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The Latest: Hans next community college system president
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina native with extensive experience in both education governance and Republican politics is the next president of the state community college system.
The community college board voted Tuesday to hire Peter Hans, who previously served on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and was its chairman for two years this decade. He also worked for U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth and then-Rep. Richard Burr, as well as for Elizabeth Dole’s successful 2002 U.S. Senate campaign.
Even with GOP credentials, Hans was praised at a news conference by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who called him the right choice to lead the 58-college system. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore also heartily endorsed Hans.
Hans says the community colleges are underestimated by some but can make the dreams of citizens to succeed come true.
FORMER COACH CHARGED
Ex-cheerleading coach charged in relationship with teen
CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina cheerleading coach is facing several charges in connection with a sexual relationship with an underage girl during a string of incidents dating back to 2016.
Johnston County authorities say 23-year-old Jacob Alan Parton has been charged with statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child.
Officials say Parton worked as a coach at Premier Athletics in Clayton, part of a national chain that trains cheerleaders, gymnasts, dancers. Court records show the encounters began in March 2016, when the girl was 13.
Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Caldwell says the girl’s mother is also facing charges because she knew of the relationship but did not report it to authorities.
Parton is expected to go on trial next week. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney.
AWOL Marine charged in connection with 2nd homicide
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say an 18-year-old AWOL Marine charged with killing his grandmother is now suspected in a second North Carolina death.
Halifax County authorities tell media 18-year-old Isaiah Kahleal Evans Caesar was charged Monday with murder in the April 11 death of Roderick Bluesky Mills of Hollister. Investigators say they have evidence linking Caesar to the crime but haven’t elaborated.
Caesar was arrested after the body of 74-year-old Sally Evans was found Friday near Roanoke Rapids. Sheriff Wes Tripp says investigators found Caesar after he used his grandmother’s credit card to rent a hotel room.
Authorities say Caesar has been AWOL from Georgia’s Fort Benning since April 2. Evans’ family says she was trying to get her grandson to return to the Marines.
It wasn’t known if Caesar had a lawyer.
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N Carolina community college board ready to choose president
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – It looks like the board overseeing North Carolina’s 58 community colleges is about to choose its next top executive.
The State Board of Community Colleges scheduled a special meeting Tuesday morning to consider a candidate to be the system’s president. There’s a news conference planned 30 minutes after the meeting time with Gov. Roy Cooper, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore participating along with board Chairman Scott Shook.
The system has been without a permanent president since last July, when former South Carolina system head James Williamson resigned after barely a year on the job. The board gave no reason for Williamson’s departure. State board administrator Jennifer Haygood has served as acting president.
N Carolina storm recovery chief accedes Matthew frustrations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s emergency management chief says funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery continue to flow but acknowledged the process for homeowners to tap into federal repair funds is laborious and frustrating.
Mike Sprayberry took heated questions Monday from House committee members with constituents still waiting for grants to pay for home repairs already done or yet to be done after the October 2016 storm.
The committee focused largely on $237 million allocated by the federal government last year but have essentially yet to be distributed.
Sprayberry says the federal government requires these grant applicants to go through a strict application process and wants to streamline it. He pointed out $632 million in other federal and state funds already have been spent but recognized there are still “disaster survivors” who need help.
FORMER PACKERS PLAYER KILLED
Former Green Bay Packers player shot to death in Alabama
PINSON, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a former Green Bay Packers player has been found shot to death in his home in Alabama.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says former Packers defensive lineman Carlos Gray was found shortly before 10 p.m. Monday near Birmingham, Alabama. The 25-year-old is a native of Pinson, Alabama.
Al.com reports that sheriff’s deputies and Center Point Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the house after a friend found Gray wounded and unresponsive.
Gray played at North Carolina State University and signed with the Packers as a free agent in 2014.
Al.com reports that he was released from the Packers in 2015 and returned home to Alabama. He was the father of two young children.
“Moral Monday” movement turns 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 legislature returned to where it began five years ago.
About 150 people attended a get-out-the-vote rally 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 acts of civil disobedience. Police arrested 17 protesters on April 29, 2013.
“Moral Monday” events took off in size and scope, ultimately leading to over 1,000 arrests.
The Rev. William Barber led the movement as state NAACP president. Current president the Rev. T. Anthony Spearman told Monday’s participants to “take your resistance to the ballot box.” All 170 legislative seats are up for election in November. Primaries are next week.
TSA-KNIFE IN SHAMPOO
Man arrested at airport for smuggling knife inside shampoo
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The latest seizure at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint may have left officials scratching their heads.
The Charlotte Observer reports 72-year-old Gonzalo Gonzalez of Jupiter, Florida, tried to board a flight last Thursday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with a knife hidden inside a bottle of shampoo.
TSA officials said officers noticed something wrong with Gonzalez’s bag as it was being scanned at a security checkpoint and when they checked it, they found the knife in the shampoo mini-bottle.
Gonzalez was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He was released from jail Friday and it’s not known if he has an attorney.
A TSA spokeswoman said another knife was found wrapped in toilet paper and concealed inside a box of cotton swabs at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Mississippi.