December 11, 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina’s largest city are warning pedestrians of ice falling from a downtown skyscraper.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shut down one street Monday after reports of ice falling from the Duke Energy Center. Police advised on their Twitter page that travelers should find an alternate route.
The Charlotte Observer reports Wells Fargo owns the 48-story tower. Spokesman Josh Dunn confirmed that ice was dropping from the building. Warning signs and protective scaffolding were placed over the building’s entrances and exits.
A year after the building opened in January 2010, police had to close surrounding streets after, according to police, ice melting on the building started “coming down in big sheets.”
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The head of the North Carolina elections board is suggesting more time may be needed to decide whether a new congressional district election is necessary due to absentee ballot fraud allegations.
Chairman Joshua Malcolm wrote state judges Monday that those subpoenaed in the 9th Congressional District case have said they need more time to produce additional records. Malcolm says the delays may “lengthen the timeframe” the board initially contemplated. The board previously scheduled an evidentiary hearing on the district race on or before Dec. 21.
The schedule is important because a new session of Congress begins Jan. 3. Unofficial results show Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. The board could call a new election or declare a winner. Without resolution, the seat likely will become vacant.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state senator wants to become the next lieutenant governor.
Democratic Sen. Terry Van Duyn (dine) of Asheville announced her campaign plans in a social media post Monday.
Van Duyn is a retired computer systems analyst who succeeded Sen. Martin Nesbitt after he died in 2014. She is currently the Senate Democratic whip.
Van Duyn says she’s running in 2020 because Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper “needs a strong ally in his fight for working families.” Cooper is expected to seek re-election that year, too.
Former Davidson County Sen. Cal Cunningham announced two weeks ago that he is preparing his own Democratic bid for lieutenant governor.
The current lieutenant governor, Republican Dan Forest, is term-limited and is planning a gubernatorial run.
Governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A passenger says a Swift Air charter plane carrying the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes made an emergency landing in Oklahoma over the weekend after a noxious smell filled the cabin.
The Boeing 737 landed at Tulsa International Airport about 4 a.m. Saturday while traveling from Long Beach, California, to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The aircraft was returning the hockey team to North Carolina after a game.
The team’s vice president of communications, Mike Sundheim, was on the flight. Sundheim said Monday that passengers could smell something similar to burning plastic.
Once on the ground, Sundheim says technicians replaced a malfunctioning air data computer and took off again after a delay of about two hours.
No injuries were reported.
Phoenix-based Swift Air hasn’t responded to telephone and email requests for comment.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two more newly elected sheriffs in North Carolina have announced an end to their counties’ agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
News outlets report that Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker and Durham County Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead announced their respective policy changes Friday.
Wake County joins Mecklenburg County in pulling out of the federal 287(g) program, in which local law enforcement agencies check the immigration status of people they’ve arrested. The 287(g) program has sent thousands of people into deportation proceedings since 2006. Mecklenburg and Wake counties are North Carolina’s largest.
Durham County hasn’t participated in 287(g), and it will no longer honor ICE detainers, which are used to hold suspects up to an additional 48 hours.
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A judge has denied bond for the man accused in the death of a North Carolina teenager.
News outlets report 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan appeared in a Robeson County court Monday, days after he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in the death of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar. The judge appointed a public defender to represent him.
Police said Aguilar went outside on Nov. 5 to start a relative’s SUV to prepare to leave for the school bus stop when a man forced her into the vehicle and fled. Police found her body several weeks later.
District Attorney Johnson Britt said that because he’s leaving office later this month, the decision on whether it is a capital case rests with Matt Scott, who won November’s election.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina shot and wounded a 17-year-old boy outside a home late last month.
The News & Observer reports court documents made public Friday show the Wake County sheriff’s deputy shot the teen Nov. 26. Three deputies had responded to a woman who said she had been assaulted, and arrived to find the teen holding a knife in the front yard.
Chief Deputy Richard Johnson told the State Bureau of Investigation that the teen “moved aggressively” at the deputies and was shot.
The teen hasn’t been charged. His current medical condition is unclear.
The shooting wasn’t made public until the SBI filed search-warrant records last week. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says the SBI investigation isn’t complete.
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