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NC governor vetoes voter roll bill, signs absentee changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed one bill that addressed potential voting in North Carolina by non-citizens but signed another that strengthens mail-in absentee balloting rules following evidence of fraud in a congressional race.
The measure Cooper vetoed on Wednesday would require North Carolina courts to send information about potential jurors being disqualified because they aren’t U.S. citizens to election officials to remove them from voter rolls. Cooper says these changes increase the risk that legitimate citizens will be denied the right to vote due to bad information.
The signed absentee ballot bill increases punishments for absentee ballot rule violators and restores permanently early in-person voting on the last Saturday before elections. The absentee voting changes are a response to criminal charges in the 9th Congressional District campaign in 2018.
HOSPITAL SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Authorities: Man killed after trying to take deputy’s gun
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina deputy was injured and a suspect was killed when the man tried to take the officer’s gun while at a hospital.
Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright said at a news conference Wednesday that the suspect was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center because he needed medical attention. While there, Wright says the suspect tried to take the deputy’s gun.
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins says an officer who was at the hospital for a different investigation intervened in the struggle, which occurred about 8:20 a.m. The police department later said in a statement that the officer shot the suspect, who died.
Wright said the deputy is in good condition. He said the suspect had been arrested Tuesday night on warrants involving a home invasion.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-WARREN
Warren holding first campaign events in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina voters will get their first in-person look at Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren with events in the Triangle and Triad.
The Massachusetts senator is holding a town hall-style meeting Thursday evening at Raleigh’s Broughton High School. Earlier in the day the public can attend a Warren interview on the North Carolina A&T State University campus in Greensboro. On Friday morning, she’ll participate in a Raleigh forum assembled by groups focused on issues important to the Latino community.
These are Warren’s first campaign events in North Carolina, which is expected to be a presidential battleground state next November. North Carolina’s presidential primary is one of many scheduled for March 3 and is just three days after the key Democratic primary in South Carolina.
Sheriff: NC man shot, wounded wife, responding deputy
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
LINWOOD, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina man armed with a high-powered rifle shot and wounded his wife and then shot and wounded a responding deputy.
News outlets report authorities say 57-year-old Terry Keith Simerson was then shot twice by Davidson County deputies. He was hospitalized and will be charged upon his release.
A sheriff’s office statement says deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at Simerson’s home Wednesday and were met with gunfire. It says one deputy was shot in the foot just before Simerson’s wife was shot in her abdomen. Deputies say Simerson continued shooting and was eventually shot.
A protection order effective through next year says Simerson was ordered to avoid all contact with his wife and her daughters. He also was prohibited from having or buying any guns.
MIDDLE SCHOOL-GUN STORAGE
NC teacher indicted on charge of storing student’s gun
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina teacher accused of storing a student’s gun in her classroom has now been indicted on a related charge.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports 25-year-old Sarah Melissa Wilson was indicted Monday on a charge of helping a minor possess a firearm on educational property. The indictment says the language arts teacher kept a 14-year-old’s .25-caliber handgun in her Paisley Magnet School classroom sometime between April and May. City police say she also allowed the student to pick up the gun at the end of the school day.
Wilson was arrested in May after a school resource officer learned about the gun and found it in the possession of another student. She was suspended with pay and fired the next month. She’s set to appear in court on Dec. 12.
Ferry system adjusts schedule to accommodate Highway 12 work
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Ferry System is adjusting its Hatteras-Ocracoke Silver Lake schedule to help with the repaving of N.C. Highway 12.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says in a news release that, beginning on Thursday, the 10 p.m. departure from Hatteras to Ocracoke-Silver Lake and the 12:30 a.m. return trip will be suspended. No changes will be made to the Swan Quarter, Cedar Island, or Ocracoke-South Dock routes.
NCDOT is working to rebuild about 1,000 feet (304 meters) of N.C. 12 that was damaged during Hurricane Dorian in early September. The department expects to reopen N.C. 12 to traffic on or before the Thanksgiving holiday. For now, Ocracoke remains open only to residents, non-resident property owners and personnel approved by Hyde County Emergency Management.
2 charged after North Carolina college student abducted
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have arrested two men who they say abducted a university student who managed to escape her captors by sending a text message to a friend.
News outlets report Greenville police said 27-year-old Joshua Worsley of Robersonville and 33-year-old Cornelius Langley of Greenville were both charged with first-degree kidnapping.
According to police, the men lured the 20-year-old East Carolina University student into their car last Friday, and that Worsley tried to sexually assault her.
The victim texted a friend who was able to follow the car until it stopped outside a motel. Police said the friend confronted the two men, and they released the victim.
The two men are being held in the Pitt County jail on $250,000 bond apiece. It’s not known if they have attorneys who could comment on the charges.
North Carolina Senate leader says lease transactions lawful
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A powerful North Carolina legislator has been spending campaign money toward leasing a house he and his wife own in Raleigh, but state election officials have told Senate leader Phil Berger such transactions are lawful.
A Berger campaign spokesman provided emails supporting the practice on Wednesday, when a retired campaign reform group leader announced he wants a State Board of Elections investigation and ruling over the Berger committee’s activities.
Bob Hall’s complaint says the house was purchased in 2016. Berger’s campaign has been making $1,500 monthly payments to a firm that Phil Berger manages.
Berger’s campaign said then-board Executive Director Kim Strach approved the practice in 2016 and it was reaffirmed in the spring. State law allows campaign money be used for expenses resulting from running for or holding office.