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3 fatally shot at North Carolina home after argument
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say an argument at a North Carolina home led to a shooting that left three people dead and a fourth wounded.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said three people were pronounced dead at the scene and one was hospitalized in serious condition.
The suspect fled in a victim’s pickup truck before deputies arrived Monday night, but he was arrested early Tuesday.
Forty-year-old Armando Martinez is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and stealing the truck.
The sheriff’s office said in a news release that the shooting was sparked by a verbal altercation and the victims were Martinez’ relatives or close friends.
Martinez was being held without bond. A sheriff’s staff member didn’t immediately respond to an email asking if he has an attorney.



North Carolina police urge missing teen’s neighbors to talk
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities are working to speak to the neighbors of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
The News & Observer reports investigators want to speak Hania Noelia Aguilar’s neighbors and those near where the suspect vehicle was found in Lumberton. Relatives and police say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start a relative’s vehicle when a man forced her into an SUV.
Police Chief Michael McNeill asked Monday for people to contact police if someone they know is acting strange. He says “maybe they haven’t gone to work, haven’t come home or they aren’t answering your calls or your text messages.”
Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward in the case and are seeking help identifying someone caught on video near the scene.



Police rescue shaggy dogs left at freezing N Carolina park
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have rescued two dogs abandoned at a freezing dog park in Hillsborough.
Hillsborough police Lt. Andy Simmons tells The News & Observer that officer were locking up a park Sunday night when they heard barking. He says the officers found the two dogs locked behind the park’s dog park fence, and neither had a microchip or collar.
He says both seemed healthy despite the below-freezing temperature and they even had their nails trimmed. Orange County Animal Services planned to hold the dogs for five days. But then police said Monday that the dogs’ owner had been found. Police declined to release further details, citing confidentiality.
It’s unclear why the dogs were left at the park or if they will stay in the care of animal services.



N Carolina man accused of impersonating US Marshal
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A man in North Carolina is accused of impersonating a U.S. Marshal with forged credentials and identification of “remarkable quality.”
A U.S. Marshals search warrant application says Michael Robert Kwasniewski later told authorities he bought the items on eBay. The News & Record of Greensboro reports Kwasniewski is charged with impersonating an officer or employee of the U.S. The U.S. Marshals Service was alerted in September that Kwasniewski may be impersonating a deputy marshal.
The November application says Kwasniewski showed local law enforcement what appeared to be authentic U.S. Marshal gear, including a badge, weapons and tactical gear. It says Kwasniewski also received services at a shooting range that were discounted for law enforcement officers. He was arrested and several weapons were seized. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.



Mom charged in death of infant found under plastic bag
CARY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina mother has been charged in the death of her infant son, who was found under a plastic bag and clothes.
News outlets report that 30-year-old Myechia Avery of Cary was arrested Saturday and charged with felony child abuse and involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 5-month old son, Benjamin.
According to arrest warrants, Avery awoke Sept. 18 to find the boy under a plastic bag and clothes. He was unresponsive and died at a hospital.
Search warrants state that police suspected Avery was drinking and using drugs the night before and she told police she moved the baby to a car seat on the floor next to her bed before going to sleep.
It’s unclear if Avery has an attorney since courts were closed Monday.



Man accused of trying to strangle pregnant woman
(Information from: WITN-TV, http://www.witn.com/)
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have accused a North Carolina man of trying to strangle a woman who was six months pregnant.
WITN in Greenville reports the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Christopher Williams of Winterville is charged with attempted murder, battery of an unborn child and assault by strangulation.
Deputies say he threatened to kill the woman and her unborn child. Williams was arrested Saturday.
Williams is being held in the Pitt County jail. Online records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.



School, contractor reach agreement on grant money claims
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina university and a contractor have reached a settlement after an investigation into allegations of false claims made to secure federal grant money.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the settlement between Shaw University and the contractor was announced Monday.
The U.S. Department of Justice said an investigation prompted by a whistleblower complaint showed the contractor and an unidentified Shaw vice president fabricated bids for a construction contract to evade competitive bidding requirements.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, there was no judicial finding regarding the allegations or admission of guilt. Shaw University’s current administration fully cooperated in resolving the issue.
The news release said the government recovered the money in question, as well as penalties.



Hundreds who went to restaurant at risk for hepatitis A
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Officials say at least 150 people who went to a North Carolina restaurant are at risk of getting hepatitis A.
Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris said at a news conference Thursday that those who ate or drank at the Village Tavern in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood on Oct. 30 should get vaccinated by Tuesday. Officials learned Wednesday a restaurant employee went to a hospital with symptoms of the liver disease.
News outlets report Mecklenburg County has had 24 confirmed hepatitis A cases this year, while it had four in 2017. They reported last week that the state Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the first death related to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak happened last month.
Village Tavern said in a statement authorities aren’t aware of anyone infected by the employee.



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