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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Workers at North Carolina health care provider face firings
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina-based health care provided says nearly 400 of its workers face firings for failing to comply with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program. The Winston-Salem Journal reports Novant Health said Tuesday that 1.4% of its overall workforce, or 375 employees, are not being allowed to work. Novant unveiled its mandatory vaccination policy on July 22, saying then that it would require full compliance by Sept. 15. In a news release, Novant Health says the affected workers will have a five-day period to comply with the vaccine mandate. If they don’t comply after that, they will be fired.
NC court upholds murder conviction for missing woman’s death
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A state Court of Appeals panel has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a southeastern North Carolina man in the death of his girlfriend. The three judges rejected on Tuesday arguments by James Opleton Bradley, who is serving life without parole for the killing of Elisha Tucker. Her body was found in a shallow grave on property owned by Bradley’s employer in 2014. Her body was discovered as Wilmington police investigated the disappearance of a Bradley co-worker and another romantic interest. That woman’s body has never been found, but Bradley was convicted separately for her death as well.
North Carolina Sen. Clark won’t seek reelection next year
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democratic state Sen. Ben Clark won’t seek reelection next year, saying that serving a decade is “probably enough time” in the legislature. Clark represents all of Hoke County and part of Cumberland County. He told WRAL-TV that he’ll finish out his fifth two-year term in the chamber, through the end of next year. Clark says the upcoming redistricting of legislative districts by the General Assembly also contributed to his decision-making. Clark works for a defense contractor at Fort Bragg.
Police say North Carolina man shot, killed son-in-law
TARBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have jailed a man who they say shot and killed his son-in-law. News outlets report Edgecombe County sheriff’s deputies say 58-year-old John Adams III is charged with first-degree murder. Investigators say Adams shot and killed 30-year-old Bobby Braswell on Monday. Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett told The Telegram of Rocky Mount that Adams responded to a call from her daughter and got into a fight with Braswell after he arrived. According to Puckett, Braswell was shot as he tried to run from the scene. Adams is jailed without bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
MAN DEAD-FRONT YARD
Police find North Carolina man shot to death in front yard
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says a man was found shot to death in the front yard of his home. Winston-Salem police said in a news release on Monday that officers responding to a call south of downtown found 23-year-old Nicolas McGregor lying in a front yard with apparent gunshot wounds. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and pronounced McGregor dead. So far, there have been no arrests in the case. Police say McGregor’s death marks the 25th homicide in Winston-Salem in 2021, compared to 23 at the same time in 2020.
FRAUD CHARGE-REFUND SCHEME
Prosecutors: Man defrauded Amazon out of $290,000 by returns
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice say a North Carolina man scammed Amazon out of nearly $300,000 by seeking refunds for products that he never actually returned. The Charlotte Observer reports court filings show Hudson Hamrick of Charlotte was charged Monday with wire fraud. Hamrick is accused of making more than 300 fraudulent transactions between October 2016 and some time last year. According to charging documents, Hamrick would order an expensive product from Amazon, file a return and receive a full refund. But the product he sent back was a cheaper version that was often broken and worth less than what he received.
Late NC political giant Basnight remembered by ex-colleagues
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former colleagues of the late Senate leader Marc Basnight gathered to remember his contributions to North Carolina and view a portrait to hang in the Senate chamber. Gov. Roy Cooper was among more than 30 former senators who attended a floor meeting Tuesday that passed a resolution in memory of Basnight. He died in December at age 73. The Outer Banks Democrat served nine two-year terms as Senate president pro tempore, making him the longest-serving head of a legislative body in North Carolina history. Former colleagues recalled his commitment to higher education, health care and the environment.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Union Co. to comply with COVID protocols amid lawsuit threat
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Union County Public Schools said Monday it will follow COVID-19 quarantining procedures the state is requiring. The development came a week after the school district allowed most of its more than 7,000 quarantined students to go back into the classroom before their 14-day isolation period had expired as long as they weren’t symptomatic or infected. The district remains one of a small handful in the state not compelling students or staff to wear masks. The local school board has also decided to let the county health department assume primary responsibility for contact tracing.