RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina district attorney says she won’t press charges against Raleigh police officers who killed a knife-wielding man after a wreck on Interstate 440. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman decided their fatal shooting was justifiable. The decision frustrates the man’s widow and activists who want officers to get more training to de-escalate such cases. Daniel Turcios was shot on January 11 after wrecking the family car. He then refused to follow police commands as Spanish-speaking bystanders tried to calm him down. His widow, Rosa Jerez, said police didn’t give her a chance to prevent the shooting.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Agreements reached between North Carolina’s education board and two nonprofit bodies that already run high school athletic competitions in the state will take effect next month. The initial memorandums of understanding with the State Board of Education are in keeping with a 2021 state law that sought more rigorous government supervision of interscholastic sports among public schools. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has been the dominant governing body for decades. But a smaller group with public charter schools and private school also entered into an agreement. General Assembly members asked board leaders about the agreements at a Thursday legislative hearing.
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Officials say fire has destroyed a historic Black church in North Carolina that dates back to the 19th century. News outlets report the fire started just before midnight Thursday at Second Creek Methodist Church in Salisbury. When firefighters arrived, nearly three quarters of the wooden building was already on fire. Investigators say someone walking their dog spotted the fire. Rowan County Fire Marshal Deborah Horne says investigators have gone house to house and conducted interviews and surveyed the area. Horne says investigators were expected to survey the damage on Thursday.
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a North Carolina man has died after he was brought out of the surf at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The victim, whose name wasn’t released, was identified only as a 66-year-old from Buxton. The park service says in a news release that the incident occurred on Wednesday on an oceanside beach across from Sandy Bay on Hatteras Island. According to the park service, the man collapsed on the beach after being rescued from the ocean by bystanders, who immediately began CPR. Emergency personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts, but the man died.