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Army investigating officer who led group to Washington rally
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Army is investigating a psychological operations officer who led a group of people from North Carolina to the rally in Washington that led up to the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. Commanders at Fort Bragg are reviewing Captain Emily Rainey’s involvement in last week’s events. Rainey says she acted within military regulations and that no one in her group broke the law. Maj. Daniel Lessard says the 30-year-old is assigned to the 4th Psychological Operations Group at Fort Bragg. Rainey says her group attended the rally but did not enter the Capitol.



NC towns considering more LGBT protections after moratorium
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – Three North Carolina municipalities plan this week to discuss ordinances to expand more anti-discrimination protections to LGBT citizens. Town boards for these Orange County communities have placed proposals on their agendas on successive nights, beginning Monday in Hillsborough. Carrboro’s council meets Tuesday and Chapel Hill’s on Wednesday. Gay-rights groups say if approved the ordinances would be the first since the General Assembly’s pause on such rules from 2017 expired last month. The moratorium emerged from a compromise between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers to do away with the state’s 2016 “bathroom bill” related to restroom access for transgender people.



2 dead in mobile home fire in North Carolina
ROCKWELL, N.C. (AP) – A fire chief says two people have died after a mobile home in North Carolina went up flames. WBTV reported that the fire happened Sunday in Rockwell, which is a rural area in Rowan County northeast of Charlotte. á Rockwell Rural Fire Chief Alan Shinn told the station that the home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Images from the news station show firefighters with hoses standing beside the blackened, smoky remnants of the mobile home. The station says that the home was a complete loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Woman seriously hurt in fall at Pilot Mountain State Park
PINNACLE, N.C. (AP) – A state parks spokeswoman said a woman who fell from a considerable height at a North Carolina state park is being treated for her injuries at a hospital. The woman in her 60s from the Charlotte area slipped and fell “a considerable distance” while hiking at Pilot Mountain State Park northwest of Winston-Salem Sunday, according to state parks spokeswoman Katie Hall. Hall said that the woman had a pulse when she was taken to the hospital but that she didn’t know more about her condition. 



North Carolina man shot, killed in standoff with deputies
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff says that a North Carolina man was shot and killed during a standoff with officers from a tactical team after he lit a fire in his vehicle and pointed a weapon at the officers. The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that it responded late Saturday night to a 911 hang-up call in Pembroke. After deputies arrived, the man lit a fire in his vehicle and made threats before pointing what appeared to be a firearm at them, according to the news release. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation as part of normal routine.



Prosecutor: Veteran embezzled nearly $1M in benefits
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina Vietnam veteran embezzled nearly $1 million in health care benefits from the government that helped support a lifestyle that included dancing, playing basketball and buying a beach condo. Federal prosecutors based in Winston-Salem said 73-year-old Willie Dosher Cain of Fayetteville had pleaded guilty in 2020 to one count of embezzlement and was sentenced on Jan. 5 of this year to five years of probation. United States District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder said that Cain’s age and the COVID-19 pandemic influenced his sentencing decision. 



Prosecutors: Drug trafficker sentenced to 30 years
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in North Carolina say that a man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges related to drug trafficking. A news release Friday from the federal prosecutor’s office in Raleigh said that 25-year-old Sandro Cuevas Jr. from Selma had pleaded guilty in 2020 to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and other counts related to drug distribution. Investigators say Cuevas ran a drug trafficking organization in recent years after he began a decade ago to sell cocaine and worked his way up to bigger amounts and other types of drugs, according to the news release. The news release said Cuevas used contacts from Mexico through the Southeast U.S. to supply his organization with methamphetamine and cocaine.



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