Anderson man arrested for kidnapping, raping woman after Lupercalia

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ANDERSON — A middle-aged convicted sex offender was arrested for kidnapping and raping a woman.

On the two days after Lupercalia, February 15 and 16, officers with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said that the suspect kidnapped a female acquaintance in her 30s and raped her.

The victim was also confined by the suspect and pistol-whipped.

The victim went to the sheriff’s department and id’ed the suspect from the lineup.

Clyde Edward Clemons, 59, of Anderson, was arrested and charged with financial bank fraud, kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct-first degree, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and sex offender registry violation and other offenses stemming from his failure to register during the month of November 2014.

Mr. Clemons and the victim knew each other.

Mr. Clemons is at the Anderson County Jail on $120,000.00 bond.

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N.C. Attorney General, 2016 gubernatorial candidate, would veto religious bigotry bills if he unseats unpopular McCrory

RALEIGH — The man who has a decent chance of unseating deeply unpopular governor Pat McCrory said today that he would, under no uncertain terms, veto any and all religious bigotry bills should they arrive on the governor’s desk during his tenure.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, the only statewide Democrat who survived a brutal 2014 election cycle for the party and likely gubernatorial candidate in 2016, told The Associated Press in an interview that he also supports requiring all cops in the Tar Heel State to be equipped with cameras as part of a comprehensive plan to improve law enforcement after recent police shootings of African-American men nationally, including one last weekend in North Charleston. Several N.C. House Democrats have pre-filed a bill requiring cameras be worn and recording most interactions between officers and the public. The GOP-controlled General Assembly is not expected to consider the bill in either session.

“We need more training and better pay to get and keep good officers,” Attorney General Cooper told the AP in a phone interview, adding that community policing was also important and diversity in law enforcement agencies so that they “look like the communities that they protect.”

AG Cooper, however, backed away from another Democratic proposal giving all local governments authority to create citizen review boards that could investigate misconduct allegations and punish officers. He called his plan “the better way.”

AG Cooper also talked about two Republican legislative proposals related to LGBT marriage, and vowed to send such bills back to the legislature with veto ink.

One would allow magistrates and assistant and deputy clerks of court to refuse to carry out all civil marriages based on “sincerely held religious objection,” presumably to LGBT marriage. Supporters say the other measure protects businesses from government interference. It is similar to Indiana’s religious freedom law that sparked furor nationally from businesses.

“There are laws in place that protect religious liberties,” said Attorney General Cooper. “We don’t need these laws that hurt people and our economy.” Cooper supports LGBT marriage and he not only ended taxpayer support for the defense of the 2012 ban, he also later ceased defending the North Carolina ban in court altogether last summer after a federal appeals court overturned Virginia’s prohibition. State-sanctioned LGBT marriages began in North Carolina last October.

AG Cooper said magistrates — constitutional officers whose job duties including presiding over civil marriages — “should fulfill the job that they were hired to do.” The marriage exemption bill sponsored by Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, has passed the Senate and is now in the N.C. House, where it is also expected to pass. “Religious freedom restoration” bills in the House and Senate have received little to no debate so far, given the outrage nationwide.

GOP Gov. Pat McCrory also has expressed opposition to the two proposals but declined to outright veto them.

AG Cooper hasn’t formally announced as a gubernatorial candidate but has been preparing since the summer of 2013 for a bid to try to unseat McCrory, days after the motorcycle-vagina law was enforced that shut down all abortion clinics in the state except one in Asheville. He is raising campaign funds and has run ads on social media calling out McCrory and his conservative legislative allies, saying they have harmed North Carolina’s public education system.

Cooper, however, agreed with McCrory’s efforts to renew funding for the Job Development Investment Grant program, which provides targeted cash incentives to companies that build and create jobs in the state.

Cooper criticized some Republicans who promoted a transportation funding bill signed into law last week by McCrory by highlighting that it would reduce the gasoline tax. The tax rate, however, will be falling by less than analysts project this summer had the previous tax formula stayed in effect.

“They shouldn’t tell people they’ll be cutting taxes when they’re actually raising them,” Cooper said later by email.

Cooper has been elected as attorney general of North Carolina ever since the November 7, 2000 gubernatorial/presidential elections, which ended in controversy 39 days later over the Florida election fiasco involving George W. Bush and Al Gore.