State briefs: Police arrest men in shooting outside courthouse
The Associated Press
Thursday, April 4, 2019
DURHAM — Police have arrested two men after a shooting outside a North Carolina courthouse.
Durham Police said in a news release that 29-year-old Equaan Straiter and 25-year-old Jordan Armand Terrell each are charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy after Wednesday’s shooting.
According to police, a man was shot multiple times following an apparent argument and crossed the street to the Durham County Courthouse to get help.
Police said the unidentified man is in serious but stable condition.
Witnesses told officers that the suspects fled in a white van. Officers spotted the van about five minutes later and tried to stop it. The driver refused to stop, and a chase ensued. The chase ended when the van crashed near an intersection.
Sports gambling on track for Cherokees
RALEIGH — Gambling operations run by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina soon could let patrons bet on pro and college sporting events and off-track horse racing should legislation clearing a state Senate committee becomes law.
The Senate Commerce Committee voted on Wednesday for the measure, which now heads to another Senate panel.
The Eastern Band is seeking the new options following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year striking down a federal law that made most sports gambling illegal. Current law already lets the tribe offer live poker, slot machines and video-style games on tribal lands. The additional gambling could bring another $1 million annually to state government.
The measure cleared the committee despite opposition from conservative Christian groups against the expansion of any gambling.
Inmate dies at Mecklenburg County jail
CHARLOTTE — Authorities said an inmate has died at a Mecklenburg County jail.
News outlets report that the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said 44-year-old Michel Trent was found unresponsive in his cell at the Mecklenburg County jail on Tuesday morning. Officials said he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the jail website listed Trent as a federal inmate who had been in the jail since August, but it does not list a charge. The county’s jails have come under scrutiny after the deaths of five inmates over five months in the last year.
Racist graffiti on lockers brings charges
KILL DEVIL HILLS — Two North Carolina students face charges connected with racist graffiti found on lockers at a high school.
Dare County sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Duprey said that charges of ethnic intimidation and vandalism were filed on Friday in juvenile court. He said the students are under 16 years old and are considered minors.
Dare County schools spokesman Keith Parker said the two students at First Flight High School also could be suspended long term.
A video surfaced last week showing racist statements written in what appeared to be marker across a few locker doors in the boy’s locker room.