BAYBORO — One person is dead and two people are missing after a fishing vessel sank on the North Carolina coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said in a news release that personnel at its Fifth District command center received a distress signal on Tuesday night indicating a radio beacon registered to the fishing vessel.
A lifeboat crew was dispatched from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, and a helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. Once they arrived, the aircrew located two of the four crew members and transferred them to a nearby hospital for additional treatment. Both mariners rescued were described as hypothermic. One of them required CPR, and the Coast Guard said that person was pronounced dead by hospital personnel. The identity of the dead marines hasn't officially been released.
The search for the other two mariners resumed on Wednesday with an air crew from the Elizabeth City station. A 47-foot lifeboat crew from the Hatteras Inlet station, along with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and a good Samaritan vessel, joined the search.
School bus crash causes minor injuries
DELCO — The adults and children who were injured in a bus crash in southeastern North Carolina have all been released from the hospital.
North Carolina State Police Sgt. E.C. Harris said by phone Wednesday that the 10 people on the bus suffered minor injuries.
The crash occurred Tuesday morning near the town of Delco in Columbus County outside of Wilmington.
Harris said that a preliminary investigation shows that a truck struck the back of the bus as well as a FedEx box truck. The bus had stopped to pickup a child when it was struck.
Harris said the kids on board were elementary school age or younger. He said the crash remains under investigation.
Police: 1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting
CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina city that recorded more that 100 homicides last year has launched an investigation into its first homicide of 2020.
Two males were found shot inside a home early Wednesday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. The second man was taken to a hospital and his condition is unknown.
The two were found wounded in a home in northern Charlotte, according to news outlets.
Police said they didn't know whether the two men knew each other. Their identities haven't been released.
No suspect information or arrests have been announced.
There were 107 homicides in Charlotte in 2019, news outlets reported.
Ex-substitute denies controversial comments
CARY — A white North Carolina substitute teacher is denying allegations she made comments to a class of 10-year-old students, including that they were marked for prison because they were wearing athletic clothing and that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had killed himself.
Elizabeth Temple resigned almost a year ago after the Wake County school system began investigating whether she made those comments while teaching at a Garner elementary school, district officials previously confirmed to The News & Observer. Temple attended a Wake County school board meeting on Tuesday and said during the public comment section that the allegations were not true.
“I said we were all one race, the human race, that we’re all one,” Temple also said during the meeting. She added that she “joined the NAACP as a dues-paying member," the newspaper reported.
The allegations emerged in February when Billy Byrd, a parent of a black student at the school, accused Temple of making the comments to his son and others in the class, The News & Observer reported. He said Temple became upset when students were not listening to her directions and began talking about President Donald Trump before telling the students that they were not real Christians if they didn’t support him. She went on to make the comments about King's death and students' clothing, Byrd told the paper and also posted to Facebook at the time.
Board members do not respond during the public comment part of their meeting.