Latest North Carolina News:
Police charge 2 in Black Friday mall shooting
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police have charged two men in a Black Friday shooting at a North Carolina mall. Police have said the Streets at Southpoint in Durham was packed when two men approached a jewelry vendor and one tried to rob him. The vendor and would-be robber fired at each other, wounding three people. Three others were injured as shoppers rushed for exits. The Herald-Sun reports that Durham police announced Wednesday that Romeo Pride, who was shot and seriously injured, was arrested after being released from the hospital. He’s charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and weapons offenses. Police say Jaquaay Walton, who was charged last month with carrying a concealed gun, turned himself in and was released on bond.
Woman wielding shotgun killed by North Carolina deputies
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a woman wielding a shotgun was killed by deputies after she aimed the weapon at them and wouldn’t put it down. News outlets report the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to a location in the town of Bahama around 3:30 p.m. When the deputies arrived, they saw a woman armed with a shotgun. Deputies say the unidentified woman aimed the shotgun at deputies multiple times while they tried to get her to put it down. Details of how the woman was shot, or how many deputies were involved were not available on Tuesday evening.
North Carolina deputy disciplined over handling teen on bus
LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says one of its deputies has been suspended without pay and demoted after a confrontation with a teenager on a school bus in November. WPDE reports Scotland County Chief Deputy Travis Harper says deputy Sheronica Smith has been removed from her position as a school resource officer. Harper says Smith also has been demoted from sergeant to road deputy, suspended seven days without pay and will have to go through mandatory de-escalation training. Harper says Smith was responding to a 14-year-old girl and her brother who didn’t want to sit in their assigned school bus seats.
OBIT-BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL CHAIR
Widow of National Black Theater Festival founder dies
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, the widow of the founder of the National Black Theatre Festival, has died. She was 76. A news release from the North Carolina Black Repertory Company said Hamlin died on Monday. The family declined to give the cause of death. Sprinkle-Hamlin led the company as both its board chairman and executive producer of the National Black Theatre Festival. She stepped into the leadership position following the death of her husband, Larry Leon Hamlin, who founded the company and produced its first festival in 1989. Hamlin died in 2007. Funeral arrangement haven’t been completed.
FAKE INSURANCE CLAIM
2 charged with making fake injury claim on traffic accident
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The N.C. Department of Insurance says two people have been accused of trying to tell investigators that one of them was hurt in a traffic accident which was later found to be a false claim. The department says in a news release that 31-year-old Timira Chiquita Glaspy, and 33-year-old Dandre Lamar Morrison, were both charged with felony insurance fraud and misdemeanor making false statements on applications for insurance. The department accused Morrison and Glaspy of telling insurance claim investigators with a Winston-Salem-based company that Glaspy was injured in a collision while driving last May. Criminal summonses say Glaspy was not in her vehicle at the time and couldn’t have been injured.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Cooper urges boosters, plans NC worker mandate extension
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper says North Carolina will keep its “foot on the gas” when it comes to getting more vaccines and boosters administered to combat COVID-19 and its recent extremely contagious omicron variant. The latest state health data shows the number of patients with COVID-19 in North Carolina’s hospitals exceeded 3,000 on Monday. That’s a more than 50% increase compared to a week earlier. Cooper said on Tuesday that later this week he would extend an executive order that requires state employees in Cabinet agencies to be fully vaccinated or tested regularly. Cooper says a booster shot could soon be included in the definition of fully vaccinated.
OUTER BANKS-HIGHWAY CLOSED
Flooding closes part of road on North Carolina’s Outer Banks
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – A portion of the only highway along North Carolina’s Outer Banks is closed because of ocean overwash. WITN reports the N.C. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that N.C. Highway 12 between the Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe is closed until further notice. The stretch covers 13 miles. The department says work crews will begin clearing the road as soon as conditions allow. Monday’s severe weather caused flooding and power outages along the coast. Gov. Roy Cooper said the weather contributed to almost 200,000 utility customers being without power on Monday morning.
ROAD RAGE-SHOOTING DEATH
North Carolina man charged in fatal road rage shooting
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina man has been charged in the shooting death of a motorcyclist in what investigators say was a road rage incident. The Fayetteville Police Department said in a news release that 51-year-old Roger Dale Nobles was arrested at his home Monday and charged with first-degree murder. He’s being held in the Cumberland County jail without bond. Police identified the victim as 32-year-old Stephen Addison. WRAL reported that the arrest warrant says Nobles and his son got into a conflict with Addison at an intersection. The son got out of the truck to confront Addison and the elder Nobles fired a gun from the driver’s seat.