grieving:

Crisis team at Weaver Academy after teacher’s death

GREENSBORO — A crisis team will be at Weaver Academy on Monday in case it is needed for students and employees grieving the death of culinary arts teacher Jason Douglas Fagge.

Fagge, 40, of Stoneville, died around 2 p.m. Wednesday of injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck in Oak Ridge the previous afternoon, according to the Highway Patrol.

He and his wife, Clarissa, were traveling on N.C. 68 just south of N.C. 150 when they were involved in a crash with a car around 12:35 p.m, according to the Highway Patrol. Both Jason and Clarissa Fagge were transported to Moses Cone Hospital. Her injuries were considered serious.

Cheyenne Creek Barton, 18, of Oak Ridge, has been charged with death by motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

A Highway Patrol spokesman said Barton tried to make a left turn onto N.C. 68 North when she pulled into the motorcycle’s path.

Jason Fagge had taught at Weaver since August 2007.

Guilford County Schools students and teachers were out of school this week for spring break.

disbanding:

Lawsuits break up Queen Anne’s Revenge group

BEAUFORT — The nonprofit group that raised money to help preserve the wreckage of Blackbeard’s flagship off the North Carolina coast has disbanded amid lawsuits alleging copyright infringement by the state.

Friends of the Queen Anne’s Revenge filed dissolution papers in March. A spokesman says the lawsuits preclude the group from raising more money.

One lawsuit was filed by Intersal, a Florida company that discovered the shipwreck in the Beaufort Inlet in 1996. It seeks more than $129 million in damages.

The second lawsuit was filed in federal court by Nautilus Productions, which has not assigned an amount for damages yet.

GOLD THEFT:

Fla. man pleads not guilty in 2015 robbery in N.C.

MIAMI — A Florida man pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal firearms and robbery charges in the theft of $4.8 million in gold bars from a truck along a remote stretch of North Carolina highway as prosecutors also moved to seize assets traced to the crime.

Adalberto Perez, 46, entered the plea during a brief hearing Thursday. Trial is tentatively set for May, with Perez facing up to 40 years behind bars if convicted on both charges.

The FBI says Perez used a GPS device in March 2015 to track the gold-laden tractor-trailer heading from Miami to a Massachusetts precious metals refinery. Investigators say pepper spray was released by remote control to sicken the driver and a passenger before the robbery along Interstate 95 in Wilson County, North Carolina.

HISTORY:

Papers found in secret compartment in landmark home

ASHEVILLE — An Asheville man has spent the past month reviewing a cache of documents found hidden in a secret compartment next to the chimney of the landmark home he bought last fall.

An electrician found the papers of Thomas W. Patton hidden in the Patton-Parker House that an attorney owns.

Included in the papers are the signatures of U.S. presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren on land grants to Patton, who was a captain in the Confederate Army. He served as Asheville mayor, Buncombe County commissioner and county tax collector. He died in 1907.

Three former slaves built the house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Attorney Jim Siemens is renovating it for a law office.

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— Staff and Wire Reports

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