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Autopsy: Pastor's Wife Had 123 Knife Wounds

Matthew James Phelps blamed killing on cold medicine

(Newser) - The wife of an aspiring pastor in North Carolina had 123 stab wounds and cuts after what investigators say was a frenzied attack at their Raleigh home last month. Matthew James Phelps, husband of Lauren Hugelmaier Phelps, has been held without bail on a first-degree murder charge since the Sept.... More »

Would-Be Airport Bomber ID'd by Love of Discounts: Cops

Michael Estes allegedly left improvised explosive inside North Carolina airport

(Newser) - The glass mason jar found Oct. 6 inside Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina held ammonium nitrate and nails, NPR reports. According to WLOS , it also held a shotgun cartridge and was equipped with matches and an alarm clock set for 6am. Authorities say the man who allegedly left the... More »

Attempted Prison Break Leaves at Least 14 Injured

Incident started with inmate setting fire to prison's sewing plant

(Newser) - At least 14 people were injured Thursday afternoon in an attempted prison break in North Carolina, ABC News reports. The incident started with an inmate setting fire to the sewing plant at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute around 3:30pm. Details of the attempted prison break are scarce, and the extent... More »

Michael Jordan Making Biggest Donation Ever to NC City

NBA star is donating $7M to open 2 medical clinics in Charlotte

(Newser) - Michael Jordan, who grew up in North Carolina, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, and now owns the Charlotte Hornets, is making his biggest ever donation—$7 million—to build two medical clinics in Charlotte. Per his rep, the NBA legend learned of a 2014 study that found children in the North Carolina... More »

Months After 3 Women Found Dead, a 4th Vanishes

Lumberton, NC, cops don't know if there's a connection

(Newser) - Family members are pleading for the safe return of Abby Lynn Patterson, a 20-year-old woman last seen getting into a brown Buick outside the family home in Lumberton, NC, on Sept. 5. The disappearance is especially troubling because three other women were found dead in the town, population 22,000,... More »

The Railroad Gate Was Down. She Got Out of a Car to Lift It

Woman killed by Amtrak train in North Carolina

(Newser) - A 63-year-old woman who lifted a railroad crossing safety gate as warning lights were flashing was struck and killed by an Amtrak train. Police in Charlotte, NC, say the woman got out of an SUV on Friday night that was stopped at the gate, which was lowered with red lights... More »

He Allegedly Escaped Police, Then a Shark

Zachary Kingsbury faces a slew of charges

(Newser) - Had the man known he'd be so close to a shark, it's possible he would've stuck with facing the cops. Police in North Carolina say 20-year-old Zachary Kingsbury made a beeline for the ocean after officers allegedly found drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop in... More »

5-Year-Old Killed in 'Domestic Incident' on College Campus

The boy's mother is set to be charged with murder

(Newser) - Authorities say a 34-year-old North Carolina woman will be charged with murder once she's released from the hospital following a "domestic incident" on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus that resulted in the death of her 5-year-old son, WNCN reports. According to the Herald-Sun , the incident happened just before midnight... More »

Confederate Statue Toppled in North Carolina

No arrests made after Durham statue pulled down

(Newser) - Protesters gathered in North Carolina tore down a 97-year-old Confederate statue in front of a cheering crowd of more than 100 people Monday. Activists used a ladder to put a rope around the statue's neck before a group of people pulled it to the ground, the News & Observer... More »

Allegedly Desperate to Adopt Stepkids, She Killed Husband

Molly Corbett, Thomas Martens face up to 25 years for death of Jason Corbett

(Newser) - "I'm sorry, Mom. I wish he had killed me." So said Molly Corbett after learning her fate Wednesday in a North Carolina courtroom. The 33-year-old and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Martens, 67, were convicted of second-degree murder in the Aug. 2, 2015, death of her... More »

15-Month-Old Girl Found Dead in Bucket

Authorities say the girl fell into the bucket and drowned

(Newser) - Authorities says a 15-month-old girl drowned Wednesday in North Carolina after falling into a large bucket of water, WPDE reports. According to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, the girl was reaching for something in the bucket when she fell in head first. The girl was less than 3 feet... More »

Obituary Rips Great-Grandma: 'Her Presence Will Not Be Missed'

Son thinks one of his sisters placed scathing death notice in NC newspaper

(Newser) - In the Deep South, a predilection for proper manners often means the temptation to tell someone off is replaced with a "Bless your heart." But an obituary that appeared last month in a North Carolina newspaper flouted politeness, and at least one family member isn't happy, KDVR... More »

Photo Taken From Window Led to Missing NC Teen

Hailey Burns rescued hours after her parents got a message online

(Newser) - Shaunna and Anthony Burns awoke on May 23, 2016, to find their daughter missing and their front door unlocked. It is believed Hailey Burns, then 16, left the home in Charlotte, NC, and was picked up less than a mile away by a man she'd met online. A year... More »

Missing NC Teen Found Alive After a Year

Girl was kept captive in man's house, mom says

(Newser) - The mother of North Carolina teenager Hailey Burns says it's "a dream come true:" Her daughter has been found alive more than a year after she disappeared. Shaunna Burns tells WSOC that her daughter, who was 16 when she vanished and is now 17, had been held... More »

Beach Lovers in NC Get a Summer Surprise

A new island off Cape Point appeared this year in the Outer Banks

(Newser) - Beach lovers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina got a surprise treat this season when a new island surfaced at the tip of surfing and fishing hotspot Cape Point. According to the Virginian-Pilot , an 11-year-old boy dubbed it "Shelly Island" for the abundance of seashells found in the... More »

Class Prez's Diploma Withheld Over Graduation Speech

Marvin Wright read his own speech instead of one written by school

(Newser) - A senior class president in North Carolina was "hurt and embarrassed" when the principal withheld his diploma because he refused to read a graduation speech written by administrators, the Washington Post reports. Marvin Wright, 18, spent weeks working on his commencement address. But when the big day came, Principal... More »

Man Accidentally Reveals $500M Opium Crop to Cops

'Unbelievable'

(Newser) - Authorities say they visited a North Carolina home this week after receiving a tip about a crime, but the crime they found wasn't the one resident Cody Xiong allegedly divulged. After a tip came into police last week—possibly related to a cockfighting operation, per the Charlotte Observer —... More »

Veteran Accused of Executing Service Dog Found Dead

Cops suspect suicide in death of Marinna Rollins

(Newser) - A veteran in North Carolina accused of laughing as she executed her own service dog has been found dead in what police suspect was a suicide. The Fayetteville Police Department says 23-year-old Marinna Rollins was found dead in her apartment around 3am Sunday morning, the Fayetteville Observer reports. Rollins and... More »

Craft Brewer's Sale to Bud Owner Has Fans Hopping Mad

'Treachery' was one reaction to Anheuser-Busch acquisition of NC's Wicked Weed

(Newser) - To a craft beer aficionado, the only sin worse than drinking a Bud would be if your favorite brewery sold out to the company that owns it. That's the situation that has fans of the Wicked Weed brewery now crying "treachery," per the Washington Post , which reports... More »

Veteran Allegedly Executes Her Own Service Dog

Marinna Rollins, boyfriend Jarren Heng charged with animal cruelty, conspiracy

(Newser) - When volunteers appealed for someone to adopt a 2-year-old pit bull that had arrived at a North Carolina animal shelter, it was with the hope that the dog would find "a real loving forever home." Instead, the dog met a gruesome end last week when he was shot... More »

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