Lawsuits Filed Over Legionnaires' Cases,Allen Back at QB,Mission Raises Pay

Families Suing Hot Tub Companies After Legionnaires' Outbreak

(Asheville, NC) -- Around 15 families affected by a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair are suing two hot tub vendors. State health officials say those who contracted the disease were likely to have spent time in the Davis Event Center, where hot tubs were on display during the early-September fair. An attorney representing the families told the Citizen-Times that the source of the Legionella bacteria came from the center's pipes before it was aerosolized through the hot tubs. The owner of Asheville's All Pro Billiards and Spas, which was named in the suit, says they're cooperating with health officials and all tests have come back negative.

Former Waynesville Priest Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

(Waynesville, NC) -- A former Waynesville priest is heading to prison for child sex crimes. Howard White entered guilty pleas to charges in Haywood County court yesterday that include second-degree child abuse and rape. He served as rector at Grace Church in the Mountains for more than two decades. WLOS-TV is reporting the judge sentenced White to 12-years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to sex charges two years ago in Massachusetts.

Suspect On Run After Asheville Stabbing

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are looking for the suspect in a gas station stabbing. Officers say Lamar Kelly stabbed a man twice outside the Haywood Quick Stop on Haywood Road early Sunday morning. The victim was treated for injuries not thought to be life-threatening. Kelly reportedly drove off in a black 2005 Nissan Maxima. He's considered armed and dangerous.

Mission Health Raising Its Minimum Wage

(Asheville, NC) -- Mission Health is giving employees a pay raise. The health system says minimum wage for its employees will move from eleven-dollars to 12-50-per-hour this month. Other employees who make 11-34 and 12-26-per-hour will also see a pay bump. Mission Health is the largest employer in the region.

Hendersonville Urges Residents To Continue Water Conservation

(Hendersonville, NC) -- Residents of Hendersonville are still urged to conserve water. City officials said yesterday the Mills River is at levels lower than normal despite recent rain. Utilities director Lee Smith says the city appreciates the efforts citizens have made in the past few weeks during the voluntary conservation. Henderson County is in a moderate drought.

Woman Seeks Guardian Angel For Aiding Father After Hiking Fall

(Jackson County, NC) -- An Arkansas woman says she's looking for a guardian angel who helped her dad after an accident at Soco Falls in Jackson County. Angel Cuffel told WLOS-TV that her 72-year-old father slipped and tumbled down a 40-foot trail last Thursday. A young woman reportedly ran to his aid on a dangerous ridge before first responders arrived. Cuffel says she just wants to hear that guardian angel's voice.

CMPD Investigating Shooting Involving Probation Officers

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is looking for two men who fired shots at several probation and parole officers in west Charlotte last night. The officers reportedly stopped at Caronia Street and Reid Avenue after spotting one of the men with a handgun. Investigators say one man fired shots at the corrections officers as they ran away from the scene. At least one officer fired back, but it's unclear if anyone was injured.

Driver Arrested After Deadly Hit-And-Run

(Charlotte, NC) -- A Charlotte driver is in jail in connection to a deadly hit-and-run in Matthews. An elderly woman was struck and killed while putting groceries in her car outside the Aldi in Matthews last week. The suspect initially left the scene, but called the CMPD around an hour later. She was arrested for murder charges yesterday.

Missing Gaston County Man Found Dead

(Charlotte, NC) -- The search for a missing Gaston County man is ending in tragedy in northwest Charlotte. The body of Bryan Davenport was found by investigators in a secluded area off Hutchinson Lane yesterday. His truck was discovered earlier near Mountain Island Lake. Davenport was last seen at his Stanley home on Saturday. There were no obvious signs of trauma to his body.

Allen To Start At QB Again

(Charlotte, NC) -- Kyle Allen will be under center again for the Panthers on Sunday. Carolina head coach Ron Rivera said yesterday that Quarterback Cam Newton is continuing rehab on his injured foot. Allen's start against San Francisco will mark his fifth straight game in Newton's absence. The Panthers have won four straight.

Faulty Wiring Blamed For Church Fire

(Charlotte, NC) -- Fire investigators say faulty wiring is to blame for a blaze that broke out in a church early Monday. The fire started in the steeple of the United House of Prayer for all People on Beatties Ford Road. The church was able to avoid major structural damage, but WSOC-TV reports it will cost about 40-thousand-dollars to repair what was affected. No one was injured.

Public Meeting For High-Speed Rail On Thursday

(Charlotte, NC) -- The public can take a closer look at some plans for a proposed high-speed rail connecting the Queen City to Atlanta. The Charlotte Observer is reporting a timeline for the beginning of construction is unclear due to lack of funding. Federal officials and the Georgia DOT will be at the Metrolina Transportation Management Center on Tipton Drive Thursday night for a public meeting. A trip along the rail to Atlanta would reportedly take around two-hours.

Heavy Rain Coming, Possible Severe Weather In Triangle Today

(Undated) -- The Triangle will get rain today, and there's a chance of severe weather. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says most of the region will be under a slight risk of severe weather, including an isolated tornado, starting around midday. Forecasters say rain and possible thunderstorms will start rolling in after 11 a.m.

Authorities ID Victims In Umstead State Park Plane Crash

(Raleigh, NC) -- Authorities say a Florida couple died when their small plane crashed as it was coming in to Raleigh-Durham Airport. Teams recovered the bodies of 72-year-old Dr. Harvey Partridge and his 72-year-old wife, Patricia Partridge, on Monday. The couple's single-engine plane crashed in Umstead State Park after it sent out a distress signal and disappeared from radar Sunday night. They lived in the St. Petersburg area where Dr. Partridge, who was described as an experienced pilot, founded a veterinary hospital.

Durham Gas Leak Forces Evacuations, Road Closures

(Durham, NC) -- People were evacuated and roads were closed in Durham after a contractor hit a gas line late Monday. It happened a little past 4:30 p.m. in the area of Fayetteville and Simmons streets. About 20 people were evacuated and Durham firefighters stayed in the area for three and-a-half hours while Dominion Energy crews got the leak stopped. All roads except Fayetteville Street were open again by 11:30 p.m.

Durham's 'Can Opener' Bridge Being Raised This Week

(Durham, NC) -- Durham's infamous Can Opener bridge is getting a lift. Crews will begin raising the Norfolk Southern-Gregson Street Overpass on Wednesday. Countless tractor-trailer rigs have gotten caught under the bridge that has eleven-feet-eight inches of clearance over the years. Gregson Street will be closed to traffic from Wednesday to November 3rd while the bridge is raised to provide 12-feet-four inches of clearance.

Wake County Man Hits $5-Million Lottery Scratch-Off Winner

(Raleigh, NC) -- A Wake County man is now living life as a millionaire. Gabriel Campos of Willow Spring hit a five-million dollar scratch-off winner when he bought a 20-dollar ticket in the North Carolina Lottery's new Fortune game. Campos took home more than two-million dollars after federal and state taxes were withheld.

Dixie Classic Fair Name Change Is Official

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The historic Dixie Classic Fair is now officially the Carolina Classic Fair. The Winston-Salem City Council approved the name change last night. It will cost just under 100-thousand dollars, which will come from the fair's reserve account.

High Point Police Looking For Shooting Suspect

(Hight Point, NC) -- Police are looking for the person who fired 21 rounds in a High Point neighborhood. It happened late Sunday night on Woodbury Street, near Franklin Avenue. No one was hurt, but two cars were damaged. Anyone with information is urged to call High Point P-D.

UPDATE: Victims ID'd In Raleigh Plane Wreck

(Raleigh, NC) -- Officials are identifying the two people killed in a plane crash near Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Seventy-two-year-olds Dr. Harvey Partridge and Patricia Partridge of Terra Ceia, Florida were on board the aircraft. It was found by search and rescue crews in William B. Umstead State Park yesterday morning after disappearing from radar the night before. The National Transportation Security Board is investigating.

Gun Found In Student's Backpack In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- A 15-year-old Winston-Salem high school student is facing charges after officials found a gun in their backpack. The gun was recovered by officers at Parkland High School yesterday after an anonymous tip came in. Charges are being sought against the student for felony possession of a firearm on educational property and felony possession of stolen firearm. No one was hurt.

Public Set To Open In Greensboro Next Month

(Greensboro, NC) -- Publix is opening its first store in Greensboro next month. The grocery store is going up at the new Grandover Village shopping center at Guilford College Road on November 13th. The opening comes after the city's first Trader Joe's opens. That's set to happen this Thursday on Battleground Avenue.

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