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Woman: Husband killed in freak accident on N Carolina beach
OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) – A woman says her husband was killed on the North Carolina coast when a wave crashed into him, slamming his head into the sand and breaking his neck.
Shannon Dingle tweeted about Lee Dingle’s death, saying “my partner, my love, and my home died today after a freak accident.”
She said her husband was playing in the water Thursday with several of their six children when he was hit by the intense wave.
Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said rescuers took him to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he died.
Dingle is a writer whose work focuses on surviving sexual assault and parenting. A GoFundMe for the Raleigh family raised nearly $140,000 as of Monday.
NC ZOO-WORKER DEATH
Zoo IDs worker who died in training exercise fall
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Zoo officials have identified the worker who died in a training exercise fall, and have announced a fund to support his young daughter.
The News and Observer reports the North Carolina Zoo confirmed late last week the employee was 38-year-old arborist Branson Langley.
Langley died in a 20 to 30-foot (6 to 9-meter) fall from a tree while simulating the rescue of a trapped co-worker.
In a Facebook post , the zoo announced a fund for Langley’s 9-year-old daughter to support her education and “help her achieve all the dreams that her father wished for her.”
The paper reports Langley’s death was the first fatality since the zoo opened in 1974.
The accident is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and the Department of Labor.
SHOOTING WHILE STEERING
Police say drunk driver accidentally fired gun while driving
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – Police say a drunk driver accidentally fired a gun while steering his car in a parking lot brewery in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
The Raleigh News & Observer reports that James Mullen was making a U-turn in the parking lot at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, when officers heard shots fired.
Police stopped the car and found a semiautomatic handgun and shell casing. Police say there was a bullet hole in the windshield.
Police say it appears Mullen had the gun in his hand while steering and accidentally shot it. There were two passengers in the car. Police say no one was injured.
The police department says Mullen was charged with driving while impaired and for discharging the firearm.
Kill Devil Hills is a town on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run in Fuquay-Varina
FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (AP) – Police in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, have arrested a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run.
Authorities received a call early Sunday morning from someone who reported a body by the side of the road.
When police arrived, they found a body in the road and debris from a car. Police later found a car with passenger-side damage and arrested the driver.
The victim’s name was being withheld until family members are notified.
America’s got scallops: Catch is up, consumers shelling out
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – America’s harvest of scallops is increasing to near-record levels at a time when the shellfish are in high demand.
Sea scallops, harvested mostly by boats from the cold Atlantic Ocean, are the target of one of the most valuable fisheries in America. New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the harvest topped 58.2 million pounds last year, the highest total since 2011 and the fifth-highest in history according to NOAA statistics going back to 1945.
The availability of scallops for consumers hasn’t changed as the U.S. harvest has long been supplemented by foreign sources. Prices to consumers have also held about steady.
NOAA says American scallops were worth $532.9 million at the docks last year. That’s the third-highest figure.
COASTAL PROTECTION ZONES
Plan would make coastal mansions eligible for disaster aid
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) – A proposed sweeping overhaul of federal protection zones along the East Coast would make hundreds of waterfront homes including multimillion-dollar estates newly eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid.
The plan by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service also would shut off the federal disaster aid spigot to many public parks and beaches that rely on such funding to repair storm damage.
The agency says the changes will fix mistakes on the maps of the Coastal Barrier Resources System. The system was created to discourage development on coastal lands. Properties in the system cannot receive federal aid.
The remapping would make more than 900 properties eligible for aid.
Government spending watchdog groups say the proposal would stress already-strained disaster aid programs.
But some environmental groups applaud the proposal since it also puts lots of land into the protection system.
Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
NEW YORK (AP) – A heat wave will continue to keep much of the Eastern United States in its grip Sunday, while a cold front that could lower temperatures in the middle of the country may be accompanied by thunderstorms that threaten flash floods.
The National Weather Service says the “oppressive and dangerous” heat wave will abate by Monday and Tuesday. The agency says the greatest heat threat is in the Carolinas up to Maine, where temperatures will feel like 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 43 degrees Celsius).
Temperatures are expected to remain at or above the high 70s overnight (26 degrees Celsius).
Inland, a cold front stretching between the Central Plains and the Great Lakes region is forecast to move south, carrying showers and thunderstorms that could bring heavy rainfall and flash flooding to the Midwest.
Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz, Julie Walker, Ben Walker and Ronald Blum in New York; Michael Balsamo in Washington; Susan Haigh in Norwich, Connecticut, and Tom Canavan in Oceanport, New Jersey, and Michal Dwojak in Chicago contributed to this report.
Stripper sues Charlotte exotic dance club over pay
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A stripper is suing an exotic dance club in Charlotte, North Carolina, because she contends dancers are being shorted in their pay.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Samantha Hannah argues in the federal lawsuit that Club Onyx is violating state and federal labor laws by failing to pay salaries and overtime. Hannah says the club takes the tips customers give her and other dancers, without legal justification.
The lawsuit says the club gets away with the practice by classifying its dancers as independent contractors rather than employees.
The newspaper says Club Onyx management has not responded to phone and email messages left Friday. And lawyers for the club haven’t filed a written response in court.
Dancers have reaped large awards in similar lawsuits in other parts of the country.