April 23, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.’s North Carolina congressional seat was expected to be up for grabs soon, but it happened more quickly than most people anticipated.

Months after the Republican announced his 2018 campaign would be his last, Jones’ health faded. He died in February at 76.

Jones’ death drew people from a broad political spectrum to praise his commitment to his constituents, his faith and his willingness to buck party leadership, such as when he opposed the Iraq War.

It also drew over two dozen candidates from four parties into an off-year special election to replace him in the GOP-leaning 3rd Congressional District.

The primaries are April 30.

With 17 Republican and six Democratic candidates, one or two runoffs could be required in July before a September general election.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Labor investigators in North Carolina are looking into an accident at a road construction site in which a truck driver was killed.

Winston-Salem police said in a news release that 37-year-old Amory Alexis Glover was attempting on Monday to unload soundproof wall slats being erected along U.S. Highway 421 at Peace Haven Road on the west side of Winston-Salem.

According to police, as Glover was removing straps securing the slats, one of them fell off the truck and landed on him. The news release says he died at the scene. The accident occurred at around 9:20 a.m.

Glover was identified by police as a self-employed truck driver working out of South Carolina.

Mary Katherine Revels, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Labor, confirmed the agency is investigating the death.


GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina have filed multiple charges against the mother of a 21-month-old child after saying they found methamphetamine near a baby bottle.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies were trying to serve a warrant at a home on Sunday when 27-year-old Kyle Elizabeth Hollingsworth allowed deputies inside to search for her live-in boyfriend. While searching, deputies found a bottle containing meth less than a foot (0.3 meter) from a half-full baby bottle.

Hollingsworth admitted that her child was drinking from the bottle in the same bed prior to the deputies’ arrival. She was arrested on several charges, including felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor child abuse.

Hollingsworth is jailed on a $25,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Monday.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police say they arrested two people who climbed and placed Ku Klux Klan hoods on statues at a Confederate monument in North Carolina.

News outlets report that Enzo Niebuhr and Jody Anderson were detained Sunday during a protest near the North Carolina Women of the Confederacy monument. The monument is in the capital of Raleigh near the Statehouse.

Police said Niebuhr and Anderson are charged with defacing a public monument and disorderly conduct. The reports did not say whether the two have attorneys who can speak on their behalf.

The news outlets quote the “Smash Racism Raleigh” group as saying that its members were holding a peaceful protest to provide context about the history of the statues. The group says Niebuhr and Anderson shouldn’t have been arrested.


EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say the body of a North Carolina teenager who disappeared in heavy surf has been recovered.

Emerald Isle police say in a news release that the body of 18-year-old Ian Frazier Lewis was found on a portion of the beach strand at around 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The police department cites witnesses who said Lewis was swimming on Friday with friends, including 17-year-old Mary Paige Merical, who was hospitalized after she was pulled from the water by rescuers. Vidant Medical Center in Greenville said on Monday that Merical’s parents said their daughter is in critical condition.

News outlets reported the U.S. Coast Guard and Emerald Isle officials searched through the weekend, though the Coast Guard halted its search on Saturday.

The two teenagers were seniors at Wake Forest High School.

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