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Trooper gets four-day suspension
Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 2:21pm.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Wednesday that one of two troopers involved in an incident with the wife of a Raleigh attorney has been given a four-day suspension without pay as punishment. Trooper Andrew Smith will begin serving the suspension immediately.

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N&O Editorial: Trooper conduct is a roadside test for Gov. Perdue
Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 12:11pm.

You know how Gina Tessener blew a 0.00? Well, Gubna, you're blowing it, too. Readers are incensed that, despite Perdue's vow of "zero tolerance" for trooper misconduct, Senior Trooper Edward Wyrick is back riding herd over state roads and Trooper Andrew Smith has been suspended but will likely be back in the saddle, too.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Trooper investigation results released; Wyrick cleared, Smith will be disciplined
Submitted by WWAY on Sat, 07/09/2011 - 5:32pm.

video "During the course of the investigation, a number of discrepancies were discovered between what was alleged to have occurred and what we know occurred through witness accounts and other information. The information and evidence obtained during the investigation does not support Mr. Tessener's allegations. However, the investigation did show that Trooper Smith violated Patrol policy, and he will be disciplined accordingly," said Col. Gilchrist.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Read the trooper investigation reports
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:00am.

Attached are the two investigation reports for Tpr. Edward Wyrick and Tpr. Andrew Smith.

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Hoyt Tessener not guilty of assault; Says trooper situation is "embarrasing"
Submitted by Chris Phillips on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 10:08am.

A Raleigh attorney who accused two state troopers of intimidating him and his wife was in Wake County Court Thursday to face a simple assault charge he received in December. Hoyt Tessener was accused of punching a bar manager in the face after a misunderstanding over a bar tab.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: As HP investigation nears end, a look at differing stories
Submitted by Ramon Herrera on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 3:47pm.

video It's been more than a week since WWAY broke the story involving a Raleigh couple who accused two Highway Patrol troopers of crossing the line. The Highway Patrol says an internal investigation underway since the allegations came to light will soon come to a close.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Gov. Perdue talks about troopers' texts; Investigation results expected Friday
Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 3:18pm.

"I think the messages were totally inappropriate... the content of the messages," Gov. Bev Perdue said. "I don't believe they're criminal, and I don't believe they're offenses to fire over, but I do believe the messages were wrong."

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ONLY ON 3: Witness talks about Tesseners & trooper, plus profane texts between troopers
Submitted by Ramon Herrera on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 10:13pm.

video Once again there are new developments in the story we broke last week involving a Raleigh couple and two Highway Patrol troopers from New Hanover County. We have obtained text messages the troopers sent to each another and an exclusive interview with a man who was inside the Wrightsville Beach Police Department when it all went down.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: More video from night trooper arrested attorney's wife
Submitted by Ramon Herrera on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 9:53pm.

video Coming up tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3, we continue to follow the investigation of two state troopers accused of intimidation. It's a story WWAY broke last week.

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Goolsby upset with trooper allegations
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 07/04/2011 - 9:52pm.

North Carolina Senator Thom Goolsby released a statement, expressing his frustration with the letter from Hoyt Tessener and the allegations against state troopers Edward Wyrick and Andrew Smith, that has them on administrative duty.

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