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Police: N Carolina teen shot while filming fighting crowd
(Information from: High Point Enterprise, http://www.hpenews.com)
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a High Point teen was shot while filming a fighting crowd when a teen in the fight pulled out a gun and began firing at onlookers.
The High Point Enterprise reports the teen was shot Sunday and hospitalized with wounds that were serious but not life threatening. Police say 18-year-old Javontai Cooke has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.
Police say a fight broke out between Cooke’s brother and a group of people, leading to even more people joining the fray. They say Cooke then shot into the crowd and hit the teen, who officers found lying on the ground.
Cooke fled and later surrendered to police. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
BIG DONOR-NORTH CAROLINA-FOREST
Forest campaign tells of contribution from indicted donor
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The campaign for North Carolina’s lieutenant governor has acknowledged it failed to report an in-kind donation from an entrepreneur indicted on bribery and other charges.
The News & Observer of Raleigh published a Facebook photo showing Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who plans to run for governor in 2020, speaking to a group at Greg Lindberg’s Durham residence in 2017.
Forest campaign spokesman Hal Weatherman told the newspaper when it reported on the photo that campaign finance laws don’t require Forest to disclose the use of a residence for a fundraiser. On Monday, Weatherman said the campaign should have reported $3,761 in catering services provided by Lindberg.
Lindberg, state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and two others are accused of planning to bribe a former insurance commissioner in exchange for special treatment.
Nonprofit to support 3 national parks along Outer Banks
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – A nonprofit is beginning to support the three national parks along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Outer Banks Forever says in a news release that it will work with Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
The group will focus on several areas, including expanding ways to get children into national parks and preserving local history.
The group will mark National Park Week on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting in Kill Devil Hills hosted by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.
National Park Week began Saturday and ends Sunday.
FOREST SERVICE FEES
Forest Service proposes fee hikes in western North Carolina
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public input on a proposal to increase fees for some recreation activities in western North Carolina.
The agency announced the proposal for four areas on the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests on Monday in a news release. Officials say the fees will help upgrade the sites after prices have remained largely the same for a decade.
Fees at Swan Cabin will increase to $50, while daily and annual passes will also increase at the Brown Mountain and Wayehutta Off-Highway Vehicle trails. The fees will also increase at the Tsali Mountain Bike and Equestrian Trail Complex.
The public comment period runs from Monday until the end of May.
N Carolina schools move to keep athletics, nutrition rules
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s statewide school board is moving to preserve rules about how school buses operate, charter schools run and administrators are held accountable.
The State Board of Education meets Tuesday to act to keep the rules from disappearing after a deadline next month. The step is needed after a state Supreme Court decision last year determined that the General Assembly can have the school board’s rules reviewed and approved.
The rules now in play involve interscholastic sports, concussion safety requirements, model teacher contracts, nutrition standards and establishing school bus routes.
ELECTION 2019-NORTH CAROLINA-3RD DISTRICT
Congressman’s death triggers election, glut of candidates
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.’s North Carolina congressional seat was expected to be up for grabs soon, but it happened more quickly than most people anticipated.
Months after the Republican announced his 2018 campaign would be his last, Jones’ health faded. He died in February at 76.
Jones’ death drew people from a broad political spectrum to praise his commitment to his constituents, his faith and his willingness to buck party leadership, such as when he opposed the Iraq War.
It also drew over two dozen candidates from four parties into an off-year special election to replace him in the GOP-leaning 3rd Congressional District.
The primaries are April 30.
With 17 Republican and six Democratic candidates, one or two runoffs could be required in July before a September general election.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT
Worker killed in North Carolina road construction accident
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Labor investigators in North Carolina are looking into an accident at a road construction site in which a truck driver was killed.
Winston-Salem police said in a news release that 37-year-old Amory Alexis Glover was attempting on Monday to unload soundproof wall slats being erected along U.S. Highway 421 at Peace Haven Road on the west side of Winston-Salem.
According to police, as Glover was removing straps securing the slats, one of them fell off the truck and landed on him. The news release says he died at the scene. The accident occurred at around 9:20 a.m.
Glover was identified by police as a self-employed truck driver working out of South Carolina.
Mary Katherine Revels, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Labor, confirmed the agency is investigating the death.
North Carolina mom charged for having meth near baby bottle
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) – Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina have filed multiple charges against the mother of a 21-month-old child after saying they found methamphetamine near a baby bottle.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies were trying to serve a warrant at a home on Sunday when 27-year-old Kyle Elizabeth Hollingsworth allowed deputies inside to search for her live-in boyfriend. While searching, deputies found a bottle containing meth less than a foot (0.3 meter) from a half-full baby bottle.
Hollingsworth admitted that her child was drinking from the bottle in the same bed prior to the deputies’ arrival. She was arrested on several charges, including felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor child abuse.
Hollingsworth is jailed on a $25,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Monday.