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December trial for commando accused of killing bomb-maker
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – A former U.S. Army commando will face a military trial in December on allegations that he murdered a bomb-maker years ago in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said late Thursday in a news release that Maj. Mathew Golsteyn’s court-martial is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 in a Fort Bragg courthouse. The electronic docket shows Golsteyn is charged with murder.
The charge stems from the former Green Beret’s 2010 deployment to Afghanistan when he’s accused of killing the suspected bomb-maker.
Golsteyn has said he believes the Afghan was a legal target because of his behavior at the time of the shooting.
The case has piqued the attention of the commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump, who suggested in a tweet last year that he would look into the matter.
ENO THE EMU IS DEAD
Eno the elusive emu dies during capture in North Carolina
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – Animal control officials in North Carolina are sad to report that an elusive emu has died while being captured.
It was the end nobody wanted for the flightless bird, which was on the run for months. The emu was dubbed Eno and became a social media star, with people posting “Where’s Eno?” updates as the bird kept getting away. In July, it was spotted jumping onto a car before fleeing again.
Orange County Animal Services Director Bob Marotto says letting it roam wasn’t “viable,” because it could have caused an accident or been shot by hunters. No owner came forward, so the plan was to bring it to an animal sanctuary. They fed it grapes with sedatives, but Marotto says Eno awoke while being restrained and then collapsed and died
OBIT-FORMER JUSTICE-NORTH CAROLINA
Former chief justice who pushed for innocence process dies
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The conservative North Carolina chief justice who led the way for the state’s unique innocence process has died at age 85.
His son-in-law, Tom Neal, said I. Beverly Lake Jr. died Thursday at the retirement center where he lived.
Lake was chief justice when a string of high-profile wrongful convictions in North Carolina caught his attention. In 2002, he convened a commission to review how innocent people are convicted and how to free them.
That led to the establishment of the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission, whose work has resulted in exonerations of 12 people.
Chris Mumma is executive director of the private, nonprofit N.C. Center on Actual Innocence. She says Lake had a courage to do the right thing that few politicians have.
NC officer won’t face charges in fatal suspect shooting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina district attorney has announced that a police officer accused of shooting and killing a suspect said to be wielding a knife won’t face criminal charges.
WRAL says a Wednesday report by Wake County District attorney Lorrin Freeman concluded that Raleigh officer W.B. Edwards feared for his life when 30-year-old Soheil Antonio Mojarrad ignored commands to drop a knife and approached Edwards with it.
Raleigh police have said Edwards was responding to a possible theft in April when he shot and killed Mojarrad. July autopsy results showed Mojarrad was shot eight times.
The shooting drew scrutiny after it was revealed Edwards’ body-worn camera wasn’t activated and his vehicle camera was pointed away.
Mojarrad’s parents say their son was mentally ill and have questioned if the shooting was justified.
FATAL LIGHTNING STRIKE
Columbia Univ student fatally hit by lightning off NC coast
KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a 23-year-old Columbia University student was fatally struck by lightning while swimming off the coast of North Carolina.
News outlets report the police department of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, says Matt Summerill, of Northern Virginia, was hit by lightning late last month. It’s unclear exactly when he died. A medical examiner’s office recently released his cause of death, which is listed as complications from drowning due to collapsing into the ocean after being hit by lightning.
Police said Summerill had been hospitalized in Nags Head. A crowdfunding page set up to help cover Summerill’s medical expenses says he was later hospitalized in Greenville and put into a medically induced coma. Summerill’s family, friends and the crowdfunding page organizer did not respond to The Virginian-Pilot ‘s requests to comment.
HUMAN REMAINS FOUND
NC sheriff: Human remains found in missing person case
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say they think human remains that were recently discovered may be those of a person reported missing this summer.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Thursday that the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said they found the remains last weekend in Swannanoa, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Asheville.
In a news release obtained by the newspaper, the office said deputies had been searching that area in recent months in connection to a missing person report. Officials say they believe the remains are those of the missing person, but are awaiting identification.
The office says they’re working with the medical examiner and continuing to search the area with cadaver dogs for additional remains.
The missing person’s name hasn’t been released.
MAN DIES-POLICE CUSTODY
NC man dies in patrol car after encounter with officers
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man died in the back of a police car following an encounter where he was handcuffed and detained by officers.
WRAL reports Fayetteville police responded to calls of a man going door-to-door acting strangely Thursday morning. A Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy says they later spotted the man jumping on a car’s hood.
Officers say the man began beating on the hood of a patrol car when they arrived. The outlet reports officers took him to the ground and handcuffed him.
Officers later noticed the man wasn’t breathing and attempted CPR. But the sheriff’s office says he died in the back of the patrol car.
The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the incident and involved officers have been placed on administrative duty.
COLD CASE-REMAINS FOUND
Remains found believed to be man missing for 24 years
BOILING SPRING LAKES, N.C. (AP) – State investigators say skeletal remains found buried in a wooded area in North Carolina may be a man who went missing 24 years ago.
News outlets report 25-year-old Timothy Jason Smart disappeared from Boiling Spring Lakes in 1995. WWAY-TV aired a special on the case in May 2018. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that the special inspired an anonymous tip. Investigators tracked the call and spent months interviewing witnesses who helped lead them to where the remains were buried.
A medical examiner will confirm whether the remains are Smart and determine cause of death.
Authorities arrested 44-year-old Bryan Lee O’Daniels on July 1. He’s been charged with murder in the case. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak for him.