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FAST FOOD-SHOOTING DEATH
Man charged in fatal shooting in Cook Out drive-thru
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – An arrest has been made in the shooting death of a man outside a Cook Out restaurant in North Carolina.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that U.S. Marshals arrested 28-year-old Jamel Shannon Kinzer in Charlotte on Thursday in connection with the shooting of 26-year-old Gabriel Dominguez Parral in Winston-Salem.
Winston-Salem police said in a statement that Parral was shot early Sunday in the Cook Out parking lot and died Wednesday at a hospital. The shooting appeared to stem from an argument between Parral and Kinzer, who were waiting in separate vehicles in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane.
Kinzer is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Further details haven’t been released.
It’s unclear whether Kinzer has a lawyer.
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.
PRISON WARDEN SUED-THE LATEST
The Latest: Ex-prison head wins lawsuit over lockup violence
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A federal jury has rejected claims that the former warden of one of North Carolina’s most dangerous prisons bears responsibility for life-threatening threats posed by inmates and even guards in the gang-infested lockup.
Jurors in Charlotte decided Thursday that former Lanesboro Correctional Institution superintendent Lawrence Parsons wasn’t responsible for the violence endangering inmates.
Lawyers for convicted killer Stacey Wynn had argued that during Parsons’ tenure, violent inmates frequently attacked other prisoners with knives and officials often failed to find the weapons. Investigators found a collection of bloody blades hidden in the ceiling of the office used by one of Parsons’ unit managers.
The lawsuit is the first of five by inmates who say Lanesboro’s leaders allowed or even encouraged prisoners to attack other inmates.
Campaign watchdog wants review of appeals judge’s campaign
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A longtime North Carolina campaign finance number-cruncher wants the state elections board to scrutinize an appeals court judge’s campaign committee.
Bob Hall founded and led Democracy North Carolina until his recent retirement. He wrote Thursday asking the board to audit and investigate the Phil Berger Jr. committee’s finances in 2016. The son of Republican Senate leader Phil Berger was elected to the Court of Appeals that year for an eight-year term.
Hall says he has information indicating two individuals didn’t make donations that campaign filings say they made, and called a third donation “suspicious.” He also thinks there are missing expenditures from Berger’s fundraising events.
The judge didn’t return a phone message at his court office seeking comment. There was no response to an email sent through his campaign’s website.
N Carolina Gov. Cooper asks Trump to pull back on tariffs
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants President Donald Trump to draw back recent tariff increases, saying an escalating trade war is already hurting state farmers and companies that rely on aluminum and steel.
Cooper wrote a letter Thursday to the president telling him retaliatory tariffs against U.S. products by other countries resulting from the administration’s increases stand to harm several North Carolina commodity exports.
Cooper mentioned specifically pork heading to Mexico and China and tobacco going to Turkey, China and the European Union. He says North Carolina exports of these products alone to the affected regions are $550 million annually.
The governor says rising prices for all U.S. steel and aluminum also increases costs for anyone who uses them in their production processes.
Coast Guard rescues fishermen clinging to debris in water
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says two fishermen whose boat overturned off the North Carolina coast have been rescued.
A news release said the wife of one of the men called for help Tuesday after reporting that the generator on their boat wasn’t working and the men were trying to find a safe place in deteriorating conditions.
The Coast Guard said the men had departed Ocracoke that morning and were planning to shrimp in Pamlico Sound before unloading their catch in Engelhard.
The news release said a helicopter crew located the overturned 35-foot fishing boat about 4 miles south of Wysocking Bay. Another mariner reported a debris field about 7 miles northeast of the boat’s location. The aircrew found both men Wednesday clinging to debris. They were taken to a hospital.
North Carolina deputy killed in crash with colleague
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A veteran North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was killed after his motorcycle collided with a colleague’s patrol car.
Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell told news outlets Deputy Justin Betts was headed west on a road outside of Statesville on Wednesday and 23-year veteran Cpl. Bill Wood was traveling east.
Campbell said Betts slowed to turn into a parking lot and drove his car in front of Wood, leading to the collision. Emergency personnel performed CPR on Wood, but couldn’t revive him.
Betts was not hurt.
Campbell said Betts has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.
The sheriff said Wood had been a county employee since 1993, when he began work at Iredell County Emergency Communications as a dispatcher. He joined the sheriff’s office in 2007.
DEPUTY SHOT-SUSPECT KILLED
Man killed in shootout with North Carolina deputies
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man was killed days after he shot and wounded a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.
News outlets report the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said 51-year-old Kerry Edwin Townsend shot a deputy just below his safety vest during the stop last Sunday.
The sheriff’s office said Townsend and a woman in the car with him fled the scene. They were tracked down at a house on Tuesday, where investigators say Townsend fired a pistol at deputies. The deputies returned fire and killed him.
The woman, 40-year-old Stephanie Lee Sipes, is charged with accessory after the fact to felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Sipes is jailed on a $1 million bond. Her attorney declined comment Thursday.