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In a manhunt that involved more than a dozen law enforcement agencies from three states, a Swain County man who shot and killed a woman and injured her sister on New Year’s Eve died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being tracked down later that night in Georgia.

John Fred Stanley, 42, of Bryson City, is alleged to have shot and killed his estranged wife, Lora Lee Stanley, 43, outside the Quality Inn in Cherokee, N.C., on Friday morning. The hotel was full of guests, many of whom planned to spend the holiday at Harrah's Cherokee Casino, a popular New Year's Eve destination. After the shooting, the hotel had to be closed for much of the day while agents investigated the murder scene.

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During the New Year Period When Compared to Last Year

RALEIGH - Preliminary statistics indicate that six people died on North Carolina roadways during the New Year's holiday enforcement period (Friday, December 31, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011). Last year there were eleven highway deaths during the same enforcement period. This year’s enforcement efforts resulted in almost a 50% reduction in traffic deaths when compared to last year.

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Authorities capture two suspects, still seeking three others

Four individuals have been charged by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for numerous December larceny and breaking and entering crimes. Authorities believe the crimes are all related. Two of the suspects have since been arrested and have made bail, but two others are wanted for arrest while one additional subject is wanted for questioning in regard to similar burglaries.

Chisum Landon Wilson, 30, of Rebel Lane in Clyde, N.C., was arrested on Dec. 22, and charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny and two counts of felony possession of stolen property. He was arrested and held at the Jackson County Detention Center. Wilson has been released on a $20,000 bond.

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Avoid the most common heating hazards

With Western North Carolina experiencing extreme temperatures and weather conditions for the second year in a row, many in the region are turning to portable space heaters and wood — heat sources that bring particular hazards — as supplemental or even primary sources of home heating.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half of home heating fires happen in the months of December, January and February. In 2008, an estimated 66,100 home structure fires were reported, causing 480 deaths, 1,660 injuries, and approximately $1.1 billion in property damage.

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