Local and State Headlines for Monday, June 11, 2018

Three People Found Dead, One Sought In Morganton (Burke County, NC)

The Burke County Sheriff's Office is looking for a person of interest related to the shooting deaths of three people in Morganton.  Deputies found three people dead on Friday at a residence just north of South Mountains State Park.  A toddler was found uninjured in the home.  Investigators say 61-year-old Kenneth Powell of Morganton knew the victims and they are searching for him for questioning.

Teacher Facing Sex Charges (Cherokee County, NC)

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations that a high school teacher engaged in sex acts with a student.  Kayla Alayne Sprinkles of Hayesville was indicted last week on five counts of sex activity with a student while employed with the school system.  The investigation began in March.  Sprinkles has since been released on bond, but is expected back in court at the beginning of July. 

Salmonella Outbreak Affects North Carolina (Undated)

The CDC says North Carolina is now among eight states affected by a salmonella outbreak in pre-cut melons.  Officials have linked the outbreak to fruit distributed to nine different grocers from Caito Foods in Indiana.  The outbreak has led to 60 reported cases of salmonella so far.  It doesn't include whole melons.     

Stolen Car Stuck In River (Asheville, NC)

A stolen car found in the French Broad River will stay there until water levels subside.  Asheville Police were called on Saturday when some tubers saw the car near the Craven Street bridge.  The Asheville Fire Department told WLOS-TV that it was unoccupied.  Investigators are working to figure out how it got in the river.

Airport Officers To Get Body Cams (Asheville, NC)

Police officers at the Asheville Regional Airport will wear body cameras for the first time.  The Airport Authority approved the measure on Friday.  Officers will be required to activate their cameras during all calls, pursuits and arrests.  Chief of Public Safety Kevan Smith says the technology will increase agency transparency.      

Volunteers Cleaning Trash From Rivers (Asheville, NC)

Clean-up crews are finding more trash and debris in local rivers because of recent flooding.  Volunteers with Asheville Greenworks spent Saturday cleaning up a heavily hit area of the Swannanoa River at Azalea Park.  Greenworks Operations Director Eric Bradford says most of the trash in the rivers come from the roads.  Some of that trash has now clogged up dams.

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