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Baby boom forecast busts in North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Predictions of a baby boom during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown have gone bust in North Carolina. Data compiled by Carolina Demography showed that birth rates in North Carolina fell by 3.1% from 2019 to 2020, in line with a national decline of 3.8% over the same period. Carolina Demography is located within the Carolina Population Center at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Boone Turchi, an associate professor of economics at UNC, told the News & Observer that the skyrocketing unemployment rates during the pandemic likely prompted many people to wait to have children.



Murder suspect shot, killed by North Carolina deputy
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man suspected in a woman’s death was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy hours after the victim’s body was found. News outlets report the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says deputies went looking for Thomas Billings on Friday to serve him with a domestic violence order filed by a woman he had been living with. Authorities say the woman went to the home and was on the phone with a relative when that relative heard a commotion and the phone went dead. Deputies spotted Billings’ car and a confrontation followed. According to the sheriff’s office, Billings was armed when he was shot by the deputy.



North Carolina officer on leave after gun goes off, hits man
TARBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police officer is on administrative leave after his gun went off and wounded a motorist who drove off from a traffic checkpoint and led the officer on a foot chase. Tarboro police said in a news release that the motorist drove off on Sunday after the officer smelled alcohol and marijuana in the car . The news release says that during the ensuing chase, the man hit another car, then got out and ran. When the officer caught him and tried to take him into custody, his gun went off. Police filed multiple charges against the driver, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.



North Carolina man charged after pedestrian struck, killed
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged by police in a fatal hit-and-run. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say in a news release that 33-year-old Rinnell Curry was killed on Sunday after being struck by a car on a street in west Charlotte. According to police, Curry was standing in the road away from her vehicle when she was hit. The news release says detectives got information on the car and found it at the driver’s residence. Police arrested 46-year-old Jody Yeldell early Monday and charged him with driving with a revoked license, driving while impaired, felony death by motor vehicle and felony hit and run.



Deputy fatally shoots armed person during traffic stop
SALEMBURG, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a deputy fatally shot an armed person during a traffic stop in eastern North Carolina. TV station WNCN reports the shooting in Sampson County was reported around 1 p.m. Sunday. According to a news release from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when a deputy stopped a pickup truck near the small town of Salemburg, east of Fayetteville. The news release says the deputy discharged his firearm after encountering “an armed suspect.” Neither the suspect nor officer were immediately identified. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will investigate.



4 in custody after pursuit involving stolen TV vehicle
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say four suspects are in custody after a manhunt that stretched across two days and involved the theft of a TV news vehicle. The News & Observer reports the incident began Saturday morning after a state trooper started pursuing a speeding vehicle in Chatham County. That part of the pursuit ended soon after when the suspect vehicle spun into a median and the suspects fled on foot. By Saturday evening, two were in custody. The arrest of a third was announced late Saturday night after the Highway Patrol said he stole a car belonging to WRAL-TV and attempted to flee in it. The final person was arrested Sunday morning.



Discarded fireworks start blaze that damages 2 homes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Fire officials in North Carolina say improperly discarded fireworks started a blaze that displaced the occupants of two homes and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. News outlets report the Charlotte Fire Department responded to the fire on the city’s northwest side around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Photos from the scene showed extensive damage to the two neighboring homes. An EMS agency told TV station WSOC 13 people were evaluated on scene for smoke inhalation but no one was taken to a hospital. The fire department tweeted that the damage estimate was $80,000.



Bipartisan effort to preserve Carolinas US Revolution sites
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s lone Democratic U.S. House member is joining with the other six Republican members to create a trail to help link and preserve Revolutionary War sites South Carolina and North Carolina. South Carolina leaders have tried for more than a decade to create the trail which would begin near Charleston, wind into the Midlands and Upstate, into the North Carolina mountains and Piedmont, then back toward Wilmington. Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn says it is important to preserve the sites and remember the critical role the Carolinas played in securing America’s independence.