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Swimmer drowns at popular waterfall in North Carolina
LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A 53-year-old man has died after drowning at a popular waterfall in western North Carolina. The Linville Volunteer Fire Department said it received a call late Friday morning about a missing swimmer at Elk River Falls. WJHL-TV reported that the victim was 53-year-old Philip D. Williams. Elk River Falls, in the Pisgah National Forest, has been the scene of multiple drownings in recent years. During the rescue and recovery efforts Friday, a diver with the fire department suffered a medical emergency and was taken by helicopter to the hospital. The diver is expected to make a full recovery.



N. Carolina man charged with murder in deaths of mother, son
HOPE MILLS, N.C. (AP) – A 68-year-old man has been charged with murder in the deaths in a mother and son from North Carolina who were found dead in the grass behind their apartment building. Police in Hope Mills, just south of Fayetteville, announced Saturday that Rodney William McCrary has been charged with two counts each first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police say he lived in the same apartment building as 48-year-old Julie Camacho Smith and her 25-year-old son, Desmond Miles Brewington. They were found dead Wednesday morning. McCrary was being held without bond. Hope Mills Police Chief Stephen Dollinger told The Fayetteville Observer that a motive was not immediately known.



Police charge North Carolina school bus driver with DWI
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina school bus driver is charged with driving while impaired after an accident in which a construction worker was hit. News outlets report Raleigh police responded to a report late Friday morning of an accident west of downtown. There were no children on the bus, but police said the bus hit a construction worker, who suffered injuries to his legs. Officers charged the bus driver with operating a school bus after consuming alcohol and impaired driving in a commercial vehicle. The driver has been removed from driving duties for the Wake County Public School System and is suspended pending an investigation.



NC groups, voters urge justices to avoid redistricting case
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina advocacy groups and voters have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid hearing arguments on the role of state courts in reviewing congressional redistricting maps created by state legislatures. Their attorneys and those representing North Carolina government filed legal briefs Friday in a case involving the U.S. House map that was just used in the state for primary elections this week. The Supreme Court in March refused to block the map’s use this year, but some justices signaled they were interested in formally discussing the broader questions of a clause in the Constitution. Republican legislative leaders already petitioned the court to take the case.



NC jobless rate falls to 3.4%, dropping toward 1990s levels
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s unemployment rate for April fell further below pre-pandemic levels and could be the lowest since the late 1990s. The state Commerce Department announced Friday that April’s rate is 3.4% compared to 3.5% in March. Department historical data shows it’s the lowest since the jobless rate reached 3.3% in June 1999. Current rates are subject to future alterations. A General Assembly staff economist wrote last week that state employment had returned to pre-pandemic levels last summer and had exceeded them. The Commerce Department reported 30,260 more people were employed in April compared to March, while the number of unemployed fell by over 3,900.



SEC accuses North Carolina man of operating Ponzi scheme
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal authorities have accused a North Carolina man of operating a $7 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 75 investors and using the money he gained to make mortgage payments and pay for private schools for his children. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a news release that it filed an emergency action Thursday in U.S. District Court. The complaint charges Wynn Charlebois of Charlotte and his company, WC Private, with violating antifraud provisions. According to the SEC’s complaint, Charlebois defrauded the investors since 2019 using multiple bogus investment opportunities. Most of the victims live in the Charlotte area.



North Carolina police officer saves autistic child in creek
SYLVA, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police officer is being hailed for saving a 4-year-old autistic boy who authorities say was “up to his shoulders” in a fast-moving creek. The Sylva Police Department says on its Facebook page that the child’s parents called this week to say their son had wandered away from home. Officer Jacob Waldroup, who was not on duty, joined the search for the lost child. Police say Waldroup went to an area where a citizen heard crying and found the boy in the moving water. Police say the officer jumped into the creek and brought the boy to safety.



Man found guilty in business email compromise scheme
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A federal prosecutor in North Carolina says a jury has convicted a Florida man in connection with a business email compromise scheme that defrauded law firms and other companies of more than $1 million. U.S. Attorney Dena J. King says Pierre Yvelt Almonor of Miami Gardens, Florida, was convicted of multiple charges. According to trial evidence, witness testimony and documents filed with the court, from August 2014 through November 2017, Almonor arranged to have nearly $395,000 in real estate closing proceeds stolen through a business email compromise scheme.