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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Commission OKs summaries for final 2 amendments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A special panel tasked with creating summaries for the public on proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution has finally completed its work after courts this week upheld two more referendums for the ballot.
The three-member Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission approved the explanations for the additional amendment questions on Thursday. The amendments would swing powers over filling judicial vacancies and state election board member choices from the governor – currently Democrat Roy Cooper – to the legislature.
The commission’s two Democrats – Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein- voted for the two summaries, while the lone Republican voted no, calling language in each speculative.
Since last month, the panel has approved summaries for six amendments going on the November ballot. The explanations will appear in a statewide voters’ guide and go to local elections boards and media outlets.
VOTING RECORDS-NORTH CAROLINA
Prosecutor: Voting record demands delayed to after election
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have backed off requiring North Carolina state and local elections officials from providing potentially tens of millions of ballots and voting documents before the end of the month.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh wrote to the state elections board Thursday acknowledging the board’s challenges in complying with the subpoenas received last week. An assistant prosecutor says he anticipates postponing the response until January as long as the documents sought are preserved. He says he’ll provide the same delay to more than 40 county boards who received subpoenas.
Election officials raised concerned this week about fulfilling the subpoenas as they prepare hurriedly for the November midterm elections.
Reasons for the subpoenas aren’t certain. The Raleigh prosecutor recently announced charges against 19 non-U.S. citizens for illegal voting.
Police: Officers injured in crash by man running red light
(Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com)
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina police say two officers have been injured in a crash caused by a man running a red light.
Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron tells The StarNews 21-year-old Juwan Wright ran the light Thursday morning and crashed into an unmarked police car driving through an intersection. She says that crash then caused the unmarked car to hit another unmarked police car.
She says all three drivers suffered minor injuries. The intersection was a few blocks from the city’s police headquarters.
Wright is charged with a red light violation and exceeding the speed limit. It’s unclear if Wright has a lawyer who can be contacted for comment.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLEDGE
Jury says developer broke pledge to build affordable housing
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina jury says a developer broke promises to build affordable housing on land purchased below market value in a historic black neighborhood.
The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that the 2015 lawsuit between developer StoneHunt LLC and the Cherry Community Organization in Charlotte dates back to 2004. The lawsuit says the group sold land below market value to StoneHunt under agreement StoneHunt would build affordable housing for senior, disabled or low-income tenants.
But the group says StoneHunt only built homes reserved for people older than 55, which didn’t satisfy the agreement’s requirement of disabled tenant or income-restricted units.
The group won about $1.6 million against StoneHunt in July. Court records say StoneHunt filed for bankruptcy last week.
StoneHunt President Stoney Sellars hasn’t responded to the newspapers requests for comment.
DEPUTY-FATAL SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Officials: North Carolina deputies shoot, kill armed man
JONESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say sheriff’s deputies shot and killed an armed man after they responded to a call to check on someone at a home.
Chris Laws, special agent in charge with the State Bureau of Investigation, told news outlets a caller to the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office implied there was a domestic incident at the house Wednesday.
Laws said the deputies got into an altercation with the man, who was armed. Deputies shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The SBI is looking into the shooting. The two deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
Officials have not released the races or identities of those involved.
Yadkin County is about 80 miles (130 km) north of Charlotte.
INTERSTATE 85 CONSTRUCTION
Detour scheduled for part of Interstate 85 for construction
CHINA GROVE, N.C. (AP) – State transportation officials say contractors will detour southbound traffic on a portion of Interstate 85 to allow bridge girders to be set.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says the girders are being set for the Old Beatty Ford bridge in Rowan County. The work is scheduled to take place from midnight until 6 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday as part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project.
NCDOT is directing motorists to use exit 68, U.S. 29 and Lane Street to detour around the closure. Law enforcement officers will be stationed to help direct traffic.
SHERIFF’S CANDIDATE-DRUG CHARGES
Sheriff candidate, son arrested on drug charges
(Information from: The Hickory Daily Record, http://www.hickoryrecord.com)
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a Democratic candidate for sheriff in North Carolina and his son have been arrested on drug charges following a month-long investigation.
The Hickory Record reports the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said 63-year-old Robert Lewis Crump and 30-year-old Will Dixon Crump were both the focus of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation in which undercover agents bought marijuana from the men.
On Wednesday, SBI agents and deputies from the sheriff’s office carried out a search warrant on a home and found several bags and containers of individually packaged marijuana, digital scales, packaging material, ledgers and drug paraphernalia. The sheriff’s office also said a .30-30 rifle and money were also seized.
Both men are jailed on a $15,000 secured bond. It’s not known if they have attorneys
North Carolina sportscaster Mike Hogewood dies at 63
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Mike Hogewood, a North Carolina sportscaster who also worked as a sideline reporter and play-by-play announcer, has died. He was 63.
Nancy Hogewood said her husband was at home Wednesday when he died of a heart attack in his sleep.
Mike Hogewood was a Greensboro native who worked at WGHP and WFMY, two television stations in the Piedmont Triad market. He was also a sideline reporter for Atlantic Coast Conference football and basketball telecasts.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford called Hogewood a “pillar of the Greensboro sports community.”
Hogewood most recently was an instructor at Pfeiffer College, where his son, Robert, said he was mentoring young people looking to get into broadcasting.
A funeral is scheduled for Monday in Greensboro.