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After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) – Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story is that some houses near the Sampit River haven’t flooded since they were built before the American Revolution.
Gantt will spend Tuesday with sandbags, watching the nearby river rise from Florence’s heavy rains and seeing if the luck finally runs out on her home built in 1737.
The Sampit is one of five rivers that reach the Atlantic Ocean in and near Georgetown on the South Carolina coast. And Hurricane Florence – which started with record rainfall in North Carolina – is expected to cause record flooding downriver in Georgetown County as its final act. The county has recommended almost 8,000 people leave their homes – more than 10 percent of the population.



Autopsy: Death of boy in DWI crash related to brain tumor
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – An autopsy concludes that the toddler whose ambulance overturned after being struck by a drunken driver died from complications of a brain tumor.
Citing the autopsy released Monday, The Winston-Salem Journal reports Braylon Hunter Jenkins died in February from a loss of oxygen to the brain caused by tumor-induced swelling. But the report also said the crash knocked a tube from Braylon’s body, which was a contributing factor to his death a day later.
The toddler was on his way to a North Carolina hospital after doctors in his native Virginia found a large mass on his brain.
Twenty-seven-year-old Jose Martin Duran Romero is charged with driving while intoxicated and without a license. Prosecutor Matt Breeding said he’s yet to review autopsy findings to determine if more charges are merited.



State: N Carolina prison inmates coordinated disturbances
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
WOODFIN, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is looking into what it says was coordinated acts of disobedience by prisoners at a correctional center.
Department spokesman Jerry Higgins tells The Asheville Citizen-Times that Craggy Correctional Center inmates on Saturday set trash can fires in at least three housing areas, stopped up toilets and sinks to cause flooding and microwaved popcorn to the point of burning to produce smoke.
No assaults were reported, and no inmates or staff members were injured.
Inmates were evacuated to the prison yard, as staff put out fires. The department’s Prison Emergency Response Team will remain at the facility for an undetermined period of time.
Higgins declined to comment on what could have caused the disturbances. It’s unclear whether any charges were filed.



Sex assaults reported at Wake Forest frat under scrutiny
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Two reports of a sexual assault have been filed in connection with a fraternity under interim suspension at Wake Forest University.
News outlets report the university announced last week Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity’s Psi Delta chapter had been moved from deferred suspension to interim suspension following a report of an unregistered party at the chapter house Sept. 1. Since that report, the university has received additional information about unregistered parties, and received two separate reports about sexual assaults on Sept. 14 at the house.
University police don’t know if the anonymous reports are about the same incident or two separate incidents. Per the Clery Act, the university community was notified of the sex assault reports Sept. 17.
The chapter now faces a longer suspension or losing official recognition altogether.



PAC targets politicians it says act against women’s interest
The Stanford law professor who led the successful recall of a California judge over his handling of a sexual assault case is now broadening her fight by targeting politicians.
Professor Michele Dauber on Monday announced a new political action committee, the Enough is Enough Voter Project.
It will target candidates for state legislature or Congress who have been accused of sexual misconduct or who the group believes have a poor voting record on issues related to sexual harassment and violence against women.
The PAC is raising money to target a handful of candidates in this year’s midterms, all Republicans.
Some of its targets this year say the PAC is being hypocritical by not going after any Democrats who have been accused of sexual misconduct.



Mother bear killed following attack on woman; cubs relocated
SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says a mother black bear that attacked a woman has been killed and its three cubs have been moved to a remote area.
News outlets report the commission says the mother bear was euthanized for human safety, and the healthy cubs were old enough to live without their mother. The commission says 75-year-old Toni Rhegness was attacked last week while walking her dog near her Swannonoa home.
It says she saw the cubs and tried to scare them off by shouting. It says Rhegness was then attacked by the unseen mother bear and seriously wounded. Rhegness was treated and released that same day. Commission black bear biologist Colleen Olfenbuttel says a lack of food is driving bears into neighborhoods.



Police: College student shot, killed by security officer
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina college student was shot and killed by a security officer who said the shooting was in self-defense.
Durham police said in a news release Monday its officers were sent to the apartment complex on Sept. 18 in response to a report of a gunshot wound. When officers arrived, they found a man with an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
On Monday, police identified the victim as 23-year-old DeAndre Ballard, a New Bern native and student at North Carolina Central University.
News outlets report the security guard who shot Ballard works for the NC Detective Agency, which says it stands by his actions.
Durham police are conducting what they call a death investigation. No charges have been filed.



Body of missing swimmer from Ohio found off Duck
DUCK, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say the body of an Ohio man who disappeared last weekend while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean has been found.
The town of Duck said the body of 35-year-old Kyler Miles of Miamisburg, Ohio, was found around 4:12 a.m. Monday.
Last Saturday, Duck Surf Rescue, Duck Fire and Police and Dare County EMS units were dispatched in response to a call of a swimmer in distress at a beach access. Emergency personnel couldn’t find the swimmer and officials launched an air and water search.
Local emergency personnel provided aerial support to swimmers, and they were relieved by the U.S. Coast Guard before the search was suspended Saturday afternoon.



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