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North Carolina man shot, killed by sheriff’s deputies
BURGAW, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says man was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies trying to serve a domestic violence protective order. News outlets report Pender County Sheriff Alan Cutler said the deputies were attempting to serve the order in the Canetuck community around 10 a.m. on Tuesday when they encountered an armed person. Cutler said a shooting ensued, but provided no additional details, only saying that no deputies were hurt. Neither the names of the shooting victim nor the deputies was released. Both deputies will be placed on leave as the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation looks into the shooting.
Closures planned for parts of I-26 in North Carolina
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – State transportation officials say three sections of Interstate 26 in North Carolina will be closed three different nights this week. The N.C. Department of Transportation says in a news release that traffic will detoured off the interstate and onto local routes with longer green lights. No sections will close before 8 p.m., and all sections of I-26 will reopen by 6 a.m. the following day. This closures stem from construction designed to widen I-26 from U.S. 64 in Henderson County to Brevard Road in Buncombe County.
House votes to hold Mark Meadows in contempt in Jan. 6 probe
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has voted to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress after he ceased to cooperate with the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. It is the first time the House has voted to hold a former member in contempt since the 1830s. The House vote sends the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, where it will be up to prosecutors to decide whether to present the case against the former Republican congressman to a grand jury for possible criminal charges.
MEDICAID-FREE LUNCH PROGRAM
Medicaid now certifies kids for free lunch in 8 more states
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added eight states to the 19 where students receiving Medicaid coverage will be automatically added to the program offering free or reduced-price school lunches. A news release Tuesday says those states are Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The department says this expands demonstration projects that have certified more than 1 million students for free means and nearly 260,000 for reduced-price meals since the 2012-2013 school year. It says the 27 states now involved represent about 75% of students nationwide.
Police: 6 shooting victims range in age from 12 to 19
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Durham police say the six young people found shot in a stolen SUV ranged in age from 12 to 19. Police say officers responding to a report of a shooting early Monday found a Hyundai Santa Fe crashed into a utility pole and six shooting victims, including 19-year-old Isaiah Carrington and a 15-year-old girl who died on the scene. Three girls, aged 17, 13 and 12, and a 13-year-old boy were taken to a hospital and police say one of them remains in critical condition. Police say a 15-year-old boy who was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting was not injured. The SUV was reported stolen Sunday.
FLU DEATH-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina health officials cite first flu-related death
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina health officials are reporting the first flu-related death of the season as the state continues to deal with COVID-19. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says in a news release on Tuesday that an adult in the western part of the state died due to complications of influenza during the second week of December. The news release says the unidentified person tested positive for influenza and negative for COVID-19. State Epidemiologist Zack Moore says with increasing flu cases and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever for people to get a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccination or booster.
ROBBERY SUSPECT KILLED
N. Carolina store clerk shoots, kills suspect during robbery
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina tobacco store employee shot and killed one of three robbery suspects who entered the business. Greensboro police said in a news release Tuesday that three males entered the store on the city’s north side at around 7:45 p.m. on Monday. The men, armed with a handgun, took some cash at gunpoint and fled the area. According to the news release, it was during the robbery that the store clerk fired a gun at one of the suspects and killed him. The suspect was identified as 17-year-old Gabriel Malachi Kalu of Greensboro.
SUSPECT CHASE-MAN ARRESTED
N. Carolina man accused of shooting into home, leading chase
EDEN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man wanted on multiple charges was arrested after allegedly shooting into his mother’s home and leading deputies on a chase. News outlets reported the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded early Monday to a domestic situation involving a mother and son at a home in Eden. The sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Frank Otis Burroughs III of Eden refused to stop for deputies and led them on a chase which ended when Eden police deployed devices that deflated Burroughs’ tires. He was already facing multiple warrants and more charges have been added.