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VIDEO-OFFICER-JAYWALKER BEATEN-THE LATEST
The Latest: North Carolina city releases documents beating
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Documents released by a North Carolina city show its police department did not properly handle an investigation of the beating of a black man accused of jaywalking by a white officer last year.
The Asheville Police Department released documents Monday in the case of former officer Christopher Hickman, who resigned after an investigation of the arrest of Jermaine Rush last August. The city released the documents after police camera video was given to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
The documents show a supervisor responded to the use of force against Rush, but did not send the information to superiors immediately.
All charges against Rush have been dismissed. The city is asking that other police camera video be released to the public to be transparent about what happened.
The city did not provide contact information for Hickman.

 

 

DOUBLE FATAL
Mother, child killed in North Carolina wreck
PINK HILL, N.C. (AP) – A woman and a child have died in a wreck in eastern North Carolina.
Media outlets reported the wreck happened on U.S. 258 near Pink Hill in Lenoir County around 9 a.m. Monday.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott Hemby said the woman and her toddler son were in a car that was struck head-on by a dump truck that crossed the centerline.
The victims died at the scene. Their names have not been released.
The truck driver was taken to UNC Lenoir Health Care hospital in Kinston with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

 

 

BOJANGLES’ CEO
Bojangles’ CEO steps down for personal reasons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The CEO of North Carolina-based Bojangles’ has stepped down.
The company said in a news release Monday that Clifton Rutledge has stepped down from the chicken and biscuit restaurant for “personal reasons.”
Former CEO James Kibler will serve as interim CEO. The restaurant chain’s board says it has started the search for a permanent replacement.
Rutledge said he wants to spend more time with his family. He joined Bojangles’ in 2014 and guided the restaurant through its initial public offering in 2015.
Sales were up 1.7 percent in the first nine months of 2017. But earnings were down nearly 17 percent.
Bojangles’ was founded in Charlotte in 1977.

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA-GOVERNOR
In GOP victory, judges decide Supreme Court ruling is narrow
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A panel of state judges says a recent North Carolina Supreme Court ruling favoring Gov. Roy Cooper means only a small portion of a 2017 law he challenged that combined the state ethics and elections boards is struck down.
Monday’s unanimous order by three trial court judges is a victory for Republicans at the General Assembly who last month passed small changes related to the combined board’s membership and Cooper’s powers.
GOP leaders believed that was enough to comply with the Supreme Court ruling. Cooper’s lawyers had argued the Supreme Court ruling meant the judges should void the entire law. That would have opened the door to Cooper’s wishes and revert to separate elections and ethics boards, and Democrats getting a majority of elections board seats.

 

 

DUKE ENERGY-RATE INCREASE
NC regulator considers another Duke Energy rate hike request
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina regulators are considering raising electricity rates on an additional 2 million Duke Energy customers by more than 11 percent.
The state Utilities Commission on Monday began considering the company’s request to charge an extra $539 million a year to customers of its Duke Energy Carolinas subsidiary in central and western North Carolina. The Charlotte-based company says that translates into a 14 percent increase for the typical residential customer’s $104 monthly bill.
The commission’s hearing in Raleigh comes after it last month allowed a 7 percent rate increase on Duke Energy Progress customers, an amount reduced for four years as state income tax savings are returned.
The commission will again decide how much of the billion-dollar costs of cleaning up toxic coal ash will be passed along.

 

 

CARGO SHIP-CONTAINERS OVERBOARD
Container lost from cargo ship contains sulfuric acid
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
NASG HEAD, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says a cargo ship lost 70 of its 30,000 containers off North Carolina’s Outer Banks in 65-mph (100-kph) storm winds and waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall.
The agency says one of the containers knocked overboard Saturday from the Maersk Shanghai contained nearly 6,000 pounds (2,700 kilograms) of sulfuric acid, a chemical commonly used to produce fertilizer. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that Coast Guard spokesman Ronald Hodges cites experts in saying the environmental threat appeared minimal because sulfuric acid dissolves in saltwater.
Company spokeswoman Katherine Mosquera says the Liberia-flagged ship anchored in Charleston, South Carolina, where officials were assessing the situation.
The Coast Guard says it found four of the containers floating offshore.
It wasn’t immediately reported what other containers held.

 

 

JAIL INMATE-FATAL FALL
Official: North Carolina jail inmate dies after 12-foot fall
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – An official says an inmate at a North Carolina jail has died after falling 12 feet over a second-floor railing.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Forsyth County Chief Deputy Brad Stanley said 61-year-old Robin Steven Thomason fell about 7:45 p.m. Sunday over a railing in the housing area of the jail. Stanley said Thomason was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he died about an hour later.
Stanley said there were other inmates out at the time of Thomason’s fall, but he added it doesn’t appear Thomason was forced over the railing.
Thomason was jailed since last April after his arrest for indecent liberties with a child.
The State Bureau of Investigation, the sheriff’s office and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are looking into the death.

 

 

MISSING CONTAINERS-SULFURIC ACID
Container lost from cargo ship contains sulfuric acid
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
NASG HEAD, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says one of the containers lost from a cargo ship in rough seas off North Carolina’s Outer Banks contained almost 6,000 pounds of sulfuric acid, but an official says it poses little threat to the environment.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports Coast Guard spokesman Ronald Hodges cites the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in saying the environmental danger is minimal because sulfuric acid dissolves in saltwater.
Sulfuric acid is most commonly used to produce fertilizer.
The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai reported to the Coast Guard late Saturday that rough seas of up to 30 feet and winds up to 65 miles per hour knocked overboard about 70 of its 3,000 containers about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet. The Coast Guard has found four of the containers.

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