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The Latest: Letter warned North Carolina absentee voters
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina election officials apparently were worried about people unlawfully taking mail-in absentee ballots from residents of one county and filling them out this fall.
The state elections board released some documents Tuesday related to its investigation of alleged absentee ballot fraud in Bladen County, which includes part of the 9th Congressional District. The board declined last week to certify the results favoring Republican Mark Harris because of its investigation.
The board sent letters in late October and early November warning people who had requested absentee ballots that only the voter or a near relative can mail a completed ballot or take it to the county elections board.
In affidavits offered by the state Democratic Party, voters described a woman coming to their homes to collect absentee ballots, whether or not they had been completed properly. State law bars this kind of “harvesting” of absentee ballots.
Man seeks new trial in death of Michael Jordan’s father
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – A man convicted in the killing of Michael Jordan’s father more than 25 years ago is continuing his decades-long attempt to prove he wasn’t involved in the murder.
A North Carolina judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in the case of Daniel Green. He’s identified as the triggerman in James Jordan’s 1993 death. The judge will decide whether the arguments warrant an evidentiary hearing that could lead to a new trial for Green.
In an interview from prison, 44-year-old Green says he didn’t kill Jordan but helped friend Larry Demery dispose of the body.
James Jordan was killed July 23, 1993. His body was found 11 days later in a South Carolina swamp.
Johnson Britt prosecuted Green and says he has no doubt Green killed James Jordan.
FBI still looking for suspect in North Carolina girl’s death
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – The FBI continues its search for a suspect in the disappearance and death of a North Carolina teenage girl.
A news release from the agency said it’s offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of Hania Aguilar.
The girl’s body was found in a body of water in Robeson County on Nov. 27 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the mobile home park where she was kidnapped on Nov. 5 after going outside to start a relative’s SUV before school.
Police say a man forced Hania into an SUV and drove off. The SUV was found several miles south of her home. The body was found a few miles farther away.
Voter ID measure heading to North Carolina House floor
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislation designed to carry out a new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote in person in North Carolina is closing in on another key General Assembly vote.
The House scheduled floor debate Wednesday for the measure, which describes the types of ID cards that would qualify, along with a host of exceptions. The Senate approved a somewhat narrower version last week.
A final bill will go to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who is a voter ID opponent. Any veto could be overridden by Republicans if they stay united. The GOP’s veto-proof majorities go away in January, providing some explanation why Republicans acted so quickly after the voter ID amendment referendum was approved last month.
The House measure also would put additional voter ID rules upon mail-in absentee ballots.
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6 students arrested in fight at North Carolina high school
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Six students who got into a fight at a North Carolina high school have been arrested, and one has been charged with assault on a government official.
News outlets report Winston-Salem police say a Parkland High School resource officer called additional law enforcement to get the students under control during the Tuesday fight. Police say pepper spray was used and directly affected three students, who didn’t need medical attention.
Police say one student was charged with assault on a government official. Charges may be filed later against more students. It’s unclear what prompted the fight.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools spokesman Brent Campbell says the school is working with police. The students involved have been identified, and the school says it will take necessary disciplinary action. Authorities haven’t released the students’ identities.
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Graduate student arrested at North Carolina statue protest
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student at the forefront of protests over a Confederate statue on campus has been arrested again.
News outlets report authorities say 26-year-old Maya Little is charged with inciting a riot and assaulting an officer during a rally Monday night.
UNC police said Little turned herself in Tuesday at the Orange County Courthouse. In April, Little defaced the monument with her own blood and red ink. She was found guilty of a misdemeanor but wasn’t punished.
Several hundred people attended the rally and march to the base of the boarded-up pedestal where the statue nicknamed Silent Sam stood before protesters toppled it in August.
The rally followed word that UNC proposed to build a new $5.3 million history and education center to house the statue.
North Carolina principal accused of assaulting student
LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have accused a North Carolina school principal of dragging a student by the collar of their shirt after the child ran out of his office into a hallway.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday it received a report of the incident at Union Elementary School on Nov. 30.
Detectives said while addressing the student’s behavior in the principal’s office, the student ran into the hallway. The news release said the principal grabbed the student by their shirt collar, causing them to fall. The detectives said the student was then dragged back into the office doorway.
Patrick Mitchell Nelson was charged with misdemeanor assault on a child under 12 years old and given a $500 unsecured bond. He was to appear before a magistrate Tuesday.
Man to try for new hearing in murder of Michael Jordan’s dad
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – One of two men serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of Michael Jordan’s father is slated to begin his latest bid to convince a court that he didn’t do it.
A Wednesday hearing in North Carolina will consider the argument by Daniel Green that he helped dump James Jordan’s body but didn’t kill him. Green was convicted of first-degree murder, and two state courts upheld the conviction.
Defense attorney Chris Mumma and prosecutors from the attorney’s general office will argue whether Green deserves an evidentiary hearing that could lead to a new trial. Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist will hear arguments in Sanford.
Among the defense filings is a claim that several people say they saw Green at a family cookout at the time Jordan was killed.