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PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED
Pregnant 18-year-old shot, killed in North Carolina
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Police say an 18-year-old pregnant woman was shot and killed at a North Carolina home.
News outlets cite a High Point police release that says responding officers found 32-year-old Corey S. Ray shot in the buttocks and 18-year-old Anastaista Ray suffering from a gunshot wound to the head Monday night.
Witnesses told police they saw an SUV drive by the residence and fire multiple shots. Officers found around 20 shell casings in the road.
Both victims were hospitalized. Investigators were told shortly after midnight that Anastaista Ray and her unborn child had died. Corey Ray is listed as stable, but his exact condition is unknown.
No motive or suspects have been identified.
Anastaista Ray’s mother, Talisha Ray, tells news outlets her daughter was due Sept. 26.
North Carolina House Rep. Ed Hanes of Winston-Salem resigns
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina House member is stepping down three months before his re-election bid.
Democratic Rep. Ed Hanes of Winston-Salem submitted a news release announcing his resignation Tuesday with the House clerk’s office. Hanes was in his third term and set to face Republican Reginald Reid in November in the 72nd House District.
Hanes didn’t give a reason in the release for his departure but says he will “explore interests and opportunities across a number of platforms.” Now Forsyth County Democratic activists can choose a replacement to fill Hanes’ spot on the ballot and his House term through the end of the year.
Hanes has been a vocal school choice advocate who spoke out for legislation that gave taxpayer-funded scholarships for children to attend private or religious schools.
North Carolina university receives $2.5M donation
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina university has received a $2.5 million donation designed to help students who have limited options for paying for college.
UNC Asheville announced Tuesday that the estate of Sally Birge, an Asheville native and successful real estate agent in California, made the donation.
According to a news release from the school, Birge had no surviving relatives and decided to use her fortune to support higher education in the community where she was born.
David Pierce, a California attorney who managed her estate, said Birge attended college briefly but was unable to finish. Pierce said her legacy is to provide for those who otherwise couldn’t afford a college education by giving them the benefit of her wealth.
Birge died on Jan. 5, 2017 at age 80.
This story corrects name of county to Livingston County instead of Geneseo County and corrects shooting involved officer instead of deputy.
Police release dash cam video of shooting at traffic stop
(Information from: WHEC-TV, http://www.10nbc.com)
GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) – Authorities have released police dash cam video of an officer firing at a North Carolina man after the man pointed a gun during a traffic stop in western New York.
The July 18 video released Tuesday in Livingston County shows a Geneseo (jeh-NEH’-see-oh) police officer approaching an SUV as 49-year-old David Clyde Morgan of Wilmington and his girlfriend exit the vehicle. The officer retreats to his vehicle when he sees Morgan holding what appears to be a handgun.
Morgan aims at the officer while the girlfriend points what turned out to be a cellphone. He then ducks as the officer fires once at him. Morgan and the woman then fled into a cornfield.
She was caught soon afterward. Morgan, who’s on federal probation, remains at large despite extensive searches by law enforcement.
Ryan leading North Carolina Senate leader’s press operations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A former aide to New York politicians is now in the office of North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger to lead his press operations.
Berger announced Tuesday that Pat Ryan is his new deputy chief of staff for communications. He succeeds Amy Auth, who left her job in the spring to become director of state affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ryan attended UNC-Chapel Hill and most recently worked as communications director for Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan of New York. He previously worked on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s disaster recovery team after Hurricane Sandy.
Berger’s office has seen other recent changes as longtime Chief of Staff Jim Blaine left the job and Berger General Counsel Andrew Tripp succeeded Blaine.
DRUG CONVICTION APPEAL
Search rules broken in drug arrest, NC appeals court rules
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A man accused of trafficking heroin in North Carolina has had his conviction reversed in an appeal because police lacked the grounds to search him.
The N.C. Court of Appeals Tuesday ordered a new trial for Gregory Charles Baskins, who was first arrested for trafficking heroin in Greensboro in 2014. The court said police lacked justification for the traffic stop leading to his arrest.
Detectives said they stopped the car Baskins was riding in because it had an inspection violation and expired registration, even though the registration was still valid.
The appeals court found police intentionally neglected to check the exact date the vehicle’s registration expired before they stopped it. The court also found police wouldn’t have known about the inspection violation at the time of Baskins’ arrest.
NORTH CAROLINA-BALLOT BATTLE
Lawfulness of N Carolina amendment questions argued in court
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Lawyers have traded arguments in a North Carolina courtroom over whether some proposed constitutional amendments that Republican legislators submitted to voters this fall should be left off ballots.
A Wake County judge heard for nearly three hours Tuesday from attorneys for Gov. Roy Cooper and two nonprofit groups who say referendum questions for two or maybe four amendments are false and misleading. Two of them would shift powers from Cooper to the legislature if approved.
Judge Paul Ridgeway didn’t immediately rule on the plaintiffs’ request to block the questions and is going to forward the case to a three-judge panel because the constitutionality of the amendment legislation is being challenged.
An attorney for legislative leaders told Ridgeway the amendment questions are presented properly and should be presumed lawful.
NC court: No proof public safer when sex offenders tracked
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s second-highest court says authorities can’t force a sex-offender to wear a monitoring device for decades because evidence fails to show that tracking protects the public.
A divided three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that because officials presented no evidence that satellite-based monitoring is effective, it violates the U.S. Constitution’s bar against unreasonable searches. The U.S. Supreme Court set that constitutional standard in a 2015 North Carolina decision.
Tuesday’s case involved Thomas Earl Griffin, who spent 11 years in prison for abusing the pre-teen daughter of his live-in girlfriend. A Craven County judge in 2016 ruled he must wear a tracking device for 30 years.
Judge Wanda Bryant disagreed, saying it expands the state’s burden of demonstrating the risk of a sex-offender repeating his crimes.