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Late candidacy could help Democrats with Supreme Court
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A last-minute candidacy for the North Carolina Supreme Court has the potential to dilute votes cast by Republicans this fall for the seat and boost chances for the Democrats to expand their majority on the court.
Raleigh attorney Chris Anglin filed on the last day of filing last week as a registered Republican. That means three people are now running for the seat held by another Republican, Justice Barbara Jackson. Civil rights lawyer Anita Earls is running as a Democrat.
Lawmakers decided to cancel this year’s judicial primaries, so there was no limit on the number of members of the same party that could run. The person with the most votes wins.
Jackson has the endorsement of the state Republican Party. Democrats currently hold a 4-3 majority on the court.
POOL ACCESS DISAGREEMENT-RACE
Family tapes pool encounter; says they were hassled for race
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A woman has accused a man of requiring her family to show identification to get into a neighborhood pool in North Carolina because they are African-American.
The video of the encounter in Winston-Salem this week was posted on Facebook.
A woman off-camera says the man called police because she refused to show an ID to get into the pool.
An officer asks what people typically need to get into the pool and is told there is a keycard.
When the woman’s keycard opens the gate, the police officer tells the man that is all she needs to get into the pool.
A phone message for the man was not returned, and the woman who posted the video on Facebook also didn’t return a message.
Marker honors Lumbee tribe driving out KKK in 1958
(Information from: The Robesonian, http://www.robesonian.com)
MAXTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s 1,601st historical highway marker commemorates the Lumbee Tribe driving the Ku Klux Klan out of the county in 1958.
The Robesonian reports the Battle of Hayes Pond sign was dedicated Thursday, during the 50th Annual Lumbee Homecoming. Robeson County’s 16th historical roadside marker honors the confrontation between the Lumbee and Klansmen who showed up for a rally on a January day 60 years ago. The outnumbered Klansmen fled in the face of gunfire from the Lumbee. There were no casualties on either side.
The marker was born out of a proposal from students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, who sought the tribe’s approval before proceeding.
Thursday’s dedication was attended by Woodrow Dial, who was 17 when he accompanied his father to confront the KKK.
N Carolina relocated 17 graves in advance of bridge work
(Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com)
PINETOPS, N.C. (AP) – The planned development of a new bridge in North Carolina has led to the relocation of a cemetery with graves dating to the 19th century.
The Rocky Mount Telegram reports that the North Carolina Department of Transportation covered the cost of the relocating the Old Sparta Riverside Cemetery. It’s been moved to the Old Sparta Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, in advance of replacing the N.C. 42 bridge.
A departmental public relations officer, Andrew Barksdale, says moving graves is rare and requires the approval of the State Historical Preservation Office. Of the 17 relocated graves, only one is marked.
The DOT had considered relocating an 80-foot-long (24-meter-long) sunken ship on the opposite side of the cemetery, instead. But the state said it would have been destroyed during the move.
Sheriff: Man set ablaze mobile home with 5 kids inside
MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man is accused of setting the mobile home containing his five children on fire.
News outlets cite a release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office that says 37-year-old Floyd Elmer Tate IV locked himself and his children inside the home Wednesday after pouring and lighting gasoline on fire. Deputies responding to a call found the caller and Tate outside, with the fire extinguished.
An investigation revealed that Tate extinguished the fire before it could cause major damage. Deputies removed the five children from the home. The sheriff’s office says the children were between the ages of 5 and 12. No injuries were reported.
Tate is charged with arson, communicating threats and child abuse. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Police say 4 launched fireworks at firefighters, officers
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say four people have been arrested after they launched fireworks at firefighters and police at an apartment complex in North Carolina.
Asheville Police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said the people first started firing roman candles and firework shells at firefighters around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Hallingse says they kept launching fireworks at police who came to help.
Authorities say officers fired pepper spray balls to stop the assault at the Pisgah View Apartments.
Hallingse said in a statement no one was injured, but several vehicles owned by the city of Asheville were damaged.
Hallingse says 34-year-old Angela Marko faces assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and drug charges, while the other three were charged with resisting public officers. It wasn’t known if they had lawyers.
Ex-lieutenant governor’s candidate recovering after surgery
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina legislator and lieutenant governor’s candidate is recovering from surgery after he says his heart stopped while driving after a workout.
Dr. Eric Mansfield says he’s doing well following bypass surgery and hopes to return to work at his Fayetteville ear, nose and throat medical practice in a couple of weeks.
The 53-year-old Mansfield told The Fayetteville Observer this week he was driving in Fuquay-Varina after the gym workout when his heart went into ventricular fibrillation. He says he passed out and his car struck a tree, but he wasn’t hurt. Mansfield says a rescue squad restarted his heart.
Mansfield is a Democrat who served one term in the state Senate and ran unsuccessfully for the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor in 2012, losing to Linda Coleman.
North Carolina volunteer firefighter dies in wreck
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – A volunteer firefighter has died in a wreck as he was responding to a call in North Carolina.
New outlets report that 55-year-old Michael Goodnight died in a wreck around 2 p.m. Wednesday in eastern Rowan County.
Goodnight was a member of the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department in Salisbury.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Goodnight was in a pickup when he ran into a car that was turning left as he attempted to pass across double yellow lines. Troopers say Goodnight was not wearing a seat belt.
Two women in the car were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. There was no word on their condition.