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North Carolina man wanted in wife’s death caught in Arizona
NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man on the run from accusations that he killed his wife has been arrested in Arizona.
Nash County, North Carolina, Sheriff Keith Stone said 57-year-old Rexford Lynn Keel Jr. was arrested Sunday in Tucson, Arizona, by state troopers as part of a coordinated investigation involving multiple agencies. Stone was planning an afternoon news conference with more details.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office said it obtained an arrest warrant Friday accusing 57-year-old Rexford Lynn Keel Jr. of murder in his wife’s death. Investigators said he fled in a pickup truck, launching a multi-day manhunt.
His wife, 38-year old Diana Alejandra Keel, had gone missing on March 9. The body of the mother of two was found days later in Edgecombe County.



Several detainees admit having improvised ‘shanks’ in jail
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) – Several detainees at a North Carolina jail have been sentenced for having improvised blades known as “shanks” in separate instances.
The Times-News reports that 23-year-old Khalil Le’Mon Starks pleaded guilty this month to three counts of possession of a weapon by a prisoner while in the Alamance County Detention Center. He was sentenced to between one and three years in prison for those offenses. He’s been held since 2017 on charges he killed a woman. Authorities say the three shanks were made of sharpened pieces of plastic.
At least two others pleaded guilty to similar charges after they were found to have shanks or improvised blades in the jail.



Two-month investigation nets 4 drug arrests in western NC
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – Police in a western North Carolina city say that a two-month investigation has led to arrests of four people on charges related to methamphetamine.
The Lenoir Police Department said in a news release that it served a warrant Thursday night with help from deputies on a residence. The release says investigators found methamphetamine worth hundreds of dollars and a sawed-off shotgun.
Four men and women ranging in age from 26 to 50 were arrested at the scene. They face charges ranging from felony possession of methamphetamine to maintaining a dwelling for drug use. Police say more charges could be filed.



June groundbreaking scheduled for math and science school
MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) – A groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for the western branch of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
The News Herald reports that the groundbreaking for the Morganton campus will be held June 21 at 2:30 p.m.
The new campus will include a mixture of renovated buildings and new construction. The school is scheduled to open in 2021.
The school plans to weave data science throughout its general curriculum to better prepare scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to understand how to use it in business decisions.



Iconic North Carolina barbecue spot closes over taxes owed
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A beloved North Carolina barbecue restaurant has closed over apparent tax problems.
Multiple news outlets report Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro recently shut its doors, with a sign posted saying the property had been seized due to nonpayment of taxes.
WRAL-TV reported the Wayne County Clerk of Court said multiple tax liens had been filed against the restaurant, totaling more than $70,000 in tax liability.
State Department of Revenue spokesman Schorr Johnson said the owners can pay back taxes and regain control of the business.
Since opening in 1962, Wilber’s has developed a reputation as an important stop for politicians, locals and barbecue-seeking tourists.
Longtime pitmaster Keith Ward told WRAL that he’s spent his life working there. He said the owners are good people to work for.



Delaware police probe multistate shoplifting ring
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – Police in Delaware are searching for a woman suspected of stealing thousands as part of a multistate shoplifting ring targeting a high-end department store chain.
The Delaware State Police said in a news release that they are attempting to find Kimberly Akisha Lingham-Bailey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as one of three suspects in the scheme. They say the scheme targeted Nordstrom stores in Delaware, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Nevada, Florida, Georgia and Virginia.
Police say they have obtained warrants against Lingham-Bailey on charges of shoplifting and conspiracy related to thefts this year at a Newark, Delaware, Nordstrom. Those thefts included more than $4,000 in merchandise.
No phone listing for Lingham-Bailey, who’s 37, could be found in a public records search.
Nordstrom media relations staff didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.



Police say woman slashed tires, attacked officer
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina woman was arrested after slashing the tires on a telephone company van and attacking an officer.
The Winston-Salem Police Department said in a news release that officers were dispatched to a residential area south of downtown Friday afternoon to deal with the situation. Officers say that 31-year-old Hope Nicole Vinson was cutting tires on an AT&T service van with a knife and had stolen its license plate.
Authorities say that she ran from police inside her home and attacked an officer with a knife after she was pursued inside. The officer was later treated and released from a hospital.
Vinson has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.
A phone listing for Vinson rang unanswered Saturday morning.



Wanted: Volunteers for trash cleanup along NC roads
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Transportation Department is looking for volunteers to clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep next month.
The sweep is scheduled for April 13-17. It’s one of two held annually; the other is in September.
DOT officials said in a news release that volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, churches and community groups are among those who often help.
Volunteers are provided with clean-up supplies such as reversible orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from local DOT county maintenance yard offices.
Last year, volunteers, Adopt-A-Highway groups and state employees removed more than 500,000 pounds of litter during the spring sweep.



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