Environmental Organization Finds High E. Coli Levels In Waterways
(Asheville, NC) -- A local environmental organization is reporting high levels of E. coli in some western North Carolina rivers and lakes. The Citizen-Times is reporting MountainTrue conducted lab tests last week that revealed E. coli levels more than ten times the EPA safe standard in more than a dozen sites. The state Department of Public Health issues swim advisories on reports from local Department of Water Resources. The French Broad River is only tested once a month at this time.
UNC Asheville Divests From Fossil Fuels
(Asheville, NC) -- UNC Asheville is making a commitment to divest some of its endowment away from fossil fuels. The Board of Trustees approved on Friday to move five-million-dollars of its 50-million-dollar endowment to Walden Asset Management. The company focuses on investing using Environmental, Social and Governance criteria. UNC Asheville credits the hard work of students in helping shift money away from areas contributing to climate change.
Asheville Council Moves Location Of Election Districts Meeting
(Asheville, NC) -- A meeting to discuss how Asheville picks its council members is moving from council chambers to a much larger room. The full Asheville City Council will gather at the Banquet Hall in the U.S. Cellular Center on July 2nd to talk about a possible stance against Senate Bill 813. The bill mandates that Asheville switches from using its at-large election system to district voting. Public comment is expected to be allowed at the meeting.
Man Shot Twice In Marion
(Marion, NC) -- A McDowell County woman is being accused of shooting a man twice early Saturday morning. Police found the man injured inside a home in Marion and had him rushed to Mission Hospital in Asheville. Terri Gray was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. The victim is expected to survive.
Annual Boat Race Raises Money For Non-Profits
(Asheville, NC) -- Some mountain non-profits are benefiting from an annual boat race that took place at Lake Julian Park in Buncombe County on Saturday. WLOS-TV is reporting around 700 people came out to the third annual Drums and Dragons boat race to help raise 40-thousand-dollars for the organizations. The event included lots of beer and food trucks in addition to the race. Some of the organizations expected to receive money are MountainCare and Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina.
Lottery Drawing Produces Highest-Ever Winnings For Carolina Pick Four
(Raleigh, NC) -- The North Carolina Education Lottery is paying out the highest-ever winnings for the Carolina Pick Four. Saturday's numbers were four zeros, which produced nearly eight-million-dollars in winnings for the single drawing. That number bested the previous record of seven-and-a-half million-dollars in 2012. More than two-thousand winning tickets were sold.
Water Main Break Causes Flooding In West Charlotte
(Charlotte, NC) -- Crews are working to repair damage from a large water main break in west Charlotte. Water flooded the area around Freedom Drive and West Morehead Street on Sunday afternoon when a 20-inch main busted. The intersection could be closed for a couple of days to clean the flooded areas and repair heavily damaged roads. Pressure was restored a short time later, but some businesses had to close because of the accident.
Pregnant Teen Delivers Baby After Shooting
(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating the shooting of a pregnant 19-year-old in a strip mall parking lot. Officers say it happened outside the Busy Arcade on Beatties Ford Road Saturday night. The teen was rushed to CMC, where she successfully delivered the baby. Both mother and child were last said to have life-threatening injuries.
Man Shot To Death Outside Shelby Bar
(Shelby, NC) -- Police are looking for a suspect who gunned down a man outside a bar in Shelby. Investigators say they found a 27-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds outside Golden Boys Bar on East Marion Street a little after 2:30 Sunday morning. The victim died at the hospital. Shelby police haven't made any arrests at this time.
Sexual Assault Suspect Slips Away From Police
(Charlotte, NC) -- A suspect is still on the run after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in the University City area. The victim told the CMPD that a man forced his way into her car at an apartment complex before he assaulted her Saturday morning. She was able to escape, but the man stole the car. CMPD investigators say they found the victim's car before the suspect left and fled on foot on Pondrige Court.
SBI Called In For Mint Hill Death Investigation
(Mint Hill, NC) -- The SBI is helping in a death investigation in Mint Hill. A man was found unresponsive on the side of Pinewood Circle around six Sunday morning. There's no word yet on how the man may have died. Mint Hill Police say the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Power Still Out For Some
(Charlotte, NC) -- Some Charlotte residents are still without power due to Saturday's storms. Nearly four-thousand were in the dark early this morning. Duke Energy says all power should be restored by eleven tonight. The fast-moving system initially knocked out electricity for around 30-thousand people in the Mecklenburg County area. There is a chance of scattered severe storms later today.
Police Investigating Pedestrian Death In North Durham
(Durham, NC) -- Police are investigating a pedestrian death in North Durham. Late Saturday night, police say a car struck a man who was attempting to cross North Roxboro Street near Avondale Avenue. The pedestrian was pronounced dead on scene. So far, investigators say neither speed nor impairment appear to have caused the crash.
Teenager Gives Birth After Charlotte Shooting
(Charlotte, NC) -- A teenager and her newborn baby are facing life-threatening injuries after a shooting in Charlotte. On Saturday night, police say a 19-year-old pregnant victim was shot in a parking lot off of Beatties Ford Road in front of the Busy Arcade. She was treated on scene and then was rushed to the hospital where she ended up giving birth. Police say it's still unclear if the teen was a target in the shooting. An investigation is underway.
At Least Seven Cars Hit By Bullets In Raleigh Bar Parking Lot
(Raleigh, NC) -- An investigation is underway after at least seven cars were hit by bullets in the parking lot of a bar in Raleigh. Police say the incident happened Saturday night outside the Star Bar at 1731 Trawick Road. No injuries were reported in the incident and a suspect hasn't been identified yet.
Burglars Target Family Displaced From Raleigh Apartment
(Raleigh, NC) -- Police are looking for burglars who targeted a family that was displaced in Raleigh. The suspects allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of items while the family was evacuated. The family had to leave because an SUV drove into an apartment building at the Lexington on the Green. Roughly 45-hundred dollars worth of items including a television, shoes and even a sentimental ring were stolen. Police are asking anyone with any information to come forward.
Durham Is Getting An LGBTQ Youth Center
(Durham, NC) -- Durham is getting an LGBTQ Youth Center. The center is a product of the city's first foray into letting residents decide where their tax dollars are spent. Durham's participatory budgeting program is funded by the city's 477-million budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1st. There are four projects being funded by the participatory budgeting program. Advocates say the center will give LGBTQ youth a sense of identity and a safe space
Moses Cone Hospital Placed On Lockdown
(Greensboro, NC) -- An investigation is underway after someone threatened to "shoot at Moses Cone Hospital." A staff member received the call Saturday evening, and the hospital was placed on lockdown immediately afterward. Police responded and determined there was "no credible threat." The lockdown was lifted about an hour-and-a-half later.
Greensboro Man Charged With First-Degree Murder
(Greensboro, NC) -- A Greensboro man is charged with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly gas station shooting last week. Dante Pinson turned himself in to police on Saturday. He's accused of shooting Korey Fitzgerald to death last Thursday at Murphy's gas station on Pyramids Village Boulevard. Pinson is currently in jail under no bond.
Winston-Salem Apartments Damaged In Fire
(Winston-Salem, NC) -- No one is hurt after two apartments in Winston-Salem caught fire. It happened Saturday afternoon near the Sara Lee Soccer Park. The fire started in a lower-level apartment and spread to an empty unit above. There's no word yet on what started the fire. The Red Cross is helping the one resident who lost their home.
Greensboro Man Accused Of Taking Indecent Liberties With Child
(Greensboro, NC) -- A Greensboro man is in jail, accused of sexually abusing a child. Ramirez Godinez Urbano was arrested yesterday and is being held on a 100-thousand-dollar bond. He's charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape of a child under 16. Urbano is due to appear in court today.
Salvation Army To Hand Out Free Food Today
(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The Salvation Army is hosting a food fair today. That means people facing food insecurity can go get a free meal. The Stop Summer Hunger Food Fair is taking place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army Warehouse on Old Lexington Road. No appointments are necessary.