State briefs: Override vote on 'born-alive' veto likely next week
The Associated Press
Thursday, May 30, 2019
RALEIGH — The North Carolina House apparently will not put off much longer deciding whether to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that directs doctors to take care of newborns from unsuccessful abortions or face crimes.
Speaker Tim Moore told colleagues on Wednesday he intends to hold the override vote on June 5. That question has been off and on the House calendar for weeks since the Senate voted to override.
Republicans hold majorities in both chambers, but House GOP members supporting the “born-alive” bill likely need several Democrats to join them to overcome the veto.
House Democrats have criticized Moore for keeping the question on the chamber’s calendar, which they said has forced colleagues to be present despite sickness and other challenges to prepare for a vote at any time.
'The Profit' says the big flag will keep flying
RALEIGH — The man known as television’s “The Profit” says he’ll go to jail before he removes a huge American flag flying at a recreational vehicle store that his company owns and that’s the subject of a lawsuit because of its size.
Businessman and reality television star Marcus Lemonis said he will visit Gander RV in Statesville today. In an interview on Wednesday, Lemonis said the flag stays even if he’s jailed for contempt of court.
The city of Statesville limits the size of flags in Gander RV’s location to 25 feet by 40 feet. The city said Gander RV’s flag is 40 feet by 80 feet. It has sued to get Gander to replace the flag.
Lemonis is CEO of Camping World, which owns Gander RV.
Barber shop owner to pay off student debts
CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina barber shop owner has raised enough money to erase the debts of more than a dozen high school seniors who risked not graduating if they didn’t pay them off.
WBTV reports Season Bennett learned 14 seniors at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte wouldn’t get their diplomas with the rest of their class if the overdue school fees weren’t paid. So Bennett asked the community for help eliminating the $4,500 debt.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools prohibits students from graduating if the overdue fees go unpaid.
Between donations from the public and help from former Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Bennett raised the money.
Bennett said she was inspired by billionaire technology investor Robert F. Smith, who announced he’d pay off the student loans for graduating seniors at Morehouse College.
Cross set on fire at Gastonia church
GASTONIA — Authorities in North Carolina say a cross was set on fire at a predominantly white church where a black pastor was scheduled to appear for a revival next month.
News outlets report the fire outside Loray Baptist Church in Gastonia on Wednesday burned a cross which had been decorated for Easter and still had a white cloth symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ draped on it. The fire was reported by a homeless man.
Pastor Kent Crawford called it odd that the cross was burned as the guest and his family was planning to come to the church.
Police are investigating the incident, but they say most of the church’s security cameras aren’t pointed toward the cross and don’t show when it was set on fire or who may have done it.
Slaying suspect captured in Raleigh
RALEIGH — A man wanted in a Virginia slaying was caught in North Carolina and managed to escape custody, only to be tackled by a bystander.
Citing a news release, news outlets report 41-year-old George William Knisley was arrested on Friday in Raleigh and was being transferred to a detention center when he escaped. Authorities said he complained his handcuffs were too tight and fled when a deputy tried to loosen them.
John Martinez Jr. said he was walking down the street when he saw a man in an orange jumpsuit sprinting away from an officer. Martinez said the officer needed help, so he dashed after the man and tackled him.
Knisley is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Matthew T. Broyles, of Powhatan. He also is accused in the disappearance of 43-year-old Amy Renee Fabian.
Deadline Friday for hurricane recovery program
RALEIGH — North Carolina officials say a deadline is looming for homeowners who suffered damage in a 2016 hurricane.
The application deadline for a Hurricane Matthew housing recovery program is Friday.
That’s the last chance for eligible single-family homeowners to apply for aid through the state’s Hurricane Matthew Community Development Block Grant funding. The program reimburses work completed on substantially damaged homes.
Homeowners who want to apply should call 2-1-1 during business hours this week to schedule an appointment at the nearest application center.
The state’s ReBuild NC program is available for people whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew, or both Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The state is still waiting for news on funding for homes hit only by Hurricane Florence.
Arrest made in West Virginia slaying
WINSTON-SALEM — A West Virginia man accused in a slaying has been arrested in North Carolina.
News outlets report 24-year-old Jalen Malik Alexander was arrested on Tuesday by Winston-Salem police. He is charged with first-degree murder in the May 17 death of 22-year-old Maurice Emmanuel Webster.
Beckley, West Virginia, police have said Webster was shot an area apartment complex and later died from his injuries. Authorities haven’t released a motive behind the slaying or said why Alexander was in North Carolina.
Alexander was being held Tuesday at a county jail in North Carolina. He’s set to appear in court on June 13 and is awaiting extradition to West Virginia. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.