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4 Snuck In to Apartment Pool. Only One Survived

Cops haven't yet figured out what happened

(Newser) - Three young people are dead after sneaking in to an apartment complex pool, and so far what happened to them remains a mystery. The bodies of Abril Yuliana Flores-Ojeda, 15; Brian Manuel Benites, 16; and Luis Enrique Delgado-Romero, 21, were found in the Durham, NC, pool around 3:30am Tuesday,... More »

Cops: Pizza Worker Tampered With Shredded Cheese

NC manager discovered what cops suspect was rat poison before any customers were affected

(Newser) - Customers at a North Carolina pizzeria may have dodged a close one last week. The News & Observer reports an employee at Fayetteville's Primo Pizza was arrested Wednesday and accused of mixing what cops believe was rat poison in with the shredded cheese. Per a Fayetteville Police release , a... More »

Mandatory Evacuations in NC Due to 'Life-Threatening' Floods

Landslides have 'compromised' integrity of Lake Tahoma Dam, evacuations mandated

(Newser) - When you live near a major dam, the last thing you want to hear is that the integrity of it has been "compromised" by landslides. But that's exactly what residents living below North Carolina's Lake Tahoma were told late Tuesday in a tweet from a local National... More »

Rain-Weakened Tree Falls on 2 Journalists Covering Storm

They had spoken to NC fire chief minutes earlier

(Newser) - WYFF in South Carolina is mourning two of its journalists, who were killed Monday while covering the effects of subtropical storm Alberto on the region. News anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were killed when a tree fell on their SUV in Polk County, North Carolina, about 30... More »

In Rural Areas, One Thing Is 'Worse Than Murder'

Hospital closings can be devastating

(Newser) - When Barry Gibbs' wife had a heart attack two years ago, the North Carolina man couldn't take her to the hospital in nearby Belhaven—because it had closed. Should he drive her 60 miles east to one town or 70 miles west to another? Neither seemed close enough. But... More »

After Ramming Car Into Eatery, 'He Kept Saying This Was Crazy'

Roger Self was 'numb,' had been battling mental illness, say family members

(Newser) - Family and friends say that the 62-year-old man who rammed his car into a North Carolina restaurant and killed members of his family had been battling worsening anxiety and depression. In fact, Roger Self had asked his family to take away his guns, reports the New York Times . "I... More »

Cops: Man Excused Self From Table, Drove Car Into Family

NC man Roger Self charged with 2 counts of murder

(Newser) - A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a steak and seafood restaurant in North Carolina on Sunday, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law who had been seated inside the restaurant with other family members, police say. The vehicle's driver, Roger Self, had reportedly initially taken a seat at the table... More »

What's at Stake in Tuesday's Primaries

4 states go to the polls, with West Virginia's GOP Senate primary among the big races

(Newser) - It's a huge day for both political parties with primary voters in four states—West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina—going to the polls. Despite the small number of states involved, the results could go a long way in determining which party will be in control of the... More »

It Was a Party Bus Celebration —Until a Window Opened

20-year-old UNC Charlotte student Polly Rogers fell, was fatally stuck by cars

(Newser) - Students at the University of North Carolina were out celebrating the end of classes Tuesday. But by 10:30pm, the revelry turned to tragedy on a party bus moving through the streets of Charlotte, NC. Police say UNC Charlotte student Polly Rogers died when she fell out of a bus... More »

$50M Awarded to Neighbors Over Feces-Spraying Pork Farm

Smithfield Foods says it will appeal

(Newser) - The 10 North Carolina plaintiffs who say a pork farm near their homes is endangering their health by, among other things, spraying hog urine and feces onto nearby fields , have won a big victory. A federal jury has awarded each plaintiff $5 million in punitive damages and $75,000 in... More »

NC Cops Say This Woman's Hospital Visits Were Criminal

They suspect she was trying to snatch a baby

(Newser) - Police have arrested a woman believed to have visited neonatal units of hospitals in the Carolinas "possibly in attempts to abduct a child." Linda Mae Everett, 36, visited a women and children's hospital in Wilmington, NC, on April 5, but was denied entry at a check-in desk... More »

Cops: Father-Daughter Incest Ended in Murder-Suicide

NC man believed to have killed daughter and the baby son he had with her

(Newser) - The already grim story of a North Carolina father who impregnated his biological daughter and planned to marry her has come to a horrific end. Authorities say father Steven Pladl was found dead Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his vehicle in Dover, NY, several miles away from where... More »

Neighbors Sue Pork Giant That 'Sprays Feces, Urine'

Smithfield Foods' farm is under fire

(Newser) - A low-cost, high-volume livestock-rearing method pioneered in North Carolina came under fire Tuesday as jurors began hearing a lawsuit from neighbors who say the world's largest pork corporation is endangering their health and making their lives miserable. The legal action is the first in a string of federal lawsuits... More »

Man Accused of Murdering Wife Dressed Up as Serial Killer

Documents allege Matthew Phelps posed as 'American Psycho' killer on Instagram

(Newser) - The Sept. 1 killing grabbed national headlines in part because of Matthew Phelps' unusual defense: The 29-year-old told a 911 dispatcher he thought he had stabbed to death his wife of less than a year in his sleep after taking more cough and cold medication than he should have. Now,... More »

1 Killed in Fight Between Elite Special Operations Soldiers

The incident happened at house outside Fort Bragg

(Newser) - A member of a National Guard Green Beret unit was killed during a fight with a fellow elite Army special operations soldier Wednesday in North Carolina, ABC News reports. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Leshikar and an unnamed soldier had returned to a house outside Fort Bragg following a vacation in... More »

'Smoking Baby' Mom Arrested After Facebook Commotion

Viral video led cops to 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton

(Newser) - A video of an infant smoking a small cigar set off outrage on social media that helped North Carolina authorities ID and arrest the mother. A version of the video that's received 1.5 million views was posted by a user who urged the mother's arrest. The 10-second... More »

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 »

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