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TROOPER KILLED-NORTH CAROLINA
Prosecutors: 2nd person arrested in trooper’s death
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors say a second person has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper during a traffic stop last week.
The Columbus County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday that a second suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of Trooper Kevin Conner. District Attorney Jon David planned a news conference on Tuesday to provide more information.
Conner, an 11-year veteran of the patrol, stopped a pickup truck last week on suspicion of speeding on a highway in rural Columbus County southwest of Whiteville. Patrol First Sgt. Michael Baker said the driver shot Conner as he approached.
Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis, a 20-year-old from Chadbourn, was later apprehended. He’s charged with first-degree murder.
Farmer finds decomposing body in N Carolina soybean field
MONROE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina farmer has found a decomposed body among the rows of soybeans in his field.
News outlets report the farmer was harvesting his crop Monday afternoon when he spotted the body in the 250-acre (101-hectare) field and called 911.
Union County officials believe the body had been there for a while, and said they couldn’t tell if the remains belonged to a man or a woman. Union County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Todd Elmore says it’s too early to tell if foul play was involved.
Elmore says authorities will wait to hear back from the medical examiner.
The soybean field in around 30 miles southeast of Charlotte. According to the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, the crop is typically planted between May and July.
UNC Asheville names lecture hall for 4 black professors
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The University of North Carolina, Asheville has named a humanities lecture hall after four of the school’s first four black professors.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the school held a ceremony Friday to recognize the newly named Mullen & James Humanities Hall. The renaming ceremony took place during its fifth African-Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference.
Dolly Jenkins-Mullen and Dwight Mullen taught English, Charles James taught chemistry and Deborah “Dee” Grimes-James taught English. They came to the school in 1984, and were among its first African-American faculty members.
During their first decade at the school, the quartet created the African-American Colloquium to support first-year students. They recently retired.
Interdisciplinary, International, & Africana Studies Programs Director Agya Boakye-Boaten says they changed the course of UNCA’s “history in profound ways.”
Judges: All election board laws struck down to stay in place
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina judges have agreed to delay enforcing their entire ruling striking down several parts of the state’s election administration laws until fall election results are certified.
Members of the three-judge panel signed Monday an order sought jointly by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders involved in litigation challenging the latest iteration of the state election board.
A majority of the panel ruled last week that the current nine-member board structure was unconstitutional because it failed to give Cooper adequate control over the agency. Cooper has strong influence over only four board members.
The panel kept intact the board’s composition until after the November election, but it had not delayed rulings striking down other board-related laws until Monday. The order keeps the status quo through Dec. 3.
Despite delay, NC State Fair flirts with attendance of 1M
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The 2018 North Carolina State Fair overcame a one-day delay and nearly topped 1 million in attendance.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a news release the 10-day event attracted 977,256 people, including record attendance on Friday and Sunday.
On Friday, the fair set an attendance day record of 109,396. On Sunday, the final day, the fair set a record for the day with 130,319 patrons.
The start of the fair was delayed as the remnants of Hurricane Michael rolled through the state.
The annual Junior Livestock Sale of Champions brought in a record $284,000 for the youth showing the animals and for livestock scholarship programs. The fair also brought in 230,813 pounds of food on Hunger Relief Day.
OIL PIPELINE-HIGHWAY LAWSUIT
Lawsuit filed over highway shutdown during pipeline protest
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two members of the Standing Rock Sioux and a reservation priest are suing over a five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The state shut down a stretch of Highway 1806 in October 2016, after a bridge was damaged by fires. It wasn’t reopened until March 2017, after initial repairs were completed and nearby protest camps shut down.
The highway is the main route between the reservation and Bismarck.
The lawsuit says the closure violated people’s constitutional rights to travel, assemble, pray and express viewpoints. It seeks unspecified money damages from the state, Morton County and private security firm TigerSwan. It also seeks class action status, meaning it would apply to all affected people if granted.
The defendants didn’t immediately file a response.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Police officer shoots, kills man in North Carolina
WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a white North Carolina police officer shot and killed a black motorist who stepped out of his vehicle with a gun during a traffic stop.
Washington, North Carolina, Police and Fire Services Director Stacy Drakeford issued a statement saying the shooting happened Sunday afternoon.
Drakeford said after the traffic stop was initiated, the driver got out of his vehicle with a gun. The officer then shot the man, fatally wounding him. The driver was identified as Cedric Pritchard of Washington.
Drakeford said by phone that Pritchard was black, and the officer involved was a white man.
Drakeford didn’t immediately respond to an email later in the day asking if Pritchard made any gestures with the gun.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case.
MURDER SUSPECT SHOT
Suspect in North Carolina shooting death shot by deputy
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials say one of two people accused in the shooting death of a man in a grocery store parking lot is hospitalized after a sheriff’s deputy shot him.
Greenville police told local news outlets Billy Earl Grizzard III and Kellie Anne Moseley were arrested Saturday in Beaufort County and charged in the shooting death of 19-year-old Seth Nicholas Street. They face additional charges in Beaufort County.
Moseley is jailed on a $200,000 bond. It’s not known if she has an attorney.
Police said officers chased Grizzard and Moseley after they were seen leaving a house they had broken into. Authorities said Grizzard was shot in the arm as deputies tried to arrest him.
One deputy is on administrative leave as the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation looks into the shooting.