Mission Hospital Limiting Visitors,Impeachment Rallies Held Across WNC

Mission Hospital Limiting Visitors

(Asheville, NC) -- Mission Hospital is limiting visitors amid increasing flu cases in North Carolina. Visitors under the age of 12 are being asked to avoid visiting Mission Health facilities. The limitations will be enforced at seven western North Carolina locations. Visitors who don't feel well are also encouraged to call patients rather than visit.

Impeachment Rally Held Tonight At Pack Square Park

(Asheville, NC) -- An impeachment rally is coming up this evening in Asheville's Pack Square Park. Indivisible Asheville is holding the "Nobody Is Above the Law: Impeachment Eve" event beginning at 5:30 p.m., with state Senator Terry Van Duyn as a scheduled speaker. There are reportedly 600 other rallies scheduled around the country tonight. The U.S. House is expected to vote on the President's impeachment tomorrow.

School Resource Officer Fired After Alleged Assault Of Student

(Vance County, NC) -- A North Carolina school resource officer who was caught assaulting a student on camera is now out of a job. Surveillance footage from inside Vance County Middle School last Thursday shows the deputy slam the eleven-year-old student to the ground twice. The sheriff's office says the deputy was fired after he was initially put on paid leave. The SBI is now investigating. The family says the child is recovering at home and is expected to be okay.

Asheville Attorney Enters Congressional Race

(Asheville, NC) -- An Asheville attorney is joining the race for the Eleventh Congressional District. Gina Collias announced Monday she is running on the Democratic ticket against Republican incumbent Mark Meadows. The newly-created Eleventh District for 2020 takes up the entire western corner of the state, including all of Buncombe County. Collias said Meadows has lost all semblance of a moral compass.

Police Chief Finalists Introduced To Public Tonight

(Asheville, NC) -- The city of Asheville is welcoming the public to meet its finalists for police chief. The candidates will introduce themselves tonight at seven in the first floor conference room inside the Buncombe County Administration Building. There have been four police chiefs in Asheville since 2011.

Canton Officer Replaces Family's Stolen Decorations

(Canton, NC) -- A Canton cop is helping one family replace their stolen Christmas decorations. WLOS-TV reports two inflatables were stolen from a yard on Star Ridge Road last week. Police officer Ryan Adams used his own money to buy a new Santa and Rudolph for the Rathbone family. It was welcome news for the couple's four-year-old son, who has spent more than 120 days in the hospital this year to be treated for dehydration.

Major League Soccer Announcement Expected This Morning

(Charlotte, NC) -- An announcement over the future of Major League Soccer is expected this morning in uptown. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and Mayor Vi Lyles will be at the Mint Museum for what is suspected to be the naming of the league's 30th franchise. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber will be in the Queen City for the event. The city last week announced a 110-million-dollar commitment to help make changes at Bank of America Stadium to accommodate a potential soccer team.

Pro-Impeachment Rally At Marshall Park Tonight

(Charlotte, NC) -- Over 600 people are planning to attend a pro-impeachment rally at Marshall Park in Charlotte this evening. The "Nobody Is Above The Law" event comes on the eve of the expected vote in the U.S. House over the impeachment of President Trump. There are hundreds of other rallies scheduled across the country. The event begins at 5:30.

Man Enters Guilty Plea In Deadly Gastonia Police Chase

(Gastonia, NC) -- A man is heading to prison for a police chase that turned deadly in Gastonia. Joshua Soule pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday for hitting and killing a man while speeding away from two Gaston County deputies on July 14th. He was driving on an expired license. The judge sentenced Soule to a maximum of 23-and-a-half years in prison.

Lincoln County Deputy Dies In Motorcycle Wreck

(Lincoln County, NC) -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's office is mourning the loss of a deputy. Investigators say 41-year-old Jamie Jackson died after he crashed his motorcycle into a stopped vehicle in Lincolnton on Sunday. He was off-duty at the time. Jackson served Lincoln County for over six years.

Judge Allows Murder Suspect To Stay Out Of Jail

(Charlotte, NC) -- A judge is allowing a Charlotte murder suspect to stay out of jail as he awaits trial. Michael Sio-Somah [[ SEE-oh SOH-mah ]] is accused of shooting Calvin Haines to death at a party earlier this year. He bonded out of jail this month, and another request by the district attorney's office was denied yesterday. The judge is requiring Sio-Somah to remain under adult supervision and he must give up his passport.

Panthers Consider Starting New QB

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Panthers could start a new quarterback on Sunday. The NFL Network is reporting Carolina is leaning towards choosing rookie Will Grier to play under center against the Colts in Indianapolis. Grier hasn't taken a snap this regular season. The Panthers have lost six games in a row with quarterback Kyle Allen starting.

UNC System Paid Confederate Group $75,000 To Keep Flags Off Campuses

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- The UNC System paid 75-thousand dollars to the NC Sons of Confederate Veterans so the group would keep its flags and banners off UNC campuses and end protests over the Silent Sam statue. That money is in addition to two-and-a-half million dollars UNC is giving the Confederate group for taking the statue protesters pulled down on the Chapel Hill campus last year. The UNC System released documents detailing the deal on Monday.

GOP Congressman Walker Won't Run For Re-election, Eyes 2022 Senate Race

(Undated) -- Sixth District Congressman Mark Walker says he won't run for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Walker's announcement Monday follows a change in the district's boundaries last month, ending the Sixth's status as a lock for Republicans. Walker said he won't run for re-election next year but he might make a run for the U.S. Senate seat Senator Richard Burr plans to vacate in 2020.

County Sheriff Fires Deputy Seen Slamming Middle School Student To Ground

(Henderson, NC) -- A Vance County Sheriff's deputy seen on security video repeatedly slamming a middle school student to the ground has been fired. Sheriff Curtis Brame made the announcement in a news release Monday. The deputy was working as a school resource officer at Vance County Middle School in Henderson when he picked up a student younger than 12 and slammed the boy to the floor twice before dragging him away.

Late Durham Mayor, Desegregation Leader Wense Grabarek Dies

(Durham, NC) -- Former Durham Mayor Wense Grabarek, who led the city through a period of desegregation, died Sunday at the age of 100. He served as mayor from 1963 to 1971 and was elected the same day hundreds of people were arrested during mass demonstrations against racial inequality. On his third day in office, he spoke to a crowd at St. Joseph's AME Church and promised change, if given time. During the first few months of Wense Grabarek's term as mayor of Durham, segregation ended at many restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, and libraries.

Duke Up To Number 5 In Coaches Poll, UNC Falls To Number 23

(Undated) -- Duke is moving back toward the top of the men's basketball Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils are up two spots to number-three in the latest poll. UNC falls seven spots to number-23. The Tar Heels play number-two Gonzaga out west Wednesday night.

Two People Found Dead In Winston-Salem Home

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- An investigation is underway in Winston-Salem where two people were found dead in a home. The bodies were discovered yesterday near Briar Glen and Ebert roads. Officers showed up to the home to do a welfare check on behalf of a concerned family member. There's no word yet on the victims' identities or how they died.

Three People Arrested After Chase In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Three juveniles are accused of stealing a truck and leading officers on a chase through Winston-Salem. The scene played out just before 7 a.m. yesterday when police responded to reports of a stolen pickup truck near Harding and Donald streets. The truck reportedly crashed into an officer's cruiser before taking off. It stopped near Dick's Sporting Goods on Hanes Mall Circle, and three juveniles got out and fled. Officers chased them down and eventually took them into custody.

Rep. Walker Considers Run For U.S. Senate

(Greensboro, NC) -- U.S. Representative Mark Walker of North Carolina says he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate. Walker announced yesterday he's keeping an eye on the seat that will be vacated by Senator Richard Burr in 2022. He does not plan to seek reelection next year.

Bridge Over Yadkin River To Be Replaced

(Yadkin Co., NC) -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation says plans to replace the historic bridge over the Yadkin River are moving forward. The new bridge will be built just north of the existing one, which will stay open during construction. Bidding is expected to start this summer.

Suspect Wanted In Murder Of Man In Asheboro

(Asheboro, NC) -- Asheboro police are looking for the suspect who killed a man this past weekend. Roy Elliott was found shot in the area of Tipton Drive and Presnell Street on Saturday night. He was rushed to the hospital where he died. Police are trying to find 21-year-old Joseph Greene Junior in connection with the killing.

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