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NEW YEAR’S EVE GUNFIRE
Police, victims warn against firing guns on New Year’s Eve
Police are cautioning people not to fire guns into the air to bring in the new year. People being struck by stray bullets is not common but does occur. A University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill student was wounded and required surgery when she was struck by a bullet a year ago while celebrating New Year’s Eve in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Boys in Ohio and Georgia were also wounded a year ago by random gunfire. Police and ballistics experts warn that heedlessly firing guns into the air to celebrate the holidays can have serious consequences.
BC-NC-MISSING MAN-SURVIVAL SKILLS
Search continues for man, 75, missing in North Carolina
ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) – The search has resumed in North Carolina for a 75-year-old man with dementia who disappeared 10 days ago. WRAL reported efforts picked back up Monday morning to find William David Holt. He was last seen Dec. 20 in Person County when he took his dog out for a walk. Officials said they’re hoping that Holt has reverted to his old survival skills to survive in cold weather. A person can survive in freezing weather for three or four days. But Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said he hopes that Holt has found shelter or caught a ride with someone.
Official: 1 dead, 1 burned in fire at historic campground
LAWNDALE, N.C. (AP) – One person has died and a second person suffered burns in a building fire at a historic campground in North Carolina. News outlets report the fire and reported explosion happened Sunday morning at Brackett Cedar Park in Lawndale. The Cleveland County fire marshal told news outlets that the injured person was airlifted to a burn center for treatment. A fire chief says the flames spread quickly and the building is a total loss. It had been used for decades as an event center.áThe cause of the fire is under investigation. The names of the person hurt and the person killed haven’t been released.
MALL SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Police investigate shooting death of 13-year-old at NC mall
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Police in a suburban North Carolina city are still trying to identify and arrest who is responsible for the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl outside of a mall.áConcord police officers responded to a call about a fight outside a Dave and Buster’s at Concord Mills mall Saturday night. Police say the girl – identified on Sunday as Avenanna Propst – died at the scene. Two other male juveniles suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police released stills from security video of someone they say displayed a firearm in the parking lot before the shooting. Officers want help in identifying him.
BC-RELIGION-WEEK OF ANTI-SEMITISM
Jewish leaders urge action after another ‘senseless’ attack
NEW YORK (AP) – The weekend attack at the Monsey, New York, home of a rabbi celebrating Hanukkah is just the latest in a week of anti-Semitic attacks in the nation’s most demographically diverse area. It is reverberating in Jewish communities around the U.S., from Middletown, Pennsylvania, to Nashville, Tennessee. Religious leaders say they are focused on security and fortifying their synagogues while carrying on as normally as possible. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Saturday night stabbing of five people in Monsey is the tenth assault or threat against Jews in New York since Dec. 23.
SMALL PLANE CRASH-NORTH CAROLINA
Plane crashes near western NC airport; no serious injuries
FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) – Officials say a small plane landed in a fiery crashánear a western North Carolina airport, but there were no reports of serious injuries. News outlets report the crash occurred late Saturday afternoon about a quarter-mile from the Asheville Regional Airport. Officials say there were no fatalities and no one was taken to the hospital. The plane was a Piper PA-32 that crashed into a parking lot as it was taking off. Social media posts showed fire and smoke coming from a plane. The crash occurred hours after a small airplane crashed in Louisiana, killing five people who were on board.
YOUNG BICYCLIST KILLED
Man charged in fatal hit-and-run on North Carolina road
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina’s largest city say a motorist has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run that occurred when a sedan struck a youth riding a bicycle. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police says the 19-year-old suspect was arrested Friday evening and charged with felony hit-and-run, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a stolen vehicle. The police investigation determined a Honda Civic traveling in northwest Charlotte struck a male juvenile riding a bicycle, who was thrown onto the hood and into the windshield. The driver later braked, and the bicyclist fell into the roadway. The youth later died at a hospital.
N Carolina officer praised for quick action as train neared
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A police officer at a North Carolina university is being praised for pulling a woman out of a stalled car before a train collided with the vehicle. North Carolina Central University says the officer saw a car stopped on the train tracks early Saturday and took the driver away from the tracks as the train approached. N.C. Central says Officer Stacey DeSantis acted quickly and with selflessness after seeing someone in distress, and that her actions should be lauded and commended. Durham police are still investigating what happened with the driver.