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‘Oh deer!”: Man gets trampled in North Carolina parking lot
LOCUST, N.C. (AP) – A suspect escaped from a hit and run in a North Carolina McDonald’s parking lot last month. But police aren’t looking for who’s responsible. It turns out the object Ken Worthy saw barrel toward him outside the restaurant was actually a frenzied deer. Worthy told news outlets he was leaving the McDonald’s in Locust, North Carolina, with his wife and a Diet Coke in hand when he was plowed over by the animal. The deer had likely run startled from woods nearby and wasn’t stopping for anything in its way. Worthy told WSOC-TV he wasn’t hurt during the incident, in fact, he didn’t even spill his drink.
Cost Guard rescues 4 from shipwreck on North Carolina beach
SHACKLEFORD BANKS, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four sailors from a fishing trawler that wrecked along a dangerous stretch of water near North Carolina’s Outer Banks over the weekend. The National Park Service and the U.S. Coast Guard said in statements that the crew was lifted off the 78-foot fishing vessel before dawn Friday as it was being wracked by strong winds and tossed by waves. The crew reported engine trouble in a distress call as the boat began taking on water. Nobody was hurt, but the News & Observer reports that the area has been deemed the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” following the wrecks of 2,000 other ships there in the past.
North Carolina man wins big lottery prize for a second time
MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) – Lottery luck has smiled on a North Carolina man for the second time in seven years. Donald Hildebran won $250,000 after buying four 20X The Cash scratch-off tickets at a convenience store in Morganton on Tuesday, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a news release. It wasn’t the first time Hildebran has hit it big in the lottery. In 2013, he won $200,000 in the Extreme Cash game. Hildebran, a retiree from Connelly Springs, told lottery officials he spent some of his first prize on a beach trip and plans to do the same with his new prize.
Sheriff: Inmate dies in apparent jail suicide
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Officials in North Carolina say an inmate at the Guilford County jail in High Point has died after being found unresponsive in his cell. Sheriff Danny Rogers said in a news release that Herbert Junior Wilson, 58, of High Point, apparently hanged himself in his cell Friday. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Wilson was arrested by High Point police shortly after 12:30 a.m. Friday and charged with attempted first-degree arson and domestic trespass. Shortly before 7 a.m., officers observed that Wilson had attempted suicide by hanging, the release states. Wilson was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he remained on life support before being pronounced dead Saturday.
Body found near North Carolina highway intersection
CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are investigating after a body was found near the intersection of North Carolina Highway 42 and Interstate 40. Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Caldwell told WRAL-TV that the body was found on Saturday. Officials said a large homeless population is located near where the body was found. Early indications are that there was no foul play. The sheriff’s office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are investigating the death.
Four people in North Carolina monitored for coronavirus
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina health officials say four people who recently returned to Charlotte from China are being monitored for coronavirus symptoms. The Mecklenburg County Health Department said four were being held in self-quarantine. County Manager Dena Diorio told WRAL-TV that the four people – who have not been identified publicly – are considered “medium risk” for development of novel coronavirus, Diorio said the four were sent home for a voluntary, 14-day self-quarantine. She said they do not currently have any symptoms. The outbreak that began in China has infected more than 34,800 people globally. More than 700 people in China have died.
Police investigate shooting at Veterans Affairs hospital
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say one person is in custody after a shooting at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Fayetteville, police said. WRAL-TV reports that investigators said a man was in the emergency room at the hospital Friday afternoon when a woman came in with a gun and shot him. The man was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment, but his condition was unknown. VA police detained the woman, with the assistance of Fayetteville police. The FBI said the two did not know each other.The FBI said no other patients or staff were nearby when the shooting occurred, and no one else was harmed.
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Police look for mother of unborn fetus found in pump station
HILLSBOROUGH , N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are searching for the mother of an unborn fetus that was found in a sewer pump station. The News & Observer reports that Hillsborough police say they want to make sure the mother doesn’t have any medical problems after what might have been a miscarriage or an assault. Lt. Davis Trimmer said police are very concerned about the mother. Police said in a news release that a town utilities worker found the fetus about 10:30 a.m. Friday while cleaning out a pump station on Orange Grove Road. The station had last been cleaned out on Wednesday.