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NORTH CAROLINA CHICKENPOX OUTBREAK
36 contract chickenpox at North Carolina private school
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials say more children have contracted chickenpox at a North Carolina private school with a high rate of parents who seek religious exemptions from vaccine requirements.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that as of Friday, 36 children have contracted chickenpox at the Asheville Waldorf School. The newspaper reports that more than two-thirds of the school’s 152 students haven’t received the vaccine, which became available in the U.S. in 1995. The school’s website says it enrolls children from early childhood through sixth grade.
Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services’ Dr. Jennifer Mullendore says the outbreak should cause concern. She tells the newspaper that while the virus isn’t serious for most people, it can cause hospitalization for some children.
School officials didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday.
COAST GUARD-BODY FOUND
Coast Guard finds body, ending search for missing fisherman
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has found a body that appears to be an 83-year-old man who went missing while fishing in North Carolina.
The Coast Guard issued a news release Sunday saying it ended search efforts for the man who went missing over the weekend in Edenton Bay. They said they recovered a body matching his description.
The man was reported overdue from his fishing trip Saturday, launching a 325 square-mile (842 square km) search.
The Coast Guard said the man’s wife reported him missing after he went fishing on a 21-foot pontoon boat and failed to return Saturday night. The man’s boat and fishing gear was recovered not long after he went missing.
The search included a Coast Guard helicopter and boats, along with state and local crews.
No injuries reported after NC officer opens fire on U-Haul
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say no one was injured when a police officer fired at a U-Haul van.
News outlets report Mooresville police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle late Sunday night. Police say an officer opened fire when the person inside the vehicle didn’t comply with requests and tried to leave the parking lot in the van.
Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams told WSOC-TV that the officer’s life could have been endangered because “a vehicle can be used as a deadly weapon.”
News crews at the scene reported that the van had more than 10 bullet holes.
It’s unclear whether the suspect was armed or opened fire. The suspect was taken into custody. No names have been released.
Winston-Salem State football player killed in car crash
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A freshman Winston-Salem State University football player who returned home to watch his high school football team in a playoff game was killed in a car crash.
Johnathon Gilmore’s mother Tina Ward tells the Winston-Salem Journal he died Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville.
WSSU coach Kienus Boulware says the backup tight end was “a great kid” who had texted him last week to set up a meeting about what he could do to improve during the off-season.
Gilmore is the second WSSU player to die this year, after defensive end Najee Baker was shot at a party in January.
Secondary and special teams coach Robert Massey says Gilmore “was special” and it’s devastating to have to go through the death of a player again.
Fayetteville police say the crash’s details will be released later this week.
Fort Bragg soldier IDed as man killed in motorcycle crash
BUNNLEVEL, N.C. (AP) – A Fort Bragg soldier has been identified as a man killed earlier this month in a motorcycle crash.
News outlets cite a release from the U.S. Army installation in North Carolina that says 40-year-old Sgt. Joel Goyco was found dead at the scene of the crash at U.S. 401 and McClean Chapel Church Road on Nov. 7.
Goyco was a senior mechanic from New York who was assigned to the Headquarters Support Company in the 82nd Airborne Division.
The commander of his battalion, Lt. Col. Jason Dumser, called Goyco “an amazing paratrooper and leader.”
Goyco joined the Army in 2007.
No injuries after train derailment in North Carolina
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – Crews are working to clean up a diesel spill after a train derailment in North Carolina.
WBTV-TV reports that a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed Sunday afternoon in Salisbury. There were no injuries reported.
Officials said three of the train’s seven locomotives derailed. The cause was not immediately clear.
The derailment caused a diesel fuel leak that Norfolk Southern crews and contactors worked to clean up.
Brunswick stew sickens people at church event
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Health officials say a Brunswick stew caused about 300 people to get sick at a church event in a North Carolina.
The Charlotte Observer reports bacteria poisoned people at a barbeque held earlier this month at Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church.
Health officials said cultures taken from the stew showed the presence of C. perfringens bacteria, which is a common cause of food poisoning and infection.
Brunswick stew is a spicy Southern concoction that can include chicken, pork or small game with corn, tomatoes, lima beans, okra, onions and potatoes.
Coast Guard looking for missing 83-year-old fisherman
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The Coast Guard says it is searching for a missing 83-year-old fisherman.
The Coast Guard said early Sunday that the man went missing Saturday while fishing aboard a 21-foot pontoon boat near Edenton, North Carolina.
The man’s boat and fishing gear were found shortly after the Coast Guard dispatched a rescue boat and helicopter to begin searching.
The Coast Guard said it searched throughout the night and is continuing to search on Sunday.