State Lawmakers Start Congressional Redistricting Process
(Raleigh, NC) -- State lawmakers are starting the process of redrawing North Carolina's congressional maps. The News and Observer is reporting a group of Republicans and Democrats started some procedural measures on the lines in a committee meeting yesterday. A judges' panel ordered the General Assembly last month to redraw the U.S. House maps in time for 2020 elections due to signs of partisan gerrymandering. Lawmakers were previously ordered to redraw the state maps as well.
Activists March In Asheville For Climate Change
(Asheville, NC) -- Activists are calling on Asheville leaders to take a stand against climate change. A crowd organized by the group Extinction Rebellion marched in downtown yesterday in an effort to reduce Asheville's carbon footprint over the next few years. They want the Asheville city council to declare a climate emergency.
New Mayors Elected In Waynesville, Maggie Valley
(Waynesville, NC) -- A new mayor is taking office in Waynesville. WLOS-TV says Gary Caldwell defeated incumbent mayor Gavin Brown in yesterday's election. The final tally ended in about a 60-to-40 margin. Mike Eveland won the mayor's race in Maggie Valley by a 57-to-43 margin over Janet Banks. He takes over for Saraylnn Price.
Buncombe County Changes Waste Pro Contract
(Buncombe County, NC) -- Changes are coming to the Waste Pro contract in Buncombe County. Commissioners approved measures last night that will give customer options on bear-resistant carts. Residents will be able to purchase, lease or trade-in carts now, rather than the previous purchase-only requirement. Discounts are also being offered for low-income residents, elderly customers and those who have difficult driveways.
Asheville Brewery Releases Beer To Fight Hunger
(Asheville, NC) -- An Asheville brewery is releasing a new beer to help the fight against hunger. A special oatmeal brown ale called Three-and-a-Half Meals is now available at Wicked Weed Brewing. One-dollar of every beer sold through the end of the year goes to MANNA FoodBank, which helps agencies across 16 Western North Carolina counties feed the hungry. That dollar makes up enough to provide three-and-a-half meals.
Hendersonville Begins Fourth Avenue Improvements
(Hendersonville, NC) -- Street improvements are coming to downtown Hendersonville. WLOS-TV is reporting crews have started a project to make Fourth Avenue more pedestrian friendly between Main and Grove streets. Work is underway to replace sidewalks and curbing, while the street will be resurfaced after the initial phase wraps up.
Sales Tax Referendum Rejected In Mecklenburg County
(Charlotte, NC) -- Voters in Mecklenburg County are against a quarter-cent sales tax increase for the arts, parks and education. The measure was rejected by around a 57-to-43 margin in Tuesday's election. County officials estimated the increase would've raised 50-million-dollars for the projects. The Charlotte Observer reports the Partnership for a Better Mecklenburg spent about one-million-dollars on a campaign to support the referendum.
Lyles Re-Elected As Mayor
(Charlotte, NC) -- Vi Lyles is returning to the Charlotte mayor's office for two more years. The Democrat soundly defeated Republican challenger David Rice yesterday with nearly 80-percent of the votes. Lyles said last night she wants residents to push her to do her best by telling her when things are going well and when they're not. Democrats ruled in most city council races, while Republican incumbent Tariq Bakhari [[ tah-rick buh-CAR-ee ]] won the district six election.
DA: CMPD Officer Justified In Deadly Shooting
(Charlotte, NC) -- A CMPD officer will not face charges in a deadly shooting three months ago. Investigators say officer John Juhasz [[ joo-HAHS ]] shot an armed Delano Williams while he held his wife at gunpoint at a home on Ernest Russell Court in north Charlotte. District Attorney Spencer Mayfield announced yesterday that Juhasz was justified in using deadly force. Williams also shot his sister-in-law in the leg that night, but she was able to escape and is said to be okay.
Cam Newton Out For Season
(Charlotte, NC) -- Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton is out for the rest of the season. Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said yesterday Newton saw two foot specialists last week who agreed it will take significant time for his foot injury to heal. Newton was officially placed on injured reserve, which effectively shuts him down for 2019. He said on Instagram he'll be working his tail off to be faster and smarter. Kyle Allen is five-and-one as QB in Newton's absence.
Three Suspects Arrested In Human Trafficking Case
(Gaston County, NC) -- Three men are facing child sex crimes in Gaston County. Gastonia police say a girl under 15-years-old was the victim of human trafficking after running away from home. The suspects were arrested for charges ranging from trafficking and kidnapping to statutory rape. WBTV is reporting one of the men owns a business across from North Belmont Elementary School called All-In-One Car Care. A judge refused to lower their bonds yesterday, which stand between 500-thousand to one-million-dollars.
Statesville Woman Wins 200K From Lottery Scratch-Off
(Statesville, NC) -- A Statesville woman is a big winner on a five-dollar lottery ticket. JoAnn Mosher won 200-thousand-dollars on a Power Fives ticket she purchased from Cashion's Quick Stop in Huntersville. She claimed her prize yesterday in Raleigh. The 200-hundred-thousand-dollar prize is the largest in the Power Fives game.
Mayor Steve Schewel Reelected In Durham
(Durham, NC) -- Steve Schewel will serve as Durham's mayor for a second term. He easily won reelection last night by an 83-to-16-percent margin, according to unofficial results. Pastor Sylvester Williams lost his fourth run for Durham mayor. Schewel released a statement, saying he's very grateful to the voters and is looking forward to the next two years.
Housing Bond Approved In Durham
(Durham, NC) -- Durham voters are signing off on what's being called "the largest" affordable housing bond in state history. They overwhelmingly approved 95-million dollars in bonds yesterday to help create affordable housing in the city. That money will be paired with another 65-million in federal and local funds to redevelop Durham housing projects and fund down payments for low-income, first-time home-buyers.
Teenage Murder Suspect Escapes Juvenile Detention Center
(Lumberton, NC) -- A 13-year-old boy who's facing two first-degree murder charges is on the run in North Carolina. The Robeson County Sheriff's office says the young fugitive escaped custody after a court appearance in Lumberton yesterday afternoon. Officials say when he was last seen, he was wearing leg restraints and no shoes. They say he had been at the Cumberland Juvenile Detention Center since October 14th.
Panthers Place Cam Newton On IR, Ending His Season
(Charlotte, NC) -- It appears the season is over for the Carolina Panthers quarterback. Cam Newton hurt his foot and was placed on injured reserve yesterday. This means he can't play again for eight games. Before this, Newton only missed five games in his NFL career. Kyle Allen is now the starting quarterback.
Suspect Arrested In Halloween Shooting Death In Fayetteville
(Fayetteville, NC) -- Fayetteville police are announcing an arrest in connection with a deadly Halloween shooting. Derrick Bridges was taken into custody on Monday and booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center. Police say he's one of three men wanted for shooting Deaundre Williamson-Servin, who was found dead last Thursday in a home on School Street. Bridges is being held without bail.
Mount Airy Man Accused Of Shooting At Deputies During Standoff
(Mount Airy, NC) -- A Mount Airy man is accused of shooting at Surry County sheriff's deputies during a standoff. The scene unfolded Monday when deputies showed up at James McCreary's home on Miller Road to do a welfare check. They say he'd posted pictures of himself on social media using illegal narcotics. McCreary allegedly fired his rifle at the deputies several times. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges after an hour-long stand-off.
Three Juveniles Accused Of Robbing CBD Dispensary In Archdale
(Archdale, NC) -- Three juveniles are under arrest, accused of robbing a CBD dispensary in Archdale. It happened Monday morning at The Hippie House on Main Street. The suspects were arrested yesterday afternoon, but police say they are looking for a fourth person in connection with the crime. Anyone with information is urged to call Archdale PD.
Boy Killed During Halloween Event To Donate Organs
(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The parents of an eleven-year-old boy who was hit and killed by an SUV during a Halloween event in Oak Ridge say they're going to donate his organs. Noah Chambers was rushed to the hospital Friday night after the accident outside Bethel United Methodist Church. Robert Chambers tells "FOX 8" seven kids will benefit from his son's organs. Several fundraisers have been set up to help Noah's family cover funeral expenses.
Youth Gun Violence Meeting In Winston-Salem
(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Public safety officials in Winston-Salem are meeting this month to talk about ways to combat youth gun violence. This after two teenagers were shot and killed less than two weeks apart. Assistant City Manager Tasha Ford said yesterday they'll tackle gun violence at the committee's meeting on November 12th at City Hall. She said they'll be looking at statistics and trends to help them find a program that will work.