Local and State Headlines for Thursday, March 28th, 2019

WNC Groups Push For Release Of Mueller Report

(Hendersonville, NC) -- Some Western North Carolina groups are pushing for the full release of the Mueller report. Senator Thom Tillis' office in Hendersonville received five-thousand signed petitions yesterday urging that Congress and the public see the full findings from the Russia probe. There was also a town hall at the First Congregational UCC in Asheville last night, where concerned citizens discussed how to get the report released. Tillis says he supports releasing as much of it as possible without jeopardizing security.

APD Arrests Assault Suspect

(Asheville, NC) -- A suspect is being accused of assaulting a woman and trying to steal her car in Asheville almost ten days ago. The APD says officers first spotted Joshua Queen after he allegedly tried stealing watches worth thousands of dollars from a Belk store. He ran away from police and ended up down the street in the parking lot of a Chick-fil-A on South Tunnel Road. It was there that he allegedly assaulted a woman before police made the arrest.

Cougar At Grandfather Mountain Dies

(Linville, NC) -- A Western cougar from the Grandfather Mountain nature park in Linville is dead. The mountain's stewardship foundation says 15-year-old Aspen was euthanized on Monday after never recovering from dental surgery last weekend. Aspen came to Grandfather Mountain when he was only three-months-old.

Scammer Targets Hendersonville Police Chief

(Hendersonville, NC) -- Hendersonville's police chief says he was the target of a scam. Herbert Blake told WLOS-TV yesterday that he recently received a cashier's check in the mail for over 23-hundred-dollars from a credit union in Mississippi. The credit union told him it was a fake. Blake said he supposes they didn't know they targeted a police chief.

Asheville Woman Missing For Almost Three Weeks

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville Police are looking for a woman who's been missing for nearly three weeks. Leigh Anna Stewart was last seen in east Asheville on March 10th. Investigators say she may have been heading to Rutherfordton, but there's been no sign of her.

Lake Lure Dam In Need Of Repairs

(Lake Lure, NC) -- The dam in the town of Lake Lure is in need of repairs. Mayor Kevin Cooley told WLOS-TV yesterday that the century-old structure is in fair condition, but is in need of safety improvements. He says the town is willing to spend up to five-million-dollars to do what needs to be done. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality ruled previously that proper maintenance hadn't been completed by previous town officials.

Hardee's Settles In Hepatitis Case

(Charlotte, NC) -- Hardee's is reportedly reaching an agreement in a class action lawsuit related to a west Charlotte hepatitis case. Customers at the Little Rock Road restaurant were told to get vaccinated last summer after an employee was diagnosed with the liver infection. A hearing on the settlement approval will be held Monday. The company has agreed to pay 246-thousand-dollars, which will be split between the 900-plus plaintiffs.

Former UNCC Tennis Player Suing School, Coach

(Charlotte, NC) -- A former UNCC tennis player is claiming he was kicked off the team for false accusations of bullying. Scotty Cameron is taking both the university and coach Jeremy Feldman to court over defamation, negligence and civil conspiracy. The complaint filed last Friday is seeking at least 75-thousand-dollars in a jury trial. Cameron says he and the person he was wrongly accused of bullying are friends to this day.

Absentee Ballots Going Out Tomorrow In Congressional Race

(Charlotte, NC) -- Absentee ballots in the new ninth district congressional race are starting to be mailed out tomorrow. The primary is coming up on May 14th. Ten Republicans will compete in the primary for the GOP nod, before a September election against lone Democratic candidate Dan McCready. WSOC-TV says the election will cost all of the counties involved around one-million-dollars.

SWAT Standoff Ends Peacefully In Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD says a five-hour SWAT standoff ended peacefully last night. An alleged suicidal man was armed and barricaded himself in a home on Dundeen Street around 7 p.m. The man was taken into custody with no injuries after agreeing to end the standoff.

Airline Adds Vegas Stop Out Of Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- Travelers will soon have another option to get from Charlotte to Sin City. Frontier Airlines announced this week that it will offer a nonstop flight from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to Las Vegas beginning July 10th. You're eligible for a special fare discount if you purchase any tickets by Sunday. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics says that the average domestic ticket in Charlotte is 78-dollars more than the national average.

Cabarrus County Couple Evacuated From Cruise Ship

(Mount Pleasant, NC) -- A Cabarrus County couple is safe after being evacuated from a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast last weekend. The daughter of Steve and Carolyn Williams told WBTV that they were airlifted from the Viking Sky cruise ship after the power went out. The Williams are now safe in London. They live in Mount Pleasant.

Toddler Fell Four Stories From An Apartment Window

(Raleigh, NC) -- Raleigh police are investigating after a toddler fell out of a fourth story window. They say yesterday a two-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after making his way out of a window at the Lake Dam Condominiums. Witnesses say the child was knocked unconscious and was bleeding from the mouth, but was still breathing. Police say the boy is in serious condition, and there's no word yet as to whether anyone will face criminal charges for this.

Deadly Domestic Neck Stabbing Suspect At Large

(Raleigh, NC) -- Raleigh police are looking for a man they say stabbed his boyfriend in the neck. They say 24-year-old Marcus Jerkins attacked 47-year-old Terrell Boyette near his Tivoli Court apartment yesterday morning. Boyette was taken to the hospital and later died. Jerkins still hasn't been captured and police ask anyone with information to call them.

One Escaped Inmate Still On The Loose

(Nash Co., NC) -- The manhunt for the remaining escaped Nash County inmate continues today. On Monday, five inmates broke out of jail by breaking open an exercise yard fence then climbing two gates. Two of the inmates were caught at a Rocky Mount hotel room that night, and two others were caught the next morning at a Farmville home. Deputies say they're still on the lookout for Laquaris Battle and they think he may be in the Castalia area. Information leading to his capture could be worth 15-hundred-dollars.

Durham-Orange Light Rail Project Officially Over

(Durham, NC) -- Go Triangle says they're scrapping the Durham-Orange Light Rail project. They had planned on partnering with Duke, but Duke came out against the project in a big way. The GoTriangle board of Trustees met yesterday to see if there was any way to salvage the two-point-seven-billion-dollar project, but there were just too many problems. The company said if Duke and the state had supported it, the rail project would be moving forward today. They didn't and the project is officially dead.

Death By Distribution Bill

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would punish drug dealers who sell drugs that kill. The proposed death by distribution law would carry a seven and a half year maximum sentence and not require prosecutors to prove malice or intent to convict. This could give judges and juries another sentencing tool for drug dealers. Republicans proposed the bill, but they say they have bipartisan support.

Bill Proposes Ending Wind Turbine Projects Near The Beach

(Raleigh, NC) -- A bill in North Carolina could end wind power projects near the coast. The bill introduced in the state Senate yesterday would prevent the building, expanding, or operation of wind-powered turbines within about 100-miles of the entire North Carolina beach line. Green energy proponents have a problem with this, but some lawmakers say it's a matter of safety and military jobs. Senator Harry Brown says he's trying to keep tall structures out of military flight paths, and is worried that the state could lose military bases if they don't do something about them.

Dodge Charger Sought In Winston-Salem Hit-And-Run

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Winston-Salem police are looking for a white Dodge Charger in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a teenager fighting for his life. It happened Sunday evening near Cleveland Avenue and East 11th Street. Police say the Dodge Charger was headed north on Cleveland when it struck 17-year-old Josh Codell-Tribble, who was crossing the street. The driver took off, leaving the teen in critical condition. Anyone with information is urged to call Winston-Salem PD.

Federal Judge Rules Against North Carolina Abortion Ban

(Undated) -- A federal judge says an abortion law in North Carolina is unconstitutional. The law has been on the books since 1973 and banned a woman from having an abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. Under the judge's ruling, abortions would be allowed up to any time at which a doctor determined whether a fetus could live outside the womb. The ruling is due to take effect in 60 days, which allows time for the state of North Carolina to file an appeal.

Man Critical After Shooting Outside High Point Restaurant

(High Point, NC) -- A man is in critical condition after a shooting outside a High Point restaurant. Shots were fired outside Pantry Fried Chicken on East Martin Luther King Junior Drive early yesterday morning. The 33-year-old victim was sitting in his car outside the restaurant when he was gunned down. Police say he suffered gunshot wounds to the face, arms, right leg and back. Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Reward Increased In Deadly Greensboro Shooting

(Greensboro, NC) -- The reward for information leading to an arrest in a cold case murder is up to 23-thousand dollars. Christopher Young was shot and killed nearly six months ago outside Sedgefield Square Apartments on Bernau Avenue. Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Stoppers [[ (336) 373-1000 ]].

Suspects Sought In Series Of Guilford Co. Vehicle Break-Ins

(Guilford Co., NC) -- Authorities are looking for two suspects in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins in Guilford County. They happened Sunday in the Forest Oaks Community. Crime Stoppers released a video yesterday showing the two suspects. They both appeared to be young men; one was wearing a gray hoodie and the other was wearing a red beanie. Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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