Latest North Carolina News:
Judge could issue extraordinary NC school spending order
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge has scheduled a hearing this week that could conclude with him taking the extraordinary step of ordering $1.7 billion be spent on addressing inequities in public education. Superior Court Judge David Lee could direct the state government Wednesday to move the money to agencies that would carry out two years of a remedial spending plan he endorsed. Republicans controlling the legislature said he can’t do that because only lawmakers can appropriate taxpayer dollars. But Democratic legislators and some lawyers say lawmakers have ignored their constitutional obligation, and Lee has suggested he can act when lawmakers have failed to do so.
JAIL OFFICER ASSAULTED
Another assault on jail officer in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – For the second time in two weeks, a Mecklenburg County jail officer was taken to the hospital after being assaulted. The Charlotte Observer reports the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office says a jail officer saw several inmates playing cards during a housing unit tour and told them to stop and return to their cells. According to the sheriff’s office, one inmate threatened the officer, prompting four other inmates to surround the officer. The sheriff’s office says another inmate threatened the officer, who hit an inmate and sparked a fight. Last week, the sheriff’s office says three jail officers were assaulted by an inmate.
BODY WASHES ASHORE
Officials: Man’s body washes ashore on North Carolina coast
HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. (AP) – The National Park Service says a man’s body has washed ashore on a North Carolina beach. A news release says that the body of 65-year-old Gregory L. Miller of Durham washed up on the north end of South Core Banks on Monday morning. Authorities have not said how Miller died, but noted that he was staying at the Great Island Cabin Camp, which is operated by the park service on Cape Lookout National Seashore. National Park Service rangers and the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office have begun an investigation.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY-DEATHS
Two people killed after car crash on Blue Ridge Parkway
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have begun an investigation after two people were killed in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Monday. News outlets report the park service says dispatchers received a report around 8 a.m. of a vehicle off the road near Milepost 386. Park service rangers, along with Buncombe County rescue personnel, responded to the scene to find two people dead inside the car. A preliminary investigation shows the car was heading south in a curve when it left the road and hit two trees. The investigation will determine if there are any other contributing factors.
SHOOTING DEATH-BODY FOUND
North Carolina man shot to death, body found in trunk
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says the body of a man whose family reported him missing was found in the trunk of a vehicle. Durham police say in a news release that the body of 35-year-old Joshua Lamont Johnson of Durham was found around 5:30 p.m. on Monday in a parked vehicle. The news release says Johnson had been shot multiple times, and they believe the shooting occurred elsewhere. Police say Johnson’s family had reported him missing earlier in the day. Investigators say the shooting doesn’t appear to be random, but there have been no arrests so far.
FATAL SHOOTING-GAS STATION
N. Carolina man shot killed after driving to gas station
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says an unidentified man who was shot to death managed to drive to a nearby gas station for help before he died. A news release from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police says investigators say the shooting occurred on a street on the northern border of the Sugar Creek Community Park on the northeast side of the city. Police say the victim was found around 11:20 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of a gas station on Sugar Creek Road, and a person who saw the man called 911. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
SICK STUDENTS-MIDDLE SCHOOL
More than 40 students get sick at North Carolina school
YADKINVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials in a North Carolina school district are trying to determine what caused more than 40 students to get sick. News outlets report the sixth-grade students at Starmount Middle School complained of various symptoms on Monday, including headache and nausea. Yadkin County Schools’ Superintendent Todd Martin says emergency services and firefighters along with school nurses evaluated and took care of the students. Martin says most of the students were feeling better before the school day ended. Wayne Duggins, associate superintendent for Yadkin County Schools, says that while officials had considered food poisoning or other potential causes, they hadn’t found the exact cause as of Tuesday.
STREET PERFORMER ATTACKED
Police: Street performer attacked, robbed in North Carolina
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say three people threw a street performer to the ground and stole his tip jar áin downtown Asheville, a popular tourist destination in western North Carolina. The Asheville Police Department says it’s looking for the robbers who attacked the busker on Sunday afternoon. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. WLOS-TV reports that the incident happened downtown near the Asheville Museum of Science. A member of the Board of Asheville Buskers Collective told the station that he and other buskers have also been assaulted this year. Lt. Russell Crisp says the police department does as much patrolling in the city’s downtown area as possible.