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JC Penney’s CEO Ellison departs for Lowe’s, shares plunge
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – J.C. Penney’s CEO is leaving the company to become the top executive at Lowe’s.
The announced departure of Marvin Ellison on Tuesday sent shares of the besieged department store tumbling more than 12 percent to what may become an all-time low.
Shares of Lowe’s Cos., which has struggled to keep pace with rival Home Depot, are up more than 4 percent. Ellison spent 12 years at Home Depot Inc. before he joined J.C. Penney.
Ellison on July 2 will succeed Robert Niblock, who had previously announced plans to retire.
Ellison has been with J.C. Penney Co. for several years, but sales continue to slide. Last week, it cut its outlook for the year.



North Carolina trooper killed in wreck during car chase
ELKIN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina’s Highway Patrol trooper has died in a wreck as he chased a car that fled a traffic checkpoint.
Authorities say 24-year-old Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard died Monday in a wreck on Interstate 77 in Yadkin County.
The chase began when a car refused to stop for Bullard and Trooper P.E. Ellis, who were conducting a driver license checkpoint.
The troopers pursued the car but Ellis soon realized he couldn’t see Bullard behind him. When Ellis couldn’t reach Bullard, he stopped pursuit and turned around.
Ellis found Bullard’s vehicle, which had been involved in a collision. Bullard died at the scene.
He had worked with the patrol for three years.



North Carolina judge awards $4.7 million in shooting death
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – The family of a man shot to death outside a strip club in North Carolina has been awarded nearly $5 million from the operators of the club.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported a judge granted a default judgment Monday against John D. Boyd and his company, Salisbury Ridge Ventures, Inc.
The newspaper reported Salisbury Ridge Ventures operated Paper Moon, where 41-year-old Eric Jermaine Pegues was shot and killed May 25, 2016.
Pegues’ wife sued Boyd and Salisbury Ridge, saying the club failed to provide adequate security.
Forty-two-year-old Sierras Deshan Cobb of Winston-Salem faces a first-degree murder charge in Pegues’ death, with trial tentatively scheduled next year.
Judge Patrice Hinnant granted the default judgment after Boyd and Salisbury Ridge Ventures did not respond to the lawsuit within a specified time.


Heavy rains bring flooding to North Carolina’s capital
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rains and flooding problems to North Carolina’s capital city.
Heavy rain led to flooding of streets and swollen creeks across Raleigh on Monday.
No injuries have been reported.
The National Weather Service had warned that up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain was possible in just two hours. Two inches (5 centimeters) of rain had already fallen in the area before Monday’s storms arrived.
Authorities said a sink hole that was about 25 feet (7.6 meters) deep opened in one street. Some residents in the area lost water service because of the sinkhole.
Parts of Interstate 440 were closed for a time.
Emergency crews performed water rescues near a mall.



15-year-old charged In North Carolina shooting death
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – A 15-year-old male has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a North Carolina man last week.
Police in High Point have charged the teen in the shooting death of 50-year-old Gene Aikens on May 16.
Police say the teen was a willing participant as 21-year-old Zachary Christopher Aikens of High Point killed his father. The younger man is charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer during a shootout the same day his father was killed.
Police returned fire and wounded Zachary Aikens, who remains in a Winston-Salem hospital.
The teen’s name has not been released because of his age.



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.



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.