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Showing 56 articles from April 17, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Suspects scatter as deputies raid cockfighting ring
Suspects scatter as deputies raid cockfighting ring
FRANKLIN COUNTY — By week’s end, animal control workers were finding new homes for roosters after searching through a secluded area and swamp to round up those responsible for making the fowls fight to the death.
Acting on a tip, Deputy Kevin Perry and Animal Control Officer Danny Howard responded to an isolated property in the 2000 block of Rocky Ford Road in the early morning hours of April 13, breaking up a cockfighting ring.

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<i>Taking a step back in time</i>
Kimarie Machinga is eager to show off the artistic nature of her home
Taking a step back in time
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Drivers who have gone past Dudley Whitaker’s house have gotten sort of a time-lapsed view of renovations to the back of the historic structure.
For two consecutive days, beginning on April 27, they will get a closer look at the finished product, plus an inside tour.
Whitaker’s Winston-Rose House, circa 1913, with its Folk Victorian style, will be one of the 10 historic houses and two churches on the Franklin County Historic Homes Tour.

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Oops! Lack of quorum stalls proposed new business idea
LOUISBURG — The business of Franklin County was delayed last week, as two of its citizen boards failed to reach a quorum.
The inability of the planning board to drum up enough members meant that an Oregon family flew into town for nothing.

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Manager: Tax decrease not likely
LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners have scheduled their first budget session next month, but management said they shouldn’t expect a tax decrease.
Following revaluation, county staff advised the county could see an additional $742,000 in revenue — equal to about 2 cents on the tax rate — as a result of an improved tax base based on the rate of 87.25 cents per $100 of valuation.

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A berry good festival!
Although it’s been a chilly, often rainy and sometimes downright cold Spring for most of March and early April this year, all those strawberry plants that were planted last fall have been growing steadily in the recent warmth of spring sunshine.
At least, that’s what organizers of the annual Franklin County Strawberry Festival hope, because they’ve scheduled the popular event for Friday, April 26.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Belinda Everette and Ryan Jeffreys

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hot Air Show
Editorial Cartoon: Hot Air Show

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Recalling old flat-bed press sparks memories
Recalling old flat-bed press sparks memories
GOOD MORNING: Bob Hicks may never know the memories he rekindled in my mind in his April 4th posting on the Times website concerning the old C.B. Cottrell & Sons flat-bed drum cylinder press used to print the Times years ago.
Bob recalled accompanying his Dad, Robert M. Hicks, a machinist at Hardwick’s Machine Shop, to work on the cantankerous old newspaper press here at the Times.

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Crisis is quickly averted but aftermath troubling
Almost unnoticed by the vast majority of Franklin County residents last week, there was a brief crisis in the local court system.
It was triggered by the abrupt resignation of veteran Clerk of Courts Alice Faye Hunter — and without some prompt, decisive action, that could have caused disarray in the county courthouse.
The issue is simple. The clerk of courts runs the court system — and the courthouse.

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Budget talks should be tough, but at least they will be free
Budget talks should be tough, but at least they will be free
Franklin County’s Board of Commissioners has scheduled its first budget work session.
Since I like to write the word behoove, I will say this: It would behoove all county taxpayers to pay particular interest to the discussions that will impact the county’s spending plan for 2012-13.
Whether you want to call it a recession, depression, sequestration, or whatever, the country remains in a tough, financial place.

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Whistlers deserve audience support
Dear editor:
I want to say, I’ve attended every event since the Whistling Convention began in the courthouse many, many years ago. It’s interesting and educational and I hope lots more of our people in the county will come and take advantage of it.

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<i>Memorable bits from a tragic afternoon</i>
Memorable bits from a tragic afternoon
A fact, a photo and, eventually, a couple of comments stand out in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy that unfolded Monday afternoon.
The attack, undoubtedly carried out by a terrorist or terrorists, was replayed ad nauseam on television in the hours after it happened while the talking heads pondered and pontificated, even though they had few facts and little insight.
But in all of that, a detail in one brief bit of news footage really stood out for me.

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A backward glance
A backward glance
HISTORICAL QUESTION. Here’s an interesting photograph, apparently taken in downtown Louisburg, that raises a lot of interesting questions. It’s being published here in the hope that some Franklin Times readers can shed some light on it. The photo appears to have been taken on Main Street, facing north, in downtown. Notice the word “Raleigh” painted at the top of a two-story building. That’s one of the mysteries in this photo.

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Editorial Cartoon: Double-Dip
Editorial Cartoon: Double-Dip

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OBITUARIES

DONALD J. “DON” PERRY
YOUNGSVILLE—Donald J. “Don” Perry, 81, died  Monday, April 15, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, April 18) in the New Hope Christian Church cemetery, with the Rev. Steve Barham officiating.

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EUGENE “GENE” MACK MIHM
BUNN – Gene Mack Mihm, 63, died Sunday, April 7, 2013. A memorial service will be held in Ohio at a later date.
A native of Mercer County, Ohio, he was son to the late Mack Eugene & Mary Dickman Mihm.  Gene served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He worked for Northern Telecom.

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FLORENCE S. COLLIE

SPRING HOPE - Florence Mae Shearin was born in 1926 in Louisburg to Plyler and Ruby. She was the oldest of her three brothers and two sisters.  Shortly after WWII ended, she met and married US Army veteran Earl Collie. They eloped to Dillon, SC on his motorcycle in 1946.  Florence earned her cosmetologist license and worked for a few years in a Spring Hope parlor.  She later began acting as the bookkeeper for Collie Heating, a role she continued until 1982 when the business was sold.  Florence continued to live in Spring Hope where she was active in local politics, serving as town commissioner for several years. 


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WILLARD S. “SAM” PERRY JR.
RALEIGH - Willard Samuel “Sam” Perry, Jr., 66, died Friday, April 12, 2013, following several months of declining health. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Oakwood Cemetery, Louisburg.

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WILLIAM H. “BILL” KEITH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for William Henry “Bill” Keith, 76, who died Thursday, April 11, 2013, were held on Wednesday, April 17, at South Main Street Bapist Church, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial was in the Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

FOR THE BIRDS
STRETCH PLAY FOR LHS. Louisburg’s Cristina Coley (left) and Natalie Wynne (right) reach for an errant throw on a stolen-base attempt by Southern Nash’s Morgan Tyson (16) during last Wednesday afternoon’s high school softball contest.
FOR THE BIRDS
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High’s young softball team continues to play area titans close, but victories continue to be hard to come by as part of the Lady Warriors’ learning curve.
Last Wednesday, LHS hosted Southern Nash in a non-league meeting -- the same Ladybirds’ club that is currently in second place the competitive Class 3-A Big East Conference.

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TRACK RULERS
SPRINT TO THE FINISH. (L to R) Louisburg’s Bryana Roundtree and Franklinton’s Alexus Kearney make one final push toward the finish line during last Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Meet.
TRACK RULERS
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s fate in the Northern Carolina Conference track and field standings could very well be determined today -- for both boys and girls.
That’s when the Red Rams and Lady Rams will travel to Corinth Holders for a matchup between the team’s lone remaining undefeated squads.

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Bunn wins tennis duel with Franklinton
FREESE WARNING. Veteran standout Garrett Freese has been outstanding at No. 1 Singles this season for the Franklinton High School boys tennis team.
Bunn wins tennis duel with Franklinton
BUNN -- Franklinton’s top two players -- and Bunn’s entire team -- have garnered plenty of attention this spring in Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis action.
Bunn is currently tied for second place in the NCC -- its best effort in recent history -- under veteran coach Duane Gatson.

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Ladycats roll past FHS
THIRD OPINION. Bunn’s Destini Davis (left) cruises into third base during last Thursday’s road softball victory against the Franklinton Lady Rams.
Ladycats roll past FHS
FRANKLINTON -- As the playoff race tightens in the Northern Carolina Conference, the Bunn Ladycats are picking the perfect time to perk up their bats.
Bunn has scored a combined 54 runs in its last three games -- all one-sided victories.
Last Thursday, BHS delivered 15 base knocks and swept its season series with host Franklinton with a 19-0 decision.

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BHS Controls County
CLOSE CALL AT THE PLATE. Bunn’s Jackson Lewis (right) was called out at the plate as Franklinton’s Tyler Dixon prepares to make the tag during last Thursday’s game.
BHS Controls County
FRANKLINTON -- After three convincing victories, the Bunn High School baseball squad is one win away from wrapping up the mythical Franklin County championship.
It’s always a feather in the cap of a team that can take the county title, but Bunn coach Leonard Allen is much more concerned about his club’s standing in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference.

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LC rallies for road split with Spartanburg
LC rallies for road split with Spartanburg
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Louisburg College baseball team earned a weekend split with Spartanburg Methodist College as the Hurricanes bounced back from Saturday’s two losses with a pair of Sunday wins in a key Region X series.
 The ‘Canes scored two seventh-inning runs to come from behind and win both games, both with a final score of 5-4.


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County Sports Schedule Week of April 21-27
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
North Johnston at Franklinton    6:30 p.m.
Warren County at Louisburg    6:30 p.m.

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LHS drops tennis match vs. Jackets
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Louisburg High School was topped 8-1 by Roanoke Rapids on Monday in a Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis meeting.
LHS’ lone victory came at No. 1 Singles courtesy of Alejandro Rivera, who defeated RR’s Davis Felts 6-4, 3-6 (10-8) in a tie-breaker.

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LC Secures Sweep
LONGBALL THREAT FOR LC. Franklinton High School alum Morgan Tharrington, a sophomore shortstop, is the leading home-run hitter this season for the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball squad.
LC Secures Sweep
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College softball team earned a four-game conference sweep of USC-Lancaster as the Lady ‘Canes won a pair of games at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on Sunday afternoon.
Rebecca Norwood got the win in game one as she threw all seven innings in the 5-2 conquest.
The frosh pitcher gave up two runs on eight hits and she improved to 10-6 on the season.

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Mudcats fall again to Wilmington
Mudcats fall again to Wilmington
WILMINGTON, DEL. -- The Wilmington Blue Rocks held on for a 4-3 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
The loss is Carolina’s fourth straight, and drops them under .500 (5-6) for the first time this year. Wilmington (6-5) wins their second straight series over the Mudcats. 

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TREVOR TO THE PLATE
TREVOR TO THE PLATE
Trevor Thimme is this week’s Miracle League of Franklin County’s Spotlight Player of the Week. Trevor made his first hit without the tee this week! He is the son of Cynthia and Fred Thimme. He is in the fifth grade and attends Wakefield Elementary School in Raleigh. Trevor enjoys drawing, playing videos on his iPad, jumping on the exercise ball and riding his bike. He is shown with buddy, Sydney Raetz.

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LC HOOPS TEAM SALUTED
LC HOOPS TEAM SALUTED
The Louisburg Town Council saluted the Louisburg Lady Hurricanes during a Monday night meeting, presenting the national championship team with a plaque noting that they are the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association’s National Champions. Shown here are four graduating members of that team who accepted the plaque from Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell.

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PATRIOTS TAKE SECOND SPOT
PATRIOTS TAKE SECOND SPOT
GREAT SHOWING. The Wake Forest Patriots 11-U Baseball Team recently took second place at the Oxford Battle of the Rings Tournament. Franklin County players on the squad are Malakai Morrow, Ryan Richardson, Sam Kagarise and Cody Collier (all from Bunn Middle School) and Layton Perry (Cedar Creek Middle School). Coaches are David Avery, Grady Perry and Roger Richardson (all from Youngsville) and Don Preskinis (Wakefield).

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Canes announce final promotions
Canes announce final promotions
RALEIGH -- Jon Chase, Director of Community Relations and Promotions for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced the details of Fan Appreciation Week, which will be held in conjunction with the team’s final three regular-season home games, April 20-25.
In addition to the events, fans may enjoy a 50 percent discount off all merchandise at The Eye team store from April 20-25.

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Vanguards add spike signees
Vanguards add spike signees
HENDERSON -- In March, two Vance-Granville Community College students brought the official number of new signees for the 2013 Vanguards women’s volleyball team to six.
Selena Bullock of Kittrell and LaJean Bradsher of Oxford signed letters- of -ntent to join the team.
 Bullock (5’6”) is a full-time student in the Early Childhood Education program at VGCC, while Bradsher (5’8”) is majoring in Global Logistics Technology.

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BAR NONE
BAR NONE
Louisburg High School’s Lakito Perry clears this height in the high jump as part of last Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Meet at the Franklinton Football Field.

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BROUGHTON BRINGS THE LUMBER
BROUGHTON BRINGS THE LUMBER
Louisburg High’s Taylor Broughton rips a pitch during last Wednesday afternoon’s non-conference softball meeting against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.

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IT TAKES A THIEF
IT TAKES A THIEF
Bunn’s Kristy Green slides safely while stealing second base during last Thursday’s softball game.

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OUT AND ABOUT
OUT AND ABOUT
Louisburg third baseman Morgan Morris makes a play to retire a Southern Nash batter last week.

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TENNIS GRANT
TENNIS GRANT
Franklinton’s Grant Poupard returns a forehand.

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THE FINAL HURDLE
THE FINAL HURDLE
Franklinton’s Malik Tarbell displays perfect form while clearing a hurdle last Wednesday.

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VICTORY LAP
VICTORY LAP
Franklinton’s Kayla Wetherell was dominant once again in the girls distance events during last Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Meet, which was hosted by the Red Rams.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Birthday milestones marked!</i>
Birthday milestones marked!
Eileen Goswick, “Mama G.,” celebrated her 95th birthday April 7 at Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse with approximately 40 family members and friends. Her actual birthday is April 18. Her five children, Sandra, Ronnie, Larry, Kenny and Betty Jo, helped with the planning.

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<i>Nuptials planned for July</i>
Nuptials planned for July
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Walker  Person of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Walker Person, to Christopher Alan Baker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alan Baker of Harkers Island. The wedding will take place on July 27, 2013 in Smyrna, N.C.

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<i>Newest arrivals welcomed</i>
Newest arrivals welcomed
Colt and Amanda Proctor of Franklinton are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Hollie Belle Proctor, born  January 25, 2013 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Irvin and Tammie Piper of Franklinton.
Paternal grandparents are Barry Proctor of Bunn and Teresa Piper of Franklinton.

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<i>Louisburg College’s concert series offers musical variety here at home</i>
Louisburg College’s concert series offers musical variety here at home
It is amazing what music can do to our lives.
If we get exposed to various types of music, our experience should be greater.
The best way of experiencing a variety of music is by getting exposed to music from different cultures.
This is one reason why we are entertained by the music from different countries, states, and regions.

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<i>Porch Building gets its quilt block</i>
Porch Building gets its quilt block
Alumni of the Porch Building, Franklin County school board members and dignitaries joined members of the Franklin County Arts Council  last Wednesday to dedicate the first of many quilt blocks that will make up The Quilt Trails of the Tar River.
The Porch Building was one of the last structures built on the campus of the Franklin County Training School, the all Black school that housed grades 1-12 in Louisburg from 1951 until 1959.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (April 22-26)
LOUISBURG SENIOR CENTER
Telephone: 496-1131 • Meals Daily: 11:30 a.m.
* Exercise Room: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. -  Fri.*
*Billiards: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.*

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn ‘Extravaganza’ marks town’s history and its future
BUNN — Residents and officials have scheduled another chance to recognize the town’s history and celebrate its future.
It will coincide with another event, the Bunn Fun Run, which has become an annual activity.
The Bunn Centennial Celebration Committee will host “The Extravaganza” on April 27.

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Army private finishes training
Army Pvt. Jacob S. Watkins has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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Indoor shooting range idea is proposed in Youngsville
YOUNGSVILLE — A local businessman is trying to determine if the town of Youngsville is a good place for a shooting range.
This time, though, town officials and residents heard about the proposal before hearing the concussive explosion of gunpowder.

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Mechanic’s lift ruled improper in Y-ville
YOUNGSVILLE — Older age caught up with Bruce Alford, forcing him to install a mechanic’s lift that he can use to change tires and the oil on his personal vehicles.
The move, though, has gotten him in new trouble.
The lift is located at a shed on Alford’s property at the corner of Cross and Winston streets.

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‘Working’ radios closer, county says
LOUISBURG — County emergency communications staff told commissioners they are getting closer to a finished radio system.
Law enforcement officers have experienced all sorts of communications issues since they were switched over to the new system this past fall.

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Gun violence, gang activity draw complaints in Franklinton
FRANKLINTON — Law enforcement and commissioners agreed to focus their efforts on cleaning up a neighborhood that residents say is marred by gun violence and gang activity.
During the board’s meeting on Tuesday night, Academy Village residents and concerned citizens told commissioners that the Hawkins Street community is once again the hot spot for drug activity, gun violence and other criminal enterprise.

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Building reuse grants proposed in Youngsville
YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials were presented with a tool they may be able to use to spur economic development.
Richie Duncan, an officer in the county’s Economic Development Department, told commissioners about Building Reuse and Restoration Grants during the April 11 meeting.
The funding is provided through the Rural Center, a state entity that helps government enter into public/private partnerships to spur business growth.

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VETERANS HONORED
VETERANS HONORED
The Louisburg Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night, honoring the Al Meyer Chapter 637 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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Man arrested on sexual exploitation charges
A Franklinton-area man arrested by Wake County authorities on exploitation charges is slated to appear in court next month.
According to published reports, Raleigh Police arrested Mitchell F. Louws on April 11, charging him with first degree sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of felony extortion.

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