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Storm closes section of NC barrier islands’ road to mainland
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) – A storm at the North Carolina coast has closed a section of the only road linking Hatteras Island to the mainland. The state Department of Transportation said N.C. Highway 12 was closed starting Sunday morning from Rodanthe north to the Marc Basnight Bridge at Oregon Inlet due to ocean overwash that breached dunes protecting the road. The department said the stretch could remain closed through Tuesday, since crews must clear the road and rebuild dunes. The weather service posted coastal flood and high wind warnings for the Outer Banks, and said significant flooding also was expected along the southern Pamlico Sound and lower Neuse River.



1 dead, 5 wounded from shootings at N. Carolina night club
AHOSKIE, N.C. (AP) – Police are investigating a weekend shooting melee at a northeastern North Carolina night club that left one person dead and five others wounded. The shootings originated from the Alaysia Bar & Grill in Ahoskie, where local officers arrived early Saturday. There they found over 100 people outside the parking lot of the Ahoskie Inn. Officers found the dead body of Jairen Lyles of Aulander lying on the ground. Fights broke out in the parking lot while officers tried to contain the crowd and provide help. Ahoskie Police Chief James Asbell called it a “chaotic crime scene.”



Sheriff: Missing girl found after using TikTok hand signals
LONDON, Ky. (AP) – Law enforcement officials in Kentucky say a 16-year-old girl missing from North Carolina has been found after a driver noticed her using a distress signal made popular on TikTok. According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, police have charged the driver who had the girl in his car with unlawful imprisonment and possession of material showing a sexual performance by a minor. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, the sheriff’s office spokesperson, told The Lexington Herald-Leader on Friday that the girl and driver were acquainted. The girl initially went with the driver willingly, but at some point got scared.



Police: Motorist stopping for crash dies when struck by SUV
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a woman who stopped to help motorists trapped in a vehicle on a central North Carolina road was killed when she was struck by another car. Durham police say Jasmine Harbison of Raleigh died early Sunday. It happened when she and her boyfriend pulled over to assist crash victims in a two-car collision. One vehicle had flipped over and rested in a far-left northbound lane. That’s where police say a sport utility vehicle struck Harbison. Three other people were taken to the hospital for injuries. Both crashes remained under investigation on Sunday.



Armed man, officers involved in fatal NC shooting identified
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Two police officers serving in North Carolina’s largest city have been placed on administrative leave while the circumstances of a fatal shooting of an armed man outside a Walmart are investigated. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Saturday identified the armed man who died Friday as 23-year-old Derrell Lamar Raney. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into what happened. Police say a security guard contracted by Walmart at an east Charlotte store told officers a man pointed a firearm at him. The police chief says the officers found the subject in the parking lot and that the man also pointed a firearm at them. 



Indictment charges 24 with money laundering, tax fraud
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors say a North Carolina federal grand jury has returned a sealed, indictment charging 24 people in a scheme to defraud the federal government and four states of millions of dollars in tax revenues from cigarette sales. The acting U.S. Attorney for eastern North Carolina announced the the charges and says the defendants were arrested on Thursday. A grand jury alleges that cigarettes were bought from wholesale outlets for future shipment to Virginia, New Jersey and New York. The various charges carry fines of up to $500,000 and maximum prison sentences of 20 years. A news release says the indictments were handed down last month.



Officials: NC middle school students steal teacher’s car
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a group of students stole car keys and cash from a school teacher’s purse before crashing the vehicle they took into a tree. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office says a suspect took car keys and a purse with cash from the the tote bag of a teacher at Wiley Middle School. Winston-Salem police spotted the vehicle around 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Hours later, the sheriff’s office says a person driving the stolen Jeep Cherokee crashed into a tree. The driver fled and three juvenile passengers were taken to the hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening.



Missing teen rescued after using hand gestures for distress
LONDON, Ky. (AP) – Authorities say a missing teenage girl from North Carolina was rescued in Kentucky after a driver reported seeing her in another car using hand gestures known on social media as signals of distress. Laurel County Sheriff John Root says the 16-year-old was a passenger in a Toyota driven by 61-year-old James Brick. Brick was arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful imprisonment. The witness was behind the car as it traveled down Interstate 75 and called 911. Deputies stopped the Toyota when it exited the highway near London. The sheriff says they learned the girl was reported missing by her parents Tuesday. Brick was booked into the Laurel County Correctional Center.