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WOMAN KILLED-TWO CHARGED
Two charged after North Carolina woman found dead in home
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says two people have been charged in the death of a woman whose body was found inside her home. Winston-Salem police said in a news release on Monday that officers responded to a home that morning to check on 45-year-old Michele Ruth Lowder after she failed to show up for work. When officers arrived, they found Lowder dead inside. Police arrested 18-year-old Tyree Lashauna Mosby, who is wanted in Pennsylvania on an attempted murder charge. Officers also arrested 19-year-old Alexis Olacia Knox, who was identified as an acquaintance of Mosby’s. Both are jailed without bond.
HOME INVASION DEATH
Maine supreme court upholds murder conviction of NC man
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The Maine supreme court has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence of one of three people convicted in a deadly home invasion. Christopher Murray, of Red Springs, North Carolina, contended the judge erred in instructing the jury and in limiting expert witness testimony. But the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that the judge did not abuse his discretion. Murray was one of three people who were charged in a home invasion in Millinocket in 2017. A husband and wife were both shot in the head, but the wife survived and testified.
Cooper: I’ll seek public school spending surge in NC budget
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he’ll aim to get Republican lawmakers to fund North Carolina public education improvements a judge says the state must start implementing. He made the comments Tuesday about a decades-old school funding case called “Leandro.” He also spoke as a critical phase of state budget talks will soon begin. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are expected this week to send to Cooper an initial joint offer on state government spending for the next two years. Earlier Republican budget proposals fell well short of what Cooper and the judge say are needed to spend on education.
DELIVERY DRIVER ASSAULTED
Five North Carolina teens accused of robbing delivery driver
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Police have accused five North Carolina teenagers of robbing a pizza delivery driver, stealing his car and leading police on a chase. News outlets report the driver told High Point police he made a delivery on Sunday to a home where the five forced him inside. According to police, the driver received minor injuries. Police said deputies with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office spotted the car, which crashed into another vehicle. The teenagers ran from the stolen car. Three were found during a search, a fourth was found trying to get a ride from a stranger and a fifth was found hours later.
Ambulances sent to North Carolina counties for COVID-19 aid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Nine North Carolina counties are benefiting from 25 ambulances and their crews provided by the federal government to help locals struggling to respond to the spikes in calls during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Division of Emergency Management says the two-person ambulance crews are ready to work after receiving personal protective gear and communications gear on Monday. The crews are assigned to Brunswick, Franklin, Graham, Guilford, Macon, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Pender and Robeson counties. The ambulances could be assigned elsewhere after 10 days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the “advanced life support” ambulances after the state had requested 50 ambulances in all.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-US ATTORNEYS
Biden nominates 9 candidates for federal prosecutor posts
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is nominating nine lawyers to run U.S. attorney’s offices across the country. It’s a diverse group of candidates in the latest round of picks for the top law enforcement positions. The nominations are announced by the White House on Tuesday. The nominees are expected to run the federal prosecutors’ offices in Hawaii, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Vermont and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The slate would include several historic firsts, including the first Black female attorneys to lead their districts. The Justice Department’s 93 U.S. attorneys are responsible for federal criminal prosecutions in their respective districts and are central to Biden’s efforts to combat violent crime.
TRAFFIC STOP-SHOTS FIRED
North Carolina police officer shot at during traffic stop
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina city have captured a suspect who shot at an officer during a traffic stop. The Fayetteville Police Department says in a news release that detectives were making a stop Monday afternoon for an equipment violation. According to the news release, both the driver and the passenger ran from the car and one of them fired shots in the direction of the officers. None of the officers was hit and no injuries were reported. Police identified the passenger as 22-year-old Andrew Lamar Harrington of Fayetteville and filed multiple charges against him, including felony assault with a firearm on a government official.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Novant Health fires more than 175 for not getting vaccinated
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina-based hospital system says more than 175 of its workers have been fired for failing to comply with its vaccination requirement. Novant Health announced the firings on Monday. Last week, Novant Health announced 375 employees had been suspended and been given five days to comply with the mandate. The deadline was Friday. Of the 375, spokesperson Megan Rivers says nearly 200 workers came into compliance. Rivers didn’t provide specific numbers on how many lost their jobs. More than 99% of Novant Health’s 35,000-plus employees are now compliant with the vaccine mandate, including employees who have submitted an approved religious or medical vaccine exemption.