Convicted murderer displaced by Hurricane Florence charged with raping woman

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – A convicted murderer displaced due to Hurricane Florence is accused of attacking a woman as she slept and raping her, according to Southern Pines police.Freeman Scott Ireland, 37, of Winnabow, faces a second-degree forcible rape charge.At about 11 p.m. Monday night, a woman told police a man she knew sexually assaulted her in her apartment in Southern Pines.When police arrived, Ireland was still in the apartment.Ireland was on "supervised  release" by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction after serving more than 20 years for second degree murder and armed robbery in Brunswick County.He was displaced from Brunswick County due to hurricane storm damage and was looking to relocate to Moore County.“There is no place in our community for predators, sexual or otherwise," said Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme. "I have worked closely with our law enforcement partners at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction, to ensure that an additional arrest warrant was issued for Freeman Scott Ireland to further provide the highest level of safety possible, not only for the victim in this case, but for the entire community as well.”Ireland was incarcerated under a $500,000 secured bond.

Salvation Army chaplains to deploy to North Carolina from Milwaukee Monday

MILWAUKEE -- Two Salvation Army chaplains will deploy to North Carolina from Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 23 to help out after Hurricane Florence.According to a news release, the chaplains' primary responsibility will be to provide emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the storm.The chaplains will leave from Mitchell Airport early Monday morning.The Salvation Army has been on the ground in the Carolinas since Sept. 10.

Congress considering nearly $1.7B Florence relief package

WASHINGTON — Congress is starting to consider almost $1.7 billion in new money to aid recovery efforts from Florence.Lawmakers already are facing a deadline this week to fund the government before the start of the new budget year Oct. 1, and members of Congress will try to act on the disaster relief along with separate legislation to fund the government.The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee says the money would be available as grants to states to help rebuild housing and public works, and assist businesses as they recover from the storm.GOP Rep.

Soldier returns from Hurricane Florence relief efforts, finds home ransacked

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina soldier returned home after helping with the Hurricane Florence relief effort to find his home had been robbed.Multiple media outlets report that National Guardsman Luis Ocampo was working in storm-battered New Bern for 10 days and found his Charlotte home ransacked when he returned Friday.Ocampo said he found everything of value had been stolen, including a large TV, gaming system and a laptop with Ocampo's schoolwork on it.

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.With the crisis slowly moving to South Carolina, emergency managers on Friday ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.