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POLL WORKER COMPLAINTS
Complaint: Poll worker handed out Democratic flyer in NC
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A former Republican candidate for the North Carolina legislature says he saw a poll worker handing a Democratic Party flyer to a voter.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the Forsyth County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to investigate Kris McCann’s complaint about the worker at the Southside Library early-voting site.
McCann says he was voting Monday when he saw a poll worker “with Democratic information” talking to someone at a voting station. He says the worker and lead poll worker Don Wolford refused to give him her name.
Elections Director Tim Tsujii says workers can’t distribute campaign literature. He says the woman is still working at the site.
Meanwhile, in Lewisville, voter Deborah Wesley says she’s considering a formal complaint against a poll worker who thanked her “for voting the party of Lincoln.”

 

 

NOT COCAINE-JUST SOAP
Soap believed to be cocaine lands dealers, buyer behind bars
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police say the only clean part of an intended drug deal at a North Carolina airport was the fact that the drugs in question were actually soap bars.
The News & Observer reports Raleigh-Durham International Airport officers arrested 43-year-old Tarvares Hargrave, 40-year-old Jason Anderson and 44-year-old Luz Ortega on drug-trafficking charges Oct. 5. But when the results of a laboratory test came back, police filed different felony charges Tuesday.
Police initially believed Anderson, of New York City, and Ortega, of New Jersey, sold 3 pounds (1.3 kilograms) of cocaine to Hargrave. Instead, according to an arrest warrant for Anderson, Hargrave received “10 bars of Ivory soap wrapped in thick plastic wrap.” But it’s a crime to take part in what someone believes is a drug deal.
It’s unclear whether Anderson and Ortega knew the package was soap.
It’s unclear whether the three have lawyers.

 

 

AP-US-BLACK-REPUBLICAN-CONFRONTED
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.

 

 

HURRICANE MICHAEL-LINEMEN KILLED
Crash kills 2 men repairing power lines downed by hurricane
CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) – Two utility company linemen are dead and a third is critically injured after a pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer hit them while they were repairing lines damaged by Hurricane Michael in Florida’s Panhandle.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened Wednesday evening near Chipley, which is north of Panama City.
Sgt. R.C. Livingston says the vehicle was driving on State Road 77 when it went onto the shoulder and struck the men.
Livingston says 52-year-old George Cecil of Cole Rain, North Carolina, and 60-year-old James Ussery of Chipley, Florida, died. The injured man, described as a 22-year-old from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The highway patrol says 37-year-old John Goedtke is charged with DUI manslaughter, felony vehicular homicide and leaving the scene.

 

 

SAFE STARBUCKS
North Carolina city’s Starbucks designated LGBTQ safe places
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Starbucks locations in a North Carolina city will be the company’s first locations in the southeast to be “Safe Places” for LGBTQ people to wait for police if they’ve been harassed or the victim of a hate crime.
The News & Observer reports the program is part of the Durham Police Department’s strategy to reduce hate-related harassment and crime. On Wednesday, one of Durham’s eight company-operated Starbucks was the first to get a “Safe Place” decal by its front door.
Starbucks workers will be trained how to respond if someone comes in for help.
Police Chief C.J. Davis says she learned of a “Safe Place” program in Seattle and has been working with the LGBTQ liaison officer to implement it in Durham for two years.
The program also includes six other shops.

 

 

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.

 

 

AP-US-FALLING-HUMVEE
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.