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Man accused of faking kidnapping to scam grandparents

Jun. 18, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man faked his kidnapping to get ransom money out of his grandparents to pay off a drug dealer, a North Carolina sheriff’s office said. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies received a call on Thursday from a...

Search resumes after 3 tubers died, 2 disappeared on river

Jun. 18, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — A search resumed Friday on a North Carolina river for two missing tubers after three others were found dead and four were pulled from the water, authorities said. The group of nine people was floating down the Dan River on inflatable tubes and went...

Warrant: Mom made daughter bury sister, 4, in backyard

Jun. 18, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old girl whose remains were found at a North Carolina home last month forced her 13-year-old daughter to help bury her sister in the backyard, according to a search warrant. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Malikah...

3 dead, 2 missing after tubers go over North Carolina dam

Jun. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Three people are dead and two remain missing after a group floating down a river on inflatable tubes went over a dam in North Carolina, authorities said. Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates told reporters Thursday that a group of...

Citing withheld evidence, judge frees death row inmate

Jun. 18, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who was convicted 12 years ago in a woman’s stabbing death has been freed by a judge who cited the discovery of evidence that could have strengthened his defense but wasn’t shared with his attorneys. Michael Wayne...

Museum closes until further notice over event controversy

Jun. 18, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina historic museum criticized for a planned reenactment of a white slave owner being pursued by Union soldiers says its doors will be closed until further notice, a local department said. The Mecklenburg Park and Recreation...

Sponsors defend NC energy bill goals while Cooper pans it

Jun. 17, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Negotiators of a wide-ranging North Carolina energy bill to retire Duke Energy coal-fired electricity plants, expand solar power production and keep nuclear power defended their goals on Thursday despite current opposition to the measure from interest groups and Gov....

$6M settlement after 'KKK' deputies sued for excessive force

Jun. 17, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office has agreed to a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit in which six families accused the department of a pattern of using excessive force doled out by deputies who had allegedly referred to themselves as the “KKK,” an attorney said...

North Carolina police officer's child dies in shooting

Jun. 17, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

ELON, N.C. (AP) — The child of a North Carolina police officer has been killed in what is being called an accidental shooting, a sheriff's office said. Guilford County sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel were called to a home in Whitsett on Wednesday in...

Test rules out man who said he might be missing Michigan boy

Jun. 17, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A DNA sample from a man hasn't solved the disappearance of a 4-year-old boy at a suburban Detroit shopping mall nearly 30 years ago, police said. A test has ruled out a man who stepped forward in 2019 and said he could be D’Wan Sims, Livonia...