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Immigration agents arrest Mexican national on sex charges
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal immigration agents say a Mexican national who was in the U.S. illegally has been arrested on multiple state charges of rape and sexual assault.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release Thursday an enforcement and removal team located Alfredo Carreon-Lopez at a Forsyth County business.
The agency said Carreon is suspected to have fled the Baltimore area after a Maryland state arrest warrant was issued on charges of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, sexual abuse of a minor, first and second-degree assault, and multiple additional sexual offense charges.
Carreon, who was arrested last Friday, is jailed in Mecklenburg County to await extradition back to Maryland.
Early voting first day in North Carolina exceeds 2014 start
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The start of early in-person voting in North Carolina brought out more people compared to the first day of the last midterm election in 2014.
The state elections board said Thursday that close to 133,000 people cast ballots statewide on Wednesday’s first day of early voting. In 2014, the total was just over 121,000.
This year’s early voting period covers 18 days through Nov. 3. The 2014 cycle covered 10 days. While the 2014 election featured a U.S. Senate race, there is no such high-profile statewide race this year.
Nearly 149,000 ballots have been cast when mail-in absentee ballots are included. The total appears to reflect energy among Democratic voters. Registered Democrats account for 43 percent of the current turnout while comprising 38 percent of the state’s 7 million registrants.
FEMA to loan RVs to some made homeless by Hurricane Florence
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is loaning recreational vehicles to some North Carolinians whose homes were left uninhabitable by Hurricane Florence.
The News & Observer reports FEMA is loaning RVs and mobile homes to some people who can’t find a place to stay while their homes are being repaired. These are available to people in the 10 counties where FEMA has determined there isn’t enough available rental housing. Each comes with a “living kit” that includes bedding, pots and a coffeemaker.
FEMA spokesman Mike Wade says eight of the temporary homes were delivered by Thursday. He says FEMA has over 100 travel trailers, which families can live in for up to six months. Manufactured homes are available for those whose repairs will take up to 18 months.
Mother makes unique offer to help find son’s killer
(Information from: WBTV-TV, http://www.wbtv.com/)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman has made a unique offer in hopes of finding the person who shot and killed her son on Labor Day.
WBTV in Charlotte reports Lajuana Hill said she and her family will pay to relocate anyone who provides information in the death of Juordan Malik Hill, and will even pay their first month’s rent, “whatever you need to get you out of that environment.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Detective Luke Peden said the suspect fired five shots from more than 30 yards (27 meters) away. Peden said two of those shots hit Juordan Hill, who was visiting with friends in an apartment complex parking lot.
Hill’s parents said they believe their son was targeted, but don’t know why.
Along with the family’s offer, a $6,500 reward is being offered.
New charges filed against North Carolina investment adviser
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say new charges have been filed against a North Carolina investment adviser already accused of fraud and other offenses connected with a Ponzi scheme.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday the new charges filed against 45-year-old Stephen Condon Peters of Raleigh include aggravated identity theft and concealing documents during an examination by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Prosecutors said Peters orchestrated the sale of promissory notes in exchange for investor funds and an annual return of 8 percent or 9 percent over five years. Instead, the prosecutors say he took large sums of investor money and carried out a Ponzi scheme.
Peters was originally indicted last December on multiple charges. A superseding indictment was announced Thursday, and arraignment is scheduled for December.
South Carolina’s Graham to campaign for GOP in 12 states
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Sen. Lindsey Graham is hitting the campaign trail to stump for Republicans in U.S. House and Senate races across the country as the party tries to maintain control of both chambers.
The Republican National Committee tells The Associated Press the South Carolina Republican is traveling to 12 states over 12 days to campaign for Republican candidates.
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says President Donald Trump has enlisted his ally Graham in trying to marshal the party’s energy following contested hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Graham gave an impassioned defense of Kavanaugh during Senate Judiciary committee hearings last month. The RNC says he will make stops in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Graham next faces voters for re-election in 2020.
PUPPY FINDS GUN
Pit bull puppy digs up loaded gun at apartment complex
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina city are treating a pit bull puppy as a hero after he dug up a loaded .38-caliber revolver at an apartment complex.
Greenville police posted on its Facebook page the puppy that officers nicknamed Ryder was playing in the grass at the apartment complex when it found the gun wrapped in a t-shirt. Officers unloaded the gun and took it to police headquarters for storage.
The Facebook post also said Ryder may have prevented a tragedy by keeping the gun from landing in the wrong hands.
Police were to analyze the gun to determine if it had been used in other crimes.
REPO MAN ATTACKED
Sheriff: Woman hit repo man with shovel, attacked deputies
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman is accused of using a shovel to clobber a man trying to repossess a vehicle, and then attacking responding deputies.
The Charlotte Observer cites a Davidson County Sheriff’s Office release that says 43-year-old Michelle Beck’s charges also stem from incidents outside her house before 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The statement says Beck initially confronted and then wielded a shovel against Jacob Wahl of Premier Recovery, a “collateral recovery company” specializing in repossessions. The sheriff’s office says she fled when responding deputies attempted to detain her, and then assaulted them while they tried to arrest her.
It’s unclear whether anyone was seriously injured.
She’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting government officials and resisting arrest. It’s unclear whether she has a lawyer.