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FAKE COP-CLUB
Police say woman smashed mirror, posed as an officer
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Police say a woman is accused of smashing a mirror at the sight of her own reflection while dancing at a North Carolina nightclub and then posing as a law enforcement officer.
Wilmington police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron tells news outlets 28-year-old Christa Anstett was dancing early Sunday at Ibiza Nightclub when she bumped into a mirror and “began punching it when she saw her reflection.” Dandron said the South Carolina woman caused around $1,600 in damage.
When police and New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Anstett displayed a badge from Coastal Carolina University’s public safety department. Dandron says officers determined she wasn’t supposed to have that badge. When they seized it, police say she became aggressive.
She’s charged with damaging property, impersonating an officer and resisting an officer.

 

 

BASKETBALL-RACIAL SLUR
High school suspends white player for slur ahead of playoff
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The night before a state quarterfinal boys basketball game that already had a predominantly black school calling foul, their predominantly white opponent has suspended a top player for using a racial slur on social media.
Ardrey Kell coach Mike Craft tells The Charlotte Observer the Snapchat post using the slur in reference to West Charlotte prompted an indefinite suspension Monday night.
As the higher-seeded team, West Charlotte would normally host the playoff game, but the North Carolina High School Athletic Association said its gym was too small . Supporters asserted the move to a neutral site was race-and socioeconomics-based.
Less than 10 percent of Ardrey Kell students are on free and reduced lunch, compared to 98 percent at West Charlotte.
The unidentified player’s parents say he’s “ashamed and deeply sorrowful.”

 

 

PLAYGROUND LAWSUIT
N Carolina mom sues elementary school over playground fall
(Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com)
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina mom is suing an elementary school where she says her 6-year-old was injured by another student during recess.
The Gaston Gazette reports Christina Clarot filed a lawsuit against the Gaston County Board of Education, Lingerfeldt Elementary School and staff members Feb. 20, nearly three years after that recess.
The lawsuit says another student knocked Clarot’s child off a piece of equipment similar to monkey bars, causing the child to fall several feet to the ground and break an arm.
Clarot asserts the defendants failed to properly watch students on the playground and maintain order and discipline. She also accuses them of being careless or negligent.
Saying her child suffered “great physical pain and mental anguish,” Clarot is seeking $100,000.
The school system doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits.

 

 

POLICE SHOOTING-FEDERAL AGENT
DA: Federal agent won’t be charged in fatal shooting
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A prosecutor in North Carolina says a Homeland Security agent won’t be charged in the fatal shooting of a man who hit him with a car outside a bar.
The Charlotte Observer reports District Attorney Spencer Merriweather announced Monday that it’s impossible to prove Jose Dugger wasn’t acting in self-defense when he killed 30-year-old Donald Janvier.
Dugger was working with state investigators to inspect a Charlotte bar last summer. Witnesses reported Janvier had caused a scene while armed before authorities arrived. Merriweather says officers tried to “make contact” with Janvier, who instead got into his car and drove at Dugger.
The prosecutor said evidence indicates Dugger was sprawled across the hood of the car with a broken thigh bone when he fired through the windshield, hitting Janvier in the neck.

 

 

VETERANS TO FARMERS
Foundation donation to help veterans transition to farming
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The world’s largest pork producer is making a donation to a program which helps veterans make the transition from military service to agriculture.
The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, announced Monday that it has presented a $200,000 donation to North Carolina State University’s Soldier to Agriculture Program. A news release from the foundation said the donation will help the school expand the program.
According to the foundation, the contribution also will add to Smithfield’s history of supporting military families and veterans, including Operation 4000!, the company’s mission to employ 4,000 veterans by 2020.

 

 

BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL
Co-chairs announced for National Black Theater Festival
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – An actress best known for her role in “The Color Purple” and an actor who has portrayed singer Jackie Wilson are the co-chairs of an upcoming North Carolina festival.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Margaret Avery and Chester Gregory were introduced on Monday as the co-chairs of the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival.
Avery played the character Shug in the “The Color Purple,” and most recently played Helen Patterson on the BET show “Being Mary Jane.”
Gregory impressed festival audiences and critics in 2001 with his portrayal in the title role of “The Jackie Wilson Story: My Heart Is Crying, Crying.”
The 15th biennial event is scheduled for July 29 through Aug. 3 by the North Carolina Black Repertory Co. in venues across Winston-Salem. It began in 1989.

 

 

VOTER ID
Judge weighs whether voter ID lawsuit should go to trial
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A judge will soon decide whether one of many pending lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s new photo voter identification laws should go to trial.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier heard arguments Monday from attorneys for six voters who sued over voter ID rules that state legislators approved in December.
The voters say the regulations intentionally discriminate against black voters and make it harder for people without qualifying IDs to engage in political expression. Republican lawmakers say those accusations are speculative and plaintiffs lack legal standing to sue.
Another judge last month threw out the constitutional amendment voters approved in November mandating photo ID and that led to the December law. GOP lawmakers on Monday asked the Court of Appeals to delay that ruling pending appeals.

 

 

FATAL SHOOTINGS-DEATH PENALTY
North Carolina jury sentences man to death for motel deaths
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina jury has sentenced a man to death after his conviction for killing two people at a motel almost three years ago.
News outlets report a Wake County jury returned with a unanimous decision on Monday in the case of 30-year-old Seaga Edward Gillard. The death sentence is the first handed down by a Wake County jury in more than a decade.
Gillard was convicted two weeks ago by the same jury of multiple charges in the deaths of 22-year-old April Lynn Holland and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Dwayne Garvey at a Raleigh motel.
The last time an inmate was executed in North Carolina was in 2006 when Samuel Flippen was put to death after his conviction for the murder of his 2-year-old stepdaughter.

 

 

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