NC Woman Sues Disney Over CBD Oil Arrest
(Orlando, FL) -- Walt Disney World is facing a lawsuit from a North Carolina woman who was arrested outside the Magic Kingdom for CBD oil possession. A Civil Rights attorney says he intends to sue not only the theme park, but also the Orange County Sheriff's Office for violating her civil rights when she was taken into custody. Hester Burkhalter of Hickory suffers from arthritis, and her husband says the oil derived from the hemp plant was recommended by a doctor. Burkhalter was arrested last month for trying to bring the CBD oil inside the park.
Ashe County Investigators Make Huge Meth Bust
(Ashe County, NC) -- Ashe County investigators believe they've made the biggest meth bust in the county's history. The Watauga Democrat is reporting a suspect was arrested during a traffic stop earlier this month for a string of drug charges. Sheriff Phil Howell said he's been investigating Drew Hoffman since taking office last year. Deputies seized nearly two pounds of meth worth over 100-thousand-dollars in the bust.
Developers Pull Hotel Plan For Flatiron Building
(Asheville, NC) -- The plan to turn a historic downtown Asheville building into a hotel is off the table. The new owners of the Flatiron Building planned to spend about 20-million-dollars for the project. They pulled the proposal during Tuesday night's city council meeting. WLOS-TV is reporting that the public was split on the idea during a hearing that coincided with the meeting.
Students Expected To Be Okay After Polk County Bus Crash
(Polk County, NC) -- Some students who were taken to the hospital after a school bus wreck in Polk County yesterday are expected to be fine. The state patrol says a speeding car crossed the center line around a curve on Fire Tower Road in Mill Spring and hit the side of the bus. Polk County's superintendent told WLOS-TV that nine students were treated as a precaution. The driver was reportedly cited for driving left of center.
APD Looks For Bank Robbery Suspect
(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville Police are looking for a man who robbed a bank yesterday. Surveillance footage reveals the suspect is a white male who was wearing a plaid shirt, sunglasses and a boonie hat. The teller at First Citizens Bank on Smokey Park Highway told investigators that he handed over a note demanding money, but there wasn't a weapon. He walked out the door with cash.
Asheville Leaders Proposing Pay Raise For City Employees
(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville city employees could be getting a raise. City leaders unveiled a budget last night that calls for a two-and-a-half-percent pay increase across the board. The public will get a chance to weigh in on the budget later this month before a planned June 11th adoption. Asheville's budget director says expenses are growing faster than revenue in the city.
Bishop Wins Republican Primary For Ninth District
(Charlotte, NC) -- State Senator Dan Bishop is the winner of the Republican primary for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. He was the overwhelming victor yesterday over nine other GOP candidates vying to take on Democrat Dan McCready. Bishop and McCready will now face off in a September 10th general election. The state Board of Elections threw out the results of last fall's congressional race due to ballot tampering.
School Bus Overturns In Albemarle Wreck
(Stanly County, NC) -- State troopers say the driver of a pickup truck will face charges for a crash involving a school bus in Albemarle. The man allegedly ran a stop sign on U.S. Highway 52 and slammed into a Headstart daycare bus, which overturned. Seventeen people were injured in all, including one adult who had to be airlifted to the hospital. None of the 15 children on the bus suffered any life-threatening injuries.
Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Killing Charlotte Teen
(Gastonia, NC) -- The trial for a man charged in the murder of a Charlotte 14-year-old girl two years ago is underway. Darvon Fletcher is accused of shooting Taylor Smith to death at River Street Park in Mount Holly. The defense and DA's office gave opening statements in Gaston County court yesterday after jury selection was finalized. Another suspect is in jail waiting to be tried separately for murder.
UNCC Shooting Victim Takes First Steps In Recovery
(Charlotte, NC) -- A UNC Charlotte shooting victim is making progress this week in the hospital. The family of Drew Pescaro says he's had two surgeries since the gunman opened fire during an Anthropology lecture two weeks ago. Pescaro shared a video on Twitter Monday night that shows him taking his first steps without the help of a walker. Two students died and four in total were injured in the campus shooting.
Close To 20 Face Possible Charges In High School Brawl
(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD says close to 20 people could be charged for Monday's large fight at Vance High School. The brawl erupted in the courtyard after an argument inside. The school was placed on lockdown as a result. School resource officers took up the investigation and identified 18 suspects.
CMS Adding More Mobile Classrooms
(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS is planning to add more than 30 mobile classrooms at ten elementary schools. The board of education approved the proposal last night, which adds to the more-than-12-hundred mobile classrooms across the district already. One board member says they're needed because the district continues to grow and class sizes are being reduced for grades K-through-three. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told NBC Charlotte last year that adding the mobile classrooms is now just a fact of life in CMS.
Canes Lose Game Three To The Bruins
(Raleigh, NC) -- The Stanley Cup is looking even farther away for the Carolina Hurricanes. Last night, the Boston Bruins delivered the Canes' first playoff loss in Raleigh 2-1. The Bruins are now 3-0 against the Canes. The Hurricanes play Boston in game four at home tomorrow night, they have to win the next four games to play for the Stanley Cup.
Raleigh Police To Change Department Body Cam Policy
(Raleigh, NC) -- Changes could be coming to the Raleigh police department body cam policy after a deadly police involved shooting. Last month, 30-year-old Soheil Mojorrad was shot dead by a cop who said he had a knife, but his police body camera wasn't on. This wasn't against department policy, but now that could be changing. The chief of Raleigh police issued a memo with some possible changes. It looks like they want to passively record everything on police body camera as a fail safe. There won't be any audio, but there will be video if an officer doesn't, or isn't able to turn their camera on in time.
New Orleans In Line To Draft Zion Williamson
(undated) -- It looks like Zion Williamson may be going to New Orleans. With only a six-percent chance, the Pelicans won the NBA draft lottery yesterday. They will get first crack at former Duke all star, Zion Williamson. Williamson has never been to New Orleans, but he says he's going to bring his will to win to whichever team drafts him.
Police Think Two Horrifying Rapes Were Committed By The Same Person
(Raleigh, NC) -- Raleigh police think a couple of rapes may have been committed by the same man. CBS 17 reports that a rape from April, and another from November, share a unique and chilling detail. In both cases, the attacker broke into women's homes in the middle of the night, sexually assaulted them, and afterwards ordered them to shower. No arrests have been made, and police continue working to try and identify a suspect.
Nash County Inmate Recaptured
(Nash Co., NC) -- A Nash County inmate is back in custody. Deputies say that 29-year-old Terrell Miles of Rocky Mount escaped yesterday morning, but he was arrested about 12-hours later near UNC-Nash. He escaped from the same jail where five inmates escaped in March. Miles is believed to have escaped by jamming a door to the exercise yard, and jumping over a six-foot fence. Sheriff Keith Stone says the doors are old and dilapidated.
State Senator Wins Primary Election For NC Congressional Seat
(Undated) -- The state senator behind North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill" will face Democrat Dan McCready in the Ninth Congressional District race. Senator Dan Bishop defeated nine other Republicans in yesterday's primary election. He will go head-to-head against McCready in the September 10th general election. Bishop was the lead sponsor of the 2016 bathroom bill, which was later repealed.
Arrest Made In Deadly Three-Vehicle Crash In High Point
(High Point, NC) -- A 19-year-old man is facing second-degree murder and other charges in connection with a deadly three-vehicle wreck in High Point. It happened early yesterday morning on Brentwood Street, near I-85. Police say Emmanuel Simeon was driving drunk and going about 100 miles-per-hour when he ran a red light and crashed into two SUVs and a power pole. One person was killed and three others, including Simeon, were badly hurt.
Pickup Truck Driver Ran Stop Sign In School Bus Crash
(Stanly Co., NC) -- At least 17 people are being treated for injuries after a pickup truck slammed into a Head Start school bus about 35 miles southeast of Salisbury. State officials plan to charge the driver of the pickup for running a stop sign. The bus overturned and one person had to be airlifted to the hospital. At least two other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Convenience Store Manager Accused Of Stealing Money
(Asheboro, NC) -- A former Asheboro convenience store manager accused of stealing money back in February is in custody. Stephanie Lawrence Vossen was arrested this week on suspicion of felony embezzlement. She was on the run but police found her hiding at a home in Reidsville. She's being held on a five-thousand-dollar bond and is due to appear in court next Tuesday.
Man Accused Of Shooting At Nail Salon, Home
(Burlington, NC) -- A man is accused of firing shots outside a nail salon and a home in Burlington. The crimes happened Monday at Pink Nails on South Graham Hopedale Road and at a home on North Mebane Street. No one was hurt. Johnny Thach was arrested in High Point on multiple charges. Police say he knew the people involved and the crimes were not random.
U.S. News: NC 17th In Best States Ranking
(Undated) -- North Carolina is 17th in a new ranking of the 50 Best States by U.S. News & World Report. Factors considered include health care, education, economy, infrastructure and opportunity. Washington state is number one.