Top 10 Stories of 2012 [The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.]
|By Wes Wolfe, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
1. LaRoque indicted
The year started going bad for former N.C. Rep.
The U.S. Attorney for the
The 12 total charges amount to four counts of theft, four counts of misappropriating money, two counts of subscribing a false tax return and one count each of concealing material facts and materially false, fictitious and fraudulent representation.
Facing a House investigation from political enemies and former allies, LaRoque resigned his seat on
Rumors of malfeasance stretched back to his 2010 general election campaign, and were the basis of a defamation suit that was eventually dropped.
However, an investigation by N.C. Policy Watch put the dealings of LaRoque's
LaRoque is due in
2. Barker arrested
Barker attracted the attention of the SBI when the
Barker left before the end of the meeting, and when no one claimed the USB drive left in the room, the police chief took it to determine its owner. On it, the chief found documents relating to Barker's business, and what he suspected were images of underage children involved in sexual activity.
Before SBI agents were able to arrest him, Barker attempted to commit suicide, but an SBI agent was able to wrestle the gun away. That attempt led to a
More charges could be forthcoming as the case has not yet gone to the grand jury.
3. WoodmenCommunity Centeropens
The fitness and meeting center is now the statewide home of the Woodmen of the World and the
The structure, pegged at a total cost of
In honor of
They started on
The celebration culminated in an event on
The chief photographer for
Buchanan won numerous awards from the
Today, a portrait of Buchanan, honoring his memory, hangs above the photography office at
6. Elections give Obama, McCrory, Bell, Graham wins
The 2012 general election proved to be a historic one. President
7. CSS Neuse moved
To keep it out of the hands of
After being recovered from the water in 1963, it was cut into three sections to be easily moved. It was then put on display at a
The climate-controlled environment, built at a cost of
This marked the fifth change in ownership for
In mid-November, the
Honeycutt also captured a few monetary awards --
1. State Rep.
6. General election puts Obama back in the
7. CSS Neuse is moved from its outdoor location to a new indoor home downtown.
Also receiving votes:
Legislation introduced by Rep.
Chef & the Farmer restaurant, damaged by fire, closes for several weeks.
Tropical Storm Beryl brings flooding to
After a period as interim superintendent,
Father and son share
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