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BUS ASSAULT-SUSPECT
Warrant issued for woman wanted in North Carolina bus attack
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police have issued a warrant for a woman wanted in connection with an assault on a North Carolina city bus.
Investigators with the Durham Police Department said 21-year-old Naisha Moena Bowser is wanted for attempted first-degree murder, assault on a public transit operator and injury to property. She is still at large as of Wednesday.
According to a news release from police, witnesses said Bowser became angry and threw a soda bottle through a windshield on March 15. She started to argue with the bus driver, and when a passenger tried to intervene, police said she slashed the man’s neck with a box cutter and then got off the bus.
The man was hospitalized for treatment for injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening.

 

 

WOMAN HELD CAPTIVE
North Carolina police say woman beaten, held captive
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a woman was badly beaten and held captive before officers rescued her.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Lt. Susan Manassah told a news conference Wednesday relatives reported the woman missing March 26. Manassah said investigators began a search using license plate cameras, cell phone data and social media.
Officers went to a home where they found the woman’s car March 27. Manassah says a man the woman was believed to have been dating answered the door and officers then called out the woman’s name and found her there when she made a noise.
The woman was hospitalized with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Police arrested 35-year-old Jamuel Alston on charges including attempted murder, rape and kidnapping. Alston remains jailed, and online records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney.

 

 

FRAMATOME HQ
Nuclear firm Framatome moves North American HQ to Virginia
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) – Nuclear firm Framatome is moving its North American headquarters from North Carolina to Virginia.
The company’s headquarters have been located in Charlotte, North Carolina, but it announced Wednesday it is moving to Lynchburg, where 1,300 of its 2,300 North American workers are already employed.
Framatome President and CEO Gary Mignogna said the change means the company will hire more employees going forward in Lynchburg, and it expects employment at the Lynchburg site to grow.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam joined Framatome officials in Lynchburg for the announcement and praised the company for hiring locally and taking advantage of workforce development programs.
The company, which changed its name from Areva NP in January, has its worldwide headquarters in France. It makes components for nuclear power plants and also services and fuels plants.

 

 

MISSING TEEN
North Carolina DA to seek death penalty in missing teen case
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina district attorney says he will seek the death penalty against the adoptive father of a teenager who was missing for years before her body was found in South Carolina.
The judge presiding over a hearing in Salisbury on Wednesday confirmed the decision by the district attorney’s office to try the case against Sandy Parsons as a capitol murder case.
Sandy Parsons is charged with murder in the death of Erica Parsons, whose body was found in 2016. A grand jury indicted Parsons and his wife, Casey, in February for multiple charges, including first-degree murder. In 2016, Sandy Parsons led authorities to Erica’s body in Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Erica was reported missing in 2013. She had last been seen alive in 2011, when she was 13.

 

 

CHARLOTTE-GOP CONVENTION
North Carolina’s largest city bids to host GOP Convention
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s largest city has submitted its bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Charlotte’s official proposal comes more than ix weeks after city officials said they were considering a bid to host the convention. Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
Mayor Vi Lyles says the Republican National Committee sent a letter in December to Charlotte and other cities suggesting they bid to host the 2020 Convention.
The bid includes details on how the city would host the meeting, including how it would house all those at the convention and how it would keep them safe.
Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes says he’s pleased how members of his party, Democrats and business leaders are working together to make a strong bid for the convention.

 

 

DOUBLE FATAL
2 men killed in wreck on North Carolina interstate highway
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Two men have died in a wreck on an interstate highway in North Carolina.
The Highway Patrol says the crash occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem.
Troopers told local media that a car ran into the back of a tractor-trailer rig. Both men in the car died. The truck driver was not hurt.
The names of the victims have not been released.
I-40 westbound was closed for several hours but reopened around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

 

 

STREET SHOOTING DEATH
Man found shot to death on North Carolina city street
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A man has been found shot to death on a city street in North Carolina.
Durham police spokesman Wil Glenn said in a news release that officers were called shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday and found the victim lying in a street.
Glenn said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released yet.
Police have not released a possible motive. Witnesses said they saw a car drive away from the scene before officers arrived.
No arrests have been made.

 

 

OFFICER-JAYWALKER BEATEN
Records tied to ex-officers beating of black man subpoenaed
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office has subpoenaed records related to former Asheville Police Officer Chris Hickman’s beating of a black pedestrian.
The Asheville Citizen Times reports city officials handed over those records to federal prosecutors and a grand jury, which met Tuesday.
The earliest subpoena was on March 5, five days after the Citizen Times published leaked police body camera footage that showed Hickman choke and strike city resident Johnnie Rush while holding him on the ground after shocking him with a Taser.
Federal prosecutor R. Andrew Murray told Police Chief Tammy Hooper in a letter on March 6 that the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating “the possible deprivation of rights under color of law” involving officers.
Hickman was arrested two days later on charges including felony assault by strangulation.