Local and State Headlines for Tuesday, May 5th, 2018

posted by Mark Starling -

Brevard Man Dies After Box Derby Crash (Brevard, NC)

A Brevard man involved in an accident during a box derby race is dead.  Gary Kendrick was flown to Mission Hospital in Asheville on May 27th after the car veered off into the crowd at the White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard.  Brevard Police say Kendrick died on Saturday at the hospital.  The crash injured six people in total.  

Forest Service Warns Of Dangers In WNC (WNC)

The U.S. Forest Service is warning visitors in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests of potentially dangerous conditions.  Heavy rains have saturated soil over the past two weeks, making the chances of fallen trees and mudslides a continued threat.  River conditions are also still considered dangerous as levels remain high and the rapid currents persist.  The forest service also urges visitors to advise others of their plans because many areas don't have cell service.  

Daughter Of Missing Asheville Woman Speaks About Disappearance (Asheville, NC)

The daughter of a missing Asheville woman says she was shocked to hear her mother's car was found burning in Wyoming.  Laramie Police called Natasha Fuller to let her know that Tamra Gibson's car was found ablaze 15-hundred miles away from home.  Fuller told WLOS she was unaware that Gibson was even reported missing by one of her friends in May.  Asheville Police are still searching for Gibson, while police in Wyoming investigate the suspected arson.  

Ex-McDowell Library Employee Facing Embezzlement (McDowell County, NC)

A former library employee in McDowell County is facing accusations that she took thousands of dollars on the job.  Nebo resident Martha Jane Berryhill was in charge of making cash deposits for Marion and Old Fort library locations.  The sheriff's office was notified of the possible theft when library administrators began finding discrepancies.  Berryhill faces five counts of embezzlement, as police believe she pocketed over 20-thousand-dollars in a four-year span.

Former Queen City High School And NFL Star Dies (Charlotte, NC)

A former Charlotte football standout and San Francisco 49er is dead due to complications from ALS.  Dwight Clark died yesterday at the age of 61.  He graduated from Garinger High School before heading to Clemson for college ball and then on to the NFL.  He is most famously known for scoring a game-winning touchdown known as "The Catch," when San Francisco defeated Dallas in the 1982 conference championship.  The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inducted Clark in 1997.

State Closes Part Of Union County Health Facility (Union County, NC)

The state is ordering most of a Union County mental health facility to shut down.  Two of the buildings at Anderson Health Services in Marshville are closed due to imminent dangers the state says put the safety of patients at risk.  The business provides behavioral health services to boys and girls between 13 and 17 years of age.  WSOC-TV obtained a copy of the report that goes into depth on how some staff members failed to provide help.  The teens also had access to contraband.    

Carowinds' Bumper Car Catches Fire (Charlotte, NC)

Bumper cars are back in business at Carowinds despite a fire scare Monday.  Witnesses at the "Dog'ems" ride saw flames burst from one of the cars a little after noon.  A worker doused the car with a fire extinguisher and no one was injured.  The park says the ride was inspected and is now back in operation.

Train Trip Between Charlotte And Raleigh Added (Charlotte, NC)

The Department of Transportation is adding another round-trip train between Raleigh and Charlotte on the "NC By Train" rail service.  The new plan features a passenger train that departs Raleigh at three in the afternoon and arrives in Charlotte a little after 6 p.m.  A train heading back to Raleigh will depart at seven.  The new round-trip began yesterday and tickets are on sale now. 

AMBER Alert Issued For Missing Baby From Virginia (Danville, VA)

An AMBER Alert is in effect for a missing seven-month-old Virginia girl who's believed to have been abducted by a registered sex offender from Asheboro.  Police say 51-year-old Carl Kennedy kidnapped Emma Grace at a Kwik Stop in Danville, Virginia after assaulting the child's mother.  They say Kennedy is the girl's biological father and is believed to be armed with a knife.  He was seen driving a Suzuki sedan with North Carolina plate number EKZ-5093.

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