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Will Hurricane Maria affect North Carolina?

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Hurricane Maria is still moving through the Caribbean as a powerful Category 3 storm but Friday’s 11 a.m. forecast track includes a slight curve to the west.

The storm has sustained winds of 125 mph as it moves away from the Turks and Caicos Islands Friday, and passes northeast and east of the Bahamas through Sunday.

The 11 a.m. forecast track shows potential for the storm to dip back towards the East Coast but the spaghetti models show that is unlikely.

Maria is expected to weaken over the next two days to a Category 1 storm.

The Outer Banks could feel a similar impact to what occurred when Jose passed by earlier in the week.

Maria devastated Puerto Rico, dropping up to 40 inches in some spots on the island.

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Johnston County man charged with murder in teen’s heroin overdose death

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — A teen’s August heroin overdose death has led to a second-degree murder charge against a Johnston County man, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

Joshua John Novak, 24, of Beulah Milton Drive in Willow Spring, has been charged with second-degree murder after Justin Cole Bennett, 18, “died as the result of ingestion of a controlled substance (heroin),” the sheriff’s office said.

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Bennett died on Aug. 9.

Authorities allege that the heroin that killed Bennett was distributed by Novak.

The sheriff’s office said that no other information will be released in the ongoing investigation.

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Franklin County man charged with second-degree murder in infant’s death

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Youngsville man is facing two charges in connection with the death of an 8-week-old infant that occurred March 11, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Ricky Barlow Weese Jr., 33, of the 900 block of Hicks Road, has been charged with second-degree murder and felony child abuse – inflicting serious physical injury in connection with the death of the 8-week-old baby on March 11.

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Weese is being held in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

The infant’s death is still under investigation. If anyone has further information in this case, they are asked to contact Detective Garrett and (919) 340-4311.

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