Morning Headlines: Monday, November 9, 2015
Autopsy: Crime Spree Slaying Suspect Killed Self
Authorities say an autopsy has confirmed that a man suspected in a North Carolina double slaying died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after police seeking another man stumbled upon him at a Philadelphia-area motel.
Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran said Sunday the autopsy also confirmed that 34-year-old Lloyd Wayne Franklin had two bullet wounds from one of his suspected slaying victims.
Franklin and 38-year-old Jennifer Michelle Lanning had been on the lam since Oct. 29. That's when police found 82-year-old Davie Lee McSwain and his 78-year-old wife Joan dead in their Thomasville, North Carolina, home.
Authorities had said they believed Davie McSwain shot Franklin before he was killed.
Lanning was arrested along with the man police were initially seeking at the motel in Trevose.
Greensboro Preps For Participatory Budgeting
Greensboro could become the first city in the south to invite citizens to help create the next municipal budget. The process of gathering neighborhood input has already begun.
The City of Greensboro has set aside $500,000 for the participatory budgeting process. Each district will be able to offer input on what to do with $100,000 of that money.
The process starts with neighborhood assemblies, which are going on now. The city has promised each meeting will include formal presentations and a chance to collect ideas from district residents.
Starting in December, volunteer committees will take some of those ideas and turn them into formal proposals, and in the spring, residents can vote on which ideas they want to spend money on.
The next neighborhood assembly is scheduled for District 2 Monday at the Central Library.
A full assembly schedule can be found at the city’s website: www.greensboro-nc-gov.
Supreme Court Orders Reprimand After Judge's Comments
The N.C. Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand against a District Court judge after he told parents at a child custody hearing that they were "acting like idiots."
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports James T. Hill, a Durham judge since 2002, was reprimanded for making inappropriate comments, improperly exercising his contempt powers" and "failing to maintain order and decorum" in the proceedings. The order was issued on Friday.
According to the order, the hearing lasted for several days in August 2014. Shortly before the hearing ended, Hill threatened the couple with contempt of court after becoming frustrated with their behavior.
Hill was also cited for referring to the county jail as "The Durham County Bed and Breakfast." The Judicial Standards Commission called that reference inappropriate.
North Carolina High School Forfeits 8 Wins Due To Violation
A Fayetteville-area high school must forfeit its eight victories from the 2015 season because officials say it improperly reported players promoted from the junior varsity team to the varsity squad.
The Fayetteville Observer reports the N.C. High School Athletic Association issued a statement Friday saying Pinecrest High School appealed to the association's board of directors. The board upheld the policy.
According to the newspaper, rules allow schools to promote players from the JV team to the varsity in the event of injuries or illness. But if a player participated in a JV game, then dressed out for the varsity game, paperwork must be filed with the NCHSAA whether the athlete plays or not.
Meanwhile, Carrboro High School forfeited a game on Friday due to a lack of healthy players.
Newton's 4 Tds Lead Unbeaten Panthers Past Packers 37-29
Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Carolina Panthers took an important step toward best record in the NFC once the playoffs arrive with a 37-29 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Newton completed 15 of 30 passes for 297 yards and ran for 57 yards on nine carries in one of the better games of his five-year NFL career.
The Panthers (8-0) extended their regular-season win streak to 12 games and put themselves in terrific shape in the NFC standings, where every other team has at least two losses.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns and led a furious fourth-quarter comeback from 23 points down, but couldn't complete it. Linebacker Thomas Davis intercepted Rodgers on a fourth-and-goal pass at the Carolina 3 with 1:54 left.
The Packers (6-2) have lost back-to-back games after starting 6-0.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.