North Carolina News – April 7

North Carolina News – April 7


Police: Teen charged in shooting that struck boy, 4, in arm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old in connection with a shooting that left a 4-year-old boy wounded. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Tuesday that teenager is accused by the city’s police of firing a gun from a car toward a crowd of people. The 4-year-old is Semaj Da-von Roseborough. He was struck in his arm while he was playing on the sidewalk. He was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the 17-year-old was driving a stolen vehicle when he was arrested. He is being held in juvenile detention. Police said he is the second person charged in Semaj’s shooting.


Police: Goat ‘arrested’ after report of break-in

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in eastern North Carolina say they’ve “arrested” a goat after they got a call reporting an attempted break-in. The Charlotte Observer reports that the incident occurred Tuesday in the college town of Greenville. Police said in a statement that offices arrived to find the goat hanging out around the windows of the house. The goat was taken to the city’s animal shelter but was soon picked up by his owner “to finish his sentence in house arrest.”


Soldier gets 12 years for sex with girl, staged kidnapping

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A soldier who was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for taking a 12-year-old across state lines for sex after staging her kidnapping. WRAL reports that Pvt. James Murdock Peele was sentenced on Tuesday. The 22-year-old was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade. Authorities say the case began in 2018 when a woman in Craven County reported her granddaughter missing. She said she found a ransom note demanding $20,000. Authorities said they tracked Peele down because he was listed as the girl’s boyfriend on Facebook. FBI agents said the girl told them that Peele knew her age.


4 remain hospitalized after Wilmington house party shooting

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Four people are still hospitalized after a shooting at a party in Wilmington, North Carolina, that also left three dead. Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jessica Williams told the StarNews on Monday that the injured are still at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and are “stable and recovering.” In the meantime, the investigation into what police said was a gunfight at a house party is continuing. The police department said in a statement that the investigation will take time and significant manpower to “bring justice to the victims and their families.” Police have found several firearms at the scene. And detectives are pursuing leads. Flowers and memorials have been placed at the house.


Lawsuit says officer broke car window, threw driver on glass

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Black motorist is suing a North Carolina police department after she says a white officer threw her onto broken glass after he broke her car window with his baton. The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that the lawsuit involves an incident in the town of Mooresville in April 2018. Danielle Helena Downing says in the lawsuit that Mooresville police Officer Josh Barlow used his baton to smash her car window as she was attempting to hand him her vehicle registration. She says Barlow, dragged her from the car and threw heron top of the glass shards, leaving her with multiple cuts and other injuries that required hospital treatment. The city says it will not comment on the lawsuit.


Bill would make Fridays of ACC hoop tournaments a holiday

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A bill being pitched in the North Carolina General Assembly would mean fans of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments could watch one day of action without calling in sick to work or school. The measure would designate the Fridays in March during the ACC Tournaments as a state holiday. In recent years, the Friday of the men’s and women’s tournaments have featured the semifinals, meaning two games being played at night. For many years, the quarterfinals of each tournament featured four games on Fridays, making for long lunch hours and distracted classrooms.


Video shows dog attacking horse carriage in North Carolina

WAXHAW, N.C. (AP) — The driver of a horse-drawn carriage in North Carolina is being credited with helping steer the horse and passengers to safety after a dog repeatedly attacked the animal as it was pulling the cart. The owner of the carriage ride company said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the driver tried to fend off the dog as it bit the horse on its face and legs in a Waxhaw park. Video of the encounter posted online showed the dog continually lunging at the horse, who eventually kicks it away. The owner said the horse is expected to heal. The driver was also hurt, but her injuries haven’t been disclosed.


Ex-policeman, girlfriend enter pleas in child abuse case

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police officer and his girlfriend have been convicted of child abuse charges involving the officer’s son. The Winston-Salem Journal reports 37-year-old David Benjamin Ingram, a former corporal with the Winston-Salem Police Department, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. A felony charge of negligent child abuse was dismissed as part of the plea arrangement. Ingram’s girlfriend, 33-year-old Jaimie Leonard Binkley, entered an Alford plea to negligent child abuse, inflicting serious physical injury. That means she didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her if the case had gone to trial.

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