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N Carolina elections head: Delay ’21 city races, ’22 primary
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s top elections administrator says the Census delay will make it impossible for some local governments to carry out their elections on time. Karen Brinson Bell wants state lawmakers to sign off on her recommendation that all municipal elections be delayed until 2022. She is also calling on leaders to delay the scheduled March 2022 primary in order to generate new legislative and congressional maps. The Republican-controlled General Assembly decides when to hold the elections, and the state elections board implements the plan. Some members worry the proposal will create unnecessary delays for municipalities that don’t need the Census data to carry out elections.
Constitution, Green parties get more time to keep NC voters
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two small political parties in North Carolina that failed to meet candidate support thresholds in November to remain on future ballots will get more time to retain their registered voters. The State Board of Elections agreed on Tuesday not to redesignate voters registered with the Constitution Party of North Carolina or North Carolina Green Party as unaffiliated voters until June. But the change won’t happen if the parties turn in enough signatures by then to be recognized again in time for the upcoming municipal elections. The board also unanimously agreed Tuesday that the North Carolina Libertarian Party will remain an official party.
North Carolina woman indicted in husband’s shooting death
WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina woman has been indicted for killing her husband last summer during a domestic dispute. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says 55-year-old Valinda Leggett was indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 10 in connection with the death as 59-year-old Gregory Leggett. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says Gregory Leggett was shot once in the chest on July 3. Deputies say the couple had been arguing, and added that Valinda Leggett was cooperating with investigators. A judge has set her bond at $50,000. It’s not known if she has an attorney.
NC bill lets concealed permittees be armed at more churches
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina legislative committee has agreed to a bill that would let concealed weapon permit holders be armed at more churches. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Tuesday for the measure, which allows the permittees to carry handguns on private school campuses when separate church services are happening onsite. Current law allows standalone churches to let concealed weapon holders carry a handgun, but not at churches that hold services at the same location where the school operates. The measure largely follows portions of a 2020 gun bill that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed.
VIRUS CLAIM-ASSAULT CHARGE
Police: Woman claimed to have virus, blew into deputy’s face
LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say that a woman has been charged after she claimed to have the coronavirus and blew into a sheriff deputy’s face. The Charlotte Observer reports that the incident occurred Sunday evening in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Jasmine Louise McClain was already in police custody because she had been identified as a suspect in a stabbing. The sheriff’s office said she admitted to having tested positive for COVID-19 eight days earlier. She was charged with assault on a government official. The sheriff’s office did not state whether McClain has actually tested positive COVID-19.
Sheriff: 12 malnourished dogs rescued from N. Carolina home
PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say 12 malnourished dogs found in filthy cages were recused from a North Carolina home. Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins says the dogs were found underfed and living in poor conditions at a Pembroke home. Wilkins says the dogs were seized and taken to a vet. Authorities say 25-year-old Nehemiah Pate was charged with 12 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. Pate was taken to the Robeson County Detention Center with a $2,000 secured bond. It’s unclear whether Pate has an attorney who would comment on his behalf.
TRAFFIC STOP-SUSPECT KILLED
Suspect dead, deputy wounded in gunfire during traffic stop
NEBO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a suspect was killed and a North Carolina deputy wounded during an exchange of gunfire during a traffic stop. A news release from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said that the shooting happened during a traffic stop early Monday in the Nebo community in western North Carolina. The sheriff’s office said that the deputy exchanged fire with people in the vehicle. One suspect was killed and another was taken into custody, according to the release. The wounded deputy was treated and released from a hospital. The names of the deputy and the suspects weren’t immediately released.
Arkansas officer expected to fully recover after shooting
LONOKE, Ark. (AP) – Authorities say an Arkansas police officer who was shot multiple times during a confrontation at a fast-food restaurant with a man suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old North Carolina girl is expected to make a full recovery. Officials in Lonoke, Arkansas, say Officer Cody Carpenter “is in good spirits given the circumstances” after the Saturday night shooting. Police say Carpenter and another officer confronted 38-year-old William Robert Ice of Jackson Center, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night outside of a McDonald’s restaurant. Ice was accused of kidnapping the girl from her North Carolina home. Ice was later found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say the girl was inside the vehicle at the time of the shootout but was not injured.