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Homeland Security chief, ICE director to visit N Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Trump administration’s leaders on immigration enforcement are traveling to North Carolina, where state Republican leaders and Democrats are at odds over inmate-holding policies by sheriffs.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matt Albence are expected in Raleigh on Monday.
North Carolina GOP passed legislation that required county sheriffs to recognize ICE requests to detain jail inmates believed to be in the country illegally. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the measure, saying it was likely unconstitutional. The requests called detainers aren’t arrest warrants. Several sheriffs in urban counties have refused to honor them.
Police investigate Durham shooting death
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are investigating a shooting that left one man dead.
News outlets report that a homicide investigation was in progress Sunday afternoon after a man was found shot to death in Durham.
Police said they found the man on a street outside McDougald Terrace, a public housing community. Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials: inmate dies after medical emergency
NASH COUNTY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say an inmate in North Carolina has died after an unspecified medical emergency.
News outlets report that an inmate at the Nash County Detention Center died Sunday.
Officials identified the inmate as Damico Miguel Morrow, a 20-year-old from Washington, D.C.
Officials said Morrow suffered an initial medical emergency at the detention center. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.
Morrow was jailed in June and was facing robbery and kidnapping charges.
Wild cows returned home after hurricane
CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) – A trio of castaway wild cows have returned home after being found on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where they apparently washed up after swimming for miles to escape Hurricane Dorian ‘s storm surge.
The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the cows were returned to their native stomping grounds on Friday after a two-day operation.
Officials think the stranded cows swam up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) during the September storm before being found near Cape Lookout this month. The cows belong to a herd that roams freely on Cedar Island, across the sound.
When Dorian generated an 8-foot (2-meter) “mini tsunami,” it washed them and dozens of other animals away, including 28 wild horses that died.
Coast Guard says 72-year-old boater missing
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – The Coast Guard is searching for a 72-year-old man who went missing while boating alone from New York to Florida.
The Coast Guard said Saturday that Michael Bye failed to make contact with a family member at an agreed upon time and did not meet with a friend in Belhaven, North Carolina, as planned.
The Coast Guard says the most recent coordinates from Bye’s cellphone were near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Bye was sailing aboard a 35-foot recreational vessel called “H.M.S. Me II.”
Authorities: man accused of kidnapping killed by police
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina district attorney says a man accused of kidnapping a woman and holding her at gunpoint had died after being shot by law enforcement officers following a three-hour standoff.
District Attorney Jon David told reporters that Lance Edward Smith died Friday evening at a local hospital.
David said a woman was taken hostage by the suspect, leading to the standoff, which involved multiple law enforcement agencies. After Smith released the victim, David said, the man fired at officers, who returned fire and hit the suspect multiple times. No officers were injured.
David said the State Bureau of Investigation will continue to investigate the police-involved shooting.
TOW TRUCK SHOOTING
Police: Tow truck operator trying to take car shoots driver
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a tow truck operator shot and wounded a driver who argued with his attempt to haul away the person’s vehicle.
A Durham Police statement says the argument began early Friday at an apartment complex when the suspect tried to tow the vehicle with the driver still inside. Police say the driver was slashed and shot in the chest during the struggle.
The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Brandon Ayscue, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and second-degree kidnapping.
Police say he worked for Unlimited Recovery. Manager Lauren Hennrich declined comment and declined to say whether she knew if he has an attorney.
North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island reopens to visitors Dec. 2
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s hurricane-ravaged Ocracoke Island will reopen to visitor early next month.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that the Outer Banks island will open on Dec. 2.
The island was supposed to open to visitors on Friday, but a more recent storm delayed the reopening of the main highway. The Atlantic Ocean had breached dunes and washed over the recently repaired N.C. 12.
An evacuation order has been in effect for the island since Sept. 4, when Hurricane Dorian approached. It struck the island two days later.
Debris removal and reconstruction will continue, and visitors are warned to be wary of obstacles during their visit. Officials also note that food service, gas availability and lodging are limited on the island.