Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT
POLICE SHOOTING-NOISE COMPLAINT
Police: Shotgun-wielding noise complainer shot by officer
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
APEX, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man killed by Apex police had threatened officers with a shotgun.
Police Chief John Letteney tells The News & Observer that 51-year-old Stanley Edward Thompson had called police to his home on Thursday complaining about loud music from a nearby car. Police then received a call from someone who said his 22-year-old son was adjusting a car stereo and was attacked.
Police say a sheriff’s dog tracked the attacker’s scent to Thompson’s door, where he greeted officers with a shotgun as thick black smoke billowed behind him. The chief says Thompson refused orders to drop the weapon and instead aimed it at officers while walking toward them. The identity of the officer who killed Thompson has not been released.
House unveils North Carolina budget proposal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina House Republicans are rolling out their proposed state government budget for the next two years.
GOP leaders announced Tuesday they want to spend almost $24 billion for the fiscal year starting July 1, which they say is about 3 percent higher than current-year spending. Not included in the number is hundreds of millions of dollars for state building repairs and construction.
There will be state employee and teacher pay increases, with details released later Tuesday. There would be $30 million for local school districts to spend on school safety and student mental health grants.
Republicans are proposing a small personal income tax cut and some business tax reductions. Registration fees on plug-in hybrid and electric cars would increase.
House Republicans want to approve their full proposal by Friday.
ELECTION 2019-NORTH CAROLINA-3RD DISTRICT
Voters choosing nominees to succeed late NC Rep. Jones
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More than two dozen candidates seeking to succeed the late North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones Jr. first must win their parties’ nominations.
Voters go to the polls Tuesday in the 3rd Congressional District primaries. Seventeen Republicans, six Democrats and two Libertarians are on ballots. Democratic and GOP party runoffs are possible in July if leading candidates fail to get over 30% of the vote.
Jones died in February after serving 24 years in the House as a Republican in the eastern North Carolina district. The GOP field includes three state legislators. Current and former mayors and a retired Marine colonel are among the Democrats.
Nearly 4% of qualified voters cast early ballots in person or by mail.
A Constitution Party candidate already advanced to the general election.
Sheriff’s deputy gets probation for stalking ex-girlfriend
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) – A former sheriff’s captain of Catawba County, North Carolina, has pleaded guilty to stalking his ex-girlfriend.
News outlets report Jason Reid pleaded guilty Monday to charges including cyberstalking and willful failure to discharge duties. He was sentenced to 20 months of supervised probation and 240 hours of community service.
Prosecutors say he placed a sheriff’s office tracking device on his ex-girlfriend’s car when she started dating someone new. Prosecutors say he would text the woman and tell her he knew where she was.
The allegations arose during Reid’s campaign to replace his father as the county sheriff. He later lost the race.
He was also ordered Monday to avoid contact with the ex-girlfriend and surrender his law enforcement certification and firearms.
North Carolina conservatives urge override for abortion bill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Anti-abortion groups say North Carolina legislators will be on history’s right side if they override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a measure they say ensures newborns delivered during unsuccessful abortions are cared for like any other baby.
Leaders of socially conservative organizations spoke Monday outside the Legislative Building for the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors” bill, which Cooper vetoed this month. They also announced a rally next week for the measure and other anti-abortion legislation.
The Republican-controlled Senate plans an override vote on Tuesday. Several Democrats from the House and Senate combined would have to join GOP legislators to complete the override.
Cooper said the “born-alive” bill is unnecessary because other laws already protect newborns. Bill supporters describe stories of children born alive after botched abortions and otherwise left to die.
NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION-THE LATEST
The Latest: Republicans discount lawsuit over GOP benefits
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A spokesman for North Carolina’s Republican Party is discounting a lawsuit by a congressional candidate barred from GOP debates and access to internal party data.
State GOP spokesman Jeff Hauser said Monday that candidate Chris Anglin’s lawsuit seeking access to the party’s resources is nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Anglin’s state lawsuit seeks to force the state GOP to give him access to benefits provided nine others in the 9th congressional district field.
Republicans call him a Democratic plant. Anglin was a registered Democrat until weeks before running for state Supreme Court as a Republican. The incumbent Republican lost that court seat to a Democrat last year.
The May 14 congressional primary was ordered after an operative working for the Republican who appeared to win last year’s election was accused of illegally handling mail-in ballots.
Bill making casino nights for charities lawful gets final OK
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bill heading to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk makes clear charities aren’t breaking the law by holding occasional casino “game nights” as fundraisers as long as they follow new restrictions.
The House agreed 95-17 on Monday to changes the Senate made on legislation making legal what some nonprofits already have been doing.
Bill supporters say enforcement of the current ban on these events has been uneven, and it would be better to allow nonprofits and some employers and trade associations to hold them, with alcoholic drinks permitted and prizes awarded by raffle. The bill still only applies east of Interstate 26 to comply with Cherokee casino agreements.
Cooper vetoed a casino night measure in 2017, worried it could attract video poker. Lawmakers say those concerns have been addressed.
Bill to prevent future rape kit delays OK’d by House panel
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – New processes to test thousands of sexual assault kits held by local North Carolina law enforcement agencies are advancing in the House.
A bill approved by the House judiciary committee on Monday seeks to prevent future backlogs of sometimes-forgotten rape kits held in police storage lockers around the state.
The measure directs police and sheriff departments starting this summer to submit new, completed kits for testing to the State Crime Lab, an approved third-party lab or the Department of Public Safety within 45 days of receiving them. It also directs local law enforcement to create panels that review sexual assault kits and prioritize which should be tested first.
The House budget is expected to contain $3 million to help pay for outside lab testing of the outstanding kits.