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BC-NC-FATAL CRASH-FIVE DEAD
5 killed in single-vehicle crash in Raleigh
Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – Police say five people have died after a single-vehicle accident in Raleigh, North Carolina. News outlets report it happened at about 6:15 a.m. Sunday on Capital Boulevard near Fairview Road. Laura Hourigan, a spokeswoman for Raleigh police, told the News & Observer of Raleigh that the vehicle was heading downtown on Capital Boulevard “when it ran off the road to the right and struck a concrete bridge abutment.” All five people in the vehicle died from their injuries. Hourigan told the newspaper that police are still working on the accident report, and she had no further information.
Betty Lynn, Thelma Lou on ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ has died
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) – Betty Lynn, who was best known as Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died at the age of 95. The Andy Griffith Museum said in a statement that she died Saturday after a brief illness. Lynn appeared on the show from 1961 until 1966. Later, she was a mainstay at the annual Mayberry Days festival in Mount Airy, North Carolina, where she resided in her latter years. Lynn provided entertainment as a part of the USO during World War II. She moved to New York in the late 1940s and began an acting career in film and television. She is survived by several cousins.
AP-NC-FATAL CRASH-POLICE OFFICER
Knightdale police officer dies in crash on Interstate 540
KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (AP) – A police officer has died after a crash on Interstate 540. Media outlets report it happened early Sunday morning. Knightdale police officers were investigating a single-car crash on I-540 just after 2:30 a.m. when a car hit their cruiser from behind. Officer Ryan Hayworth, who was 23, was killed in the crash. The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes by mile marker 22. Hayworth’s training officer, Cody Hagler, was seriously injured, as was the driver who hit them and the person involved in the initial single-car crash. Local officials said in a news release that Hagler’s injuries were not life-threatening.
OLD BRIDGE COLLAPSES-DEATH
Company found negligent in bridge collapse that killed man
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal regulators say a contractor’s failure to follow established safety procedures led to the collapse of a section of a bridge linking North Carolina’s mainland to the Outer Banks, killing one worker and injuring another. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited PCL Civil Constructors with two serious violations for failing to use engineering surveys or calculations to control the bridge’s stability and avoid unplanned collapses. Authorities say workers were dismantling a section of the old Bonner Bridge on April 14 when that section fell into Oregon Inlet. OSHA is proposing a fine of more than $23,000.
ELDER FRAUD-NURSE SENTENCED
North Carolina nursing assistant sentenced for elder fraud
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A certified nursing assistant in North Carolina has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution for defrauding an elderly military veteran in her care. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina says 51-year-old Tracey McNeill pleaded guilty in July to a charge of committing wire fraud. Court documents say McNeill fraudulently obtained VA and OPM benefits by executing a power of attorney over a disabled veteran over two years. The victim served in the U.S. Army, and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 41 years.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATION
Law enforcement operation targets narcotics in N. Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Officials say a law enforcement operation targeting narcotics in eastern North Carolina has led to prison terms for two men. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, says William Roger Swain Jr. of New Bern pleaded guilty in June to federal charges related to the distribution of narcotics. He was sentenced on Friday to 12 years in prison. Last year, Kelly Jackson Gibbs, Jr. was sentenced to 10 years for distribution of heroin. The two cases resulted from an investigation led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office into drug traffickers operating in Pamlico and Craven counties.
North Carolina man sentenced to 16 years for firearms crimes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal prosecutor says a North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing firearms as a convicted felon has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. G. Norman Acker III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, says in a news release that Michael Hucks pleaded guilty to the charges in June. Court documents and information presented in court shows law enforcement officers conducted an investigation into illegal firearm and drug trafficking from December 2019 until January 2020 at an address in Lumberton. According to the information, Hicks sold two rifles to a confidential information on separate occasions.
German plastics manufacturer bringing jobs to North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper says a German company which makes plastic components is bringing 133 jobs to a North Carolina county. A news release from the governor’s office says Pöppelmann Plastics USA LLC is investing more than $19.2 million to expand its manufacturing campus in Claremont in Catawba County. The average salary for the new positions is $44,827, slightly above the county’s overall average annual wage of $43,920. The news release says the new positions include machine operators, maintenance technicians, warehouse personnel and administrative staff. Pöppelmann Plastics, which has more than 2,500 employees worldwide, opened its U.S. division in North Carolina in 2007.