to local televison station WCTI-12. Salameh’s store, KP Mini Mart, was one of 22 businesses in Pitt County … Continue reading

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Cash, property taken from Pitt County businesses in raid

By William R. Toler Earlier this month, heavily-armed gangs stormed nearly 30 Pitt County businesses in a calculated heist, stealing more than $30,000 in cash and other property. Sounds horrible, right? Mainstream news accounts read something more like this: Police … Continue reading

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Two out of five ain’t bad: Some charges dropped in Billyrock case

By William R. Toler Two of the five charges against Amanda Billyrock have been dropped, according to the “adorable anarchist” herself. Friday afternoon, she posted an update on her Facebook page “on the false crusade against me by a few … Continue reading

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A look back at 2013

Another year is in the can and another begins. That means it’s time for another obligatory year-in-review story, or as Contributing Editor Corey Friedman says: “It’s time to do this thing we do infrequently.” [We haven’t done one the past … Continue reading

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Billyrock addresses criminal charges

By William R. Toler Following a brief information blackout, libertarian vlogger Amanda Billyrock issued a video statement Wednesday rebuking all charges levied against her by the State. [See video at the bottom of page.] Billyrock, whose “legal” name is Amanda … Continue reading

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Billyrock released, charges discovered

By William R. Toler After spending  nearly 12 hours in a cage, Amanda Billyrock  is free(r). Billyrock was arrested by police in Laconia, New Hampshire after a “routine traffic stop” for allegedly running a red light late Friday. At the … Continue reading

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Billyrock caged, charges unknown

By William R. Toler Anarchist activist and libertarian femme fatale Amanda Billyrock will be sitting in a cage this weekend. According to Ademo Freeman of Cop Block, Billyrock was socializing with him and others when she was arrested. He says … Continue reading

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Medical cannabis advocate arrested

By William R. Toler Medical cannabis activist Robert Dorr wanted to get arrested. Wednesday night, he got his wish. His brother tells the Independent Register that Dorr was arrested Wednesday evening and is, at the time of this writing, in … Continue reading

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Too many in the dark on sunshine laws

By Corey Friedman Leaders don’t always need legislative victories to sweep aside inconvenient laws. Sometimes, a misinformed majority is all it takes. From the governor’s mansion to a town hall in our own backyard, elected executives have decided they can … Continue reading

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Prohibition isn’t over…but it should be

By William R. Toler Eighty years ago, Congress decided to appeal a constitutional amendment with another constitutional amendment ending the nationwide ban on alcohol. The thirteen-year dry spell is known as and referred to as prohibition. And that ended. Well…sort … Continue reading

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Consumers, not stores, drive Black Friday creep

By Corey Friedman As more big-box retailers offer Black Friday bargains a day early, many Americans fear the Thanksgiving holiday is being co-opted and commercialized.  Online petitions implore superstores to “take the high road and save Thanksgiving,” More than 200,000 … Continue reading

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Town should strive for open government

By Corey Friedman As prominent voices join the chorus of concerned residents, it must be getting mighty difficult for Middlesex commissioners to keep plugging their ears.  Officials have thus far refused to seek Attorney General Roy Cooper’s opinion on whether … Continue reading

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Boston police attempt to intimidate blogger

By William R. Toler To paraphrase Carlos Miller, the Glik decision doesn’t seem to be worth the paper it’s written on…or the $170,000 settlement that resulted from it. In the 2011 case brought up in the First Circuit Court of … Continue reading

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ENC to get its first Bearcat

By William R. Toler Jacksonville residents beware: the police are getting a tank. Jacksonville city council members unanimously voted to approve the police department’s purchase of a Lenco Bearcat. According to some attendees of Tuesday night’s meeting, the decision had … Continue reading

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Bearcats on the prowl in ENC

By William R. Toler Eastern North Carolina could see a few Bearcats roaming the streets in the near future. No, it’s not a panther on steroids. It’s a military-style assault vehicle, a species which is multiplying in cities and small … Continue reading

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