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Authorities say baby’s death classified a homicide
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in western North Carolina say the death of a 10-month-old baby is being investigated as a homicide.
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office tells local media outlets preliminary autopsy findings indicate the child was killed. An investigation is ongoing, and no charges had been filed as of Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office previously said deputies responded to a home last week for the reported cardiac arrest of an infant and observed the child with “several injuries.” The baby was pronounced dead at a hospital later that day.
Missing North Carolina swimmer found dead near beach
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina sheriff’s officials say they’ve found the body of the missing college student last seen swimming near Wrightsville Beach.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday afternoon that 21-year-old Ian William Malson had been found dead in waters near the beach.
Rescue teams had been looking for Malson since Saturday, when he disappeared while swimming with friends near Palm Tree Island. The U.S. Coast Guard says Malson’s friends realized he didn’t make it back to the boat and called for help.
News outlets report the two-day search included Coast Guard boats and a helicopter from New Hanover County.
East Carolina University confirmed that Malson was enrolled at the school as a construction management major.
No cause of death has been released and the sheriff’s office says they’re investigating.
Someone’s slashing tires at NC coast, mainly Jeep Wranglers
OUTER BANKS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a tire-slasher has rolled into Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is apparently targeting Jeep Wranglers.
The Charlotte Observer reports Bodie and Hatteras islands were hit with a rash of vandalism that left seven cars with slashed tires, sometimes including the spare.
A press release from park services said seven owners in the past two weeks have reported puncture damages to their tires. Five of those vehicles were Jeep Wranglers.
Cape Hatteras officials didn’t speculate on why Jeep Wranglers were targeted.
WCXL-FM reported on July 18 that another Wrangler and a GMC Yukon had their tires punctured at Kill Devil Hills.
Park rangers are increasing patrols as the investigation is ongoing. They’re coordinating investigative efforts with Dare County, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head authorities.
Changes to HIV criminal laws divide advocates and experts
ATLANTA (AP) – In about 20 states, it’s a crime for people with HIV to have sex without first informing their partner of their infection.
But advances in viral suppression now make it effectively impossible for a person with the proper medical treatment to transmit the disease.
North Carolina and Michigan recently exempted HIV patients from prosecution if they are on medication that has suppressed their virus.
But many advocates for HIV patients say the new policies create an underclass of people who don’t have access to drugs and are therefore still vulnerable to prosecution.
They say states should instead decriminalize HIV exposure altogether unless the person intends to infect someone.
Defenders of the laws say HIV is still a threat to public health.
Police wait downstream for suspect trying to swim to freedom
LAKE LURE, N.C. (AP) – A wanted Tiki bar cook tried to flee authorities by swimming away in a North Carolina river, but was caught by officers waiting downstream.
A Lake Lure Police statement says 38-year-old Jesse Lee Boyd was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on warrants accusing him of forgery or counterfeiting in Iowa.
Investigators said they made a plan over the weekend to arrest him at the management office of the Geneva Riverside Tiki Bar. But they say Boyd was warned as he walked to the office and fled on foot before dashing into the Rocky Broad River.
Officers positioned themselves downstream along the banks, and Boyd eventually gave himself up.
A police statement Monday said department officials didn’t know if Boyd has an attorney.
RNC HOST-TRUMP COMMENTS
Charlotte, host of GOP convention, condemns Trump’s comments
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Lawmakers of the North Carolina city set to host the 2020 Republican National Convention have condemned recent comments by President Donald Trump as racist and xenophobic.
The Charlotte Observer reports the Charlotte City Council voted 9-2 Monday to pass a resolution calling out specific tweets and comments by Trump.
Trump tweeted this month that four minority congresswomen should return to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
The comment targeted Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who immigrated to the U.S. decades ago. Trump supporters singled out Omar at a rally last week, chanting “Send her back.”
The resolution also criticized Trump saying that white supremacists in Charlottesville are “very fine people.”
NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION
NC special election candidate to offer ideas on health care
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Democrat in a U.S. House special election is proposing ways he thinks the government could improve access and affordability in the country’s health care system.
Dan McCready is expected to argue Tuesday for keeping the Affordable Care Act in place to protect people with pre-existing conditions. He’s also expected to talk about expanding Medicaid so more people can see a doctor when needed and encouraging early treatment by limiting out-of-pocket patient costs.
The candidate in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District also wants legislation that expands the use of a system that pays doctors and hospitals based on outcomes and quality rather than every procedure they perform.
Republican candidate Dan Bishop told The Charlotte Observer earlier this month that he favors increasing competition by health providers to force down costs.
North Carolina targets robocalls and scammers with penalties
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lawmakers are cracking down on robocalls and telephone scammers in a bill that’s passed both chambers of the General Assembly.
The state Senate voted 45-0 on Monday and sent the bill to Gov. Roy Cooper for a decide on whether to sign it.
Under the bill, any telephone solicitor who masks their real number on caller ID so that the call appears to come from a local number or a familiar number can be fined up to $5,000.
The practice of using fake numbers or names is already illegal under federal law, but this bill gives North Carolina more leverage to go after scammers. It requires callers to use their real information or the information of the business they’re representing.
The bill also applies to text message solicitations.