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North Carolina News – September 23

North Carolina News – September 23

BODY CAMERAS-AUDIT

Durham audit finds police body-camera compliance problems

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — An audit has found Durham police officers uploaded body-camera footage late and sometimes mislabeled it, potentially jeopardizing evidence. The News & Observer reports that the audit found the Durham Police Department has policies, training and equipment, but it couldn’t confirm that supervisors conduct random reviews to ensure compliance.  Cameras must be docked to allow the footage to be uploaded “no later than the end of the officer’s next [business] day.” But when a survey asked officers how often they upload videos, 46% said that they do so daily and 3% said never. The audit noted that interim Police Chief Shari Montgomery agreed with the recommendations and plans to update policy by Oct. 1. 

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

NC road-building costs could scale back long-term projects

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government would need billions of dollars in additional road-building funds if it wants to carry out currently planned projects for the next decade. A Department of Transportation report says the gap between the costs for committed DOT projects and available funding from 2024 to 2033 is at least $7 billion. WRAL-TV reports projects could get dropped from the state’s transportation building roadmap or others don’t get added. The higher cost projections can be contributed to rising material costs and uncertain job markets due to the COVID-10 pandemic, as well as increasing real estate prices.

HOME INVASION-FATAL SHOOTING

Sheriff: 2 killed in North Carolina home invasion

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office says two people were fatally shot during a home invasion. News outlets report that the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responding to a report of a home invasion and shooting at a Fayetteville home around 5 a.m. Wednesday found two people who had been shot to death. Sheriff Ennis Wright tweeted that two people were pronounced dead on the scene and the department’s homicide unit is investigating. Authorities didn’t say whether anyone else was injured.  

AP-US-FORCED-MIGRANT-LABOR

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants. A federal grand jury in Tampa formally charged Bladimir Moreno, Christina Gamez and Guadalupe Mendes Mendoza under a six-count indictment last week. According to the indictment, Moreno, Gamez and Mendes Mendoza ran a labor contracting company for migrant workers with temporary agricultural visas from 2015 through 2017. Investigators say Los Villatoros Harvesting subjected to forced labor multiple Mexican agricultural workers employed in Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and North Carolina. Officials say the company also harbored migrant workers in the U.S. after their H-2A visas had expired.

CHILD ABUSE-MAN CHARGED

North Carolina man accused of assault of 4-year-old

BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office has filed charges against a man after health care workers reported a 4-year-old child was brought to a hospital with a severe head injury. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 31-year-old Matthew David Langley of Newport is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. The news release says detectives responded to a hospital in Morehead City on Sunday after the child was taken there by emergency workers. Detectives learned the child is the daughter of Langley’s girlfriend and determined the child’s injuries didn’t match the story provided to investigators. 

STATE FAIR

Vaccinations encouraged, not required at NC State Fair

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — People attending the 2021 N.C. State Fair won’t be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but officials say it’s strongly encouraged. A statement from fair officials also says any size or type of clear bag is acceptable. Wristlets, diaper bags and medical equipment bags will be accepted at the fair even if they are not clear, but they will require additional inspection. In addition, officials say there will be no concerts inside Dorton Arena when the fair opens next month. The space will be used for vendors to provide a larger venue for farmers and producers.

PUBLIC RECORDS-PERSONNEL

NC Senate maneuvers again to keep public records bill alive

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans have used another parliamentary maneuver to try to advance legislation that would increase public access to the personnel history of government employees. The Senate voted Wednesday for a House notary measure with an amendment that inserts the personnel record language from another bill that cleared the Senate in June. That language would make public short explanations of why an employee was transferred, demoted or suspended. The measure approved in June — after a key bill deadline — has been idling. The North Carolina Press Association backs the personnel proposal. The State Employees Association of North Carolina opposes it.

SUSPICIOUS TRUCK-COURT APPEARANCE

Man who claimed to have bomb at Capitol competent for trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the man who claimed he had a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol last month is competent to stand trial. Floyd Ray Roseberry pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges that include threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction. The 49-year-old from Grover, North Carolina, drove a truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress on Sept. 19 and began shouting that he had a bomb. He surrendered about five hours later. Police said they did not find a bomb but had collected possible bomb-making materials.  

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