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Posted on August 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 8:00 AM


NC high school student shot; suspect captured

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Police say a student at a Winston-Salem high school was shot and wounded, and that another student is in custody.

A statement from police said officers responded to a report of a shooting at around 2:30 p.m. Friday at Carver High School, which is on the city's northeast side. Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree told a news conference that the school was conducting a fire drill at the time.

The report came more than an hour before classes would have been dismissed.

Police said the victim was taken to N.C. Baptist Hospital with what they described as non-life threatening injuries.

Neither the suspect nor the victim has been identified.

The high school, which has an enrollment of approximately 700 students, postponed its home football game.


NC law enforcement to patrol roads, waterways

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A trio of North Carolina agencies is patrolling the state's roads and waters to make sure residents are safe during the Labor Day weekend.

Officers from the N.C. Highway Patrol, the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division are combining efforts to make sure motorists and boaters remain safe during the final summer holiday weekend.

Law enforcement officers will be conducting various driving while impaired checkpoints near parks and water recreational areas across the state during the "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign.

Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 278 fatal collisions and over 8,500 injury collisions during the summer months. This included 88 fatal collisions and 913 injury collisions due to impaired driving.

The campaign begins Saturday and ends on Monday.


NC DMV to offer services during Apple Festival

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — People attending the North Carolina Apple Festival not only can sample some fruit can also get their driver licenses renewed as well.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has its mobile unit at the 67th annual festival through Saturday. It will be open on Sunday to provide information.

DMV will offer opportunities to renew driver licenses as long as no written or road test is required. Driver licenses are issued through age 65 for eight years, and cost $4 per year. Drivers over 65 are issued licenses for five years.

Duplicate licenses to replace lost or damaged ones may be ordered at the mobile unit. Identification cards for children and adults can also be ordered. Both are $10.

The DMV mobile unit will also provide state roadmaps and driver handbooks.


Aquarium holds program to help image of vultures

PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (AP) — Vultures get a bad rap, but weekend programs at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores may help to improve their image.

Although vultures are maligned because they eat carrion, aquarium officials say that by doing so they help prevent the spread of disease. Vultures face dangers such as being killed as pests and poisoning by drugs used in livestock.

On Saturday and Sunday, the aquarium is holding programs allowing visitors to see vultures up close and kids to make a craft vulture to take home.

The museum is also showing a film featuring black and turkey vultures as well as other native raptors.


NC probation officer sentenced to prison term

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former North Carolina probation officer is facing time in prison after he was convicted for coercing a female probationer into having sex with him.

The U.S. Attorney's office announced Friday that 43-year-old Willie James Steele Jr. was sentenced to the maximum 24 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release.

Prosecutors say Steele supervised the female probationer in 2008 after her probation was transferred to North Carolina from another state. The prosecutors said Steele violated the woman's rights by having non-consensual sex with the woman during two separate probation meetings.

Steele was found guilty last December.


Salisbury Post sports editor Ronnie Gallagher dies

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Ronnie Gallagher, sports editor of the Salisbury Post for the past 16 years, has died. He was 57.

Elizabeth Cook, editor of the newspaper, said Gallagher woke up ill Friday morning and went to a local hospital, where he died.

Cook said Gallagher had recently been hospitalized for a minor heart attack and other ailments but had returned to work this week and his column was published in Friday's paper.

Gallagher became sports editor at Salisbury in 1997 after working as a sports writer there for the previous 2½ years. He began his career in 1980 at the Dispatch in Lexington, and was named sports editor of the Davie County Enterprise in 1986.

Gallagher is survived by his wife, Joan, and two sons.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.


NC changes air permit for proposed cement plant

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina air regulators are giving the company behind a proposed cement plant near Wilmington more time as it fights environmental groups in court.

The N.C. Division of Air Quality on Friday extended the air permit due to expire this weekend for the proposed Titan America cement plant. The extension is for another 18 months.

The new permit also increases by 32 tons a year the allowed amount of particulates. The agency says that's in line with revised requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A local campaign has fought for five years to stop the cement plant that opponents say would become one of the state's largest emitters of mercury, soot, and smog-producing chemicals.

A decision is expected in months in a lawsuit challenging the air permit.