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Man Vows to Defend Island From National Park Service 'Invaders'

But the island doesn't appear to even exist anymore

(Newser) - A man prepared to defend in court his claim of ownership of a tiny island off the coast of North Carolina remains undeterred despite said island having, by all appearances, ceased to exist, the Charlotte Observer reports. "My land will always be there," says Ken Barlow of Virginia,... More »

Cop Faces Felony Charges After Arrest of Jaywalker

Outrage followed leaking of body camera video that showed violent arrest

(Newser) - A North Carolina police officer recorded beating a black man stopped for jaywalking now faces criminal charges. It began around midnight on Aug. 25 when officer Christopher Hickman and a police trainee stopped 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush in Asheville and accused him of jaywalking and trespassing through a parking lot,... More »

NC Man Killed on Livestream Minutes After Visiting Police

Douglas Colson, 65, identified as suspect

(Newser) - Prentis Robinson often used social media to draw attention to crimes including drug dealing in the North Carolina town of Wingate. "I'm trying to keep the neighborhood quiet like this—peaceful," he explained to a Facebook Live audience Monday morning as he walked his neighborhood with a... More »

Things Got Violent on a Landing Plane. Out Came the Duct Tape

FBI says Charlene Harriott, 36, was taped and zip-tied to restrain her after she became violent

(Newser) - Federal agents say an airline passenger was zip-tied and duct-taped after she ran toward the front of the plane and became violent. A criminal complaint filed in federal court says the event happened on an American Airlines flight Wednesday morning from Dallas to Charlotte, the AP reports. The Dallas Morning ... More »

Wreck of Ship Carrying Rich Southerners Possibly Found

Boiler explosion caused Pulaski to sink in 1838

(Newser) - It was "the Titanic of its time." A luxury steamboat carrying some of the wealthiest and most high-profile families in the Southeast exploded while traveling from Savannah, Ga., to Baltimore, Md. on June 13, 1838. Half of the roughly 200 people aboard the Pulaski died—including whole families... More »

3-Year-Old Found in Creek Died of Chloroform Poisoning

Mother's boyfriend is now charged with murder

(Newser) - Police have finally filed murder charges in the death of 3-year-old Mariah Woods, whose body was found in a creek in December, days after her mother said she'd disappeared from her North Carolina home. The mother's live-in boyfriend, Adolphus Earl Kimrey II—already facing charges including concealing a... More »

Cops: Doughnut-Eating Champ Robbed Doughnut Store

NC man was arrested after winning 2014 contest

(Newser) - Doughnuts and arrests appear to be inextricably linked in the life of North Carolina man Bradley Hardison. The 27-year-old—who was arrested in 2014 after he won the doughnut-eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime event, helping officers who'd been seeking him... More »

After 'Countless Hours,' 3 Deaths Still Stump FBI

But offer of $30K reward is bringing new information

(Newser) - Months after three women were found dead in a four-block radius in Lumberton, NC, law enforcement officials have yet to find answers, so they're greasing the wheels. The FBI on Wednesday announced a $30,000 reward for information on the deaths of 32-year-old Christina "Kristin" Bennett, 36-year-old Rhonda... More »

Bizarre Sight as Gators Poke Snouts Through Ice

They needed to get some air before entering brumation

(Newser) - Although North Carolina's recent bitter cold snap deterred plenty of humans from sticking their noses outdoors, a group of alligators stuck their snouts into the frost and hunkered down in the name of survival. The AP reports when the alligators at Shallotte River Swamp Park recently found themselves beneath... More »

In NC, an Unprecedented Court Decision on Voting

Federal judges rip up districts over gerrymandering, order new ones drawn

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have some unexpected work to do before this year's midterms: A federal court just ripped up the state's voting map and ordered the GOP-controlled General Assembly to draw a new one, reports the News & Observer of Raleigh. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously... More »

Cops Destroyed Her Rape Kit, Then Did Something Unusual

Fayetteville, NC, police called victims whose kits had been discarded

(Newser) - When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room. "I was treated like a female crying wolf," said Veronica, who says the... More »

Passenger Saved From 'Brink of Death' by Nurse Scared to Fly

Morgan Anderson and her mom, also a nurse, handled a medical emergency midflight

(Newser) - A man on the "brink of death" on a Delta flight has two nurses to thank for saving him—one who overcame her fear of being in the air to concentrate on helping him. The Citizen Times reports that Morgan Anderson, 26, and her mom, Rose Anderson, 57, were... More »

Husband-Wife Heroes Have 'Chaotic' Christmas Eve

2 separate rescues: Crystal Travis helped family escape fire, Roger Travis aided non-breathing baby

(Newser) - They were driving to meet up with each other on Christmas Eve, but first, a husband and wife made two separate pit stops to help save a few lives. In a Good Samaritan play in two acts, KFOR reports that Crystal Travis kicked things off Sunday in Cleveland County, NC,... More »

Mom's Boyfriend Accused of Abusing Mariah Woods

Court documents state mom knew about sexual abuse

(Newser) - Disturbing details have surfaced in the case of Mariah Woods, the North Carolina 3-year-old found dead days after she disappeared from her mother's home. According to court documents seen by the Jacksonville Daily News , Earl Kimrey, the mother's live-in boyfriend, was accused of sexually abusing the girl and... More »

After Arrest, Cops Find Missing 3-Year-Old's Body

Police found Mariah Woods in a creek about 25 miles from NC home

(Newser) - Tragic news in the case of Mariah Woods, the 3-year-old girl whose mother says she disappeared from her North Carolina home Sunday night: Police have recovered the toddler's body in a creek, reports the AP , barely a day after they arrested the mother's live-in boyfriend. Earl Kimrey, 32,... More »

Girl, 3, Disappears From NC Home Overnight

FBI releases photos of woman, toddler in Walmart

(Newser) - Law enforcement officers and volunteers have flooded the area around a North Carolina home in the search for a 3-year-old girl whose mother says she vanished after she was put to bed Sunday night. Mariah Kay Woods was reported missing around 6:45am Monday after her mother discovered she was... More »

Traffic Cone Weed Is Town's Christmas Miracle

Charlie Brown's Christmas tree looking pretty good right about now

(Newser) - At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it, the AP reports. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals in Huntersville, North Carolina. According to WBTV, someone decorated the "Cone Weed" with tinsel and... More »

What 2 Brothers Started in NC in 1905 Is No More

Iconic Cone Denim White Oak plant in Greensboro will close Dec. 31

(Newser) - Moses and Ceasar Cone founded their denim brand in the late 19th century, and in 1905 opened the Cone Denim White Oak plant in Greensboro, NC. Within three years, it was churning out more denim than anywhere else in the world, reports the Triad City Beat ; in its heyday, White... More »

Air Traffic Controller Accused of Having Weapon of Mass Destruction

North Carolina man faces multiple charges

(Newser) - An air traffic controller accused of possessing a weapon of mass destruction has lost his airport access and could lose his freedom as well. George Dandan, who worked at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, was arrested Friday and charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring... More »

A Missing Gun, a Hangover, and Now an FBI Investigation

Hangover part is an educated guess after FBI supervisor's embarrassing night

(Newser) - The New York Times has found a police report embarrassing to the FBI and to one counterterrorism supervisor in particular. It seems the unit chief tied one on while in North Carolina for training, hooked up with an "exotic dancer" at a hotel bar, took her back to his... More »

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