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MISSING GIRL-AMBER ALERT
Mom says missing girl in Virginia; police search, can’t find
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The mother of a 15-month-old Tennessee girl whose disappearance prompted an Amber Alert said her mother took her toddler to Mendota, Virginia. Megan Boswell told WJHL-TV on Monday that her mother took Evelyn Mae Boswell to a campground. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office said a search of that campground didn’t find the girl. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that the toddler’s grandmother is “believed to have information” regarding her whereabouts. The girl was reported missing Feb. 18, but was last seen in December. Authorities said they are trying to determine why the disappearance was not reported sooner.
North Carolina troopers tackle suspect in middle of highway
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Video taken by a North Carolina motorist shows State Highway Patrol troopers safely tackle a man to the pavement after he walked onto an interstate and claimed to be armed. The agency said troopers were about 13 miles from Raleigh on Monday morning when a man walking on the shoulder threw a large bag into the path of a trooper’s cruiser. WRAL-TV reports that 34-year-old John Avery Rodriguez then claimed he was armed and ran onto the highway. áThe witness video shows troopers firing pepper spray and bringing Rodriguez to the ground. He was charged with resisting officers.
North Carolina woman indicted in fentanyl death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been charged with dealing fentanyl that resulted in an overdose death. A news release from the Charlotte-based U.S. Attorney’s office said that Shannon White appeared in court Monday after being indicted by a grand jury. White lives on the Cherokee reservation. The news release said that the charge carries a maximum term of life imprisonment if convicted. The indictment says that White distributed fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, in January of 2019 that resulted in a death. A defense attorney for White didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
District sparks controversy by busing students to polls
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A school district in North Carolina has been busing students to polling place so they can vote, register to vote or just to have a look. The Greensboro News & Record reported Monday that administrators say it will help to educate students about citizenship. But school board leaders are split over the activity. Board Vice Chairwoman Linda Welborn said that some parents are wondering whether the district had political motives. But Superintendent Sharon Contreras said the field trips help to eliminate barriers to registering and voting. She also said that state law encourages schools to register students to vote.
FAMILY STABBING-LEGALLY INSANE
Judge declares mother legally insane in 2017 family stabbing
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – A woman charged with fatally stabbing her 5-year-old son and wounding her husband at a a housing area at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been found legally insane. A judge on Monday committed 37-year-old Ebony Olowu to a state forensic hospital after finding her not guilty by reason of insanity. In August 2017, police were called to the on-campus housing community where they found Ebony Olowu’s son fatally stabbed and her husband with stab wounds. Mental health experts said Olowu couldn’t understand her actions because she suffered from a major depressive disorder and psychosis from past traumas.
MISSING GIRL-AMBER ALERT
2 arrested after stolen car connected to Amber Alert found
WILKENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Two people remain in custody after sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina located a vehicle that law enforcement authorities in Tennessee were searching for in connection with the disappearance of a 15-month-old girl. William McCloud and Angela Boswell will be taken to northeastern Tennessee’s Sullivan County after agreeing Monday to be extradited from North Carolina. Lt. Logan Kerr with North Carolina’s Wilkes County Sherriff’s Office says they were arrested Friday on fugitive warrants unrelated to the toddler’s disappearance. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says they are “believed to have information” regarding the whereabouts of Evelyn Mae Boswell, who was last seen Dec. 26.
CIVIL RIGHTS SIT-IN ANNIVERSARY
Event marks 60th anniversary of sit-in against segregation
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A three-day event is marking the 60th anniversary of the first Alabama sit-in against racial segregation. Five of the surviving demonstrators will be on hand Monday for a remembrance at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Civil rights lawyer Fred Gray also will participate. A student sit-in began on Feb. 25, 1960, at the Montgomery County Courthouse snack bar. Thirty-five black women and men asked to be served in defiance of the city’s segregation law. They were inspired by similar sit-ins in North Carolina. Then-Gov. John Patterson made Alabama State expel any students who participated by threatening its state funding.
Supreme Court hears battle over Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to remove an obstacle to construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. A majority of justices expressed skepticism about a lower court ruling that tossed out a key permit needed for the natural gas pipeline to cross under the Appalachian Trail. Conservative justices who hold a 5-4 majority on the court grilled a lawyer for environmental groups who sued and won a 2018 ruling from the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throwing out a special-use permit for the 605-mile pipeline. Most of the justices expressed reservations about the ruling.