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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.
GRETA THUNBERG-YOUTH PROTEST
Greta Thunberg plans to join North Carolina climate strike
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg says she plans to attend a youth-lead climate rally in North Carolina this week.
Thunberg tweeted Wednesday that she will join the strike Friday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Thunberg gained international attention for a speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September.
News outlets report the protest Friday is being organized by the student-led N.C. Climate Strike movement. Hundreds of people attended a rally the group hosted in September, the same day millions of people around the world skipped school and work to urge government action on climate change.
JUVENILE MURDER SUSPECT-ESCAPE
Family turns in escaped boy, 13, suspected in double murder
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – A 13-year-old suspect in a double homicide who escaped custody has been returned to authorities.
News outlets report the teen’s mother, Nikki Jacobs, turned him over to U.S. Marshals in Lumberton on Wednesday night. The teen escaped from Juvenile Court around noon Tuesday.
WRAL-TV reports Jacobs says her son spent Tuesday and Wednesday at his grandmother’s old house, which is abandoned. He then found a bike and rode it to his uncle’s home.
The teen’s uncle, Wayne Lambert, says he allowed the boy to shower and eat before calling authorities.
The teen and a 19-year-old Derrick Deshawn Hunt are charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of two brothers found dead inside a home last month.
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.
ELECTION 2020-WARREN-BLACK WOMEN
Warren wins 2020 backing of influential group of black women
A group of more than 100 black female activists is endorsing Elizabeth Warren for president, saying her stances on a range of issues speak directly to black voters.
In a letter released on Thursday, the group Black Womxn For says its endorsement is an extension of activism that has helped shape a progressive agenda in the 2020 Democratic primary. The group calls Warren a “leader” and “partner” with a proven track record and understanding of structural racism and inequality who is willing to be held accountable.
The group’s director, Angela Peoples, says she hopes the letter will encourage other black women to support the Massachusetts senator publicly.
Warren is scheduled to visit the historically black college North Carolina A&T State University later Thursday.
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.
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.