3 people killed, 3 deputies wounded in NC shootout
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina authorities say a suspect killed in a deadly shootout sprayed his father-in-law's house with bullets from two 30-round magazines after his wife ran away from him in an argument.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's office says the violence began when Valerie Michaelis called authorities Wednesday morning to say her husband, Andrew, had been holding her at gunpoint in an argument. Authorities say she got the gun away from him and ran to her father's house.
Seven people were in the house when authorities say Andrew Michaelis drove by in his truck and fired into the house. He killed two people: his wife's father and the man's 10-year-old grandson.
Authorities say Andrew Michaelis later died after a shootout with deputies. It wasn't clear if the deputies killed him or if he took his own life.
NC Senate sees lawmaking continue into November
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina lawmakers want to continue their election-year legislative session past November's elections.
A Senate committee unveiled legislation Thursday that would adjourn their annual session Saturday, then return in less than two weeks to consider overriding any bills Gov. Pat McCrory vetoes. That would give McCrory 10 days to decide on legislation, not the 30 days allowed after legislators finalize their session.
The Senate proposal then would reconvene almost two weeks after November's election to discuss restructuring the state Medicaid program. Senate Republicans favor one method, and McCrory and the House another.
The proposed timeline would have to be approved by the GOP-led House, which has more often sided with the Republican governor's views.
Democratic Sen. Josh Stein of Wake County says the timeline creates an extra-long legislative session.
CHARLOTTE APARTMENT SHOOTING
Man shot to death at Charlotte apartment complex
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Police are looking for those responsible for the shooting death of a man at a Charlotte apartment complex.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said 25-year-old Matthew Ryan Wood was killed in the shooting about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Police who responded to a call found Wood in the parking lot.
He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police do not have any information on a suspect. Neighbors saw a car leave the scene.
BOAT RAMP BUZZARDS
NC battling buzzards at the state's boat ramps
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina wants the public's help in dealing with a growing problem - buzzards at boat ramps across the state.
The state Wildlife Resources Commission says the buzzards, also known as vultures, are federally protected birds of prey. The commission says the birds have damaged vehicles and trailers. The damage ranges from scratches on vehicles to exterior molding and windshield wipers being pulled off.
The state uses fireworks and models of dead buzzards to scare the birds.
Officials are asking the public to help by keeping boat ramps clean to discourage the scavengers. People should not leave food and fishermen should not leave fish carcasses and other waste.
The turkey vulture is common in the mountains and Piedmont while the black vulture is more common in eastern North Carolina.
RENTING A STATE PARK
Car club won't rent NC park
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A car club is withdrawing a request to rent Pilot Mountain State Park so drivers could use it for uphill thrill riding.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that one of the sponsors for the Vintage Triumph Register said the request is being withdrawn.
Ed Shelton had been helping the car club with the application process.
The Vintage Triumph Register had wanted to use Pilot Mountain State Park for what it referred to as a 'limited hill climb.' The plan would have been for eight hours of driving Triumphs up the first eight-tenths of a mile of Pilot Mountain.
The North Carolina General Assembly would have to have approved a bill raising the speed limit in the park from 25 mph to 45 mph. A bill to do that has stalled.
DURHAM POLICE LAWSUIT
Durham assistant police chief sues city
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Durham Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes is suing the city and Police Chief Jose Lopez, alleging civil rights violations.
Forbes' lawsuit says he was passed over for promotion because of complaints he had made about discrimination in the department.
The lawsuit also accuses Lopez and city officials disregarded Forbes' right to be free from illegal race discrimination in the workplace.
Lopez said he could not talk about the lawsuit. City Attorney Patrick Baker also said he could not talk about the lawsuit.
The suit comes after a discrimination complaint Forbes filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last August. That complaint charged discrimination on the basis of race.
After the federal investigation, the Justice Department indicated earlier this year it would not pursue the case itself.
Parts stolen from trains parked in Gastonia
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - Police are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars in train parts from trains parked in Gastonia in the last month.
The Gaston Gazette reported the first theft occurred sometime between July 10 and July 14 from a train parked in downtown Gastonia.
Piedmont and Northern Railway reported that someone took train batteries and other motor parts.
Another train was targeted about a week later. The thieves took cables, a supply line and other motor parts.
The stolen items are valued at more than $150,000.
Police have no suspects.
Police in Charlotte issue declaration for soccer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - An upcoming international soccer match in Charlotte is being designated as an extraordinary event.
The designation declared by City Manager Ron Carlee allows police to designate areas where people won't be allowed to carry backpacks and other items. The declaration is for Saturday's Guinness International Champions Cup match between the Liverpool FC and AC Milan.
The match will be held at Bank of America Stadium.
A fan fest will be held on the day of the game. A portion of South Mint Street will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. for vendor set-up.
Fan fest will open to the public at 4 p.m. and remain open until the start of the game at 6:30 p.m. It will not include alcohol sales, food sales or entertainment.
UNCSA responds to report of lead at warehouse
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Officials at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts are working with several agencies after elevated levels of lead were found in and around a warehouse it leases to store theatrical and film props and equipment.
Although state and local health officials agree the health risk is minimal for those who went to the warehouse or came into contact with items stored there, free testing is available for those impacted.
Forsyth County Public Health Director Marlon B. Hunter said it's unlikely that any adult would experience health issues as a result of this level of exposure. But Hunter recommends testing to ease concerns.
The school identified more than 300 students, some of whom have graduated, and employees who accessed the warehouse since February 2013. All have been notified.
Kentucky Wesleyan president retiring
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Wesleyan College President Craig Turner says he will retire effective Sept. 15.
The 67-year-old Turner said in a statement Wednesday from the school that he and his wife, Annette, will live in Dallas, near their children and grandchildren.
Turner became president of Kentucky Wesleyan in June 2011 and was previously president of Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
Board of trustees Chairman Tom Grieb said officials are already in the process of naming a successor to Turner.
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