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OFFICER HURT-HIJACKING SUSPECT
Officer hurt while chasing suspect released from hospital
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (AP) – A Mount Olive police officer who was hurt when she crashed her vehicle while chasing a hijacking suspect has been released from the hospital. Police Chief Jason Hughes said officers were called to the Walmart in Mount Olive on Saturday to deal with a suspicious person. Police said when they arrived, Edward Carter Batts jumped into one of the police vehicles and drove away. Officer Angel Yeoman pursued Batts, but lost control of the car she was driving. Police said Batts continued to flee, but was apprehended a short distance away. Yeoman was released from the hospital on Sunday. Batts is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and other charges. He’s being held under a $40,000 secured bond.
Already delayed, N. Carolina primary could now move to June
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican legislators want to delay the date for this year’s primary, which has already been pushed back two months by the state Supreme Court. GOP leaders on Monday announced plans for the General Assembly to vote Wednesday on a bill that would push the May 17 primary to June 7. They say they are worried about the timing to redraw legislative or congressional districts should the Supreme Court soon strike down lines. The primary was supposed to be March 8, but the state’s highest court delayed it so redistricting litigation could be heard. The legislation could also eliminate primary runoffs this year.
BC-NC-WINTER STORM-CAMPER RESCUED
Hiker rescued in western N.C. mountains during snowstorm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A man who planned to hike and camp along a trail in the mountains of western North Carolina had to be rescued Sunday after he became stranded during a storm that pummeled the area with snow and sleet. The man was rescued on the popular Art Loeb Trail near the Shining Rock Wilderness area. The News & Observer reports that a team of six rescuers found the hiker mostly uninjured a few hours after the call came through. Haywood County Search & Rescue said the man realized as weather conditions deteriorated that it might be more than he was prepared to handle. Temperatures lingered just above freezing with a wind chill of 27 degrees when rescuers received a call about the stranded hiker at 10:15 a.m.
DORM ROOF COLLAPSE
Heavy snow causes partial roof collapse at Brevard College
BREVARD, N.C. (AP) – Heavy snow during a winter storm Sunday caused part of a roof to collapse on a dorm at Brevard College. Authorities said all 50 students inside got out safely. Emergency crews responded to Jones Hall just after 3 p.m. Sunday. Melody Ferguson, a sophomore at the college, told WLOS-TV that she saw the roof collapse as she was walking past the dorm. She said as soon as the roof collapsed, someone pulled the fire alarm to alert authorities. Brevard Fire Captain Adam Hughey said that quick thinking with the fire alarm made all the difference. He said everyone got out and was accounted for. No injuries were reported.
Snow, ice blast through South with powerful winter storm
ATLANTA (AP) – A dangerous winter storm combining high winds and ice is blasting through parts of the U.S. Southeast. The storm knocked out power Sunday to tens of thousands of customers, felled trees and coated roads with treacherous ice. Highway patrols reported hundreds of vehicle accidents. In Florida, a tornado ripped through a trailer park. Three minor injuries were reported. Significant icing caused problems in North Carolina, while Virginia State Police said traffic stood still for hours on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County due to an accident. The storm system could cause hazardous driving conditions across the eastern U.S. into Monday, as it turns toward the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.
North Carolina man wanted for December murder captured
TARBORO, N.C. (AP) – A man wanted for a murder in North Carolina has been taken into custody. WITN-TV reported that the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Orlando McNair on Thursday, three weeks after the crime. Deputies said McNair was wanted for a murder at a Pinetops home on Dec. 25. According to the sheriff’s office, he shot and killed a man and then abducted three children from the home. All three children were found safe the next day. McNair was taken into custody at a home in Conetoe. A woman who lived at the house, Brandan Jenkins, was also arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive from justice.
North Carolina man accused in girlfriend’s death
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man who told police his girlfriend killed herself is charged in her shooting death. News outlets report that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said that on Nov. 10, 61-year-old Michael Anthony McBride of Kernersville called 911 and said that his girlfriend, 52-year-old Tammy Denise Jester, shot herself in the head. Jester died at a local hospital. After examining on-scene evidence and receiving the medical examiner’s report, investigators determined that Jester did not shoot herself. McBride is jailed without bond on a first-degree murder charge.
CHILD SEX CHARGES
North Carolina man accused of multiple sex offenses
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a man has been charged with multiple sex offenses after he was accused of having sex with a girl younger than 13. News outlets report that Thomasville police said 49-year-old Jeffrey Phillip Lackey of Thomasville is charged with statutory rape, statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child. Detectives said they began their investigation Dec. 1. According to police, the juvenile victim disclosed years of sexual abuse during a forensic interview. Investigators executed a search warrant Friday at Lackey’s home. No further details were available.