Morning News Briefs: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
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Winston-Salem Schools See Flurry Of Gun Incidents, Threat Made On Social Media
A Triad teacher is accused of storing a student's gun in her classroom.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Paisley Magnet School teacher Sarah Melissa Wilson was arrested Monday and charged with helping a minor possess a firearm on educational property.
Winston-Salem police say a student told Wilson about the gun and gave it to her last month. They say the 25-year-old Wilson allowed the student to pick it up at the end of the day.
The arrest comes as authorities investigate reports of a gun at the school last week. Police say the same weapon was involved in both incidents and charges are being sought against the initial juvenile and another who also possessed the gun on campus.
Elsewhere, some Reynolds High School parents kept their kids at home Monday after a social media post threatened gun violence on campus. And Winston-Salem police are investigating an incident at Northwest Middle School involving a handgun found in a student’s book bag.
Candidates Face Off In GOP Primary For North Carolina Congressional Race
Republicans are deciding who should carry their banner into a high-profile congressional race in a North Carolina district lacking a delegate in Washington because last year's election was tainted by ballot fraud.
Republican and unaffiliated voters in the 9th Congressional District cast ballots Tuesday to decide which GOP candidate will face Democrat Dan McCready.
Democratic North Carolina Elections Board Replaces Top Administrator
North Carolina's Democratic-led elections board will have a new chief administrator.
On a party-line 3-2 vote Monday, the State Board of Elections chose Karen Brinson Bell as the next executive director starting June 1.
The action means Kim Strach will be out of the job she's held since 2013.
Bell previously worked at the state board and was a county elections director.
VP Pence Scheduled For Greensboro Fundraiser Benefiting Tillis
Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Thom Tillis are the featured guests at a fundraiser next week in Greensboro for both the Republican National Committee and Tillis' re-election campaign.
An invitation obtained on Monday by The Associated Press says the fundraising dinner will be May 22. The invitation sets donation ranges from $2,800 to $35,000. Party officials issuing invitations include RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and national GOP fundraiser Louis DeJoy, who lives in Greensboro.
North Carolina State Rep. McGrady Not Seeking 6th Term
A veteran Republican House member known for his work on legislation addressing the environment, overhauling redistricting and easing alcoholic beverage restrictions won't seek re-election next year.
Five-term Rep. Chuck McGrady of Henderson County announced his decision on Monday, saying it's time to return his focus to friends and family. Candidate filing begins in December for his 117th House District and all 170 legislative seats.
Officials Charge Father Of 1-Year-Old In Accidental Shooting
A North Carolina sheriff's office has charged the father of a 1-year-old child who suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a news release on Monday that 23-year-old Dylan Sean Moose of Lincolnton is charged with storing a firearm in a manner accessible to a minor, which is a misdemeanor.
According to the sheriff's office, detectives say the child's father was outside his home smoking a cigarette on Sunday when he heard a loud pop. The sheriff's office says the 1-year-old and a 2-year-old took a .380 caliber handgun from a nightstand in the bedroom and a shot was fired. Investigators say the 1-year-old suffered a graze wound.
Lincolnton is a suburb of Charlotte.