CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina prison officials say more than nine out of 10 prison workers charged with smuggling drugs and cellphones or committing other crimes behind bars escaped prison time. The Charlotte Observer reports that the Department of Public Safety found just four of the 57 prison employees charged with crimes between 2013 and 2017 landed behind bars themselves.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina police chief says a man shot his girlfriend and her five children _ killing the woman and two teens _ before shooting himself. Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper says the shooting happened Wednesday night after Maurice Laron Garner got into an argument with his girlfriend at the hospital where she worked. Hooper said that the woman, 32-year-old Erica Nichelle Smith of Asheville, was killed. Her 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter also died.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants legislators to set aside $130 million for public school and college building safety improvements as well as school-based counselors, police officers and mental health programs. Cooper announced Thursday at an Orange County high school what he will include in his state budget proposal for school safety and youth mental health services.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a North Carolina gang member has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with the discovery of guns in his home. U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. said Thursday that 26-year-old Rashem Santa Perry was sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. Authorities say a search of his residence last May turned up an AR-15 rifle, a partially loaded magazine and a .40-caliber handgun.
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