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CONFEDERATE LICENSE PLATES
Group sues N Carolina over end to Confederate license plate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has filed a lawsuit over the state’s decision to stop issuing license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag. According to WRAL, the state commander for the group says the state Division of Motor Vehicles never discussed the move with him or the organization’s attorneys, despite numerous inquiries about why no new Confederate plates had been sent out for months. Stone alleges that North Carolina “acted in bad faith” and has always been hostile to organization members. The state stopped issuing plates featuring the flag on Jan. 1. A DMV spokesman said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
Police: Man charged in fatal stabbing of his mother
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man has been charged in the stabbing death of his mother. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Jacob Christian Jones was charged with murder on Sunday. Authorities said his mother, Rosalyn Jalperya Howard was killed on Saturday. Winston-Salem police said officers responded to a report of an assault on Saturday afternoon at Howards’ house. Police said detectives learned that Jones had been at the house and had left with his four kids. Police said he did not have legal custody of the children and issued an Amber Alert for a 9-year-old. Police said Jones and the children were found hours later. The children are now with relatives.
CAPE HATTERAS VISITATION
Hatteras seashore saw record-breaking visitation in January
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – Officials with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore say its beaches on North Carolina’s Outer Banks recently saw a record-breaking surge in visitors. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the national seashore recorded nearly 87,000 visitors in January. The park said in a news release that the number breaks the record for January 2020 by 5,000. áThe Cape Hatteras National Seashore has 67 miles of shoreline from Oregon Inlet to Ocracoke. People visit in the winter months for walks on the beach, shell collecting and reeling in fish. Dave Hallac, superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said people wanting to escape coronavirus-related isolation helped fuel the increase in visitors.
AP-NC-HIGHWAY SHOOTING-TWO CHARGED
Two charged in fatal shooting on North Carolina highway
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged two men in a fatal shooting on a North Carolina highway last week. News outlets report the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Deshawn Bryant and 21-year-old Jyjuan Crawford have been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle. The two were arrested in Georgia on Saturday and are awaiting return to North Carolina. Investigators say 20-year-old Shaolyn Godley was shot to death on U.S. 264 on March 1. The sheriff’s office says Godley and two others were in a car being pursued and was shot at. The three tried to run after the car was disabled and Godley was shot.
FATAL I-95 ACCIDENT
Fuel tanker overturns, killing 1 and closing I-95 in N.C.
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has died after his fuel tanker overturned on Interstate 95. The Sunday morning accident near Smithfield left I-95 closed in both directions throughout the day. News reports showed the flipped over tanker sitting in the highway median, affecting traffic on both sides. An á4,000 gallons of gasoline spilled from the tanker. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the driver, 25-year-old Bryan Cook of Erwin, was going south toward Fayetteville when he ran off the road and hit the guardrail around 6:15 a.m. Sunday. The State Department of Transportation said the northbound lanes reopened before 5 p.m. Sunday but the southbound lanes were expected to remain closed into the night.
Anti-abortion protester shoots himself in leg outside clinic
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An anti-abortion protester is facing a criminal charge after accidentally shooting himself in the leg at outside a North Carolina abortion clinic. Raleigh Police say the shooting occurred Saturday around 9 a.m. outside A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh. Police say the man fired his weapon accidentally, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with possession of a firearm at a protest. Police did not release his name. The clinic issued a news release criticizing police response to the shooting as insufficient and the criminal charge “a slap on the wrist.”
Judge tosses North Carolina lawsuit over remote learning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by parents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who want in-person learning for their students over virtual classrooms. The Charlotte Observer reports that parents filed the lawsuit in September. They argued that remote learning is particularly difficult for special education students and those without home computers. But Superior Court Judge Karen Eady-Williams ruled Friday that the parents failed to show how such learning hurt their children’s education. Students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools returned to in-person learning on a limited basis last month.
One killed, four others wounded in Fayetteville shooting
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A Fayetteville man is dead, a second is in critical condition and three others also suffered gunshot wounds after a shooting in the city. Police say the shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday on Shads Ford Lane. Thirty-two-year-old Albert Alexander Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim, who has not been identified, was in critical condition Saturday after being taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Three others suffered non-life threatening gunshot injuries. Police say multiple vehicles fled the scene, and that their investigation is ongoing.