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Officials: Inmate dies after prison fight


The Associated Press

Thursday, March 14, 2019

RALEIGH — State officials say an inmate has died after a fight at a North Carolina prison.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety said that 72-year-old William Wells was struck during a fight at Maury Correctional Institution on Monday. Officials say Wells was found unresponsive and pronounced dead after efforts to resuscitate him failed.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation are looking into the incident.

Wells was serving a life sentence after his 1979 conviction for second-degree murder in Rockingham County.

New Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry delayed again

OCRACOKE — A new passenger ferry set to serve the Ocracoke-to-Hatteras route has been delayed once again.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said that the 98-passenger ferry valued at more than $4 million was not delivered in February and will not be running in May as promised.

NCDOT would not say when the ferry would be ready or if it would cost more. Spokesman Tim Hass said the contractor has had what he calls “construction issues.”

Two years ago, the ferry division said the boat would be built by Armstrong Marine of Washington state at a North Carolina boat yard. The company’s owner sold the business, but continued building vessels at U.S. Workboats in Hubert.

The ferry was originally promised for last April, then last September and again for last month.

Raleigh mayor won't seek a fifth term

RALEIGH — The mayor of North Carolina’s capital city will not seek a fifth term.

In a video on Wednesday, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane cited accomplishments on economic development and the arts — but also the current climate of divisiveness.

“The mean politics of Twitter and social media is painful when it’s about you or someone that you love,” McFarlane said.

She added that politics in the city of about 465,000 “could use a reset.”

The announcement comes after a city councilwoman accused McFarlane’s husband of verbally and physically attacking her at a meeting last month. No police report was filed then. McFarlane acknowledged in a statement her husband responded too strongly.

McFarlane served two City Council terms starting in 2007 before her 2011 election as the second woman to serve as Raleigh mayor.

Woman drops fight over huge Outer Banks home

COROLLA  — The New England woman who owns a 24-bedroom house along North Carolina’s Outer Banks has dismissed her lawsuit after years of litigation over the $4.6 million home.

Elizabeth Letendre of Needham Heights, Mass., dismissed her lawsuit over the Currituck County house on Friday. Attorney Jonathan Hall said Letendre decided to go “a different way” with the 15,000-square-foot event house that sits north of Corolla, but she’s not sure what that will be.

Challenges to the house go back five years to when it was first proposed. The county issued a building permit then withdrew it. Despite warnings, construction continued.

Most recently, Letendre lost in the state Court of Appeals, which reversed a trial court decision. The state Supreme Court denied her petition in January.