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Services Mon. for Forest Service officer

Services are planned this week for Jason Crisp, the U.S. Forest Service officer who was shot and killed last Wednesday during a manhunt for a North Carolina killer.  A visitation is planned this afternoon at a church in Marion. Crisp’s funeral is Monday at McDowell High School.  Crisp and his dog were ambushed as they hunted for Troy Whisnant, who earlier had shot and killed his own parents. Investigators say Whisnant later fired at three other officers, who responded with deadly fire.


At Fort Bragg this week, an Army general accused of sexually assaulting a female captain under his command will be back in court, after his trial was suddenly postponed last week.  A spokesman for Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair said there have been no major developments since the trial judge last Tuesday sent the jury of five two-star generals back to their stations around the world.  The general is negotiating a possible plea bargain, and a hearing Monday will deal with procedural issues.  Sinclair is the former deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. He's accused of twice forcing a female captain to perform oral sex during a three-year extramarital affair.


A new study for North Carolina legislators has found that some proposed new immigration laws may be expensive or redundant.  The state Department of Public Safety released the study at the request of lawmakers, who ordered the review rather than voting on the proposals in the last session. The bill includes proposals such one similar to Arizona's "show-me-your-papers" law and another that would require people in the North Carolina illegally to reimburse the state for their incarceration.    The study says the "show-me-your-papers” proposal is redundant because officers already can check on a person's immigration status when stopping someone for another reason. And the study says the incarceration proposal could cost the state money because North Carolina could lose federal reimbursement for those costs.


The Mecklenburg County district attorney’s office will decide this week whether to press charges in a fatal shooting early Saturday in North Charlotte.  Police were called to a home on Elliot Drive, off Sunset road, at 3:35 AM for a report of a domestic disturbance. They found 28-year-old Jamario Jackson dead of a gunshot wound.  Police interviewed family members at the scene and said they have a suspect. The case is now in the DA’s hands.


Myers Park’s girls basketball team brought home their first state championship last night in Raleigh. The Mustangs beat Southeast Raleigh 61 to 46 to win the 4A division title. Ryedeiah Rogers had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead Myers Park.  See the box score at NCHSAA.org

Duke and Virginia will face off at 1 o’clock today in the final of the ACC men’s basketball tournament in Greensboro. The Blue Devils beat NC State 75 to 67 on Saturday, while Virginia got by Pitt, 51 to 48.             Seedings for the NCAA tournament will be announced tonight.