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New video shows aftermath of North Carolina police beating
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Weeks after a North Carolina police beating became public, new footage is revealing what was said in the aftermath of the black pedestrian being punched and choked by the white officer.
City officials in Asheville, North Carolina, released nine body camera videos Monday of the August 2017 encounter – most of it made public for the first time. Earlier this year, a shorter clip obtained by a newspaper sparked anger in the community and helped lead to assault charges against the former officer, Christopher Hickman.
After being punched, choked and shocked with a stun gun, pedestrian Johnnie Jermaine Rush incredulously asks Hickman’s supervisor why she appears to find the officer’s account more believable than his explanation of events.



Warrant: Stabbing death suspect was fan of ‘American Psycho’
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Newly unsealed search warrants show that a North Carolina man charged in his wife’s stabbing death was fascinated with the serial killer main character of the movie “American Psycho.”
Matthew Phelps is charged with first-degree murder in the September death of his wife, 29-year-old Lauren Phelps, who was stabbed or slashed 123 times. He told a 911 operator he took too much cold medicine and woke up with blood all over him.
WRAL-TV reports the 27-year-old posted movie scenes and images where he dressed as the main character on Instagram. A warrant application says he expressed interest in “what it would be like to kill someone” to a friend.
The unsealed warrants also indicate the victim was concerned over the suspect’s spending habits, and was preparing to end the relationship.



Man who called 911 wounded in North Carolina police shooting
ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man has been shot wounded during a confrontation with police at a gas station in North Carolina.
Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth said 30-year-old Kurt Waters called 911 Sunday afternoon to say he was wanted by law enforcement. He also gave a detailed description of what he was wearing.
Hayworth says officers approached Waters and he shoved one of them. The police chief says Walters pulled a weapon and officer Nathanial Brown fired his gun, striking Waters in the neck. The chief says Waters is in stable condition. He did not say what kind of weapon Waters had.
Police say Waters had a warrant for a probation violation and a long criminal record.
The officers were not hurt.
Zebulon is 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Raleigh.



Judge: Jury won’t take smell tour of North Carolina hog farm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge says he won’t send jurors for a see-and-sniff tour of a North Carolina hog-growing operation at the center of a lawsuit claiming industrial-scale pork production causes ugly conditions.
Judge W. Earl Britt ruled Monday that jurors would not get a true feel for conditions with one quick visit to a Bladen County farm growing animals for Virginia’s Smithfield Foods.
Britt’s decision came as jurors were being selected for a trial that could shake the profits and change production methods of pork producers after a generation of raising hogs in confined conditions. The trial could take six weeks.
Lawyers for the farm’s neighbors said the jury tour was requested just as the farm was removing millions of gallons of waste for the first time in 23 years.



Officer shoots, kills North Carolina man in domestic dispute
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A police officer has shot and killed a domestic-violence suspect in North Carolina.
The Greenville Police Department told news outlets that officers were called to a domestic dispute around 2 a.m. Sunday. A 39-year-old woman had reported her husband was attacking her with a knife.
Deputy Police Chief Ted Saults said an officer entered the home and found the woman with stab wounds. Sauls says a man approached the officer with a knife. Sauls says the officer ordered him to drop the knife and backed out of the home when the man refused.
Sauls said the man continued to approach the officer, who fired.
The officer was not hurt. Police said the suspect was black, as is the officer. Their names haven’t been released.



NC commercial fishing group sues over new license policy
(Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com)
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The organization that represents commercial fishermen in the state says in a lawsuit that the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission violated open meetings laws when it wrote a proposal to redefine eligibility for a commercial fishing license.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports the North Carolina Fisheries Association is asking the courts to overturn the new definition, which the commission narrowly approved in February. Legislators also must approve the new definition.
Among the changes in the policy is a requirement that commercial fishermen record at least 1,000 pounds of fish caught or 15 trips in any two of a running five-year period.
The lawsuit was filed last week in Carteret County Superior Court.
In an interview last week, commission chairman Sammy Corbett described his concerns about how the vote was reached.



North Carolina “Oz” theme park reopening for summer tours
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A failed North Carolina theme park based on “The Wizard of Oz” will be reopening for tours in June.
The Charlotte Observer reported the “Land of Oz” park in Beech Mountain will open for six days in June, offering one-hour guided tours every Friday as well as Saturday, June 30.
The park says the tours will involve role playing. Dorothy will guide guests down the yellow brick road. Some guests will be chosen to play the roles of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the wicked Witch and Glinda, the good witch.
The park opened in 1970 and closed in the 1980s. Since then, it’s opened only occasionally, including an annual Autumn of Oz Festival.
The park gained attention recently as trespassers stole bricks from its yellow brick road.

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