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2 men charged after bank robber in dreadlock wig shot teller
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have charged two men after a bank robber wearing a long-haired wig shot and wounded a teller and fled with a fistful of bills.
Durham Police issued a statement saying 29-year-old Larry Lamar Johnson and 24-year-old Javon Cheek were arrested in the Wednesday holdup. They were held Friday on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy. Cheek also faces an assault charge.
Police say the robber wore sunglasses, a pink jacket and a wig with long dreadlocks. Police released surveillance photos showing the suspect holding a gun and a wad of cash as he left the SunTrust branch.
The teller was shot in the arm, but the injury wasn’t life-threatening.
A phone number for Cheek was disconnected. No listing could be found for Johnson.
NORTH CAROLINA UNEMPLOYMENT
North Carolina’s jobless rate in June drops to 4.2 percent
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina companies continued adding jobs in June, pressing the state’s unemployment rate down to 4.2 percent.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday that North Carolina’s jobless rate dropped from 4.3 percent in May and 4.4 in April. The state’s unemployment rate also was 4.4 percent in June of last year.
The federal agency says North Carolina last month had one of the country’s largest monthly increases in nonfarm payrolls, adding 13,200 jobs as the overall number of workers increased to 4.52 million. The state also had one of the country’s largest employment jumps over the past year, adding 103,000 jobs for a 2.3 percent growth in the number of working adults.
3 arrested after drugs, weapons found at N. Carolina daycare
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A drug bust in North Carolina led police to a day care center, where they found not only a half-dozen guns but also cookies and gummy bears laced with marijuana.
Fayetteville Police Sgt. Shawn Strepay said in a news release that officers waited until the children had left the facility before raiding “Tori’s Playhouse” on Tuesday.
Once inside, officers found marijuana-laced gummies and cookies and six firearms.
Strepay said the couple who ran the day care out of their home was also arrested. Reshod J. Everett and Victoria L. Everett of Fayetteville face charges including trafficking in marijuana and conspiring to traffic in heroin.
It was not known if the suspects have attorney yet.
Search for ex-convict into 2nd day after he fled police
GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) – The search is on in western New York for an ex-convict from North Carolina two days after authorities say he pointed a gun at A police officer during a traffic stop.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old David Clyde Morgan, of Wilmington, North Carolina, was pulled over Wednesday in Geneseo (jeh-NEH’-see-oh).
Officials say Morgan pointed a gun at the officer, who fired a shot. Morgan and a woman traveling with him then fled on foot.
She was captured soon afterward. Morgan remains at large Friday.
The woman has been identified as 40-year-old Sandra Brown of South Point, North Carolina. She was charged Thursday with menacing a police officer and criminal possession of stolen properties.
Brown is being held in jail on $100,000 bail. Prosecutors didn’t know if she has a lawyer yet.
KRISPY KREME-INSOMNIA COOKIES
Krispy Kreme to buy Insomnia Cookies for undisclosed sum
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Doughnut-maker Krispy Kreme is buying a majority stake in Philadelphia-based Insomnia Cookies for an undisclosed sum.
The Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Krispy Kreme made the announcement Friday.
Krispy Kreme CEO Mike Tattersfield says in a statement they are “delighted” to add Insomnia to the company. The late-night bakery specializes in warm cookie deliveries.
Seth Berkowitz will remain in charge of Insomnia after the close of the sale later this year.
Berkowitz founded Insomnia Cookies in 2003 when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
CHARLOTTE APARTMENT FIRE
At least 4 hurt in apartment complex fire in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – At least four people have been hurt after a fire started at an apartment complex in North Carolina’s largest city.
The Charlotte Fire Department said firefighters were called around 4:30 a.m. Friday and had to call more firefighters to help contain the blaze. The fire in a two-story building was under control by 5:30 a.m.
Firefighters said four residents were treated at the scene and two who had jumped from a balcony to escape the flames were taken to a hospital. None of the injuries were serious.
News outlets reported all 16 units in one building were affected by the blaze.
The American Red Cross was talking with the families to see what they needed.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
MURDER SUICIDE-CHARGE DROPPED
84-year-old North Carolina man cleared in wife’s death
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – An 84-year-old North Carolina man with dementia has been cleared in his wife’s shooting death more than two years ago.
The Charlotte Observer reported a judge dropped charges Thursday against Jim Norris, after two medical experts said he would never be able to stand trial.
Prosecutors say Norris shot and killed 79-year-old Charlene Norris in 2016 as part of a murder-suicide pact.
His wife of 33 years also suffered from dementia and had a serious of chronic physical ailments. She was shot in the chest as she lay in her bed. A handgun was found beside her. Police found two suicide notes indicating the couple had agreed to a suicide pact.
Charlene Norris’ grandson, David Plank, said Jim Norris did not shoot himself, saying he “just wasn’t ready to go.”
Emergency repairs slated for I-95 bridge in North Carolina
DUNN, N.C. (AP) – Emergency repairs are scheduled for a bridge on Interstate 95 in North Carolina after a work crew noticed damage to a steel beam.
The N.C. Department of Transportation said in a news release one of its crews saw the damage, which is believed to have occurred when something hit the bridge while traveling on U.S. 421 below. It’s not known when the bridge was struck or what hit it.
The repairs are set to begin on Friday and take up to three days to complete. The contractor hired for the repairs specializes in heat straightening, in which workers heat the beam to a high temperature, enabling them to return it to its original shape and strength.
Lane closures will occur on U.S. 421 while repairs are underway.