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‘Antifa hunter’ gets 3 years for online racist threats
A Florida man who waged an online campaign to terrorize and harass people who opposed his white supremacist ideology has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. A federal judge in Virginia sentenced Daniel McMahon on Monday. McMahon pleaded guilty in April to using social media to threaten a Black activist to deter the man from running for office in Charlottesville, Virginia. McMahon also admitted that he threatened to sexually assault the young autistic daughter of a woman who protested against white nationalists.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Cooper to announce “next phase” in virus restrictions for NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is ready to make changes to his orders prohibiting certain retailers from opening their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooper plans to hold a Tuesday news conference to share information about “the next phase of easing restrictions” to begin later this week. Current restrictions keep bars, movie theaters and amusement parks shuttered until Sept. 11. Gyms also have been closed since March, although some are reopening using a medical exception. Cooper announced on Monday his order requiring restaurants to stop serving alcohol at 11 p.m. has been extended until Oct. 2.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Cooper extends early cutoff for restaurant alcohol sales
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s governor is extending an executive order that limits the hours that restaurants can serve alcohol to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he’s extending his order that requires restaurants to stop serving alcoholic beverages at 11 p.m. until Oct. 2. State law usually allows sales until 2 a.m. The order originally went into effect in July. The order doesn’t apply to grocery stores, convenience stores and other retailers that sell beer and wine for consumption off premises. Bars remain closed under Cooper’s executive orders. Cooper said that the state has been stabilizing COVID-19 numbers but that it’s important to stay vigilant.
SBA offers loans to homeowners, businesses hit by earthquake
SPARTA, N.C. (AP) – The federal government will begin offering low-interest loans to homeowners and small business owners who were impacted by North Carolina’s earthquake. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin offering the loans on Monday. More than 500 structures were reported to be damaged by the 5.1-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 9 near the town of Sparta in the northwestern part of North Carolina. The loans will be available in Alleghany, Ashe, Surry and Wilkes counties as well as Grayson County in Virginia.
New tropical depression forms off North Carolina’s coast
MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Depression 15 has formed off North Carolina’s coast but was not expected to approach land. The U.S National Hurricane Center said Monday evening that the depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was about 190 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras. It was moving northeast at 12 mph. The Hurricane Center in Miami predicted it will strengthen into a tropical storm Tuesday, in which case it would be named Nana. Swells from the depression were affecting parts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but no watches or warnings were issued by the center.
Durham police apologize for guns drawn mistakenly at teen
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A police chief in North Carolina has apologized for an incident where officers wrongly detained a 15-year-old boy. Durham Police Chief Cerelyn J. Davis said in a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page Sunday that the encounter with the teen happened Aug. 21. Davis says officers had responded to other “weapon-related calls” at the same apartment building in Durham that day. They were called again about a suspicious person with a gun and drugs. Davis says officers had their guns initially drawn but holstered them when they realized the teen wasn’t the suspect. She did not give the races of those involved.
Cooper, lawmakers back before Supreme Court debating powers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has sought again help from the state Supreme Court to try to rein in the General Assembly’s powers, this time over how federal block grants are spent. Lawyers for Republican legislative leaders and the Democratic governor returned to the state’s highest court for online arguments Monday. Cooper has sued GOP lawmakers and their allies over several of their actions. Cooper says the legislature violated the state constitution by directing $17 million in federal block grant funds be spent differently than how he wanted. A state Court of Appeals panel sided with lawmakers last year.
Investigation underway after prison inmate fatally stabbed
LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say that a prisoner has died after a fight with other inmates. WRAL reported Saturday that State Bureau of Investigation and the Division of Prisons is conducting an investigation. The incident occurred at the Scotland Correctional Institution in southeastern North Carolina near Laurinburg. Authorities said that Mario S. Organistas was fatally stabbed with a homemade weapon after he and five others had entered a cell. The prison was placed on lockdown. Organistas was pronounced dead by the county medical examiner’s office. He was serving a 28-year sentence for second-degree murder.