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Police charge North Carolina man in woman’s death at motel
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police have charged a North Carolina man with murder after a woman was found dead in a motel room.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say in a news release officers responding to a call of an overdose Saturday found 40-year-old Jameriane Laverne Ardrey unresponsive with signs of injuries.
Ardrey was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.
Police say they interviewed 41-year-old James Mangus Brewer. They said Brewer, who had a dating relationship with Ardrey, had been involved in an altercation.
After he was interviewed, Brewer was taken to the Mecklenburg County jail. Online records don’t say whether he has an attorney.



2 red wolf puppies born at North Carolina Zoo die
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two of the five red wolf puppies born at the North Carolina Zoo in the wake of severe weather have died.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports zoo officials say the pups, named Hurricane and Typhoon, were euthanized after they received traumatic injuries caused by their father. The zoo said the dad, named Finnick, was relocated to protect the survival of the remaining puppies. Veterinary staff workers are conducting a pathology test to assess the health of the pups at the time of their death.
Zoo officials were relieved when three female and two male puppies were born in April during the weekend when severe thunderstorms and a tornado swept through the Triad.
With the deaths and the father’s relocation, the zoo’s red wolf pack now totals 21.


Statue depicting native American to come down at car dealer
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina car dealership is taking down a statue depicting a native American following a text sent by an employee to a potential customer.
Local news sources report Harry’s on the Hill in Asheville announced the employee sent an “ugly, insulting and inappropriate text message” to a customer, who was identified as a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, instead of a co-worker for whom it was intended.
The dealership said the worker who sent the text was immediately fired.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the 23-foot-tall fiberglass statue of Chief Pontiac was erected when the dealership moved to its current location in November 1967. On its Facebook page, the dealership said it now considers the statue “a relic from a different era” that should be moved.



North Carolina man charged in scooter driver’s death
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a North Carolina man in the death of a scooter driver.
Police in Burlington tell local news sources 21-year-old Tyler Scott Laplaca of Elon is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, felony hit and run and driving while impaired.
According to police, 46-year-old Anton Lydell Downey of Burlington was killed when a Ford F-250 hit him as he rode his scooter early Saturday.
A news release from police said the driver of the pickup truck fled, but N.C. Highway Patrol troopers stopped him minutes later for speeding with his headlights off. Troopers said Laplace registered a blood-alcohol level of .14, nearly twice the legal limit.
Laplaca was jailed on a bond of $100,300. Online records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.



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