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Raleigh police say man killed by officer was wielding knife, shooting wasn't captured on any cameras

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Raleigh Police Department released its five-day report Thursday, detailing what led up to the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Soheil Antonio Mojarrad -- a man friends say had a history of mental illness.


2 injured in tanker crash on US-301 in Johnston County

SELMA, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities are investigating a tanker crash that occurred in Selma Wednesday morning and left two people injured. The crash occurred in the 1300-block of South Pollock Street near U.S. 301 in Selma around 6:45 a.m., according to Johnston County emergency officials.


Utility worker injured in Durham explosion dies at UNC Hospitals

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- The utility worker injured during the Durham gas explosion has died, according to UNC Hospitals. The worker, Jay Rambeaut, 51, of Creedmoor, had been at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill since the explosion on April 10.


Family of unresponsive N.C. teen who survived rip current makes tough decision

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - The parents of the Wake Forest teenager who survived a rip current over the weekend say her brain was too severely damaged. Paige Merical's father, John Merical, posted on Facebook late Wednesday saying they made the decision to let her go.


Winning $150,000 Lottery Ticket Sold In Johnston County

Jessica Rodriguez of Zebulon says a $150,000 lottery win means she can pay off her student loans, pay off her car loan, and help her family. Rodriguez claimed the prize Monday and said her good luck happened when she stopped at the Family Fare / Speedway on NC 42 West near I-40 in the Cleveland comm


'Significant increase' in card skimmers found on gas pumps in 2019, NC investigators say

SELMA, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina investigators found a significant increase in card skimmers on gas pumps in 2019. Inspectors said they found 23 card skimmers on gas pumps across the state in the first three months of the year. In 2018, they found just five skimmers in the same time period; they


Woman recounts pipe flying through her windshield while driving on I-40 in Johnston County

JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) - Drivers traveling from Raleigh to Selma say a pipe flew off a truck on Interstate 40 and hit their windshield. Even with a picture to prove it, Elizabeth Atkinson can hardly believe what happened on her way to work. She was with several other people on the way to a job


Woman sentenced to prison in infant death case

A Newport woman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her 7-month-old child in Wayne County Superior Court Monday. District Court Judge Henry Stevens sentenced Kayla Rebecca Ann Clements, 27, to minimum of 13 years to 17 years maximum in prison after Clements pleaded guilty in a sec


Two Henry County kids shot in the face during a road rage incident in Mt. Airy, North Carolina

AXTON, Va, (WDBJ) - A road rage incident in Mt. Airy, North Carolina left Nayeli Sheff, 7, and her brother Prince Sheff, 9, with gunshot wounds to the face. According to their mother, Aimee Hodge, the siblings were visiting their father, Graig Sheff, for the weekend. As the family was leaving Graig'


'Called to Heaven:' Wake Forest teen may be taken off life support this week, family says

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WTVD) -- Paige Merical, a Wake Forest High School student who got caught in a rip current while swimming in Emerald Isle while on spring break, may soon be taken off life support.


CUTE VIDEO: Play with adorable micro-pigs at this Tokyo café

Cuteness alert! Try to contain your squeals of delight. There's a café in Tokyo that lets you play with micro-pigs. Japan's largest city is known for its array of animal cafes.


Suspect Found With Cocaine Following Disturbance

Police show up to break up a disturbance in a parking lot and end up making a cocaine arrest. On Monday, officers with the Goldsboro Police Department responded to the report of an active disturbance in a parking lot on the 2200 block of Wayne Memorial Drive. During the investigation, a participant


Truck fire causes road closure in Clayton

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) - A landscaping truck caught on fire Wednesday afternoon in Clayton, causing a road closure, according to Clayton police spokesperson Stacy Beard. The fire happened on Vinson Road near Torrey Pines Drive. Beard said Vinson Road will be closed while crews clean up after the fire.


Goldsboro physician faces charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud

Goldsboro physician Randy Lee Swackhammer faces a U.S. Attorney Office charge in an alleged $5 million conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Swackhammer, 60, who faces one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, was among those charged in what federal officials described as one of the lar


Pace of N.C. flu deaths continues to slow; one victim from last week

The pace of North Carolinians dying from flu-related conditions continued to slow last week with one new victim, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday.


Man stabbed by girlfriend following argument in home near Knightdale, authorities say

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) — A 22-year-old woman is facing an assault charge following a stabbing Thursday morning near Knightdale, the Wake County Sheriff's Office announced. Deputies arrived at a home in the 3100-block of Varcroft Road in response to a stabbing call around 2:30 a.m.


North Carolina Man Settles Claims He Sexually Harassed Renters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ A North Carolina man accused of sexually harassing 17 female renters or home buyers is settling a lawsuit with the government by paying the women $550,000 and exiting the real estate business.


N.C. man pleads guilty to deadly Danville shooting

Diairion Marqui Davis pleaded guilty Thursday in the shooting of Arthur OBrian Anderson in May 2018. Davis, 31, of Reidsville, North Carolina, was arrested in connection to OBrian’s May shooting death in North Danville. After the shooting, he fled to North Carolina, where he was involved in a shooto


Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website

Raleigh, N.C. — The average teacher salary in Wake County public schools is $58,403. But in neighboring Franklin County, teachers are paid, on average, nearly $9,000 less at $49,805. Those are some of the school finance statistics reported on North Carolina's new Financial Transparency Dashboard.


Early voting for NC 9th District race underway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Early voting has begun for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District seat. Voters can cast their ballot early in the special election primary through May 10. The primary election will be held on May 14. Most voting locations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.