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Investigators find carbon monoxide leaks in public housing
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Inspectors have discovered that about 40% of apartments at a North Carolina public housing community where residents have been hospitalized and two babies have died had appliances that were emitting carbon monoxide. The Durham Housing Authority’s CEO told new outlets Wednesday that officials inspected 70 occupied apartments at McDougald Terrace and identified furnaces, hot water heaters and stoves that needed to be replaced in 28 of those units due to emissions of the potentially poisonous gas. About 200 households were evacuated from the complex last week, and the entire facility could be asked to vacate pending the remaining results of Wednesday’s reviews.
Police: Prowler who sometimes wore no pants has been caught
CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they’ve arrested a man who they say had been walking through people’s yards without any pants on. WRAL reported Thursday that Carlos Antonio Soto was arrested in Clayton County, which is outside of Raleigh. He was charged with indecent exposure. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer. Police said social media helped them identify Soto. Clayton Police Chief Blair Myhand said the he appreciated the community’s help “in bringing this disturbing case to close.” Clayton police said the prowler was áseen “walking directly across driveways near front doors.”
Police still searching for man who impersonated officer
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are still looking for a man who impersonated a law enforcement officer. The Citizen Times in Asheville reported Wednesday that the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident that occurred last month. Authorities have conducted interviews and reviewed hours of surveillance footage. But no new information has been recovered. Authorities said the man had pulled a woman over and told her to get out of her car at gunpoint. He was driving a silver Dodge Charger with dark tinted windows and white strobe lights.
Police post video of suspects in restaurant co-owner’s death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have released surveillance video showing a suspect wanted in the death of a restaurant’s co-owner. News outlets report Charlotte-Mecklenburg police posted the video Wednesday. Police are asking for the public’s help in the search for two men believed to have been involved in the death of 61-year-old Scott Brooks. The video shows at least one of the suspects with a gun and wearing gloves and a hoodie. Brooks was killed while opening the shop for business last month. Police believe the suspects wanted to rob him. Officials also announced Wednesday that the reward for information leading to an arrest has risen to $21,000.
UNC newspaper sues over deal to remove Confederate statue
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The student newspaper at North Carolina’s flagship university is suing the UNC system’s governing board. It says officials violated open meetings laws by secretly negotiating a deal to remove a Confederate statue from the campus. Newspaper publisher DTH Media Corp. wants a court to void two agreements between the Board of Governors and the state chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Protesters took down the “Silent Sam” statue in 2018. Last year, the Sons of Confederate Veterans agreed to take ownership of theástatue and build a center to preserve it. The university said it would put $2.5 million into a trust to help defray costs.
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Memorial proposed for N Carolina college shooting victims
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A committee formed in the wake of a shooting on a North Carolina college campus last April is proposing a $1 million memorial to honor the victims. The Charlotte Observer reports a commission at UNC Charlotte has recommended creating a memorial and commemorative space in a plaza between the front of the building where the shooting occurred and an ellipse and fountain, which was recently completed. The shooting last spring killed two students and wounded four. The gunman is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
US judge rules survivors can sue over deadly Tennessee fire
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that survivors of a historically deadly Tennessee wildfire can sue the National Park Service for failing to warn them of the danger. The fire began in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in November 2016. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the park’s fire management officer allowed the fire to spread rather than actively quell it. The survivors’ attorney argues the agency didn’t notify those nearby about the blaze as mandated in its fire management plan. A judge agreed, ruling victims can sue on the grounds that the Park Service failed to warn them, though they can’t challenge the Park Service’s fire fighting decisions.
1 dead, 2 missing after boat sinks on North Carolina coast
BAYBORO, N.C. (AP) – One person is dead and two others are missing after a boat sank on the North Carolina coast. The U.S. Coast Guard says in a news release that its personnel pulled two people from Pamlico Sound after their fishing vessel sank Tuesday night. Officials say the two people were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, and one of them died. The search for the two missing mariners continued on Wednesday.