Snake Bites On The Rise, Gas Prices Continue To Drop, 3 Dead In Hickory

Body Found In Candler Was Missing Woman

(Candler, NC) -- A body found on July 31st in Candler is that of a missing woman. The body of Elizabeth May Mann was discovered in the woods beside a home on Justice Ridge Terrace, more than two months after she was reportedly last seen by her boyfriend. Mann's ex-husband also said they hadn't heard from her since Mother's Day. The cause of death hasn't come back from the medical examiner's office, but the Buncombe County Sheriff's office is investigating it as suspicious.

Murder Trial Underway In Swain County

(Swain County, NC) -- A Swain County murder trial is now underway for a man accused of killing his girlfriend in February 2014. WLOS-TV says the suspect, Alex Crisp, has been out on bond since the summer after 22-year-old Summer Johnson died. Crisp's defense attorney claims Johnson's death was a suicide. More witnesses will take the stand today.

Contractor Accused Of Taking Customers' Money Takes Plea Deal

(Henderson County, NC) -- A contractor accused of swindling customers in Henderson County is taking a plea deal to avoid jail time. Travis Galloway is being ordered to pay 13-hundred dollars in restitution by October, or else be locked up. He reportedly took money from customers for work and never completed the job. Galloway is also facing similar charges in Transylvania County.

Driver Dies In Wreck On Blue Ridge Parkway

(Avery County, NC) -- A Georgia man is dead in an accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Park rangers say his car ran off the parkway on Friday morning into the parking lot of the Grandfather Mountain Overlook. He died after his car slammed into a tree. There were no other vehicles involved.

Suspect Arrested For Trafficking Heroin, Child Abuse

(Asheville, NC) -- An Asheville woman is facing drug and child abuse charges. WLOS-TV is reporting the 20-year-old mother was recently found in possession of 28 grams of heroin. The drugs were stored near baby formula. Officers charged her with felony trafficking charges and misdemeanor child abuse.

Gas Prices Continue To Drop

(Asheville, NC) -- Gas prices in Asheville are mirroring a nationwide trend. The price per gallon dropped slightly week-to-week to two-58 on Monday. That's down more than three cents from a month ago and 20 cents from last year. The national average is two-63-per-gallon. Gas prices are expected to continue to drop into the fall.

Homicide Suspect On The Run

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is on the lookout for a suspect in a Steele Creek homicide. Officers found a woman shot to death inside a unit of Tryon Park at Rivergate apartments on Perugia Way yesterday afternoon. A lookout has been placed for Edward Garner, Senior, who may be driving in a white 2000 Mercedes. Investigators say he took his one-year-old and three-year-old daughters.

Three Dead In Hickory Shooting

(Hickory, NC) -- Hickory police are investigating a shooting that killed three and injured one on Monday. Two people were found dead inside an apartment on 17th Avenue in Hickory, while another victim was found dead outside. A fourth person who ran to a neighbor's house was flown to the hospital with serious injuries. Investigators say the suspect may have been killed, but are continuing to piece together details.

Charlotte Diocese To Compile List Of Accused Child Sex Abusers

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Diocese of Charlotte is putting together a list of any clergy members who've been credibly accused of child sex abuse. Chancellor Reverend Patrick Winslow said yesterday that an outside firm will go through personnel files dating back to 1972, which is when the Charlotte Diocese was formed. The list may be available to the public by the end of the year. The Diocese covers the western half of North Carolina.

Airport Employee Dies In Tarmac Accident

(Charlotte, NC) -- Airport officials say an employee died in an accident while transporting luggage on Sunday night. The worker reportedly hit a piece of luggage that fell onto the tarmac. The single ramp vehicle overturned and pinned the man underneath. The state Department of Labor is now looking into the accident. Charlotte Douglas International issued a statement that said their thoughts are with the employee's family and co-workers.

CMPD: Dirt Bike Rider Fled Scene Of Assault Before Fatal Crash

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a dirt bike rider who died in a wreck Sunday night was fleeing a reported assault outside a fast food restaurant. A woman told officers that she was attacked outside the Bojangles on West Boulevard. NBC Charlotte says about a dozen dirt bike and ATV riders fled the scene. Michael Bernard Adams hit the pillar of the I-77 bridge on West Boulevard while officers were trying to pull the group over. One suspect was arrested at the scene for assault.

Historians To Preserve Mecklenburg Slave Dwelling

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte historians are trying to preserve what is considered Mecklenburg County's last-standing slave housing. The log cabin sits off Plaza Road Extension near the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus county line. The Charlotte Observer reports the local Historic Landmarks Commission is going to preserve the dwelling and secure a historic landmark designation. A record from previous owners shows the cabin was built in the 1760s.

Governor Cooper Announces Background Check Order For Gun Purchases

(Greensboro, NC) -- Governor Roy Cooper is moving to strengthen North Carolina's background checks for people buying guns. Cooper made the announcement Monday at the Department of Public Safety's Back to School Safety Summit at UNC-Greensboro. He told hundreds of education and safety leaders his executive directive to state agencies aims to "build on the work we are already doing" to combat gun violence and improve gun safety. The directives include stepping up safety education for private citizens and training for local law enforcement.

Couple Arrested, Charged With Leaving Explosives At Wayne County Fire Station

(Wayne County, NC) -- A Wayne County couple is under arrest and facing a host of felony charges for allegedly leaving two explosive devices outside the Dudley Volunteer Fire Department. Monica Lynn Hunt and Corey Bernard Manuel were arrested Monday night. Firefighters called the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the SBI Bomb team Sunday afternoon. The explosives experts used a robot to move the devices away from the station.

Durham Housing Authority Changes Aim To Keep More Families In Homes

(Durham, NC) -- The Durham Housing Authority is making major changes in its eviction procedures. The changes announced Monday are aimed at helping more families who live in public housing avoid eviction. They include giving reminders of renters' rights to people who are late paying their rent, information on making payment arrangements and rent assistance, and hardship exemptions that could lead to rental charges being waived.

Snake Bites On The Rise In Wake County

(Raleigh, NC) -- Snake bites are on the rise in Wake County. CBS17 reports doctors at WakeMed say they're treating a lot of people for snake bites, sometimes as often as every day. Doctors say most people are bitten around their homes, often when they're walking around at night or when they're gardening during the day. They say it's important to be aware of what's around and, if you see a snake, walk away.

Duke, NC State Make Top 50 In Best College Value

(Undated) -- Two of the Triangle's major universities are among the top 50 in Money magazine's Best Colleges in America, ranked by value. The other is close. Duke comes in at number-19 on Money's latest list. NC-State is 40th and UNC-Chapel Hill is number 52.

Man Turns Himself In After Kidnapping In Davidson Co.

(Davidson Co., NC) -- The man accused of stealing a car with a child inside in High Point has turned himself into police. Michael Enochs is charged with felony kidnapping and larceny of a motor vehicle. The scene unfolded late Sunday night outside a business on Main Street. Police say the one-year-old child was left inside the running, unlocked vehicle when it was stolen. The vehicle was found parked at a vacant home on High Rock Shores Drive, and the child was found safe inside.

Soldier Killed In Iraq ID'd As Camp Lejeune Marine

(Camp Lejeune, NC) -- A Marine killed during combat operations overseas this past weekend was from Camp Lejeune. Gunnery Sergeant Scott Koppenhafer was killed by enemy forces in Iraq on Saturday, according to officials at the Pentagon. He was originally from Colorado.

Eden Man Accused Of Abusing Toddler

(Eden, NC) -- An Eden man is in jail on suspicion of child abuse and assaulting a female. The cops were called to a home on Park Avenue, near Morgan Road, about a domestic disturbance on August 1st. A three-year-old boy was found in critical condition and rushed to a trauma unit. Terrance Veal was arrested this past Sunday evening and locked up on a 50-thousand-dollar bond.

Lexington Man Accused Of Impersonating Officer

(Davidson Co., NC) -- A Lexington man is accused of impersonating a sheriff's deputy. Fredrick White was arrested Friday after someone reported a suspicious person with a gun who was pretending to be with the Davison County Sheriff's office. Deputies found him at a gas station with a badge embroidered on his shirt, a fake gun, a baton and a handheld radio. White was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and communicating threats.

Traffic To Increase Near UNCG This Week

(Greensboro, NC) -- Traffic near UNCG is expected to be congested later this week when students return to campus. They're moving into residence halls tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. That means traffic along West Mark Street, South Tate Street and West Gate City Boulevard will likely be backed up. The McIver Street Parking Deck will be closed to the general public on those days to allow for move-in activities.

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