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North Carolina’s Central Prison gets first female warden
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Central Prison in Raleigh has named its first female warden. The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice said in a statement Friday that Denise Jackson will take the helm of the 136-year-old facility on March 16. Jackson will be responsible for all operations at Central Prison. The male, high-security facility has been in operation since 1884. It houses prisoners with acute medical or mental health needs as well as some of the state’s most violent offenders who require high levels of security. The facility also holds prisoners on death row.
Disabled North Carolina student assaulted in campus housing
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a man with sexually assaulting a North Carolina State University student with a disability inside the victim’s on-campus apartment. A Cary Police Department arrest report shows 37-year-old Roberto Alvarez Jr. was arrested at his home Thursday and charged with sexual battery, breaking or entering and assault on an individual with a disability. In the report, Alvarez is accused of breaking into the campus apartment building Tuesday and forcibly hugging, kissing and fondling a graduate student “who was physically helpless.” A university crime alert says the two didn’t know each other. Alvarez is being held in jail.
FLU DEATHS-NORTH CAROLINA
Another 15 deaths from flu in North Carolina last week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State health officials say 15 more people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, helping to raise the toll for the 2019-2020 season to 115. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says another 10 deaths from previous weeks accounted for the climb in deaths. The department says the weekly count does not represent all flu-associated deaths in the state because many could go undiagnosed or unreported. In addition, DHHS has extended the flu reporting period from March 31 to May 16.
FATAL SHOOTING-JUVENILE SUSPECT
Police: Juvenile charged in fatal North Carolina shooting
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina announced that a juvenile suspect has been charged with first-degree murder in a fatal shooting. Asheville police said Thursday that the minor was taken into custody in Charlotte with the help of U.S. Marshals. Authorities said they aren’t identifying or offering any further information about the underage suspect. Asheville police said in a statement that officers responded the night of Feb. 9 to reports someone had been shot in the face at an apartment complex. The department said investigators found 24-year-old Jailyn Dumari Morton lying face-down inside the living room of one of the units. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
I-40 CRASH-THREE KILLED
3 killed in crash on Interstate 40; box truck driver charged
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Three Georgia men were killed when a box truck hit a construction truck on Interstate 40, pushing the truck toward them. News sources report the N.C. State Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Noah Logan Hamilton of Bonaire, Georgia, 21-year-old Austin Melton and 20-year-old Dustin Gelinas, both of Jesup, Georgia, were working for a contracted crew repairing a guardrail when they were struck and killed early Thursday morning. The patrol charged 27-year-old Logan Lee Casey of Cary is charged with three counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. An investigating trooper says Casey received minor injuries.
FACILITY SHUTDOWN-WORKERS CHARGED
Assisted living facility shut down; several workers charged
SHALLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina have ordered an assisted living center to close, and investigators filed charges against several workers at the facility in connection with the theft of drugs earlier this year. News sources report the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services suspended the license for Shallotte Assisted Living in Brunswick County late Wednesday. Officials said the license was suspended after the state found the facility presented “an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the residents and that emergency action is required to protect the residents.” Investigators also said facility director Tammie Bullard and her husband, Earl Bullard, were arrested on gun and drug charges.
ELECTION 2020-SUPER TUESDAY
Democrats eye Super Tuesday even as South Carolina looms
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina primary is just two days away, but the race is quickly going national as candidates pivot to the 14 states that vote on Super Tuesday. The move is in part a recognition of Joe Biden’s strength in South Carolina, with most of the focus on the margin of his victory and who might come in second place. But it’s also an effort to tap into the hundreds of delegates at stake in the Super Tuesday contests. About a third of the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination will be on the table.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA
Presidential hopefuls return to N Carolina as primary nears
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A steady run of Democratic presidential candidates to North Carolina is starting as the days dwindle before Tuesday’s primary.áVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leads the return as he participates Wednesday in an anti-poverty forum at the Goldsboro church of civil rights activist the Rev. William Barber. Sanders also has a Winston-Salem rally on Thursday. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobucharáwill be in Raleigh later Thursday for a televised town hall. She and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are speaking Saturday in Charlotte at a state Democratic Party event. Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg also have weekend rallies scheduled in Raleigh.