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Confederate home, headquarters torn down in eastern NC
(Information from: The Free Press, http://www.kinston.com)
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – A house in North Carolina that was the home of a lieutenant of the Confederate Army and headquarters for a general of the Confederate Army is no longer standing.
The Kinston Free Press reports the Robert Bond Vause House lay in a rubble last week in the Wyse Fork Battlefield. It once was a candidate for the National Register of Historic Places but no longer met the requirements.
Confederate Army Lt. Robert Bond Vause owned the house during the Civil War. He was killed at the Battle of Fort Anderson in 1862. Local Civil War historian Dennis Harper says the house also was headquarters for Confederate Army Gen. Robert Ransom Jr.
Experts say the house was in disrepair and would have too expensive to save.


3 drown along North Carolina coast in 1 day
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The deadly season along North Carolina’s coast continues as three people died after pulled from waters along the southeastern coast.
Media outlets report the drownings occurred Saturday off Wrightsville Beach, Holden Beach and Sunset Beach.
Coastline Rescue Chief David Robinson says a surfer pulled a 20-year-old man from the waters off Holden Beach. Robinson says officials believe the man got caught in a rip current.
He also says another person drowned at Sunset Beach while trying to help someone else. Robinson says he person being rescued is believed to have survived.
Both beaches are in Brunswick County, where the forecast called for moderate rip current risk Saturday.
At Wrightsville Beach, Fire Chief Glen Rogers says a lifeguard pulled a middle-aged man in from the water. He died at the scene.




Calls for Dem to leave NC race grow over anti-Mexican blog
(Information from: Times-News, http://www.thetimesnews.com)
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Hispanic leaders have called for a Democratic candidate for a North Carolina House seat to drop out over a 2006 blog post that contains incendiary remarks about Mexican immigrants.
Cathy von Hassel-Davies tells the Times-News of Burlington she’s mulling her political future following Saturday’s meeting with the Hispanic American Democrat Caucus of Alamance County. She’s challenging the incumbent Republican, Dennis Riddell, for the 64th District seat.
Caucus president Yvette Gaboury says the candidate’s remarks were full of “arrogance.”
An expletive-laden post on her blog, “Cat’s Craft Corner: Rantings and Ravings of Perhaps a Lunatic,” suggested Mexican immigrants were “illegal” and castigated the U.S. for accommodating Spanish speakers. Von Hassel-Davies has apologized, saying her words were “indefensible” but inspired by her German father’s precarious employment.


Fayetteville, mother daughter found safe after abduction
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Detectives say a North Carolina mother and her 3-month-old daughter are safe after being abducted.
Fayetteville Police Department officials tell news outlets that 19-year-old Alyssa Hammonds and her baby, Serenity McLean, were located Sunday after a family member reported they were kidnapped from a home about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The baby’s father also has been located. No charges have been filed as the investigation continues.



Police motorcycles collide during chase in North Carolina
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) – Two North Carolina police officers whose motorcycles collided during a chase have been treated at the hospital.
News outlets cite a Holly Springs police release that says the officers were trying to stop a speeder Saturday night when they crashed into each other. The officers had been on routine patrol.
Sgt. C. Ottoway was hospitalized with injuries believed to be non-life-threatening, but his exact condition hasn’t been released. Officer D. Bock was released following treatment at the hospital.
No arrests have been made. The speeding driver escaped, and police expect to file charges if located.
The crash is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.



GOP leader wants lawmakers to explain constitution changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A leading Republican legislator doesn’t like what he’s seeing from the panel describing possible constitutional amendments, and he wants North Carolina lawmakers to return to Raleigh soon for a special legislative session.
State Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County said Saturday the commission writing official summaries explaining the constitutional changes could put its spin on the title briefly describing each amendment. Lewis said in a letter to House Speaker Tim Moore that legislators should write the captions themselves in a new legislative session.
The Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission has two elected Democratic officials and one GOP General Assembly employee.
A spokeswoman for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he opposes Lewis’s proposal.
The commission meets July 31 and is accepting proposed language for the amendment titles and voter summaries through Wednesday.



2nd suspect charged in shooting of North Carolina deputy
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – A second suspect is facing charges after a North Carolina deputy was shot during a traffic stop and the gunman later killed in a shootout with law officers.
News outlets report the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office charged 47-year-old James Edgar Roberts. Investigators believe Roberts drove around gunman Kerry Townsend and Stephanie Sipes while they were being sought in the deputy’s shooting.
Roberts had no listed phone number and could not be reached Saturday.
Authorities say Townsend shot Deputy Jordan Sherrill during the traffic stop last Sunday. Townsend and Sipes fled the scene. They were tracked down to a Lenoir house on Tuesday, where investigators say Townsend fired a pistol at deputies. The deputies returned fire and killed him.
The 40-year-old Sipes is charged with being an accessory after the fact.



NC aims to stop development deal by buying Sunset Beach land
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
SUNSET BEACH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina taxpayers may buy out a developer who wants to build expansive beach homes on part of a barrier island considered so fragile that public money can’t be spent on flood insurance, disaster recovery or utilities.
The News & Observer reported the state is prepared to pay to prevent the developer from turning the marshlands and dunes on Sunset Beach into plots for nearly two dozen eight-bedroom homes.
The state budget approved last month set aside $2.5 million for the 35 acres bordering a bird sanctuary. A required appraisal could determine the ultimate purchase price.
The state Department of Environmental Quality manages the neighboring Bird Island Coastal Reserve, a protected research area of salt marsh and tidal creeks that harbor loggerhead turtles and other threatened species.