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Franklin Graham undergoes heart surgery at Mayo Clinic
BOONE, N.C. (AP) – A spokesman for Franklin Graham says the evangelist underwent a specialized heart surgery to treat a condition which had developed in recent months. Mark Barber, a spokesman for North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse, said in a news release that Graham successfully underwent the procedure Monday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The news release said that in recent months, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham had developed constrictive pericarditis, inflammation, and hardening of the sac around the heart that compresses the heart and prevents it from working properly. The surgery involved removing the pericardium, and Graham’s doctors expect a full recovery.



Flooding closes highway on North Carolina’s Outer Banks
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A part of the highway linking North Carolina’s Outer Banks to the mainland remains closed because of ocean overwash, According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. Highway 12 is closed from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe because of a storm along the coast. A news release says ocean overwash destroyed some sand dunes protecting the highway and forced the partial closure on Sunday. NCDOT work crews were expected to push sand off areas of N.C. Highway 12 where they are able to safely do so, but the overwash that blew out the dunes at Mirlo and Pea Island continued to inundate N.C. 12.



Juveniles arrested after car chase, attempted assault
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say two juveniles are facing criminal charges after one of them tried to back a vehicle over a police officer and led others on a chase before they were captured. The Kinston Police Department says in a news release that officers checked out what was described as a suspicious vehicle, and when they tried to find out why they were there, the driver tried to back over one of the officers, who escaped injury. The juveniles were finally captured in New Bern by Craven County sheriff’s deputies.



North Carolina woman killed trying to help crash victims
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina woman was killed after she was hit by an SUV while trying to help people trapped in their car after a crash. News outlets report the Durham Police Department says in a news release that 29-year-old Jasmine Harbison was killed on a Durham street shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday. According to police, Harbison and her boyfriend had stopped to help the occupants of one vehicle who were trapped inside after it collided with another vehicle and overturned. Police said Harbison was standing beside the first vehicle when another SUV struck her. Police say she died at the scene.



TikTok rescue: Girl got help using silent distress signal
LONDON, Ky. (AP) – Law enforcement officials say a 16-year-old girl held captive by a 61-year-old man was rescued on an interstate highway in Kentucky after another driver noticed her making a silent distress signal with her hand. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says the driver is being held on charges of unlawful imprisonment and possession of material showing a sexual performance by a minor. The girl reported missing by her parents in Asheville, North Carolina. The distress signal promoted on TikTok is to raise your hand showing your palm with your thumb extended, and then tuck your thumb into your palm and lower your fingers over it, as if to trap the thumb.



N. Carolina motorist gets up to 27 years in fatal accident
BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) – A district attorney says a North Carolina man will spend up to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to hitting two people with his vehicle as they stood in a driveway in February. News outlets report the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office says in a news release that Dakota Reiswig of Brunswick County pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison. Reiswig drove across the center line on N.C. Highway 904 and hit Robert Winslow of Cary and Mint Greene of Ocean Isle Beach. Both died at the scene.



Drug network supplier from N. Carolina sentenced to prison
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A federal prosecutor says a man identified as a supplier of a drug network in western North Carolina has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina said in a news release that 34-year-old Matthew Wondra of Murphy was also ordered last week to serve five years of supervised release after he gets out of prison. Documents show that between September 2018 and August 2019, Wondra bought and distributed methamphetamine and heroin. Records show Wondra frequently traveled to Georgia to buy methamphetamine and heroin, then distributed it to dealers in western North Carolina.



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.