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PARTY BUS DEATH
N. Carolina college student dies after fall from party bus
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police have identified a 20-year-old college student killed after reportedly falling out of an emergency window on a party bus in North Carolina.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Polly Miranda Rogers was riding in a Charlotte Party Charter at around 10:30 Tuesday night when she fell out of the window and then was hit by two vehicles.
Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the bus had left the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was headed to a bar.
Officials say Rogers was a student at UNCC.
Authorities are still investigating. So far, no charges have been filed.
Police say North Carolina death is linked to paintball war
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say they believe a North Carolina shooting death is linked to an ongoing paintball battle around the city.
That’s what Greensboro police tell local media about the April 20 death of 19-year-old Zyquarius Shalom Quadre Bradley.
Police say Bradley’s body was found next to a car that was covered in paintballs. About an hour before he was fatally shot, officers say they had confiscated paintball guns from Bradley.
Capt. Nathaniel Davis says police dealt with 39 paintball-related incidents last month, from assault to vandalism. In recent weeks, authorities in several cities around the country have linked a social media campaign encouraging “paintball wars” as a substitute for gun violence to fatal shootings involving real guns.
Officials release name of kayaker killed in NC accident
MARION, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have identified a kayaker who died after an accident on the Linville River in a Western North Carolina as a 34-year-old Atlanta man.
Forestry officials tell local media that Burton Greer IV was an avid whitewater paddler.
Greer died Saturday night in Linville Gorge. U.S. Forest Service officer Wade Keener says Greer was kayaking with a friend when his kayak got stuck between rocks and overturned.
Officials have said the river was unusually swollen after recent rains.
MALNOURISHMENT DEATH-MOTHER CHARGED
N. Carolina mom charged in daughter’s malnourishment death
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina mother is facing charges in the death of one adult daughter and the severe neglect of another.
Authorities tell local media outlets 68-year-old Bertha Melvin is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of domestic abuse, neglect, and exploitation of disabled or elder adults.
Authorities say the mother was caring for 22-year-old Tial Melvin and 28-year-old Edna Melvin, both of whom have cognitive impairments.
Both women became severely malnourished. Authorities say Tial died February 3, and Edna was hospitalized.
Bertha was arrested Monday and was being held without bond. It wasn’t known if she had an attorney.
More trains between Charlotte and Raleigh to begin in June
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Train travel between North Carolina’s capital and its largest city will have more options beginning next month.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says a fourth daily round trip between Raleigh and Charlotte will be added beginning June 4.
And for passengers leaving from Raleigh, service will move from the current station on Cabarrus Street to the new Raleigh Union Station on West Martin Street in late May or early June.
With the new schedule, the Piedmont will leave Raleigh at 3 p.m. and arrive in Charlotte at 6:10 p.m. It will leave Charlotte at 7 p.m. and reach Raleigh at 10:11 p.m.
The Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by NCDOT and operated by Amtrak.
Judge: Libel case over double-voting accusations to continue
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A judge is allowing four North Carolina voters to pursue their libel lawsuit against allies of former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and a Virginia law firm that tried to help the Republican’s unsuccessful effort to disqualify votes and win re-election in 2016.
Attorneys learned Tuesday Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour will allow the four plaintiffs to continue their claims against the Pat McCrory Committee Legal Defense Fund, the Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky law firm and four of the firm’s attorneys.
The voters from Guilford and Brunswick counties sued after false accusations of felony voting crimes like casting ballots in multiple states.
The McCrory allies helped mount a last-ditch effort to sway a close election for governor by accusing voters in 52 counties of double voting and other misdeeds.
This story has been corrected to show that Baddour’s decision was communicated to lawyers Tuesday.
KIDS DRINKING VODKA
Police: 3 young children drink vodka while mother away
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say officers found three children age 7 and younger drinking vodka while their mother was away from the home for at least seven hours.
Gastonia police tell news outlets 26-year-old Tyeisha Coneisha Streater is charged with misdemeanor child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to police, officers found the oldest child had also defecated outside their apartment and simulated a sex act on her brother. Investigators say the 7-year-old also wandered into traffic and tried to stop cars.
Streater told police her children were asleep when she went to a laundromat with her 8-month-old child and that the alcohol bottles had been filled with water.
Streater is jailed on a $25,000 bond. Online records don’t say if she has an attorney.
Some North Carolina workers getting raises from retooling
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A few thousand North Carolina state employees could soon receive pay raises stemming from a years-long project to merge two job classification systems into one.
The Office of State Human Resources said Tuesday about 4 percent of employees affected by the change will see salary increases to ensure pay meets minimum levels for salary grades from the new system. Money already was set aside for the increases by the General Assembly, which mandated the overhaul in 2014. Raises are retroactive to Feb. 1. No one will see a pay reduction.
The state personnel office says the new system will allow greater flexibility in hiring for some positions and help meet market demands.
Agency workers subject to the change are learning about new job classifications and titles this week and next.