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FIREWORKS LAUNCHED-POLICE
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.

 

 

MANSFIELD-HEART SURGERY
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.

 

WATERFALL DEATH
16-year-old girl dies at North Carolina waterfall
LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. (AP) – A 16-year-old girl has died at a North Carolina waterfall.
News outlets reported the girl fell from Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County around noon on the Fourth of July. Her name has not been released. The waterfall is about 125 feet (38 meters) high.
Katie Hall with North Carolina State Parks said the girl went over the falls at Gorges State Park in the Pisgah National Forest.
The Lake Toxaway Volunteer Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service also responded. It took several hours to recover the body.
Officials have not offered details about how the girl fell.
Another child with the teen was rescued by family members.
News outlets report there have been at least six deaths at waterfalls in western North Carolina this year.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER KILLED-WRECK
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.

 

 

TWO DEAD
Woman, man found shot to death in North Carolina home
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say it appears and man shot and killed a woman before turning the gun on himself.
Raleigh police spokeswoman Donna-maria Harris said in a news release that officers were called to a home shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Harris said 30-year-old Ashley Lauren Talarico was shot and killed. Investigators say 34-year-old Robert Talarico died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police have not described the relationship between the two victims.

 

 

MOUNT CHARLESTON RESORT
Mountain resort outside Las Vegas purchased for nearly $5M
(Information from: KLAS-TV, http://www.klas-tv.com)
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A North Carolina-based hospitality group has bought a mountain hotel outside Las Vegas for nearly $5 million.
KLAS-TV reports Rhea Hospitality based in Durham, North Carolina, has purchased The Resort on Mount Charleston from the Siegel Group.
New owners Colin and Deanna Crossman say they plan to bring the 64-room hotel back to its former grandeur.
Colin Crossman says the hotel is in a beautiful setting, but the “property itself looks like it hasn’t been loved in a while.”
Their plans include reopening the spa, updating the menu and building an outdoor bar. The hotel will remain open during renovations.
The mountain escape was built in 1984 and is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

 

SNACK PLANT CLOSES
84 workers to lose jobs as North Carolina snack plant closes
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
MONROE, N.C. (AP) – A snack plant is closing in North Carolina, leaving 84 employees without a job.
Great American Snacks said in federal paperwork it will close its Monroe plant in September because it building and equipment are old.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the plant filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice earlier this week.
Great American Snacks parent company McCain Foods bought a plant in Nampa, Idaho, in 2016. The plants make specialty appetizers liked breaded vegetable and cheese snacks.
The company says it will offer North Carolina workers a severance package and assistance in finding new jobs.

 

ROAD TO NOWHERE
After 75 years, feds keep $52M promise to N Carolina county
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
BRYSON CITY, N.C. (AP) – The federal government has finally kept its $52 million promise to a remote North Carolina mountain county.
The Interior Department earlier this month paid the final $35 million to Swain County for a road it promised to build during World War II, but never finished.
The promise happened in 1943, when the federal government created Fontana Lake to provide power for a plant that made aluminum for airplanes. In exchange, the government offered to build a 34-mile (55-kilometer) highway to connect Bryson City to Fontana to make up for flooded roads.
The Charlotte Observer reports only 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the road were built, abruptly ending in a tunnel in 1972.
In 2007, the U.S. government agreed to pay Swain County $52 million. The final payment was deposited Friday.