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DOCTORS OFFICE SHOOTING
Police: 2 dead in shooting at North Carolina doctors’ office
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say two people have been found dead with gunshot wounds at a doctors’ office.
A Durham Police Department news release says officers were called to the building’s parking lot Monday around 8 a.m. and found a man and woman dead.
Police say the building was quickly secured and no suspect is on the loose. The department declined to release more details on what led to the shooting, or answer whether the people knew each other.
The shooting happened in the vicinity of the UNC Family Medicine Center at Durham. Television news helicopters captured footage of two bodies in the parking lot, but police wouldn’t immediately confirm if the shooting happened outside.
Officers said there were 25 to 30 people inside the building when police arrived.
PIG FLOWN TO HOSPITAL
Volunteers fly deformed baby pig to animal hospital for help
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) – A deformed baby pig that was born on a farm in Virginia has been flown to a veterinary hospital in Pennsylvania for medical treatment.
The Danville Register & Bee reports that the black female pig named “Hope” was born with deformed rear legs on a farm near the western Virginia town of Floyd.
The 3-week-old pig was set to be euthanized. But Ziggy’s Refuge Farm Sanctuary in nearby Providence, North Carolina, adopted her.
Volunteers flew Hope on a private plane to the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Kennett Square outside of Philadelphia on Nov. 16. Its staff will determine whether her legs can be repaired.
Even if Hope’s legs can’t be fixed, she will return to the animal sanctuary in North Carolina.
Health department links salmonella outbreak to NC restaurant
NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Health officials say a barbeque restaurant in North Carolina may have sickened about a dozen people with salmonella.
A press release from the Nash County Health Department says the operating permit for Doug Saul’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood in Nashville was suspended Friday. The statement says 14 cases of salmonella have been identified, and 10 people had visited the restaurant before they got sick.
The restaurant said in a Facebook post that this is its first incident in 42 years of business. It says workers would begin sanitizing the building Monday.
The health department swabbed multiple locations in the kitchen which returned several cultures positive for salmonella. The statement says salmonella is an organism that may cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
SEXUAL ASSAULT-SUSPECT WANTED
Suspect accused of choking and assaulting woman on a trail
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police have named a suspect in an attack on a North Carolina trail where a woman was choked unconscious and sexually assaulted.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a tweet Friday that 27-year-old Taequan Elexus Carter is wanted in connection to the Nov. 3 attack. News outlets report he could be with his girlfriend, Elizaveta Markovetc, in Florida, Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
Citing a news release, news outlets reported the woman told police she was approached from behind, pulled to the ground and choked unconscious. The woman said a man who was on top of her when she regained consciousness got off her and ran away with her cellphone.
Another woman was choked but fought off an attack on the same trail in September. Police don’t believe the attacks are related.
DRUG MONEY FORFEITURE
Feds seek to keep more than $300K in suspected drug money
(Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Federal prosecutors are seeking to keep $173,000 that was seized from a driver in Kansas as he headed to Colorado to buy marijuana.
The Wichita Eagle reports that it’s the largest of the civil asset forfeiture cases filed this month in federal court in Wichita involving suspected drug money. The seizure happened during a September traffic stop on Interstate 70 in eastern Kansas’ Wabaunsee County.
An affidavit says the driver told investigators that he and a passenger were traveling from Asheville, North Carolina, to Denver, where they planned to buy the marijuana. Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012.
In an unrelated case, the Kansas Highway Patrol found nearly $127,000 during an interstate traffic stop in Russell County. A third case was investigated by the Postal Inspection Service and involves nearly $45,000.
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.