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GOP CONVENTION-NORTH CAROLINA
By a 1-vote margin, city leaders OK bid for GOP convention
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The vote was close, but city leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, have agreed to make a bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.
After a public discussion period Monday with more than 100 speakers and nearly one hour of debate among themselves, the Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 in favor of hosting the event.
Mayor Vi Lyles, Charlotte’s first black female mayor, had led efforts to secure the convention, despite critics who decried the attempt because of President Donald Trump’s statements denigrating minorities, Muslims, women and the LGBTQ population.
Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, has been considered a front-runner for the convention.
Judge: Deputy likely violated rights in 2015 fatal shooting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Relatives of a North Carolina man fatally shot by a deputy can proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit after a judge found sufficient evidence that his constitutional rights were violated.
U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle rejected a request by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office to dismiss the case in a ruling issued Thursday. Boyle wrote that it appears a deputy violated John David Livingston’s rights by entering his home without a warrant and using excessive force during a 2015 scuffle that ended with the fatal shooting.
Authorities and defense attorneys have previously said Livingston was intoxicated and had seized the deputy’s stun gun, causing the officer to fear for his life.
Boyle also said other plaintiffs alleging separate instances of excessive force have enough evidence to proceed with their claims.
POLICE CAPTAINS FIRED
Police department fires 2nd captain in part of beating probe
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A police chief in North Carolina has fired a second one of her captains in just three months.
Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper said she fired Capt. Mark Byrd on Friday because he lied and tried to undermine her and other police leaders.
The Citizen-Times of Asheville reports that Hooper said Byrd was dishonest about the timeline into the investigation into a police beating of a pedestrian in August.
Byrd’s lawyer wrote back that he will fight the firing because it was intimidation and harassment and Hooper leads a police department with severe management issues.
Hooper fired Capt. Stony Gonce in May saying he tried to intimidate a lieutenant investigation the beating.
Byrd and Gonce were two of three captains the Asheville Police Department had a year ago.
DEPUTY WOUNDED-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina sheriff’s deputy wounded in traffic stop
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina is out of surgery after being shot and wounded during a traffic stop.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday near Lenoir.
The deputy was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment. The sheriff’s office said Monday the deputy was in stable condition following surgery. He had been shot just below his bullet-proof vest.
His name has not been released. He has been with the department just over a year.
The sheriff’s department said the suspect left the traffic stop in a blue Toyota sedan.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies are trying to find the suspect. Investigators have not released a motive for the shooting.
BC-US-EARNS-BANK OF AMERICA
Bank of America 2Q profits jump 33 percent due to tax law
NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America is reporting a 33 percent jump in second-quarter profits as it cut expenses and benefited from the new tax law.
The banking giant, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Monday it earned $6.78 billion, or 63 cents per share, up from $4.75 billion, or 44 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier. That’s better than the per-share projections of 57 cents from industry analysts, according to a survey by FactSet.
Bank of America benefited from rising interest rates. Net interest income across the bank rose $664 million, or 6 percent, compared with a year earlier.
Revenue was $22.61 billion, down from $22.83 billion in the same period a year earlier.
Toddler pulled from North Carolina pool last week has died
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A toddler who was pulled from a swimming pool in North Carolina lasts week has died.
Fayetteville police said in a news release the 2-year-old girl died around 10 a.m. Saturday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
The girl’s name has not been released.
She was found in the pool at a home shortly before 2 p.m. last Wednesday. Police have not said how she ended up in the water.
Family members were trying to revive the child when first-responders arrived.
Child hit by falling bullet in North Carolina
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a child in North Carolina suffered minor injuries when someone apparently fired a gun into the air and the youngster was hit by a falling bullet.
Winston-Salem police said in a news release that the shooting happened late Saturday afternoon.
Police did not identify the child or release the age or gender. The news release said the child was hit in the head by a “falling projectile” that fell through a canopy covering a backyard swimming pool.
Police don’t know where the shot was fired.
Winston-Salem police note it’s illegal to fire a gun in the city limits.