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DRUG DEATH INDICTMENT
North Carolina man indicted, arrested in woman’s drug death
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who died in his home from a drug overdose.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that 67-year-old William Earl Hendrix of Fayetteville was indicted by the Cumberland County grand jury and was arrested June 15. It was not known if he has an attorney.
Twenty-five-year-old Heather Coffman was found unresponsive in the bathroom of Hendrix’ home in 2015. She died at the scene.
District Attorney Billy West said Hendrix is accused of providing the woman with a controlled substance and she then overdosed. West said it’s one of the first indictments for a drug overdose in Cumberland County.
An autopsy determined that Coffman had heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone in her system.
Man, woman found shot to death in car in North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A man and woman have been found shot to death in a car in North Carolina.
Greensboro police say there were called to an apartment parking lot around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
News outlets reported that the victims were 21-year-old Caitlin Christina Heath and 21-year-old Eric Eugene Johnson Jr., both of Greensboro.
Officers say the deaths are being investigated as homicides. Officers have not released other details of the investigation.
No arrests have been made.
Forecasters warn of dangerous heat in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Forecasters are warning of dangerous heat in North Carolina this week.
The National Weather Service said the heat is expected to run at least through Thursday.
Forecasters said high temperatures from Charlotte to Raleigh to Wilmington are expected to be in the upper 90s. But forecasters say including the effect of humidity, the heat index will range from 103 to 109 degrees every day.
The weather service said once the heat index tops 90, people are at much higher risk for sunstroke, heat crams and heat exhaustion if they have prolonged exposure to the heat.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency where the person’s body temperature reaches 106 degrees or higher. A person can become unconscious and needs emergency medical assistance. Heatstroke can be fatal.
HIT AND RUN ARREST
North Carolina man arrested in fatal hit and run
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been arrested in a hit and run that killed a man over the weekend.
Greenville police spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said in a news release Sunday that 33-year-old Steven Jerome Keel has been charged with felony hit and run death and operating a vehicle without insurance.
Twenty-five-year-old Charles Benjamin Smith Jr. was killed when he was struck near the Pitt Greenville Airport early Saturday morning. Police said the driver left the scene.
Hunter said someone spotted a car with extensive front-end damage Sunday and called officers.
Police said Keel initially told officers he did not own the car. Officers with a search warrant found keys and paperwork for the vehicle in Keel’s apartment. It was not known if he has a lawyer yet.
2 North Carolina prison guards hurt in attack by inmate
BUTNER, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say that two prison officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when an inmate attacked them with a homemade weapon.
The Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying the attack by inmate Alexis Ramirez happened Saturday at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner.
Authorities say two correctional officers were taken to a hospital for treatment. One was treated and released later in the day.
Ramirez was also taken to a medical facility for evaluation.
Authorities plan to pursue criminal charges related to the attack against Ramirez.
Prison records show the 23-year-old Ramirez was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2016 of first-degree murder in Durham County.
ELIZABETH CITY INTERNET
Elizabeth City partners with new Internet provider
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Residents of an eastern North Carolina city have a new option for Internet service.
The Daily Advance reports that Eastern Shore Communications is serving customers in Elizabeth City. The city government is its first business customer.
The Cape Charles, Va., provider, began talks two years ago with the city and struck a deal allowing it to put equipment on the city’s water towers. That lets it provide service at a lower cost. In return, it will share revenue with the city.
City officials have said they hope the deal will bring competition and make it easier for households to get high-speed connections. The area has also been served by CenturyLink and Spectrum.
Residents will need wireless antennas installed at their home for a one-time fee to use Eastern Shore’s service.
NORTH CAROLINA-COMMERCIAL FISHING
Shrimp rise as overall North Carolina commercial catch dips
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say commercial fishing in the state declined by weight last year even as shrimp volume increased to a record high.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued a release this month saying fishermen sold about 54 million pounds (24 million kg) of fish and shellfish to North Carolina dealers in 2017. That’s down about 9 percent from the previous year and below the five-year average.
But the $96.5 million estimated value of the catch was slightly higher than the previous year.
Biologists say the drop in volume is largely due to a decrease in hard blue crab landings by more than a quarter from the previous year.
Meanwhile, shrimp landings increased to the highest volume on record since the state began its current measurement program in 1994.