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AG: N. Carolina board won’t appeal ruling on felons voting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s elections board won’t try to stop enforcement of a court ruling that would allow more convicted felons to vote this fall, but legislators still could appeal last week’s decision. Attorney General Josh Stein’s office represents the State Board of Elections in the litigation and announced the board’s decision on Thursday. Some judges declared that felony offenders who’ve completed their prison time, probation or parole can’t be prevented from registering to vote if fines or restitution still must be paid. Legislative leaders are still evaluating an appeal. Convicted felons and groups that help ex-offenders sued over a state law from the 1970s.
POLICE SHOOTING-SUSPECT KILLED
Suspect killed, North Carolina deputy wounded in shooting
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been critically wounded and a suspect killed during an exchange of gunfire. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy has been hospitalized following the encounter just before 3 a.m. Thursday near Hendersonville. News outlets say deputies responded to a neighborhood on a car break-in report in which a caller said a homeowner and suspect had been shooting at each other. Officials say the suspect started shooting at them, wounding a deputy before other officers returned fire and struck the suspect. The State Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff’s office are investigating. The deputy and the suspect haven’t been identified.
Prosecutor: Man who shot cars on I-95 faces federal charge
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A prosecutor says a driver accused of shooting at random cars on a North Carolina highway over the weekend is facing a federal firearms charge. U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr., said Thursday that 33-year-old Franklin Joseph Dangerfield of Ladson, South Carolina, is charged with possessing an unregistered short-barrel shotgun. Dangerfield was arrested after a high-speed chase that began Saturday evening in southern North Carolina’s Nash County and ended across the North Carolina-Virginia state line. Higdon says one person was shot in the shoulder and another person was hit in the face by shattered glass. A deputy was also injured.
North Carolina deputy shot to death; suspect killed
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot by a break-in suspect, and that the suspect was then killed when other deputies returned fire. News outlets report 35-year-old Henderson County Deputy Ryan Hendrix died Thursday afternoon, hours after being shot when he and other deputies responded to a call about a vehicle break-in. Sheriff Lowell Griffin said a homeowner noticed someone breaking into a car. Griffin said the man and the homeowner exchanged gunfire before deputies arrived. The sheriff said the suspect appeared to comply with commands to show his hands before shooting Hendrix in the face.
Fort Bragg paratrooper dies in training accident in Georgia
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) – Officials for a North Carolina army base confirm that a paratrooper has died in a training accident in Georgia. News outlets quoted 82nd Airborne Division Lt. Col. Mike Burns as saying that the paratrooper was assigned to Fort Bragg in North Carolina but was at Georgia’s Fort Stewart at the time of the accident. Officials said Thursday that the paratrooper will be identified after family members are notified. No other information about the accident has been released.
COVID-19 money to improve internet access for NC students
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s state government is using federal COVID-19 relief dollars to purchase equipment so more public school students access online classes and homework help. Gov. Roy Cooper announced this week that nearly $40 million would go toward a new partnership involving his administration called NC Student Connect. It’s designed to improve reliable internet for children as they learn remotely this fall due to coronavirus restrictions. Most of the money will be used to buy and distribute 100,000 wireless high-speed hot spots for students. Other funds will set up high-speed internet in more public locations.
DRUG ARRESTS-FALSE EVIDENCE
DA investigates word of false evidence used in drug arrests
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina district attorney is looking into cases of false evidence being used in more than a dozen drug arrests. WTVD reports that both Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman and the Raleigh Police Department are investigating. A police detective has been placed on leave during the investigation after being accused of using a confidential informant in drug cases where the substances used as evidence turned out not to be drugs. Freeman said the cases occurred between December and May, and the confidential informant was used to purchase what was thought to be heroin.
Lowe’s vendor in Italy to bring jobs to North Carolina
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials say a vendor for North Carolina-based Lowe’s home improvement stores is planning to bring 144 jobs from Italy to its new U.S. headquarters in Mooresville. The Charlotte Observer reports the town of Mooresville approved a $551,000 incentives grant for FITT Group, based in Sandrigo, Italy, over five years. Officials also said Iredell County plans to schedule a public hearing to consider a grant of up to $470,000 for the company. FITT Group has made pipes, hoses and conduits for use in homes, businesses and industrial sites for more than 50 years. It sells its products to major retail chains including Lowe’s and Home Depot.