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North Carolina reports second-highest virus cases in a day
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina is reporting 6,819 new coronavirus cases. The total number of confirmed cases reported on Sunday is the second-highest total since the pandemic began. The Charlotte Observer reports that brought the daily average of new cases over the last week to a record-high 5,944. North Carolina reached 6,000 new cases for the first time last Saturday. By Friday, the state had crested 7,500 new cases. North Carolina is now reporting an average 11.1% positivity rate over the past seven days. Health officials try to keep the rate of positive tests below 5% – a benchmark North Carolina last reached on Sept. 24.



Vigils to be held for slain Mount Holly police officer
MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (AP) – Vigils are scheduled for a Mount Holly police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a call. Officer Tyler Herndon was to turn 26 years old on Sunday. The Charlotte Observer reports that the town of Mount Holly is lit in blue, all as a tribute to Herndon. Several businesses in downtown Mount Holly have blue lighting in their storefronts. A candlelight vigil will take place 5:30 p.m. at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. Another vigil has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Kings Mountain Amphitheater. Herndon was shot while responding to a breaking and entering call at around 3:30 a.m. Friday.



Beasley concedes defeat in N. Carolina chief justice race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has conceded to Republican Paul Newby in their extremely close election after two rounds of recounts saw little change in the vote margin between them. Beasley said she called Newby on Saturday to congratulate him. Newby had led Beasley by 401 votes from almost 5.4 million ballots cast after a statewide machine recount was completed last week. Beasley then requested a hand recount of ballots. Newby is the senior associate justice. Beasley became the first Black female chief justice in North Carolina when Gov. Roy Cooper appointed her last year.



Tribe won’t implement governor’s new order on virus limits
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina won’t implement Gov. Roy Cooper’s new executive order on virus restrictions. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the tribe’s Principal Chief Richard Sneed announced Friday the tribe won’t adopt Cooper’s latest order at the Qualla Boundary in the western-most corner of the state. Sneed wrote in a statement on Facebook that he has worked with tribal public health officials to enact social distancing measures to protect tribal citizens and guests while balancing the financial position of the community.



Woman who claimed boy disappeared at mall in ’94 dies
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) – A funeral is planned for Saturday for a North Carolina woman who claimed her 4-year-old son disappeared at a suburban Detroit shopping mall in 1994. Dwanna Wiggins eventually moved to Durham, North Carolina, where she died. In 1994, just before Christmas, Wiggins told police that D’Wan Sims disappeared while they were shopping at Wonderland Mall in Livonia. Police say surveillance video showed the Detroit woman inside the mall but not her son. A man stepped forward a year ago to say he’s Sims. He provided a DNA sample, which still is being analyzed at a lab in Texas.



North Carolina police officer killed in overnight shootout
MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police officer has been killed in a shootout while responding to a breaking and entering call. A news release from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police says Mount Holly police officer Tyler Herndon was one of several to respond to a call at Mount Holly Car Wash and Arcade around 3:30 a.m. Friday. Authorities say Herndon was shot during a shootout between the breaking and entering suspect and police officers. Herndon and the suspect were taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Police charged 24-year-old Joshua Tyler Funk of Mount Holly, with first-degree murder. Funk is jailed without bond and he has not been assigned an attorney.



North Carolina chief justice halts courts for 30 days
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court says non-essential, in-person court proceedings will be halted starting Monday for 30 days due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Chief Justice Cheri Beasley says in a news release on Friday that the pause is necessary to protect the health and safety of court personnel and the public. According to the news release, since the start of the pandemic, judicial branch officials and employees have reported 291 confirmed positive cases. In addition, more than half of North Carolina’s county courthouses have been partially or completely closed due to COVID-19, and 11 of those closures occurred this week.



North Carolina troopers say child killed in hit-and-run
WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a 2-year-old boy believed to have wandered from his home was killed in an apparent hit-and-run. The Charlotte Observer reports the patrol says in an email that family members found the toddler on the roadside in Wilkes County on Thursday. The patrol said the child had been left at home with two other children while a parent went to a neighboring house. A relative took the toddler to the Traphill Volunteer Fire Department for aid before he was taken to Wilkes Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.



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