Local and State Headlines for Friday, August 3rd, 2018

posted by Mark Starling - 

Brevard McDonald's Closes Amid Health Concerns (Brevard, NC)

A McDonald's official says the Brevard restaurant shut down temporarily last night out of caution during an outbreak of food poisoning symptoms.  Transylvania County public health officials have not yet linked the outbreak to any one restaurant.  The McDonald's owner said they're taking proactive measures and plan to reopen today.  People began to show up at the hospital on Monday with symptoms of nausea and vomiting.    

Fallen Tree Damages Apartment Building (Bryson City, NC)

A Bryson City apartment complex is under repair for damages caused by a fallen tree.  A large oak tree uprooted and slammed onto the roof of a building at the Twin Oak Apartments.  Saturated ground from recent rain is thought to be the cause.  Hotel management put the affected residents up in a local motel while the building is being repaired.    

Firework Explodes Outside Asheville Bar (Asheville, NC)

Asheville Police are looking for suspects who threw a firework that exploded outside a downtown bar.  Video footage shows a mortar-style firework being thrown from an SUV onto the patio of the Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge.  It exploded in the middle of a crowd of half-a-dozen people, injuring one. 

Deputies:  Husband Shoots Wife In Hand (Fontana Dam, NC)

A Graham County man is facing charges for shooting his wife.  Sheriff's deputies say the woman suffered an injury to one hand.  The 79-year-old suspect was reportedly standing in their Fontana Dam home driveway with a shotgun when deputies showed up.  He's being charged with assault.  

Man Arrested After Climbing Cell Tower (Fairview, NC)

A Hendersonville man is facing trespassing charges for climbing up a cell phone tower in Buncombe County.  The Fairview Volunteer Fire Department says it took around four hours to rescue the man after he got stuck 150 feet in the air.  The fenced-in area is covered with no trespassing signs.  More than a dozen firefighters helped bring him down in the middle of heavy rain.    

Board Of Education Chair Resigning (Raleigh, NC)

The state's Board of Education chairman is stepping down in September.  Bill Cobey's term on the board ends next March, but he says it's time for new leaders to take over.  The Chapel Hill native has been at odds with the GOP-controlled General Assembly during his term as chair, even as a Republican himself. Governor Cooper will appoint someone to take over the rest of Cobey's term.  A new chairperson will be selected on the day he retires.

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