Patient Negative for Coronavirus, Code Purple Issued, Labor Rate Steady

NC Patient Tests Negative For Coronavirus

(Raleigh NC) -- State health officials say no reports of coronavirus have been confirmed in North Carolina. One patient's test results came back negative last week. State epidemiologist Zack Moore said on Saturday the patient remains in good health. The viral outbreak began in China, and there have been at least five confirmed cases in the U.S.

Police Seek Woman Who Set Fire Inside Hospital

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are looking for a woman who allegedly started a fire inside Mission Hospital. Robin Burleson is accused of setting a trash can on fire Sunday morning before fleeing the scene. The blaze caused no major damaged, but the fire alarm did activate inside the hospital. Burleson is wanted for arson and burning personal property.

Labor Rate Steady Over Year

(Raleigh, NC) -- The labor rate in North Carolina is holding steady year-to-year. The Department of Labor says the unemployment rate stood at three-point-seven-percent at the end of the year, which mirrored the beginning of 2019. The rate also dropped slightly from November. Job growth did outnumber labor force growth in North Carolina for 2019.

Suspect Accused of Assaulting Referee

(Mitchell County, NC) -- An Avery County man is accused of assaulting a basketball referee last week. Investigators say 47-year-old Jerry Jones struck the man after a game at Mitchell High School in Mitchell County, while also allegedly refusing to listen to a deputy at the scene. A region supervisor of sports officials told WLOS-TV that there is a shortage of referees in western North Carolina due to situations like this. The suspect is no longer allowed on the school's property.

Code Purple For Asheville Homeless Shelters

(Asheville, NC) -- Homeless shelters in Asheville are providing more beds during cold weather. The city's homeless coalition issued a Code Purple for today and tomorrow in anticipation of low temperatures. Homeless shelters that are part of the network will provide a place for visitors to stay during the day, even if it's not normally open. The shelters also add extra beds past the normal capacity.

Jordan Calls Bryant A Little Brother

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Charlotte Hornets and owner Michael Jordan are joining the basketball community in mourning the death of Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Laker legend died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter in California yesterday. Jordan said on Twitter that Bryant was like a little brother, and called him one of the greats of the game. The 41-year-old was drafted by the Hornets in 1996, but was quickly traded to the Lakers.

Shooting Injures Six In Salisbury Restaurant

(Salisbury, NC) -- Police are investigating a shooting inside a Salisbury restaurant. Gunfire erupted during a party at Thelma's Down Home Cooking on Jake Alexander Boulevard early Sunday morning. Officers say six people were treated for gunshot wounds, with the most severe last listed in stable condition. They're looking for possible cell phone footage from the scene and have not made any arrests.

Man Dies After Emergency In Police Custody

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating circumstances that led to the death of a man in police custody. Investigators say 41-year-old Harold Easter suffered a medical emergency after officers arrested him on drug charges Thursday morning. He died in the hospital on Sunday. The CMPD says it is looking to ensure the officers' actions were consistent with department policy.

Man Shot To Death In SW Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- One man is dead in a southwest Charlotte homicide. Officers initially found a man injured on Edgegreen Drive on Friday night. They were then quickly called to Stone Post Road, where a 20-year-old man was found shot to death. The CMPD is still trying to figure out what led to the shooting and have yet to file any charges. Stone Post Road is believed to be the scene of the crime.

Fire Burns In Mooresville Storage Facility

(Mooresville, NC) -- Mooresville investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that tore through a storage facility Sunday morning. Flames erupted inside a large building on Timber Road around 4 a.m. Firefighters say the building contained hay and straw. They allowed the fire to remain burning in a controlled manner due to the large amount of straw and water runoff. No injuries were reported.

Women March In Uptown

(Charlotte, NC) -- Women are continuing a fight for equal rights in the Queen City. A crowd of thousands joined in the fourth annual Women United March in uptown on Saturday morning. An organizer told the Charlotte Observer that this year's crowd was much larger than 2019, and included more youth. Speakers encouraged a push for more women representation in government.

Chapel Hill Chinese New Year Festival Postponed Over Coronavirus Fears

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- The Chinese New Year festival scheduled in Chapel Hill next weekend is being postponed because of concerns over the coronavirus. The disease that's spreading across China has been confirmed in five U.S. cities. The LightUp festival was scheduled for next Sunday, February 2nd, on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Organizers are postponing the festival of live performance and lanterns because it's a large public gathering that includes people who have traveled to and from China.

Flags Ordered At Half-Staff In Honor Of Soldier

(Raleigh, NC) -- Governor Roy Cooper is ordering all U.S. and state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a North Carolina soldier who died overseas. Twenty-two-year-old Army Specialist Antonio Moore of Wilmington died Friday in Syria. The Pentagon says Moore was conducting route-clearing operations when he was killed. He was assigned to the 363rd Engineer Battalion, based in Knightdale.

Durham Elementary School Closed Today

(Durham, NC) -- A Durham elementary school is closed today. Durham Public Schools officials announced Sunday night that Morehead Montessori Elementary School will be closed while crews repair a heating system that malfunctioned. There are no school or extracurricular activities for Morehead students today. On Tuesday, Morehead Montessori fourth and fifth-grade classes will meet at the DPS Staff Development Center on Hillandale Road and all other classes will be at Eno Valley Elementary School on Milton Road.

Krzyzewski, Jordan React To Kobe Bryant's Death

(Undated) -- Duke basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and former UNC and NBA superstar Michael Jordan, are mourning the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. In a statement, Coach K said "there will never be a greater warrior in our sport." Jordan, who now owns the Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement, "Kobe was an amazing dad who loved his family deeply and took great pride in his daughter's love for the game of basketball." The 41-year-old Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California yesterday.

NC State Women Down UNC, 76-68, Duke Drops Georgia Tech, 58-46

(Undated) -- The NC State women avenged their only loss of the season, knocking off UNC, 76-68 Sunday in Raleigh. Elissa Cunane's 22 points and 17 rebounds led the Wolfpack, who are now 8-1 in the ACC and 19-1 overall. Shayla Bennett's game-high 24 led the Tar Heels. Haley Gorecki's 18 points were tops for Duke as the Blue Devils put away Georgia Tech, 58-46 in Durham.

Flags Ordered At Half-Staff In Honor Of Soldier

(Raleigh, NC) -- Governor Roy Cooper is ordering all U.S. and state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a North Carolina soldier who died overseas. Twenty-two-year-old Army Specialist Antonio Moore of Wilmington died Friday in Syria. He was conducting route-clearing operations when he was killed, according to the Department of Defense. Flags should remain at half-staff through sunset on February 2nd.

Krzyzewski Reacts To Kobe Bryant's Death

(Raleigh, NC) -- Duke basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski is mourning the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. In a statement, Coach Krzyzewski said "there will never be a greater warrior in our sport." Forty-one-year-old Bryant was among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California yesterday. Krzyzewski coached the NBA superstar on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball teams.

Six People Shot At Salisbury Down Home Cooking

(Salisbury, NC) -- Six people are hurt after shots rang out at a restaurant in Salisbury. It happened early Sunday morning at Thelma's Down Home Cooking on Jake Alexander Boulevard. Six people were hurt, and one of them was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Police say they're all expected to survive. An investigation is ongoing.

Alamance Co. Man Accused Of Soliciting Minor

(Alamance Co., NC) -- An Alamance County man is accused of soliciting sex from a minor. Deputies say 32-year-old Isaiah Musto solicited the minor online. He was arrested in Mooresville with the help of Mooresville police and Homeland Security. Musto is being held a five-thousand-dollars bail.

Winston-Salem PD Investigate CVS Armed Robbery

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Winston-Salem police are looking for a man who robbed a CVS Pharmacy. It happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday at the drug store on Peters Creek Parkway. Police say the suspect was armed when he demanded money from the clerk. He took off in a dark-colored Chevy Impala. The suspect is described as African-American, about five-foot-six and 215 pounds. He was reportedly wearing Air Jordans and a ski mask at the time.

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