Local and State Headlines for Monday, August 20th, 2018

posted by Mark Starling - 

Investigators Search For Missing Camper (McDowell County, NC)

The search is on for a man who disappeared while camping in McDowell County.  Deputies say Jason Smith Lewis hasn't been seen since he headed out to the North Fork Catawba River ten days ago.  The 38-year-old has a dragon tattoo on his left leg and a spider tattoo on his back.      

Alleged Drunk Driver Charged In Fatal Crash (Asheville, NC)

A Moore County man is accused of driving drunk during a fatal crash in Asheville.  His passenger died four days after the car veered off Patton Avenue and flipped.  The driver is now facing charges of felony death by vehicle and driving while intoxicated.  He'll be in Buncombe County court today.    

Former Buncombe Administrators Appearing For Arraignment (Asheville, NC)

Three former Buncombe County administrators are expected to be arraigned in federal court this morning.  Ex-manager Wanda Greene and former assistant managers Jon Creighton and Mandy Stone are all accused of accepting kickbacks in exchange for providing county contracts.  Prosecutors say they accepted money to take lavish trips domestically and abroad while on the county's dime.  A federal grand jury indicted them on 32 counts.  

Ashe County Man Arrested For Murder (Crumpler, NC)

An Ashe County man is in jail for the murder of a woman early Sunday.  Deputies found Diane Goss dead inside an apartment in Crumpler after they responded to a call for a break-in.  The suspect was found and arrested at the scene.  Details on how she died will be revealed after Tuesday's autopsy.  

Motorcyclist Dies In Asheville Crash (Asheville, NC)

Asheville Police say a motorcyclist died after a crash on Brevard Road.  The motorcycle crashed into a car while heading northbound late Friday night.  The man later died at Mission Hospital.  Investigators are piecing together details from the scene to find out how it happened.   

Students Allowed Into UNCA Dorms (Asheville, NC)

Students are now allowed inside new dorms built at UNC-Asheville that were deemed unsafe by the State Department of Insurance last week.  The school must install sprinklers in the dorm attics and re-position water valves.  The state allowed the students to move in after an agreement was made to house four firefighters in one dorm and an adult in each of four other dorms until the changes are made.  Students return to class today.  

Deputy Injured In Shooting Now Back At Home (Cleveland County, NC)

A Cleveland County deputy who was shot in the face last week is back at home.  Tim Sims was rushed to the hospital last Tuesday night after an encounter with a man outside a business on Highway 74.  The sheriff called the alleged shooter a violent thug.  Fellow deputies and family welcomed Sims back home after his release from the hospital on Saturday.      

High School Quarterback Dies (Charlotte, NC)

The family of a local high school quarterback who had been in a coma for more than a week says the 16-year old has died.  Community support poured in after Davyne Simpson was found unconscious at his home on August 11th.  He attended Independence High School in Mint Hill.  The cause of death hasn't been released, as WSOC-TV reports the family has asked for privacy.    

Pride Festival And Parade Brings Thousands (Charlotte, NC)

The annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade is in the books.  Event organizers said 165-thousand showed up to take part in the festivities to celebrate the city's LGBTQ communities.  The parade marched uptown from Tryon Street to Independence Street on Sunday.  One participant told NBC Charlotte that it was a time to be who you want to be and express yourself how you want.

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