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State briefs: One killed, one injured in separate plane crashes


By The Associated Press

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

One pilot is dead and a second pilot is hospitalized following two separate plane crashes in North Carolina.

The Record & Landmark reports that Statesville Regional Airport Manager John Ferguson said that a plane based in Statesville crashed in Rowan County on Monday.

Statesville police said the department received a call about 9 a.m. on Monday that a plane left for Twin Lakes Airport in Davie County and did not arrive there as scheduled.

In Onslow County, an experimental plane crashed nose down at Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport about 3 p.m. on Monday.

Robert Barrows of Fincastle, Va., was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Col. Chris Thomas of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said Barrows had an apparent injury to his leg or foot.

Contribution received from indicted donor

RALEIGH — The campaign for North Carolina’s lieutenant governor has acknowledged it failed to report an in-kind donation from an entrepreneur indicted on bribery and other charges.

The News & Observer of Raleigh published a Facebook photo showing Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who plans to run for governor in 2020, speaking to a group at Greg Lindberg’s Durham residence in 2017.

Forest campaign spokesman Hal Weatherman told the newspaper when it reported on the photo that campaign finance laws don’t require Forest to disclose the use of a residence for a fundraiser. On Monday, Weatherman said the campaign should have reported $3,761 in catering services provided by Lindberg.

Lindberg, state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and two others are accused of planning to bribe a former insurance commissioner in exchange for special treatment.

Forest services asks for input on rate hike

ASHEVILLE — The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public input on a proposal to increase fees for some recreation activities in western North Carolina.

The agency announced the proposal for four areas on the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests on Monday in a news release. Officials said the fees will help upgrade the sites after prices have remained largely the same for a decade.

Fees at Swan Cabin will increase to $50, while daily and annual passes will also increase at the Brown Mountain and Wayehutta Off-Highway Vehicle trails. The fees will also increase at the Tsali Mountain Bike and Equestrian Trail Complex.

The public comment period runs from Monday until the end of May.

Nonprofit to support Outer Banks parks

KILL DEVIL HILLS — A nonprofit is beginning to support the three national parks along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Forever said in a news release that it will work with Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The group will focus on several areas, including expanding ways to get children into national parks and preserving local history.

The group will mark National Park Week on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting in Kill Devil Hills hosted by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

National Park Week began Saturday and will end on Sunday.

Tape: Man shot by officer pulled a knife

RALEIGH — A 911 audio tape released by a North Carolina police department indicates a man shot and killed by an officer had pulled a knife.

Raleigh police said 30-year-old Soheil Antonio Mojarrad was killed last Saturday night at a shopping center on the city’s east side.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that police responded to a call at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday about a person trespassing at a gas station. Three minutes later, an officer reported “shots fired” and “He’s got a knife.” The officer then called for an ambulance and repeated that the man was “armed with a knife. He pulled a knife ... Suspect is down.”

According to police, Raleigh police and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation were reviewing other video related to the incident.

Teen shot while filming fighting crowd

HIGH POINT — Police in North Carolina said a High Point teen was shot while filming a fighting crowd when a teen in the fight pulled out a gun and began firing at onlookers.

The High Point Enterprise reported that the teen was shot on Sunday and hospitalized with wounds that were serious but not life threatening. Police say 18-year-old Javontai Cooke has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

Police said a fight broke out between Cooke’s brother and a group of people, leading to even more people joining the fray. They said Cooke then shot into the crowd and hit the teen, who officers found lying on the ground.

Cooke fled and later surrendered to police. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

Loaded AK-47 found under toddler's bed

FAYETTEVILLE  — Police in North Carolina have arrested two people after finding marijuana and a loaded AK-47 under the bed of a 2-year-old child.

News outlets report Fayetteville police say drug and child abuse charges were filed against 32-year-old Sergio F. Weeks and 25-year-old Alysha J. Smith. In addition, police charged Weeks with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to police, officers responding to a Crime Stoppers tip were able to verify the tipster’s information and obtained a warrant to search a home. Inside the home, they found nearly a pound of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia in addition to the AK-47.

Weeks and Smith have been released on bond. It’s not known if they have an attorney.