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Police: North Carolina man charged with slaying girlfriend
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Crime investigators in North Carolina have charged a wanted man with murdering his girlfriend after he reported to Charlotte-Mecklenberg police headquarters.
A Friday police statement says Isaih Andrew Henderson III has been charged with his girlfriend’s recent slaying after being interviewed by homicide detectives.
Earlier this week, officers responding to assault with a deadly weapon call found 35-year-old Aliyah Sakinah Terry with a stab wound. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
A murder warrant was issued for Henderson, her live-in boyfriend. On Thursday, the 32-year-old suspect reported to police headquarters. It wasn’t immediately clear if Henderson had a lawyer.
Terry’s slaying pushed North Carolina’s largest city past the number of homicides it recorded for all of 2018. She became the city’s 59th homicide so far this year.
NC couple accused of using fake credentials to be teachers
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) – Officials for a North Carolina school district say authorities have charged a teacher with using fake credentials to get the job, two weeks after her husband was arrested on the same charge.
WTVD reports the Johnson County Sherriff’s Department charged 45-year-old Ivette Serrano Hughes with obtaining property by false pretense after officials discovered she’d reportedly doctored her resume and diploma to get the teaching post.
Outlets say Ivette Hughes is married to 40-year-old Torains Adaryll Hughes, who was arrested June 20 on the same charge. Torains Hughes previously worked as a teacher and softball coach, but it was found he had felony convictions in other states.
A statement from a spokeswoman says the school system has tightened up on its document verification procedures amid the cases.
FATAL WRECK-SMOKY MOUNTAINS
Louisiana man dies in wreck at Great Smoky Mountains park
NEWFOUND GAP, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities have identified a Louisiana motorcyclist who died in a wreck at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which borders North Carolina and Tennessee.
Park officials say 50-year-old Clyde Anders Jr., of the Louisiana town of Pleasant Hill, lost control of his motorcycle Thursday afternoon and hit another motorcycle in front of him. Park Service investigators say in a statement that Anders then veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into an SUV.
The fatal crash occurred about a dozen miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina.
Anders was driving on Newfound Gap Road, a scenic mountain pass popular with tourists.
It’s unclear if anyone else was injured in the crash, which closed Newfound Gap Road for roughly three hours.
N Carolina historic site to host reading of Douglass speech
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina historic site is hosting a reading of a speech that abolitionist Frederick Douglass gave in 1852 about Americans celebrating the Fourth of July while millions were still slaves.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the reading of Douglass’ speech titled “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” will take place Friday at the Stagville State Historic Site in Durham. Douglass delivered his speech on July 5, 1852.
More than 900 people were enslaved at Stagville in the 1800s. The former plantation once covered 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares).
People who want to recite parts of Douglass’ speech can sign up at the event to read a particular part, either in English or Spanish. The reading starts at 11 a.m. Friday. It will last about 45 minutes.
FAKE CREDENTIALS-SCHOOL TEACHER
Woman arrested for using fake credentials to become teacher
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) – The wife of a convicted felon who was recently arrested for allegedly using phony credentials to obtain a North Carolina teaching job is now facing the same charges.
WRAL reports that Ivette Serrano Hughes has been charged with obtaining property by false pretense. She resigned from her middle school teaching position before Johnston County Schools could fire her.
She’s married to Torains Adaryll Hughes, a former high school instructor and coach who was arrested June 20 for using faked documents to teach social studies. Investigators have confirmed he has out-of-state felony convictions. It was not immediately clear if the married suspects had lawyers.
District officials say they have revamped procedures to prevent scammers from using bogus credentials to gain jobs as educators. It’s not clear what specific procedures have changed.
TRANSGENDER BATHROOM ARREST
Transgender woman arrested after bathroom dispute escalates
SHELBY, N.C. (AP) – The Denny’s restaurant chain wants its customers to know that they can use the bathroom of their gender identity, nationwide, after a transgender woman was arrested this weekend in North Carolina.
News outlets say a man called police when the transgender woman used the same bathroom as his wife at a Denny’s in Shelby, North Carolina.
Responding officers informed the man that the 22-year-old transgender woman broke no law. But their dispute escalated, and the transgender woman was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly spitting toward the man and his family.
A Denny’s statement says the company “does not tolerate discrimination of any kind” and expects customers to treat people equally.
SMOKABLE HEMP BANS
North Carolina proposes smokable hemp ban as demand grows
CLIMAX, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina is the latest state looking to ban smokable hemp. A bill containing the proposed ban passed the Senate in June and is now being considered in the House.
If passed, the state will join Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas and Tennessee in either banning or limiting smokable hemp products.
Many people smoke hemp for its CBD, a compound that many believe helps with issues like pain or anxiety. After the CBD craze of the past few years, smokable hemp has recently surged in popularity and can sell for up to $1,000 per pound.
North Carolina farmers say a ban will hurt their profits. But, law enforcement says there is no way to discern smokable hemp, which doesn’t produce a high, from marijuana.
COAST GUARD-MISSING SWIMMER
Guard suspends search for missing swimmer in North Carolina
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search for a man who disappeared while swimming with a boogie board near a North Carolina inlet with treacherous currents.
Various federal, state and local agencies searched for the man since he was reported missing Wednesday morning by Oregon Inlet. The Guard suspended its search late Wednesday after a crew found his boogie board by an old bridge.
The National Park Service has identified the missing swimmer as a 60-year-old man. His name has not been released. He was apparently not wearing a life jacket.
Officer 1st Class Scott Dempsey is a search-and-rescue coordinator at the Guard’s 5th District in Portsmouth, Virginia. He says there have been at least six regional deaths of people not wearing life jackets in the past week alone.