Sandhills_Sentinel Sept 22, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor has declined to charge five North Carolina police officers accused of not giving immediate medical attention to a Black man who died after fatally ingesting drugs right before he was taken into custody. The district attorney said in a report Monday that prosecutors could not file involuntary manslaughter charges against the officers. He said prosecutors would not be able to prove Harold Easter would have lived even if he had received immediate medical attention. Investigators say Easter suffered a medical emergency in January in a police interview room, where he had been left unattended for more than 20 minutes. He died three days later.


NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — Engineers are shooting trillions of laser beams at a new bridge on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They want to make sure it will withstand the harsh elements of the Atlantic coast. The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the tests are being done on the $252 million Marc Basnight Bridge. It carries N.C. 12 over Oregon Inlet and connects the northern Outer Banks to Hatteras Island. Expansion and contraction from heat and cold can have the most impact. One thing engineers don’t want the bridge to do is lean one way or another. An engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation said engineers are making sure the bridge is behaving according to its design.


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have charged a man with murder in a fatal hit and run over the weekend. Greensboro police said officers responded to a neighborhood around 1 p.m. Sunday where they found 53-year-old Anthony Douglas Hill dead. The agency said in a statement that 50-year-old Paul Steven Voss Jr. surrendered to authorities later Sunday and was charged with first-degree murder. Hill was Black and Voss is white, but investigators said the crash didn’t appear to be racially motivated. Police said the two men knew each other. It’s unclear whether Voss has an attorney who can comment for him.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina will use a $47.5 million federal grant to purchase a rail line needed to advance planned high-speed passenger train service between Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia. The money will let the state transportation department buy rail from CSX Corp. from Raleigh north to Warren County, near the Virginia line.  North Carolina and Virginia have been working on the high-speed plan for nearly 30 years. The rail service envisioned would include passenger trains that could go 110 mph between Raleigh and Richmond. Virginia struck a deal last year to buy the CSX rail corridor from the state line north to near Petersburg.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Members of Jacob Blake’s family attended a rally in Charlotte on Sunday and called for an end to a “vicious cycle of hate.” The News & Observer reports Jacob Blake’s sister, Letetra Widman, made those comments as she spoke in front of a crowd of more than 150 people in the city. Blake, a Black man, has been paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot seven times by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His father, a Charlotte resident, also spoke at the rally, and the crowd then marched to a Black Lives Matter mural in the city.

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