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June 17, 2018 - 12:00 am


2 North Carolina prison guards hurt in attack by inmate

BUTNER, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say that two prison officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when an inmate attacked them with a homemade weapon.

The Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying the attack by inmate Alexis Ramirez happened Saturday at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner.

Authorities say two correctional officers were taken to a hospital for treatment. One was treated and released later in the day.

Ramirez was also taken to a medical facility for evaluation.

Authorities plan to pursue criminal charges related to the attack against Ramirez.

Prison records show the 23-year-old Ramirez was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2016 of first-degree murder in Durham County.


Elizabeth City partners with new Internet provider

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Residents of an eastern North Carolina city have a new option for Internet service.

The Daily Advance reports that Eastern Shore Communications is serving customers in Elizabeth City. The city government is its first business customer.

The Cape Charles, Va., provider, began talks two years ago with the city and struck a deal allowing it to put equipment on the city's water towers. That lets it provide service at a lower cost. In return, it will share revenue with the city.

City officials have said they hope the deal will bring competition and make it easier for households to get high-speed connections. The area has also been served by CenturyLink and Spectrum.

Residents will need wireless antennas installed at their home for a one-time fee to use Eastern Shore's service.


Shrimp rise as overall North Carolina commercial catch dips

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials say commercial fishing in the state declined by weight last year even as shrimp volume increased to a record high.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued a release this month saying fishermen sold about 54 million pounds (24 million kg) of fish and shellfish to North Carolina dealers in 2017. That's down about 9 percent from the previous year and below the five-year average.

But the $96.5 million estimated value of the catch was slightly higher than the previous year.

Biologists say the drop in volume is largely due to a decrease in hard blue crab landings by more than a quarter from the previous year.

Meanwhile, shrimp landings increased to the highest volume on record since the state began its current measurement program in 1994.


1 man dies of injuries sustained from fire at Army plant

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — One of three people injured during a flash fire at the main propellant-manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense has died.

The Joint Munitions Command of the U.S. Army says Andrew Goad died Saturday due to injuries sustained during last week's blaze at Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia.

The 42-year-old man of Dublin, Virginia, worked as a group leader at the facility.

In a statement, plant commander Lt. Col James Scott said Goad "made the ultimate sacrifice" while doing the "dangerous work" of producing munitions.

The U.S. Army owns the plant and defense contractor BAE Systems operates it. The facility employs nearly 1,200 people and is a leading producer of military-grade propellants for the Department of Defense.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.


Army narrows list of cities down to 5 for new command HQ

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Army spokesman says officials have narrowed to five the number of cities under consideration to house a prestigious command center that's meant to modernize Army operations and technology.

Col. Patrick Seiber tells the Austin American-Statesman that Austin, Texas, is a finalist for the Futures Command headquarters along with Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Seiber says 10 other cities — including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle — are no longer candidates. A final decision is expected by the end of June.

The Army wants the center to be near experts in technology and innovation who can figure out emerging threats and what equipment will be needed to answer them.

The complex will have a staff of roughly 500 people, led by a four-star general.


Legislator releases emails sought by ACLU, constituent

(Information from: The Daily Advance,

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislator has released more than 1,100 pages of un-redacted emails after a constituent and the American Civil Liberties Union sought them.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports Republican Rep. Beverly Boswell of Dare County released the emails that the ACLU and Craig Merrill of Kitty Hawk had sought. Merrill asked for the emails mainly because of Boswell's advocacy of a repeal of a plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks.

ACLU spokeswoman Molly Rivera said in an email that the case had not been heard yet in Superior Court. She says Boswell provided records after the ACLU made it clear that it pursue their release in court.

The ACLU provided The Daily Advance a copy of the emails, which the Advance is reviewing.



Body could be that of man wanted in NC triple homicide

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — Searchers have found a body that's believed to be a man wanted in connection with a triple homicide in western North Carolina.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets that the body was found Friday evening in thick woods about a mile from Kenneth Douglas Powell's apartment in Morganton. Authorities had identified Powell as a person of interest in the June 8 shootings.

Authorities say a revolver found beside the body will be compared with the bullets from the victims' bodies. Sheriff Steve Whisenant also says paperwork found on the body suggests that it is Powell.

Killed were: 23-year-old Trae Ward; 57-year-old Pamela Ward; and 22-year-old Jimmy Stamey. A 2-year-old was found unharmed in the home.

Sheriff's officials say the victims knew Powell. They haven't determined a motive.


Student says he got tougher suspension than donor's son

(Information from: Times-News,

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina student has sued the university he once attended, saying he was treated unfairly when he got into a fight with the son of a major donor.

The Times-News of Burlington reports Samuel Shaw says in the lawuit filed in Alamance County Superior Court that the donor's son, Spencer Schar, got a lighter suspension than he did. Schar is the son of Dwight and Martha Schar, who donated $12 million to the university in 2014.

The lawsuit says police determined Shaw acted in self-defense.

The university said it disputes the allegations and will defend itself in court.

Shaw is suing the university for breach of contract. He's asking the court to restrict what the university can say about him to other schools, along with more than $25,000 in damages.


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