RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley has ordered all North Carolina state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Sen. Jesse Helms, who died Friday at the age of 86.
Easley said Sunday that flags will be flown at half-staff today and until sunset Tuesday in memory of Helms, who represented North Carolina in the Senate from 1973 to 2003.
In addition, a condolence book will be available at the state Capitol to sign in memory of Helms today and until the close of business Tuesday. It will be sent to the Jesse Helms Center at Wingate University.
The funeral is planned for Tuesday at Helms’ longtime church in Raleigh.
Six men shoot at, then rob man riding on a scooter
GREENSBORO — Police are looking for six men who robbed a man on a scooter after shooting at him.
Victor Mitchell, 43, reported being shot at while riding his scooter on Elwell Avenue about 2 a.m. Saturday. A white truck began following him, and one of the men inside shot at Mitchell, according to a police report.
Mitchell told police he lost control of his scooter, and the men jumped out of the truck, robbing him of his money, cell phone and scooter. Mitchell was not injured.
The robbers are described as six men in a white truck with a light bar across the top. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 373-1000.
Grand jury convenes today in Eve Carson killing case
CHAPEL HILL — An expert in criminal law predicts District Attorney Jim Woodall will charge the men accused in Eve Carson’s death with “just about everything you could imagine” when the Orange County grand jury meets today.
Also today, Woodall is scheduled to announce whether he intends to seek the death penalty for Demario Atwater, one of the two accused, though he expects that hearing to be continued to a later date. Additional charges and new information released to the public in recent days could add up to aggravating factors that would support a death sentence.
Pediatric practice moves, changes business name
GREENSBORO — After 30 years at its West Wendover Avenue location, Wendover Pediatrics has moved and changed its name to Carolina Pediatrics of the Triad.
The practice opens today at 2707 Henry St. and includes about 14,000 square feet, compared with 10,000 square feet at its former location.
Now serving more than 30,000 patients, the practice will be adding a 10th physician on Aug. 15. The phone number remains unchanged at 574-4280.
President Bush appoints eastern N.C. marshal
RALEIGH — The U.S. Marshals Service has announced a new marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that President Bush appointed Clyde R. Cook Jr. on June 30.
Cook took his new job after retiring as marshal for the state Supreme Court.
He also has been an enforcement officer for the state Division of Motor Vehicles and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division.
Nonprofit that sends mail to servicemen may close
FORT BRAGG — Operation Forgotten Soldier may be forced to close in December if it can’t raise $70,000.
The nonprofit sends letters, postcards and packages to service members outside the U.S.
The names of the soldiers receiving little or no mail are sent to the charity by chaplains, commanders and mail room staffers. The campaign was founded in 2003. It relies on volunteers and donations to pay for operating costs and postage.
— Staff and Wire Reports