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Officials: 1 employee assaulted at North Carolina prison
WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) – State officials say an employee was assaulted at the North Carolina prison where an officer was killed two years ago.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says an inmate on Saturday assaulted the employee of Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor with a “handmade weapon.”
The agency says the employee was transported to a hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.
Department spokeswoman Margaret Ekam would not describe the weapon used citing an ongoing investigation. The facility has been placed on an indefinite lockdown.
An inmate beat Sgt. Meggan Callahan to death with a fire extinguisher in 2017. Her father in a federal lawsuit accused the department of not addressing problems including chronic understaffing.
This summer, an inmate assaulted a sergeant and two officers at the same prison.


3 arrested at protest over Confederate monument in NC county
PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say three people have been arrested during a protest over the removal of a Confederate monument in North Carolina.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s office says two women and a man were arrested for disorderly conduct and carrying concealed weapons Saturday in Pittsboro.
Authorities say no one was injured during the demonstration near the Chatham County Courthouse, where the monument has stood for more than a century.
Chatham’s commissioners voted 4-1 in August to ask a United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter to have a plan by Oct. 1 to remove the statute. The county let the UDC install the statute in 1907. Without a plan, the county will declare it a public trespass by Nov. 1, making it eligible for removal.
WTVD-TV reports the UDC didn’t submit a plan.


Georgia officer shoots, wounds machete-wielding man
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a police officer responding to a domestic violence call shot and wounded a man wielding a machete.
GBI agent Nelly Miles said in a Sunday news release that Athens-Clarke County officers were confronted by a 28-year-old North Carolina man while responding to an apartment complex on Saturday evening.
The GBI release says the man refused orders to drop the machete and “attacked one of the officers.” An Athens-Clarke County Police news release says the man “brandished a knife in a threatening manner” toward an officer, who shot him in the torso.
News outlets report the man is in serious condition. His name hasn’t been released. The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay following department policy.
The GBI is investigating.


US researchers on front line of battle against Chinese theft
WASHINGTON (AP) – Emails and other documents obtained through public records requests by The Associated Press show the FBI’s far-reaching efforts to caution colleges that some Chinese scientists aspire to steal U.S. research for Beijing’s gain.
The emails show that university administrators routinely have sought briefings from law enforcement officials, even as some schools struggle with balancing the government’s warnings against the institutions’ commitment to inclusive, international academic environments.
The FBI has reached out to colleges and universities across the country as the law enforcement tries to stem what American authorities portray as the wholesale theft of technology and trade secrets by researchers tapped by China.
The emails underscore the extent of U.S. concerns that universities, as recruiters of foreign talent and incubators of cutting-edge research, are particularly vulnerable targets.


Company CEO shot near site of North Carolina fire dies
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The founder of a North Carolina company who was shot and wounded near the scene of a fire in Charlotte has died.
John W. Holaday was also the chairman and CEO of DisposeRx, which specializes in drug disposal. Carol Dorn Sanders, the company’s senior vice president of marketing, communications and development, on Saturday confirmed Holaday died Friday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said the 74-year-old man was critically wounded just before 4 p.m. Monday as he stood near the scene of a restaurant fire in downtown Charlotte.
Police said Holaday had been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. He was a resident of Bethesda, Maryland.
Authorities say multiple charges have been filed against a teenager, including attempted murder.
The Charlotte Fire Department determined the fire was accidental and started in the kitchen hood system.


2 killed when small airplane crashes in North Carolina
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board says it is investigating the crash of a single-engine airplane in central North Carolina.
The agency says the wreckage was located Saturday in Asheboro, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) northeast of Charlotte. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office in a statement on Facebook said the pilot and single passenger are dead.
The sheriff’s office says a helicopter with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol found the Piper PA-28 less than five miles from the Asheboro Regional Airport. The plane flying in from Tennessee was reported missing to authorities around 10 p.m. Friday.
Airport officials and witnesses reported the aircraft flew over the runway and tree line around 8:30 p.m. and didn’t return.
The sheriff’s office did not immediately release the names of the pilot and passenger.


Bond set at $1M for assistant principal facing sex offenses
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Bond has been set at $1 million for an assistant principal in North Carolina accused by authorities of having sex with a student earlier this year.
The 34-year-old Lisa Renee Rothwell was arrested Friday. Gaston County jail records show she faces six felony counts of sex offense with a student.
News outlets report Rothwell works at Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont. The school did not immediately comment on the charges.
The Gaston Gazette reports authorities in arrest warrants filed Friday accused Rothwell of having sexual intercourse and oral sex with a student six times between April and July.
It is unclear if the alleged victim is still a student.
Jail records do not list an attorney for Rothwell. She is scheduled to appear in court Monday.


Death of toddler who fell at North Carolina airport probed
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Officials and law enforcement authorities in North Carolina are investigating the death of a toddler who was seriously injured after falling last month at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The Charlotte Observer reports 3-year-old Jaiden Samir Cowart died Sept. 28, three days after the fall involving an escalator.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department told the newspaper the boy was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after the accident. Spokesman Blake Page says the department’s homicide unit is now reviewing the case.
Neither the airport nor authorities immediately released details of the accident. Attorney Lynette Stone, who represents the boy’s mother, declined to comment.
Natalie Bouchard with the state Department of Labor says the agency is investigating after the Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau was notified. The bureau inspects escalators.


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