FORMER SHERIFF DIES
Report: Policies followed in NC jail death
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - An internal investigation finds that jailers at the New Hanover County jail followed proper policies and procedures when former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died earlier there this month.
New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said Tuesday the internal investigation based on video recordings and interviews found jailers acted appropriately on July 12. McMahon said he will release the report once the State Bureau of Investigation probe into the death is completed.
Hewett was being held at the jail on a federal firearms charge.
McMahon has said Hewett was being taken from his cell for a visit with family members when there was an altercation. In a 911 call from the jail, the caller mentioned a patient with psychiatric or abnormal behavior or a possible suicide attempt.
SEALED AIR-HEADQUARTERS MOVE
Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several other states.
A North Carolina committee that approves corporate tax breaks on Wednesday approved up to $36 million over 12 years if the company meets job and investment targets. The Elmwood Park, New Jersey, company was expected to announce the move with North Carolina officials later Wednesday.
North Carolina Commerce Department spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the company will consolidate some operations from Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Jersey into a new headquarters complex in the Charlotte area costing more than $50 million.
Genardo said the company also considered Greenville, South Carolina, before choosing Charlotte.
NC man found dead on front steps of home
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - Homicide investigators in Lumberton are looking into the death of a man who was found on the front steps of his home.
The Robeson County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Oscar Mendoza was found by his wife early Tuesday.
The cause of death has not been determined but authorities say the victim had been bleeding from his nose, head and mouth. An autopsy is expected to determine the cause of death.
ASHEVILLE OFFICER CLEARED
Asheville officer won't face charges in teen death
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Prosecutors say an Asheville police officer will not be charged in the shooting death of a teen who led police on a chase following a home break-in.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that District Attorney Ron Moore's decision comes 10 months after 19-year-old Alexander Jamar Marion was killed.
Moore said the officer was justified in his use of force given the circumstances at an apartment complex last September.
The State Bureau of Investigation said several officers saw Marion with a gun during a chase that lasted nearly an hour. The teen did not have a gun with him when he was shot.
Police say Marion was seen coming out of a house where a break-in had been reported Sept. 29. Officers say the teen ignored their order to stop.
HILTON HEAD DEVELOPMENT
Hilton Head hires economic development director
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Hilton Head Island has hired its first economic development director.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that Don Kirkman, of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, will lead the Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation beginning next month.
Kirkman has worked in economic development in both Florida and North Carolina for 20 years and currently runs a consulting firm in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Kirkman will work to lure companies to the resort island by overseeing a marketing campaign and making economic scouting trips. He was selected from 65 people who applied for the job.
Texas-based drug ring leader gets nearly 23 years
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors say the leader of a Texas-based drug ring that supplied at least eight other states has been sentenced to nearly 23 years in federal prison.
Alejandro "Alex" Gonzales of Alvin was sentenced Tuesday in Beaumont.
The 36-year-old Gonzales in January pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. Investigators say Gonzales and his associates for several years were supplied by cartels in Mexico.
The drugs were distributed throughout Texas as well as to Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Gonzales was among more than two dozen people indicted last August in the drug trafficking conspiracy and firearms investigation. Further details on the other defendants weren't immediately available.
NC Senate considering sales tax changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some senators want to give more choices to most North Carolina counties in how they can generate extra revenues through local sales taxes, while scaling back authority for some of the state's largest counties.
The Senate scheduled debate and a vote Wednesday on a measure that would place a cap on what counties can levy in local sales taxes. The bill limits the combined state and local sales tax to 7.25 percent in all but two of the 100 counties.
Bill supporters say the measure provides more options in how to raise taxes and their proceeds. Critics point out four large counties that could now raise their combined sales tax to 7.5 percent couldn't do so in the proposal. Mecklenburg County's scheduled voter referendum for November also would be canceled.
Durham police investigate bus explosion
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Durham police are investigating an apparent chemical explosion on a city bus.
Police were called to a bus around 9:35 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said the driver reported that a man got on the bus with a jug and when the man got off the bus later, the jug exploded. The police statement called it a "Draino Bomb."
Police said one passenger was treated for exposure to the chemicals. Officials said the bus was not seriously damaged.
No arrests have been made.
Movie filming expected on Asheville streets
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A movie will be filming in downtown Asheville next week.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that some driving scenes are expected to be filmed on downtown streets July 30. Street closings will begin July 29.
Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig have been in the area since shooting began July 7 for the "Untitled Armored Car Project."
The first scenes were shot in Swannanoa, before the crew went to Waynesville and other locations around Asheville.
The movie is based on the real-life story of the $17 million robbery of the regional vault of Loomis Fargo & Company in Charlotte in 1997. The robbery was organized by an armored car driver and vault supervisor.
The film is slated to be released in August 2015.
Tropical depression approaching Lesser Antilles
MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a fast-moving tropical depression in the Atlantic is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday night.
The depression's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 35 mph. The depression is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure on Thursday.
The tropical depression is centered about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest near 20 mph.
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