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TROOPER KILLED-NORTH CAROLINA
Hundreds gather for funeral of slain North Carolina trooper
TABOR CITY, N.C. (AP) – Hundreds of friends, family and colleagues have gathered for the funeral of a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.
Services for Trooper Kevin Conner took place Sunday at South Columbus High School in Tabor City. An outdoor ceremony was held on the school campus in lieu of a public graveside memorial. A private service was scheduled for family and close friends following the funeral.
Conner, an 11-year veteran of the patrol, stopped a pickup truck last week on suspicion of speeding in rural Columbus County. Patrol First Sgt. Michael Baker said the driver shot Conner as he approached.
Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis, a 20-year-old of Chadbourn, was later apprehended. He’s charged with first-degree murder.
He was an 11-year veteran of the patrol.
STRONG WINDS-ART FESTIVAL
Last day of arts festival called off due to strong winds
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The fourth and final day of a downtown Raleigh arts festival that had already been rescheduled once due to Hurricane Florence has been scrapped due to strong, gusty winds.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the last day of the four-day SPARKcon festival was called off Sunday after wind gusts overturned tents and tossed other gear and supplies overnight.
In an early Sunday statement, event organizers said they were “calling a truce with Mother Nature” and canceling the festival’s last day due before it got started.
Sunday activities included music, street-painting and fashion events. The festival features more than 2,000 artists.
Wildlife facility cancels transfer of young giraffe
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina wildlife facility will not be receiving a one-year-old giraffe as scheduled after an animal park in New York decided to call off the move.
Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, had announced in September that Tajiri (tah-JEER’-ee) the giraffe would be moved in late October to the Carolina Wildlife Conservation Park, located in Harnett County. Tajiri is the offspring of April the giraffe. April’s pregnancy drew more than 232 million YouTube live views during a seven-week period.
But in a Saturday social media post, the New York facility announced it was forced to cancel Tajiri’s transfer. It said “requirements and deadlines were not satisfied” to complete the animal’s move.
The North Carolina wildlife facility did not immediately return a Sunday email seeking comment.
CHARLOTTE-HIT AND RUN
Charlotte police search for motorist after fatal hit-and-run
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run and searching for a motorist.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department statement issued Saturday says Eric Ryan Elsea was hit by a car that failed to stop at the scene.
His body was found in a roadway in the Hickory Grove area of Charlotte.
Police say Elsea was not wearing any reflective clothing as he walked late Friday toward traffic. The street where he was hit has overhead lights but no sidewalk or shoulder. They say it appears that alcohol was a contributing factor.
Detectives are searching for the driver of a white Ford F-350 pickup with a tool box in the bed that may have been involved in the fatal accident.
Police investigate deadly shooting outside bowling alley
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Police are investigating a double shooting outside a North Carolina bowling alley that has left one person dead.
WGHP-TV reports that shots were fired early Saturday in the parking lot of the High Point Bowling Center. Two people were hit by gunfire.
One person died at the scene. The other is being treated for serious injuries at a local hospital.
Police have not immediately released the identity or any other information about the victims citing an ongoing investigation. They also have not released a possible motive for the gun violence.
Amid a rash of shootings, High Point Police Chief Kenneth Schultz has recently spoken out against local gang activity.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the Saturday shooting to contact the High Point Police department.
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE-WARREN
Warren ancestry highlights how tribes decide membership
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – The clash between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and President Donald Trump over her Native American heritage highlights the varying methods tribes use to decide who belongs.
The decision has wide-ranging consequences for Native American communities and their relationship with the federal government.
Some tribes rely on blood relationships to confer membership. Historically, they took a broader view that included non-biological connections and people’s value in society.
The 573 federally recognized tribes are sovereign governments that must be consulted on issues that affect them. Within tribes, enrollment also means being able to seek office, vote in tribal elections and secure property rights.
For centuries, a person’s percentage of Native American blood had nothing to do with determining who was a tribal member. And for some tribes, it still doesn’t.
600 Florence-displaced families listed for temporary housing
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Nine North Carolina families left homeless by Hurricane Florence have received temporary housing from the federal government, which has a 600-family waiting list for the travel trailers and mobile homes.
Officials said Friday that 10 travel trailers have been set up for nine families in Duplin, Onslow and Pender counties. A spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety says one family required two travel trailers.
Two mobile homes were expected to be set up Friday.
The temporary housing is available to people in the 10 counties where the Federal Emergency Management Agency has determined there isn’t enough rental housing.
At a news conference Friday, the FEMA federal coordinating officer for North Carolina said officials are moving “incredibly fast” on temporary housing.
Florence made landfall Sept. 14 in North Carolina.
RAPE VICTIM’S SKETCH-ARREST
Prosecutors: Teen’s sketch helps make arrest in her rape
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors say a North Carolina teenager’s artistic ability and keen eye has helped make an arrest in her 2017 rape.
News outlets report Wake County prosecutors said in court Thursday the girl was able to give police a drawing of the man she says had sexually assaulted her when she was 15. Prosecutors say she was raped in a Raleigh neighborhood as she was walking home from a swimming pool.
County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says sketches in such cases are usually done professionally, not by a victim.
Prosecutors say the girl contacted authorities again after seeing the man’s photo from a robbery on TV in February. They say 28-year-old Sean Thomas Klinek is charged with rape and other offenses. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment.