Local and State Headlines for Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

posted by Mark Starling -

Part Of Appalachian Trail Closed Due To Fire (Hot Springs, NC)

Part of the Appalachian Trail is closed due to a fire near Hot Springs.  The Appalachian Trail Conservancy said yesterday the Deer Park Fire has forced the closure of the trail section from Garenflo Gap to Hot Springs.  An unattended campfire is being looked at as the cause of the fire.  Numerous agencies are working to battle the blaze.  

No One Injured In Brevard Fire (Brevard, NC)

No one is injured after a fire in Brevard.  The fire on Illahee Road happened yesterday afternoon.  It's unknown what caused the fire, but it did take a response from multiple departments to fight the blaze. 

Meadows Fires Back At Rosenstein (Jackson Co., NC)

North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are in a battle once again.  Rosenstein said yesterday that talk of his impeachment over the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton's email server won't lead to the Justice Department being "extorted." Meadows fired back on Twitter, saying maybe it's time for Rosenstein to go if he won't do his job.  

Sheriff: Credit Card Fraud Accusation Led To Resignation Offer (Asheville, NC)

An accusation of credit card fraud nearly led to Buncombe County manager Wanda Greene to resign.  Sheriff Van Duncan told the "Citizen Times" yesterday that Greene was ready to resign in 2009 over a credit card fraud accusation made by her then-husband.  Authorities investigated, but didn't charge Greene and she kept working for the county.  However, her run as county manager ended last month after charges including embezzlement were filed.   

Riverside Drive Lane Closure Starts Monday (Asheville, NC)

A lane closure begins Monday on Riverside Drive in Asheville.  The city says only one lane will be open in the area under the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge.  The project is expected to wrap up on June 18th. 

Asheville Police Issue Reminder About Leaving People, Animals In Cars (Asheville, NC)  

Highs are expected to reach the 80s through Friday and that's leading Asheville Police to issue a reminder about cars and heat.  Police said on Twitter yesterday that the temperature quickly warms up in a car when there is no shade.  They cited an example of the temperature being 78-degrees and if the car isn't in the shade, it'll feel like 160-degrees in the car.  Police say even a short time in a car isn't good for children or animals.

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