Author Archives: JONATHAN DREW

Court: Online free speech rights trump stalking conviction

A man imprisoned for stalking has had his conviction overturned after North Carolina’s Court of Appeals ruled the social media posts underpinning the charges were protected by free speech rights. Continue reading

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Judge plans to reject new trial in death of Jordan’s father

A North Carolina judge says he won’t allow a man convicted of murdering Michael Jordan’s father in 1993 to proceed with an effort to prove his innocence. Continue reading

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Autopsy: Asphyxia was likely cause of kidnapped girl’s death

A kidnapped 13-year-old North Carolina likely died of suffocation or strangulation, but her cause of death couldn’t be determined conclusively. Continue reading

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Prosecutors: Sex assault was motive for scenic inn killing

An aspiring chef slain over the summer at a North Carolina mountain inn died during a sexual assault by a co-worker, prosecutors said Thursday, offering new details on the motive for the killing at the height of tourism season along a famed scenic high… Continue reading

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Man convicted of killing Jordan’s dad says trial was unfair

One of the men convicted of murdering Michael Jordan’s father in 1993 argued Wednesday that alibi witnesses and evidence of his innocence weren’t given a close enough look during his trial, violating his constitutional rights. Continue reading

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UNC leaders to vote on plan for toppled Confederate statue

Leaders of North Carolina’s flagship university are meeting to decide the fate of a Confederate monument torn down by protesters. Continue reading

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Immigrant deported after seeking refuge in N Carolina church

A Mexican immigrant who sought refuge in a North Carolina church for nearly a year was deported Thursday, federal authorities said. Continue reading

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Drug sweep of North Carolina tribal land nets 76 arrests

An opioid task force arrested 76 people on drug charges in a sweep of traffickers on western North Carolina tribal land, federal officials said Thursday. Continue reading

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Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

A mother and baby killed when a tree smashed into their house are among four deaths caused by Hurricane Florence. Continue reading

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4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come. Continue reading

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As hurricane blows, dive bar toasts ‘Here’s to Wilmington!’

As Hurricane Florence blew into Wilmington, about two dozen locals gathered behind the boarded-up windows of a bar that’s survived its share of squalls and tempests. Continue reading

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‘Don’t play games with it’: Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Residents on the Carolina coast are finding empty gas pumps and depleted store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence. Continue reading

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Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

Millions of Americans are preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Continue reading

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UNC head: Confederate doesn’t belong at campus ‘front door’

The chancellor of North Carolina’s flagship university is giving a strong indication that the school won’t return a torn-down Confederate statue to where it used to stand. Continue reading

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3 facing charges over toppling of Confederate statue

Police are filing charges against three people who they say helped bring down a Confederate statue at North Carolina’s flagship university. Continue reading

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DA: Teen who stopped attack was taught to shoot by late dad

A teenage girl drew upon gun training from her late father to fatally shoot an abusive boyfriend who was strangling her mother earlier this month in North Carolina, a prosecutor said Friday. Continue reading

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Police: Online love scam leads investigators to killing plot

An online romance scam led investigators to the discovery that a North Carolina woman with financial problems was plotting to kill her 88-year-old mother to get more money to pay the fraudster, police said. Continue reading

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‘Halloween every day:’ Judge scolds military impersonator

A man will soon learn his sentence for pretending to be an Army general last year when he landed a chartered helicopter at a North Carolina technology company. Continue reading

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Worker slain at inn loved to cook, aspired to own restaurant

Sara Ellis, a cook who was killed this week at a North Carolina mountain lodge, loved to make omelets and chocolate cake for friends and often went out of her way to brighten a stranger’s day, family and friends say. Continue reading

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Police: Man drives into phone store angry over broken phone

A 74-year-old man ranting about a broken phone drove his car through the glass storefront of a Verizon Wireless store in North Carolina, authorities said Friday, stunning shoppers during the dinner hour at an upscale mall. Continue reading

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