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August 21, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say that a 5-year-old child suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand, leading to charges against an adult.

A Winston-Salem Police Department news release says officers came to the house Sunday afternoon.

The child was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening wound.

Investigators seized a handgun and determined it was stolen.

The shooting led to charges of firearm possession by a felon, possessing a stolen firearm and failure to secure a firearm from a minor against Charles Derrick Parsons. Parsons was being held Monday in jail.

The public defender’s office said it didn’t have a record of him being assigned a lawyer yet on the charges. No phone listing for Parsons could be found in a public records search.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina science panel says state health officials were right to set a much lower health target for a little-studied industrial chemical found in drinking water than the goal the manufacturer proposed.

The science panel created to advise North Carolina health and environmental leaders agreed on their GenX findings after 10 months of review.

The panel’s report says studies of the chemical used in non-stick surfaces like Teflon are scant. But the science board says there’s enough information to estimate how much humans can tolerate over a lifetime without increased risk of cancer and other conditions.

GenX was found at levels beyond the health goal in treated water used by 200,000 customers in Wilmington 100 miles (160 kilometers) downstream and at hundreds of wells around the plant.

 

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued four people over the weekend after a boat’s engines caught fire off North Carolina.

The rescue occurred Sunday night near Fort Macon State Park in the Back Sound. A Coast Guard news release says authorities received the distress call shortly before 6 p.m.

A crew recovered three people from the water and one who was on the boat. The people survived and were taken back to a Coast Guard station nearby.

Petty Officer 3rd Class James Sellers, who was aboard the response boat, said not all of the people had on life jackets. He says it serves as a good reminder for people to have on life jackets at all times because there isn’t always time to put one on when an emergency strikes.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina police have released new dashboard video that shows a suspect throwing punches at officers before he’s brought to the ground and hit with an officer’s baton.

Video of the altercation that first surfaced Friday gained scores of views on social media, showing an officer swinging his baton at the suspect while he’s on the ground.

Video released Monday by Raleigh police shows what preceded that.

In the newly released dashboard video, suspect Frederick Darnell Hall can be seen throwing punches at officers. He appears to knock one to the ground and shove another out of the way.

He’s later brought to the ground, and one of the officers can be seen continuing to swing a police baton.

Hall faces charges including assault. The district attorney announced that the police officers won’t be charged.

 

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two former North Carolina police officers and a current one are suing a city council member who they say staged encounters with officers to provoke them.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association announced the filing of the lawsuit Monday at a news conference in Greenville.

A news release by the association says Greenville City Council Member Kandie Smith targeted the officers, who were members of the Greenville Police Department gang unit.

The PBA says Smith pressured the police department into taking disciplinary action against the officers, leading to two being fired. PBA executive director John Midgette says Smith’s actions included “staging encounters attempting to provoke officers.”

Smith told The Associated Press that she can’t comment because she hasn’t seen the lawsuit. She is a Democratic candidate for state House.

 

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Police say two fugitives who fired on a deputy in North Carolina are in custody after a standoff with a SWAT team in Florida.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 50-year-old Donald “Alfred” Billings and 26-year-old Alton Smoot had an AR-15, a machete and a pipe bomb inside an apartment near St. Petersburg.

Authorities say a deputy in Alleghany County, North Carolina, let them go after they opened fire during a traffic stop this month.

Pinellas sheriff’s investigators learned that Billings had an ex-girlfriend in Treasure Island, so they began watching her home. They found Smoot first and arrested him Saturday. Billings was hiding out in the apartment. Officers eventually used tear gas and then set off flash bangs. A fire broke out and officers found Billings on the floor.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans who’ve infuriated liberal activists on taxes, redistricting and social issues have surprised critics by approving a $15-per-hour minimum wage for thousands of state employees.

The “living wage” took effect ahead of similar increases in deep-blue states including New York, California and Massachusetts. Extra pay went into the bank accounts of secretaries, hospital workers, security guards and housekeepers last month.

Lawmakers’ motives for increasing wages appear to be both economic and political. One top budget writer at the legislature says it helps agencies retain veteran workers doing often thankless jobs. But it also wins favor with North Carolina’s chief state employees’ union in an election year for Republicans trying to keep General Assembly control.

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