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Ex-officer who impregnated 14-year-old being sued
LOWELL, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina police officer serving time for impregnating a then-14-year-old girl is being sued.
Citing a lawsuit that surfaced this week, news outlets report the teen and her mother are suing former Lowell police officer James “Paul” Blair. They want to be reimbursed for the cost of delivering and raising Blair’s son.
The lawsuit also names Lowell Police Chief Scott Bates and the city of Lowell, alleging they knew of Blair’s history of improper contact with minors. A city attorney disputed those allegations.
The then-13-year-old girl went missing in 2015 when she was found by Blair. He later began having sex with her in his patrol car while still on duty. Blair is serving a 12-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to statutory rape.
DEPUTY SHOOTING-BARRICADED PERSON
Sheriff IDs man found dead after 2nd person shot in standoff
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities are identifying a man found dead at his North Carolina home after a sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a second person barricaded inside the home.
The Durham County Sheriff’s Office identified the man in a statement Thursday as 60-year-old Willie Moore.
Officials say deputies were called to the home for a welfare check Tuesday and an emergency response team entered the home after trying to make contact for five hours. At some point, a deputy shot one person, who is expected to survive. They also found Moore dead in the home.
Officials say the deputy involved has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation. They haven’t released the names or races of the deputy and person who was shot.
N. Carolina DMV closes Asheville office for probe, audit
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles says it has closed a license plate office in Asheville to investigate “possible violations of state law” and audit the office.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports a DMV statement says investigators with the agency’s License and Theft Bureau determined allegations of illegal activity warranted the office’s temporary closure starting Wednesday. The allegations that prompted the investigation and closure are unclear.
This DMV license plate office is one of 125 offices across North Carolina that are operated by private companies contracted by the state. They handle services such as vehicle registration and tag replacement. The agency says the office’s inventory will be audited, and investigators will secure its state equipment and supplies.
The newspaper says a DMV spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.
FLU DEATHS-NORTH CAROLINA
Death toll from flu in North Carolina climbs to 16
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State health officials say six people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, raising the death toll for the season to 16.
The N.C. Division of Public Health said Thursday four of the six flu victims were ages 65 and older, with the other two in the 50-to-64 age group. Of the total, 12 flu victims were 65 and older.
The flu season officially began Oct. 1 and typically runs through March 31.
Meanwhile, to prevent the spread of the flu, UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh and UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough say children aged 11 and under can no longer visit patients. Last month, Cape Fear Valley Health implemented a policy restricting children under age 12 from visiting the hospital.
Groups using Super Bowl in push against Confederate statues
ATLANTA (AP) – A coalition of civil rights groups in Atlanta is using this year’s Super Bowl to help kick off a renewed “war on the Confederacy,” in a fight to remove Confederate monuments around the nation.
The groups on Thursday announced a planned Feb. 2 rally on the eve of the championship football game being hosted in the city.
Gerald Griggs of Georgia’s NAACP chapter said the coalition intends to bring its message to fans from around the world who will pour into Atlanta for Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are 1,747 Confederate symbols and 722 monuments in the U.S. It says Virginia, Texas and Georgia lead the nation in having the most Confederate symbols.
N. Carolina officer shot, wounded; 2 suspects in custody
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say an officer was shot several times while trying to take a suspect into custody.
Raleigh Police say the male officer was wounded Wednesday night and hospitalized. Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said Thursday morning the officer was out of surgery but didn’t elaborate on his condition.
One suspect was arrested Wednesday night, while the other was caught hours later after a manhunt that shut down a nearby highway and neighborhood.
A police news release said Cedric Jamal Kearney, 24, faces charges including attempted murder and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm. A second suspect, Antonio Dequan Fletcher, 21, was charged with possessing a stolen firearm. It wasn’t clear if they had attorneys; phone listings for them couldn’t be found in an online search.
Sheriff: North Carolina deputy shot, wounded suspect
MORGAN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a deputy has shot and wounded a suspect during a fight in Rutherford County.
County Sheriff Chris Francis tells news outlets the deputy was also wounded in the Wednesday night fight. Authorities didn’t immediately release the identities or conditions of those involved.
He says the deputy confronted the occupants of a suspicious vehicle near Morgan and learned of active warrants against one of the occupants. It’s unclear what charges the suspect is wanted on.
The sheriff says the suspect then fled with the deputy in pursuit. He says the two fought, and the suspect tried to grab one of the deputy’s weapons and was shot.
The state Bureau of Investigation is investigating.
Ex-North Carolina rep pleads no contest to DUI in Ohio
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Records show a former North Carolina state representative charged with DUI in Ohio last year cannot legally drive until July.
The Charlotte Observer cites the records from Ohio’s Erie County Municipal Court in a Wednesday report on Andy Dulin. Records show the former Charlotte representative pleaded no contest last month.
Dulin was charged in July after authorities stopped him along a turnpike around 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Cleveland.
He received fines and probation and lost his license for a year. He hasn’t returned The Observer’s calls and emails.
The newspaper first reported the charge in October. In a statement then, Dulin called it “an obvious last-minute smear campaign by the Democrats and their liberal allies at the Charlotte Observer.”
The Republican lost re-election in the House District 104 race to Democrat Brandon Lofton.