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TODDLER IN POOL

18-month-old child dies after being found in pool

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Cumberland County authorities say an 18-month-old child has died after being found unresponsive in a pool.

The sheriff's office says the child was found Friday in a pool in the Cander Woods neighborhood.

The statement from the sheriff's office said emergency personnel performed live-saving measures on the child, to no avail.

Authorities haven't identified the child, and no further details were available Friday afternoon.

KIDNAP VICTIM RESCUED-PLEA

Reputed gangster pleads guilty in kidnapping plot

A South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as "Lady Jamaica" has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.

Chason Renee Chase pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina. The 24-year-old was questioned by FBI agents following the April 5 kidnapping of Frank Janssen of Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Prosecutors say Janssen's kidnapping was directed by Kelvin Melton, a high-ranking Bloods street gang member serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison.

Authorities say Chase lied about knowing and communicating with Melton on a cellphone hidden in his jail cell. Janssen was later rescued by the FBI from an Atlanta apartment.

Chase faces a maximum sentence of five years. Nine others still face charges in the case

FIREFIGHTER-NARCOTICS CHARGES

Charlotte Fire Department captain arrested

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives have charged a captain with the Charlotte Fire Department in connection with the theft of prescription narcotics while he was on duty.

A statement from police said 49-year-old Charlie David Morris Jr. is charged with misdemeanor larceny. He turned himself in to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office on Friday.

The statement said the Charlotte Fire Department was assisting emergency personnel at a residence north of uptown Charlotte on Tuesday. Family members called to say the patient was missing some prescription pills, and police said seven Dilaudid pills were taken from the home.

Fire department Chief Jon Hannan said responders underwent drug tests and polygraph exams. Hannan said Morris confessed to the theft and submitted his resignation on Thursday.

Jail records didn't indicate Morris' status on Friday afternoon.

LEGISLATOR HOSPITALIZED

NC lawmaker settles in lawsuit involving wreck

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The former North Carolina legislator who was injured in a traffic accident that killed another driver three years ago has settled a lawsuit stemming from the incident.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that attorneys for former state Rep. Larry Womble have filed a notice of voluntary dismissal with prejudice on a lawsuit filed in 2013. That means Womble cannot refile the complaint.

Attorney Dudley Witt said the terms of the settlement are confidential. Representatives for Carmichael declined comment.

Womble filed the lawsuit against Sixth & Vine bar and restaurant and the estate of David Allen Carmichael, the man who was killed in the crash.

Carmichael died when his convertible collided with Womble's sedan. A police investigation revealed Carmichael had a blood alcohol level of 0.29 when he was killed.

BALD HEAD-OFFICERS FIRED

5 Bald Head Island public safety officers fired

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Officials say five officers with the Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety have been fired.

Area new media outlets report Bald Head Island director of communications Karen Ellison confirmed the firings on Friday. Ellison didn't disclose the reason for the firings, saying village attorney Charles Baldwin had to review the information first. She was not available for additional comment.

Ellison said Bald Head Island has 21 officers within the department who are cross trained in firefighting, paramedics and law enforcement. The village's website says Bald Head Island merged its firefighter/paramedic and police departments in July 2009.

Department of Public Safety Director Caroline Mitchell didn't immediately respond to a telephone calls seeking comment on Friday.

COAST GUARD-EVACUATION

Coast Guard rescues man from tug boat off NC coast

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has transported a man from a tug boat off Hatteras Inlet after he experienced chest pains.

A statement from the Coast Guard said watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a report of a 30-year-old male experiencing chest pains and numbness aboard the 94-foot tug Gulf Coast Thursday night.

A crew from the Hatteras Inlet station launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew, which transferred the man to the lifeboat. The crew brought the man to Station Hatteras Inlet, from which he was flown to Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

The man's identity was not released.

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