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Official: 2 dead, 2 hurt in shooting at municipal building
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – City officials say two people were killed and two wounded in a shooting at a government facility in North Carolina. Authorities said they had stabilized the situation. Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity said in an email Friday morning that two city employees are dead and two people are injured. He said the wounded have serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Woman sentenced for embezzling computer equipment
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in North Carolina say a South Carolina woman has been sentenced to embezzling more than $2.4 million in computer equipment. A news release from the Charlotte-based U.S. Attorney’s Office said Jolynn Denise McHone was sentenced Thursday to 3 years in prison. Court documents say McHone worked for a Florida-based company as an information technology manager. The news release says that from 2012 to 2017, McHone used company money to order new equipment and had it delivered to a North Carolina location . But prosecutors say sold the equipment for cash to a co-conspirator.
BODIES FOUND-NORTH CAROLINA
Gun recovered in NC house where couple was found dead
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says that a gun was recovered from a home where a couple was found dead earlier this week. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office found Thomas Bradshaw Claytor and 59-year-old Jennifer Johnson Miles dead in the home they shared on Wednesday. A coworker had called authorities when Claytor missed two days of work. The sheriff’s office said Thursday that there were no signs of a struggle and there was a gun between their bodies. Authorities say there were no signs of an intrusion and they don’t believe any suspects are at large.
Man gets prison for conning kids into sending nude videos
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) – A former biology professor at a North Carolina college has been sentenced to prison for tricking children into thinking he was a teenager so he could get them to undress on camera. News outlets report 56-year-old Michael Edwin Dorcas was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for enticing a minor. A U.S. attorney’s statement says the former Davidson College professor pretended to be a 15-year-old boy online and befriended a 12-year-old girl in January 2016. It says he suggested the two video chat and pretended his camera didn’t work while proceeding to convince her to sexually expose herself. A warrant says he did this to at least 17 girls.
TRAFFIC STOP-SUSPECT KILLED
Man who ran from traffic stop shot, killed after standoff
HUDSON, N.C. (AP) – A man who ran from law enforcement officers during a traffic stop was shot and killed after he fired at officers and later ran into a furniture plant, leading to a standoff and shootout. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says Hudson police stopped a car on Thursday morning and found the driver was armed. The sheriff’s office says the man ran and fired at officers, and was then spotted by a state trooper as he ran into the plant. The sheriff’s office said attempts to negotiate with the man failed, and he was shot and killed after encountering U.S. Marshals.
Trump ally Meadows won’t run again, may join White House
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican Rep. Mark Meadows says he won’t seek reelection next year and is expected to join the Trump administration in a yet-to-be-finalized role. The four-term North Carolina lawmakers says he struggled with the decision and came to it after discussion with his family. He’s been one of the most conservative members of the House and was leader of the House Freedom Caucus. His name has been floated as a possible replacement for Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. But Meadows is instead currently expected to join the White House in a yet-to-be-finalized senior adviser or strategist role, according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-MCCRORY
McCrory won’t run for NC governor; will consider Senate bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he won’t run for his old job in 2020. But he says he will consider a U.S. Senate bid for 2022. áThe Republican announced his decision Thursday on his radio program in Charlotte,áwhere he used to be mayor. The 2020 candidate filing deadline is Friday.áRepublicans Dan Forest and Holly Grange are already seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination to try to unseat Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The Senate seat will be open in 2022 because Republican Sen. Richard Burr is retiring. McCrory has run in the last three gubernatorial elections, winning in 2012 and losing in 2008 and 2016.
COUNTY JAIL-SAFETY CONCERNS
Officials want jail inmates moved out over safety concerns
NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina agency has ordered a county jail to move more than 100 of its inmates until safety hazards are fixed. The state Division of Health Service Regulation sent a letter on Wednesday to the Nash County Sheriff, saying that no more than 56 inmates be housed in the jail while repairs are made. Regulators cited electrical problems, blocked doorways, staffing shortages and other issues at the jail.áChief Deputy Brandon Medina said the county is trying to find space in other county jails for about 130 inmates by a Dec. 27 deadline set by the state.