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Woman charged in stabbing death of 5-year-old daughter
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a North Carolina woman with murder in the stabbing death of her 5-year-old daughter. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies were called to a residence at about 8:43 a.m. Sunday for a report of a stabbing. When deputies and emergency personnel arrived, they determined that the girl had died of stab wounds. Penny Short Hartle was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder. Hartle did not receive bond and is scheduled to have her first appearance in court on Monday. Authorities did not release any additional details.
Police charge North Carolina man in killing of 4-year-old
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police charged a North Carolina man with murder Sunday after a 4-year-old girl was found severely injured at a Raleigh hotel and later died. Raleigh police said they responded to a call about an injured child at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived at the Candlewood Suites hotel, they found a severely injured girl. She was taken to the hospital, but did not survive. Police said they arrested 27-year-old Milton Ray Horton Jr. and charged him with murder. Police Capt. Kevin Lillis told The News & Observer that Horton and the child were not related, but knew each other. He said Horton and the child had been at the hotel for about two weeks.
Police mistake prompts mistrial in toddler’s 2017 death
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A judge declared a mistrial in the case of a North Carolina man charged with killing a 22-month-old boy after the Raleigh Police Department failed to turn over evidence to the defense on time. Michael Buchanan was charged with murder in the 2017 death of Torrance Adams. Buchanan, who was the boyfriend of the toddler’s mother, claimed the boy choked on a waffle and then hit his head on the sink. The News & Observer reports that Judge Paul Ridgeway declared a mistrial in Buchanan’s trial on April 16, ruling that “a fair and impartial trial has become impossible due to prejudice to the defendant as a result of the late disclosure of the evidence.” The judge cited data from the cellphone of the boy’s mother, Marquise McCall.
Help Wanted: In pandemic, worry about finding summer workers
BOSTON (AP) – Hotels, restaurants and other businesses in tourist destinations are warning that hiring challenges during the coronavirus pandemic could force them to pare back operating hours or curtail services just as they’re eyeing a bounce-back summer. They say the annual influx of overseas seasonal workers into the country has been severely delayed by rising COVID-19 cases globally. American embassies and consulates remain closed or severely short-staffed and the U.S. has imposed travel restrictions on various countries. Businesses have also struggled to attract U.S. workers, even as many have redoubled their efforts to hire locally amid high unemployment.
North Carolina man killed in overnight shooting in Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in Raleigh are investigating a shooting that left one man dead early Sunday morning. Police said in a news release that officers were sent to Paula Street shortly before 3 a.m. There they found a man suffering from several gunshot wounds. Police identified the man as 32-year-old Ricardo Jermel Fogg of Wake Forest. Fogg was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Police said they have a suspect in custody, but did not immediately provide additional details.
Drone operators challenge surveyors’ turf in mapping dispute
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Here’s another industry being disrupted by technology: Licensed surveyors are objecting to maps that combine drone images with property lines. Michael Jones is suing North Carolina’s Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. The board has threatened him with criminal prosecution for unlicensed surveying. The libertarian Institute of Justice law firm says it’s a nationwide freedom of speech issue. The challenge goes both ways: Surveyors need Federal Aviation Administration approval to professionally fly drones, and drone operators need state licenses to produce legal surveys. Some experts say they should work together to create maps that do a better job of showing where to build fences.
NORTH CAROLINA DEPUTY-SHOOTING
Sheriff to seek release of body cam video of fatal shooting
A North Carolina sheriff whose deputies fatally shot a Black man while serving warrants says he will seek the release of body camera video as soon as he’s confident it won’t compromise the investigation. The statement came Saturday from Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II. He said he’ll ask a judge as early as Monday to release of deputy body camera footage of the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. Brown was fatally shot last Wednesday. The sheriff released a recorded video statement just after civil rights leaders and others held a news conference to demand release of the footage.
NORTH CAROLINA-JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE
North Carolina to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina health officials are recommending that healthcare providers in the state resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following a safety review by federal agencies. Earlier this month, a pause was placed on the vaccine after reports of six cases of a rare type of blood clot in people who received the one-dose vaccine. The FDA said it determined that the data show that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in adults. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said it is recommending that providers resume administration of the vaccine. More than 250,000 people have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in North Carolina as of April 13.