North Carolina News
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal investigators say a man who jumped to his death from a small airplane in North Carolina appeared to be upset over damaging the landing gear during a failed runaway approach. The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash Tuesday. The plane’s pilot in command told federal investigators that his copilot “became visibly upset about the hard landing” after they diverted to another airport. The report said the copilot lowered the ramp in the back of the airplane. He then “removed his headset, apologized and departed the airplane via the aft ramp door.” The incident occurred July 29 about 30 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Charles Hew Crooks did not have a parachute.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After receiving more than a dozen reports of conduct violations by party-appointed poll watchers during the May primaries in North Carolina, the state elections board has voted to tighten regulations for precinct observers to prevent partisan interference in the November general election. The board unanimously voted Tuesday to approve temporary rules for the upcoming election that more clearly outline the code of conduct for partisan observers and precinct officials. Poll watching grew in prominence in the 2020 election cycle due to former President Donald Trump’s unfounded allegations of voter fraud, motiving his supporters to scrutinize local elections proceedings.