Local and State Headlines for Monday, June 4th, 2018

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Missing Asheville Woman's Car Found Burning In Wyoming (Asheville, NC)

Police out west say the car of a missing Asheville woman was found burning in a Wyoming city.  Tamara Ann Gibson was reported missing on May 24th and now a car under her name has been found in Laramie, Wyoming.  Laramie Police believe it was an arson.  Gibson was not in the car and Asheville police are still searching for clues as to her whereabouts. 

Detention Officers Fired For Assault (Cherokee County, NC)

Two Cherokee County detention officers accused of an assault on an inmate are off the force.  The sheriff's office began an internal investigation into the alleged assault on George Victor Stokes by Sergeant Josh Gunter and Wesley Gage Killian.  Stokes is a federal inmate and was awaiting transportation to prison at the time.  Sheriff Derrick Palmer fired the officers and turned all evidence over to the state bureau of investigation.  The nature of the assault isn't known.      

Marion Man Gets Life For Child's Murder (McDowell County, NC)

 A Marion man is heading to life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend's daughter.  A McDowell County jury found Christopher Edwards guilty of felony child abuse and first-degree murder of the 20-month-old girl.  Edwards was reportedly watching the child when the mother found her unconscious.  Doctors say the child suffered head trauma.   

Chief Pontiac State To Come Down In Asheville (Asheville, NC)

A notable statue is coming down from its longtime home at an Asheville car dealership.  Harry's on the Hill will be removing the 23-foot tall Chief Pontiac statue due to what it calls an inappropriate text message sent from a salesman to a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.  The statue went up at the location on Patton Avenue in the '60s, when the dealership was called Harry's Cadillac-Pontiac Company.  The salesman was later fired over the message.  

May Was The Wettest Month (Asheville, NC)

Western North Carolina is finally expected to see some dry days ahead.  The beginning of June follows what the National Weather Service says was the wettest month ever in Asheville since record-keeping began in 1851.  The total of just under 15 inches eclipsed the record set in August 1940.  The service also noted that it was the second-hottest May on record.     

Clingmans Dome Tower Closes For Rehab (Undated)

The highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closing today for rehab work.  Workers expect to finish up a rehab project at the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower that will take until June 15th to complete.  The park says all trailheads, the visitor store and parking overlook area will remain open.

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