Month: February 2016

animal-cruelty

Cumberland County’s first animal cruelty jury trial ends in conviction

By Nancy McCleary, Staff writer, Fayetteville Observer

A Spring Lake woman was found guilty Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court of abandoning and starving her dog.  It was the first time an animal cruelty case was heard by a jury, said Dr. John Lauby, director of Cumberland County Animal Control.

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Dwight Thompson (above right) spoke about The Kissing Case with his brother, James Hanover Thompson — and with his sister, Brenda Lee Graham (below). They spoke at StoryCorps in Wilmington, N.C.

‘The Kissing Case’ And The Lives It Shattered

Dwight Thompson (above right) spoke about The Kissing Case with his brother, James Hanover Thompson — and with his sister, Brenda Lee Graham (below). They spoke at StoryCorps in Wilmington, N.C. – StoryCorps[/caption]

In 1958, James Hanover Thompson and his friend David Simpson — both African-American, both children — were accused of kissing a girl who was white. They were arrested, and taken to jail. Prosecutors sought a stiff penalty — living in reform school until they were 21. Continue reading “‘The Kissing Case’ And The Lives It Shattered”