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Police: Armed white man confronts black GOP volunteer
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say an armed white man confronted a black Republican volunteer at a polling place and has been arrested.
Volunteer Derek Partee tells The News & Observer that three white people angrily approached him Wednesday at a poll in Charlotte. He posted pictures of the people on Facebook, saying they were calling him racial slurs and threatening him. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say in a release that the armed man was carrying a BB gun. His identity hasn’t been released yet.
Partee says the people approached him asking about his party, but “they didn’t care whether I was a Democrat or a Republican, they just cared that I was black.” Police say the other people won’t be charged because they were found to have not violated any laws.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Family of man shot by police awaiting result of state probe
WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A pastor says the family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer is awaiting an investigative report to decide whether to hire a lawyer.
Pastor Marcus Miller of New Birth Christian Center in Washington said Cedric Pritchard’s family is considering legal options but waiting for a pending State Bureau of Investigation report before deciding next steps.
Miller, who spoke to Cedric Pritchard’s mother Wednesday afternoon, said his body was released to the family Tuesday night. He said the community has been peaceful in the aftermath of the shooting.
The Washington Police Department issued a statement saying Pritchard was shot Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop after he got out of his vehicle with a gun. North Carolina prison records show Pritchard had served time for felony robbery.
SEXUAL ASSAULTS-DATING APPS
Police say dating apps behind increase in sexual assaults
(Information from: WBTV-TV, http://www.wbtv.com/)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina city say dating apps are behind an increase in sexual assaults in 2018.
News outlets report Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police told a news conference Wednesday there have been 20 cases of sexual assault this year involving a dating app, compared to 15 in all of 2017.
In one instance, police said the victim told officers she was given an unknown narcotic and sexually assaulted. Another victim told police they were kicked in the groin and abdomen before being held down and forcibly attacked.
In yet another case, the victim said her assailant fired a shotgun into the air.
The Charlotte Observer reports police have made one arrest in a 2018 case. Fourteen are open investigations, and in five cases, the victim decided not to pursue prosecution.
Official: Humvee dropped from plane by mistake in rural area
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Military officials say an Air Force C-17 prematurely dropped a Humvee by parachute into rural North Carolina, miles from the intended target, but no injuries were reported on the ground.
Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum told news outlets the parachute opened and the vehicle landed Wednesday in a wooded area between two homes between the Johnsonville and Spout Springs communities in Harnett County, about 7 miles (11km) north of Fort Bragg’s drop zones.
McCollum said the heavy drop was part of a test conducted by soldiers from the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate. The unit tests new equipment and procedures to support the aerial delivery and transportation of military equipment. He said the incident is under investigation. The aircraft is stationed at Joint Air Force Base Charleston.
North Carolina finally gets Medicaid waiver for managed care
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina has finally obtained official federal government approval to shift the state’s Medicaid program to a managed-care system.
The state Department of Health and Human Services said it received Wednesday a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to move away from the traditional fee-for-service program used for decades.
The state initially made its waiver application in 2016, amending it last year. The General Assembly approved the transition idea in 2015.
Under the plan, statewide managed-care companies or regional hospital and doctor networks will get flat monthly amounts for each patient covered. The system would also include mental health and prescription benefits.
DHHS already has received bid offers from eight companies or networks interested in managed-care contracts. The agency wants to begin managed care late next year.
N Carolina county’s voters complain about touch-screen votes
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A large North Carolina county is telling voters to look closely at their ballot decisions on touch-screen machines after some early-voter complaints that their choices were recorded incorrectly.
Guilford County elections director Charlie Collicutt said Wednesday he’s received a handful of reports of voters intending to vote one way but the choice registering differently on screens before ballots were submitted. Those voters made the fix.
Collicutt attributes the issue to old technology – he says Guilford’s touch-screen machines were purchased in 2006. The machines in question were serviced. He says voters have three ways to double-check their choices before they are submitted.
About 34,000 people have voted at Guilford’s early in-person sites since such voting began Oct. 17. Close to 700,000 people had voted at early-voting sites statewide through Tuesday.
Tony Hoagland, witty, prize-winning poet, dead at 64
NEW YORK (AP) – A prize-winning poet admired for his candor and sharp, off-beat humor has died. Tony Hoagland was 64.
Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, told The Associated Press that Hoagland died Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The cause was pancreatic cancer.
A native of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hoagland published several works of poetry and essays about poetry. The titles helped sum up his take on life: “Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty,” “Application for Release from the Dream” and “Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God,” which came out this year. He was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award for his 2005 collection “Rain.”
His other honors included the Jackson Prize, given to poets of “exceptional talent” who deserve greater attention.
3 college basketball recruiting insiders convicted in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) – Three insiders from the world of college basketball recruiting have been convicted in a corruption case that prosecutors said exposed the sport’s underbelly.
A jury reached the verdict Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.
The government had accused a former Adidas executive, a business manager and the director of an amateur league in a scheme to funnel tens of thousands of dollars in secret payments to the families so the prospects would commit to Adidas-sponsored schools.
Prosecutors said the defendants committed fraud by concealing the payments that violated NCAA rules. Defense lawyers argued there was no evidence colleges suffered any harm.
The case caused a scandal that forced the exit of legendary Louisville coach Rick Pitino last year.