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WakeMed to require all workers get COVID-19 vaccine
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals has told workers it will require them to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they wish to remain employed. The Raleigh-area hospital system is the leading provider in the state’s second largest county. It has three acute care hospitals and one physical rehabilitation hospital. The timeline for when the vaccine requirement will take effect has not yet been determined. The move comes amid growing concern of the more contagious delta variant. Several other North Carolina hospital systems have announced plans to compel workers to come in get vaccinated. WakeMed’s vaccine requirement will apply to all employees, providers and volunteers in the “near future.”



Police: Driver killed, passenger hurt in train, truck crash
CHARLOTTE , N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say the driver of a pickup truck was killed and his passenger was seriously injured in a crash with a light rail train when the truck drove around the crossing arms and into the train’s path on Monday night. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say officers called to a report of a crash in Charlotte found a Toyota Tundra and a blue line train damaged from the collision. Police say the driver of the truck, Baltazar Tiquiram Us, was pronounced dead and his passenger was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. None of the four light rail passengers was injured. Police say it’s suspected that the pickup driver was impaired and toxicology results are pending. 



Sheriff: N. Carolina man drags homeowner with stolen truck
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office has arrested a man who they say dragged a homeowner with a stolen truck. The High Point Enterprise reports deputies with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Sunday about a break-in at a home near the Silver Valley community, The sheriff’s office says that during the break-in, a man tried to steal a truck and one of the homeowners was dragged by the vehicle. The truck wrecked and the man fled. Deputies captured 28-year-old Christopher Dunning of Thomasville and filed multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Dunning is jailed on a $75,000 bond.



Deputy: North Carolina woman took baby to break-in
MARION, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina says a woman is accused of taking her 7-month-old son to a break-in. News outlets report Deputy Robert Watson of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office filed multiple charges against 28-year-old Jenny Annette Skidmore Reel of Marion, including breaking and entering and child abuse. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a home in Marion on June 21 after a report of a break-in. The sheriff’s office said deputies found Reel at the scene and found she had stolen medication, a power saw, coins, knives, socks and jewelry. Reel is jailed under a $50,000 bond.



Man drowns after disappearing from North Carolina campsite
EVERGREEN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man has drowned after he disappeared from a campsite overnight. A news release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were sent on Tuesday morning to a campsite at Lumber River Campground in Evergreen. The sheriff’s office says 36-year-old Brian Thomas Lynch was camping at a site near some water, and was last seen by a fellow camper at around 1 a.m. He was reported missing after he didn’t appear at the campsite in the morning. The sheriff’s office says Lynch’s body was found in some water. 



Three arrested in North Carolina after 14 dogs seized
SUPPLY, N.C. (AP) – Three people have been arrested by a North Carolina sheriff’s office after 14 neglected dogs were seized from a home. News outlets report the animal protective services branch of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged Todd Eric Morris, Margie Renee Fowler-Morris and John William Thomas Fowler each with 16 counts of animal cruelty. All three are from Supply. Officers responding to a call on Monday of dogs running free found some of them in poor condition. According to the sheriff’s office, 14 dogs were removed from the home. The sheriff’s office says officers also found four dead dogs inside the home.



Ex-North Carolina prison manager sentenced for embezzlement
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina prison manager has been sentenced to at least four-and-a-half years in prison for embezzling more than $260,000 from the state over eight years. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports 50-year-old Michael Scott Ragan was a former business officer at Central Prison in Raleigh. According to an indictment, Ragan embezzled the money between September 2012 and March 2020 by using state-issued procurement credit cards and used it to buy Christmas decorations, gift cards, jewelry, pet supplies, appliances and furniture. Two of the credit cards came from other state workers who officials say didn’t know their cards were being used.



Currituck-Knotts Island ferry run stops for staffing storage
CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) – The N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division says it is suspending its Currituck-Knotts Island service to alleviate a staffing shortage at the Hatteras terminal. NCDOT says in a news release that Currituck-Knotts Island route will resume its scheduled service on July 31. Earlier this year, the department said its ferry service was facing a shortage of deck hands, seamen and captains. The Virginian-Pilot reported in the spring that there is often a waiting list to get a ferry job. But this year the service needs to fill an expanded summer schedule.