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Intern killed by lion had a passion for working with animals
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A young woman who was killed by a lion at a North Carolina wildlife center is being remembered for her passionate pursuit of a career working with animals.
Authorities say 22-year-old Alexandra Black of New Palestine, Indiana, was killed by the lion during a routine cleaning Sunday at the Conservators Center near Burlington.
She had started interning at the facility about two weeks ago.
According to a statement from her family, the recent college graduate had also interned at a wolf research center in Indiana.
The North Carolina center’s executive director, Mindy Stinner, told reporters Sunday that Black wanted to spend her life working with animals and that her family supported her passion.
Stinner says that Black was working under staff supervision when she was attacked.



Deep-sea crab fishing quota to stay same in 2019
BOSTON (AP) – Federal fishing managers are holding the line on the quota for a commercial important species of crab that is fished off of the East Coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the quota for Atlantic deep-sea red crab will be about 3.9 million pounds, which is the same it has been since 2011.
The crabs are fished using traps, and the fishery mostly takes place off southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic Bight, which stretches to North Carolina. The crabs are used for fresh picked meat and frozen legs.
The quota takes effect on March 1, 2019.



Man accused of assaulting grandma, choking female officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina man choked a female officer responding to a domestic violence call, and scratched another officer.
News outlets cite an arrest warrant that says 25-year-old Travis Javon Hales choked the female officers as both officers tried to restrain him Friday, leaving a handprint around her neck. The other officer was scratched on the face and ear.
Police say Hales had broken into his grandmother’s apartment and assaulted her.
He’s charged with several counts, including assault by strangulation, breaking and entering and communicating threats. According to the warrant, he told the female officer he’s “going to kill her because she deserves it” when he gets out.
His bail is set at $100,000. Reports didn’t include comment from him or a representative.



Police: Arrested man had ear bitten off during fight
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man whose ear was largely bitten off in an altercation has been arrested.
News outlets cite a Southern Pines police release that says officers responding to a hangup call found multiple people involved in a fight Friday at an apartment. Officers saw a large amount of blood on the floor, walls, furniture and people.
Police say 35-year-old Ronnell Tydell Wilson was in an agitated state, demanding officers shoot him. A large portion of his ear was found on the floor.
Four people, including Wilson, were hospitalized. Wilson is charged with two counts of assault on a female. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Police haven’t said who bit off his ear, or if anyone else will be charged. The cause of the altercation hasn’t been released.



North Carolina inmate charged with punching deputy at jail
(Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com)
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – An inmate at a North Carolina jail is accused of punching a deputy sheriff and damaging a correctional officer’s property in separate incidents.
Citing an arrest warrant, the Gaston Gazette reports 22-year-old Michael Caleb Pace hit a deputy who was trying to “control a disruptive inmate” Sunday at the Gaston County jail. The deputy was hit in his cheek and forehead.
Pace is also charged with “wantonly” damaging a detention officer’s digital watch.
The injury to personal property and assault on a government official charges are both misdemeanors.
According to jail records, he was also charged with misdemeanor assault on a government official last week. Those details weren’t released. Records show he’s been charged with more than 20 crimes this year.
It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.



Driver crashes into store after injuring 2 pedestrians