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AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world
An Associated Press investigation has found that the U.S. military has a missing explosives problem. Hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives have vanished over the past decade, as have hundreds – and possibly thousands – of armor-piercing grenades. These were not rusty war trophies cast out of grandpa’s attic. They came from military bases and shipment


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson says she won’t seek reelection next year. She’s the second-longest-serving justice currently on the court. In her announcement Wednesday, Hudson cited mandatory age limits that would significantly curtail her service if she won reelection to an eight-year term. State law requires justices to retire at 72. Hudson turns 70 in February. Her decision was announced days before candidate filing begins. Two of the court’s seven seats will be up for election in 2022. Justice Sam Ervin IV already said he’s running again. Hudson and Ervin are both registered Democrats, who currently hold a 4-3 seat advantage over Republicans.



NC state legislators Davis, Edwards begin US House bids
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More current North Carolina state legislators have thrown their hat into the ring to run for Congress next year. Democratic state Sen. Don Davis of Pitt County on Wednesday kicked off his campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat. And three-term Republican Sen. Chuck Edwards of Henderson County began his campaign for the 14th Congressional District seat on Tuesday. Current state Rep. James Gailliard and former state Sen. Erica Smith have already started their bids for the 2nd District Democratic nomination. The 14th District seat became interesting to some potential candidates when incumbent GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn decided to run in the 13th District next year.



NC inmate safety, juvenile justice changes begin Wednesday
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – All or portions of over two dozen laws the North Carolina General Assembly approved this year took effect as the calendar changed to December. Measures starting Wednesday are designed to protect expectant mothers behind bars in part by prohibiting their shackling. They also raise the minimum age for prosecuting children in juvenile courts from 6 to 8 years old. All law enforcement officers are now required to report a fellow officer’s apparent excessive force to a superior. The legal process by which a family can review police body camera footage has been altered. And there are tougher rules on stealing catalytic converters and police equipment.



Jury awards man $6M after finding police fabricated evidence
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A federal jury on Wednesday awarded a North Carolina man $6 million after finding a detective made up evidence and performed an inadequate investigation that led to convictions that sent him to prison for more than 20 years. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the jury in Winston-Salem found former Durham police detective Darryl Dowdy fabricated evidence in the case and trial that resulted in Darryl Howard being convicted in 1995 of killing a woman and her daughter in 1991. Dowdy denies the accusations, but his attorney says they will accept the decision.



North Carolina man charged after girlfriend’s body found
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a man whose girlfriend was missing for a week has been charged in her death. The Charlotte Observer reports 21-year-old Denee Rawls left her home in north Charlotte on Nov. 22 and did not return. Police say two days later, her family reported her missing. On Monday, police found Rawls’ body on a street in east Charlotte. Homicide detectives identified her boyfriend, 21-year-old Nicholas Davis, as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest. Police found Davis and arrested him on Tuesday morning. Police data shows Rawls is the city’s 90th homicide victim in 2021.



Fugitive sex offender sentenced for not registering
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a New Jersey man who was a fugitive for nearly two years and who was captured in North Carolina has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for failure to register as a sex offender. Court documents say 49-year-old Gregory Dennis Dayton pleaded guilty to charges in August. In 1998, Dayton was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey. He was required to register as a sex offender, but after he last registered in New Jersey in September 2018, he fled the area, leading to an arrest warrant being issued in May 2019.



4 juveniles in custody for stealing car, hitting patrol cars
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say four juveniles were taken into custody Wednesday after they hit two police vehicles with a stolen car and led officers on a chase, Winston-Salem police say in a news release that just after midnight, officers tried to stop a 2003 Toyota Corolla which had been reported stolen about four hours earlier. While stopped at the intersection on the city’s north side, the driver shifted the car into reverse gear and intentionally rammed a police vehicle before fleeing. The juveniles rammed a second police car before crashing the stolen car into a pole. They were captured after trying to run away.



s. Troops falsified records to cover up some thefts, and in other cases didn’t report explosives as missing. The consequences can be deadly. In August, an artillery shell exploded at a Mississippi recycling yard, killing a worker. The Pentagon says it is serious about explosives accountability and that the amounts are minuscule compared to overall arsenals.



NC Supreme Court’s No. 2 justice won’t seek reelection