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DRONES-STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS
APNewsBreak: Nearly all states use drones for range of work
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A survey obtained by The Associated Press shows that public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state.
The report being released Monday from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials shows a sharp increase in drone use over the last few years. It reflects the technology’s rapid adoption by governments as well as hobbyists.
In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures.
Transportation officials say drones can make prosaic tasks like bridge inspections cheaper and take on work that’s dangerous for people.
In Utah, thermal drones monitor snowpack and measure avalanches to help keep snow slides from blocking roads in winter.
Free passenger-only ferry at NC Outer Banks sailing
HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) – Long-awaited passenger-only ferry service between two popular North Carolina Outer Banks destinations is finally sailing.
The Department of Transportation says runs between Hatteras and Ocracoke villages begin Monday with two free preview days. It costs $1 per person starting Wednesday. Currently space will be first-come, first-serve.
State ferries already transport people and their vehicles for free between the southern end of Hatteras Island and northern tip of Ocracoke Island. Motorists then drive 12 miles to reach Ocracoke Village.
The passenger-only ferry will run three times daily through Sept. 5. There’s no extra charge for bicycles.
Passenger-only service was supposed to begin last year but got delayed by boat construction issues. A new boat still isn’t available, but the state is leasing a ferry from a New Jersey company for now.
4 swimmers rescued from rough waters in North Carolina
(Information from: WTVD-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/)
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say four swimmers have been rescued from rough waters at Emerald Isle.
WTVD-TV reports that authorities received a call at about 2 p.m. Sunday for swimmers in distress. By the time they got there, all four had been pulled ashore by surfers.
A 48-year-old man was in critical condition after the incident and was brought to a nearby hospital. Another man was also hospitalized.
The current conditions of the swimmers were not immediately released.
Raleigh police officer shoots armed man after medical call
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Raleigh police officer has shot and wounded an armed man after the Fire Department responded to a medical call.
Police said fire personnel who arrived at a home Sunday morning encountered a man who made “verbally threatening” statements.
According to police, as the first officer to arrive was gathering information in the parking lot, a man approached him with a gun in his hand. The officer took cover behind a patrol vehicle and ordered the man to drop the gun.
Police said he refused to comply. They said the officer then fired one shot, striking the man. He was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately known.
The State Bureau of Investigation will investigate and report its findings to the Wake County District Attorney.
5 hurt, 1 dead, in North Carolina shooting
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – One man has been killed and five others injured in a shooting in North Carolina.
Winston-Salem police said they received multiple calls reporting gunfire late Saturday night and found one man lying dead in the street.
Five additional gunshot victims arrived at local hospitals. Four were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, while one victim remained hospitalized Sunday morning in critical condition. Police said a sixth victim of an apparent assault related to the same incident was also treated at a local hospital.
The victim who died has been identified by police as 23-year-old Jalen Chavon Cockerham. Police said his family has been notified.
Police said no suspects were arrested immediately. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
North Carolina student drowns in lake near school
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina high school student has drowned in a lake across the street from his school.
Assistant Chief Dwayne Church of the Greensboro Fire Department tells news outlets that three students were swimming Friday afternoon in a lake near Page High School. They were jumping off one of the docks when one male student went missing in the water.
More than an hour later, a dive team found him and pulled him from the water. First responders performed life-saving efforts, but the student was pronounced dead.
Officials have not released the student’s name or age.
The lake is private property, with a sign saying that swimming and boating are prohibited. The names of the students have not been released.
Man sentenced to 35 to 43 years in 2014 fatal stabbing
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A Winston-Salem man has been sentenced to 35 to 43 years in prison for the 2014 stabbing death of his longtime girlfriend.
Ferjus Bernard Moore was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the 57-year-old Moore told Judge David Hall he knew by accepting a plea deal with the state that he may die in prison.
A prosecutor said Moore had been in a long-term relationship with Cheryl Bethea, but had become suspicious that she was seeing someone else. On the day she was killed, Bethea had begun the process of getting legal protection from Moore.
Bethea was stabbed more than 30 times in the head and neck area. She was found in front of her home in Winston-Salem on Aug. 25, 2014.
Man fatally stabbed at Charlotte gas station
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A 32-year-old man has been fatally stabbed at a gas station in Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Andrew Tyrelle Allen was found at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday with multiple stab wounds in the parking lot of a Shell gas station. Allen died at a hospital.
Police said they arrested a suspect near the scene. They identified him as 55-year-old Richard Bernard Grier. He is charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.
Police did not say whether Allen and Grier knew each other.