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6 shot dead in 2 weeks, city asks North Carolina for help
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) – Six people have been fatally shot in a North Carolina city in less than two weeks and now city officials are asking state authorities for additional resources.
Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington told WRAL-TV on Wednesday he is asking for reinforcement and other aid after a man was killed Tuesday night. Henderson police say in a statement 23-year-old Darrion Richardson and another person were shot inside a car. Police say Richardson died at a hospital but did not identify the other person or provide information about their condition.
Police say three men died after being shot March 14. An unidentified 14-year-old and a 31-year-old man were also killed earlier this month.
One arrest has been made in the cases.
Ellington says 13 of the police department’s 59 sworn-officer positions are vacant.
ELECTIONS BOARD-THE LATEST
The Latest: Cooper names final elections board member
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper has gone with the head of a nonprofit foundation to fill out the North Carolina elections and ethics board.
Cooper announced late Wednesday that Damon Circosta of Raleigh is his ninth and final appointment to the board.
Earlier in the day, the other eight members Cooper already appointed last week nominated Circosta and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell to serve. Cooper was obligated to pick one of them.
A new state law directed the other eight members – four Democrats and four Republicans – to pick two nominees affiliated with neither major party. Mitchel and Circosta are registered unaffiliated voters.
Circosta is executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. The state Republican Party wanted the Democratic governor to pick Mitchell and called Circosta a “far-left liberal activist.” Circosta previously worked for Republican Sen. John McCain and for an election reform group.
DEPUTY CHASE-CRASH DEATH
4 arrested after investigation into deputy’s fatal crash
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State law enforcement officers have arrested four people in connection with the death of a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy who lost control of his patrol car during a chase.
The State Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Wednesday that agents of N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested four people on alcohol, drug and obstruction of justice charges.
According to the news release, ALE special agents investigated a Tarboro business where a man was determined to have been drinking from noon until 6 p.m. on March 11. The man crashed his car and fled on foot.
Investigators think Edgecombe County Deputy David Manning turned around in an effort to catch the driver before he lost control of his vehicle and crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
Speakers urge panel to leave 3 N Carolina monuments in place
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A committee that will recommend whether Confederate monuments on North Carolina’s Capitol grounds should be moved is hearing from residents, the majority of whom say they want the monuments to stay where they are.
About 60 people spoke Wednesday at a committee meeting of the North Carolina Historical Commission, which is considering a request from Gov. Roy Cooper to move the monuments. Cooper has proposed that the monuments be moved to the Bentonville Battlefield, a Civil War site less than 50 miles from Raleigh.
One speaker said the monuments represent “sacred history” to most North Carolinians. Those who support moving the statues said they shouldn’t be on “common ground” such as the Capitol.
Before the meeting began, committee chair David Ruffin said more than 4,300 comments have been shared online.
SCHOOL SAFETY-THE LATEST
The Latest: Experts give school safety recommendations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina House leaders say they’re ready to listen to experts, educators and children about what can be done to prevent and combat school violence. Those lawmakers already have gotten suggestions at Wednesday’s first meeting of a school safety committee.
Committee speakers say there isn’t enough personnel and structure to provide mental health services for at-risk students. Jim Deni with the North Carolina School Psychology Association says it’s thus very easy for a student to fall through the cracks. He says there should be one school psychologist per 700 students, but today the ratio is one to 2,100 students.
Legislators on Wednesday also asked about expanding an electronic-based anonymous tip line that now covers a handful of counties. They also asked about making it easier for rural areas to access state funds to hire law enforcement officers in schools.
ANIMAL HOSPITAL-WORKER CHARGED
Animal hospital worker accused of credit card fraud
CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – A worker at a North Carolina animal hospital is accused by authorities of using the credit cards of pet owners to spend thousands of dollars online.
A news release from Clayton police says 30-year-old Jennifer Nicole Meadows is charged with 15 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft after she used credit cards from at least 15 different people.
Investigators say she made more than 200 fraudulent online credit card purchases worth $11,760 over nearly a month. According to police, the purchases were made on Amazon.com and included Coach purses and a Star Wars Chewbacca figure.
Police arrested Meadows at her home Tuesday. She’s being held in the Johnston County jail under a $350,000 bond. Online records didn’t say whether she has an attorney.
Police: Mom arrested after video of smoking baby goes viral
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A mother was arrested by North Carolina police after a video of her infant child smoking a small cigar set off a social media effort to get authorities involved.
The Raleigh Police Department said on Facebook on Wednesday the child was safe and the mother was in custody.
Police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan confirmed in an email the post was referring to a child seen by scores of social media users. A statement with more information was being prepared.
A version of the video that’s received 1 million views was posted by a user who urged the mother’s arrest.
The 10-second video shows the hand of an adult off-screen holding what appears to be a cigarillo to the child’s lips. The child then appears to inhale and puff smoke.
North Carolina man dies after being shot by sheriff’s deputy
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
TIMBERLAKE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man who came out of a home with a gun has died after he was shot by a sheriff’s deputy.
Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones told WRAL in Raleigh that deputies were serving an eviction notice at the home Tuesday when the man came out and pointed the gun at officers.
Jones said deputies talked to the man for more than an hour and tried multiple methods to get him to give up the gun, and even called a minister to talk to the man before he made a move toward the officers.
The unidentified man was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he died.
The officers involved are on administrative duty, and the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting.