Watch out for closed lanes on Triangle Expressway

July 7, 2013 

Watch out for closed lanes on toll road

State Department of Transportation crews will be closing lanes on the Triangle Expressway Monday and Tuesday to perform routine upkeep of the road’s tolling equipment.

The lanes will be closed temporarily to let crews clean and adjust cameras and inspect equipment to make sure everything is working properly.

These lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.:

• Monday: One lane of the ramp from N.C. 540 North to Old Salem Road; and

• Tuesday: One lane of the Old Salem Road ramp to N.C. 540 South.

One lane or more will stay open.

NCDOT reminds drivers to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For information about the Triangle Expressway, visit www.ncturnpike.org/projects/Triangle_Expressway. Staff reports

Judge orders woman: Drink less, write more

A 21-year-old Halifax County woman who pleaded guilty to resisting a public officer and being drunk in public has been ordered by a judge to write an essay about how a lady should behave in public.

Police say that Toni King stole beer and appeared to be drunk last February in a Roanoke Rapids convenience store.

She also fought the officer who arrested her, shouting profanity and insults. King pleaded guilty last month to resisting a public officer.

Chief District Court Judge Brenda Branch placed her probation and ordered her to write a two-page paper titled “How a Lady Should Behave in Public.” King also cannot drink alcohol during her probation. (Roanoke Rapids) Daily Herald

Police say argument led to fatal shooting

Investigators say an argument during the weekend led to a fatal shooting in Goldsboro. Police said they found the body of 23-year-old Tyree Simmons in the kitchen of a home around 10 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities say Tyree Simmons and 41-year-old Stevie Simmons, who are not related, got into an argument in front of Stevie Simmons’ home that led to the victim’s being shot. Police say the victim ran into the house, where he was found dead after the shooting.

Investigators did not say why the two men were arguing.

Stevie Simmons is charged with murder and remains in jail. It wasn’t known whether he had a lawyer. Associated Press

Probe of motel deaths in Boone widens

Police reviewing the deaths of three people from carbon monoxide poisoning in the same Boone hotel room say they are investigating two other hotels owned by the same company because employees and equipment was shared between the businesses.

Boone Police Capt. Andy LeBeau said the investigation into the deaths will likely continue well into July, then the findings will be given to prosecutors to determine whether charges should be filed.

The three people who died all stayed in the same room at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza.

Police are also questioning workers and gathering records from the Sleep Inn and the Country Inns & Suites in Boone, which are owned by the same family and run by the same management company. Charlotte Observer

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