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SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED
Man charged in shooting at North Carolina house party
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – Police are investigating a shooting that killed a 27-year-old North Carolina man.
Authorities tell local media they were called to a home at around 9:30 p.m. on Friday. They found Anthony Dove of Kinston suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
Officials say Dove was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
Police have charged 66-year-old John Simmons with murder in the shooting. They say the men had both been attending a party at the home where the shooting happened but haven’t said what caused the dispute between then.
It wasn’t known if Simmons had an attorney.

 

 

FLEEING HIT-AND-RUN
Police: Driver flees wreck scene, then dies in 2nd crash
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a woman was killed when she hit a tree with her car after leaving the scene of a wreck in North Carolina.
Greensboro police tell local outlets that Marssteller Armstrong was driving in the wrong lane and with no headlights on Saturday night when she hit another driver. Police say Armstrong fled the scene “at a high rate of speed” and hit a tree a half-mile later.
The car rolled upside down and was found in a churchyard. Authorities say Armstrong died at the scene.
Officials are still investigating.

 

 

TURKEY-US PASTOR-TRIAL
Secret witness testifies against US pastor in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey’s state-run news agency says a witness testifying anonymously against a U.S. pastor claimed that the American helped Kurdish militants and aimed to create a Christian Kurdish state.
Anadolu Agency said Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson rejected the claim, however, in the second session of his trial on Monday, insisting that he never permitted “politics in church.”
The 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, faces up 35 years in prison in Turkey on charges that he aided terror groups and engaged in espionage. The pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church denies any wrongdoing.
The case has strained ties between Turkey and the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in Brunson’s defense last month, saying: “They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is.”

 

 

WALKING PATH SHOOTING
Authorities probe shooting death of man on NC walking path
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) – Officials are investigating after the discovery of a man’s body on a North Carolina walking path.
Police tell WRAL-TV they responded to a report of a shooting at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Moore County.
Officers say a passerby found the body of a 22-year-old man on a walking path.
Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme says that detectives are investigating the case as a homicide, and an autopsy is planned.
Authorities haven’t released any other details including the man’s name or any possible suspects or motives.

 

TEEN SHOOTING SUSPECT
Authorities seek teen suspect in North Carolina shooting
SANFORD, N.C. (AP) – Police are searching for a 15-year-old boy they say is a suspect in the death of a man and the shooting of a 16-year-old girl.
Officers tell local media they responded to a home in Sanford at around 11 p.m. Saturday. There, they found 48-year-old Monty Leroy Simmons, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
A 16-year-old girl who had also been shot was taken to a hospital for treatment.
A secure custody order was issued for a 15-year-old boy for one count each of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a minor. Police haven’t released his name or a possible motive for the shooting.

 

 

CHEMICAL PLANT DEATH
Worker dies after falling into tank at NC chemical plant
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina chemical plant is on shutdown as the company and investigators explore why a worker died.
A spokeswoman for Dutch chemical-maker AkzoNobel said Sunday the man fell into an empty tank at the company’s Salisbury plant. Spokeswoman Stephanie Murray says the site produces polymers used in everyday personal care products.
She said she doesn’t know if the worker died from falling 10 feet into the tank or as a result of some chemical reaction. Murray says investigations are under way. The worker was involved with operations to load the tank around 4 a.m. Saturday.
Murray says production at the plant has been suspended since the incident.

 

 

CARJACKING TRUCKS
Feds charge man with carjacking semi-trucks on NC interstate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a botched effort to hijack a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in North Carolina temporarily blocked part of the major East Coast highway.
U.S. Justice Department prosecutors in Raleigh are charging Raymond Lee Bryant Jr. of Roseboro with carjacking and using a firearm during a series of attempted armed robberies Thursday on I-95 in Dunn.
Prosecutors contend Bryant pointed a gun and fired a shot to force a driver and passenger out of one truck. But he jack-knifed the truck while backing up to make his getaway, blocking I-95’s northbound lanes.
Officials say Bryant tried to strong-arm another semi-truck, but the driver bailed out as the gunman approached. Bryant then confronted the two occupants of a third vehicle, and he sped from Harnett County.

 

 

GOLD MEDAL VETERAN
NC vet gets top US civilian award for facing enemy, racism
(Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com)
NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina veteran can now boast about receiving the highest civilian honor awarded by the U.S. government in recognition for his Marine Corps service at a time of segregation.
The Rocky Mount Telegram reports that 93-year-old Allen Seth Johnson received the Congressional Gold Medal on Saturday as a surviving Montford Point Marine. They served during World War II and rest of the 1940s at a time Marines were trained separately at a camp next to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune called Montford Point.
Johnson and the other Marines faced harsh racism in broader American society even as they were breaking down barriers in the military.
Johnson choked up with tears after receiving his medal and award plaque, thanking supporters at the ceremony in Nashville.