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Man shoots, wounds 2 would-be robbers in North Carolina
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say two men who attempted an armed robbery have been shot by their targeted victim in a North Carolina hotel’s parking lot.
The Fayetteville Observer reports 24-year-old Malike Akeem Newsam and 29-year-old Antwan Kavan Lawrence were hospitalized after Fayetteville police found them with gunshot wounds early Thursday.
Newsam was arrested after being discharged from the hospital. Lawrence is in serious condition and has not been served warrants.
Arrest documents say 29-year-old Christopher Shaun Grubbs had driven them to the lot.
A police statement says a man shot Lawrence and Newsam with a .22-caliber rifle after they approached him outside a car. Lawrence had fired a gunshot into the car after the man pointed the rifle.
Grubbs and Newsam are jailed in Cumberland County.
It is unclear if they have lawyers.



North Carolina board approves armed volunteers in schools
ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina school board has approved a program which would allow armed volunteers to serve as school resource officers.
Local media report the Stanly County School Board has unanimously approved a program presented buy Sheriff George Burris. The Stanly County Sheriff’s Office will run the program that state lawmakers approved following the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. The program will start at four rural elementary schools.
State law requires school resource officers to have experience as a sworn law enforcement officer or a military police officer with a minimum of two years of service. Volunteers will also go through extensive background checks and training.
Burris said he’s already had four people volunteer and hopes to have their background checks and training done as soon as possible.



North Carolina woman charged in husband’s shooting death
BAYBORO, N.C. (AP) – Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina have charged a woman in the shooting death of her husband.
The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office told local media that 69-year-old Linda Griffin is charged with an open count of murder. She is jailed without bond, and it’s not known if she has an attorney.
Deputies responded to a call at a home on N.C. Highway 306 in Grantsboro on Wednesday and found 74-year-old Raymond Griffin with a gunshot wound to his chest.
A news release from the sheriff’s office said the Griffins both lived at the home.



Man who got teen to buy him AR-15 sentenced on drug charges
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Federal authorities say a North Carolina man who paid a teenager to buy him an AR-15 rifle has been sentenced to prison for selling drugs near a high school.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that 42-year-old Michael Wayne Radetski was sentenced on Wednesday to 120 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release.
Onslow County sheriff’s deputies said students from Dixon High School bought pot from Radetski at his home, and that he threatened to plant explosives in the car of any student who snitched on him.
Prosecutors also said Radetski paid a 19-year-old to buy him an AR-15, a purchase he hid by having his wife sign a notarized letter saying it was hers because he was a convicted felon and couldn’t have a firearm.



Ex-Air Force master sergeant sentenced in fatal car crash
(Information from: Goldsboro News-Argus, http://www.newsargus.com)
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A former U.S. Air Force master sergeant has been sentenced to up to six years in prison for a fatal drunken driving crash in 2016.
The Goldsboro News-Argus reports a judge sentenced 50-year-old Hector Soler to serve at least four years for the crash that killed 17-year-old Johny Robert Watson. Soler pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including felony death by motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while impaired.
Soler, who was sentenced on Wednesday, was assigned to the 4th Security Forces Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
On Dec. 10, 2016, authorities say Soler crashed his car into the back of Watson’s Jeep, sending it into a utility pole. Watson died five days later.
Two alcohol breath tests showed Soler’s blood alcohol content at 0.16, twice the legal limit.



City urges plant to stop chemical’s production at NC plant
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Pressure is building to stop production of compounds found in the drinking water of a North Carolina city 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the chemical plant where they’re made.
Spokesmen for The Chemours Co. did not respond Thursday to an invitation to comment after Wilmington’s city council urged state officials to force the company to stop making fluorochemicals at the plant near Fayetteville.
Wilmington this week joined New Hanover County and the local water district in urging an end of production of products like GenX used in making Teflon. Local officials say the company can’t seem to stop discharging the chemicals into the Cape Fear River.
The site includes operations for DuPont, which spun off Chemours in 2015. A DuPont spokesman didn’t respond when asked about fluorochemicals at the plant.



North Carolina reports 12 more flu deaths; death toll at 276
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Health officials say 12 people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, pushing the record death toll in 2017-18 to 276.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports there was one pediatric death among those reported in the week ending March 3. The department said 199 of the deaths reported in the state have involved people age 65 and older.
The latest report marks the fewest flu deaths in the state since the first week in January, when DHHS reported 11 deaths.
Last week, health officials said the flu season peaked in early February and has been fading ever since. Also, the number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to decline.



2 brothers die in car-pickup truck wreck in North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Two brothers have died in a car-pickup truck crash in North Carolina.
Police in Greensboro say the wreck happened shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday when a car crossed the centerline of a road and was hit head-on by a pickup truck.
Media outlets reported that 18-year-old Ronak Patel of Greensboro was taken to a hospital and died from his injuries. His 10-year-old brother, Param, was thrown from the car and was taken to the hospital where he died.
There was no immediate word on the condition of the pickup driver.

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