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STORE ROBBED-HORROR MASK
Police: Armed store robber wore ‘Chucky’ horror mask
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are searching for a man who robbed a store while brandishing a handgun and wearing a “Chucky” mask inspired by a horror movie.
The Winston-Salem Police Department said in a news release that officers responded Sunday night around 10 p.m. to the Northwest Discount store.
Workers told officers the suspect entered the store, brandishing a handgun and demanding money. They say he was wearing a black sweat-suit and “Chucky” mask inspired by the “Child’s Play” horror movie series about an evil doll.
The suspect then fled with cash and merchandise.
Police are asking for the public’s help to find the suspect.
Police: Homeowner with gun confronts suspect with ax
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A homeowner with a shotgun has fended off a man who police say tried to break into the home using an ax.
A news release from Burlington police says the suspect identified as 29-year-old William Lawrence Cowan tried to enter the house through a back door on Sunday morning, with an ax that belonged to the homeowner.
Police say the homeowner pointed the shotgun at Cowan, who dropped the ax and ran. Cowan was arrested two blocks away without incident.
Cowan is charged with “break or enter a building with the intent to commit felony/larceny.” He’s being held in the Alamance County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak for him.
TUGBOAT HITS BRIDGE
Coast Guard: Tugboat collides with old North Carolina bridge
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – The Coast Guard says it’s investigating the collision of a tugboat with an old bridge on the Outer Banks.
The Coast Guard said in a news release Sunday that that tugboat Miss Bonnie collided with the Old Bonner Bridge. The replacement for the aging Bonner Bridge opened earlier this year.
The Coast Guard said no one was injured. All eight people aboard the tugboat made it safely ashore. No pollution was reported due to the crash.
The news release said the collision left the tugboat semi-submerged and leaning up against the bridge.
FATAL DIRT BIKE CRASH
Police: 20-year-old dies in North Carolina dirt bike crash
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they found a 20-year-old man dead next to his dirt bike after an apparent crash.
Winston-Salem police stated in a release obtained by news outlets that Christopher Austin Lackey was found dead in the front yard of a home early Sunday morning. His Kawasaki bike was found strewn nearby. Investigators say they think Lackey was ejected from the bike after losing control on a curve and hitting a light pole.
News outlets report he wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time.
Winston-Salem Police’s traffic unit is investigating the crash.
Police: Gaming shop worker shoots suspect in robbery attempt
EDEN, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a gaming shop employee shot back at four men during an attempted armed robbery, wounding one of them.
Eden police say in a news release that the men walked into The Vault displaying firearms Saturday night. Lt. Chuck Gallaher says the suspects left the business after the shootout and went to Martinsville, Va., where they live.
News outlets report three of the suspects have been arrested. The fourth, 19-year-old James Flood, is still on the run. It is unclear which man was shot.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office says two of the suspects are also accused of another armed robbery Saturday in Eden.
All four men are charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. It’s unclear whether they had attorneys who could comment.
DEADLY PARTY SHOOTING
Man arrested in woman’s fatal shooting at party
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police say a 23-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman at a party at a North Carolina business park.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a news release that Corey Lamar Vega was arrested at the scene of the shooting that killed 27-year-old Ebony Tamia Harrison early Sunday.
Vega was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers heard shots fired after police received a 911 call about an unspecified threat being made. The officers found the fatally wounded woman when they responded to the Charlotte business park where a party was being held.
NORTH CAROLINA AWARD
Governor presents North Carolina Award to 6 honorees
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper has presented the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest honor, to six people for their accomplishments in fine arts, literature, science and public service.
The list of honorees included The Rev. William Barber, a civil rights activist, and longtime museum director Larry Wheeler. Cooper presented the awards during a ceremony Saturday at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Barber co-leads the national Poor People’s Campaign. Wheeler was director of the North Carolina Museum of Art for nearly 25 years and oversaw its vast expansion.
The other award recipients were Senior U.S. District Judge Earl Britt, author Philip Gerard, radio station founder Deborah Proctor and HIV researcher Dr. Catherine Wilfert.
The General Assembly created the award in 1961.
Flooded road remains closed on Hatteras Island
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina transportation officials have closed a flooded road on Hatteras Island after a storm brought heavy rain and high winds to parts of the Outer Banks and coast.
The state Department of Transportation said in a news release Sunday that workers have been removing wind-blown sand from N.C. 12, which remained closed between Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe.
The state says officials haven’t found any structural damage to the road, which partially closed on Saturday evening. But sand was covering it at several points between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe. More flooding overwash was expected on the road at high tide on Sunday morning and Sunday night.
The storm brought sustained winds of up to 45 mph. It is expected to pull away from the coast by Monday.