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NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL SHOOTING
1 person wounded in shooting at North Carolina hospital
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say a hospital was temporarily placed on lockdown after a shooting that resulted in a non-life-threatening wound to the victim. Wayne County spokesman Joe Gillie said that authorities received a report of a shooting at Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro around 8 p.m. Sunday night, prompting a lockdown that lasted for about an hour. Gillie said in an email that the shooting was “domestic in nature” and that the lockdown was lifted shortly after 9 p.m. The victim had a wound that wasn’t life-threatening, Gillie said. The suspect fled the scene, and authorities are searching for the person. Gillie said authorities know the suspect’s identity.

 

 

STRIP CLUB SHOOTING
Police: At least 3 injured in Durham strip club shooting
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say at least three people were seriously injured when gunfire erupted overnight in the parking lot of a North Carolina strip club. The Durham County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday that witnesses reported a large disturbance in the establishment’s parking lot before the shots were fired. At least three people were hurt. They were taken to an area hospital by private vehicles. The sheriff’s office says investigators are processing a large number of shell casings, interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video.

 

 

TEEN DAUGHTER SLAIN
North Carolina man gets death sentence in daughter’s killing
MONROE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been sentenced to death for the 2019 murder of his teenage daughter. That’s according to the local prosecutor’s office, which issued a news release Friday. The Union County District Attorney’s Office says a jury handed the sentence down after about three hours of deliberations following the three-week trial of 35-year-old Joshua Lee Burgess. Authorities said Burgess killed his daughter in 2019. He was also convicted of sexual crimes. The prosecutor’s office called the killing especially heinous and cruel. Authorities said at the time of Burgess’s arrest that he had walked into a sheriff’s office and confessed to the killing.

 

 

HOUSE-CLOSE RACE
After deadlock, Bhakta gains vote to win NC House primary
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A western North Carolina hotelier has won a state House primary after gaining one vote in a hand recount, when previous tallies had showed him tied with his fellow Republican rival. Pratik Bhakta earned the GOP nomination Friday over Sherry Higgins after the Buncombe County Board of Elections certified the results. The county canvass had shown the two candidates in the May 17 primary each with 3,145 votes. That led to a mandatory recount that began Wednesday. The certification means Bhakta will take on Democratic candidate Lindsey Prather in November. Higgins and Bhakta would have had a July 26 runoff had the tie remained.

 

 

COCAINE IN WHEELCHAIR
Officials at airport seize cocaine stashed in wheelchair
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal authorities say a man has been arrested in North Carolina after he was stopped in the Charlotte airport with over 23 pounds of cocaine concealed in the seat cushions of a motorized wheelchair. According to a news release, U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered the traveler as he was arriving from the Dominican Republic this week. Officials said they had questions about his use of the wheelchair. They found four packages containing cocaine in the seat cushions. The news release said it had an estimated street value of $378,000.

 

 

HIGH-SPEED RAIL
$58M going to North Carolina, Virginia for high-speed rail
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina and Virginia are getting $58 million from the federal government to help build out anticipated high-speed passenger rail service between the states’ capitals. The Federal Railroad Administration announced the grant on Thursday. The money will be used to begin engineering work on a rail corridor connecting Raleigh and Petersburg, Virginia. The high-speed rail will reach north to Richmond. The two states have been planning since 1992 for such trains and are buying a rail route from CSX Corp. Gov. Roy Cooper, U.S. Rep. David Price and federal officials held a news conference in Wake Forest to highlight the funding.

 

 

HOUSE-MARTIN
NC Rep. Grier Martin to resign in July before Pentagon job
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina state Rep. Grier Martin will resign from the House next month because he’s taking a job at the Pentagon. The Wake County Democrat says he’ll soon be senior adviser to the assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs. His resignation is effective July 8. Martin is an attorney who recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve. The Afghan war veteran has served as a field artillery officer and a judge advocate. Martin had been seeking reelection this November. Now Wake County Democratic activists will have to pick someone to replace him on the ballot for the 34th House District seat.