North Carolina News – September 27

North Carolina News – September 27


NFL Holt brothers’ firm to build North Carolina Freedom Park

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A construction company founded by former NFL players and brothers Torry and Terrence Holt will build the project designed to honor the contributions of African Americans in North Carolina. Leaders of the North Carolina Freedom Park initiative announced Monday that the Black-owned Holt Brothers Construction has been awarded the contract to complete the $5.4 million project in downtown Raleigh.  Freedom Park’s leaders broke ground last fall on the park. It’s expected to be completed by next year. The Holts went to North Carolina State University. Freedom Park was designed by the late architect Phil Freelon and a Durham architecture firm.


Officials: Football hiding drugs found near prison fence

HOFFMAN, N.C. (AP) — Corrections officials say officers at a North Carolina prison found a football filled with drugs near a prison fence last week. News outlets report that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety says staffers at Morrison Correctional Institution in Hoffman spotted a football in an odd location. The football was between the inner and outer fences of the prison. Crews grabbed the ball and took it apart. Inside, officials say they found tobacco, marijuana and crystal meth. Investigators say they were able to link the failed delivery to an offender serving time at the prison.


Raleigh police make arrest in fatal shooting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police in Raleigh say they’ve arrested a suspect in a shooting that resulted in the death of a 46-year-old man. The Raleigh Police Department issued a news release Sunday saying that Jordan Delacey Andrews, 33, was charged with murder in the shooting early Friday morning. Jail records showed he was being held without bond. A message left on a cell number listed in Andrews’ name asking whether he had an attorney wasn’t immediately returned. Police said that they were called around 5 a.m. Friday to a commercial area northeast of downtown Raleigh in response to a shooting. They found a man there suffering from gunshot wounds. The 46-year-old later died as a result of his injuries. 


North Carolina woman wounded when suspects fire into house

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Police in Winston-Salem said a woman was wounded when suspects drove up to her house and opened fire before fleeing. The Winston-Salem Police Department said in a news release that the shooting occurred early Sunday morning in a neighborhood northeast of downtown. The news release said that officers responded to a report of a gunshots. Police said the home was targeted by multiple suspects who drove up and fired multiple rounds before fleeing. A 34-year-old woman was hit multiple times and taken to a hospital with wounds that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to the release. Police didn’t immediately release further details. 


2 men wounded in early morning Raleigh shooting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Raleigh police are investigating after two men were found shot on a busy road in a commercial area. The Raleigh Police Department issued a news release that officers responding to a report of a shooting found the men wounded around 2:40 a.m. Sunday on a stretch of Milbrook Road near Capitol Boulevard. The area has a number of businesses. The men were taken to a hospital. The severity of their wounds wasn’t immediately disclosed by police. Detectives were on the scene Sunday morning. They didn’t immediately release details of what may have led up to the shooting. 


UNC-Wilmington chancellor announces he will retire in 2022

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — University of North Carolina Wilmington Chancellor Jose Sartarelli has announced that he plans to retire next year. The university issued a news release Friday saying that Sartarelli’s retirement will be effective June 30, 2022. He came into the position in 2015 after working as a dean at West Virginia University. UNC-Wilmington said in a news release that under his leadership the university launched a fundraising campaign that is closing in on $100 million in donations. The University of North Carolina System will conduct a national search for his replacement over the next nine months. 


Man sentenced to 14 years in prison for armed robbery

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a man has been sentenced for an armed robbery of a business during which an employee was duct taped to a chair and pistol-whipped. A news release from Raleigh-based federal prosecutors Friday said that Dexter Jamal Williams was sentenced to 14 years in prison after previously pleading guilty to charges related to armed robbery. The news release said that Williams and two others robbed the Royal Eco Marketing Company in Raleigh in December of 2019, taking $20,000 worth of merchandise from the business. An employee from the business fired at the suspect’s cars and wounded Williams, according to the news release.


Prosecutors: Getaway car came from dealership test drive

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina bank robber was caught after they determined he had taken his getaway vehicle for a test drive from a car dealer. The Raleigh-based U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that 68-year-old Glenn Alin Martinoff was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to bank robbery. The news release said Martinoff entered a Wilmington bank in January wearing a mask and gloves and brandishing a large screwdriver. He robbed the location of more than $6,000, authorities said. Investigators using surveillance video determined his getaway car was for sale at a nearby dealership. The news release said that authorities found out he had taken the car for a test drive to use as his getaway car. 

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