North Carolina News – November 23

North Carolina News – November 23


2 killed, 2 wounded in shootings near N. Carolina apartments

WARSAW, N.C. (AP) — Police say two people were shot and killed and two others were wounded in a shooting near a North Carolina apartment complex. A news release from the Warsaw Police Department says officers responding to a report of shots fired around 7:45 p.m. found two people with gunshot wounds. Investigators say both people were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people at the scene were taken to local hospitals for what police said were non-life-threatening injuries. Warsaw police and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are looking into the incident, the news release said.


North Carolina lawmaker Ben Clark launches congressional bid

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state Sen. Ben Clark announced on Monday that he will seek the Democratic nomination in the state’s 4th Congressional District. Under the newly drawn map by Republicans, the district outside of Raleigh slightly favors the GOP. He’s competing in the primary against Denton Lee, a high school teacher in Smithfield. The district is likely to be one of the most competitive in the general election. Clark proposed congressional boundaries that would have more evenly divided and given the Democrats greater representation in the U.S. House and North Carolina General Assembly.


Erica Smith ends US Senate bid, moves to replace Butterfield

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic former state Sen. Erica Smith has announced that she will end her campaign for U.S. Senate and launch a congressional bid to replace Rep. G.K. Butterfield. She expects challenges for her party’s nomination from state Rep. James Gailliard and state Sen. Don Davis. Gailliard declared his candidacy on Monday night and is trying to present himself as the moderate candidate with the best chance to win a general election. Davis has filed paperwork to run in the redrawn northeastern North Carolina congressional district. Smith filed last week but formally announced her run Tuesday. 


2 Florida-based grocery chains limit some Thanksgiving items

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida-based grocery chains are limiting the number of items sold to customers ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday. Officials say Publix and Winn-Dixie are placing limits on some items due to the ongoing supply chain issues. Lakeland, Florida-based Publix operates nearly 1,300 stores across seven states in the Southeast.  Jacksonville, Florida-based Winn-Dixie has stores in five Southern states. Last week, Publix began limiting customers to two each of key Thanksgiving items including canned cranberry sauce, pie filling, jarred gravy, cream cheese and bacon. Winn-Dixie is limiting turkeys to one per customer. 


Sheriff: Four people wounded at North Carolina turkey shoot

ROBBINS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office says four people, two of them children, were wounded when a gun went off after it fell to the ground at a turkey shoot. The Moore County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release on Monday that a loaded shotgun which had been placed on a ledge fell to the ground. The news release says the shotgun went off and several people were struck by shotgun pellets. A husband and wife and their 1-year-old son were wounded as well as a 12-year-old girl who was airlifted to a hospital in Chapel Hill with non-life-threatening injuries. The sheriff’s office ruled the incident accidental. 


Four homes destroyed in fire on North Carolina island

BALD HEAD ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — Officials say three condominiums and one home were destroyed in a weekend fire on a North Carolina island. A news release from the Village of Bald Head Island said public safety personnel were dispatched at around 8 p.m. Saturday to a structure fire. Strong winds helped spread the fire to adjacent homes and threatened the surrounding area. The StarNews of Wilmington reported Alan May, public safety director for the Village of Bald Head Island, said one house was occupied at the time of the fire, but the people inside were able to get out before firefighters arrived. Officials say four firefighters suffered minor injuries.


Bidens open holidays with Christmas tree and ‘friendsgiving’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are getting into the holiday spirit. The first lady opened the holiday season Monday by accepting an 18 1/2-foot Fraser fir that will be the centerpiece of the couple’s first Christmas at the White House. The Bidens then traveled to North Carolina’s Fort Bragg on Monday evening to celebrate “friendsgiving” with service members and military families. The Bidens walked behind the serving tables, donned gloves and aprons and started dishing out meals. The couple plans to leave Washington on Tuesday to resume a family tradition of spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket island in Massachusetts.


Former N. Carolina school superintendent to repay district

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina education administrator has reached an agreement with his former school system to pay back more than $30,000 of unauthorized travel expenses he accumulated during his time in office. The Telegram of Rocky Mount reports the Nash County Board of Education announced last Thursday in a written statement that it reached the settlement with former Superintendent Shelton Jefferies. The Nash County board learned in the spring of 2019 that procurement cards and district vehicles were misused. The report from the Office of the State Auditor said Jefferies violated multiple policies related to the cards and his vehicle. Jeffries resigned that August.


Missing North Carolina man found dead; woman charged

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina man reported missing more than two weeks ago has been found dead, and the woman he lived with is charged in his death. The Gaston Gazette reports Kings Mountain police reported finding 60-year-old Keith Adams on Thursday off a road in Cleveland County. On Friday, police charged 63-year-old Darlene Black, with first-degree murder. Police found Black in South Carolina and Kings Mountain Police Chief Lisa Proctor says she’s awaiting extradition to Cleveland County. Adams and Black lived together, but police did not offer any details about their relationship. 

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