North Carolina News

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Carolina Beach arsonist, parents

The estate of Mary Cochran has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Marshall Doran, two years to the day after he intentionally set a series of fires in Carolina Beach in 2014 that resulted in Cochran's death. His parents, Peter and Cynthia Doran are also named as defendants in the suit. Doran, 24, is currently serving two consecutive terms of life in prison after pleading guilty to two counts each of first-degree murder and first-degree arson on Aug. 4. He was accused of setting three fires on Dec. 6, 2014, one of which killed Cochran and another woman, Darlene Maslar. More than 30 other charges against Doran were dismissed as a result of the pleas.
WECT-TV Channel 6

I-73 Could Mean More Emergency Calls in Guilford County

The new Interstate 73 project is set to finish in May but emergency crews are already preparing for more calls. The new road will run through northwest Guilford County. It will be the first major road near towns like Summerfield and Oak Ridge. Recently emergency personnel went through training to learn how to respond to calls on an interstate. The Summerfield Fire Department said they practiced how to position their truck and cones to block off part of the road in case of an accident. The fire engine is used to keep first responders safe while they work and to alert drivers that something happened. They worked with fire departments from Sedgefield, Oak Ridge and Stokesdale as well as North Carolina Highway Patrol.
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Arson, homicide investigation following former trooper’s death in Robeson County

Robeson County investigators continue to look into the cause of an early-morning house fire that claimed the life of a Pembroke man. According to Robeson County Fire Marshal Stephanie Chavis, firefighters were dispatched to a home on Philadelphus Road around 1 a.m., Tuesday. When units arrived, the home was fully involved, Chavis said. The victim’s body was found in the house. The victim has been identified as Michael Wayne Chavis, 58, according to the fire marshal. There is no relation between the two.

Tribal firefighter pleads guilty to setting fires on Cherokee lands

A tribal firefighter has pleaded guilty to setting seven fires on Cherokee lands between 2010 and 2014. Raymond Neal Swayney, 31, of Cherokee, N.C., appeared in federal court in Asheville Monday and pleaded guilty to intentionally setting fires on Cherokee lands, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Howell presided over the plea hearing. According to information contained in filed court documents, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has the authority to hire temporary Administratively Determined (AD) Firefighters for emergencies in progress within the boundaries of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), including to cope with unexpected emergencies caused by fire or extreme fire potential.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Chestnut Knob Fire declared out; blaze has varying impacts on local economy

After 29 days as an active wildfire, the Chestnut Knob Fire at South Mountains State Park in Burke County was declared out Sunday. More rain over the weekend cooled the fire and an infrared flight Saturday showed no heat. The Florida Forest Service turned control of the fire scene back over to the North Carolina Forest Service and the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation on Monday morning. The fire began Nov. 6 and grew rapidly for two weeks, peaking at 6,435 acres. More than 400 personnel reported to the incident, including teams from Florida, California, Arizona, New Mexico and other states. Every fire department in Burke County cooperated with fire staff, along with departments from surrounding counties.
Morganton News Herald

Firefighters extinguish fire in Salisbury apartment

Firefighters were called to an apartment building on Mahaley Avenue late on Monday night. The call was dispatched just before 11:30 in the 300 block of Mahaley at the Westview Court apartments. Smoke was visible inside a one bedroom apartment. Officials say the fire was contained to the kitchen area of the single apartment. The Red Cross was helping the apartment's occupants.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

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