North Carolina News – May 9, 2022

North Carolina News – May 9, 2022


Trump, emboldened after Ohio victory, faces challenges ahead

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump enters the next stretch of the midterm campaign emboldened by primary victories but facing new risks. Trump’s late-stage endorsement of JD Vance in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary catapulted the “Hillbilly Elegy” author to the nomination in last week’s election. Vance’s win also reinforced the deep ties the former president holds among the most loyal Republican voters. But there’s also caution that the coming phase of the campaign could be more complicated for the former president. The midterm primary elections continue on Tuesday with a tight GOP race for governor in Nebraska.


NC officers kill man setting cars ablaze near police station

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The police chief in Raleigh, North Carolina, says officers have shot and killed a man who was throwing Molotov cocktails and setting cars on fire near a police station. Police Chief Estella Patterson said the fatally shooting took place Saturday afternoon after an officer observed a man setting cars on fire in a parking lot near the Southeast district station. She says the officer called for assistance, and three other officers came to help. She says officers ordered the man to stop, but the person continued to throw Molotov cocktails. Patterson says the officers then fired their weapons, and the man was struck multiple times. He was not immediately identified.


Preliminary 3.3 magnitude quake jolts South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered northeast of South Carolina’s capital city has jolted large numbers of state residents awake. Authorities say the quake occurred just after 1:30 a.m. EDT Monday and had a preliminary 3.3 magnitude. There were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries. The pre-dawn temblor lasted only seconds but a number of people took to social media to describe being shaken from sleep. A seismic analyst monitoring the quake for the USGS Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado called it the latest in a small series of shakes in recent months. The epicenter was reported about 1.9 miles below the earth’s surface near Elgin, South Carolina.


Severe weather topples wall at North Carolina facility

Officials say a wall at a North Carolina distribution center was toppled by a severe storm on Friday, but none of the 30 workers inside the facility was hurt. News outlets report emergency officials in Orange County say high winds knocked down the wall at the Gildan Distribution Center in Mebane. The emergency officials couldn’t be reached for additional comment on Friday evening. The weather service also reported half-dollar-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts near Raleigh-Durham International Airport just before 4 p.m., but there were no immediate reports of damages.


NC Supreme Court taking over appeal on voting by offenders

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court is taking over now the appeals in a lawsuit seeking to change when felony offenders can vote again. The justices agreed Friday to a motion from ex-offenders and civil rights groups asking the state’s highest court to review the case before the Court of Appeals gets too involved. That likely means a sooner final outcome over the future of a 1973 law that prevents someone convicted of a felony from having voting rights restored while still on probation or parole. Trial judges struck down this restriction in March, but right now registration requests for these offenders are being held.


NC Supreme Court won’t hear case of Rev. Barber’s conviction

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court has refused to hear the appeal of a civil rights leader convicted of trespassing during a 2017 demonstration inside the Legislative Building. The state Supreme Court announced on Friday it had denied the request of the Rev. William Barber II for the justices to review his case and his 2019 trial. It appears to mean Barber’s second-degree trespass conviction is final. A jury found Barber guilty after he led a call-and-response chant with others outside Senate leader Phil Berger’s office. A Court of Appeals panel upheld the conviction in December. Barber said he had the right to “instruct” legislators.


Man held at NC jail dies after ‘medical emergency’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man being held in a North Carolina jail has died after what a sheriff’s office calls a “medical emergency.” The Charlotte Observer reports that a news release says a detention officer at the Mecklenburg County jail called in the emergency just after 10 a.m. on Thursday in the infirmary, where 33-year-old Derrick Geter was being kept. Geter was pronounced dead at a hospital at around 11:30 a.m. Jail officials did not provide a cause of death, citing privacy laws. Geter is the third person to die in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in 2022. The newspaper reports three inmates died last year.


North Carolina man arrested in deaths of family members

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina man has been arrested in the slayings of two family members. News outlets report Kinston police apprehended 34-year-old Lawrence Cox Jr. in Goldsboro on Thursday night. Cox is charged with murder in the deaths of 78-year-old Ruby Cox and 57-year-old Johnny Rouse. Police did not say how the three were related. Officers were called to a location early Thursday in response to a shooting. When officers arrived, they found Rouse and Ruby Cox dead. Police said tips led investigators to identify Lawrence Cox as the suspect.