SUSPECT CHASE-MAN ARRESTED
N. Carolina man accused of shooting into home, leading chase
EDEN, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man wanted on multiple charges was arrested after allegedly shooting into his mother’s home and leading deputies on a chase. News outlets reported the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded early Monday to a domestic situation involving a mother and son at a home in Eden. The sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Frank Otis Burroughs III of Eden refused to stop for deputies and led them on a chase which ended when Eden police deployed devices that deflated Burroughs’ tires. He was already facing multiple warrants and more charges have been added.
INJURED DOG NEGLECTED
Woman charged with failing to get hurt dog help due in court
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman is scheduled to appear in court to answer to charges that she ignored orders to have her dog treated after it suffered a broken leg when it was hit by a car and instead hid it under her house. WGHP-TV reports that Isabel Salgado Perez of Lexington was arrested on Oct. 27 and freed on a $1,000 bond. Perez is scheduled to appear on Tuesday in Davidson County District Court. A Lexington police officer wrote in an arrest report that Perez didn’t take her dog to a vet when she was told to do so by Lexington Animal Control.
North Carolina panel to hear redistricting case next month
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A three-judge panel will soon hear a case challenging North Carolina’s legislative and congressional maps, according to court filings released Monday afternoon. Arguments are scheduled to be heard in Wake County Superior Court between Jan. 3 and Jan. 5. Closing arguments are planned for Jan. 6. The state Supreme Court had moved last week to push back the primary election by 10 weeks to May 17. It is directing panel of judges to reach a decision by Jan. 11. The losing side would then almost assuredly file an appeal to the high court. Republicans insist the congressional and legislative maps pass legal muster, while critics say the boundaries are partisan and racial gerrymanders.
OFFICER SHOT-NORTH CAROLINA
N. Carolina police officer shot, wounded outside restaurant
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina police officer was shot in the leg and wounded on Monday while responding to a domestic dispute. News outlets report Greensboro police said the police officer responded to the call from a restaurant on the city’s west side. The officer was investigating the incident when a struggle occurred between the officer and the suspect and a gun went off. The officer was struck in the leg and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Police said the unidentified person involved in the struggle was taken into custody. There was no immediate word on charges.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina confirms 1st case of omicron variant
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Local North Carolina health officials have confirmed the first positive COVID-19 test for the omicron variant. The case came from a University of North Carolina at Charlotte student who traveled out of state over Thanksgiving. Officials say the student was isolated and has recovered, with the exposure limited to one known contact. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported it has detected the variant in 29 sates. Scientists say omicron is much more transmissible than previous variants, but it’s unclear whether omicron causes more severe disease than other variants.
BURNING BAN-NORTH CAROLINA
Burning ban lifted for all North Carolina counties
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials say a burning ban still in effect for 33 North Carolina counties in the wake of recent wildfires was lifted on Monday following weekend rainfall. A news release from the N.C. Forest Service says a ban was imposed on Nov. 29 due to hazardous forest fire conditions. It was lifted for 67 other counties on Dec. 8. As of noon Monday, burn permits are available statewide. Residents can obtain a burn permit from any authorized permitting agent or online. All burn permits granted before the statewide burn ban were canceled when the ban became effective. A valid permit must be obtained.
Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted to pursue contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Lawmakers have also revealed a series of frantic texts he received as the attack was underway. The texts reveal that members of Congress, Fox News anchors and even President Donald Trump’s own son were urging Meadows to push Trump to act quickly to stop the siege by his supporters. The panel voted 9-0 to recommend the contempt charges. The House is expected to vote Tuesday to refer the charges to the Justice Department, which will decide whether to prosecute the former Republican congressman.
Police: 2 killed, 4 hurt in Durham shooting
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Durham police say two young men are dead and four other young people are injured after a shooting. Police say officers responding to a report of a shooting around 3 a.m. Monday found a Hyundai SUV crashed into a utility pole and six people who had been shot. Police say two young men died on the scene. Three girls and one boy were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries and police say at least one of them was in critical condition. Police say the shooting did not appear to be a random incident.
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