Local and State Headlines for Monday, July 2nd, 2018

posted by Mark Starling -

Police Search For Suspect In Murder Of Boy (Asheville, NC)

Asheville Police are looking for the suspect in a shooting that left one boy dead and another injured.  Officers rushed out for the shooting call to the Lee Walker Heights housing complex around three Sunday morning.  A 12-year-old-boy and 18-year-old male were both taken to Mission Hospital, where the young boy died.  A witness told the "Citizen-Times" that it was a drive-by shooting.  

Crowds Rally For "Keep Families Together" (Asheville, NC)

The fight to keep children and parents together at the U.S.-Mexico border is being heard in Western North Carolina.  Large crowds in Asheville and Hendersonville were just two of hundreds across the country that gathered during Saturday's "Keep Families Together" rallies.  More than one-thousand people convened across from the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville to voice objection to the government's zero tolerance policy on immigration.  Some activists encouraged the crowd to head to the polls to make a change.     

Two Injured In Drive-By Shooting (Hendersonville, NC)

Two men are recovering from injuries suffered in a Hendersonville shooting early this morning.  Investigators say it was a drive-by.  The two men were rushed to the hospital from a Robinson Terrace home.  No arrests have been made.  >>Suspected Pipe Bomb Found At Campground(Canton, NC)  --  The Haywood County Sheriff's office says a device that appeared to be a pipe bomb was found outside Canton on Saturday.  A man called law enforcement after he found the device in water near Sunburst Campground.  It was detonated on the scene.    

Parents Urge Missing Son To Come Home (Asheville, NC)

The parents of a missing teen that police say is armed and dangerous are urging him to come home.  The Asheville Police Department says 17-year-old Patrick Koerschner disappeared a week ago.  A statement sent out by his family said "we need to hear your side of the story."  Few details have been released on why police issued the warning.        

Swain County Receives Money For "Road To Nowhere" (Swain County, NC)

Swain County's infamous "Road to Nowhere" is finally expected to lead to something.  Local leaders had been waiting since 2010 to be paid for the unfinished road that ends in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The money finally came through when Congressmen Tom Thillis and Mark Meadows delivered 35-million-dollars on Saturday.  The money is expected to go into a state account, with Swain County receiving as much as three-million-dollars in interest per year.  

Illness Outbreak Affecting Neighborhood (Charlotte, NC)

An illness is affecting over a dozen residents at an east Charlotte apartment complex.  Medics say a mass casualty bus was sent to Forest Hills on Four Seasons Boulevard early Sunday evening after receiving several sick calls.  It's been speculated that they may have all caught something from a neighborhood event on Saturday night.  At least 15 people have been affected so far, with one considered to be seriously ill.

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