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YOUTH BASKETBALL COACH-CHILD SEX
Former youth basketball coach sentenced on child sex charges
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A former youth basketball coach in North Carolina has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to child sex offenses.
Media reports say 53-year-old Rodney Scott of Fayetteville pleaded guilty Monday to five counts of statutory sex offense with a minor and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
A judge sentenced Scott to serve at least 20 years and up to 29 years in prison.
Authorities say the crimes occurred in Cumberland County between 2003 and 2016 and involved young teenagers.
Scott worked as a substitute teacher for several years and as a basketball coach and safe schools coordinator at Pine Forest High School, in addition to coaching Amateur Athletic Union basketball players.
Marines’ deployment training spreads across North Carolina
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) – Marine Corps troops gearing up for an overseas deployment are seeing some variety as they train on terrain around North Carolina.
Marines are training their urban assault, movement and other techniques Tuesday on Bladen County property in Elizabethtown. It’s part of two weeks of work that about 1,500 members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Lejeune are putting in before shipping out.
The Marines say people in Ashe, Avery, Bladen and Duplin counties could expect to see military aircraft overhead, military vehicles on the roads and role-playing troops dressed in Middle Eastern dress.
Some overnight activities could include Marines on the ground at isolated areas and sounds of blank gunfire.
Passenger protections for NC ride-sharing users considered
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some North Carolina lawmakers are seeking more protections for ride-sharing service users following the death of a college student this year in South Carolina.
The House Transportation Committee scheduled Tuesday debate on legislation pushed by House Majority Leader John Bell.
Bell and other legislators recently proposed a requirement that drivers for Uber, Lyft and similar companies display illuminated logo signs. The idea came after police say a University of South Carolina student mistakenly got into the car of someone impersonating an Uber driver in March. She was later killed.
South Carolina legislators initially introduced a similar logo sign idea, but instead mandated that drivers display their license tag numbers on a sign on the front of their vehicles. Ride requesters can match the numbers with what the company sends them.
SENSELESS VIOLENCE-JUDGES PLEA
N. Carolina judges plead with locals over ‘senseless’ crime
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Two North Carolina judges have made impromptu emotional pleas to stop the “senseless” violence in Guilford County.
The Greensboro News & Record reports the judges this week addressed the greater Guilford community while handing down the sentences in two murder cases.
Superior Court Judge David Hall on Monday sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder and armed robbery. Hall told the court that the murder was senseless and the robbery that took place days later is indicative of the mindset that has “devoured” most of the county.
Days earlier, Judge Lora Cubbage scolded a 27-year-old woman accused of ordering the death of a 16-year-old. Cubbage, who is black, shouted that the woman shouldn’t “tell me another black life matters if it doesn’t matter to you.”
Appalachian Trail attack leads to revised safety website
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – A fatal stabbing on the Appalachian Trail has led the nonprofit that manages the trail to revise its website for reporting safety issues and suspicious incidents.
The Roanoke Times reports the Appalachian Trail Conservancy redesigned the website to include a bright red 911 button and other information such as online reporting forms. Conservancy communications manager Jordan Bowman says the changes prompted by the May slaying makes the offered information and resources clearer and easier to use.
Hiker and army veteran Ronald Sanchez Jr. was stabbed to death on the trail in southwestern Virginia. James Jordan of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, is charged with murder and assault with intent to murder in the attack on Sanchez and a female hiker whose identity wasn’t immediately released.
SHARK ATTACK-NORTH CAROLINA
Teenager’s leg amputated after weekend shark attack
ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (AP) – A 17-year-old who was attacked by a shark on the North Carolina coast over the weekend says she had a leg amputated.
High school junior Paige Winter issued a statement Monday through Vidant Medical Center in Greenville thanking people for helping her following the attack at Fort Macon State Park on Sunday.
Winter said while she has extensive injuries, including damage to her hands, “I will be okay.” She is recovering at Vidant and said she will require more surgeries. She said she would continue to stay positive and thankful that it wasn’t worse.
The hospital describes the teen as “an unwavering advocate” for marine life, and says Winter “wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”
RACIST RECEIPTS-STORES CLOSED
Chain closes North Carolina stores over racist receipts
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A national chain has closed two of its North Carolina stores and two workers were fired after racist names were added to two customer receipts.
News outlets report Smoothie King announced that it closed the stores in Charlotte after the receipts were issued Sunday.
Photos of the receipts were posted on Twitter. In one instance, an employee listed the n-word as the customer name on a receipt. On the other, a Korean customer was listed as “Jackie Chan.”
A company statement said both workers were terminated and the two stores involved will be closed “until the franchisees and their respective teams complete further training” to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The company also said it is continuing to investigate to ensure that anyone else involved has been fired.
OFFICERS CHARGED-NORTH CAROLINA-AUTOPSY
N Carolina man in taped beating died of cocaine, neck injury
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An autopsy says a North Carolina man videotaped while being beaten by law enforcement officers last year died in February of cocaine poisoning and a neck injury suffered while being restrained.
The newly released state medical examiner’s report says 30-year-old Kyron Hinton began yelling and damaging things while inside a private home in Raleigh. Someone restrained him. The report says damage to Hinton’s throat and cocaine in his system sent his heart into deadly rhythm problems.
Hinton died Feb. 23, one day after receiving an $83,000 settlement stemming from his beating.
In April 2018, Hinton was punched and bitten by a law enforcement dog confronting him as he stood in a road. A Wake County K-9 deputy was fired last month after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges in the case.