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VIDEO-OFFICER BEATING JAYWALKER
NC police seek investigation into release of beating video
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina city say they want to know who turned over video of white officer beating a black man to a newspaper, along with a memo about the case.
Asheville police Chief Tammy Hooper tells the Asheville Citizen-Times that the release of the memo and the video was illegal. She says an investigation is needed.
Hooper on Thursday issued an apology to Johnnie Jermaine Rush, who is shown in the video being pinned on the ground and beaten by an officer after being stopped for jaywalking in August.
Body camera footage is not public record. The footage and the memo were given to the Citizen-Times
District Attorney Todd Williams criticized the release of the information and backed an investigation.
It’s not clear if the investigation has started.
MOTHER AND SON SHOT
Police: Mother, son,7, shot outside apartment complex
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police say a 7-year-old boy and his mother have been hospitalized after being shot outside of an apartment complex in North Carolina.
A Greensboro police Facebook post says the woman, her son and another person were driving near the entrance of Northwinds Apartments when several bullets struck their vehicle.
Police say witnesses stated the rounds were fired by occupants of another vehicle that pulled up next to the vehicle occupied by the victims.
The mother and son were taken to a hospital. Police say the boy underwent surgery and is listed in critical but stable condition. The woman is in stable and good condition. The third occupant in the vehicle was not injured.
A motive for the shooting is unknown.
Average N Carolina teacher pay hits $50K a year for 1st time
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State figures show the average salary for a North Carolina teacher has increased to more than $50,000 a year for the first time, but that includes local supplements.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports recently released figures from the state Department of Public Instruction show the average salary for a North Carolina public school teacher at $51,214 this school year.
Over the past five years, the average teacher salary has increased 12 percent, from $45,737.
The average salary for teachers includes local supplements to the state base salary. This year, the average local supplement was $4,337.
Republican lawmakers say their goal is to raise average teacher salaries to $55,000 a year by 2020.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY INVESTIGATION
Review of cases handled by former N Carolina DA in progress
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
WENTWORTH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities will review 16 cases handled by a North Carolina prosecutor who left office after pleading guilty to charges involving a deal with another district attorney and their wives.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports the interim district attorney for Rockingham County, Tom Keith, has ordered a review of 16 cases that former District Attorney Craig Blitzer handled from start to finish.
Keith ordered the review after finding problems with Blitzer’s convictions in a homicide case and a prostitution ring. The next step is to determine if any of the 16 cases were mishandled.
Blitzer pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor charge of failure to discharge the duties of his office. Authorities say Blitzer and another district attorney created a scheme to get around a state restriction on hiring spouses.
Fugitive convicted of child rape faces sentencing
BOSTON (AP) – A man who spent more than 20 years on the run after he was indicted on child rape charges in Massachusetts will find out how much time he’ll spend in prison.
John Hartin is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court, following his conviction last week on five counts of child rape.
The 48-year-old Hartin, formerly on Boston, was indicted in 1993, but fled before he was brought to trial.
He was arrested in Walkertown, North Carolina, in June 2016, where he had been living under the name Jay Matthew Carter.
Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted boys ages 6 and 9 in the early 1990s.
Hartin was in a romantic relationship with a relative of one victim and the second victim was that boy’s friend.
1 million without power as storm cleanup proceeds
BOSTON (AP) – From Virginia to Massachusetts, about 1 million people remain without power, two days after a destructive nor’easter, leaving some unsure when they could return home and schools unsure if they would open on time.
Skies were clear Sunday over much off the region hit by the storm, which was blamed for nine deaths. But many communities faced major challenges restoring power and cleaning up debris.
As of mid-afternoon Sunday, more than 180,000 people remained without power in Massachusetts. More than 230,000 were powerless in Pennsylvania, and large-scale outages also continued in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.
In New Jersey, officials said some areas might not have their electricity restored until Tuesday or Wednesday.
SEX CRIME CHARGES
N Carolina man faces 37th child sex charge; bail at $4.6M
BURGAW, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man originally charged more than a year ago with sex crimes against a 4-year-old now faces 37 charges related to crimes against children.
Pender County authorities have told local news outlets that 70-year-old Haywood Elwood Garner Jr. of Hampstead was charged again Friday with a sex crime against a child.
He was first arrested in October 2016 on charges involving the 4-year-old. Pender County sheriff’s Lt. James Rowell says four more people came forward while Garner was still in custody.
Sgt. John Leatherwood says one woman is now in her 50s and told investigators that she was abused from the ages of 8 to 15.
Garner is being held behind bars with bail set at $4.6 million. It wasn’t clear Sunday if he has an attorney.
Deputy killed trying to catch up to chase on N Carolina road
WAGRAM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina has died after his cruiser ran off the road and hit a tree as he tried to catch up to a chase.
The Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Scotland County deputy Alexis Locklear wrecked his car Thursday evening on a two-lane road near Wagram.
Troopers say he died at the scene and a special team is investigating the crash.
Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey says Locklear was trying to catch up to another officer who was chasing a vehicle when he wrecked. A statement from the sheriff didn’t give any other details about the pursuit.
Kersey says Locklear was approaching his one-year anniversary with the force and was loved, honored and respected by his fellow officers.