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Body of missing North Carolina teenager recovered


The Associated Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

EMERALD ISLE — Police said the body of a North Carolina teenager who disappeared in heavy surf has been recovered.

Emerald Isle police said in a news release that the body of 18-year-old Ian Frazier Lewis was found on a portion of the beach strand at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday.

The police department cited witnesses who said Lewis was swimming on Friday with friends, including 17-year-old Mary Paige Merical, who was hospitalized after she was pulled from the water by rescuers. Vidant Medical Center in Greenville said on Monday that Merical’s parents said their daughter is in critical condition.

News outlets reported the U.S. Coast Guard and Emerald Isle officials searched through the weekend, though the Coast Guard halted its search on Saturday.

The two teenagers were seniors at Wake Forest High School.

Police: Wind may be factor in skydiver’s death

SOUTHPORT — Police said a 29-year-old man has died in a skydiving accident in North Carolina.

The accident occurred on Sunday morning at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Southport. It’s about 45 minutes south of Wilmington.

The man who died has been identified as Justin Goff of Florida.

Oak Island Assistant Police Chief Chris Franks said wind may have been a factor.

Airport director Howie Franklin said he spoke to staff who witnessed the incident. Franklin said he believes that Goff’s chute collapsed while he was making a turn and couldn’t get enough wind to re-open it. He called it “a freak accident.”

Two arrested for putting hoods on statues

RALEIGH — Police said they have arrested two people who climbed and placed Ku Klux Klan hoods on statues at a Confederate monument in North Carolina.

News outlets reported that Enzo Niebuhr and Jody Anderson were detained on Sunday during a protest near the North Carolina Women of the Confederacy monument. The monument is in the capital of Raleigh near the Statehouse.

Police said Niebuhr and Anderson are charged with defacing a public monument and disorderly conduct. The reports did not say whether the two have attorneys who can speak on their behalf.

The news outlets quote the “Smash Racism Raleigh” group as saying that its members were holding a peaceful protest to provide context about the history of the statues. The group said Niebuhr and Anderson shouldn’t have been arrested.

Aid sought for businesses at blast site

DURHAM — Gov. Roy Cooper wants the federal government’s help in assisting businesses in a North Carolina city also feeling the results of a deadly natural gas explosion at cash registers.

Cooper has written the U.S. Small Business Administration asking it take action so that some Durham businesses can access disaster loans after the April 10 explosion. The blast killed one person and injured 25 others.

Cooper’s office said the gas leak led to heavy damage to at least nine businesses, destroying four of them. Cooper’s letter dated Friday said a survey of affected businesses shows a cumulative economic loss of 40 percent of more compared to the same period a year ago.

An investigation into the explosion continues.

Invasive species out, clean power in

RALEIGH — Environmentalists are honoring Mother Earth and discussing the work ahead to protect it.

North Carolina Earth Day events to demonstrate support for environmental protection were scheduled Monday in Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville. Pilot Mountain State Park in Stokes County is organizing volunteers to help dig up or cut out invasive plants crowding out local species.

People who wanted to see a day when all the energy used is generated by sources like wind, water and sun gathered at North Carolina State University.

Renewable energy has grown fast, with the country producing nearly eight times more solar and wind power than in 2007. Legislation in the state’s General Assembly would pick up the pace of change, with a goal of North Carolina operating fully on clean energy by 2050.