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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina COVID-19 data show 400 new cases, 3 deaths
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Health officials in North Carolina are reporting roughly 400 new coronavirus cases and only 3 new deaths in their latest count. The updated numbers released Sunday by the state health department show the total number of cases statewide grew by 404 from a day ago to 14,764. The death count increased from 544 to 547. The rate of positive tests for the virus remained under 10 percent. State officials are monitoring data as North Carolina began over the weekend to allow a phased-in reopening of businesses. One-day changes can sometimes be an anomaly, and officials say they are looking for trends that sustain themselves over 14 days or longer.
BC-NC-TRAFFIC STOP-SEVERAL INJURED
Police: Several people injured after man crashes into cars
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say several people were being treated at a hospital after man crashed into vehicles while fleeing police. The Star News reported Sunday that the crash happened in Wilmington. Police said that the man’s vehicle collided with the other cars at a “high rate of speed.” Police said the suspect and passengers in his vehicle were unharmed. Police also said that the they believe the man was driving under the influence.
Police: Man charged in fatal shooting in Wilkes County
STATE ROAD, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been charged with murder after a fatal shooting in Wilkes County. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Daniel Martin, 56, was arrested Sunday after a shooting in the town of State Road. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office said Martin, who lives in the nearby town of Thurmond, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. The sheriff’s office did not identify the person who died. Martin was arrested at the scene and sent to jail with no bond. No further details were released.
OUTER BANKS BEAR
Bear paw print makes an impression on Outer Banks beach
CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) – National Park Service rangers are telling beachgoers at Cape Lookout to be on the lookout for a black bear. In a Facebook post, Cape Lookout National Seashore said Saturday that a park biologist found a bear’s paw print in the sand on South Core Banks, part of the chain of Outer Banks barrier islands. The park says it’s rare for bears to make their way onto the barrier islands, but they’re excellent swimmers and can generally make their way across inlets to hop from island to island. Park officials don’t believe the bear is a threat to humans or horses on the island.
Visitors flock to Smoky Mountains park on reopening day
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – The reopening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a little too tempting of a draw as scores of nature lovers from dozens of states crowded trails and trekked into blocked-off areas. A park spokeswoman on Saturday said parking lots were packed and lines of cars snaked down tree-lined streets. Many people did not wear masks. Visitors also walked past heavy barricades on one of the park’s most trafficked trails, Laurel Falls, which was closed off to heed federal social distancing guidelines. On the Tennessee-North Carolina border, the Great Smoky Mountains is the county’s most visited national park. It was closed March 24.
BC-NC-VIRUS OUTBREAK-POULTRY PLANT
Virus outbreak prompts temporary closure at poultry plant
WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) – A Tyson Foods poultry plant in North Carolina is closing temporarily for deep cleaning after a coronavirus outbreak there. News outlets report that one of two Tyson plants in Wilkesboro closed Saturday and will reopen on Tuesday. The plant is normally closed on Sundays anyway. Tyson employs about 3,000 people at its two Wilkesboro plants. A spokesman for the plant wouldn’t say how many employees had contracted COVID-19. But officials in Wilkes County said Friday that an outbreak at the plant is responsible for a majority of the county’s 194 coronavirus cases. Meat processing plants across the country have seen outbreaks of coronavirus.
NORTH CAROLINA-DEPUTY FIRED
Lawyer: Deputy led armed group to black teen’s home
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina is facing criminal charges after authorities say he led a group of people to the wrong home in a search for a missing girl. New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said Friday that Jordan Kita will be charged with trespassing and breaking and entering. News outlets report Kita led an armed group of people to the home of Dameon Shepard, a senior at Laney High School in Wilmington. The all-white group tried unsuccessfully to force its way into the home of Shepard, who is black. Kita was looking for a 15-year-old girl but went to the wrong home. He has since been fired.
FATAL RESTAURANT SHOOTING
2 killed in shooting at Asheville restaurant parking lot
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say two people have died after being shot inside a car at the parking lot of a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. Police said they were called to the restaurant Friday around 9:15 p.m. and found a 23-year-old Asheville man in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. He died at the scene. A second victim, age 19, was found later with a gunshot wound in a car that crashed near the scene. Asheville Police believe both were shot while inside the car at the Wendy’s parking lot. Police said Saturday they have identified and are looking for two persons of interest.