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  • the EX Mar 4, 2013

    Batman himself couldn't save Henderson.

  • catwoman2 Feb 28, 2013

    "If the Henderson Police nor the Sheriff Dept can do anything about this, then request the help of the SBI, FBI, whoever so these people will be safe."

    Are you reading the papers there? The SBI and ATF have ALREADY been working with law enforcement there. The police department arrested three people in the last week for the homicides. There have been NO more carjacking/sexual assaults since 02/15 other than one unrelated incident that was connected to an event in the county. There have been NO MORE incidents reported in Henderson or Vance County since then of sexual assaults other than ya'll going crazy on facebook and sites like this. The hysteria right now only seems to be benefiting "activists" like Mr. Brian Hargrove and the concealled carry instructors. WRAL has done a great job with mucking up this. -Relic

    Relic - as long as something has or is being done, then that is great.

  • Brogden Feb 27, 2013

    Henderson was once a wonderful town - sad to see this happen

  • Southern Girl Feb 27, 2013

    Relic, I believe your information is wrong.

  • free2bme Feb 27, 2013

    Womble_Fred
    Why blame everything on President Obama? Take some responsibility yourself. We had problems long before President Obama was in office. We all need to work with enforcement, report criminal activity, keep an eye out for our neighbor- to help make communities safer.

  • Relic Feb 27, 2013

    "Pastor Myron Henderson said there's a sense of paranoia in the community and called on city leaders to take immediate action. "Talking is simply not enough," he said."

    I read this again. What exactly does "Pastor" Henderson want the leaders to do? From the papers there the Police and Sheriff's Department are working with the SBI and ATF on a lot of felony cases. Arrests have been made. More will probably come. Other than telling the public what's going on, having law enforcement patrol and make arrests, etc. and talk about safety WHAT "action" does the good "Pastor" think should be taken? I keep seeing in stories on Henderson and Fayetteville folks talking about "action" but nobody ever says what that is?

  • grnpnd7 Feb 27, 2013

    It wasn't safe 30 years ago when a convenient store clerk was shot and killed. He was married with four children.

  • Relic Feb 27, 2013

    "If the Henderson Police nor the Sheriff Dept can do anything about this, then request the help of the SBI, FBI, whoever so these people will be safe."

    Are you reading the papers there? The SBI and ATF have ALREADY been working with law enforcement there. The police department arrested three people in the last week for the homicides. There have been NO more carjacking/sexual assaults since 02/15 other than one unrelated incident that was connected to an event in the county. There have been NO MORE incidents reported in Henderson or Vance County since then of sexual assaults other than ya'll going crazy on facebook and sites like this. The hysteria right now only seems to be benefiting "activists" like Mr. Brian Hargrove and the concealled carry instructors. WRAL has done a great job with mucking up this.

  • Relic Feb 27, 2013

    Does anyone know if there's anything for these kids to do in Henderson? Other than joining a gang?

    In an article just before all this hysteria their paper pointed out several efforts in the area. They talked about the boys and girls club, school and church afterschool programs, etc. I've been through there and there's a bowling alley, skating rink, movie theater, arcades, several parks, etc. They certainly seem to have much more to do there than other towns like Warrenton, Norlina, Oxford and Roxboro from what I've seen.

  • Relic Feb 27, 2013

    Way to go, WRAL. Thanks for publishing only part of the story and not admitting your articles misled people in Henderson. According to the local paper there the meeting was scheduled long before all these recent incidents by the Vance County Schools as a way for the children to have their input on public safety. The Chief and Sheriff did not speak because it was not their meeting, it was the school system's and they apparently didn't want a mob scene of hysteria. No Q&A session was held because the School System didn't schedule it that way. One person, a Mr. "Brian Hargrove" (who apparently is not a school employee) kept coming on WRAL and pushing this meeting as a "community forum" on recent events. Have you published that the Police Department has made arrests in all three deaths since 2/14? Have you pointed out that other than an unrelated incident there have been no more carjackings or sexual assaults since around 2/14?

  • autismawareness Feb 27, 2013

    here's the 70% black kids without 2 parents in same home according to us census

    www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam/cps2010.html

  • catwoman2 Feb 27, 2013

    If the Henderson Police nor the Sheriff Dept can do anything about this, then request the help of the SBI, FBI, whoever so these people will be safe. My stepdaughter and her family live in this area and are scared to death. She and her husband are attending a concealed to carry class this Saturday....

  • RM24 Feb 27, 2013

    Only if a white person is doing it to a person of color. Black on black crime isnt a big deal, just ask Eric Holder, he told his office they would not investigate that kind of crime, just white on black crime. A whistle blower outed him about that, but the media was too busy running with the Trayvon Martin debacle because it fit Holder's template
    Crumps Br0ther
    February 27, 2013 12:55 p.m.
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    AMEN!

  • Dan Cooper Feb 27, 2013

    The citizens don't want a decrease in crime, the reality is too painful, they want a scapegoat and more programs/funding.

  • smhnraleigh Feb 27, 2013

    What a waste of time for these citizens. Neither the police chief or sheriff even spoke at this meeting. SMH.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Feb 27, 2013

    Does anyone know if there's anything for these kids to do in Henderson? Other than joining a gang?

  • Womble_Fred Feb 27, 2013

    This is Obama's America, and it's playing out in small towns across the country. Economic devastation hurts the poor among us the hardest. The sad story is one more chapter of liberalism and its ramifications on parade.

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 27, 2013

    Is it a lack of knowledge or a lack of interest in the root of the real issue...drug trafficing.???
    flemingjames
    February 27, 2013 1:42 p.m.
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    You'll never stop "drug trafficking" until drugs are legal. Drugs dont kill people. People kill people.

  • anne53ozzy Feb 27, 2013

    There is not data to support the one comment that the "South" is the most violent region in the nation. Actually, it appears to be the Midwest by FBI stats.
    Regardless, the local issues we have are of interest and concern.

  • anne53ozzy Feb 27, 2013

    As a resicent of Oxford, I think I can speak to the apparent migration of these crimes to our neighboring community. It is well known that as a concentrated effort is made in one area, the gangs move elsewhere. We are at tisk given the proxiimity to the interstate for these criminal, given there easy escape route.
    More state and federal money should wrap itself around our at risk areas.

  • flemingjames Feb 27, 2013

    Crusty Halo...no, the robberies are not on I-85, but the drugs do come in that way. The gangs survive with sales of drugs or by stealing. I stated Granville County as a good example. They just purchased 32 new cruisers and it was funded by their efforts to limit the drug traffic passing through their county on the same road that connects them to Henderson. Why can't Vance County hit the gangs where it hurts? Is it a lack of knowledge or a lack of interest in the root of the real issue...drug trafficing.???

  • free2bme Feb 27, 2013

    rsgolo, I guess I don't watch as much TV as you do. I do not see the NAACP on the news like you do. There are so many injustices in the world that I think they are not on TV enough.

  • free2bme Feb 27, 2013

    Some people only see color as noted from reading the post here. Let stop making everything about race. Crime has no color, it can happen to anybody and can be committed by anyone. The fight should not be against a particular race but against any type of crime and criminal.

  • dejavu2u Feb 27, 2013

    If you must live in Henderson, then please protect yourself and your family. Exercise your Second Amendment, arm yourself and let the criminals you are fighting back.

  • rsgolo Feb 27, 2013

    "Sherlock, the NAACP is a civil rights group."

    The NAACP stopped being a civil rights group decades ago. Now they're a 'look at me on tv, let's stir the pot' group.

  • jackleg Feb 27, 2013

    For those asking for a source, take from this what you will:

    "Of the 27 industrialized countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. had 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries.

    In the African American community, 72 percent of Black children are raised in a single parent household."

    2011

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 27, 2013

    Would being raped, murdered, or car jacked qualify as an infringement of rights? Just askin....
    aetius476

    Only if a white person is doing it to a person of color. Black on black crime isnt a big deal, just ask Eric Holder, he told his office they would not investigate that kind of crime, just white on black crime. A whistle blower outed him about that, but the media was too busy running with the Trayvon Martin debacle because it fit Holder's template

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Feb 27, 2013

    The officials in Henderson won't address the problem because it's a race issue caused by gang members from a certain race.

    ConservativeVoter

    You're talking about the same race as Rev Barber.

  • aetius476 Feb 27, 2013

    "Yes Henderson has some problems, but I would rather live in Henderson than Raleigh or Durham." - tunska1

    Understatement of the day.

    Glad you enjoy living in a warzone. Keep your head down...

  • free2bme Feb 27, 2013

    Sherlock, the NAACP is a civil rights group. The issue in Henderson is not a civil rights issue. It is a crime issue. You and all of us can help with that by increasing awareness and supporting the residents of Henderson. This is not an issue for someone else. It is an issue that all can work together on. Crime is in every location not just Henderson so we all have a part to play in making safer communities.

  • aetius476 Feb 27, 2013

    "Unfortunately, the NAACP seems to only be concerned when someones rights are being infringed or things like that." -
    GravyPig

    Would being raped, murdered, or car jacked qualify as an infringement of rights? Just askin....

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Feb 27, 2013

    Henderson has never been safe. The people who live in Henderson are the same kind of people as Barber and his racist organization. They want something for nothing, care nothing about anyone else or what belongs to anyone else, and confuse religion with salvation.

  • tunska1 Feb 27, 2013

    The purpose was to generate ideas to better help serve the students in Vance County Schools. It was not a community crime meeting. It was never supposed to be. The news media billed it as such and people came out for that reason are angry they were not allowed to speak. The press release that was sent out from the Vance County Schools Superintendent stated you must have a written statement. These same people are supposedly so upset about what is going in the community but they don't attend neighborhood watch meetings, city council meetings or even school board meetings. Many of them don't even vote, look at the numbers for those who turn out to vote at any given election. Yes Henderson has some problems, but I would rather live in Henderson than Raleigh or Durham.

  • btneast Feb 27, 2013

    I HOLD THESE PARENTS RESPONSIBLE

    What parents? A teenage girl having kids to be later raised by grandparents and an assortment of aunts isn't being parented. The absence of a strong male parental presence in the black community has been a problem for many, many years. Heck, it was a course of study when I was taking sociology courses in college in the 70's.

  • Common_Sensey Feb 27, 2013

    "Really? So, I guess everyone in Butner, Creedmoor, Oxford, Hillsborough, Mebane, Burlington, Elon, Greensboro. . . Charlotte"

    I grew up in Greensboro, and it seems it's a lot like Durham....more bad areas of town than good. I knew kids at Smith High School in Greensboro who were already involved with the Crips & Bloods gangs by the 9th grade, and this was 15 years ago. I'm sure those kids are in prison or dead now.

  • Sherlock Feb 27, 2013

    "Why don't some of the "reverends" like Barber go and help in a community they are needed?"

    Unfortunately, the NAACP seems to only be concerned when someone's rights are being infringed or things like that. I agree that they should be actively trying to help the black community instead of waiting for something that makes headlines to act. This is too much work for that group no headlines for them.

  • Common_Sensey Feb 27, 2013

    "Singling out a town or city in a violent region is like pointing out a sandbox in the desert"

    That's true, but just take a look at the online FBI nationwide crime maps. It's easy to point out where most of the violent crimes occur, in cities with high minority populations. In LA and Miami, minority often means Hispanic/Cuban, etc. Minority is the key word here...

  • Common_Sensey Feb 27, 2013

    "Durham and Henderson have the same problem. Its so obvious but it will be blamed on a million other things. People with common sense that can see their hand in front of their face know exactly what the problem is. Can any posters on here see it??? LOL"

    LOL...we all know what you're saying mustangyts. But the earlier poster named Blueline is correct. Crime is more a factor of education level & income level than one of color. Case in point - if you go look at the deep South or Midwest, say Alabama or Montana where a town is majority white & poor, it'll have about the exact same crime rates as Durham. The crimes may be slightly different, but it's still there.

  • crustyhalo Feb 27, 2013

    flemmingjames..u mean the robberies on 85?

  • fuzzmom Feb 27, 2013

    accinking, "any town or city that has i85 running through it, is not very safe."

    Really? So, I guess everyone in Butner, Creedmoor, Oxford, Hillsborough, Mebane, Burlington, Elon, Greensboro. . . Charlotte . .. needs to just pack up and move, huh? Meanwhile, even Durham, has a lower per capita crime rate than some places not off of I-85, namely, Raleigh.

  • ConservativeVoter Feb 27, 2013

    The officials in Henderson won't address the problem because it's a race issue caused by gang members from a certain race.

  • disgusted2010 Feb 27, 2013

    If the posters here represent the citizens of Henderson no wonder there is a problem. Blame the crime on everything except the criminals. Bad childhoods, no jobs, evil guns, the police. Until the citizens take action rather than having meetings and marches, nothing will be done. Come on people, take some personal responsibility.

  • mustangyts Feb 27, 2013

    Durham and Henderson have the same problem. Its so obvious but it will be blamed on a million other things. People with common sense that can see their hand in front of their face know exactly what the problem is. Can any posters on here see it??? LOL

  • flemingjames Feb 27, 2013

    Take a look at Granville County's recent successes. By conducting traffic stops on I-85 northbound. Getting the dealers on the way out of the state going north, they keep 80% of the revenue confiscated for local use. Vance county allows the city police to sit on the intersection of 85 and U.S. 1...and they stop speeders. Attack the drugs in the county, and make it difficult to do business there...and many of the troubles will relocate.

  • pelosi-rulz Feb 27, 2013

    the liberals are trying to make it even harder for these poor people to buy a gun legally to defend themselves even with all this crime...

    Its too hard for them to get id's :(

  • delilahk2000 Feb 27, 2013

    THERE IS NOT ONE THING OUT OF LINE IN THIS POST#######################BUT THE TRUTH#################### ME. I HOLD THESE PARENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR A LOT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING......THEY HAVE THESE KIDS AND THEN THEY DO NOT CARE AS TO WHAT THEY DO AS LONG AS THEY GET THEIR CKS AND FOOD STAMPS, TO SELL AND GET DRUGS.....THESE LA ZY PARENTS ARE MANILY AT FAULT.........YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAERE AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING, WHY YOU DON'T CARE.....THAT IS THE TRUTH.......ALSO,THERE ARE ALOT THAT COME FROM NICE HOMES THAT THINK THEIR KIDS NEVER DO ANYTHING WRONG.....

  • MommaBear Feb 27, 2013

    I did not attend the meeting last night but spoke with a friend who did. This news story is misleading. Yes, the people who went to this meeting did so thinking that community crime would be discussed, but the meeting was actually only dealing with bullying in schools. When people tried to ask about community/city issues they were apparantly told not to discuss it at this meeting. Tired of police and politicians and the media sweeping this situation under the carpet!

  • firstperson76 Feb 27, 2013

    I have read numerous post that talk about race in this issue. I feel that the crime we have today stems from more than an issue with race. I live on a road in NC that is made up of black, white and hispanic familys. There is no crime in my neighborhood. Know why? These are good familys that work and teach their children the right way to live. If you want to stop this violence then you need to get tough on the criminals! The justice system is broken. The criminals have more rights than working citizens. There is such a moral decay in our world today that things will never change. Its over for most of the folks out there. I just thank God for my little neighborhood that is still peaceful.

  • GravyPig Feb 27, 2013

    "Why don't some of the "reverends" like Barber go and help in a community they are needed?"

    Unfortunately, the NAACP seems to only be concerned when someones rights are being infringed or things like that. I agree that they should be actively trying to help the black community instead of waiting for something that makes headlines to act.

  • independent_thinker Feb 27, 2013

    The South is the most violent region in the US - Charlotte has a higher violent crime rate than LA or NYC

    Singling out a town or city in a violent region is like pointing out a sandbox in the desert.

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