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2020 brings overhaul of North Carolina’s sexual abuse laws
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The new year will bring new training requirements for reporting and preventing child sexual abuse and sex trafficking in North Carolina’s schools. The News & Observer reported Monday that the training requirements are part of an overhaul of state sexual assault laws. The changes include making it a Class 1 misdemeanor for adults to fail to call authorities if they suspect a child is being abused. The statute of limitations will also be extended for civil suits against abusers.



$1 million lottery ticket waits unclaimed in North Carolina
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s lottery says it’s waiting for someone to claim a $1 million ticket.áN.C. Education Lottery said on its website Monday that the ticket is for Sunday’s drawing of the game Cash 5. The jackpot for matching all five numbers is $1,063,165. The $1 ticket for Sunday’s drawing was sold at a Food Lion grocery in Mooresville, which is north of Charlotte. The winning numbers are 2-7-13-34-39. Winners have 180 days to claim their prize. The ticket beat odds of one in 962,598 to win.



Police: 3 injured, suspect wanted in armed robbery
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are looking for a second suspect in an armed robbery that left three people injured. Chapel Hill police say two men walked into a store with guns drawn Monday night. A fight broke out between the gunmen and two employees. One employee was shot in the leg. The other was cut and hit on the head. One suspect was cut on the head. All three were taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life threatening. The second suspect got away. Police say both guns were recovered at the scene. One was a BB gun.



N Carolina diocese publishes list of credibly accused clergy
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Catholic diocese in North Carolina has published a list of 14 clergy who it says have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse since the diocese was established nearly 50 years ago.áThe Diocese of Charlotte released the list Monday, along with a letter from the bishop, the Rev. Peter Jugis. In that letter, Jugis apologizes and expresses his “heartfelt sorrow” for the victims’ suffering. David Fortwengler is a leader of the Charlotte affiliate of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. He says the diocese should have released the list years ago, when news broke of abuse by priests in Boston.



North Carolina’s longest serving female judge dies at 54
BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge who was the state’s longest serving woman on the bench has died after a two-year cancer fight. A state lawmaker who was Brunswick County Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis’ godfather says the judge died Sunday at her Bolivia home. She was 54. According to a news release that the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sent on behalf of state Sen. Bill Rabon, a rare form of liver cancer was the cause of Lewis’ death. The (Wilmington) StarNews reported that Lewis had been diagnosed with the disease in 2017 and had been treated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.



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.



Deadline is Wednesday to comment on new NC public game land
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The deadline to comment on how the North Carolina Wildlife Commission should manage more than 1,700 acres of new public game land is coming up this week. The commission has sought the public’s view of how to manage the 1,760-acre Dan River Game Land since September. A commission spokeswoman says the deadline to comment is Wednesday. The News & Record of Greensboro reported that the state completed the purchase of the game land last year. It’s located on the Dan River in northern North Carolina, near the Virginia line.



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.



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