Local and State Headlines for Friday, June 22, 2018

posted by Mark Starling -

House Considering Asheville Districts (Asheville, NC)

The state House is expected to consider a bill on Monday that will split Asheville into voting districts for the city council.  Democratic Senator Terry Van Duyn says she expects the bill to pass.  She has requested that the council elections take place on even-numbered years when more voters historically turn out.  Asheville voters overwhelmingly voted down a referendum last year that questioned if the city should move towards council districts.  

Two Dead In Tractor-Trailer Crash (Caldwell County, NC)

The state highway patrol says two men were killed Thursday in a gruesome tractor-trailer crash on Highway 321 in Caldwell County.  The investigating trooper believes the truck was traveling at least 80-miles-per-hour in a 35 zone when the driver lost control up a runaway truck ramp.  Brake failure may have been a factor in the crash.  The trooper says the truck was almost unrecognizable.  

Teen Shot To Death In Shelby (Shelby, NC)

 Shelby Police are investigating the shooting death of a teenager.  Detectives say a woman was looking out her window early yesterday and saw a body behind an apartment building.  Seventeen-year-old Delavin Monroe Card reportedly died from a gunshot wound.  He didn't live at the complex.  

Humane Society Waiving Adoption Fees (Asheville, NC)

The Asheville Humane Society is waiving adoption fees for animals over six months due to overcrowding at its adoption center.  The group says the center is completely full.  The amount of animals is up almost 20-percent from the previous fiscal year.  Adoption fees normally start at 35-dollars.  

Catawba County Home Destroyed By Fire (Mountain View, NC)

Fire officials are looking for the cause of a blaze that destroyed a Catawba County home this week.  Engines rushed to Mountain View, where flames were already coming from the roof.  The residents made it out safely.  Mountain View's fire chief says the blaze damaged the siding at a neighboring home.

Bids To Be Taken On Median Clean-Up (Asheville, NC)

Overgrown medians are becoming an eyesore for some Asheville residents.  The city's Streets Division Manager says rain has caused increased growth and now it may be a safety hazard because of visibility.  Work bids for the median clean-up will begin Monday.

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