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NC police reforms, Sunday distillery sales start in October
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – All or parts of more than 30 new laws in North Carolina take effect Friday. They include new police accountability reporting requirements, rules for sheriff’s candidates, mandated clergy hospital visitation and Sunday bottled liquor sales. One law directs police and deputy standards commissions to create a public database of law enforcement officers who have had their certifications revoked or suspended. Hospitals also must let a clergy member visit a patient even when there’s a declared emergency like the one under COVID-19, provided the minister complies with health protocols. North Carolina distilleries also can now sell their own liquor products in bottles on Sundays.
North Carolina prisons rename locales over racist histories
RALEIGH, N.C (AP) – North Carolina is renaming four state prisons and a drug addiction treatment facility for probationers because their current names are connected to racism or slavery. The Department of Public Safety announced the changes on Thursday. They go into effect next week. Two of the locations – in Hoffman and Goldsboro – have been named for 20th century Governors Cameron Morrison and Gregg Cherry. Prisons in Tillery, Butner and Black Mountain also are getting renamed. State prison Commissioner Todd Ishee said it’s unacceptable today to maintain names with “negative historical connotations.” Workers at the five facilities had input on the renaming.
ALCOHOL BOARD CHAIRMAN
Liquor shortages on NC shelves gets legislature’s attention
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Persistent liquor shortages on local Alcoholic Beverage Control store shelves prompted North Carolina lawmakers to question the current top state ABC official and the distribution contractor. The House ABC committee met for two hours Wednesday with the deputy ABC commissioner and a lawyer representing the company called LB&B Associates. The committee chairman says he had a lot more questions than answers at the close of the hearing. The implementation of a new inventory and ordering software program hasn’t been smooth. Officials also say liquor consumption increases, the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions also are to blame.
WRONGFUL ARREST LAWSUIT-SETTLEMENT
North Carolina city settles lawsuit involving drug arrests
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Officials in North Carolina’s capital city have agreed to a $2 million settlement in a federal lawsuit that alleged more than a dozen Black men were wrongfully arrested and jailed on drug charges. News outlets report the civil rights lawsuit filed in April sought policy changes and actual and punitive damages from the city of Raleigh, a city police officer and seven of his co-workers, including a sergeant and a lieutenant, Attorneys for the plaintiffs announced the settlement in a news release late Wednesday. The Raleigh Police Department referred all questions to the city, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
NC government, constitution expert John Sanders dies at 94
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – An expert on North Carolina government and higher education who helped revise the state constitution into its current form has died. A funeral home and the University of North Carolina School of Government said that John Sanders died last week in Chapel Hill at age 94. He was the school’s director for close to 25 years. Sanders was a staff member for the North Carolina Constitutional Commission that led to revisions to what became the 1971 constitution. He also led staff work on a panel that helped establish the statewide community college system. A memorial service is planned for later,
HIGHLAND GAMES-EX-MANAGER ARRESTED
SBI provides details on arrest of ex-Highland Games manager
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A state agency provided new details Thursday on the arrest of a former manager for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games on multiple charges, including attempted murder and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Angie Grube, spokeswoman for the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, said Thomas Dewey Taylor was suspected of embezzling money and committing financial credit card theft. Grube said an investigation turned up an improvised explosive device with ignitable liquids.
North Carolina man arrested for holding deputy at gunpoint
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have apprehended a man who they say pulled a gun on a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy, then head-butted her before running off from a fast-food restaurant. News outlets report a Rowan County sheriff’s deputy was heading to a drive-thru on Wednesday when workers asked her to check on two men who appeared to be passed out in a car. The man pulled a gun on the deputy and shoved it into her vest before he hit her in the chin with his head and ran off before he was captured in the afternoon. Multiple charges were filed against 18-year-old Dayshun Lamont Davis.
HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Teen indicted in fatal shooting at North Carolina school
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina grand jury has indicted a teenager in the fatal shooting of a high school student, and a prosecutor will transfer his case to adult court. News outlets report 15-year-old Maurice T. Evans Jr. appeared in juvenile court Thursday for a custody hearing. An attorney for Evans asked the judge to release Evans to his parents, but the judge ruled that Evans will remain in custody without bond at a juvenile detention center. Evans is charged in the Sept. 1 shooting death of William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr. at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem.