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June 18, 2018 - 12:00 am


Candidate begin filing to run in N Carolina judicial races

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first day candidates can file to run for North Carolina judgeships brought out more than 120 people seeking seats on the bench this November.

Filing began at noon Monday for over 150 District Court or Superior Court seats, along with one spot on the Supreme Court and three on the Court of Appeals. Filing ends June 29.

The legislature pushed back filing this year when deciding there would be no judicial primaries in 2018 while considering changes to judicial election boundaries and how to choose judges. Top vote-getters in each race — no matter how many candidates — will be the winner.

Judicial election district changes in a bill Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed last week and others in another bill on his desk could complicate candidate filing.


Off-duty officer charged with DWI in North Carolina

BANNER ELK, N.C. (AP) — A police officer in North Carolina has been placed on unpaid leave after troopers say he was driving while impaired in his personal vehicle.

The state Highway Patrol said 44-year-old Tyler Kishpaugh drove his Mazda SUV over the center line on NC Highway 184 in Avery County around 12:50 a.m. Saturday.

Kishpaugh has been an officer for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since 2001.

Troopers said in a news release that Kishpaugh was arrested and charged with DWI after roadside tests and was taken to the Banner Elk Police Department where he refused to take a blood-alcohol test.

Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney said in a statement he is disappointed with Kishpaugh's arrest and has placed the officer on leave without pay.

It wasn't known if Kishpaugh had a lawyer.


More arrested in N Carolina's final week of demonstrations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 130 people have been arrested or cited by police at North Carolina's Legislative Building during six weeks of non-violent action as part of a national civil rights movement seeking largely liberal-leaning demands.

The last batch of arrests for the Poor People's Campaign in North Carolina occurred Monday, when General Assembly police took away 13 demonstrators chanting in front of the Senate chamber's doors. Legislative Police Chief Martin Brock said they would be charged with second-degree trespassing.

The campaign began in Raleigh and other state capitals May 14. About 150 people who attended Monday's rally across from the Legislative Building heard from speakers talking about poverty, religious discrimination and immigration before going inside.

The six-week campaign reaches a climax this Saturday in Washington for a "Stand Against Poverty."


Man will admit to impersonating general for helicopter ride

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man accused of landing a chartered helicopter at a North Carolina technology company plans to plead guilty to impersonating an Army general.

Authorities say Christian Desgroux had a charter helicopter pilot land on a soccer field last November at the corporate campus of SAS Institute in Cary.

According to federal agents, Desgroux told a security officer he was picking up a female employee to take her to Fort Bragg for a classified briefing.

He was charged with a federal count of pretending to be a military officer. His defense attorney, Andrew McCoppin, wrote in a court filing last week that his client plans to plead guilty and he won't object to a conclusion that he was sane at the time of the incident. McCoppin didn't respond to a message Monday.


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GOP, Dem governors back benefits for pre-existing conditions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan group of governors is speaking out against a Trump administration decision that could narrow access to health insurance benefits for those with pre-existing conditions.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik), Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the governors of Alaska, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Montana, Washington and Maryland issued a joint statement Monday.

They said the administration's move would hurt families in their states, add uncertainty to insurance markets and go against American values.

The administration revealed in a recent legal brief that the Justice Department no longer plans to defend the portion of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act related to pre-existing conditions.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told senators that Republican President Donald Trump supports accessible health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions.


North Carolina man indicted, arrested in woman's drug death

(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who died in his home from a drug overdose.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that 67-year-old William Earl Hendrix of Fayetteville was indicted by the Cumberland County grand jury and was arrested June 15. It was not known if he has an attorney.

Twenty-five-year-old Heather Coffman was found unresponsive in the bathroom of Hendrix' home in 2015. She died at the scene.

District Attorney Billy West said Hendrix is accused of providing the woman with a controlled substance and she then overdosed. West said it's one of the first indictments for a drug overdose in Cumberland County.

An autopsy determined that Coffman had heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone in her system.



Man, woman found shot to death in car in North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A man and woman have been found shot to death in a car in North Carolina.

Greensboro police say there were called to an apartment parking lot around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

News outlets reported that the victims were 21-year-old Caitlin Christina Heath and 21-year-old Eric Eugene Johnson Jr., both of Greensboro.

Officers say the deaths are being investigated as homicides. Officers have not released other details of the investigation.

No arrests have been made.


Forecasters warn of dangerous heat in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of dangerous heat in North Carolina this week.

The National Weather Service said the heat is expected to run at least through Thursday.

Forecasters said high temperatures from Charlotte to Raleigh to Wilmington are expected to be in the upper 90s. But forecasters say including the effect of humidity, the heat index will range from 103 to 109 degrees every day.

The weather service said once the heat index tops 90, people are at much higher risk for sunstroke, heat crams and heat exhaustion if they have prolonged exposure to the heat.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency where the person's body temperature reaches 106 degrees or higher. A person can become unconscious and needs emergency medical assistance. Heatstroke can be fatal.

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