Local and State Headlines for Monday, March 4th, 2019

Driver Leaves Scene After Hitting, Killing Pedestrian

(Candler, NC) -- State troopers are looking for a driver who left the scene of a deadly accident late Saturday night in Buncombe County. A man from Rochester, New York was allegedly hit and killed by a car while he was walking on Monte Vista Road in Candler. Investigators said the car they're looking for is a 2013 Maroon Kia Optima with front-end damage.

Suspect Topples 60 Cemetery Headstones

(Robbinsville, NC) -- Graham County investigators are looking for a cemetery vandal. Deputies found around 60 headstones overturned at the Lone Oak cemetery in Robbinsville on Saturday. A female suspect was allegedly caught on surveillance cameras at the neighboring church. The sheriff's office said last night that warrants have been taken out for a woman who is reportedly from out-of-state.

Murphy Schools Close After Water Main Breaks

(Murphy, NC) -- Some schools in Western North Carolina are closed today due to water problems. Repair crews are trying to fix a water line break in Murphy. The Cherokee County school district says Murphy elementary, middle and high schools, along with Oaks Academy are closed today. The district is expected to update parents today on the schedule for Tuesday.

Needle Exchange Allowed At Asheville Business

(Asheville, NC) -- The city of Asheville is now allowing a needle exchange to operate in Firestorm Bookstore. The business and non-profit Steady Collective were issued violations last summer, but those were overturned on Friday since a medical professional will now be on site. Zoning for the property allows it to operate as a medical clinic. Steady Collective is a group dedicated to improving community health by reducing drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, according to its website.

Buncombe County Elects GOP Chair

(Buncombe County, NC) -- The GOP has a new leader in Buncombe County. The party elected retired teacher Jerry Green to be the chair for the Republican Party on Saturday. He takes over for Carl Mumpower, who served two years as the party's head in Buncombe. WLOS-TV says Green was born in Madison County and was working at Black Mountain Primary when he retired.

Southern Conference Basketball Tourneys In Asheville This Week

(Asheville, NC) -- The U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville is gearing up to host the Southern Conference basketball championships this week. The women's tournament begins with quarterfinal round action on Thursday. Things tip off for the men in the first round on Friday. The winners of each tournament receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.

Club Owner Arrested In ALE Raids

(Charlotte, NC) -- The owner of a west Charlotte club and three employees are facing charges in connection to a February homicide. A man was found shot to death outside Club Nikki's on Little Rock Road. The arrests were part of a statewide operation by Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents over the weekend. The SBI said they were targeting places that have a history of violent and illegal activity.

Election Date To Be Set Today For Ninth Congressional District

(Raleigh, NC) -- The North Carolina Board of Elections is meeting today to decide on the date for the new ninth district congressional election. The results of last November's race were thrown out after an investigation uncovered illegal ballot activity in the district. Republican Mark Harris already announced he won't be running again, but Democrat Dan McCready is on board. Union County commissioner Stony Rushing and Wake County police officer David Blackwelder have both said they're running on the Republican side.

Man Killed In Mount Holly Officer-Involved Shooting

(Mount Holly, NC) -- Mount Holly Police say a suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting Saturday morning. Officers rushed out to a domestic disturbance call on Dutchman Meadows Drive and found the man allegedly set a bedroom on fire. A witness told NBC Charlotte that the man jumped from the house armed with a sword. The SBI is investigating after the man was shot by officers.

Suspect On Run After Rowan County Homicide

(Rowan County, NC) -- Rowan County deputies are looking for the suspect in an early Sunday morning homicide. Hayden Godair is being charged with murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old in Woodleaf. Investigators said Godair may be traveling in a stolen white 1998 GMC pick-up truck. He's been charged with felony breaking and entering, along with larceny, in the past.

Suspect Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Two Women

(Charlotte, NC) -- A man is being accused of punching two women while trying to steal their cars in Charlotte on Saturday. The CMPD says the assaults happened at the CVS on South Boulevard and the State Employees Credit Union on East Third Street. He failed in his attempt to steal their cars. Officers were able to find and arrest the man, who was also arrested for assault and kidnapping a few weeks ago.

Port-A-Potty Provides Relief For Stuck Drivers

(Rowan County, NC) -- Drivers stuck in traffic on I-85 in Rowan County yesterday were able to get some much-needed relief. The DOT brought in a port-a-potty after a tractor-trailer overturned near exit 68. Traffic was backed up for half the day. The truck spilled a shipment of food for Harris Teeter, which all had to be cleaned up from the interstate.

A Former Raleigh Cop And Two Others Were Killed In A Small Plane Crash

(Franklin Co., NC) -- A former Raleigh police officer and his girlfriend are two out of three victims killed in a plane crash. The FAA reports that a small plane crashed into a Franklin County pond Friday night. The pilot, Brian Sjostedt [[ shows-JET] ], had been a cop in Raleigh and an investigator for prosecutors in Wake County. His girlfriend, Jessica Kenny and an unidentified friend of hers were both also killed in the crash. The cause of the crash isn't known, but investigators think the plane was in the air for less than 20-seconds before it went down.

A Man Faces Charges After A Baby Was Exposed To Cocaine

(Burlington, NC) -- A Burlington man is facing charges after a baby was found to have been exposed to cocaine. Yesterday morning, a one-year-old baby was hospitalized and treated for exposure to cocaine. Police arrested 38-year-old Gary Cotton and charged him with felony child abuse. The baby has already been released from the hospital. Police didn't say how Cotton was related to the baby, but he's being held on 25-thousand-dollars bond. The incident is still under investigation.

Mysterious Booms Are Back In North Carolina Neighborhoods

(Clayton, NC) -- The mystery booms are back near the border of Wake and Johnston Counties. WRAL reports that yesterday afternoon, folks in Clayton heard a monstrous boom. One resident said it was so loud it took the air out of his chest. Fort Bragg said they didn't have any training events yesterday. These loud noises have been extremely troubling for locals who are still searching for answers on what on earth is causing them.

A Man Shot Multiple Times Is In Critical Condition

(Goldsboro, NC) -- A man in the hospital from a shooting in Goldsboro may not survive. Police say a 42-year-old man was shot multiple times Saturday night on Mimosa Street. He was taken to the hospital and is currently in critical condition. Details around the shooting are scarce, but police are still investigating.

A Raleigh Man Is Accused Of Shooting Into Property Outside A McDonald's

(Raleigh, NC) -- A Raleigh man is accused of firing a gun outside a McDonald's. Raleigh police say they arrested 21-year-old Andrew Schray this weekend after he shot into an occupied property in the parking lot of the Neuse Road McDonald's. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. No one was hurt.

Forecasters: Raleigh Is In For A Cold Snap

(Raleigh, NC) -- The Raleigh-Durham area is in for some chillier weather this week. Forecasters say that we can expect temperatures to start dropping today. The low today is 30, but tomorrow and Wednesday that number drops into the low 20s. No precipitation is expected until later on this week when things have warmed up a bit.

Man Arrested After Baby Exposed To Cocaine

(Burlington, NC) -- A Burlington man is accused of exposing a baby to cocaine. Gary Cotton was arrested yesterday on suspicion of felony child abuse. The cops were called after an eight-month-old child was taken to the hospital for cocaine exposure. Police did not say how the baby came into contact with the drug, but it's expected to be okay.

One Person Killed, Two Hurt In Greensboro Homicide

(Greensboro, NC) -- One person is dead and two others are hurt after a shooting in Greensboro. It happened yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Patton Avenue and South Elm-Eugene Street. Police say 26-year-old Carolyn Tiger had crashed her car into a fence and appeared to be shot. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Two other people in the car were not badly hurt. There's no word on a possible motive.

Three People Killed In Franklin Co. Plane Crash

(Franklin Co., NC) -- Three people, including a former police officer, are killed after a plane wreck in Franklin County. It happened Friday night near Louisburg. The small plane crashed into Clifton Pond. Officials say former Raleigh police officer Brian Sjostedt and two women were killed. The women were not identified. The FAA is investigating.

Teenage Boys Who Disappeared In Roaring Gap Found

(Roaring Gap, NC) -- Two teenage boys who disappeared in Stone Mountain State Park are with their families this morning. Park officials say Nick "Cole" Crawford and Alec McCoy had gone back-packing and wandered off the trail to find water. They called 911 on Saturday afternoon to say they were lost and made it back to their car the following morning. They were not hurt.

Man Accused Of Starting Fire At High Point Apartment Complex

(High Point, NC) -- A man is under arrest, accused of starting a fire at a High Point apartment complex. It started Saturday afternoon on East Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, across from the Washington Terrace Community Center. Police say the suspect broke in, set a mattress on fire and stole property. He was arrested a short time later. Only one unit was affected.

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