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POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Man wounded in police shooting in western North Carolina
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – One man has been wounded in a shooting involving police in western North Carolina.
Asheville police said in a Twitter message that the shooting happened shortly after 8 a.m. Friday at a motel.
Police did not say what prompted the confrontation.
There was no immediate report of any officers being hurt. The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shooting.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that video from a witness showed a white man being placed in an ambulance. Police said he was taken to Mission Hospital. The man’s name and condition were not immediately available.
The witness, Mason Delude, said he heard five gunshots before he saw a male come out on a stretcher.
No other details were immediately available.
TIME’S UP-R KELLY
R. Kelly set to perform in North Carolina despite protests
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The management group for R. Kelly said he would go ahead with his concert in North Carolina despite calls for the performance to be canceled over allegations of sexual misconduct.
The concert was scheduled for Friday at the Greensboro Coliseum, where protesters will also appear outside to express their displeasure with coliseum officials for not calling off the concert. Earlier this week, a coalition of groups working with the #MuteRKelly movement signed a letter requesting coliseum officials to cancel.
Kelly has been battling longstanding allegations that he has sexually abused women. He denies the allegations.
On Thursday, Spotify announced it would remove Kelly’s music from its curated playlists, citing a new policy on hate content and hateful conduct. His music remains available, but Spotify won’t promote it.
2 teens arrested in North Carolina shooting death
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Two teens have been arrested in a shooting death in eastern North Carolina earlier this week.
Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron told local media that 18-year-old Devontae Ronnie Mitchell and a 15-year-old have been arrested in the shooting death.
Nineteen-year-old Tomar Bloodworth of Wilmington was shot Tuesday night. A family member drove Bloodworth to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he died.
Dandron said the suspects were arrested late Wednesday.
Mitchell is charged with first-degree murder. It was not known if he has an attorney yet. Records show Mitchell was on pre-trial release on an armed robbery charge at the time of this week’s shooting.
North Carolina’s largest city upset with scooter supporters
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Some officials in North Carolina’s largest city are upset with supporters of a company that began offering a scooter service.
Charlotte this week told a company called Lime to stop its scooter sharing program and remove the scooters by Friday.
Local media reported Lime asked its users to email city officials to push for a continuation of the program. One city councilman complained the company has jammed his city account.
Lime started a scooter ride-share program Tuesday. The company said the scooters have been well received, with nearly 1,000 scooter trips in two days. The company didn’t say how many scooters were in service.
City officials say they had been working with Lime to create a scooter sharing program when the company ended discussions and began offering service.
Walking, biking path proposed in area traveled in 1770s
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
CANTON, N.C. (AP) – A project that would return pedestrian traffic to a corridor that has been used since at least the 1770s is being proposed in North Carolina.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the state Department of Transportation proposal is building a path along the south side of U.S. 19-23 east of Canton. The 10-foot-wide (3-meter-wide) path would also be open for bicycles.
The department was holding an informal public meeting in Canton on Thursday about its proposal. The path would be a part of a project to improve nearly 4 miles (6 kilometers) of the road from Canton’s east side to western Buncombe County. Canton is in Haywood County.
Department engineer Steve Williams says local government officials have pushed for the path. Construction would begin next summer and take a couple of years.
The Latest: Cooper: Businesses, rich pay for teacher raises
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants to raise teacher pay higher on average than what the state budget currently plans for next fall, and corporations and high wage-earners would help pay for it.
Cooper unveiled Thursday proposed adjustments to the second year of the state government spending plan.
He says teachers would get average raises of 8 percent, compared to the roughly 6 percent the GOP-controlled legislature enacted for next year over Cooper’s veto.
Cooper says he’d locate $100 million for the raises by keeping the corporate tax rate at 3 percent, rather than let it fall to 2.5 percent in 2019, and by creating a new individual tax bracket for six-figure earners.
Cooper calls it “tax fairness for teacher pay” but Republican legislators who will approve adjustments say it sounds more like “an unserious attempt to score political points in an election year.”
DOCTOR-STORED HUMAN FAT
Doctor license on hold over fat storage, syringe allegations
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Medical Board has suspended the license of a doctor who they say reused syringes and dermatology products on multiple patients and stored human fat in plastic bags in a closet.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the board suspended the license of Dr. Anne Litton White of Winston-Salem effective last Monday following complaints from six former employees.
Among the accusations were that White did not allow staff to dispose of syringes and unused botulinum toxin or filler product, but had the unused portions stored in baggies in her office. At least four former workers said some of that product was later injected into another patient.
The newspaper could not reach White’s lawyer for comment.
White will have an opportunity to respond to the charges at a June 21 hearing.
POLICE OFFICER-LARCENY CHARGE
North Carolina cop accused of stealing from grocery store
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Detectives in North Carolina say a police officer is accused of shoplifting from a grocery store.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told a news conference Thursday that officer Samuel Yaravitz was identified as a suspect in seven shoplifting cases from a Harris Teeter between Feb. 13 and May 9.
A news release from police said CMPD began a criminal and internal investigation after getting word that that one of its officers was shoplifting at a supermarket. Evidence and information gathered during the investigation helped detectives identify Yaravitz as the suspect.
Yaravitz, who is charged with seven counts of larceny, joined the police force in June 1999. His status couldn’t be determined Thursday.