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DEPUTY SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Man dead after being shot by North Carolina sheriff’s deputy
FRANKLIN, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man is dead after being shot by a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy.
Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland tells local media outlets that a deputy was called to a home on Sunday because of a fight between neighbors.
Holland says the deputy was confronted by someone who had a gun. The sheriff says the deputy opened fire on the suspect, killing him.
Officials haven’t released other information, including the names and races of those involved. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating.
BOY SWEPT TO SEA
Body of boy swept to sea from N. Carolina beach recovered
KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) – The body of a 4-year-old New Hampshire boy swept out to sea while walking with his mother on a North Carolina beach has been recovered.
Authorities tell local media outlets early Monday that the body of Wesley Belisle was located on Carova Beach by the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the boy’s family had been vacationing in the area from New Hampshire.
Officials say he and his mother were walking along a Kitty Hawk beach on Wednesday when a wave hit Wesley, carrying him out into the ocean.
Crews combed 130 square miles of ocean before suspending their initial search Wednesday night.
North Carolina Church destroyed in overnight fire
(Information from: WGHP-TV.)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A fire has destroyed a church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and displaced three people.
WGHP-TV reports the fire burned through the New Gospel Tabernacle Holiness Church about 2:55 a.m. Monday. Fire officials said the roof collapsed and more than 30 firefighters tried to contain the blaze. WGHP says they were still working on scene about 8 a.m.
WGHP says the Red Cross is assisting three neighbors of the church who were displaced when a side of their home caught fire. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Passenger dies more than a week after South Carolina crash
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – A passenger has died more than a week after a crash on Interstate 26 in South Carolina.
The Highway Patrol tells local media outlets that the crash happened April 20 at the I-26 eastbound ramp to southbound Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County.
Troopers say a car was using the exit ramp, slowed down, then tried to re-enter traffic on I-26 when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
The driver and two passengers in the car were taken to a hospital. On Sunday, one of those passengers died. A name has not been released.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The Highway Patrol says the driver of the car, 63-year-old Tara Anderson of Candler, North Carolina, has been charged with impeding traffic.
BODIES FOUND IN LAKE
2 bodies pulled from N. Carolina lake after empty boat found
ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) – Two bodies have been pulled from a North Carolina lake after an empty boat was found floating in the water
Authorities tell local media outlets a man’s body was recovered from Hyco Lake on Sunday afternoon. A woman’s body was pulled from the late last week.
The Person County Sheriff’s Office says a fisherman on Wednesday found an empty boat in the lake near the Person-Caswell county line. Crews recovered the body of Jill Caldwell of Yanceyville and continued to search for a man who had been with her.
On Sunday, crews recovered the body of Thomas Smith of Mebane.
Authorities say their boat had motor damage but are still investigating what happened.
“Moral Monday” movement turning 5 years old with rally
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An effort by North Carolina civil rights groups and citizens opposing Republican policies at the North Carolina General Assembly is returning to where it began five years ago.
Movement organizers planned a get-out-the-vote rally late Monday on state government’s Halifax Mall in Raleigh.
The mall has been a frequent meeting point for the demonstrators before entering the Legislative Building to perform civil disobedience. Police arrested 17 protesters inside the building on April 29, 2013.
The “Moral Monday” events took off in size and scope, ultimately leading to more than 1,000 arrests.
The Rev. William Barber led the movement as state NAACP president. Current president the Rev. T. Anthony Spearman says Monday’s event – a week before the primary – will focus on issues like immigration, voting rights and environmental justice.
3 charged in early-morning North Carolina robbery
RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) – Three suspects have been arrested in the death of a 26-year-old North Carolina man killed when robbers opened fire on a pickup truck.
Hoke County officials tell media outlets Laroyce McLean, Sherron Leach and James Quick were charged Sunday night with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. It wasn’t known if they had attorneys.
Sheriff Hubert Peterkin says the victims and two robbers had been at a house party. The shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday after the robbers followed them and approached them at a stop sign.
The sheriff said 26-year-old Richard Locklear of Hoke County was shot to death. Locklear’s 2-year-old son was with him but not hurt. Another man in the truck was wounded but expected to survive. A woman was hurt by shattered glass.
WRIGHT BROTHERS RENOVATIONS
Renovation work continues at Wright brothers visitor center
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – Renovations to the nearly 50-year-old visitor center at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Outer Banks could be done by fall.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the renovation at the memorial to the pioneers of flight could be finished by late 2018 after some delays. The building in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The center, which is nearly 10,000 square feet, closed in 2016 for upgrades and modernization of exhibits. It was expected to reopen by the spring.
Dave Hallac is a National Parks Service superintendent who oversees the memorial. He says work will take until the fall.
A modular building has served as a temporary visitor center. The monument and outdoor exhibits including a replica hangar remain open to the public.
Hallac said the new visitor center will have a wow-factor.