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N&O Editorial: Trooper conduct is a roadside test for Gov. Perdue

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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. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Trooper investigation results released; Wyrick cleared, Smith will be disciplined

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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. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Read the trooper investigation reports

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Attached are the two investigation reports for Tpr. Edward Wyrick and Tpr. Andrew Smith. Full story...
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Hoyt Tessener not guilty of assault; Says trooper situation is "embarrasing"

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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. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: As HP investigation nears end, a look at differing stories

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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. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Gov. Perdue talks about troopers' texts; Investigation results expected Friday

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"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." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Witness talks about Tesseners & trooper, plus profane texts between troopers

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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. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: More video from night trooper arrested attorney's wife

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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. Full story...
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Goolsby upset with trooper allegations

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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. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Couple's story doesn't match trooper's report, video

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videoWe're learning more tonight about the Raleigh couple that wrote a letter to the governor accusing a trooper of intimidation. It's a story WWAY broke Tuesday. There are several discrepancies between what Gina and Hoyt Tessener say happened and the DWI report written by Tpr. Edward Wyrick. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Attorney who accused trooper has court date for assault

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The Raleigh attorney who accused a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer of intimidating him and his wife has his own legal troubles. WWAY has learned Hoyt Tessener is due in Wake County Court Thursday on a simple assault charge. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Video gives look at interaction between couple & trooper they accused

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video Two state troopers are off the streets after a Raleigh couple accused the duo of wrong doing. WWAY broke this story Tuesday, and tonight we take a closer look at what happened after the traffic stop last week near Wrightsville Beach. We’ve obtained video from inside the Wrightsville Beach Police Department that tells a slightly different story than what the couple has told. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Troopers on desk duty after being accused of intimidation

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Trooper Edward Wyrick Jr. and Trooper Andrew Smith have been placed on administrative duty after allegations that Wyrick intimidated a Raleigh woman during a traffic stop. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Attorney and wife talk after meeting with Highway Patrol

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videoThe Raleigh attorney and his wife who called out a New Hanover County Highway Patrol trooper in a letter to the governor are now speaking out on camera. Hoyt and Gina Tessener say they were in Wilmington last week for a conference. The attorney thought the trip would be like any other trip to the coast. Instead it became an experience that evoked fear and uncertainty. Full story...
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