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Plane makes emergency landing in W.Va. shortly after takeoff
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Officials at a West Virginia airport say a plane with 60 people on board made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff with a possible problem with the landing gear.
Yeager Airport in Charleston says in a news release the PSA Airlines plane departed from the airport Saturday but then returned and landed safely. The plane was headed for Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.
Police and fire crews were mobilized at different locations around the airport as the plane returned. No injuries were reported.



Wild horse ok after car collision on Outer Banks
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) – Caretakers for a group of wild horses on North Carolina’s Outer Banks say a horse suffered only minor injuries after a collision with a vehicle on the beach.
The Corolla Wild Horse fund said Sunday that they identified the injured horse as a sorrel stallion that suffered only some swelling and scrapes on his muzzle as a result of the Friday night crash.
The vehicle suffered significant damage Friday night, and the horse ran off in the dark. Searchers looked for the horse over the weekend, concerned it might have been badly hurt.
Four-wheel drive vehicles are routinely allowed to drive on the Corolla beaches, which are also home to herd of about 100 wild horses. Their lineage is believed to trace back to 16th-century Spanish explorations.



North Carolina man charged after shots fired at police
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he was arrested in a home-barricade situation in which police say he exchanged fire with officers.
Fayetteville Police on Saturday announced charges against 47-year-old Russell Peverley including three counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Police said Peverley barricaded himself in his home late Friday night after neighbors called police to report a domestic disturbance. Officers heard gunshots when they arrived.
Police say he fired at the officers, and they returned fire. Police said no officers were injured, but multiple police cars were struck with bullets.
Peverley was arrested early Saturday morning and taken to the hospital for treatment. It is unclear if he was shot.
Peverley is white. The races of the officers were not released.



5-year-old killed in drive-by shooting; 3 teenagers charged
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Three teenagers in North Carolina have been charged with murder after a 5-year-old was shot and killed in what police say was a drive-by shooting.
Winston-Salem Police say the boy was shot in the head while he was in his apartment on Cole Ridge Circle, off Cole Road.
Police say the shooters appeared to be firing randomly and that three separate apartments were struck. No one else was injured.
Police arrested three teenagers later Saturday. Police identified 17-year-old Oscar Mendez-Rodriguez as one of those arrested. A 14-year-old and 15-year-old are also charged but were not publicly identified. The investigation is ongoing.
Police said it was the 13th homicide in the city so far this year, compared to 12 at the same point last year.



1-year-old found safe after car stolen from delivery driver
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a toddler was found safe after a thief stole a car containing the child from a food delivery driver.
Southern Pines Police say a DoorDash driver was making deliveries Friday night with her 1-year-old son in tow.
At about 9 p.m., she made a delivery on Murray Hill Road and left her car running and unlocked.
Police say the car was then stolen with the child inside.
The car was recovered about an hour later on South Gaines Street a mile or two away. The boy was alone and unharmed.
Police said Saturday that they have an active kidnapping investigation underway to find the person who stole the car.



Man faces criminal charge after July 4 crash in NC lake
LAKE JAMES, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a North Carolina man after a July 4 personal watercraft collision on Lake James that killed another man.
Newsoutlets report that 47 year-old Edward Muniz of Henderson County is charged with felony death by impaired boating. He was released Friday on $50,000 bond.
Police say 911 calls started coming in Thursday night at about 10 p.m.
Hsaingtak Tong, also of Henderson County, was killed in the crash. He died on scene.
Authorities say the accident between the Jet Ski-type watercraft occurred between Benfield’s Landing and the new section of Lake James State Park.
The accident remains under investigation.



GOP runoff voters pick between NC doctors in the House
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff in eastern North Carolina will decide on a candidate to succeed the late Rep. Walter Jones Jr.
The campaign between urologist Greg Murphy of Greenville and Kinston pediatrician Joan Perry has largely been about who can best carry the conservative mantle for the 3rd Congressional District. The winner advances to the September general election.
While the two candidates have very similar platforms, the runoff has evolved into a battle among Washington-based political expenditure committees and well-known Republican lawmakers seeking to fashion candidate differences to sway voters.
Murphy got the most votes among 17 GOP candidates in the April primary, but failed to get enough to win outright.



Something will be missing from LGBTQ float: LGBTQ children
SPARTA, N.C. (AP) – Organizers in a western North Carolina town who built a parade float built to show support for LGBTQ children who face bullying are banning children from the float because of threats they’ve received on social media.
Rebecca Allen tells the Winston-Salem Journal that the float in Sparta’s Fourth of July parade Saturday will show LGBTQ children in the town of about 1,700 people that they’re loved. Allen is the mother of a transgender son.
But anyone under 18 years old will observe from a designated cheering section and won’t march in the parade because organizers say they’ve received threats. Sparta Police Chief Bob Lane says his officers will take extra precautions because of social media comments.
Sparta is located in Alleghany County, about 70 miles (112 km) northwest of Winston-Salem.



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