North Carolina News – September 17

North Carolina News – September 17


North Carolina mother, son, accused of insurance fraud

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials with a North Carolina agency have accused a mother and son of falsely telling an insurance company that her car and truck had been struck multiple times by deer and other animals. A news release from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey on Thursday says 68-year-old Martha Jeffries Inman and her son, 43-year-old Cecil Dwayne Roberson of Stoneville were charged with insurance fraud. Special agents with the department say Inman secured more than $10,000 from an insurance company by making the false claims about animal collisions. According to the department, the offenses occurred between October 2019 and January 2021.


Outbreaks strand some students at home with minimal learning

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As coronavirus outbreaks driven by the delta variant lead school districts around the U.S. to abruptly shut down or send large numbers of children into quarantine, some students are getting minimal schooling at home. Despite billions of dollars in federal money at their disposal to prepare for new outbreaks and develop contingency plans, some governors, education departments and local school boards have been caught flat-footed. Also, some school systems have been handcuffed by state laws or policies aimed at keeping students in classrooms and strongly discouraging or restricting a return to remote learning.


Man charged in 2012 beating death of UNC-Chapel Hill student

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police department says a man has been charged with murder in the 2012 beating death of a college student. News outlets report Chapel Hill police announced Thursday that 28-year-old Miguel Enrique Olivares of Durham was arrested in the beating death of Faith Hedgepeth at her off-campus apartment. The student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was 19 years old when her roommate found her body in their apartment on Sept. 7, 2012. An autopsy showed Hedgepeth suffered extensive skull fractures and cuts to her face and head, and she was also badly beaten on her arms and legs.


N. Carolina Republican candidate Jim Snyder dead at 76

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A memorial service will be held Friday for attorney, author and former North Carolina Republican candidate Jim Snyder Jr. His family says Snyder died last weekend at age 76 following an extended illness. Snyder won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2004 before losing to Democrat Beverly Perdue in the general election. He also ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2008 and for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2014. Snyder grew up in Lexington and ultimately attended Wake Forest University and its law school. He served briefly in the legislature in the early 1970s. Survivors include his wife, two daughters and several grandchildren.


Lawsuit: Blind man, guide dog forced from N. Carolina mall

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An advocacy group for disabled people has filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina police department saying a blind man and his guide dog were ordered by police to leave a store at a local mall. Disability Rights North Carolina filed the lawsuit on behalf of Wilmer Oliva in connection with an incident at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem in November 2020. According to the lawsuit, a store manager wanted Oliva removed because he had the dog with him. Winston-Salem police officers told Oliva to leave the store or face a trespassing charge. A police spokesperson said the city would release a statement.


N. Carolina man pleads guilty to role in 2018 beating death

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to his role in the brutal beating of a man who was heard pleading for his life before he was killed. The Winston-Salem Journal reports 31-year-old Quincy Devorice Valentine, who had been facing a first-degree murder charge, entered a guilty plea to accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and concealment of a body after an unnatural death. Authorities say Curtis Jermaine Farrow was beaten by several men on Jan. 19, 2018. Witnesses testified that Valentine was one of the men who carried Farrow out of the house where the beating occurred.


Judge blocks NC law provision aimed at farm workers’ union

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s only farm worker union is pleased despite mixed decisions so far from federal courts about a 2017 law that it says obstructs mostly Latino field hands organizing for better benefits and conditions. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs issued a permanent injunction this week declaring a provision unconstitutional that prevents legal settlements between workers and farms from including mandates for a farm to enter a collective bargaining agreement. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee sued over the provision and another union-related restriction that Biggs didn’t block. The other restriction relates to the collection of union dues.


Feds: Man pleads guilty to getting girlfriend to buy gun

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal prosecutor in North Carolina says a man who was prohibited from buying a gun because of a prior conviction has pleaded guilty to getting his girlfriend to buy one for him. Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer says in a news release that 31-year-old Travis Shaqwann Fair of Asheville went to a gun dealer in June 2019 and discussed buying a cheap gun with a store worker. Stetzer says 29-year-old Kourtney Nichelle Shivers went to the same store to buy the gun for Fair. On Wednesday, Fair pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm. He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing. 

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