NC woman sues sheriff + journeyman kicker finds home with Panthers

Hey, everyone! Drew here. It’s Friday! We made it to the end of another week.

Tonight marks what’s expected to be the lone debate between North Carolina Senate candidates Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd. The debate will air on Spectrum News 1 across North Carolina for all cable subscribers.

Don’t have Spectrum? Mary Ramsey’s got you covered on how to watch the debate regardless if you have cable or not.

Here’s the news for your Friday.

1. NC woman sues sheriff, deputies who didn’t believe sexual assault claim and charged her

Dyanie Bermeo attends school virtually at home in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, November 8, 2021.
Dyanie Bermeo attends school virtually at home in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, November 8, 2021.

Dyanie Bermeo of Mint Hill has filed suit against Washington County Sheriff Blake Andis and four of his detectives.

The suit stems from an incident in 2020 while Bermeo was still in college. She said she was sexually assaulted during a traffic stop in rural Virginia then arrested and shamed by the law enforcement agency she turned to for help. She was twice tried in the courts for the crime of false claiming before eventually being cleared.

Bermeo’s attorney singled out the sheriff’s office in 2021 for its handling of the case, now they’re looking for some accountability.

Michael Gordon has more on Bermeo’s efforts with the lawsuit.

2. From NFL nomad to no misses: Panthers kicker Eddy Piñeiro’s evolution continues in Carolina

Carolina Panthers place kicker Eddy Pineiro (4) celebrates a field goal with Carolina Panthers punter Johnny Hekker (10) in the fourth quarter during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.
Carolina Panthers place kicker Eddy Pineiro (4) celebrates a field goal with Carolina Panthers punter Johnny Hekker (10) in the fourth quarter during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.

The Panthers had to scramble to find a kicker quickly in the preseason after Zane Gonzalez went down with injury. His replacement is doing pretty well so far.

Eddy Piñeiro Jr. was brought in to replace the injured Gonzalez after spending last year with three different teams. Panthers special teams coordinator Chris Tabor previously worked with Piñeiro during the duo’s tenure with the Chicago Bears, so he knew what he could bring to the table.

So far this season, Piñeiro’s been pefect. Converting all eight of his field-goal attempts as well as the six extra-points attempts he’s kicked. It’s the latest chapter in Piñeiro‘s journeyman career in the NFL.

Mike Kaye shares Piñeiro’s story.

3. Voters will decide if NC power stays divided. What happens if one side takes control?

The four top leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly.
The four top leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly.

A lot is at stake just under a month from now on Election Day.

With inflation raging and the future of abortion laws in play, both Democrats and Republicans are sounding the alarm about what needs to be done. Every single one of the 170 seats in the General Assembly is up for election on Nov. 8.

Who controls the state legislature has a direct impact on the 10.6 million North Carolinians: how much they pay in taxes, the state of the workforce, when a pregnancy can be ended, how children are educated and even how easy it is to vote. Essentially, what it means for you to live, grow, learn and earn here.

What voters decide has major ramifications in their local communities over the next few years.

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan explains the different scenarios that can happen come Election Day.

4. Some longreads for your weekend

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Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.
Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.