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Florence could hit with punch not seen in more than 60 years
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like Florence, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds.
Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch the Carolinas have seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. That was Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
Florida is closer to the equator and in line with the part of the Atlantic where hurricanes are born, off the African coast. As a result, Florida has had at least five hurricanes in the past century of Category 4 or greater, including Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The Latest: Florence to hit land as extremely powerful storm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Forecasters say Florence will arrive on land as an extremely dangerous major hurricane by the end of the week.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Florence has maximum sustained winds near 130 mph (215 kph). By 11 a.m. Tuesday, Florence was centered about 905 miles (1,455 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west-northwest at 16 mph (25 kph). Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, then approach the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina.
Two other storms are spinning in the Atlantic as the 2018 hurricane season peaks: Tropical Storm Isaac is approaching the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene is no threat to land over waters. As Isaac approaches the Caribbean, hurricane watches are in effect for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch was issued for Antigua and Montserrat.
FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Officer cleared in fatal shooting; body camera video shared
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A white North Carolina police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a black man prosecutors say kept reaching for a handgun during a traffic stop.
News outlets report Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill announced the clearing of Winston-Salem police Officer Dalton McGuire on Monday. McGuire’s body camera footage also was released.
Police say McGuire shot and killed 60-year-old Edward Van McCrae at a March traffic stop when the two fought and McCrae reached for a gun.
Footage shows McGuire yelling six times for McCrae to stop reaching for the weapon. McGuire is heard yelling “Don’t make me do it,” before firing four times at McCrae.
McGuire will return to active duty. McCrae family attorney John Vermitsky says they will sue for wrongful-death.
TREE KILLS WOMAN
Tree falls on house in North Carolina, kills woman inside
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A man says a tree has fallen on his North Carolina home and killed his wife.
News outlets report 30-year-old Erin Beebe was killed while she and her husband slept in their bedroom early Sunday.
Her husband Charlie Beebe tells WGHP-TV he heard a crash and realized branches surrounded him. Beebe says he tried to save his wife after wiggling his arms free. He says that before jumping out a second-story to escape he reached for his wife’s hand but it was limp.
Police spokesman Ron Glenn tells the Winston-Salem Journal that Beebe died at the scene. He says what caused the tree to fall is unclear.
Beebe says his wife worked for a local United Way and his family has partnered with it to raise funds in her honor.
SHAW U PRESIDENT
Shaw University, among oldest HBCUs, names new president
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – One of the country’s oldest historically black colleges and universities has named its 18th president.
The News & Observer reports that Shaw University in Raleigh announced Monday that the board of trustees unanimously selected Paulette Dillard to lead the university. Dillard had been leading the university in an interim capacity since July 2017, after Tashni-Ann Dubroy left to take a position at Howard University.
Dillard previously served as Shaw’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college of arts and sciences. The North Carolina native earned a doctorate in cell biology from Clark Atlanta University, and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of diagnostic laboratory medicine.
Shaw was founded in 1865, and bills itself as the South’s first HBCU.
VOTING RECORDS-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina DMV also receives voting records subpoena
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal investigators already seeking a massive number of voting records from North Carolina election officials also want voter registration documents from the state DMV.
A Division of Motor Vehicles spokesman confirmed Monday that the agency had received a subpoena recently from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh. Prosecutors want voter registration applications since 2010, including those from foreign-born applicants or completed in a non-English language.
The state elections board is already fighting to block federal subpoenas sent to it and 44 county elections boards, calling them overly broad and unreasonable.
The Raleigh prosecutors haven’t said why they want the documents for a grand jury. They announced recently nearly 20 non-U.S. citizens were charged for illegal voting. The New York Times first reported about the existence of the DMV subpoena.
Florence causes N Carolina schools to cancel classes, events
Several North Carolina colleges and universities have announced they are closing and canceling events ahead of Hurricane Florence.
Media outlets report Hurricane Florence reached Category 4 status on Monday, with winds of up to 140 mph (220 kph).
Schools that have cancelled classes and operations for most of the week include North Carolina State University at Raleigh , East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington .
Neither the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill nor Campbell University have cancelled classes. Campbell officials say “a decision about classes will be made by 2 p.m. on Tuesday.”
Fayetteville State University says classes are in session, but some operations are reduced.
Schools with scheduled home football games that may be affected are N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill and Fayetteville State.
Police: 4 children eat weed-infused brownies; man arrested
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say four children consumed a relative’s marijuana-infused brownies.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said in a Sunday statement that the children are expected to recover after eating brownies that 40-year-old Justin Neal French said he made.
News outlets report a 911 caller had noticed their spouse and three of the children showed symptoms of possibly being poisoned. Deputies learned the family had gone to French’s home and consumed brownies.
Deputies found a 4-year-old in distress at French’s home. Two of the other children who ate the brownies are 6. The fourth is 9.
French told deputies the drug-infused brownies were unknowingly mixed with regular ones. He was charged with four counts of misdemeanor child abuse and other offenses. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.