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Small NC town seeks state, federal help with shootings
(Information from: WTVD-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/)
HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s governor says his administration will try to help a small town where at least six people have been shot and killed in recent weeks.
WTVD reports Gov. Roy Cooper wrote a letter to the leaders of Henderson saying the state Department of Public Safety will look into options for helping the town of about 15,000 people.
Three people died in one shooting in March. In another shooting, a 14-year-old was found dead on a street.
Mayor Eddie Ellington says the police department has 13 open positions, representing more than 20 percent of full staffing.
The police department met with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to request more help in prosecuting violent and narcotic offenders.
Meanwhile, a minister is planning a march April 7 to call for greater community engagement.
Robert E. Lee monument in western N Carolina damaged again
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in western North Carolina has been vandalized for the second time in less than a year.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Lee’s face has been scratched through, along with much of the text beneath it. His image is imprinted on a bronze plaque attached to a larger piece of granite in downtown Asheville.
The damage was first seen Friday.
The Lee monument is at the foot of the Vance monument, named for Zebulon Vance, a Buncombe County native who was North Carolina’s governor during most of the Civil War.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the Lee monument in 1926, more than 60 years after the end of the Civil War.
Four people were arrested in August when the monument was damaged.
NC man risks life to pull woman from fiery crash on I-95
(Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com)
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities are crediting a set painter in the film industry with saving the life of woman involved in a deadly motor home wreck in South Carolina.
South Carolina authorities tell The StarNews of Wilmington that Timothy Hunley of Wilmington disregarded his personal safety when he pulled the woman from the wreck Thursday on Interstate 95 in Colleton County.
Hunley says he was returning home from a job in Savannah, Georgia, when he saw a motor home hauling an enclosed car trailer careen at 70 mph into a wooded median.
He says he grabbed the woman, released her seat belt and pulled her from the flames.
Authorities say the woman from Tampa, Florida, suffered third-degree burns over 40 percent of her body and is in a hospital. The driver was killed.