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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.
MISSING GUNS-EX-OFFICER ARRESTED
Ex-police officer accused of stealing guns from department
NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina police officer has been accused of stealing guns from the police department where he worked. In a news release issued Tuesday, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation says former North Topsail Beach police officer Mark William Ray Jr. is charged áwith 15 counts of obtaining property by false pretense, embezzlement, and felony conversion. The SBI says the North Topsail Beach police chief asked the agency in March to investigate suspected thefts of several firearms being held as evidence at the police department. Agents determined that the guns were sold or pawned at local pawn shops.
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.
PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY
Elizabeth City police chief next NC public safety secretary
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The police chief in a northeastern North Carolina city is Gov. Roy Cooper’s next public safety secretary. Cooper on Tuesday appointed Elizabeth City Public Safety Director Eddie Buffaloe to become his secretary of the state Department of Public Safety. Buffaloe is also the current president of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. Buffaloe is subject to state Senate confirmation. He succeeds Erik Hooks, who was nominated by President Joe Biden to become deputy administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Buffaloe and his officers helped keep the peace following a fatal shooting this spring involving the local Pasquotank County sheriff’s office.
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.