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FUGITIVE COUPLE ARRESTED
Couple wanted in North Carolina killing arrested in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) – Federal authorities say a fugitive couple wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman in North Carolina six months ago have been arrested in Arizona. U.S. Marshals Service officials say 62-year-old Eric Parker and 50-year-old Tangela Parker were taken into custody Tuesday in Phoenix. Authorities say the couple had been on the run since Jan. 13. The Parkers are suspects in the death of Phelifia Marlow, who was shot at a furniture plant in Hickory, North Carolina a few days after a workplace dispute. U.S. Marshals say they worked over 30 leads stretching across eight states before developing information that the Parkers were staying at a Phoenix residence under the fake names of Jason and Elizabeth Reardon. They now face extradition to North Carolina.
POWER PLANT EMISSIONS
NC takes steps on carbon cap, multi-state pollution effort
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State regulators will develop rules for North Carolina to meet targets for reducing power plant pollution. The Environmental Management Commission voted Tuesday to carry out a petition from environmental groups. They want a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 when compared to 2005. The directive also prepares North Carolina for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It’s a cap-and-trade program for power plant emissions in 11 mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s clean energy goals call for the 70% reduction. The commission’s action came the same day that a House committee recommended a wide-ranging energy bill that would reach a 62% reduction.
Economic jolt: Red Bull to help build beverage hub in NC
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina state officials say beverage manufacturers Red Bull and Rauch will work together to build a manufacturing, canning and distribution hub in Cabarrus County. Gov Roy Cooper joined other elected leaders on Tuesday in Concord to make the announcement. Subsidiaries of the Austrian-based companies plan to create the production hub on the grounds of the now-closed Philip Morris cigarette manufacturing site in Concord. Cooper says more than 400 new jobs will be created with average salaries of over $50,000. The two companies could get state financial incentives of close to $4.1 million if they meet job-creation and investment thresholds.
North Carolina man, girlfriend accused in son’s death
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina have accused a man and his girlfriend in the fatal beating of their 6-year-old son. High Point police say in a news release that officers were summoned to a hospital after the child was brought there by his father. According to the news release, an autopsy performed on the child showed a significant history and pattern of physical abuse. Police charged 30-year-old Devon J. Nelson with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. Police also charged 24-year-old Tamara D. Corbett with felony child abuse and accessory after the fact. Both are jailed on bonds of $2 million apiece, and it’s not known if they have attorneys.
OCEAN RESCUE-MAN DIES
Illinois man dies after beach rescue on North Carolina coast
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) – Police on the North Carolina coast say a man has died after he was pulled from the ocean. A news release from Carolina Beach police on Tuesday says firefighters and emergency personnel were summoned to a stretch of beach after a report of lifeguards responding to an ocean rescue. Police say an unidentified 9-year-old boy was pulled from the water and needed no medical attention. A man identified by police as 52-year-old Darren Gentry of Trenton, Illinois, was unconscious when first responders arrived, and rescue workers were unable to resuscitate him. The state medical examiner’s office is performing an autopsy to determine an official cause of death.
MURDER CHARGES-THREE ARRESTED
Three arrested in nearly year-old North Carolina murder case
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have arrested three men in connection with a nearly one-year-old murder case. News outlets report New Bern police, with help from the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Fugitive Task Force, have arrested Jarvis Everett, Jamelle Everett and Tarvis Everett. Each man is 25 years old and from Greenville. They’re accused in the August 2020 murder of 29-year-old Matthew Small of New Bern. The three men, who were arrested last week, are charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injuries, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The men are jailed without bond.
ELEVATOR ACCIDENT-BOY DIES
7-year-old boy dies in North Carolina home elevator accident
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) – Emergency workers on the North Carolina Outer Banks say a boy from Ohio died after he became trapped between and elevator car and the elevator shaft inside a vacation rental home. News outlets report Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Ralph Melton says emergency workers were sent to a home in Corolla Sunday evening and arrived to find a 7-year-old boy without a pulse and trapped by the elevator. Melton says rescuers were able to quickly free the child but were unable to resuscitate him. Melton would only say the boy was from Canton, Ohio, but he provided no additional details.
GULLAH GEECHEE CORRIDOR-DIRECTOR
Park ranger is named new director of Gullah Geechee corridor
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) – A park ranger has been named executive director of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission. Victoria Smalls grew up in the Gullah Geechee community on St. Helena Island, South Carolina. She’s a National Park Service ranger at the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park in Beaufort. The Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission says Smalls will take over director duties from its chairwoman, Dionne Hoskins-Brown of Savannah, Georgia. The commission oversees the federally designated heritage area of Black Americans known as Gullah or Geechee. These slave descendants retained much of their African heritage thanks to ancestors who grew up isolated on coastal islands of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.