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Teen girl bitten by shark at North Carolina state park beach
(Information from: WCTI-TV, http://www.wcti12.com/)
ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (AP) – A park ranger says a 17-year-old girl was bitten by a shark at a North Carolina beach and suffered severe injuries.
Fort Macon State Park ranger Paul Terry tells WCTI-TV that the teen was attacked by a shark while swimming around noon Sunday. Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials said in a statement that the teen suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.”
She was flown by helicopter to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, around 80 miles (130 kilometers) north.
Later Sunday, the hospital identified the victim as Paige Winter in a statement. The hospital says Winter is in “good condition.” Describing the teen as an advocate for marine life, the hospital says Winter “wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”
GRAIN FACILITY PURCHASE
Mountaire Farms buys grain facility in Delaware
(Information from: Delaware State News, http://delawarestatenews.net)
DOVER, Del. (AP) – The company that says it’s the sixth-largest chicken processor in the country has purchased a grain facility in Delaware.
Delaware State News reports that Mountaire Farms says it bought the Cartanza Grain Facility located east of Dover. Mountaire didn’t immediately return an email sent Sunday asking about the purchase price.
The facility was built in 1977 and has the capacity to store more than 1 million bushels of grain. It’s equipped with a grain dryer.
This will be the 13th grain storage facility the company owns on the Delmarva peninsula. Six are in Delaware, five in Maryland and two in Virginia.
Founded in 1914 in Arkansas, Mountaire Farms has nearly 10,000 employees in Arkansas and North Carolina, in addition to the Delmarva states. It now has a corporate office in Millsboro, Delaware.
Judge, killer in tears during hearing for teen’s death
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A sentencing hearing for a North Carolina man who pleaded guilty in the death of a 16-year-old girl made both the judge and the killer cry.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports Superior Court Judge Lora Cubbage grew teary eyed as she sentenced 21-year-old Hajji DeQuan Johnson to at least 16 years in prison for second-degree murder.
Cubbage referred to both Johnson and his victim, Sateria Zoe Fleming, as “our babies.” She said one is buried and one she must “put in a cage.”
Both Cubbage and Johnson are black.
A defense attorney said a woman told Johnson to shoot two teens who tried to steal marijuana. Fleming was killed in March 2018.
Johnson promised he would be a better man when he left prison. His tears drowned out the rest of his words.
INNER BANKS FERRY
North Carolina lawmaker pitches Inner Banks ferry trial run
(Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/)
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina legislator says he’s looking for his colleagues’ support for a trial run of an Inner Banks ferry this fall.
Rep. Ed Goodwin, of Chowan County, tells The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City he hopes the trial run would lead to a project to link waterfronts across the Albemarle Sound.
The Harbor Town Ferry project was proposed more than a year ago by a business professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It recommends buying five fast ferries to connect Edenton, Hertford, Elizabeth City and several other communities along the Albemarle Sound.
Goodwin is former director of the state Ferry Division. He says details about the trial Inner Banks ferry service need to be settled, including where it would stop.
North Carolina man sentenced in child porn case
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison on child pornography charges in a case that began five years ago.
Media outlets report that 48-year-old Ricardo Jerome Bennett Sr., of Wilmington, was also sentenced Friday to 10 years of supervised release after he gets out of prison. He was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.
He had been found guilty in November of two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography containing minors under the age of 12.
The FBI identified an IP address connected to Bennett that was downloading child pornography and offering the files to others in August 2014. Prosecutors say investigators found images and videos on Bennett’s devices, some of which showed minors engaging in sexually explicit activity.
Forested land in western N Carolina now a protected area
(Information from: Times-News, http://www.blueridgenow.com)
SALUDA, N.C. (AP) – Almost 80 acres of property in western North Carolina once eyed as a firing gun range for a sheriff’s office is now a natural protected area.
The Hendersonville Times-News reports that Conserving Carolina purchased the 78 acres of forested land in Saluda last month. It hopes to add the property to the Green River Game Lands, which the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages.
In the spring of 2018, Henderson County officials considered developing the area into an outdoor firing range. The county dropped the plan after hearing from residents who opposed it.
Conserving Carolina has applied for a grant from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund to cover most of the $450,000 purchase. Local donors contributed nearly $83,000, enough to secure matching funds for the grant.
COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Warrant: N Carolina campus suspect may have recorded carnage
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – New court documents say the attacker in a fatal North Carolina university shooting may have recorded video of the classroom carnage on his cell phone.
WSOC reported Saturday an arrest warrant described former student Trystan Andrew Terrell telling police he recorded video at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on April 30. Two students were killed and four wounded.
A police spokeswoman would not provide The Associated Press with a copy Saturday of the warrant filed in court, citing the ongoing investigation.
The university said on Twitter last week that survivor Rami Alramadhan recently had a bullet removed from his abdomen and is improving. Victim Drew Pescaro tells media organizations he was shot in the back near his spine almost as soon as the gunman started firing.
BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL
Coastal N Carolina celebrates the black bear with a festival
PLYMOUTH, N.C. (AP) – An annual festival celebrating the black bear that’s plentiful in coastal North Carolina is being held for the fifth year.
The North Carolina Black Bear Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Plymouth, a town of about 3,800 people that could hold as many as 30,000 this weekend.
Organizers say coastal North Carolina has the world’s largest black bears.
Organizer Tom Harrison says attendance has grown from 7,000 visitors the first year to about 30,000. Last year, he says people from 18 states and four foreign countries attended the festival.
This year, the festival will feature more than 30 educational and bear-themed activities, including an area where visitors can make their own bears.