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CUSTOMER SHOOTS ROBBERS
Armed patron opens fire on masked convenience store robbers
WENTWORTH, N.C. (AP) – A customer held at gunpoint during a convenience-store robbery in North Carolina interrupted the suspects’ plan by opening fire on them.
A Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office news release said two masked men entered a Reidsville convenience store early on Christmas morning with guns and held the cashier and two patrons at gunpoint while they robbed the store.
The news release says one of the patrons was armed and fired at the suspects. Investigators believe the suspects were hit by the gunfire.
The two men then fled in a getaway car driven by a third person. The customers and clerk weren’t injured.
The sheriff’s office said one of the men has been arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Two other suspects have been identified and are being sought.
‘Cowards & traitors’ written on Confederate monument
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A Confederate monument in North Carolina has been vandalized again.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the words “cowards & traitors” were written on the base of the Confederate Soldiers Monument in downtown Winston-Salem. A Winston-Salem police report says the vandalism was reported Tuesday evening.
The police report classified the crime as “malicious injury to property.” Further details haven’t been released.
The same monument was sprayed with black paint in August 2017, soon after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Confederate soldier atop the monument wasn’t damaged in either case.
The monument was erected in 1905 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which still claims ownership. It stands at a street corner before the former county courthouse, which was converted to private apartments.
BAKED GOOD-NOISY NEIGHBOR
Piece of cake: Baked good settles issue with noisy neighbor
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A woman from North Carolina was able to solve an issue with a noisy neighbor with three simple ingredients: ingenuity, kindness and pound cake.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports native Candice Marie Benbow now lives in New Jersey and was struggling to sleep this month because her neighbor was playing loud music. The way she handled the noise and the noisemaker received thousands of responses on Twitter, where she posted an image of the cake and note.
The note says Benbow has come to expect and even appreciate the music of Tommy Amaro, but it was just too much on Dec. 15. Benbow left the cake and note outside the door of Amaro, a music video producer who was initially suspicious of the cake. The two later announced online they’ve become friends.
JAIL INMATE DIES
Jail inmate dies after experiencing breathing issues
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say an inmate at a North Carolina jail has died after experiencing breathing issues.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release 56-year-old Calvin Graham was being treated on Christmas Eve for breathing issues when he collapsed.
The sheriff’s office said medical staff and jail officers began CPR, and emergency personnel continued to treat Graham and tried to resuscitate him on the way to the hospital, but couldn’t save him.
According to the news release, officials say Graham’s death appears to have been from natural causes and there is no evidence of foul play.
Jail records show Graham was arrested Feb. 11 for assault on a female and habitual misdemeanor assault. He was being held on a $25,000 bail with a court date set for Jan. 17.
North Carolina wildlife officials warn of deer disease
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina wildlife officials are warning of a deadly disease encroaching on the state’s deer population.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission enacted a rule for the 2018-19 deer hunting season prohibiting import of whole deer carcasses and restricting importation of specific carcass parts to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
Tennessee officials have enacted their chronic wasting disease response plan after reports involving white-tailed deer in the western part of the state.
Wildlife commission spokeswoman Jodie Owen said there has never been a confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in North Carolina. Until now, the closest known cases were found in deer in Virginia.
Chronic wasting disease is transmissible in deer, elk, moose and reindeer/caribou and always kills its victims.
North Carolina man arrested for woman’s stabbing death
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have arrested a man in connection with a woman’s stabbing death on Christmas Eve.
Hickory police told news outlets say 33-year-old Octavia Deanna Beaty died Monday after she was taken to a local hospital. Police responded to what was believed to be a domestic incident at an apartment around 12:21 a.m. Monday.
Officers said 60-year-old Jerry Lewis Woods was arrested and charged with murder. He is being held without bond in the Catawba County jail. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
NC recruiters won’t disclose full offers to Amazon, Apple
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina taxpayers may never learn how much in tax breaks, free land and other giveaways business recruiters were willing to throw at tech giants Apple and Amazon to attract thousands of jobs to the Raleigh area.
Public records tracking the Amazon project and released by the state’s two corporate recruiting agencies exclude information on what was possibly the largest basket of corporate sweeteners in North Carolina history.
The state Commerce Department cited a law change requiring the withholding of the financial details since Amazon instead opted for a site outside North Carolina. The Raleigh-Durham region was among 20 finalists.
Internal documents suggest North Carolina recruiters may have offered more than $2.4 billion, more than either of the two sites for what ultimately was a project dividing 50,000 jobs.
CHILD ABUSE-COUPLE CHARGED
Police: Mom charged with abuse tried to have child kidnapped
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman already charged with child abuse is accused of trying to convince someone to abduct her daughter from her foster home and hide her in Florida until she turns 18.
The News & Observer reports 47-year-old Russell Jay Smith and 38-year-old Lindsey Michelle Smith were charged earlier this year with child abuse for inflicting “serious mental injury” on their pre-teen daughter for more than two years. They were accused of putting her through “extreme isolation,” forcing her to remain standing for hours, forbidding her from speaking to her siblings and failing to provide her with adequate education.
Lindsey Smith is now charged with soliciting someone to commit a felony and felony obstruction of justice. She’s been ordered held without bail.
The report didn’t include comment from her.