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ELECTION 2020-US SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA
Democrat Cal Cunningham enters North Carolina Senate race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A former state senator tells The Associated Press he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican incumbent Thom Tillis.
Democrat Cal Cunningham had been campaigning for lieutenant governor in North Carolina, but he announced Monday he’s switching 2020 races. At least two other Democrats already are running for the seat, which would be a major pickup for Democrats trying to win back a Senate majority.
Cunningham previously ran for Senate in 2010, finishing second in the Democratic primary. His only elected office has been a single term in the state Senate, but the 45-year-old attorney and Iraq War veteran has remained well-connected in state Democratic politics.
Cunningham says he changed races because Washington politicians haven’t solved problems voters care about, including health care, college affordability and gun violence.
Burglary suspect caught, had machete wound inflicted by boy
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police say a burglary suspect with a machete wound from a run-in with an 11-year-old boy has been caught, days after he slipped out of a hospital where he was being treated.
Sgt. Shane Brown of the Burlington Police Department said 19-year-old Jataveon Dashawn Hall was arrested Sunday in Burlington after a two-day manhunt.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Hall faces charges of breaking into a home to burglarize it. Authorities say the home invasion occurred Friday morning and that Hall was chased away by the 11-year-old, who struck him with a machete. The boy was home alone.
Hall later sought hospital treatment for head wounds but slipped away Friday evening, prompting questions about how closely he was guarded.
It wasn’t immediately known if Hall has an attorney.
ORDNANCE ON BEACH
Ordnance found on North Carolina beach, placed in garden
PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina beach town are warning people to be careful after a resident picked up military ordnance from the beach.
The Pine Knoll Shores Police Department issued a statement Friday about the unusual event on the island beach along the North Carolina coast.
Police say a resident found a strange object on the beach then took it home and put it in a flower garden.
The resident became concerned when the object began smoking. It was taken to a fire station and determined to be a phosphorous military ordnance device.
A U.S. Marine Corps unit came and safely disposed of the object. No one was injured.
North Carolina crash causes power outages
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Dozens were without power in a North Carolina city after a car crash took down power lines.
Greensboro Police issued a news release Sunday morning saying that the crash south of downtown had knocked down power lines. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were injuries.
The Duke Energy website indicated that dozens of customers were without power early Sunday afternoon.
Some stoplights were out, and police reminded people to treat them as four-way stops.
Motorcyclist dies in crash on Blue Ridge Parkway
BURNSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man driving a motorcycle on a scenic mountain parkway in North Carolina has died in a crash.
The National Park Service issued a news release Saturday saying the crash happened that afternoon near the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Rangers and rescue crews responded. Resuscitation efforts failed and the man died of his injuries. He was identified as 60-year-old Bryant Chandler of Columbia, South Carolina.
Investigators say he was driving South with other riders who were going to the state park for lunch. The crash happened after the motorcycle in front of him slowed for a right turn and Chandler ran into the bike, according to the news release.
Still, the news release describes the accident as a single-vehicle crash.
FORMER NBA PLAYER CHARGED
Ex-NBA player Anthony Grundy charged in fatal hit and run
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A former NBA player, Anthony Grundy, has pleaded not guilty in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash in Kentucky.
News outlets report the 40-year-old Grundy turned himself in Friday and appeared in court Saturday. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid.
A police report says Grundy told police he knew he hit something on Dixie Highway in Louisville the night of June 7, but did not stop. Police say a woman trying to cross the road died after being struck.
News outlets report that Grundy attended high school in Kentucky and played basketball at North Carolina State University from 1998 to 2002. He then played professionally in several countries and played briefly with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2005-06 season.
Swimmer missing from race down New York’s Hudson River
NEW YORK (AP) – Police are searching for a swimmer who went missing during a race down New York’s Hudson River.
Authorities say 67-year-old Charles van der Horst of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was reported missing just after 3 p.m. Friday near the George Washington Bridge.
The New York City Police Department says the search for van der Horst resumed Saturday after being suspended late Friday.
Van der Horst was taking part in a multi-stage 120-mile (193-kilometer) race down the Hudson called the 8 Bridges Race. Organizers canceled Saturday’s seventh and final stage of the race.
New York Open Water, the organization running the event, says safety protocols were in place and police were escorting the swimmers.
Van der Horst is a retired professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina.
COAST GUARD RESCUE
Coast Guard rescues man from cruise ship off North Carolina
HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) – The Coast Guard has helped take a man from a cruise ship to the mainland for a medical problem.
The Coast Guard’s Portsmouth, Virginia, command center received a call Friday morning that a passenger on the cruise ship was suffering abdominal pain. Helicopters were then launched from a North Carolina station to respond.
The 55-year-old Canadian man and his wife were hoisted aboard the helicopter and taken to a hospital in Morehead City, North Carolina. The medevac took place about 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hatteras.
The Coast Guard didn’t immediately provide further information about the man’s condition.