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Police: Drivers were racing before crash

HIGH POINT — Authorities have determined that street racing between two drivers caused a crash, killing one of them.

Using video evidence, investigators determined that Andrew Shea, 18, was “engaging in a willful speed competition with another driver,” according to police.

The driver of the other vehicle — Kyle Self, 33, of Franklinville — was located on Monday and cooperated with investigators.

The Nov. 9 crash occurred at about 5:20 p.m. on West Market Center Drive. Shea lost control of his Yamaha motorcycle as he entered a curve. The Yamaha crossed the concrete median, struck a 1993 Nissan pickup and Shea was thrown from the motorcycle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cafeteria workers protest in Wake

CHARLOTTE — Thousands of Wake County students were told to bring their own lunches Tuesday as a result of school cafeteria workers not showing up to protest low pay and working conditions.

Late Monday evening, the Wake County school system alerted families at more than 30 schools that a severe staff shortage may mean meals won’t be provided on Tuesday.

Wake, like school districts across North Carolina and nationally, is facing major staffing shortages of cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other positions. As of Nov. 1, Wake had a 19% vacancy rate among cafeteria workers, forcing remaining staff to do more to keep students fed.

‘Surfing’ deer stuns beachgoers

SUNSET BEACH — A family’s beach vacation took an odd turn this week when they recently ran into a large deer in the ocean.

But that’s not the strange part. Video shows the buck was belly deep in the ocean, doing something akin to body surfing.

Nancy Byrd Bustle of Hartsville, S.C., says she was “mesmerized” by the sight of those antlers facing off with crashing waves.

“I was sitting up on shore and my sister-in-law happened to look down to our right and spotted it in the water,” Bustle said. “It was hard to make out for certain it was a deer, so I got up and walked down towards it and sure enough, I saw the rack on his head. We thought we were seeing things.”

The buck appeared to be “riding the waves,” she says, and it ventured neck-deep in the water at some points. She watched for more than an hour and says the deer was still in the ocean when they packed up and left.

“It honestly seemed to be enjoying the waves,” she says. “He’d swim out pretty far and then come back into shore.”

Staff and Wire Reports

Staff and Wire Reports

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