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Could North Carolina drivers be charged by the mile?

Big changes could be just down the road for North Carolina drivers. A proposal is in the works that would change the state tax system to charge drivers by the mile, instead of at the gas pump, according to a report from WTVD.

The proposal would be to charge .5 cents per mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue. A driver who traveled 15,000 miles in a year would pay about $75.

The report says lawmakers are looking at making changes because of falling state gas tax revenues – in part because of more fuel-efficient cars requiring less gas. North Carolina drivers currently pay one of the highest gas taxes in the nation.

Click here to read this entire story from WTVD.

Swords, game systems stolen from Pasquotank home

Elizabeth City, N.C. – Sheriff’s deputies are searching for suspects wanted for stealing multiple items from a Pasquotank home over the weekend.

On Sunday, March 30 shortly after 2:00 p.m., the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Breaking, Entering, & Larceny in the 1100 Block of Coppersmith Road.

Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived on scene and found that the home had been broken into. They say someone had forced open the rear door.

Items stolen include game systems, some money, and two swords, according to Sheriff Randy Cartwright.

This case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 252-338-2191 or the Crime Line at 335-5555.

The Crime Line offers an award up to $2,000.00 for any information that leads to an arrest of the suspect(s).

Man charged with inappropriately touching child, kidnapping in Pasquotank

A man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a child, among other charges, according to Sheriff Randy Cartwright of Pasquotank County.

On Saturday an event was being held at Morgan’s Corner Proving Ground about 8:00 p.m. Two Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Deputies were on assignment there when they observed a confrontation.

Sheriff’s Cartwright says that confrontation was a group of people stopping 43-year-old Edward Imwald Jr. from inappropriately touching a young child.

Officers say that the suspect inappropriately removed the child without permission from the parents and inappropriately touched the child behind a bus that was parked at the event.

The owner of the motocross park, Chris Smith, says while many people were watching trucks mud bogging, others saw Imwald’s every move and intervened.

815 arrested in St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign

More than 800 drivers in North Carolina were arrested for driving under the influence during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

Law enforcement stepped up patrols and held checkpoints across the state from March 14 through March 17 as part of the “Booze It & Lose It” campaign.

“The only lucky charm guaranteed to work this St. Patrick’s Day was a designated driver,” said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Thanks to the efforts of law enforcement, those who drove drunk got caught. The officers will continue their efforts day and night until drivers no longer get behind the wheel after drinking.”

The top five counties for DWI arrests during the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign include:

DMV reschedules North Carolina visits

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles announced today that due to cancellations of its mobile unit’s scheduled stops in Gatesville and Windsor this week because of icy weather, its unit will make special rescheduled stops in both locations.

The unit is scheduled to return to Gatesville on March 7, and to Windsor on March 14.

The unit’s hours and locations are as follows:

130 US Hwy 158 West
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

111 S. York St.
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Driver license mobile offices administer sign tests, written tests, and road tests to qualify applicants for a North Carolina driver license. They also issue North Carolina identification cards.

More than 20,000 without power in North Carolina

North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are working to restore power to 20,600 members without electricity as a result of the winter weather.

The numbers are up approximately 29 percent over this morning’s report of 16,000 outages.

In ice storms, outages often get worse after improving as ice-laden tree branches thaw, spring up, and come back into contact with power lines, officials say.

In the Sandhills, heavy wet snow on branches and power lines is leading to new outages. Cooperative crews are out in force working to restore electricity as quickly and safely as possible. The cooperatives appreciate the patience being shown by their members.

Road conditions remain treacherous in many areas. If you see utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road, slow down and move over if possible. This not only keeps utility workers safe, but it’s also the law.

Mayor declares State of Emergency in Ahoskie; curfew now in effect

Mayor Brien Lassiter has declared a State of Emergency in Ahoskie.

A curfew is effective from 7:00 p.m. Wednesday until 8:00 a.m. Thursday, and again from Thursday at 7 p.m. until Friday at 8 a.m.

Gun and alcohol sales are not allowed during this time and is has been recommended that people stay off the roads.