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Service thanks N Carolina student who charged campus gunman
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Family and hundreds of friends and neighbors are remembering a North Carolina college student credited with saving classmates’ lives by rushing a gunman firing inside their lecture hall.
A memorial for 21-year-old Riley Howell was held Sunday at a 1,900-seat auditorium at a lakeside retreat in western North Carolina.
Police say Howell was shot Tuesday while tackling the gunman who killed Howell, one other person and wounded four others at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
His sister Iris described the big, curious, adventurous man as someone who set an example to be “bigger than the small things this world wants us to be hung up on.”
Authorities arrested and charged a former student, Trystan Andrew Terrell, with murder, attempted murder and other offenses in connection with the attack.
N Carolina officer slain in traffic stop; killer also dead
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police officer and his suspected killer are dead in a Charlotte suburb.
Mooresville police said Sunday that Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon was shot and killed during a traffic stop around 10 p.m. Saturday. Police say the killer fled the scene and was tracked to his nearby apartment, where officers found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The department’s Facebook page says the 32-year-old officer was a six-year veteran. Police Chief Damon Williams identified the gunman as 28-year-old Michael Aldana of Mooresville.
Williams didn’t respond to messages Sunday asking for details, including why Sheldon initially stopped the vehicle.
Mooresville is a town of 38,000 about 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) north of Charlotte.
KILLED AT HOME
Suspect sought in death of 78-year-old North Carolina woman
FAIRMONT, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina detectives are looking for a man suspected of trying to rob a home and leaving a dead woman behind.
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a Fairmont home early Sunday after an alarm went off. Inside, they found 78-year-old Annie Grace Davis. Investigators believe she was killed by a robber.
The sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page that a suspect captured in surveillance photos as a white male who was wearing a gray stocking cap, camouflage shirt and pants, brown boots and green gloves. Authorities say he left the home on foot.
DRUG DEAL CRASH
N Carolina man grabs car, dies when parked vehicle hit
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina man is dead after he got into a fight with men in a car and was holding on when their fleeing vehicle slammed into a parked SUV.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say it happened early Saturday when a planned drug deal went sour. Dead is 21-year-old Desmond Stevens.
Police say Stevens started to fight with the driver of a Honda Accord. Police say 21-year-old Scott McMannes drove off with Stevens holding onto the car until they crashed into a parked Kia Sorento. Stevens was found lying dead in the road.
Police say McMannes and his younger brother ran from the scene, then called 911 to report their car had been stolen during an armed robbery.
Police charged McMannes and 17-year-old Zachary McMannes with felony hit and run.
N Carolina police shoot fleeing 18-year-old; officer hurt
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina motorist is recovering after being shot by police while drive away from officers and injuring one of them.
Greensboro police said Saturday that 18-year-old Isaiah Shields of Greensboro is recovering and facing charges. Police say one officer suffered minor injuries.
Police say they responded to a domestic dispute call late Friday and found a man at the scene inside a vehicle. Officers sought to identify him, but the man tried to drive away. He hit another vehicle in the parking lot, then changed direction and drove at police officers.
A white police officer fired and hit Shields, who is black.
The police department is investigating the use of force to determine whether the shooting was lawful.
Immigrants march to oppose North Carolina proposals
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A group representing immigrants in North Carolina is worried about state legislation it says threatens the safety of people who are in the country unlawfully.
People associated with Greensboro-based Siembra NC are holding a march in Raleigh on Saturday that will end at the Executive Mansion, where Gov. Roy Cooper resides.
Group leaders are unhappy with a measure that passed the House requiring sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration agents, particularly by complying with requests to hold defendants believed to be in the country unlawfully. Advocates for immigrants have urged Cooper to veto the bill if it reaches him.
Another bill narrowly approved in a committee this week would require some state law enforcement officers to carry out immigration laws through the state entering what’s called a 287(g) agreement.
N Carolina’s use of drones during hurricane wins award
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina has received a national award for its innovative use of drones during Hurricane Florence, when the devices were used to take photos and videos of damage and flooding.
The state’s Department of Transportation received a top award in the humanitarian category from the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The award comes with a $5,000 prize, which is being given to the state disaster relief fund.
More than a dozen NCDOT teams flew more than 200 missions, capturing 8,000 photos and videos from the September storm. The information helped state and federal agencies make decisions about emergency responses, detour routes and other issues.
The entry was selected from more than 140 entries worldwide for its use of drones in a way never done on such a large scale.
Hartford’s soccer team makes long-awaited home debut
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Professional soccer has returned to Connecticut.
More than 10,000 fans are expected at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Saturday evening for the home debut of Hartford Athletic, which plays in the USL Championship.
The club has lost its first eight games, which were scheduled on the road in the hopes its new stadium in Hartford would be ready for the home opener.
But the $14 million in renovations to the old Dillon Stadium in Hartford won’t be completed until July.
That 5,500-seat facility, with new artificial turf, is being designed for use not only by Hartford Athletic, but by college, high school and recreational soccer, lacrosse, rugby and American football teams.
Hartford Athletic will play at UConn’s football stadium in the meantime, beginning with Saturday’s game against Charlotte.