Local and State Headlines for Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

NC Senator Says Russia Report Could Be Complete This Summer

(Durham, NC) -- North Carolina Senator Richard Burr says the investigation of Russian influence on American politics could be completed this summer. The Republican co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee said in Durham yesterday that there are only a few people left to interview before the report is written. Burr maintains there's still no proof that President Trump colluded with Russia.

Lawyer Arrested For Sex Crimes In Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- A Catawba County lawyer is being accused of sex crimes with a child in Asheville. Investigators say Daniel Ray Green watched porn and committed a sex act with a 14-year-old at Baymont Inn on Hendersonville Road. He was arrested on Sunday. The Citizen-Times reports that Green once served as a Superior County judge and district court judge.

Duke Energy Ordered To Remove Coal Ash

(Raleigh, NC) -- Duke Energy is being ordered to remove coal ash from 31 ponds across the state. The state environment department ruled yesterday that the company must dig up the ash and send it to lined landfills rather than draining the ponds and capping them off. It will affect six Duke power plants. A Duke official says removing the ash will cost an additional five-billion-dollars.

Water Main Break Causes Problems In Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- The city of Asheville is assessing a water main break in the River Arts District. Some residents in the area experienced a total outage early yesterday morning, which caused a delay in the opening of Asheville City Schools. Residents in the district were advised of a planned boil advisory on Sunday, but Monday's break likely extended the advisory to more homes than planned. Water service was restored after a few hours.

Three Seriously Injured In Jackson County Wreck

(Jackson County, NC) -- State troopers are investigating a serious wreck on Highway 441 in Jackson County. One car was reportedly driving recklessly Monday afternoon near Sylva and lost control heading into the opposite lane. The car hit a second car and a tractor trailer. The driver and two passengers from the second car were seriously injured and taken to area hospitals for treatment. The highway was completely shutdown during the investigation.

Assistant County Manager Retiring In Buncombe

(Buncombe County, NC) -- Another Buncombe County administrator is leaving his position. Assistant County Manager Jim Holland is retiring this summer after around 30 years of service to Buncombe County. A number of administrators and department heads have stepped down in the past year after a federal investigation began against two former county managers and an assistant manager.

Man Accused Of Stealing, Wrecking Ambulance

(Charlotte, NC) -- A man is being accused of stealing and wrecking an ambulance in southeast Charlotte on Monday. The CMPD says he hopped in the driver's seat while MEDIC personnel were treating a patient in the back of the ambulance, but they were able to make it out before he drove off. Video from the scene shows the ambulance crash into parked cars in a lot on Executive Center Drive. Officers arrested the man in the parking lot as he tried running away.

Governor Announces Reward In 2015 Charlotte Murder

(Charlotte, NC) -- A reward is being offered for a deadly shooting of a seven-year-old boy in Charlotte close to four years ago. Governor Roy Cooper said yesterday the state is offering five-thousand-dollars for information leading to an arrest. Officers said the boy was shot while he and other kids were playing with a piñata at a birthday party on Fieldvale Place. Another child and two adults were also shot, but survived.

Shootout Causes School Lockdown

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a shootout in South End. Officers were called out to Fairwood Avenue off South Tryon Street on Monday, where WSOC-TV reports two groups were firing at each other. Nearby Marie G. Davis Middle School was placed on lockdown as police investigated the area. No one was injured, although one home was damaged.

Charlotte Lacrosse Not Returning Next Season

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte's Major League Lacrosse team won't be playing next season. The Hounds and two other teams are out as the league restructures. The team's managing partner told the Charlotte Business Journal that he expects the Hounds to play again beginning in 2021 once planned renovations are completed at Memorial Stadium. The league's draft was just held in Charlotte in March.

Report Reveals Charlotte Paid Too Much For Line Extension

(Charlotte, NC) -- An audit report is revealing that Charlotte paid over a million-and-a-half extra dollars for the Blue line extension. NBC Charlotte is reporting that auditors have encouraged the city to get back around 300-thousand-dollars of that from the contractor for the project. The nine-mile extension opened to the public just over a year ago. The total cost ran over one-billion-dollars.

Chance Of Snow In April

(Charlotte, NC) -- Believe it or not, you could see a little snow this morning in the Queen City. The National Weather Service is expecting a mix of rain and snow in the morning hours today. No accumulation is expected. Temperatures will climb back up to around 70 for the rest of the week beginning tomorrow.

Whole Coaching Staff Of UNC Women's Basketball On Leave Amid Internal Investigation

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- The entire coaching staff for the UNC-Chapel Hill women's basketball staff is on leave. Yesterday, school officials announced that an outside law firm would be assessing the culture of their women's basketball program. They say issues have been raised by student-athletes that need looking into. Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell says she's fully cooperating with this review. The nature of the issues aren't known.

Arrest Warrant For Stabbing Of Durham Mall Employee

(Durham, NC) -- A woman is accused of stabbing a mall employee in Durham. Police say on Sunday, 35-year-old Natoyia Barbee and another woman were shoplifting from Macy's at The Streets at Southpoint Street. According to police, when a loss prevention officer approached them, Barbee stabbed him. Police are still looking for Barbee, and ask anyone with information to call them.

Two Charged For Baby With 18 Broken Bones

(Raleigh, NC) -- Prosecutors say a Raleigh couple seriously injured a baby. This weekend, Diamon McPherson and Jasmine Monte were both charged with felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury. Court documents allege that between December and February, they broke 18 bones in their less than four-month-old baby. The pair is behind bars on 200-thousand-dollars bond each.

Autopsy Report Shows No Alcohol In NCCU Student Killed By Security Guard

(Durham, NC) -- The autopsy report is out for a North Carolina Central University student killed by a security guard. In September, 23-year-old Deandre Ballard was gunned down outside his Campus Crossings apartment. The North Carolina Detective Agency said one of their guards shot him in self defense. The autopsy report shows that Ballard was shot twice, once in the forearm, once below the belly button and he had no alcohol in his system. Questions around the shooting linger, but the security guard hasn't been identified or charged.

Two People Charged For Racist Vandalism At UNC

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- UNC police are looking for two people they say caused racist vandalism. This weekend, racist vandalism and hateful language were found scrawled on the Unsung Founders Memorial and outside the Hanes Art Center. One of the suspects appears to be affiliated with the group, Heirs to the Confederacy. The graffiti was cleaned up quickly and arrest warrants have been issued for the pair believed to have caused this.

Woman Stabbed Multiple Times At Archdale Taco Bell

(Archdale, NC) -- A Greensboro man is accused of stabbing a woman several times after she refused to date him. The scene unfolded late Sunday night at a Taco Bell in Archdale. Police say the 19-year-old victim was repeatedly stabbed in the back by Tyvonne Upshur, who goes to her church. She was rushed to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Upshur was arrested on multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Man Found Shot In Winston-Salem Backyard

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- A murder investigation is underway in Winston-Salem where a man was found shot to death in a backyard. The body of 28-year-old Jerry Watkins Junior was found yesterday morning in a backyard near Cornell Boulevard and Clemmonsville Road after reports of a shooting. Police say they're not sure if he was shot in the backyard or if we walked there after the fact. Investigators are looking into whether a red Chevy car found near the scene is linked to the case. No arrests have been made.

Three Men Hurt, Dog Killed In Greensboro Apt. Fire

(Greensboro, NC) -- Three men are badly hurt after their apartment caught fire in Greensboro. The blaze broke out Sunday night at Ashley Woods Apartments on West Vandalia Road. Fire officials believe it started in the kitchen. The victims were found in the bedroom in critical condition after being exposed to smoke and flames. A dog was found dead. Crews were able to contain the fire to just that unit.

Snow Possible In Piedmont Triad

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Snow is possible in the Piedmont Triad today. Forecasters say moist air moving up the East Coast and a cold front could create snowfall. However, the snowflakes likely wouldn't stick because the ground is too warm. The snowfall is not expected to impact road travel.

Plans For Co-Op Grocery Store Underway In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- There are plans to open up a co-op grocery store in Winston-Salem. Share Cooperative of Winston-Salem has its eyes on a ten-thousand-square-foot space at Peters Creek Parkway. Reverend Gary Williams, who co-founded the cooperative, said they're working on raising the rest of the money needed to open the Harvest Market Co-Op Grocery Store, which would feature 70 percent local foods. If the group reaches its two-point-three-million-dollar operating budget, the store could be ready by the end of the year.

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