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Two groups exchange gunfire at city park

Two groups of people exchanged gunfire Tuesday at Rupert Bell Park at 1501 Mount Zion Place, but no injuries were reported, authorities said.

The incident happened at 5:37 p.m. when an argument began between a group of people in a vehicle on the street and another group at the park, police Lt. Todd Hart said.

“As a result of that, they started firing at each other,” Hart said.

No one was hit by gunfire, but bullets struck several parked vehicles and a concrete wall in the area, Hart said.

The people who fired the shots left the scene.

Officers found no one wounded at the park and didn’t receive any reports of anyone being treated for gunshot wounds at local hospitals, Hart said.

The Winston-Salem Police Department’s street-crimes unit is investigating the incident.

Hart said he was uncertain whether officers had arrested anyone Wednesday night.

John Hinton

Job fair today as city looks to hire 80

A career fair will be held today to help the city of Winston-Salem fill 80 vacancies for maintenance workers, vehicle operators and equipment operators.

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Education Building.

Candidates for all positions should bring their identification and resume or work history so they can complete an application on-site.

Equipment operator candidates should bring their commercial driver’s license and will be asked to demonstrate their skills with equipment on-site. Equipment will include a dump truck with a trailer, a backhoe, a mini-excavator and a skid-steer.

A list of all the open positions, full-time and temporary, can be found online with salary and benefits information.

Attendees should enter through Gate 5 on Deacon Boulevard.

Jenny Drabble

Gas leak explosion damages house

A gas explosion severely damaged an unoccupied house off Baton Church Road in Caldwell County Tuesday morning, according to North Catawba Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Hopkins.

The explosion, which Hopkins said could be heard from a mile away, was caused by a propane tank leak on the back side of the home. Hopkins said with the right mixture of air and gas, an explosion such as this can occur.

The blast blew out the back wall of the basement, shifted the home on its foundation and caused a partial collapse. Hopkins said debris landed in the road.

Occupants of a home nearly 100 yards from the explosion said pictures fell from their interior walls, according to Hopkins.

The owners of the unoccupied home were in the process of cleaning the house out. When they left the home Monday evening, they never saw signs of a gas leak, Hopkins said.

No one was injured.

BH Media

Shark bites teen; 2nd N.C. attack in 2 weeks

OCEAN ISLE — A teenager says he was bitten by a shark while surfing off the southern coast of North Carolina.

WSOC reports 19-year-old Austin Reed is expected to be fine after receiving what officials have described as a “marine bite” in Ocean Isle.

Reed’s grandmother tells news outlets her grandson’s injury resembled a “deep tooth bite.”

Reed’s father says his son had surgery to close an approximately 10-inch wound on his foot.

The News & Observer reports that if confirmed as a shark bite, this would be the second shark attack in North Carolina this month. Last weekend, 17-year-old Paige Winter lost most of her leg from a shark bite received at Fort Macon State Park.

The Washington Post reports Winter’s father punched the shark five times before it released Winter.

Murder conviction overturned, man freed

STATESVILLE — A North Carolina man who received a life sentence for murder in 2011 is no longer behind bars.

News outlets report 51-year-old Mark Carver left the Gaston County Jail on Tuesday. A Superior Court judge last week overturned Carver’s conviction for the 2008 murder of a 20-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, citing ineffective assistance by Carver’s trial attorneys and questions about DNA evidence.

Carver testified at a hearing in April that he didn’t kill Ira Yarmolenko, the woman whose body was found on the banks of the Catawba River.

Carver must wear an ankle monitor while he’s out of jail.

Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell said he plans to appeal the judge’s decision. Carver would get a new trial if the DA’s appeal fails.

The Associated Press


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A house off Baton Church Road in Caldwell County was heavily damaged Tuesday when a propane tank exploded.