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Walmart temporarily evacuated due to man with bow and arrow
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a Walmart store in North Carolina was temporarily evacuated because of a man with a bow and arrow who was talking nonsensically. The Winston-Salem Police Department issued a news release saying that officers were called to the store around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday because of the man behaving strangely in the sporting goods section of the store. Police say about 30 customers and employees cleared the building. Officers took the man into custody without incident and taken for a mental health evaluation. Police say the compound bow that the man held was never discharged and that no one was injured.
Raleigh approves citizen advisory board for police force
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Officials in North Carolina’s capital city have approved the creation of a citizen advisory board charged with reviewing the police department’s policies. The mayor and City Council confirmed the board’s creation Tuesday. News outlets report activists have called for greater oversight of the Raleigh Police Department’s procedures for years, despite pushback from some department employees. Calls were renewed following the fatal shooting of a man police said was armed and “acting strangely” last week, as well as a traffic stop last month that prompted a use-of-force investigation. Raleigh’s police chief says the agency will work with city staff and the board.
Two North Carolina teens arrested after robberies, shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina’s largest city have detained two teenagers who’ve been hospitalized after a chaotic series of crimes that included robberies, a shooting and the crash of a stolen car. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police statement says it began when the teens stole a woman’s car and were confronted by her husband. Police say the suspects drove off, then returned and shot up the husband’s car. Police say the teens later tried to steal two more cars, only to be fired at by armed victims. Police say one teen crashed the stolen car into a tree while the other was shot by a neighbor.
North Carolina authorities investigate triple stabbing
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities are investigating a triple stabbing after a woman entered a convenience store covered in blood. Police in Wake Forest told news outlets that three people were hospitalized with stab wounds Tuesday night. Shortly thereafter and about 40 miles away, the woman in the convenience store told Orange County deputies that she had been stabbed, but the woman wasn’t injured and the blood wasn’t hers. She’s been hospitalized for a wellness check and detained pending an interview with Wake Forest police. A sheriff’s statement says investigators believe she’s “a material witness if not a participant” in a crime.
Forest ahead in GOP gov cash race, but Cooper lapping field
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic incumbent Roy Cooper lapped the field of North Carolina gubernatorial candidates when it came to fundraising as 2020 began. Cooper’s campaign committee told the State Board of Elections that it brought in nearly $4 million in the second half of 2019. The committee of Republican Dan Forest reported raising roughly a third that amount. Cooper also had a wide cash advantage entering the new year. Forest is lieutenant governor and wants to unseat Cooper. Both of them have primary elections next month. State Rep. Holly Grange is Forest’s rival in the GOP primary. She was well behind Forest in fundraising.
Transportation, IT heads in NC governor’s Cabinet changing
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s transportation secretary is leaving the job at the end of the month, and another member of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet is moving over to succeed him. Cooper announced on Tuesday that secretary of information technology Eric Boyette is replacing transportation chief Jim Trogdon. Trogdon is retiring from state government with plans for private-sector work. Boyette will be replaced as IT secretary by chief deputy Tracy Doaks. Trogdon’s tenure was marked by a new way to issue debt to speed up road-building projects, but also a cash crunch caused by massive storm damage and right of way legal settlements.
WOMAN SET ON FIRE
North Carolina police arrest man they say set woman on fire
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have arrested a man accused of dousing a woman in flammable liquid and lighting her on fire. News outlets report 41-year-old Venice Taylor was taken into custody on Monday night. A Kinston Police Department statement says an officer found 24-year-old Khloe McNeal on the sidewalk with severe burns. McNeal told police she had been driving and had come to a stop when a man approached her car, threw liquid on her and set her on fire. Taylor faces attempted murder and malicious maiming charges. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
FATAL SHOOTINGS-COLLEGE STUDENT
Settlement reached in lawsuit over fatal campus shooting
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Court documents show a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit stemming from a fatal shooting on the Wake Forest University campus nearly two years ago. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the school’s chapter of Delta Sigma Theta settled with the mother of shooting victim Najee Baker, who filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of her son’s estate. Claims against Wake Forest and other defendants in the lawsuit are still pending.