Cooper Declares COVID-19 State of Emergency, H-ville Shooting Injures One


Cooper Declares State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus

(Raleigh, NC) -- There's a state of emergency in North Carolina over COVID-19. Governor Roy Cooper made the announcement yesterday to help lead a coordinated response effort, increase state funds for county health departments and protect consumers from price gouging. A total of seven coronavirus cases have been identified in the state, with six of those being in Wake County. Cooper said there are around 300 testing kits currently available.

Asheville Restaurant Closed After Fire

(Asheville, NC) -- An Asheville restaurant is closed due to fire damage. WLOS-TV reports flames spread through the kitchen of the J&S Cafeteria on Fairview Road yesterday. The dining room suffered smoke damage. The kitchen's hood system reportedly failed after a grease fire started.

Buncombe Schools Cancels Out Of State Travel

(Buncombe County, NC) -- All out-of-state travel is on hold for Buncombe County Schools. System officials said yesterday all trips outside North Carolina have been suspended after meeting with district leadership and the school board. Any fees will be refunded. In-state travel is still allowed for the time being.

Man Sentenced For Hendersonville Overdose Death

(Hendersonville, NC) -- A Ridgecrest man is heading to prison for an overdose death in Hendersonville. Investigators say a man died a day after he bought drugs from Ramon Flores at the Hendersonville Walmart in May 2018. The cause of death was fentanyl toxicity. Flores was sentenced to 15 years after pleading to second-degree murder on Monday.

One Injured In Hendersonville Shooting

(Hendersonville, NC) -- Hendersonville police are investigating a shooting that injured one man last night. Investigators told WLOS-TV he was hit in front of a vape shop on Highlands Square Drive. The injury isn't considered to be life-threatening. One suspect was arrested, but charges haven't been released.

Suspect Arrested For Sexual Assaults In Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- An Asheville man is accused of sexual assaulting two women. William Murell was arrested this week on charges including forcible rape and kidnapping. Asheville Police are seeking anyone from the public to come forward with information.

CMPD Investigating Homicide Near UNCC

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a homicide near UNC Charlotte. One man died at the hospital after he was allegedly shot inside an apartment on Wit Way last night. Investigators say they believe the victim didn't live there and wasn't a student at UNCC. No suspects have been arrested.

CMS Suspends All Travel

(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS is suspending all travel amid concerns over the coronavirus. NBC Charlotte says a group of students from Piedmont Middle School flew to New York yesterday, but the trip was suspended and the kids are returning. CMS officials are talking with other school districts today about how to handle athletic events. The cancellations include any field trips and out of district travel for staff.

Drive-By Shooting Victim Dies

(Charlotte, NC) -- A 19-year-old victim in a weekend drive-by shooting in west Charlotte is dead. Brianna Stephenson died Monday, one day after someone opened fire into her car at Freedom Road and Tuckaseegee Drive. Another person was shot, but should be okay. No arrests have been made, but the CMPD is investigating the case as a homicide.

Saint Patrick's Day Festivities Still A Go

(Charlotte, NC) -- Some St. Patrick's Day events planned for the Queen City this weekend are still on the schedule for now. Organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl told NBC Charlotte they're adding additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations in the bars and check-in points. They say they're taking the threat of the coronavirus seriously. The annual parade will begin at 11 on Saturday morning.

QB Allen Re-Signs With Panthers

(Charlotte, NC) -- Kyle Allen is re-signing with the Carolina Panthers. He reportedly signed a one-year extension with the team, according to a Panthers' tweet yesterday. Allen started most games at quarterback in the 2019 season after Cam Newton went down with an injury. It's unclear exactly who will start in 2020.

Community Outraged Over Tuesday Night Police Shooting In Raleigh

(Raleigh, NC) -- An investigation has been launched into an officer involved shooting Tuesday night in east Raleigh, in which a 26-year old man was wounded. Officers responded to a call around 6:45 p.m. of a suspect with a gun near the Edgewater Shopping Center on New Bern Avenue. When they arrived, the man began to run away. According to police reports, officers then chased the man, repeatedly ordering him to stop and lay down his weapon. When he refused, officers shot the suspect once. The man, identified as Javier Torres, was rushed to the hospital. No word on his condition. Police also say they recovered a handgun at the scene. Following the shooting, dozens of angry protesters showed up to demand that the police body-cam video of the incident be released. The group then held a demonstration in front of the home of Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown.

Duke Cancels All On-Campus Classes, Tells Students To Study Remotely

(Durham, NC) -- Officials at Duke University have announced the suspension of all on-campus classes out of concern about the possible spread of the coronavirus. The university also said the suspension applies to undergraduate, graduate and professional courses of study. Those classes will now be offered remotely. Duke also said that spring break for 2020 had been extended for an extra week.

Airlines Announce Cutbacks After Flight Bookings See Dramatic Drop

(Raleigh, NC) -- Delta and American Airlines announced Tuesday that they will join Jet Blue and United in reducing its number of domestic flights because of the coronavirus. Delta and American are the largest airlines servicing the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Delta said it plans to cut its domestic capacity by ten-to-15 percent. American will reduce its domestic flights by about seven-point-five percent.

Woman Killed In House Fire Tuesday In Kenly

(Kenly, NC) -- A house fire in the town of Kenly has claimed the life of one elderly woman. It happened Tuesday at a home on Feed Mill Road. Volunteer firefighters arrived to find the structure totally engulfed in flames. After the fire was extinguished, authorities discovered the body of the victim. Her identity has not yet been released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Four People Charged In Near Beating Death Of Child

(High Point, NC) - Four people are under arrest on suspicion of child abuse in High Point. Police and DPS were contacted in mid-February after the child's school noticed signs of abuse. An investigation was launched, and officers found "numerous elements" of child abuse and neglect, including "significant physical injuries." Bradley Kimble and Ajia Marshall were arrested this past Friday. Two other family members were also taken into custody. Charges include attempted first-degree murder.

Graham Man Dies After He Was Shot In Head

(Graham, NC) - A man shot in the head in Graham over the weekend has died of his injuries. Antonio Williamson was found shot Sunday evening in the 100-block of East Hill Street. He was rushed to a local trauma center where he died on Monday. Donald Vincent was arrested in connection with the shooting and is now charged with murder.

Two People Killed In Car Wreck In King

(King, NC) - Two people are dead after a single-vehicle wreck in King. It happened Monday night on U.S. 52, just past the Moore Road-RJR exit. Emergency crews discovered an overturned SUV on the right side of the highway. They say the vehicle appeared to have struck some trees before catching fire. The driver, Casey Sprinkle, and the passenger, Justin Barneycastle, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Raleigh School Shuts Down After Parent Tests Positive For COVID-19

(Raleigh, NC) - A Raleigh school is closed after one of the student's parents tested positive for coronavirus. Trinity Academy shut its doors Tuesday until further notice. An email sent to parents and staff says the infected parent is following CDC guidelines and is quarantined at home. Their children are also quarantined out of precaution.


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