Inmate accused of exposing self to detention officers
CARTHAGE (AP) — Officials say a Moore County man already in jail is facing indecent exposure charges.
The Fayetteville Observer reports 37-year-old Tarus Flowers received two counts of indecent exposure Thursday. Sheriff Neil Godfrey says Flowers was at the Moore County Detention Center when he intentionally exposed himself to two detention officers while they were conducting rounds in the house unit.
Court records show Flowers is currently facing a charge of communicating threats in a different case and will appear in court on July 10. He will face the indecent exposure charges on July 14.
Flowers, 0f 1019 Old Lumberton Road, Maxton, was previously charged with indecent exposure in 2011.
Homeowner shoots, kills suspected robber
HOPE MILLS (AP) — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left a suspected robber dead and a man wounded.
Multiple news sources report Gerald Douglas Raeford was killed early Thursday morning at a Hope Mills home. Deputies say Raeford was one of three men trying to rob a man, demanding money as he was trying to get into his vehicle. The man pulled a revolver from his vehicle and shot at the burglars, striking one. Raeford was pronounced dead at the scene.
The homeowner was also taken to the hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to his abdomen. His condition is unclear.
Deputies say the other two men were not captured and took off on foot. The men are considered armed and dangerous.
McCrory plans to sign bill easing ID requirement
RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory will sign into law a bill that allows some North Carolina registered voters to vote in person without the photo identification required starting next year.
McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis on Friday confirmed the decision before the legislation reached the governor’s desk.
Legislators gave final approval Thursday to easing the photo ID mandate passed in 2013. That law says anyone at an early-voting center or Election Day precinct must show a qualifying photo ID for the vote to count.
But the change says voters with a “reasonable impediment” to getting an ID can fill out a form and provide other information to ensure their vote will count. Legislators approved the bill a month before the first trial challenging the ID requirement is scheduled to begin.
2 admit to filing false tax returns
CHARLOTTE (AP) — A U.S. attorney says two Charlotte-area tax return preparers pleaded guilty in separate cases to helping file hundreds of false tax returns.
The Charlotte Observer reports 48-year-old Fitzroy Lawrence pleaded guilty to one count of assisting in filing a false claim against the United States Thursday. U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose says Lawrence admitted to filing hundreds of false returns seeking a total of about $2.6 million in fraudulent tax refunds from 2008 to 2011. Lawrence has agreed to pay restitution.
On the same day, 43-year-old Malik Shropshire pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to impede the IRS and one count of making a false statement on a loan application. Court records show from 2008 to 2011, Shropshire helped prepare hundreds of false returns filed with the IRS.