Local and State Headlines for Friday, April 5th, 2019

Asheville Says Water Is Safe After Latest Test

(Asheville, NC) -- The city of Asheville wants the public to know that its water is safe. Officials conducted extra tests of the municipal water supply after two incidents in the past ten days led to discolored water and an outage for some. The report released yesterday reveals that the supply remains safe, but there is a heightened level of manganese. It's not considered to be harmful.

Suspect Arrested For Armed Robbery With Machete

(Asheville, NC) -- A suspect is now facing charges in a gas station armed robbery in south Asheville last summer. He was arrested on Wednesday. The APD says he held up a Hot Spot on Sweeten Creek Road with a machete. The man got away with about 160-bucks in cash.

Fire Burns 50 Acres In Henderson County

(Henderson County, NC) -- Fire investigators believe a brush burning got out of control yesterday in Henderson County. Surrounding agencies rushed out to the Hoopers Creek area, where fire ripped through about 50 acres. North Carolina Fire Service brought in water to fight the flames from the sky. Several structures were in danger, but it's unclear if they were damaged.

Mills Springs Volunteer Fire Needs More Personnel For Compliance

(Polk County, NC) -- A Western North Carolina volunteer fire department is reportedly falling short of state requirements. Polk County's Emergency Management Director told WLOS-TV that the North Carolina Fire Marshal Office sent out a letter this week about problems at the Mills Spring department. The unit is in need of three more volunteers in order to be in compliance with the state. He says they have a year to fix the problem.

Driver Charged With DWI In I-26 Wreck

(Polk County, NC) -- A South Carolina man is being accused of driving under the influence in an I-26 wreck in Polk County this week. The eastbound lanes were completely shut down near Saluda on Tuesday night. The suspect was flown by helicopter to Mission Hospital in Asheville for injuries. State troopers told WLOS-TV that he has now been charged with DWI and reckless driving.

Fire Ball Spotted In North Carolina Sky

(Undated) -- People from around the southeast are reporting they saw a ball of fire in the sky on Thursday morning. The American Meteor Society listed around 800 sightings from residents across North Carolina and surrounding states after the streaking fire ball shot across the sky around 7 a.m. Scientists are investigating whether the object was natural or man-made.

Suspect In Uptown Armed Robberies Arrested

(Charlotte, NC) -- A 20-year-old man is facing charges for recent armed robberies in uptown. The CMPD arrested him yesterday for allegedly robbing people on the street three times within 48 hours last weekend. The tag number from a getaway car at a South Tryon Street robbery is reportedly connected to another robbery attempt in Gaston County this week. Investigators are still looking for a 15-year-old suspect connected to the case.

CMS Teachers Heading To Raleigh For March

(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS teachers are preparing to head to Raleigh for a march on May 1st. The district advised WBTV yesterday that 350 teachers have requested time off for that day. Around two-thousand teachers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools went to Raleigh last year, which led the district to close schools for the day. CMS says it is monitoring the situation closely to make a decision for this year's rally day.

Lowe's Cutting 200 Charlotte Jobs

(Charlotte, NC) -- Lowe's is eliminating 200 jobs at its shipping facility in Charlotte. The company said yesterday that the employees will be advised of other opportunities at Lowe's. Another 600 employees are being transferred from corporate operations in Wilkesboro to its Mooresville headquarters. The relocations will begin in June.

Shelby Murder Suspect Arrested

(Shelby, NC) -- The suspect in a Shelby murder last weekend is now in jail. James Sanford was arrested yesterday. He's been accused of shooting Tryand Hopper on Saturday night inside a home on West Circle Drive. Police said the men knew each other.

One Injured In North Charlotte Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a shooting in north Charlotte. One man was reportedly shot during an argument in the parking lot of the Trojan Labor Company on Statesville Road Thursday afternoon. The search is on for a suspect. The victim is expected to survive.

Charlotte Residents See Fire Ball

(Undated) -- People from Charlotte and around the southeast are reporting they saw a ball of fire in the sky on Thursday morning. The American Meteor Society listed around 800 sightings from residents across North Carolina and surrounding states after the streaking fire ball shot across the sky around 7 a.m. Scientists are investigating whether the object was natural or man-made.

After Ten Years, The Hurricanes Finally Clinch A Playoff Spot

(Raleigh, NC) -- The Hurricanes' playoff drought is over. Yesterday, the Canes beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 at PNC Arena. For the Hurricanes to clinch a playoff spot, they had to beat the Devils and the Capitals had to beat the Montreal Canadiens. Both happened yesterday, and now, Raleigh's own NHL team is heading to fight for the Stanley Cup. They have been without a playoff appearance for ten-long years.

Report: UNC's Hatchell Investigated For Racist Remarks

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- Details are emerging about why Hall of Fame North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell and three assistants were suddenly placed on paid administrative leave this week. The Washington Post reports Hatchell is being investigated for making a series of racially offensive remarks, including saying her players would get "hanged from trees with nooses" at an upcoming game if performance didn't improve. She's also accused of forcing players to play through serious injuries, including one who needed corrective shoulder surgery, and another who had a torn tendon in her knee. Hatchell has coached at UNC the last 33 seasons.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Classes Canceled May 1 For Educators' March

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School classes will be canceled on May first for a teachers rally. School district officials voted yesterday to go ahead and cancel classes ahead of the North Carolina Association of Educator's Day of Action in Raleigh. They say the number of anticipated teacher absences are more than they can safely replace with substitute teachers. Class will be out for students, and it will be an optional teacher workday.

Man Injured In Trooper Involved Shooting

(Johnston Co., NC) -- Police in North Carolina are investigating after a trooper involved shooting in Johnston County. The State Highway Patrol said yesterday afternoon, the trooper pulled over 20-year-old Darius Rogers of Clayton for driving nearly 100-miles an hour. The trooper, identified as Sergeant Dorsey, said the driver had a gun, and he shot him after an armed altercation occurred. Rogers is in the hospital in serious condition, and Dorsey is on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Fatal Durham Officer Involved Shooting Details

(Durham, NC) -- Durham police say a man shot and killed by an officer was grabbing for a police officer's weapon. According to a report released by the city yesterday, the officer shot and killed 30-year-old Ondrae Hutchinson on Saturday while investigating a domestic dispute. Police say the officer shot Hutchinson after he grabbed another officer's gun and wouldn't stop trying to pull it away. The shooting is under review by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

One Million Dollars Bail For Alleged Durham County Courthouse Shooters

(Durham, NC) -- Two men accused of a shooting outside of the Durham County Courthouse made an appearance inside that courthouse this week. Police say on Wednesday, Equaan Straiter and Jordan Terrell shot a man multiple times in broad daylight. The victim was shot as many as five times and is in serious condition. The motive behind the shooting is unclear, but the alleged shooters were charged with conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Their bail was set at a million dollars.

Motorcyclist Killed In Davidson Co.

(Davidson Co., NC) -- A motorcyclist is dead after a crash in Davidson County. It happened just before rush-hour yesterday afternoon along U.S. 64 near Smith Farm Road. Troopers say the biker hit a car that was pulling out of a driveway. They believe the motorcycle was going over 100 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. The victim has not been identified.

Suspect Wanted In Connection With Winston-Salem Hit-And-Run ID'd

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Winston-Salem police are identifying the suspect wanted in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a bicyclist seriously hurt. Twenty-six-year-old Gregory Lucas Junior is accused of crashing into 65-year-old Robert Jordan on Reynoldo Road on March 25th, then leaving the scene. The victim's father tells "NBC News 12" he was biking home from work just like he had done for the past 40 years. Lucas is wanted on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to come forward.

Greensboro Woman Charged In Deadly Myrtle Beach Shooting

(Myrtle Beach, SC) -- A Greensboro woman is one of two people charged in connection with a deadly double-shooting in Myrtle Beach. It happened Tuesday night near Dunbar Street and Graham Avenue. Police say Anthony McNeil of Myrtle Beach was killed and a second person was hurt. Shamia Maness is charged with obstruction of justice.

Crown Mark Opens New Distribution Center In High Point

(High Point, NC) -- A Texas-based furniture store has a new distribution center in High Point. Crown Mark opened its new location on Gallimore Dairy Road yesterday. It spent nearly 12-million dollars to build the 250-thousand-square-foot distribution center. Crown Mark also has a showroom downtown.

North Carolina Man Wins $10M Lottery Jackpot

(Raleigh, NC) -- A North Carolina man is feeling very generous after winning a ten-million-dollar lottery prize. Theodore Duncan of Granville County says he's going to donate 100-thousand-dollars to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and use the rest to retire on. He bought the winning ticket at the Berea Mini Mart in Oxford. Duncan will take home just over four-and-a-half-million dollars after taxes.

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