Another Person Dies From Legionnaires' Disease
(Spartanburg County, SC) -- Another person who attended the Mountain State Fair has died from Legionnaires' disease. Health officials have not confirmed if the woman's case was specifically connected to the fair. Eighty-three-year-old Lorene Williams visited the fair in Fletcher from Campobello, South Carolina. More than 130 illnesses from Legionella bacteria among fairgoers have been confirmed.
Attorneys Of Legionnaires' Patients Want Answers
(Fletcher, NC) -- Attorneys for some Legionnaires' disease patients are looking for answers from the state and the Mountain State Fair. They spoke out on Wednesday about the information they expect to receive and gave status of the patients. WLOS-TV is reporting the attorneys are urging the state to let them know at what point it was aware there was a problem. A Candler man reportedly went into a coma after a Legionnaires' diagnosis, but since came out of it this month.
Henderson County Health Officials Considering Changes On Vaping Rules
(Henderson County, NC) -- Henderson County officials are considering what they can do about the dangers of vaping. The Hendersonville Times News is reporting the board of health heard an hour-long presentation this week from experts on the rise of e-cigarette use in young people and the risks involved. A regional tobacco control manager for the state says the best way to combat the problem is through 100-percent smoke-free policies and price increases.
Closing Arguments Today In Murder Trial
(Asheville, NC) -- Closing arguments are expected today in an Asheville murder trial. Twenty-one-year-old Devon Harvin was gunned down near a playground at the Lee Walker Heights subdivision in April of 2018. A teen was charged in the murder, but prosecutors haven't released the suspect's name. Deliberations could begin today as well.
Developer Plans Retirement Community In South Asheville
(Asheville, NC) -- A developer has plans to build a retirement community near Lake Julian Park in south Asheville. The Asheville City Council is expected to consider the plan at its meeting in two weeks. The project calls for 130 units in a three-story building on Long Shoals Road.
App State Holds Off Louisiana To Remain Unbeaten
(Lafayette, LA) -- The App State football team is still undefeated on the year. The Mountaineers passed a huge conference test last night on the road against Sun Belt rival Louisiana. They scored a late touchdown to pull away with a 17-to-seven win.
State Treasurer: Police Chief's Retirement Plan Isn't Lawful
(Charlotte, NC) -- North Carolina's state treasurer says the retirement plan for CMPD's police chief is against the law. The city announced this week that Kerr Putney is stepping down on January 1st, but will temporarily resume his duties from March to August as the Republican National Convention comes to town. State treasurer Dale Folwell said yesterday that the plan to retire and then come back violates North Carolina law. State statute defines retirement as termination of employment with no intent or agreement to return to service.
Water Main Break Shuts Down Schools In Rock Hill Area
(York County, SC) -- A water main break is causing major disruption in the Rock Hill-area today. A water filter plant was shut down yesterday after a 24-inch main busted and spilled millions-of-gallons of water. Classes in Rock Hill and Fort Mill schools are canceled today, while Winthrop University is out for the rest of the week. Most of York County is under a water boil advisory.
Deadly Hit-And-Run Suspect Arrested
(Lenoir, NC) -- The suspect of a deadly hit-and-run in Caldwell County is in custody. Police had been looking for Kenneth Davis after they say he drove his car head-on into another in Lenoir on Monday. The crash killed a 25-year-old mother. Davis was reportedly arrested on Wednesday afternoon.
Two Students Robbed At Gunpoint Outside Different Schools
(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating armed robberies outside two Charlotte high schools. A 16-year-old first called police after allegedly being held up at gunpoint outside Harding University High School Wednesday afternoon. It was around ten minutes later when a student was reportedly robbed outside Phillip O. Berry Academy just down the road. Both victims say several suspects were involved and their cell phones were stolen.
Fatal Wreck Shuts Down I-40 In Iredell
(Iredell County, NC) -- A massive traffic back-up on I-40 in Iredell County yesterday is being blamed on a deadly wreck. Two tractor-trailers were among four vehicles involved in the crash just a couple of miles east of the I-77 interchange. All lanes going westbound were shut down during the investigation. One person died and two others were injured.
Company Behind I-77 Toll Lanes Wants Extension
(Charlotte, NC) -- The company behind the toll lane construction on I-77 is reportedly asking for an extension. The project was slated to be completed nine months ago, but was pushed back to an October 31st completion date. Cintra may face a ten-thousand-dollar fine per day after October 31st if the project isn't completed. WSOC-TV says the Department of Transportation is currently considering the extension request.
FEMA Denies Hurricane Relief Assistance To Four NC Counties
(Raleigh, NC) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying assistance to four North Carolina counties that were impacted by Hurricane Dorian. FEMA sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper, saying the damage in Carteret, Dare, Hyde and New Hanover counties is not severe enough for federal assistance. The state can appeal FEMA's denial within 30 days of receiving the letter.
BCBS Of NC Searches For New Leader
(Raleigh, NC) -- BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is looking for a new leader to head the company. The former CEO, Patrick Conway, was found guilty this week of DWI and child abuse. He recently resigned from his position after the state's insurance commissioner accused the BCBS Board of Trustees of trying to cover up his arrest. The company released a letter yesterday, saying it elected interim CEO Gerald Petkau to the board immediately and will begin its search for a permanent CEO.
Duke University Alum, Spouse Get Prison Time For Scam
(Durham, NC) -- A Duke University alumna and her husband are going to prison in connection with the college admissions cheating scandal. Marcia and Gregory Abbott were sentenced this week to one month behind bars. The New York couple paid 125-thousand dollars to fix their daughter's SAT and ACT scores so she could get into Duke. They pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges back in May.
Toddler Survives Three-Story Fall In Cary
(Cary, NC) -- A toddler is expected to be okay after falling three stories at a Cary apartment complex. The accident happened yesterday afternoon near Northwest Maynard and High House roads. Police say the two-year-old girl fell out of a window. She was taken to a local hospital and released within a few hours.
Raleigh Construction Worker To Use Lottery Winnings To Help Victims
(Raleigh, NC) -- A Raleigh construction worker is sharing his lottery winnings with Hurricane Dorian victims. Jerry Wood bought his 100-thousand-dollar winning lottery ticket this week at Quality Food Mart in Wake Forest. He tells WRAL-TV he'll use part of the money to help hurricane victims on Ocracoke Island. After taxes, Wood took home about 71-thousand dollars.
Teenager Charged After Dragging Deputy During Traffic Stop
(Lexington, NC) -- A teenager is under arrest, accused of dragging a Davidson County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop. The scene unfolded yesterday in the area of Bradley Tysinger Road and Old U.S. 52 in Lexington. Officials say Deputy Kaleb Forrest was at the truck's window when 17-year-old Nicholas Myers drove off, dragging the deputy behind him. Deputy Forrest was taken to a local hospital, but there's no word on how badly hurt he was. Myers was caught and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting a public officer.
Greensboro Police Looking For Suspects In Store Robbery
(Greensboro, NC) -- Greensboro police are looking for two people caught on surveillance video robbing a local shop. It happened on October 2nd at Firehouse Grocery on Mendenhall Street. Police say the suspects walked in and held a worker and a customer at gunpoint. The suspects appear to be in their teens or early 20s and African-American. Anyone with information is urged to call Greensboro P-D.
Police: Man Accidentally Shoots Himself, Family Member
(Kernersville, NC) -- Kernersville police say a man accidentally shot himself and a family-member. It happened Monday night at a home on Linville Springs Road. Mustapha Cheikhali and a family member were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the weapon was legally-owned.
Man Cited After Truck Crashes Into School Bus
(Winston-Salem, NC) -- No children are hurt after a man crashed his truck into a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools bus. The accident happened yesterday morning on North Peacehaven Road in Winston-Salem. The bus was headed to Mount Tabor High School. Police say the driver of the truck rear-ended the bus and was cited. The bus driver suffered minor injuries.