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Pastor accused of sex crimes involving minor arrested
BELMONT, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a pastor accused of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old has been arrested.
News outlets report 24-year-old Nicholas Adam Martin was taken into custody Sunday. Gaston County police said in a news release that he’s an associate pastor at North Belmont Church of God in Belmont.
Martin has been charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of felonious indecent exposure to a minor. The incidents reportedly took place between October 2018 and September 2019.
Martin is being held in the Gaston County jail on a $1 million bond. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
DRAGGED BY SCHOOL BUS
12-year-old dragged, hit by school bus; driver charged
TAYLORTOWN, N.C. (AP) – A 12-year-old boy in North Carolina was dragged and hit by his school bus after his backpack got caught in its doors and dropped him in the path of an oncoming tire.
Zion Baker tells reporters he was getting off the West Pine Middle School bus in Taylortown last week when the doors closed around his backpack and the driver took off. He says he was briefly dragged, but freed himself and dropped onto the road, where his left arm was run over and fractured.
Sarena Thomas tells WNCN-TV her son was only on the bus because his cross country practice had been canceled due to high heat.
WRAL-TV reports 43-year-old driver Kim Crawford is charged with reckless driving. The school district says the driver isn’t currently driving a bus.
PRISON OFFICER ASSAULT
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.
CONFEDERATE STATUE-CHATHAM COUNTY
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.
Police: NC Uber driver shot in head while giving ride
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say an Uber driver was shot in the head while dropping off a passenger.
News outlets report Raleigh Police say the driver was finishing a trip early Monday morning when shots were fired into her vehicle and a stray bullet or fragment hit the top of the driver’s head. Officials say her injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.
WRAL reports the passenger fled the car, and the victim drove for a mile until she could stop and call for help.
She was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Police are searching for suspects.
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.