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Ex-N Carolina deputies sue sheriff after reporting comments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two former North Carolina deputies have filed a lawsuit in federal court against a sheriff, alleging he fired them in retaliation for reporting his friend’s racist and homophobic comments. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Wake County deputies Steven Williamson and Alvis Speight say they lost their jobs one month after Sheriff Gerald Baker’s election in 2018 because they told supervisors about Lt. Teddy Patrick’s behavior during a training session one year earlier. According to the lawsuit, Patrick said he ‘didn’t believe in being gay’ and did not like ‘gay people.” Baker disputed the accusation in 2019, but didn’t respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit Wednesday.



Bond set for father, daughter in North Carolina murder case
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man and his daughter who were sentenced to prison in the 2015 death of an Irish businessman have been released on bond, weeks after the North Carolina Supreme court agreed that their convictions should be reversed. Prosecutors have not said whether they intend to pursue a retrial against Thomas Martens and Molly Corbett. The two were sentenced in August 2017 to 20 to 25 years in prison for the death of Corbett’s husband at a home in a golf course community in Davidson County. A 4-3 majority of the North Carolina Supreme Court last month said that the two must get a new trial after certain evidence was wrongly excluded.



North Carolina police chief resigns amid investigation
CHADBOURN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police chief placed on administrative leave after it was determined that he failed to produce evidence in multiple cases has resigned from the job. News outlets report Chadbourn Mayor Phillip Britt announced the resignation of Police Chief Anthony Spivey, which is effective immediately. Spivey was placed on paid administrative leave on March 5 after District Attorney Jon David recommended that the town suspend him due to issues with the police department’s evidence locker. Spivey had served as police chief of Chadbourn since 2018. Lt. Ken Elliott will continue serving as interim police chief.



Police: Teen charged in shooting that struck boy, 4, in arm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old in connection with a shooting that left a 4-year-old boy wounded. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Tuesday that teenager is accused by the city’s police of firing a gun from a car toward a crowd of people. The 4-year-old is Semaj Da-von Roseborough. He was struck in his arm while he was playing on the sidewalk. He was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the 17-year-old was driving a stolen vehicle when he was arrested. He is being held in juvenile detention. Police said he is the second person charged in Semaj’s shooting.



Police: Goat ‘arrested’ after report of break-in
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in eastern North Carolina say they’ve “arrested” a goat after they got a call reporting an attempted break-in. The Charlotte Observer reports that the incident occurred Tuesday in the college town of Greenville. Police said in a statement that offices arrived to find the goat hanging out around the windows of the house. The goat was taken to the city’s animal shelter but was soon picked up by his owner “to finish his sentence in house arrest.”



Soldier gets 12 years for sex with girl, staged kidnapping
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) – A soldier who was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for taking a 12-year-old across state lines for sex after staging her kidnapping. WRAL reports that Pvt. James Murdock Peele was sentenced on Tuesday. The 22-year-old was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade. Authorities say the case began in 2018 when a woman in Craven County reported her granddaughter missing. She said she found a ransom note demanding $20,000. Authorities said they tracked Peele down because he was listed as the girl’s boyfriend on Facebook. FBI agents said the girl told them that Peele knew her age.



4 remain hospitalized after Wilmington house party shooting
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Four people are still hospitalized after a shooting at a party in Wilmington, North Carolina, that also left three dead. Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jessica Williams told the StarNews on Monday that the injured are still at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and are “stable and recovering.” In the meantime, the investigation into what police said was a gunfight at a house party is continuing. The police department said in a statement that the investigation will take time and significant manpower to “bring justice to the victims and their families.” Police have found several firearms at the scene. And detectives are pursuing leads. Flowers and memorials have been placed at the house.



Lawsuit says officer broke car window, threw driver on glass
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A Black motorist is suing a North Carolina police department after she says a white officer threw her onto broken glass after he broke her car window with his baton. The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that the lawsuit involves an incident in the town of Mooresville in April 2018. Danielle Helena Downing says in the lawsuit that Mooresville police Officer Josh Barlow used his baton to smash her car window as she was attempting to hand him her vehicle registration. She says Barlow, dragged her from the car and threw heron top of the glass shards, leaving her with multiple cuts and other injuries that required hospital treatment. The city says it will not comment on the lawsuit.