BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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UNDATED — Radio traffic released by authorities indicates that a North Carolina state trooper chasing a deaf driver reached speeds of up to 100 mph before the driver was shot and killed in sight of his Charlotte home. The conversation between Trooper Jermaine Saunders and the dispatcher also indicates the officer intentionally wrecked Daniel Harris’ car to try to stop the chase before it left Interstate 485, but the pursuit continued. By Martha Waggoner and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 340 words.


RODANTHE — Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas. Elsewhere, a powerful hurricane threatened to pass “dangerously close” to Hawaii, and a hurricane watch was issued for parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico. By Ben Finley And Jonathan Drew. SENT: 760 words. AP Photos NY2, NY4C, FLPET101.



WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department said Tuesday it had closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats that it considered serious. USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said the department had received “several anonymous messages” late Monday that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. He said offices in six locations in the five states were closed Tuesday morning until further notice. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 320 words. Note North Carolina angle.


ASHEVILLE — While August rainfall has eased drought conditions in western North Carolina, hot and dry weather has already taken its toll on agriculture and could linger into fall, according to a state climatologist. A North Carolina Drought Management Advisory report says Buncombe County has been in a drought since April. The weekly report also says Buncombe and surrounding counties have ranged between three categories – abnormally dry, moderate drought and severe drought. SENT: 400 words.


FAYETTEVILLE — A Missouri man arrested in Fayetteville last weekend in the abduction of his son was quiet and mostly stayed indoors, neighbors said. Corey Hotsenpiller, 24, was arrested Saturday in the abduction of his 5-year-old son Beck three years ago. SENT: 270 words.


NEW ORLEANS — Allegiant Air is adding a new year-round nonstop service between New Orleans and Concord, North Carolina. Allegiant said Tuesday the route is the fourth it has added this year at Louis Armstrong International Airport. The Las Vegas-based airline will offer twice weekly flights from Concord Regional Airport to New Orleans starting Nov. 18. SENT: 240 words.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A research institute is developing a strategic plan aimed at spurring employment and new business activity in 19 Alabama counties hard-hit by the decline of the coal industry. Southern Research will use a $60,202 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the work, the Birmingham-based institute announced Tuesday. Southern Research is partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to explore ways that new jobs can be created in Alabama’s coal region, the institute said. SENT: 330 words.


— CHILD PORN SENTENCE, from WILMINGTON — Prosecutors say a man who played Santa Claus and did magic for children has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for making pornography with children he is related to. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER, from RALEIGH — A two-term Wayne County lawmaker is the North Carolina House majority leader for at least the next few months. SENT: 130 words.

— ESCAPED INMATE, from ELIZABETH CITY — North Carolina corrections officials are searching for an inmate who walked off from a work assignment in Elizabeth City. SENT: 130 words.

— DURHAM VAN DEATH, from DURHAM — Durham police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl found inside a van on a city street. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE OFFICER-SHOTS FIRED, from RALEIGH — Recorded radio traffic captures a North Carolina police officer telling a suspect to put his gun down during a confrontation that ended with an officer injured and the suspect dead. SENT: 130 words.

— DOUBLE MURDER-INVESTIGATIVE MISCONDUCT, from DURHAM — An ex-convict linked to a slain woman through DNA testing is refusing to answer questions at a hearing that could free the man sentenced to prison 21 years ago for the killing. SENT: 130 words.

— BIDEN-RALEIGH, from RALEIGH — A national group seeking to elect Democratic governors says Vice President Joe Biden will attend one of its fundraisers next month in North Carolina, where Attorney General Roy Cooper is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. SENT: 130 words.

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-ONSLOW COUNTY, from JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say two men who were found dead following a weekend fire at a home northwest of Jacksonville died of gunshot wounds. SENT: 130 words.

— TRAFFIC FATALITIES, from CHARLOTTE — Recent data shows the number of people killed in traffic accidents in North Carolina rose sharply last year. SENT: 130 words.

— NEW SKY RIDE-FAIR, from RALEIGH — Crews are finishing up construction on a new sky ride that will give people an aerial view of the North Carolina State Fair this fall. SENT: 130 words.

— MARIJUANA BUST-HOME, from LEXINGTON — An investigation is underway after Davidson County authorities say they discovered 17 trash bags full of marijuana, worth more than $800,000, inside a gutted home. SENT: 130 words.

— MCCRORY-ABORTION, from RALEIGH — Abortion-right advocates remain suspicious of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory about protecting access to the procedure and want him to know they’re still watching his actions. SENT: 130 words.



DURHAM — Duke is putting its offense in the hands of Daniel Jones. The redshirt freshman who ran the first team during camp while returning starter Thomas Sirk fought back from injury now has the job to himself after Sirk’s season-ending setback. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 400 words.


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