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July 01, 2018 - 12:00 am


North Carolina sheriff's deputy shoots man wielding shotgun

SNOW HILL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff says a deputy shot a man after he confronted them with a shotgun.

Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith told news outlets deputies went to the man's house Friday for a welfare check. Smith said 71-year-old Robert Bigler called the sheriff's office to complain about the government and said there would be a "showdown in his yard."

The sheriff said as deputies talked to Bigler, he went inside his home and came back out with a shotgun. Smith said Bigler pointed the shotgun at deputies and told them to drop their weapons before one of the deputies shot him in the leg.

Smith said charges would be filed against Bigler when he gets out of the hospital. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting.


Arrest in dance studio shooting that killed 1, wounded 6

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — A Raleigh man is charged with murder after a shooting spree at a Sanford dance studio that also left six other people wounded last weekend.

Media reports cite Sanford officials as saying Saturday they've charged 20-year-old Dominique Williams with one count of first-degree murder.

The shooting exploded after a birthday party held at the Sanford Latin Dance Studio early on June 24. Authorities say partygoers were reaching the street when a fight and then the gunfire broke out.

A gunshot wound to the chest killed 27-year-old Travis Mclean of Sanford. Family members said Mclean was shot eight times.

Two women and four other men suffered gunshot wounds to their arms or legs. One man was shot in both legs.

Williams is scheduled in Lee County District Court on Monday.


Man fleeing trooper killed during high-speed chase

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is dead after a high-speed chase that ended with his vehicle crashing into a tree.

Media reports say 22-year-old Shonquelle Barrett of Aberdeen died at the scene between Aberdeen and Pinebluff on Friday night.

Highway Patrol spokesman Ray Pierce says a state trooper chased a Honda Accord that turned to avoid a police checkpoint and bumped the fleeing car. It's not clear whether the pursuing trooper bumped the car accidentally or intentionally to end the chase before it reached high-traffic areas in Aberdeen.

Barrett lost control of the car, which crashed into a telephone pole and a tree.

Reports say speeds during the pursuit hit 80 miles an hour.

The trooper hasn't been identified. The State Bureau of Investigation is studying the incident.


SC fireworks sales permits show rich market along NC border

(Information from: WYFF-TV,

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina fireworks dealers are seeing strong sales opportunities along the North Carolina border, which bans the sale of fireworks that leave the ground.

WYFF reports that more than half of the state-issued permits needed to sell fireworks in South Carolina are for businesses within 50 miles of the North Carolina border.

About a quarter of the permits allowing seasonal fireworks sales are in counties that touch the Tar Heel state.

Five of the counties with three or more annual permits are in the South Carolina Upstate.

Richland County has the most temporary permits with 60. Charleston County has the second-most with 42, followed by Greenville County with 38, Lexington County with 36 and both Anderson and Spartanburg counties with 31.



3 for-profit college campuses in NCarolina expected to close

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A for-profit company expects to shut down three college campuses in North Carolina before the end of the year.

Email obtained by The News & Observer of Raleigh show that Dream Center Education Holdings this week notified University of North Carolina officials the company will close the locations enrolling 3,000 students. The newspaper reports that the company says it will close South University in High Point and the Art Institutes in Durham and Charlotte.

UNC officials say in an email that the company will stop enrolling students for the upcoming term.

A company spokeswoman declined comment about closing plans.

Art Institute campuses offer classes in animation, design, film and audio production and fashion. South University offers programs in pharmacy, business, nursing, theology and arts and sciences.


Billboard warns against treats for Outer Banks wild horses

COROLLA, N.C. (AP) — Property owners, merchants and wild horse enthusiasts are urging the summer's flood of tourists to North Carolina's Outer Banks to let the area's wild horses stay wild.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports that a new highway billboard screams a warning that apples and carrots meant as treats can actually kill wild horses.

Property owners along a North Carolina strip only accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles are posting yard signs to reinforce a local law requiring people to stay 50 feet away from the rugged critters. Retail stores in Duck and Corolla are donating sign space for similar messages.

It's part of a local effort to reduce harmful interactions between visitors to the Currituck Outer Banks and the wild horse herd that lives in maritime forests and among the dunes there.


Suspect charged after NC man shot dead at SC beach town

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A man is charged with murder after a North Carolina visitor was shot to death near an entertainment and shopping complex at the South Carolina coast.

Media organizations report 42-year-old Javaline Dawkins of Loris was denied release on bond after facing a Myrtle Beach municipal judge Saturday on murder, kidnapping and weapons charges.

Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard says 27-year-old Ryan Rasheed Bryant of Columbus County, North Carolina, was killed late Wednesday.

Myrtle Beach Police Captain Joey Crosby says an off-duty officer heard and reported the gunshots near Broadway at the Beach. Other officers arriving on the scene performed CPR on Bryant, who later died at a hospital.


Officer accused in jaywalker's beating won't be charged

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says no federal charges will be filed against a former North Carolina police officer who was seen on body camera videos beating a black pedestrian.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray said in a news release Friday that after a thorough and independent investigation, the evidence doesn't warrant prosecution of a violation of federal criminal civil rights laws.

The video from last August showed former Asheville police officer Christopher Hickman punching, choking and shocking Johnnie Jermaine Rush, whom officers had accused of jaywalking.

Hickman, who is white, was arrested in March on a state felony charge of assault by strangulation, plus misdemeanor counts of assault and communicating threats. An arrest warrant said Rush suffered head abrasions and swelling and lost consciousness when Hickman pressed his arm on his throat.

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