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Suspect arrested after standoff

A man, who, police say, stole two guns and a TV from an east Charlotte home, was arrested after a three-hour SWAT standoff Monday.

No one was injured, but an apartment complex had to be evacuated as officers tried to get the suspect to come out.

He didn't, but officers entered the home, and Eric Hill was taken into custody on burglary charges. He was still being interviewed by detectives late Monday, and officers believe another man was involved in the theft.

Officers got a call around 1:45 p.m. about a burglary at a home on Shade Valley Road, just off Monroe Road near Independence Boulevard. Officers learned that the suspects had apparently stolen two guns and a TV set from the house. Using police dogs, they found the stolen television, but not the guns, as they searched for the suspects.

Someone who lived along the search route told officers that a man matching the description of one of the suspects had gone into an apartment building on nearby Chippendale Road. SWAT officers evacuated the building, cordoned off the area and, for 45 minutes, tried to make contact with Hill.

Then they entered the apartment, arresting Hill and finding a gun inside.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

Regional briefs

York County, S.C. Rock Hill

Authorities say a 33-year-old York man died in the Sumter National Forest, shot by another hunter who thought he was shooting a deer.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Touna Xiong was shot in the back Saturday evening in the apparent accident.

Tinker told The Herald of Rock Hill that Xiong was wearing camouflage gear but no reflective clothing that would have made him easier to recognize. The state Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

Associated Press

Eastern N.C. Jacksonville

A North Carolina prosecutor says a Marine who fled to Mexico before he was charged with killing a pregnant Marine near Camp Lejeune may never have a trial in the U.S.

Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said Monday that 21-year-old Cpl. Cesar Laurean is appealing his extradition, arguing that North Carolina's life-without-parole sentence for first-degree murder is barred under Mexico's extradition treaty.

Laurean is charged in the slaying of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio.

Associated Press

N.C. Mountains Asheville

A 19-year-old Asheville teenager says she legally changed her name to CutoutDissection.com to protest animal dissections in schools.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Asheville High graduate Jennifer Thornburg now wants to be called Cutout. Her new legal name is the Web address for an anti-dissection page on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' site.

The teenager said she began opposing dissections in middle school, after a class assignment to dissect a chicken wing made her uncomfortable.

Associated Press

South Carolina Columbia

A teen's hand was severed by a zip line that he and his friends were using to slide into the Saluda River, authorities say.

Maj. Larry Shea of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department says a 16-year-old boy was sliding down a nylon rope line and somehow got his hand caught between the rope and a wire or cable running parallel to it, causing a “traumatic amputation” above the wrist. The hand fell into the water, was recovered by witnesses and was brought to the hospital in a cooler. Shea did not know the condition of the youth or whether attempts were being made to reattach the hand.

Associated Press

Police digest

Lincoln County Denver

Authorities are searching for a Denver man wanted in an Oct. 9 home invasion on Triangle Circle.

Aric Doran Torrence, 27, is wanted on charges of felony breaking and entering and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The suspect in the home invasion didn't find the man he was looking for in the home and proceeded to steal cash and point a rifle at another occupant, Lincoln County sheriff's Detective Darrell Hutchens said in a news release.

Joe Marusak
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