Local and State Headlines for Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Three Dead In Apparent Double Murder-Suicide (McDowell County, NC)

Three people are dead in McDowell County from an apparent double murder-suicide.  Deputies responded to North Cove yesterday for a report of a possible shooting.  They found Kacey Haney and Christopher Childres dead inside a home on Lonon Lane.  Sheriff Dudley Greene says it appears Haney's estranged husband, Jeffrey, shot the two victims before turning the gun on himself.  Jeffrey Haney was found dead outside the home. 

Polk County Man Arrested In Murder Of SC Woman (Polk County, NC)

A Polk County man is facing murder charges for allegedly strangling a missing South Carolina woman and dumping her remains down a well.  Jeremy Lynn Bradshaw was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's office this week.  Bradshaw led investigators to the remains of 45-year-old Karen Jenkins on his grandmother's property.  The autopsy revealed she had been strangled.  District Attorney Greg Newman says he expects to seek the death penalty.    

Forest Service Plans Pisgah Burns (Undated)

Drivers along the Blue Ridge Parkway and mountain residents may see smoke in the Pisgah National Forest this week.  The U.S. Forest Service has planned two prescribed burns that cover a total of 55-hundred acres in the Grandfather Range District.  Rangers say smoke may be visible along Highway 181 from Morganton to Jonas Ridge and also in the Lake Tahoma and Marion areas.  The lands will be burned in an effort to restore fire-adapted vegetation and provide community protection.  

Power Restored To Nine-Thousand In Weaverville (Weaverville, NC)

Duke Energy says a transmission line outage cut off power to around nine-thousand customers in the Weaverville area yesterday morning.  Electricity was off for around an hour before crews were able to get it back on line.  Spokesman Randy Wheeless said the line that went out sends power to three substations in the northern Buncombe County area, leading to the large number of customers that lost power.  Duke employees are currently investigating the cause of the outage.  

East Asheville Apartment Project Voted Down (Asheville, NC)

A group of homeowners in east Asheville say a proposed apartment project will only increase their growing traffic concerns.  The city's Board of Adjustments was considering the approval of a 214-unit apartment project on Moffitt Road yesterday.  The board voted down the proposal after hearing residents speak for more than three hours.  The developer, RAB Builders, is allowed to appeal the decision.  

Henderson County Schools To Offer App For Campus Reports (Henderson County, NC)

The Henderson County Public School System is working on a mobile app that will allow anonymous reports on school campus incidents.  The "Report It, Don't Ignore It" app was presented to the newly created school safety advisory committee yesterday.   Users can report anything from bullying to drug use through the app.  The site is currently only accessible through the school system's website at this time while the app goes through final development.

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