North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper shot in Durham
DURHAM (AP) — A North Carolina highway patrol trooper is fighting for his life after being in Durham.
The trooper was shot Monday evening near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Cheek Road. He was transported to a local hospital. His condition was not available.
Police are searching for a black Nissan with a temporary 30-day-tag driven by a white male with short blonde hair.
Woman pleads guilty in polygamist sect murders
DURHAM (AP) — A member of a polygamist cult is pleading guilty to her role in the North Carolina shooting deaths of a 4-year-old boy who offended the group’s leader and a woman who sought to leave.
LaRhonda Renee Smith pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit murder in the slayings of 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy and 4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan. Smith was sentenced to between 23 and 30 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Smith and two other women were followers of Pete Moses, who lead a group called the Black Hebrews. The adults and their children lived together in Durham and later in Colorado.
Moses shot Jadon in the head after the boy made a gesture toward another child that Moses thought indicated Jadon was gay.
Two die in Gastonia house fire
GASTONIA (AP) — Two people have been killed in a house fire in Gastonia.
Firefighters were called to the home early Monday. Gastonia police said the victims were 78-year-old Ernest Adams and 57-year-old Angela Smith Wilson.
Emergency officials say there were no other injuries in the white vinyl and brick house.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.