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3 North Carolina sheriffs to speak out against detainer bill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some North Carolina sheriffs who’ve refused to hold people who would otherwise be released from jail if federal agents say they might be in the country unlawfully are still opposed to updated legislation aiming to address the issue.
Sheriffs from Mecklenburg, Wake and Buncombe counties plan to speak at a Legislative Building news conference on Wednesday before a Senate committee debates and votes on the bill.
These recently elected sheriffs announced they wouldn’t comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers for people charged with state crimes, saying it’s not in the best interest of community safety and may be unconstitutional .
House legislation forcing sheriffs to fulfill those requests was changed in the Senate, to require orders from judges or magistrates. These sheriffs still have concerns about due process.
Crews search river for mother of kids found in burning home
TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Crews searched North Carolina’s Catawba River for the body of a woman whose children were found dead in a burning mobile home over the weekend.
News outlets report authorities identified the missing woman as 38-year-old Maria Calderon, the mother of 11-year-old Angel Pacheco and 12-year-old America Pacheco, who were found dead in a burning home Saturday.
The Alexander County Sherriff’s Office says Calderon is presumed dead and they believe she and the children died before the fire was set.
Outlets say authorities arrested and charged Calderon’s ex-husband, 30-year-old Areli Aguirre Avilez, as well as a 16-year-old girl with three counts each of first-degree murder.
It’s unclear whether they have attorneys who can speak on their behalf.
N Carolina sheriff ends senior citizen check-in program
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office is ending a program that keeps tabs on about 100 senior citizens.
Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker tells WRAL-TV that Citizens Well-Check is ending as “the bigger picture here is serving all of Wake County.”
Participants in the Citizens Well-Check program receive an automated call from the sheriff’s office at 3 p.m. each day. After a couple of other checks, a deputy is dispatched if there’s no response.
It serves senior citizens who live alone and have no one to check on them. There’s a waitlist of people wanting to join the program.
Baker couldn’t say how much time or manpower is spent on the program, which was launched by former Sheriff Donnie Harrison in 2005. Harrison says he’s disappointed to see it end.
KITTENS THROWN OFF HIGHWAY
North Carolina authorities: Kittens being thrown off highway
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say people have been throwing kittens off of two state highways, and some into the Neuse River below.
News outlets report the Craven County Sheriff’s office says they’ve received “multiple reports” of kittens being tossed from cars along U.S. 17 and U.S. 70. Officials say they’re “aggressively” investigating the incidents.
Sun Journal reports the sheriff said both live and dead cats have been recovered and added that some were apparently thrown from a nearby bridge into the river in eastern North Carolina.
In a Facebook post , officials said extra patrols have been assigned to the bridge and the sheriff’s department is monitoring video taken by cameras on the bridge.
IVANKA TRUMP-FACILITY TOUR
Ivanka Trump, Commerce secretary tour manufacturing plant
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Ivanka Trump and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross have toured a North Carolina manufacturing plant as part of a workforce development visit.
The Charlotte Observer reports President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser went with Ross to the Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub, which manufactures power generation equipment. The Tuesday tour preceded a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Committee, an arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Trump and Ross also met with Central Piedmont Community College students who work part-time at the facility in Siemens’ apprentice program.
Trump opened the workforce advisory board meeting with a reference to actions the government has taken since March to advance the board’s goals, which include expanding Pell Grants to give formerly imprisoned people easier access to jobs after their release.
ACT TESTS NOT SUBMITTED
School says ‘human error’ to blame for missing ACT scores
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) – Rising seniors at a North Carolina high school do not have their ACT test scores because their answer sheets were never submitted.
News outlets report more than 400 students at Pinecrest High School were notified Tuesday that they were affected. School leaders say the missing scores are due to “human error,” and appropriate personnel action has been taken.
The school says it plans to administer the test again in the fall at no cost to the students. All juniors took the ACT on Feb. 20 and March 13.
Pinecrest High School Spokesperson Catherine Murphy says the school learned the tests weren’t submitted when ACT officials said they hadn’t received the answer sheets.
Moore County Schools says it’s looking in to security, processes and protocols for giving tests like the ACT.
COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Autopsy: Campus shooting victims each had 6 or more wounds
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An autopsy shows that a student credited with tackling a gunman during a fatal North Carolina campus rampage suffered eight gunshot wounds, and another slain student was shot six times.
The autopsy released Tuesday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says Riley Howell had four wounds to the head or neck, two to the chest and one on each arm during the April shooting at UNC-Charlotte. The other slain student, Ellis Reed Parlier, had six gunshot wounds.
Police have said 21-year-old Howell saved lives by charging the gunman and bringing him to the ground. Trystan Andrew Terrell is charged with murder in the deaths of Howell and Parlier. Four other students survived wounds.
The motive for the shooting hasn’t been made clear.
Shark attack survivor gets message from Robert Downey Jr.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina teenager who lost a leg in a shark attack this month got a personal message from the actor who plays “Iron Man” in Marvel’s superhero movies.
Robert Downey Jr. uploaded a video addressed to 17-year-old Paige Winter on his Instagram on Tuesday, calling her heroic and resilient. He asked the teenager to be an ambassador for his climate change coalition, which aims to use advanced technologies to clean up the environment. After the June 2 attack, Winter had spoken out in support of ocean and shark conservancy.
Winter was surprised with the message during an interview that aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” At a news conference last week, her father said she was a big fan of Downey and asked him to follow her on Instagram.