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North Carolina man charged in road rage shooting incident
LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a North Carolina man in connection with a road rage incident in which a woman was shot in the face. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that deputies dispatched to a location on U.S. Highway 321 on Sunday found two vehicles stopped on the shoulder and that the occupants got into an altercation. During that confrontation, a shot was fired through a window of the vehicle driven by 43-year-old Angela Mischelle Duncan of Gastonia. Londen David Feldman II of Hickory is jailed on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into occupied property.
Sheriff’s office: 9-month-old infant drowns in home bathtub
PINK HILL, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a 9-month-old infant has drowned in a bathtub at home. The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says deputies went to a home in Pink Hill on Sunday in response to a call about a child not breathing. Sheriff Ronnie Ingram says emergency personnel reached the home and found the baby had drowned. According to the news release, family members and emergency workers attempted life-saving measures, but could not revive the child. Ingram says his office will conduct a full investigation to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing involved.
Boy misidentified as Black player’s son, league apologizes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League has apologized to a Black player for a North Carolina team for a broadcast that misidentified a boy at her game as her 9-year-old son. Commissioner Lisa Baird tweeted an apology Monday to Courage forward Jessica McDonald, her son and the boy in the camera shot at Saturday’s match. The Charlotte Observer reports a graphic misidentified the child as McDonald’s son as the announcer highlighted McDonald’s goal. McDonald tweeted the clip afterward, writing she was honored to be featured but that it wasn’t her son. She also tweeted “Thank you” after the commissioner sent her a personal note of apology.
Police: Man arrested in fourth fatal shooting within week
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have arrested a man in a city’s fourth fatal shooting within a week. Durham police say in a news release that its officers responded to a call of a shooting on Monday afternoon. When they arrived, they found 46-year-old Marquin Alonso Padilla with a gunshot wound. Padilla was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The news release says police arrested 23-year-old Luis Benavides of Durham and charged him with murder. Benavides is in the Durham County jail without bond. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports it’s the fourth fatal shooting in Durham since Thursday.
DISPATCH: In tornado’s wake, navigating a reluctant town
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – With the pandemic in full swing, one journalist traveled to an area that had experienced a natural disaster. Few residents wore masks or adhered to federal COVID-19 safety recommendations. Many were deeply skeptical of the media. The journalist overcame hurdles with access limitations and spoke to people who described a tornado striking their homes with no advance warning. The twister that hit Ocean Isle Beach in February killed three people and injured 10 others. The story garnered national attention as readers looked for information about the twister and broader issues of hazardous weather across the United States.
Youth home exec says ‘words cannot explain’ Alabama crash
CAMP HILL, Ala. (AP) – The chief executive of a Christian youth home in rural Alabama says the community is working toward healing after eight of its children were killed in a fiery crash during the rains of Tropical Storm Claudette. Michael Smith said Monday that the Gulf Coast trip bad been a highlight for the girls in otherwise tough times. Two of the ranch director’s children, four residents and two guests were among the dead in the Saturday crash that killed 10 people on Saturday. Federal investigators are probing the crash. A total of 14 deaths have been blamed on the storm, which headed out to sea Monday.
Senate budget uses NC revenue boon on more tax cuts, capital
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Senate Republicans have unveiled a two-year state budget proposal that sticks to earlier spending limits even with recent news of a massive revenue windfall. The Senate will vote on the spending plan this week. The measure revealed Monday sticks to spending caps agreed to with House counterparts. Those were set before economists announced the state would take in $6.5 billion more than expected. The bill puts much of that extra money in a savings reserve and an infrastructure construction fund, and makes deeper tax cuts than Republicans originally pitched. State employee and teacher raises fall short of what Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper proposes.
North Carolina ballot probe figure pleads to benefit fraud
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A key figure in a North Carolina investigation into ballot fraud in a congressional race has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving Social Security benefits. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh said Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. entered the plea Monday in Greenville federal court. Prosecutors had accused Dowless of receiving benefits unlawfully by concealing money he earned working on state and federal campaigns. The charges carry a combined maximum sentence of 15 years. Dowless still faces state charges involving the 2016 and 2018 elections. He is accused of directing people to collect incomplete absentee ballots in a congressional race and making it appear that the voters had finished them.