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FTC: North Carolina consumers lost $93M from scams in ’21
WASHINGTON (AP) – A report from the Federal Trade Commission says consumers in North Carolina made more than 64,000 fraud reports that totaled slightly more than $93 million in losses in 2021. The FTC says the top category of reports received from consumers in North Carolina was identity theft, followed by imposter scams and credit bureaus. Other reports involved online shopping, and banks and lenders, The median loss was $446. Nationally, consumers reported losing more than $5.8 billion to fraud in 2021, up from $3.4 billion in 2020.



North Carolina sheriff’s deputy shot 5 times at traffic stop
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was shot five times during a traffic stop last weekend, but officials say he has been released from the hospital. The suspect who shot him is also hospitalized and warrants have been issued. The Charlotte Observer reported that a news release says Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Dijon Whyms was shot twice in the lower body and three times in the upper body during a traffic stop in the northern portion of the county just outside of Charlotte on Saturday. Whyms fired back and wounded the suspect, 23-year-old Aidan Bryant. The sheriff’s office says warrants show multiple charges against Bryant, including attempted first-degree murder.



North Carolina police make arrests in 2 cold cases
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina city said Tuesday they have arrested two men in separate cold cases from the previous decade. News outlets report Kinston police arrested a suspect in a 2013 murder case. A murder warrant was obtained in January for 32-year-old Carlos Fields for his role in the murder of James Franklin. Police said Franklin was in a parked car with two others on Nov. 5, 2013. Kinston police also announced that a second suspect has been arrested in a 2015 shooting death. Michael Fisher was arrested by police on Tuesday in Kinston and jailed without bond in the shooting death of Timothy Nobles on May 31, 2015.



N. Carolina man arrested for slicing open tent, robbery
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police have arrested a North Carolina man who they say sliced open a tent where two men were sleeping and threatened to kill them before one of the victims gave the suspect his jacket. A news release from Asheville police on Tuesday said officers responded to a campsite behind a local business on Friday morning. One of the victims said the man sliced open the tent, told them he would kill them and to give him everything they had. One of the victims gave the suspect a jacket. Officers found the suspect, who was still in the area, and arrested him.



N. Carolina man accused of providing drugs in fatal overdose
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man has been arrested in connection with the death of another man who overdosed on Fentanyl. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release on Tuesday that deputies responding to a death investigation at a location west of Statesville found the man dead in a bathroom with drug paraphernalia found at the scene. A news release says an autopsy performed on the man by the medical examiner’s office determined the man died of a Fentanyl overdose. Campbell says Kenneth Ty Parent was arrested and faces multiple charges, including felony death by distribution.



NCDOT donates concrete pipes to build artificial reefs
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The N.C. Department of Transportation has joined with the state Division of Marine Fisheries in a project to convert damaged concrete pipes into artificial reefs off the coast of Brunswick County. WECT-TV reports the pipes are too damaged for anything NCDOT would have used them for. Over a thousand tons of pipe were taken from the department’s maintenance yard in Columbus County. They were replaced after being damaged by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The Bladen County maintenance yard sent more than 100 tons of similarly damaged pipe to be used in the project last week.



Missouri candidates sign up for office without new districts
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Candidates in Missouri are signing up to run for Congress without knowing exactly who they will represent. The candidate filing period opened Tuesday without new maps in place for U.S. House districts. Missouri also lacks new districts for its state Senate. Missouri is one of several states where candidates face uncertainty as the campaign season begins. Maps also remain unfinalized in North Carolina and Ohio, where lawsuits still are pending. All states must redraw their U.S. House and state legislative maps to account for population changes noted by the 2020 census. A delay in census results due to the pandemic left states with less time to finish redistricting.



2 charged after human remains found in North Carolina
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says human remains found in January are those of a woman who has been missing since July, and two people have been charged in her death. The Charlotte Observer reports the Huntersville Police Department identified the woman as 47-year-old Alibria Kerns of Rowan County. Huntersville Police say they received a tip on Jan. 27 from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department about a potential homicide involving a missing person. Remains were later found in a residential area. Cody Camarda Graham is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and concealing a death, She is already in custody in Michigan on unrelated charges. Police have already charged Christopher John Nailor in the case.