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US military says Marine from Colorado has died in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. military officials have identified a Marine who died Saturday in Iraq as 35-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer of Mancos, Colorado.
In a statement Sunday, the Pentagon says Koppenhafer died after being engaged by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations. In an earlier statement, the U.S. military said a service member had died during an Iraqi Security Force mission in Ninewah province, Iraq, while advising and accompanying the ISF during a planned operation.
Koppenhafer was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
STATE ARCHIVES-COURT PAPERS
Archives seeks expanded access to NC court documents
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Thousands of old North Carolina court documents – some going back 350 years – could soon be more accessible to the public thanks in part to a federal grant.
The State Archives of North Carolina is getting $140,000 toward a project designed to expand an online catalog that helps historians and other citizens know names and places within hard-to-decipher records. An improved index means they’ll know which documents they want to go read in person.
State Archivist Sarah Koonts says the documents shed light on early North Carolina society and include wills and estates and bridge and road information.
A sample of these documents will be posted online as part of the project. Workshops will be held for participants to learn how to transcribe the documents’ elegant cursive handwriting.
SCHOOL SAFETY SUMMIT
School safety summit topics include new threat analysis unit
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A Back to School Safety Summit in North Carolina will focus on topics that include school resource officer training, student resources for preventing violence and a new State Bureau of Investigation unit focused on threat analysis.
The event will be held Monday afternoon in the auditorium of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pam Walker says she expects 300 to 400 people to attend.
Speakers include Gov. Roy Cooper and the secretaries of the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Other topics include proposed legislation affecting school safety and a tool developed by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts that will help keep students in school and out of court for routine misconduct.
1-year-old boy struck and killed by car at home
DALLAS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a 1-year-old child was struck and killed by a car at a home in a suburb of Charlotte.
Dallas Rescue Squad Assistant Chief Earl Withers told WSOC-TV that the boy’s death Sunday was a “tragic accident.”
WBTV reported that the child was in a backyard of a Gaston County home with several other children and adults when someone began to move a car in the yard and ran over the boy.
The child was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Withers says both of the boy’s parents were at the house when their son was struck by the car.
EVENT CENTER SHOOTING
Man arrested in shooting at event center
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police have arrested a man accused of firing gunshots at an event center in North Carolina, wounding one person.
Asheboro police said in a news release that 37-year-old Gilberto Pulido Rivas, of Robbins, was arrested Sunday on charges including attempted murder, possession of a firearm by felon, shooting into an occupied dwelling and cocaine possession.
WFMY-TV and The News & Record of Greensboro report that one person was grazed by a bullet and had an arm abrasion. No other injuries were reported.
Officers responded to the shooting at Rey Azteca Event Center early Sunday and arrested Rivas in a wooded area near the center. He was jailed on $1 million bond.
Hurricane-damaged housing authority finally has new home
(Information from: The Sun Journal, http://www.newbernsunjournal.com)
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) – An agency that helps people find housing in an eastern North Carolina city now has its own home.
The Sun Journal of New Bern reports the staff of the New Bern Housing Authority should be working out of its new office by Monday. Its former office was damaged beyond repair by flooding from Hurricane Florence almost a year ago.
The authority has worked out of a makeshift space since the storm.
The authority’s executive director, Martin Blaney, says the old office at Trent Court was located in a floodplain and was beyond repair. He says the water came up 58 inches at the office and caused “incredible” mold.
He says that as of the past week, all Trent Court residents whose units were damaged by Hurricane Florence have been relocated.
MURDER SUSPECT CAPTURED
Police arrest 3rd suspect in mother’s slaying during robbery
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
MONROE, N.C. (AP) – A third suspect has been arrested in the killing of a North Carolina mother who was fatally shot during a botched home invasion.
The Charlotte Observer reports that 30-year-old Kristen Chambers has been charged by the Monroe Police Department in North Carolina with conspiracy to commit burglary and being an accessory to first-degree murder in the July 12 killing of 29-year-old Lucero Sosa Capote.
Chambers, a resident of Marshville, North Carolina, was jailed on a $500,000 bond.
Capote was a married mother of five children.
Police previously charged 25-year-old Byron Blair Watkins and 19-year-old Antwan David Sturdivant in Capote’s murder. Police arrested Watkins in Cayce, South Carolina, after a two-day manhunt.
Groups advise tenants of closing apartments to get legal aid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Legal advocacy groups are advising residents of a North Carolina apartment complex that’s closing to seek service before signing any documents.
The North Carolina Justice Center and Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy say residents of Lake Arbor Apartments who have been told to move out; asked to sign a release or been offered an incentive package from the company can call 919-856-2169 for free legal advice.
The Charlotte Observer reports tenants are being told they must leave within months or even weeks. The residents typically pay rent of below $900 a month, but the apartments had cleanliness and safety problems, including rats and unsafe wiring.
The property owner’s attorney has told the Observer it’s too expensive to improve the apartments in phases, prompting the decision to remove all residents by Dec. 31.