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FBI: 2 suspects arrested in ‘Pink Lady Bandit’ robberies
HAMLET, N.C. (AP) – The FBI says two suspects have been arrested in what’s been dubbed the “Pink Lady Bandit” bank robberies along the East Coast.
An FBI news release says 36-year-old Circe Baez and 38-year-old Alexis Morales were arrested Sunday at a Charlotte, North Carolina, hotel. Investigators believe Baez robbed four banks and Morales was an accomplice.
The robberies began July 20 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, followed by another on July 23 in Delaware. The next day the suspect hit a small town in North Carolina. The latest robbery was Friday also in North Carolina.
Authorities nicknamed the primary suspect the “Pink Lady Bandit” because she carried a pink handbag in two of the robberies.
Both suspects are being charged with the two robberies in North Carolina. They may face additional charges.



North Carolina police: Assault victim kills ax-wielding man
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say an assault victim shot and killed a man who charged at her with an ax.
A High Point Police news release says officers responded to a domestic situation Friday. A caller had reported a woman was being choked and pushed by a man who may have been intoxicated.
Officers set up a perimeter when they learned a gun was in the home, but the man had fled by the time they entered the home.
Less than two hours later, police were called back – this time after a shooting. The assault victim told officers that the man returned and she shot him when he charged at her with an ax.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. High Point police detectives are investigating.



N Carolina county gets $2.3M for hurricane debris cleanup
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An eastern North Carolina county is receiving more than $2.3 million for reimbursement of debris cleanup from Hurricane Florence.
The state Department of Public Safety says in a news release that the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are providing the money. FEMA already has approved more than $12.2 million to Carteret County for Florence-related expenses.
The latest funds will reimburse the county for contracted debris monitoring services and for the removal of vegetation and other debris from public rights of way.
Debris from disaster can pose a threat to public health, safety, natural resources and tourism.
Under FEMA’s public assistance program, the agency reimburses applicants at least 75% of eligible costs, and the state covers the remaining 25%.



Gang member sentenced in N Carolina for heroin distribution
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal officials say a high-ranking gang member has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to heroin distribution charges.
U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. said in a news release that 31-year-old Andre Hall of New Hanover County was sentenced Thursday to 151 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Hall had pleaded guilty in April.
Authorities say Hall was found in possession of 45 bags of heroin when he was arrested in December. At that time, a spokeswoman for the Wilmington police identified him as a member of the Bloods gang.
Higdon says Hall broke a deputy’s nose and finger when he tried to flee as he was being arrested.



Body found on Cape Fear River believed to be missing boater
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A body found in the Cape Fear River is believed to be a missing boater.
The body was found Sunday morning.
Media reports say the man hasn’t been seen since he jumped in the river in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Friday to retrieve his boat, which had drifted off the trailer as he was putting it in the water.
His boat was found shortly after he was reported missing on Friday. Crews used drones, sonar and divers to search for him.
The body was found in Fayetteville around 4 a.m., and authorities say it matched the missing boater’s description.
Media outlets report that officials are working to confirm it’s him.



North Carolina group protests at ICE detention center
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – About 60 people from North Carolina traveled to Virginia this weekend to protest outside of a privately-owned detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement.
WRAL-TV reports that members of the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church traveled from Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday to Farmville, Virginia, to pray and demonstrate outside the facility.
The Rev. Nancy Petty is the pastor at the church. She says people who are being held in detention centers are people fleeing violence and persecution.
Petty says the United States needs to find a different way to respond to people who need help.
Petty says these are concerns discussed from the pulpit in church, and members of the group were moved to take their beliefs on the road in protest.



N Carolina city will survey African American buildings
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina city will use federal grant money to help it inventory homes, churches and public buildings designed and built by African Americans.
The News & Record reports the city of Greensboro has received a $12,000 Historic Preservation Fund grant for the project. The city also is spending $10,000 on the project.
City senior planner Mike Cowhig says state officials have suggested that Greensboro do a comprehensive survey of buildings associated with African American designers and buildings because some communities are underrepresented in historic preservation.
The city said in a news release that the first phase will focus on modernist structures in eastern Greensboro and Benbow Park that were designed by African American architects.
He says the city likely will survey the public for more information about historically significant buildings.



Couple wins $1M in lottery after stopping for gas fill up
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – It turned out to be a good time to be running out of gas.
North Carolina lottery officials say a West Virginia couple vacationing in North Carolina bought a $2 Powerball ticket after running low on gas and won $1 million.
Dennis Woolwine told lottery officials that he and his wife, Michelle, were driving to check on their beach house in the Outer Banks when their gas light came on.
He says they went inside a Circle K in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, for a drink and decided to also get a lottery ticket.
They live in Charles Town, West Virginia.