Local and State Headlines for Friday, February 28th, 2019

New Election Ordered In North Carolina Congressional District

(Raleigh, NC) -- The North Carolina board of elections is ordering a new election in the 9th Congressional District. A four-day hearing wrapped up yesterday after Republican Mark Harris testified for a few hours. No winner was ever declared after November's disputed election amid allegations of voter fraud. Harris' challenger, Democrat Dan McCready, tweeted that it was a great step forward for democracy. A new election date hasn't been set.

New Proposal Changes Redistricting Process

(Raleigh, NC) -- State lawmakers are making a move to change the way election districts are drawn in North Carolina. A bipartisan-supported bill introduced yesterday would take political affiliation and demographics out of the mapmaking process. Representative Chuck McGrady says it's about drawing common sense districts in a more transparent way. The bill includes a constitutional amendment that would have to be approved by voters.

Man Sentenced To Prison After Stealing From App State

(Boone, NC) -- A California man who stole almost two-million-dollars from Appalachian State University is heading to federal prison for three years. Prosecutors say he falsely claimed to be a controller for a construction company in 2016 that was in charge of building the Boone school's new health sciences building. The man was able to scheme a university employee into changing the banking information for the construction company to his own. He was sentenced on Tuesday for money laundering and ordered to pay it all back.

Suspect Accused Of Stealing ATM In November Caught In Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- A Madison County man is being accused of stealing an ATM to purchase a car. Investigators say Christopher Betts claimed he was a vendor technician when he loaded up an ATM from the Crowne Plaza in Asheville last November. He allegedly bought a BMW with cash two days later. Asheville Police spotted Betts on Tuesday and arrested him at the Spruce Hill Apartments as he tried to get away in the same BMW.

Flood Watch Until Tonight

(Asheville, NC) -- Western North Carolina is under a flood watch through seven tonight. Showers and thunderstorms are expected off and on throughout the day. Additional rainfall of up to two inches is possible. Flooding is likely along the upper French Broad River.

Biltmore Estate Has Job Opportunities

(Asheville, NC) -- Job hunters soon have an opportunity to learn more about some open positions at the Biltmore Estate. The first of five career events comes up Wednesday at the Biltmore Career Center on Hendersonville Road. Those interested in retail job information can come out to the session at 2 p.m. Four more events in March will cover food and beverage, event logistics, lodging and winery.

Suspected Serial Armed Robbers Face More Charges

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is adding more charges against suspected serial armed robbers. Two men arrested last weekend after allegedly holding up a Family Dollar could be connected to around 40 cases. They were originally charged with five dollar store armed robberies after the arrests, but police have now officially linked them to around ten more. A third suspect was arrested in Charlotte this week.

Another Gun Found On CMS Campus

(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS is reporting another gun has been found on a school campus. A principal says a student got off the bus yesterday and placed an unloaded gun in a trash can before walking into Ranson Middle School. Another gun was found at South Mecklenburg High earlier this week. The discoveries come amid the school district's effort to conduct random safety screenings at area high schools.

Fire Destroys Stanly County Home

(Stanly County, NC) -- Stanly County fire officials are investigating a blaze that completely destroyed a home in the town of Furr last night. Engines from three counties rushed out to Strawberry Lane around 8 p.m. There wasn't much left of the structure by the time the flames were put out. It's unclear if anyone was home at the time.

All-Star Game Brings Big Economic Impact

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority says the Queen City may feel a 100-million-dollar impact from last weekend's NBA All-Star Game. Numbers coming in show that more hotel rooms were sold in uptown than ever before, and that was with a record average of over 320-dollars-a-room. That average is higher than what uptown experienced in the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Hole Under Home Believed To Be Connected To Goldmine

(Charlotte, NC) -- A UNC-Charlotte geologist believes a hole under one Charlotte home leads to an old goldmine. The professor says the recent discovery is around the location of several goldmines that existed in the Queen City in the 1800's. Homeowner Ashley Weidner found the five-foot hole in her basement around Christmas. The family must now makes repairs after a brick pillar supporting the home fell through the hole.

Hands Free Driving Bill Would Make It Illegal For Drivers To Hold Smartphone

(Raleigh, NC) -- It may soon be illegal to hold a cellphone while driving in North Carolina. State lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday to ban drivers from using handheld communications devices while behind the wheel. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says there were more than 120 deaths last year related to distracted driving, and that number could be higher because it's hard to prove that a driver was distracted. The Hands Free NC bill would allow police to stop drivers if they just see a phone in their hand. If passed, a first offense would cost 100-dollars, and the fine goes up for second and third offenses.

Man Accused Of Killing Toddler Tried To Blame Waffles

(Raleigh, NC) -- Court documents say the man accused of killing his girlfriend's toddler said the child choked on a waffle. The 22-month-old child suffered a skull fracture last week and died later in the hospital with bleeding on the brain. Police say 23-year-old Michael Buchanan beat the child, but he initially told paramedics that the boy wasn't breathing because he choked during breakfast. Buchanan was charged with murder and is being held without bond at the Wake County Jail.

Durham Police Car Left On Tracks Gets Hit By Train

(Durham, NC) -- A Durham police car is in real bad shape after being hit by a train. Police say an officer parked on the train tracks yesterday morning while investigating a burglary on Hillsborough Road. Several storage units had been broken into. Apparently, a responding officer spotted a suspect and hastily parked the police car to go after them on foot. A Norfolk-Southern train slammed into the cop car, throwing it about 60-yards. No one was hurt, but the incident is under investigation.

Man Claims Bail Bondsman Broke Into Home, Beat Him

(Wilson Co., NC) -- A man in Wilson County is suing three bail bondsmen and a bail bonding company claiming they broke into his house and beat him thinking he was someone else. The lawsuit claims that in 2017, the bail bondsmen mistook Anthony Wilson for Antonio Williams on the street and chased him back to his aunt's house. Wilson claims they broke down the door, beat him and then tased him in front of his family. The bondsmen claim they were allowed into the home and they only attacked Wilson in self defense. Wilson is seeking unspecified punitive damages and his lawyers are asking for a jury trial.

Man Arrested For Trying To Sell Fake UNC-Duke Tickets

(Carrboro, NC) -- A Virginia man is accused of trying to sell counterfeit tickets to the Duke, UNC game. Carrboro police say they responded to a shady Craigslist posting on Wednesday and arrested 30-year-old Timothy Sumer, of Arlington, when he showed up to sell them. Police say Sumer was found with a number of bogus tickets to the game on him. He's facing a felony for attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and criminal use of a counterfeit trademark.

New Election Ordered In Contested NC Congressional District

(Raleigh, NC) -- There will soon be another vote for North Carolina's congressional election that was mired by allegations of voter fraud. The state board of elections voted unanimously to hold a new election in the state's 9th Congressional District. Republican Mark Harris led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes when the election ended. One of Harris' political operatives allegedly tampered with mail-in ballots.

Governor Announces Jobs Coming To High Point

(High Point, NC) -- Governor Roy Cooper has a big jobs announcement for the Triad. He says Aetna is bringing 300 "good-paying" jobs to High Point. Governor Cooper made the announcement during a news conference yesterday afternoon.

Bill Would Give Greensboro Tornado Money

(Raleigh, NC) -- A bill making its way through the General Assembly would give Greensboro money to help it recover from the 2018 tornado. The bill was filed yesterday in the state Senate. If approved, it would take one-million dollars from the General Fund and give it to Greensboro to help with the repair or demolition of damaged homes.

Body Of Man Missing In High Point Found

(High Point, NC) -- The body of a man who vanished in High Point has been found. Twenty-eight-year-old Tanique Allen had not been seen since Monday. His body was found yesterday on East Commerce Avenue. Police say he appears to have suffered a gunshot wound. They're investigating the case as a homicide.

Child Killed In Asheboro Wreck

(Asheboro, NC) -- A nine-year-old child is dead and three of his siblings are hurt after a single-car wreck in Asheboro. Troopers say 18-year-old Imani White Lewis was driving her younger sisters and brother to school yesterday when she lost control of her car and hit a tree. Nine-year-old Casey Peterkin Junior was killed. Troopers say no one was wearing a seatbelt. Charges are pending against the driver.

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