Latest North Carolina News:
Parts of Southeast await a blast of snow, ice, freezing rain
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Several schools have canceled classes in coastal areas of the Carolinas and Virginia and authorities are urging drivers to stay off potentially icy roads amid the latest round of winter storms. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia each declared states of emergency ahead of the storms forecast to sweep the region into Saturday. The National Weather Service says the latest winter blast could ice over a large swath of eastern North Carolina and the northeastern corner of South Carolina, while dumping snow around Norfolk, Virginia.
HOSPITAL WORKERS ASSAULTED
Police: Man tried to kill 2 North Carolina hospital workers
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man choked a hospital worker unconscious and tried to snap another employee’s neck during a rampage inside a North Carolina emergency room earlier this week. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Rothwell Jacob Simmons has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of assault by strangulation. Simmons was arrested at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after Tuesday’s attack. Officials have not said what prompted the incident or released details about the victims’ injuries. According to WECT-TV, Simmons appeared in court on Wednesday and said, “I don’t know what the hell got into me.”
Police: 3rd man charged in Black Friday mall shooting
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police have charged a third man 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 fled. The Herald-Sun reports that Durham police announced Wednesday that Lamonttae Taylor has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Police identified Taylor as the second suspect in an attempted robbery that preceded the shooting. Attorney Alex Charns says Taylor will plead not guilty.
MANUFACTURING PLANT CLOSING
North Carolina manufacturer to close, puts 475 out of work
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina manufacturing plant which makes small engines for windshield wipers, electric windows and other car parts says it is shutting down, putting nearly 500 people out of a job. News outlets report DENSO Manufacturing told local economic development officials on Tuesday that layoffs at the Greenville plant will take place later this year and that the company will close its doors by January 2023, news outlets reported. The move will affect 475 workers, who were informed on Tuesday of the impending shutdown. The company said in a statement that the closure was part of an effort to optimize its North American manufacturing operations.
CAR CRASH-MOTHER KILLED
North Carolina mother dies after being thrown from car
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a woman was killed Wednesday night in a rollover wreck after she was thrown from a car in which her two children were passengers. The News & Record of Greensboro reports that the patrol says 30-year-old Christina Marie Durham of Greensboro was killed when her car ran off a local street, hit a ditch and overturned. The patrol says Durham was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the car and died at the scene. The children, who were wearing seatbelts, were treated and released at a local hospital.
MARINES KILLED-VEHICLE CRASH
2 Marines dead, 17 hurt in truck rollover near Camp Lejeune
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say two U.S. Marines were killed and 17 others injured when the 7-ton truck they were riding in overturned near their North Carolina base. The State Highway Patrol said the truck was making a right turn onto a highway Wednesday afternoon when it lost control and overturned. A highway patrol spokesman, Lt. Devin Rich, said indications were that the truck was traveling too fast for the turn. The patrol says 17 Marines aboard the truck were ejected. It said a second vehicle trailing the truck hit one of those passengers. The accident occurred a few miles away from Camp Lejeune.
WINTER WEATHER-EMERGENCY DECLARATION
North Carolina governor declares emergency ahead of new snow
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a state of emergency on Wednesday, the second one in as many weeks, in advance of another forecast of winter weather that will cover the snow and sleet that fell last week. While the most significant precipitation fell on central and western counties, the governor’s office cites forecasts that call for several inches of snow from the Research Triangle area and to the northeast toward the coast. Up to a half-inch of ice is expected in southeastern counties, raising the possibility of power outages due to accumulation on power lines.
In divided votes, NC legislature OK’s another primary delay
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly has agreed to delay the state’s already postponed primaries for U.S. Senate, House, the legislature and other positions by another three weeks. But the odds for the delay becoming law appear long after no Democrats voted for the legislation on Wednesday. And Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says lawmakers should leave the decision to the state Supreme Court while it reviews new redistricting maps. The state’s highest court already delayed the March primary to May 17 to let redistricting lawsuits be heard. Republicans say they want the primary postponed again to June 7 to reduce confusion whenever the court rules.