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State briefs: Man accused of kidnapping turns himself in

Colbert Book-Hurricane Relief

This cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane," by The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Colbert has donated proceeds from his Hurricane Florence-related book to disaster-relief efforts in North Carolina. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday, April 18, 2019, that the comedian sent a check for $412,412 to Gov. Roy Cooper. The governor posted a “thank-you” on Facebook. (Simon & Schuster via AP)


The Associated Press

Saturday, April 20, 2019

WILKESBORO — Authorities said a man being sought in connection with a kidnapping has turned himself in.

The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office said that 37-year-old Rosalino Duarte-Cruz of Wilkesboro is charged with second-degree kidnapping, simple assault and a domestic violence order. According to the sheriff’s office, Duarte-Cruz turned himself in on Friday, and he is jailed without bond. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

Duarte-Cruz is accused of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman from a home on Thursday. The sheriff’s office said Duarte-Cruz and the woman were in a relationship, and that eyewitnesses told deputies that a man dragged a woman through the yard and into a car before driving away.

The sheriff’s office said the victim is back at home and safe.

Book’s proceeds donated to relief efforts

RALEIGH — “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has donated proceeds from his Hurricane Florence-related book to disaster-relief efforts in North Carolina.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported on Thursday that the comedian sent a check for $412,412 to Gov. Roy Cooper. The governor posted a “thank-you” on Facebook.

Colbert and his writing staff composed the book “Whose Boat Is This Boat? Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane.” It uses quotes from President Donald Trump’s visit to North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence last fall.

The 24-page faux-children’s book was inspired by Trump’s question about a yacht that landed in the yard of someone living near the North Carolina coast.

The book was released in November.

Vigil to remember slain mother, children

ASHEVILLE — A vigil is planned in Asheville to remember a mother and two of her children who were killed in a domestic shooting.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported a silent march was to be held on Friday to remember Erica Smith and her children, 15-year-old Keithan Whitmire and 13-year-old Harmony Smith, who were killed one year ago.

Participants in the Domestic Violence Peace Rally were scheduled to march from Vance Monument to Pack Square Park, where speakers were to remember the victims and discuss domestic violence.

Three other children were injured when 35-year-old Maurice Garner opened fire in Smith’s home. Garner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Erica Smith’s 10-year-old son was able to call police even though he was injured.

Smith’s mother, Kassandra Smith, organized the rally along with Asheville City Schools and city police.

Man gets nine years on drug charges

RALEIGH — Prosecutors said that a North Carolina man was sentenced to nine years on charges of distributing crack cocaine.

Federal prosecutors issued a news release on Thursday saying that Andrea Bloodworth of New Hanover County was sentenced by a federal judge.

The release said Bloodworth pleaded guilty in January to charges including conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Authorities said that Bloodworth fled from a traffic stop and authorities later searched his home and found crack cocaine.

Defense attorney Kimberly Moore said her client, who suffers from addictions and mental illness, had tried to change his life but lacked proper treatment or a good support system.

She said in an email that that if he hadn’t pleaded guilty he could have faced 10 years to life in prison if convicted by a jury.

N.C. coastal board opposes offshore drilling

MANTEO — North Carolina’s coastal regulatory board said risks associated with offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling off the Atlantic coast aren’t worth threats to the tourism and fishing economies and the environment.

The state Coastal Resources Commission approved a resolution this week opposing the idea.

President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing permits to allow testing for possible drilling sites off the Atlantic coast. Some East Coast states and many coastal North Carolina communities already are against the plan.

Thursday’s resolution approved unanimously cited the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spills and studies showing adverse effects from seismic testing on marine life.

The commission is appointed by the governor and legislative leaders. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein have already have spoken out against offshore exploration.

Feds reach agreement for chemical cleanup

RIEGELWOOD — Federal authorities said they have reached a proposed settlement with two companies for the cleanup of a former chemical plant near the Cape Fear River.

The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release on Thursday that the settlement was reached with Honeywell International Inc. and International Paper Co. The companies have agreed to treat, store and dispose of soils and sediments contaminated by metals that include mercury and PCBs.

The settlement states the from 1963 to 2000, the LCP-Holtrachem plant made chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, liquid chlorine, hydrogen gas, liquid bleach and hydrochloric acid at the plant in Riegelwood in Columbus County, adjacent to the Cape Fear River.

A federal court must approve the settlement.