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HOUSE FIRE DEATHS
Father, son die in house fire in North Carolina
KENLY, N.C. (AP) – A father and son have died in a house fire in North Carolina.
News outlets reported that firefighters were called to a home near Kenly around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said a father and son were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released. A woman and two other children were taken to a Chapel Hill hospital for treatment. There was word on their condition.
Authorities said the fire started in a bedroom near the back of the house. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
DRIVEWAY SHOOTING DEATH
Man shot to death in driveway of North Carolina home
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A man has died after being shot in the driveway of a home in North Carolina.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a news release that officers were called to a home around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. They found a man with gunshot wounds who was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Lt. Brad Koch said Monday morning the victim has been identified as 54-year-old Adam Truesdale.
Investigators say Truesdale and another person were in the driveway when the shooting occurred.
Police were looking for witnesses. There is no word yet on what prompted the shooting. No arrests have been made.
BATHROOM SHOOTING DEATH
2 North Carolina men held in South Carolina shooting death
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Two North Carolina men have been charged in the shooting death of a man near a South Carolina beach bathroom.
News outlets report Terence Isacc Blackwell and Earl Rafel Gaddis Jr., both of Spring Lake, North Carolina, have been arrested by Myrtle Beach police in Thursday’s shooting of 24-year-old Sylvester Bellamy of Georgetown. Bellamy was found at a rest room a block off Ocean Boulevard. He died early Friday from his injuries.
Blackwell is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a stolen pistol.
Gaddis faces the same charges, along with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. The men were denied bond Saturday.
It was not known if they have attorneys yet.
POLICE TRAINEES ARRESTED
2 police trainees arrested after fight in North Carolina
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Two police trainees have been arrested after a fight in North Carolina.
Greenville Police Department spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said in a news release that two people enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy were arrested late Saturday night.
Hunter says 38-year-old Christian Thomas Russell has been charged with assault. Twenty-eight-year-old Brittany Johanna Barnett has been charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication and being disruptive.
A total of four people were arrested in a fight beside a road in Pitt County.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating the fight. It was not known if Russell and Barnett have lawyers. They have been suspended without pay.
Police Chief Mark Holtzman said he was deeply disappointed by the arrests.
WILD HORSE KILLED
Wild mare struck, killed by car on North Carolina beach
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) – A wild horse who was run over by a car on a North Carolina beach has died.
News outlets cite a Facebook post from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund that says the mare died Saturday night. The nonprofit says the mare’s stallion remained by her side through the night, even after she was covered with a tarp.
Corolla Wild Horse Fund Chief Operating Officer Jo Langone says the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the beach sees heavy traffic, especially during the summer. The speed limit on the four-wheel drive area is 15 mph (24 kph). Vehicles and people are supposed to stay 50 feet (15 meters) away from a wild horse herd.
The vehicle’s driver has not been identified. The mare was buried Sunday morning.
NC police could get access to painkiller prescription data
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A proposal in North Carolina’s legislature would let law officers access a statewide database recording who is prescribing controlled drugs from morphine to codeine.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the move is part of the General Assembly’s efforts to grapple with the opioid epidemic. State officials say more than 13,000 North Carolinians have died from opioid-related overdoses since 1999.
The database exists to see if a patient is getting controlled substances from multiple doctors. The information is purged every six years, limiting how far back law enforcement would be able to look.
The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union said such a law would be the first of its kind in the nation to allow law enforcement officers quick access to the system.
Outer Banks town tightens rules on beach tents, canopies
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – An Outer Banks town is trying to ensure that canopies protecting beach-goers from the sun aren’t being used to hog up oceanfront real estate.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports the town of Nags Head this week adopted an ordinance banning closely-packed canopies from taking up space on a crowded beach. The new ordinance says tents and canopies must be at least 10 feet apart.
Nags Head officials say people have been staking claims to large swaths of beach all day by planting two or more canopies together, leaving their claim in place while they leave. Spokeswoman Roberta Thuman says for now the town plans to educate beachgoers and the companies that rent tents.
GRAD PARTY SHOOTING
Police: 4 teens shot outside North Carolina graduation party
(Information from: WSOC-TV, http://www.wsoctv.com)
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) – Four teenagers are recovering after being shot outside of where a graduation party in North Carolina.
WSOC reported the shooting broke out shortly after midnight Sunday in Kannapolis. Police say the four teenagers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said an argument broke out in the parking lot of Party Rentals Plus around 12:45 a.m., with eight shots reported fired. The shooter escaped and police are investigating to find out more about the shooter. Police say witnesses aren’t cooperating.
Police said people from multiple schools were invited to the private party. Officers had been at the party less than an hour before the shooting to turn down the music’s volume.