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Police: Man impersonated officer, pulled gun on driver
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man impersonating a police officer pulled a woman over and told her to get out of her car at gunpoint. The incident happened Sunday, and the man is still at large. The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office said the man was driving a silver Dodge Charger with dark tinted windows and white strobe lights. The woman thought it was a police vehicle and pulled over. áAuthorities said the man pulled out his gun and told the woman to “get out of the car.” The woman drove off only for the man to briefly chase her in his car.



Police: Security guard shot, seriously injured in robbery
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a security guard was shot and seriously injured during an armed robbery. Citing a press release, news outlets report the shooting happened Monday morning at Fun Zone Sweepstakes in Kernersville. The guard was taken to a hospital for treatment. The name of the wounded guard hasn’t been released. Police have not released any suspect information at this time. It’s unclear whether anyone has been taken into custody.



Man accused of embezzling from church, then selling it
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man embezzled more than $100,00 from a church and then sold it even though he didn’t have the legal rights to do so. A Pitt County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Friday that 49-year-old Armie Spencer Jr. was arrested and charged with embezzlement. Investigators received a report of suspicious financial activity with the Piney Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church in September. Authorities say Spencer had been moving money from the church accounts into his personal accounts. He’s accused of then selling the church in May to the Oasis of Hope Pentecostal Church.



Trooper says head-on, wrong-way crash kills 3 on I-95
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – The state highway patrol says three people have been killed in a head-on, wrong-way collision on Interstate 95 in North Carolina. Trooper Robbie Perry told TV station WRAL the crash happened around 4 p.m. Sunday near Lumberton. It led to lane closures and heavy delays, according to the Department of Transportation. Investigators said the driver of a southbound vehicle lost control and crossed the median, striking another car head on. The driver and passenger in the southbound vehicle were killed. According to the TV station, a passenger in the northbound car was killed and the driver was taken to a hospital. 



Police: Teen charged with murder in fatal Charlotte shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police say a 15-year-old has been charged with murder in the fatal weekend shooting of a man in Charlotte, police said. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a news release that the teenager was on the scene Saturday when officers arrived at a home after dispatchers heard what appeared to be an argument and shots fired during a 911 call. Police said they found 43-year-old William Johnston with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say detectives determined the incident was “domestic related.” The suspect was not identified because of his age.



Junior Johnson, “The Last American Hero,” dies at 88
NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson has died at 88. His death was announced Friday by NASCAR. Johnson honed his driving skills as a moonshine runner in North Carolina before he began competing in NASCAR. He won 50 races as a driver and 132 as a car owner. He was also immortalized as “The Last American Hero” by author Tom Wolfe in a 1965 article for Esquire. Johnson was an inaugural member of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame.



Donors help pay North Carolina district’s school lunch debt
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Anonymous donors have contributed thousands of dollars to help chip away at one North Carolina school district’s student lunch debt. TV station WLOS reported Friday that Asheville City Schools announced two anonymous donors recently contributed nearly $5,000. That will pay off lunch debt at seven campuses across the district. Before the donations, the district said they had more than $32,000 in lunch debt. The district says if a student is unable to pay for a meal, they still receive it and accrue a balance.



NC Aquarium takes in cold-stunned sea turtles
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – Cold weather is causing a problem for some sea turtles off the North Carolina coast, and an aquarium has taken in dozens of them for treatment. TV station WVEC-TV reports 96 turtles were taken to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island after a drop in temperatures on Thursday and Friday. More are expected in the coming days. Dropping water temperatures can cause cold-stunning, a condition that makes turtles unable to swim properly. The recovery process involves gradually warming them up over a few days. The center will be closed to the public beginning Sunday to accommodate all the turtles.



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