Our president wants to put billions of dollars on the taxpayers’ credit card to make sure everyone can go to community college.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is not opposed to borrowing the money – he just wants to shore up Pell grants so that assistance is available for years to come for North Carolina students. He wants this done through the FAST Act and legislation he has introduced.

Police said they seized a half-pound of marijuana Sunday during a traffic stop.

According to police reports, officers stopped Danny Dayshone 
Kearney’s vehicle for a safe movement violation. An officer searched the car and found 235 grams of marijuana, police said.

Kearney, 34, was charged with felony possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and deliver, felony possession of marijuana and given a warning for the safe movement violation. He was jailed in Nash County under a $2,000 secured bond.

RALEIGH – A former securities lawyer was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for his role in a massive fraud scheme that targeted about 200 investors in 21 states, including several Baptist churches.

Gregory Bartko, 58, of Atlanta was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III following an all-day hearing.

Four employees of Hibachi Sushi N Supreme Buffet recently were arrested and processed for deportation following a traffic stop.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Temple H. Black said Rocky Mount police stopped a van of 13 Hibachi employees around 10:30 a.m. March 20 outside the restaurant at 1450 Benvenue Road.

Black said nine of the employees are Chinese immigrants in the country legally, but two men from Mexico and two men from Honduras are allegedly illegal immigrants.

Several art teachers and students from the Twin Counties area have been recognized for their creativity in turning recyclables into works of art.

Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties recently announced the winners of the 2012 Litter Art Show.

With the support of a $500 community improvement grant from Keep N.C. Beautiful and N.C. Coca-Cola Bottlers Council, the winners of the contest will be awarded either a plaque or a medal as well as various prizes.

N.C. Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner reversed a plea deal Monday between the state and a former city of Rocky Mount employee.

Gary Ronald Weeks, 53, was indicted in September following a fraud investigation into the city’s Water Resources Department where he served as the water treatment plant maintenance supervisor. Weeks was charged with nine counts of embezzlement by a government officer, three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count of felony larceny.

Two Twin Counties men in their 60s recently were arrested on 180 charges related to an alleged annuity fraud scheme.

According to a N.C. Department of Insurance press release, Milton Scott Hooks, 67, of Rocky Mount and James Lester Mangum, 64, of Tarboro are suspected of moving clients’ assets into annuity products offered by two insurance companies without the clients approval and receiving $235,000 in commission payments. Officials said 22 people from Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin and Washington counties were victims of the scheme.

A 76-year-old Rocky Mount woman and her 38-year-old Nashville insurance agent were arrested recently for an alleged forged life insurance policy scheme.

According to a press release, Juanita Powell Phillips was separated from her husband, but forged his name on a life insurance policy back in September and her license insurance agent, Harvey Griffin, submitted the forged policy and received $393.75 in commission.

Phillips was charged with one count of common law forgery. She was released with a written promise to appear.

Police arrested a 28-year-old woman Wednesday night after she allegedly assaulted a man at Shaq’s After Dark nightclub.

According to police reports, an officer was working part time at the club at 1200 E. Highland Ave. when he witnessed Tomekil Renee Debro argue with then assault an unidentified man. Authorities said Debro initially resisted arrest when the officer attempted to detain her.

Debro was charged with physical assault on a public officer, simple affray and resist, obstruct or delay. She was issued a $3,000 secured bond.

RALEIGH – The leaders of a special legislative committee set up to examine what North Carolina can do to crack down on illegal immigration say they do not plan to recommend any new legislation this year.

Committee co-chairman N.C. Rep. Harry Warren of Rowan County said Wednesday he and other Republican leaders have decided to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration laws, which have been challenged by the U.S. Justice Department. The court is expected to hear arguments in the case this summer.