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CAR INTO RESTAURANT-DEATHS
Pastor: Depression preceded fatal crash into restaurant
BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) – A pastor says a North Carolina man accused of crashing a car into a restaurant table full of loved ones had suffered for weeks with depression and previously asked his family to take his guns away.
Roger Self faces two counts of first-degree murder after authorities say he got into the sport utility vehicle during a family meal and drove at high speed into the restaurant Sunday. The crash killed his daughter and daughter-in-law and critically injured two other relatives seated at the table near a window.
The Rev. Austin Rammell of Venture Church in Dallas, North Carolina, says Self opened up about his problems about 10 weeks ago, when he asked his son to take his guns away.
Self asked for a court-appointed attorney at a brief hearing Monday.
POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN-NORTH CAROLINA
13 protesters arrested at N Carolina Legislative Building
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More than a dozen people have been arrested at North Carolina’s Legislative Building while demonstrating against Republican policies in the state and the nation and supporting a long list of liberal-leaning demands.
Authorities led away seven protesters in front of Senate leader Phil Berger’s office door Monday afternoon and six at House Speaker Tim Moore’s door. Police Chief Martin Brock says they’re being charged with second-degree trespassing.
More than 100 demonstrators backing the national Poor People’s Campaign had entered the building. Brock says those arrested refused to leave after complaints that their chants and singing caused disruptions.
It marked the second consecutive Monday of campaign protests scheduled for state capitals and in Washington. Nearly 50 protesters were cited by police last Monday for blocking traffic in front of the building.
N Carolina restaurant owner ‘Mama Dip’ dies at age 89
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina restaurant owner known for her generosity and her fried chicken has died at the age of 89.
The family of Mildred Council says the woman better known as Mama Dip died Sunday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Daughter Spring Council said Monday that her mother no longer worked at Mama Dip’s Kitchen because of health problems.
Council was the granddaughter of a slave. She opened the restaurant in Chapel Hill in 1976 with $40 to purchase food and $24 for change. She moved to a larger space in 1999.
Council stood 6-foot-2 (188 centimeters) and got the nickname of “Dip” when she was young because her arms were long enough to dip water from barrels.
Spring Council says she’ll remember her mother for her cooking and her willingness to help others.
Autopsies describe fatal prison attack NC hasn’t detailed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Medical examiner reports show that inmates who last fall unleashed the bloodiest prison escape attempt in North Carolina history used hammers to crush skulls and scissors to spear flesh when they killed four employees.
The newly released reports offer new details about October’s failed uprising at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.
Medical examiners say four inmates now charged with first-degree murder used a claw hammer, ball-peen hammer and half a pair of scissors to kill the victims. The only officer guarding the prison sewing plant where the violence started was stabbed 67 times.
Prison officials could not say Monday whether an internal investigation into the fatal incident will be released. Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks has said he expected to withhold details about how the attacks unfolded and why.
Agency says more ABC stores profitable following reforms
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The legislature’s watchdog agency says more Alcoholic Beverage Control stores have become profitable and efficient since the General Assembly approved reforms eight years ago.
The Program Evaluation Division released its report Monday looking at results from a 2010 law giving the state ABC board the ability to force local boards to meet performance standards or face the closure of their poorly-run liquor stores.
The authors say local board profit margins have increased on average and more local boards meet expense standards.
But the study finds a law raising the population threshold for a town to vote for an ABC store hasn’t eliminated inefficiencies because those new stores take away sales from nearby stores.
Local boards run over 400 stores that helped distribute $400 million to governments last year.
Miss Nebraska winner of Miss USA competition
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) – Miss Nebraska has been crowned Miss USA.
Sarah Rose Summers bested 50 other women from all the states and the District of Columbia to win Monday evening’s final competition. A 23-year-old contestant from Omaha, Summers graduated from Texas Christian University with two degrees and is working on becoming a certified child life specialist.
At the start of the two-hour broadcast, the field was immediately narrowed down to 15 contestants according to how they performed during preliminary rounds held in the days before Monday’s broadcast. Then the field was narrowed down during the evening gown, swimsuit and interview portions of the competition.
Summers takes over from Kara McCullough, who won the competition last year when it was held in Las Vegas.
She will go on to represent the U.S. in the Miss Universe competition.
Teacher, ex-mayor Cochran running for lieutenant governor
(Information from: Mount Airy News, http://www.mtairynews.com)
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) – The former mayor of a North Carolina town says she’s running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2020.
Deborah Cochran is a Winston-Salem high school teacher who was mayor of Mount Airy for more than five years until 2015. Cochran told The Mount Airy News that co-workers encouraged her to run. She says economic development, job creation and mental health and substance abuse prevention would be on her agenda if elected.
Cochran also was a Mount Airy radio personality for 35 years and aerobics instructor at the region’s community college.
The state Constitution prevents current second-term GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Forest from running again. Forest is expected to run for governor.
Cochran says she’ll set up campaign paperwork over the next week or so.
CHURCH VAN WRECK
At least 2 dead in church van wreck in North Carolina
ROLESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – At least two people have died and 11 others were hurt in a wreck involving a church van in North Carolina.
The wreck was reported about 5:30 p.m. Sunday near Rolesville, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of Raleigh.
The Highway Patrol says a van from First Missionary Baptist Church of Smithfield hit a deer and lost control. Investigators said the van sideswiped a van before colliding head-on with a sports utility vehicle.
The driver of the SUV, 62-year-old Deborah Powell of Roxboro, died at the scene.
A passenger in the church van, 84-year-old William Henderson Clayton also died at the scene.
Five passengers from the church van were taken to WakeMed, and six others were taken to the Duke University Medical Center.
No word yet on possible charges.