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Dozens of prison workers debilitated since NC escape attempt
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s understaffed prisons remain a dangerous place for employees six months after the bloodiest escape attempt in state history left four workers dead.
Prison officials say that in the six months since four workers at an Elizabeth City prison were killed, about three dozen workers have been assaulted so badly they lost work time. Leading the troubling list is Pasquotank Correctional Institution, where eight workers have been badly harmed since the Oct. 12 breakout attempt.
The state Department of Public Safety was still unable Monday to provide information requested six weeks ago on the details of each assault, or how many inmates have been attacked.
The official data also did not include at least one assault at a Morganton prison that hospitalized a worker with stab or slash wounds.
2 teens charged in shooting death in North Carolina death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Two teens have been arrested and charged with murder in a deadly shooting in North Carolina’s largest city.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokeswoman Cindy Wallace said in a news release that 26-year-old Eskinder Dawit Asefaw was shot late Friday afternoon and died Saturday morning at a hospital.
Wallace said a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old have been arrested in the case. The 15-year-old is also charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
HOTEL DEATH ARREST
Police arrest man in death of woman at North Carolina motel
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A man has been arrested in the death of a woman whose body was found in a motel in North Carolina.
Raleigh police said in a news release that 35-year-old Mark Brichikov was arrested Monday morning and charged with murder.
Officers were called to a motel in Raleigh early Sunday morning and found the body of 48-year-old Nadia Natasha Brichikov.
Police have not said how the woman died. Investigators also have not yet described the relationship between the suspect and the victim.
Mark Brichikov is being held in the Wake County jail. There is no record of an attorney for him yet.
Cooper, Cabinet head to North Carolina mountains for events
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper and his administration’s top lieutenants are taking a road trip out west – western North Carolina to be specific.
Cooper and most of his Cabinet members are holding a string of events Monday in the mountains to highlight issues ranging from opioid abuse and domestic violence to economic development and the environment.
Those events will be anchored by an afternoon gathering on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville featuring Cooper, agency representatives and senior staff.
Cooper’s schedule also takes him to Monday to an Asheville high school and to Waynesville. The Democratic governor plans to stick around the region Tuesday for school visits in Madison County and Morganton.
ELVIS PRESLEY POSTER
Poster for Elvis North Carolina show sells for over $42,000
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A rare vintage poster for a 1955 Elvis Presley show in North Carolina has sold at auction for more than double the expected price.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the poster for a show on May 19, 1955, in Raleigh sold this month for $42,500. Giles Moon of Texas-based Heritage Auctions says he had expected the poster to sell for about $20,000.
The poster advertises a concert in Raleigh where Presley was on the lineup below Hank Snow, Faron Young and other acts.
Moon says both the buyer and the seller prefer to remain anonymous. He says the buyer is from California.
The poster was made by the iconic Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Canoes and cars included in engineering of new NC bridge
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – State engineers aren’t just considering cars and trucks as they draw plans to widen Interstate 26 in western North Carolina. They’re also looking out for canoes and kayaks.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the state Transportation Department is ensuring people can float in the French Broad River as engineers design a new bridge over the river.
The state will remove bridge supports in the river between the Brevard Road and Long Shoals Road interchanges.
I-26 will be widened from four lanes to eight between I-40 and Airport Road and to six lanes from there south to the U.S. 25 exit in Flat Rock. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 and take about four years.
Spokesman David Uchiyama says DOT will maintain a marked safe corridor for boaters during daylight hours.
NC man charged with murder in heroin overdose death
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man remains behind bars, charged with murder in the death of a man killed by a heroin overdose.
Dare County officials said Sunday that 32-year-old Tyrique Lazara Wise remains behind bars on a $550,000 bond. He faces charges of second-degree murder and related drug crimes.
Detention center officials didn’t know if Wise has an attorney. He had a first appearance hearing Tuesday.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports officers found a woman unconscious from a heroin overdose on April 16th. Two hours later, officers found a 40-year-old man unresponsive from a heroin overdose at the same house. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors in the region began last year to charge drug dealers with murder if a buyer dies of an overdose.