Woman wielding shotgun killed by North Carolina deputies
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a woman wielding a shotgun was killed by deputies after she aimed the weapon at them and wouldn’t put it down. News outlets report the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to a location in the town of Bahama around 3:30 p.m. When the deputies arrived, they saw a woman armed with a shotgun. Deputies say the unidentified woman aimed the shotgun at deputies multiple times while they tried to get her to put it down. Details of how the woman was shot, or how many deputies were involved were not available on Tuesday evening.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Cooper urges boosters, plans NC worker mandate extension
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper says North Carolina will keep its “foot on the gas” when it comes to getting more vaccines and boosters administered to combat COVID-19 and its recent extremely contagious omicron variant. The latest state health data shows the number of patients with COVID-19 in North Carolina’s hospitals exceeded 3,000 on Monday. That’s a more than 50% increase compared to a week earlier. Cooper said on Tuesday that later this week he would extend an executive order that requires state employees in Cabinet agencies to be fully vaccinated or tested regularly. Cooper says a booster shot could soon be included in the definition of fully vaccinated.
FAKE INSURANCE CLAIM
2 charged with making fake injury claim on traffic accident
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Department of Insurance says two people have been accused of trying to tell investigators that one of them was hurt in a traffic accident which was later found to be a false claim. The department says in a news release that 31-year-old Timira Chiquita Glaspy, and 33-year-old Dandre Lamar Morrison, were both charged with felony insurance fraud and misdemeanor making false statements on applications for insurance. The department accused Morrison and Glaspy of telling insurance claim investigators with a Winston-Salem-based company that Glaspy was injured in a collision while driving last May. Criminal summonses say Glaspy was not in her vehicle at the time and couldn’t have been injured.
OUTER BANKS-HIGHWAY CLOSED
Flooding closes part of road on North Carolina’s Outer Banks
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — A portion of the only highway along North Carolina’s Outer Banks is closed because of ocean overwash. WITN reports the N.C. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that N.C. Highway 12 between the Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe is closed until further notice. The stretch covers 13 miles. The department says work crews will begin clearing the road as soon as conditions allow. Monday’s severe weather caused flooding and power outages along the coast. Gov. Roy Cooper said the weather contributed to almost 200,000 utility customers being without power on Monday morning.
ROAD RAGE-SHOOTING DEATH
North Carolina man charged in fatal road rage shooting
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina man has been charged in the shooting death of a motorcyclist in what investigators say was a road rage incident. The Fayetteville Police Department said in a news release that 51-year-old Roger Dale Nobles was arrested at his home Monday and charged with first-degree murder. He’s being held in the Cumberland County jail without bond. Police identified the victim as 32-year-old Stephen Addison. WRAL reported that the arrest warrant says Nobles and his son got into a conflict with Addison at an intersection. The son got out of the truck to confront Addison and the elder Nobles fired a gun from the driver’s seat.
AUTISTIC WOMAN FIRED-LAWSUIT
Autistic woman sues company over firing about communication
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An autistic woman who worked for a North Carolina company has filed a lawsuit over her firing, saying the company never helped her understand what the firm meant when it flagged her for “unprofessional” communication. The Charlotte Observer reports that in a lawsuit filed Dec. 27 in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the unidentified woman said CastleBranch Inc.’s decision to fire her violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, which bars discrimination based on disability in all facets of public life. She says in the lawsuit that the Wilmington company didn’t explain to her the meaning of “unprofessional.” Neither side responded to requests for comment.
JAIL OFFICER ASSAULTED-REPORT
Agency report: Staff, inmates at North Carolina jail at risk
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A state agency says conditions at a North Carolina jail are putting inmates and staff members at risk and officials need to remove more than 400 inmates to make it more manageable for available staff. News outlets report a division of the state Department of Health and Human Services says the Mecklenburg County jail is overcrowded and understaffed, which poses an imminent threat to safety. The report says there has been an increase in the instances of staff and inmates being hurt. It also noted delays in response times in certain situations. Inspectors said there are 1,407 inmates at the jail, a number they hope to get below 1,000.
FATAL SHOOTING-JUVENILE CHARGED
Police charge North Carolina juvenile in fatal shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police department says a 15-year-old has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of a man last month. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said its homicide unit identified the teenager as a suspect in the shooting on Dec. 14. A news release says a secure custody order for first-degree murder was issued and on Monday, detectives located the juvenile and arrested him without incident. Officers responding to a call of assault with a deadly weapon south of downtown Charlotte found 46-year-old Richard Marshall Jr. with an apparent gunshot wound. Police said emergency personnel pronounced Marshal dead at the scene.An investigation into the shooting is continuing, police said.
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