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13-year-old North Carolina boy dies in fire

ELKIN, N.C. (AP) – A 13-year-old North Carolina boy has died in a house fire.
Local media reported the fire started shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.
C.C. Camp Volunteer Fire Chief Lanny Whitaker said four fire departments responded to the blaze near the Elkin Municipal Airport. Whitaker said it took about 45 minutes to control the fire.
Officials say the child’s mother had gone outside to do some chores and returned to see the living room was on fire where the 13-year-old boy was. The mother and people passing tried to rescue the boy but were unable to do so.
She was taken to a hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.
The boy’s name has not been released.
The State Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine the cause of the fire.



3 inches of snow possible in North Carolina mountains

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow is possible in the mountains of western North Carolina.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for six counties from 7 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Forecasters say up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow is possible around Boone, Banner Elk and Mars Hill by Tuesday morning. Forecasters say isolated amounts of 5 inches (13 centimeters) of snowfall are possible.
Forecasters say wind gusts could reach as high as 50 mph (80 kph) late Monday night and early Tuesday.
Wind chill readings as low as -5 degrees (-21 Celsius) are possible in the area.



3rd suspect arrested in N Carolina bank robbery, shootout

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – A third suspect in a North Carolina bank robbery and shootout with police has been arrested, leaving just one suspect at large.
A release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation says 26-year-old Daquan Pridgen was arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with the Jan. 23 robbery of a Lumberton bank. Police say four men had exchanged gunfire with officers before fleeing.
News outlets report police still are looking for 26-year-old Demetris “Boo Boo” Sean Robinson.
Authorities arrested 29-year-old Jeramie Ross Vaughn and 27-year-old Rashad Donavan Young on Thursday. Both were charged with multiple offenses, including robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping.
Pridgen was taken to the Columbus County Detention Center.
It’s unclear whether the detained men have lawyers.



Train fatally strikes North Carolina pedestrian

HAW RIVER, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina pedestrian who was struck by a train has died.
News outlets report 40-year-old Michael Reynolds was pronounced dead at the scene in Alamance County on Sunday afternoon. Haw River police say in a press release that a preliminary investigation shows Reynolds was walking eastbound on the railroad tracks when he was struck by an Amtrak train also traveling eastbound.
No train passengers or personnel were hurt.
An investigation is ongoing.



Police: 15-year-old girl tried to shoot sleeping mother

CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina teen attempted to shoot her mother while she was sleeping.
Clayton police say in a news release that the 15-year-old girl was arrested Sunday and has been charged with first-degree attempted murder.
According to the release, officers were called to a home Sunday morning to conduct a welfare check requested by a friend. Based on interviews with the teen, her mother and father, officers say the mother awoke to a loud noise and saw her daughter standing at the foot of the bed, while the father was in the bathroom.
The parents say the daughter then ran from the room. Officers found a bullet hole in the mattress, close to the mother’s head. Police say the girl used her father’s handgun.
Police are still investigating.



Deputy being investigated after out-of-county wreck

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a deputy heading to an out-of-county hospital to investigate a dog attack has been in a crash after running a red light.
Asheville Police said the crashed happened Thursday night as a Transylvania County deputy headed to an Asheville hospital to take pictures of someone who was bitten by a dog.
A police search warrant says witnesses told investigators the deputy ran a red light. But they disagreed on whether his patrol car’s siren was on. The warrant says two witnesses said it was not on, one said it was and the fourth was unsure.
The warrant says the deputy had a concussion and bruised ribs and the driver of the 2000 BMW that was struck by the patrol car had a gash to her face.



US 70 drawbridge in eastern North Carolina closes for good

BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) – Cars have rolled over a drawbridge in North Carolina for the last time.
Officials closed the Grayden Paul Bridge in Beaufort that carried U.S. Highway 70 across the Intracoastal Waterway on Saturday, just hours after opening a new high-rise bridge nearby.
The 60-year-old drawbridge will be torn down by this summer. Beaufort officials say they plan to make the land around the bridge into a new park.
The $66 million project also includes a new road that will allow U.S. 70 to bypass downtown Beaufort.
Less than a dozen drawbridges remain in coastal North Carolina.



3rd Confederate flag rises along North Carolina interstates

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) – The Sons of Confederate Veterans have raised a third large Confederate flag along a North Carolina interstate.
The latest flag was put up along Interstate 40 in Burke County near Morganton. Other rebel banners fly on I-40 in Catawba County near Hickory and Interstate 95 in Cumberland County near Fayetteville.
The Confederate flags fly on poles on private property, but are easily seen from the highway.
Civil rights leaders say they understand the group can fly the flags, but think it’s wrong to not consider what the flag means to African-Americans and others.
Sons of Confederate Veterans member Robert “Smitty” Smith says the group wants to raise Confederate flags in each of the 17 counties I-40 runs through in North Carolina in response to the removal of Confederate monuments elsewhere.

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