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Two unattended children die in mobile home fire
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say two children have died in a mobile home fire in North Carolina. The fire broke out Saturday afternoon at a residence in Hickory, Officials said the victims are a young boy and girl, ages 7 and 8. Authorities said no adults were home when the fire broke out. Neighbors said the children’s mother was at work and that her boyfriend arrived at the home after the fire started.



Ex-deputy acquitted in incident that led to cries of racism
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been acquitted of criminal charges in an incident that sparked allegations of racism after he led an armed group in search of his missing sister but went to the wrong home. A New Hanover County judge on Thursday acquitted 24-year-old Jordan Kita of forcible trespass, breaking and entering, and failure to discharge duties. Another man who was in the group searching for Kita’s biracial sister also was acquitted after being charged with going armed to the terror of the public. Kita was fired after the May 3 incident in Pender County. 



Officer shot at Arkansas McDonald’s; kidnapping suspect dies
LONOKE, Ark. (AP) – A police officer in Arkansas is in stable condition after being shot during a confrontation with a man who authorities allege had kidnapped a 14-year-old girl from North Carolina. The Arkansas State Police said Sunday the girl was safe and the man accused of kidnapping her appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after fleeing from authorities. The confrontation took place Saturday night when two Lonoke police officers confronted the driver of an SUV believed to have been connected with a North Carolina child abduction case. The driver, later identified as William Robert Ice. shot at the officers, hitting one. Ice fled the scene but was later found in the SUV with what police believe was a self inflicted gunshot wound.



Holder: Expect more NC lawsuits in next redistricting round
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says people should expect more redistricting litigation in North Carolina backed by a group he leads unless state Republicans accept anti-gerrymandering reforms this year. The Democrat gave an online speech Friday to the University of North Carolina School of Law. He referred to North Carolina as a “ground zero” for partisan and racial gerrymandering. Holder is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which has an arm that helped bankroll lawsuits in 2018 and 2019 that successfully challenged North Carolina congressional and legislative districts. The next round of redistricting should begin later this year.



Black North Carolina firefighters file discrimination suit
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A group of Black firefighters in North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against their city and their fire chief, alleging that he has not made an effort to prevent racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation within his department. The lawsuit filed by Black members of the Winston-Salem Fire Department follows a grievance by the group last year. In that filing, the group called on the city to fire Chief William “Trey” Mayo for failing to discipline white firefighters who the group said have created a hostile work environment through comments in person and on social media.



Allison elected chancellor at Fayetteville State University.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Darrell T. Allison has been elected to be chancellor at Fayetteville State University. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Allison was elected Thursday. áHe had resigned from the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors in September to seek the position. Allison was chosen from about 50 applicants. The selection process took the hiring committee nearly a year to complete because of the coronavirus pandemic. Allison said during a press conference Thursday that he could be a strong advocate for FSU and elevate the school’s brand and reputation. He also said he could fulfill another leadership role by establishing strategic partnerships to build a fundraising strategy.



Police: Couple wanted in fatal shooting still on the loose
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) – Investigators in North Carolina believe that a couple wanted in the shooting death at a Hickory furniture plant could still be in the western part of the state. The Hickory Daily Record reported Thursday that the search for the couple extends to the entire East Coast. But U.S. Marshal Deputy Commander Brian Alfano said it’s possible they’re still in the greater Hickory area. Authorities say that Tangela and Eric Parker have been on the run since the Jan. 14 shooting death of Phelifia Marlow. Alfano said they could be in the mountain area and possibly near the border between Tennessee or North Carolina side.