Latest North Carolina News:
Appeals court refuses to reinstate N Carolina abortion ban
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal appeals court has ruled North Carolina’s ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy must remain unenforceable. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a 2019 lower court decision striking down the prohibition. The Republican-dominated legislature in 2015 narrowed the scope of medical emergencies under which a woman would be exempt from the 20-week limit. The appeals judges dismissed arguments by state attorneys that the prohibition isn’t enforced and thus fails to be an issue. The judges said recent laws in North Carolina and elsewhere signal lawmakers want their restrictions carried out.
Man accused of firing at police station charged in deaths
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man accused of shooting at a police substation has now been charged in connection with the shooting deaths of his mother and grandmother. Police believe the slayings occurred prior to Monday’s attack on the Winston-Salem substation in which suspect William Coleman Scott was shot and captured after a chase. Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said Wednesday that the 26-year-old is charged with murder in the death of his grandmother, Glenda Snow Corriher. He has also been charged with murder in the death of his mother, Kimberly Kyle Scott. William Scott is being held without bond, and he hasn’t yet retained an attorney who could comment.
RACIAL EQUITY PLAN
N Carolina county passes plan to address racism, disparities
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina county has adopted a plan to reduce racism and racial disparities in multiple areas. The Asheville Citizen Times reports the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass a racial equity plan that calls for measurable improvements in the health, education, income, criminal justice outcomes and other experiences of Black residents. The vote by six Democrats and one Republican follows the county’s 2020 declarations that racism is a public health and safety crisis and that the county should join Asheville in giving reparations to Black residents for slavery, discrimination and racially motivated killings.
AP-NC-WASTE FACILITY-FATAL ACCIDENT
Officials: Man pinned between truck, bulldozer at waste site
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – The N.C. Department of Labor says a Stokes County man was killed when he was pinned between a truck and a bulldozer at a waste facility in Forsyth County. The Winston-Salem Journal reports a department spokeswoman says 63-year-old Thomas Michael Thompson of Pinnacle was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident occurred on June 11. The spokeswoman says a preliminary investigation shows Thompson was pinned between the two vehicles at the site. The department’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating what led to Thompson’s death. The spokeswoman says the investigation may take up to six months to complete.
Court voids ruling that sperm donor must pay child support
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina appeals court says a judge should have relied on Virginia’s paternity laws when ruling whether a man must pay child support to a woman who had a baby with his sperm donation, not North Carolina law. The case involves a man who provided artificial insemination to a woman whom he met in Virginia. The conception and pregnancy occurred there. Years later a social services department in North Carolina’s Warren County went to court to get him to pay child support. A District Court judge declared he could find no exception for the donor and ordered payments.
Man with guns in car on UNC-Chapel Hill campus arrested
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Police at a North Carolina university arrested a man who a security officer found on campus sleeping inside a car with multiple firearms. News outlets report police at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill charged 39-year-old Joseph John Radomski of Burlington with felony possession of weapons on school property. A police report shows Radomski had a semi-automatic rifle, a bolt action rifle, four other firearms, at least 17 rounds of ammunition in his car, plus a knife and a machete. According to the school, a UNC Hospitals security officer found Radomski early Tuesday morning. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
BC-NC-BIG ROCK TOURNAMENT
Boat lands big marlin, big check in North Carolina tourney
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) – One big marlin meant one big check for a boat entered in an annual tournament on the North Carolina coast. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports Natural, which is based in Beaufort, had to wait out a thunderstorm before learning Jonathan Fulcher had landed a 521.6-pound marlin, which was good for nearly $829,000 in prize money at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. The victory was earned in the tournament’s Fabulous Fisherman’s prize. Of the 270 participants, only 159 went offshore on Tuesday. Among the boats entered in the tournament is Catch 23, which belongs to Michael Jordan.