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Machete used in New Bern murders
Three New Bern brothers were killed late Tuesday by neighbor 18-year-old Eh Lar Doh Htoo. By Jonathan Drew Associated Press
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Duke center Jahlil Okafor celebrates after a basket in Duke’s 92-90 win against UNC on Feb. 18. Okafor leads the team in scoring.
Duke’s freshmen hope to overcome March woes By Joedy McCreary AP Sports Writer
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — All these Duke freshmen want to write their own histories. They weren’t around to hang those four national championship banners at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They also had nothing to do with those stunning early round losses to Lehigh and Mercer. No, the four freshmen on this year’s top-seeded Blue Devils (29-4) squad are eager to create their own postseason legacy when they make their NCAA Tournament debuts on Friday night in Charlotte in South Region play against the winner of the North Florida-Robert Morris matchup. “You’re always remembered if you win,” freshman guard Tyus Jones said. “That’s the most important thing — we all want to be remembered for hanging a banner, a fifth banner.” Duke is the only team in the nation to have three freshmen averaging double figures, and leading the way is Jahlil Okafor — a serious national player of the year candidate and the first freshman to win the Atlantic Coast
Conference player of the year award. Okafor averages 17.7 points and nine rebounds, and has reach double figures in scoring in all but one game of his college career. Justise Winslow adds 12.3 points and Jones averages 11.6 points. And reserve Grayson Allen has come on lately, scoring double figures in two of his last four games including a season-high 27 in just 24 minutes against Wake Forest. The Okafor-Jones-Winslow trio has been in Duke’s starting lineup 32 times. During Krzyzewski’s previous 34 years with the Blue Devils, he’s only started three freshmen in a game 35 times total. Together, those three are bidding to become the highest-scoring trio of freshmen in program history, and just the third in ACC history to each average double figures. Yet there’s an inherent danger for Duke, which in recently has gone one-and-out in the NCAA Tournament with one-and-done NBA talent. Austin Rivers never won an NCAA Tournament game, with his only Duke team going down to Lehigh in 2012. Neither did
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Jabari Parker, whose team last year was eliminated by Mercer. But the current freshmen already put together a long list of impressive wins away from Cameron: at Wisconsin, at North Carolina, at Virginia, at Louisville. “We’ve won some enormous games,” senior guard Quinn Cook said, “and our freshmen keep getting better.” And now they’re focused on hanging a banner of their own in those crowded rafters at Duke. When the team gathered Sunday night to watch the selection show, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the freshmen cheered loudly and Jones and Okafor hugged to celebrate their place in the bracket. The message was clear. Duke might always be in the tournament, making it for the 20th straight year. But for so many of these Blue Devils, this is a new experience. “People expect it, your birthright, you’re supposed to be picked high and you’re supposed to be in the tournament,” Krzyzewski said. “And to see that level of enthusiasm and excitement, that was great.”
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A frantic and bloodied mother whose three sons were killed in a machete attack jumped from an upstairs window and ran across the street for help, according to neighbors. A couple who were refugees from Myanmar, just like the victims, were startled Tuesday night by pounding on their door by the mother. They said she was bleeding from a wound in her back and asking for help. “We were scared,” said A Bu, who took in the mother and a surviving daughter while they waited for police to arrive. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Eh Lar Doh Htoo, attacked the family in their home Tuesday night. The brothers, ages 1, 5 and 12, were killed, police said. New Bern Police Lt. Ronda Allen confirmed Thursday that a machete was used in the attack. She said the father of the children was away from the house at work during the attack. When officers arrived, he was still holding the weapon, New Bern Police Chief Toussaint Summers Jr. told The Associated Press. The mother and her 14-year-old daughter have been treated and released for their injuries. Police said they don’t know a motive, and a language barrier hampered their investigation. The sounds of screaming and dogs barking, followed by police sirens, awakened several neighbors who live in what they describe as a normally quiet neighborhood. The diverse neighborhood includes several families of refugees. Htoo was charged with three counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Police said they don’t know whether he has an attorney. New Bern is a coastal town and home to about 1,900 refugees who resettled in the area after fleeing persecution from the country once called Burma, now known as Myanmar. “Anytime this happens in any community, any part of town, it’s surprising,” the police chief said. The stabbings happened on a street of about
By Ron Gallagher
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(TNS) March 19--RALEIGH -Information from a woman who said she was sexually assaulted at a North Carolina State University fraternity house March 1 led campus police to search the house for cocaine, ecstasy and LSD, according to a search warrant returned to the Wake County court clerk’s office Thursday. Officers seized drug paraphernalia, white powder and an orange liquid during the search at Alpha Tau Omega at 1402 Varsity Drive, Sgt. J.P. Dye wrote. There have been no arrests stemming from the assault complaint or the search. On the afternoon of March
1, the woman called police to report what they termed “a possible sexual assault” early that morning. When Dye interviewed the woman, she told him she had seen drugs being sold in a common area and in a fraternity brother’s room in the one-story, brick house that the school owns. The woman also said she had seen several assaults in the frat house, including an individual being thrown through a bedroom window, Dye told a magistrate when applying for the search warrant. The drugs being sold were “cocaine, acid, ecstasy and Klonopin,” the woman told Dye, according to his affidavit. Klonopin is a brand name in the U.S. for clonazepam, a drug used to treat seizure and panic disorders. The woman was able to identify the drugs because fraternity members offered told her what they were when they offered them to her, Dye wrote.
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A woman who reported sexual assault at a frat house told campus police she saw drug paraphernalia. Dye told the magistrate he went by the Alpha Tau Omega house the same evening and saw glass missing from a window where the woman had said it would be after the person was thrown through it. The investigator also said he could smell marijuana coming from inside the house while he was in a car parked 20 feet away.
Dye got the search warrant, and police went into the fraternity about 11:20 p.m., the records showed. In addition to the powder and the liquid, Dye’s list of items seized from the common area and the frat member’s bedroom included a digital scale, plastic bags, grape-flavored cigarillos and flavored cigarette wrapping papers.
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UVa. student’s arrest triggers campus uproar By Heidi Brown Associated Press
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Students at the University of Virginia are demanding justice for a student who was injured during an arrest and appears in a photo with a bloody face as he is being held down by an officer. About 1,000 students showed up — more than expected, so the rally for Martese Johnson was moved several times, finally ending up at an outdoor amphitheater. Many chanted: “If we don’t get it, shut it down!” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called for an investigation into the early morning arrest of Johnson, whose lawyer said he needed 10 stitches in his head. Johnson was charged on two counts: obstruction of justice without force, and public swearing or intoxication, Charlottesville General District Court records show. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agent who made the arrest, listed in court records as J. Miller, said in the arrest report that Johnson “was very agitated and belligerent.” A statement from a group calling itself “Concerned Black Students,” however, claims the
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10 homes that face a railroad track and several dilapidated commercial buildings. About 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called there to a report of a person with a knife. They entered the home and found two dead boys. A third died at a hospital. Police did not release the victims’ names. Another neighbor said the suspect had scared his family by knocking on their door several times in the middle of the night. “He’s crazy,” neighbor Ner Wah said Wednesday. “I told my wife: ‘Be careful. Don’t
arrest of Johnson was unprovoked and extreme. “The brutish force used resulted in his head and bodily injuries,” the group said in a statement. “His treatment was unprovoked as he did not resist questioning or arrest.” Steven Lewis, a graduate student from Atlanta, said he came out to express his “outrage” over what happened. “This seemed like the only thing to do.” Johnson was on hand for the event, flanked by fellow students. He spoke briefly and kept touching his face where he received stitches from the early Wednesday morning scuffle with police. “I beg for you guys to please respect everyone here,” Johnson told the crowd. “We really are one community.” School President Theresa Sullivan made a brief appearance on the grassy field, but spoke only to reporters and did not make any formal remarks to the crowd. Earlier Wednesday, UVA student Bryan Beaubrun said he was with Johnson and photographed the arrest. Beaubrun said Johnson was trying to get into the Trinity Irish Pub when he was stopped by a bouncer. Then, an ABC officer grabbed Johnson by the answer the door.’” Wah said that like him, Htoo was a member of the Karen ethnic group. Advocates say that the refugees from Myanmar are from several ethnic groups. Htoo once came to Wah’s house during the day to ask him to help translate documents, but Wah said they weren’t friends. “We felt very scared of him,” Wah said. A neighbor who lives about five houses away said he heard sirens late Tuesday night and decided to stay inside. “We were scared. We just locked the door,” said 23-yearold Yyoch Rmah, who moved to the U.S. from Vietnam in 2006. Htoo’s first court appearance was scheduled for Friday.
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Protestors line East Roberts Street in Richmond, VA, in solidarity with the assault of UVa. student Martese Johnson. arm and pulled him away from the bar to speak with a group of police officers, Beaubrun said. After about a minute, Beaubrun said, Johnson asked the ABC officer to let go of his arm and tried pulling away from the officer. At that point, another ABC officer grabbed Johnson from behind and the two ABC officers wrestled Johnson to the ground, Beaubrun said. He said Johnson hit his head on the ground when he was tackled and that police acted with unnecessary force. “He didn’t need to be tackled. He wasn’t being aggressive at all,” Beaubrun said. Johnson’s lawyer, Daniel P. Watkins, released a statement
Wednesday night saying that Johnson “is absolutely devastated” by what happened. He described Johnson as a 20-year-old, third-year student at UVA who is majoring in Italian and Media Studies, holds “numerous leadership positions” at the school, and has no criminal record. “We are preparing to investigate and defend this matter vigorously,” Watkins said. McAuliffe’s office issued a statement asking state police to investigate “the use of force in this matter.” The ABC issued a statement saying that “uniformed ABC Agents observed and approached” an unidentified individual
“after he was refused entry to a licensed establishment” about 12:45 a.m. at an area of bars and restaurants near campus known as “the Corner.” The ABC said the unidentified individual received injuries while being arrested and was treated at a local hospital before being released. The ABC said the agents involved with the arrest are being restricted to administrative duties while a state police investigation is underway. ABC agents in Charlottesville have been accused of heavyhanded actions in the past. The state of Virginia reached a $212,500 settlement last year with a UVA student who was
arrested after her purchase of water was mistaken for beer. Elizabeth Daly fled in terror outside a Charlottesville supermarket in April 2013 when her vehicle was swarmed by state ABC agents who mistook her just-purchased carton of sparkling water for beer. According to Daly’s lawsuit, badges worn around the casually dressed ABC agents’ necks were not clearly visible and the defendants did not verbally identify themselves as officers. Daly was charged with eluding police and assaulting a police officer after her SUV grazed two of the agents. The arrest provoked a public outcry, and the charges were dropped.
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