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North Carolina man drowns after helping boy in water
ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has drowned after he jumped into the water and was able to push an 8-year-old boy close enough to a riverbank to be rescued.
News outlets reported 36-year-old Jeremie Dale Earp of Raleigh was at a park in Zebulon on Sunday evening when he noticed the boy was having trouble.
Police say Earp managed to move the boy close enough to the river bank that someone pulled the youngster to safety.
Police say Earp then had trouble and went under the surface. It took several minutes before others at the park got him ashore. The rescuers, police and emergency medical personnel tried for about an hour to revive Earp before he was pronounced dead.
Officials: Poor hand washing led to North Carolina sickness
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Health officials say poor hand washing led to contaminated food that sickened at least 40 people at a weekend party in North Carolina.
Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris told news outlets that some of those who attended the Saturday party in Charlotte are suffering from a highly contagious disease calls shigella.
Harris said shigella causes diarrhea and is spread through contact with feces. Harris says someone who prepared some food for the party did not wash hands thoroughly.
Health officials say there were about 100 people at the birthday party and more people could become sick because it can take several days for the illness to show up.
Charlotte’s emergency medical service said most of the calls for help came from the apartment complex where the party was held.
North Carolina wreck spills animal carcasses on road
(Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com)
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – A wreck involving a truck carrying partially decomposed animal carcasses left a smelly mess on a North Carolina highway.
The Gaston Gazette reported the wreck happened around 10:15 a.m. Monday on U.S. 74 in Gastonia.
The newspaper reported an 18-wheeler from Valley Proteins Inc. in Gastonia collided with a stopped car and dumped part of its cargo on the highway.
Crews from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the fire department worked to clean up the mess before a company that specializes in highway cleanup arrived to finish the work.
The driver of the car was not seriously hurt. Neither was the truck driver.
TRAIN STATION OPENING
N Carolina train station to open this month
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina train station originally expected to open in June is now set to open this month.
The News & Observer reported Monday that the Raleigh Union Station is expected to open July 10. The opening comes more than two months after officials dedicated the station.
The opening was pushed back so contractors could correct an issue with the slope of the station’s passenger platform. The deputy director of the state Department of Transportation Rail Division, Allan Paul, says several areas of the platform were too steep for Amtrak and federal specifications.
The last scheduled train of July 9 should arrive at the old Cabarrus Street station around 10 p.m. Amtrak will move to the new station overnight and should be settled in time for the 6:30 a.m. train.
Newest US citizens to be sworn in at N Carolina ceremony
SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina is rolling out a welcome mat for the nation’s newest citizens.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials will welcome those new citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the Fort Johnson Garrison House in Southport Tuesday.
A U.S. Magistrate Judge will administer the oath of allegiance to 48 candidates.
The ceremony is part of the agency’s Independence Day celebration.
This year, USCIS celebrates the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence as well as the nation’s birthday by welcoming more than 14,000 new citizens in nearly 175 naturalization ceremonies between June 28 and July 10.
2 men charged with murder in North Carolina shooting
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police have charged two men with first-degree murder in one of three deadly shootings in a North Carolina city on the same day last month.
Greensboro police say 24-year-old Ladarius Devon Riley and 35-year-old Xavier Alanson Bell are charged in the death of 24-year-old Vincent Roland at an apartment complex on June 25.
Police arrested Riley in Durham Friday. Greensboro police learned Bell was on a bus headed for Dallas, Texas, and they worked with the State Bureau of Investigation and Dallas police to apprehend Bell at the Greyhound bus station. He awaits extradition back to North Carolina to face charges.
The two men also are charged with attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Riley is jailed without bail. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
2016 SHOOTING-TWO CHARGED
North Carolina police charge 2 in man’s 2016 death
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have charged two men in connection with a fatal shooting in 2016.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports police say 37-year-old Carlos Lamar Brown and 28-year-old Keith Jordan II are charged in the death of 29-year-old Renwick Earl Davis on Dec. 8, 2016.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brown in Fayetteville on June 26. U.S. marshals and Raleigh police arrested Jordan three days later. Both men are charged with first-degree murder and are jailed without bail. It’s not known if either man has an attorney.
An autopsy report from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Davis was shot in the head and suffered from blunt force injuries to the face.
An investigation into Davis’ death continues.
MISSING MEN-BODIES RECOVERED
Bodies of 2 men recovered from North Carolina lake
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say the bodies of a man and his nephew have been recovered from a North Carolina lake several days after thy disappeared while on a boating trip.
News outlets report the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission identified the men as 38-year-old Fredrick Martin and 48-year-old Earnest Norris Jr. Their bodies were found by civilians on Sunday.
According to officials, the men were reported missing last Friday after they didn’t return, and their boat was found capsized in Lake Norman on Saturday, when the search was suspended.