State briefs: N.C. judge suspended; officials decline comment
The Associated Press
Thursday, March 21, 2019
GREENSBORO — State judicial officials say a North Carolina judge has been suspended with pay, although no official reason has been given.
Sharon Gladwell of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts said in an email that Chief Justice Cheri Beasley ordered a temporary suspension of Guilford District Court Judge Mark Cummings.
A document addressed to Chief District Court Judge Tom Jarrell ordered that Cummings be relieved of existing and future assignments, and that those assignments should go to other judges, effective March 1.
Neither Jarrell nor Gladwell would comment on the suspension.
Cummings confirmed last October that he was under investigation for multiple complaints, including allegations that he changed bonds set by two Superior Court judges and called a patrolman racist.
County restores services after ransomware attack
HILLSBOROUGH — Authorities in a North Carolina county say some, but not all, services have been restored after a ransomware virus led to a shutdown of its entire computer network.
Orange County officials said on Wednesday that staffers have disinfected 20 of the more than 120 infected computers.
Officials said aid from Person County helped the sheriff’s department’s patrol division function with little disruption, including one top-level priority, establishing access to a database that gives deputies access to criminal histories. Deputies could write reports, but they could not submit them over the county network.
Officials said they are aiming to re-establish Register of Deeds office services on Wednesday.
Officials do not believe any data was affected and they say early detection and rapid response meant the damage wasn’t as severe as originally anticipated.
Confederate monument is vandalized again
SALISBURY — A Confederate monument in a North Carolina city has been splashed with paint for the second time in seven months.
News outlets report the “Fame” monument was vandalized with yellow paint sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Salisbury city crews said they are not responsible for removing the paint, as the statue is on private property and owned by a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. When the statue depicting an angel cradling a soldier was vandalized in August, residents and a pressure washing company cleaned it.
The downtown site of the monument was designated in 1908 but no formal deed or transfer of ownership for the property exists.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy also owned the monument on private property that was recently removed in Winston-Salem.
FBI joins mass casualty training session
DURHAM — The FBI is joining with emergency personnel in a North Carolina county in a special training session for federal, state and local SWAT and EMS professionals.
A news release from the FBI says the three-day training, which began Tuesday, will focus on skills needed to respond to medical and mass casualty situations. It will involve realistic exercises including treating life-threatening injuries, extracting victims from buildings and wooded terrain, and loading victims for ground and air transport.
The training, which also involves Durham County Emergency Medical Services, is taking place at different locations in Durham.
Among the participants are the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Durham Police Department, Durham County Sheriff’s Office and FBI SWAT.