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Police: Officer has died in single-vehicle crash
NEWTON GROVE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say that a police officer from North Carolina’s Sampson County has died in a single-car crash. WNCN reports that the accident occurred Saturday night and involved an officer from the Newton Grove Police Department. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the officer was Brent Nelson Hall, 26, of Clinton. The patrol said that he was driving to begin his shift in a department-owned Dodge Charger at a “high rate of speed” on U.S. 701 Business/Northeast Boulevard. Authorities said that he was not pursuing anyone and did not have the lights and sirens activated. The highway patrol said that he was not wearing his seatbelt. The wreck remains under investigation.



Wreck in North Carolina claims the lives of mother and baby
CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – A mother and her 2-month-old child have died in a car wreck in North Carolina’s Johnston County. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the accident occurred Friday afternoon east of Clayton and north Selma on U.S. 42 The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that the mother who died was Virginia Reyes, 22, of Clinton. Her baby died at a local hospital. The wreck involved a dump truck and a sedan. Jordan Pack, a spokesman for the state highway patrol, said the truck driver was taken to the hospital. Pack was unable to comment on the truck driver’s injuries.



Investigators are trying to figure out how horse got rabies
CHERRYVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Investigators in North Carolina are trying to figure out how a horse contracted rabies. The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that rabies in horses is uncommon in the United States. The rabid horse was at a farm in Cherryville in Gaston County, which is about 30 miles northwest of Charlotte. The infection was discovered by a veterinarian who was treating “a sick horse” last week. The horse has died. The farm’s other horses are being given a rabies vaccination and are being observed. There are about 30 to 60 rabies cases among horses out of nearly 7,000 cases in the U.S. each year. 



Police: Man with pole trashes Asian-owned convenience store
An Asian-owned convenience store in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been trashed by a man who wielded a metal post and yelled racial slurs. The Charlotte Observer reports that the incident occurred Tuesday amid a nationwide spike in anti-Asian attacks. Surveillance footage shows a man pulling a merchandise rack to the floor and swinging a street sign post into the glass of the refrigerators. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said a man has been arrested on charges that include robbery with a dangerous weapon and communicating threats. Since the attack, more than $30,000 has been raised through GoFundMe to cover the store’s damage. 



Births among endangered right whales highest since 2015
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Scientists say critically endangered North Atlantic right whales gave birth over the winter in the greatest numbers seen since 2015. That’s an encouraging sign for researchers who became alarmed three years ago when right whales produced no known offspring at all. Survey teams from the Carolinas to Florida spotted 17 newborn right whale calves swimming with their mothers between December and March. One of those calves was later struck by a boat and killed. The death was a reminder of how fragile the species has become. Scientists estimate only about 360 North Atlantic right whales remain. As many as 49 are believed to have died since 2017, compared with 39 recorded births.



Chief: 3 dead, 4 hurt in North Carolina house party shooting
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in the North Carolina city of Wilmington say that seven people have been shot and three of them killed at a house party. Wilmington police say officers responded shortly after midnight and discovered that a gunfight had erupted. A 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were killed. A 16-year-old girl also died. Four other people who ranged in age from 18 to 21 were wounded. Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams told WECT-TV that police do not immediately have any suspects or a motive. Local District Attorney Ben David said the shooting is one of the worst crimes the area has had in his two decades as a prosecutor.



Police: Boy, 8, fatally shoots himself with unsecured gun
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in the North Carolina city of Greenville are calling the death of an 8-year-old who shot himself with an unattended weapon “a tragic accident.” The Daily Reflector reports that the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon in north Greenville. The boy has not been identified. Police said he was alone in a family member’s parked vehicle when an unsecured gun went off as he handled it. The boy died at a hospital at 5 a.m. Thursday morning. The incident remains under investigation. State law regulates the storage of firearms to protect minors. It says people can be charged with a misdemeanor if they store guns in a way that children can access them and if the child harms himself.



Police: Man who took 3 people hostage is shot dead by deputy
HURDLE MILLS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say that a man who took several people hostage inside a home was killed in a police-involved shooting. WRAL-TV reports that the shooting occurred Friday night in Hurdle Mills in Person County. The town is about an hour drive northwest of Raleigh. Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said deputies arrived at the home after 911 dispatchers received a hang-up call around 10:15 p.m. Authorities said deputies saw a man who was pointing a gun at three people: a father, daughter and stepmother. Authorities said a deputy warned the man several times to put down the gun?. Police said the man fired his gun inside the home before the deputy returned fire.



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