Sampson, Duplin farmers among pesticide case settlements
Settlements involved instances of pesticide drift, violations of worker protection standards and selling restricted-use pesticides to individuals without a valid pesticide license. Duplin – Michael J. Sutton, employee and pesticide dealer for Calypso Farm Supply in Calypso, agreed to pay $1,000 for selling restricted-use pesticides to an individual without a valid private applicator license. N.C. law states that no person shall apply pesticides under such conditions that drift from pesticide particles or vapors results in adverse effects.
Lenoir – Anthony W. Hardy of Deep Run agreed to pay $1,000 for drift damage to a tobacco field from a pesticide application to a dicamba-resistant soybean field. Martin – Kenneth H. Roberson III of Robersonville agreed to pay $600 for drift damage from a pesticide application on a soybean field to a neighboring tobacco field. Nash – Danny S.
Brite, commercial pesticide applicator license holder for Crop Production Services in Rocky Mount, agreed to pay $750 for drift damage to a tobacco field from a pesticide application to a dicamba-resistant soybean field. Pitt – Tanner J. Eason of Farmville agreed to pay $600 for drift damage from a pesticide application on a soybean field to a neighboring tobacco field. Sampson – William Tracey Pope, private pesticide applicator from Clinton, agreed to pay $900 for a fumigant application to a field that made several neighbors experience symptoms such as burning eyes and respiratory issues. Union – John E.
Rodgers, employee of Frank Howey Family Farms in Monroe, agreed to pay $1,000 for drift damage to three soybean fields from a pesticide application to a dicamba-resistant soybean field. N.C. law states that no person shall apply pesticides under such conditions that drift from pesticide particles or vapors result in adverse effects. Washington – Harry Thomas Phelps Jr., pesticide applicator from Creswell agreed to pay $1,000 for drift damage to two soybean fields from a pesticide application to a dicamba-resistant soybean field. Yadkin – Zeb L.
Saunders, pesticide applicator and pesticide dealer for Crop Production Services in Yadkinville, agreed to pay $800 for drift damage from an aerial application of pesticides to a wheat field adjacent to an apiary that is registered with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Plant Industry Division.
Police video shows beating of Raleigh man
Raleigh, NC – A Wake County deputy yelled three warnings to a Raleigh man before releasing his police dog on him last month, according to video showing law enforcement officers beating the man. The charges were in connection with their April 3 encounter with 29-year-old Kyron Dwain Hinton near the intersection of North Raleigh Boulevard and Yonkers Road. Officers were responding to reports of a man with a gun yelling at passing cars. A judge last week ordered the release of all related videos from the Highway Patrol, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh Police Department to the public. Trooper Zachary Bumgardner was the first to arrive on the scene, and video from his dashboard camera shows Hinton talking and pointing his finger.
A cellphone video shot by a bystander also shows Hinton standing in the street yelling and waving his hands at passing vehicles. Video from Broadwell’s dashcam shows him pulling up to the scene and quickly getting his dog, Loki, out. Dashcam videos from Zachary’s vehicle and two Raleigh police cars show Broadwell hit Hinton as Loki takes him to the ground. From various angles, one officer is seen kicking Hinton, while another can be seen punching him as he refuses to give in to law enforcement. Later, Broadwell’s dashcam video and a Wake County deputy’s bodycam video capture Broadwell recounting the incident.
Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown met with clergy Wednesday before the videos were released to answer questions and ask for help quelling any violent reactions. John Midgette, executive director of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, which represents Broadwell and 12,000 other law enforcement officers statewide, said he doesn’t think the officers did anything wrong. The Raleigh Police Department tweeted a statement Wednesday that its officers are cooperating with the investigation.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Resigns Amid Ongoing Scandal
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigned Tuesday afternoon in the wake of an ongoing political and legal scandal. He was indicted in February after his former hair dresser accused him of taking a non-consensual, partially-naked photo and using it to blackmail her. Those charges were unexpectedly dropped earlier in May, just as the trial was scheduled to begin. A special prosecutor was appointed last week to consider refiling the charges.
Greitens has pleaded not guilty and – though he admitted to having an affair with his accuser – he has denied any criminal wrongdoing. Greitens has also been accused of lying about campaign filings and violating campaign finance law related to his use of a charity donor list to raise money for his run for governor. He was indicted on those charges in April, but no trial date has been set. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers had called on the governor to resign and the General Assembly was considering the governor’s possible impeachment. Greitens said he would let history, and God, be his judge.
He will be replaced by Missouri Lieutenant Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican. My hope is that we get back to working for the people and doing the business of the state.