Teen Sentenced for Killing Sister, COVID Cases Drop, AVL Council Fills Seat

Brother Sentenced For Sister's Death

(Weaverville, NC) -- A Weaverville teen is heading to prison for killing his sister. A judge sentenced 17-year-old Claude Henderson to at least 16-years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday. Investigators say he stabbed his sister to death when he was just 14-years old in November 2017. Her body was found next to a dumpster at a Buncombe County mobile home park.

Asheville City Council Appoints New Member

(Asheville, NC) -- A new member is coming on board the Asheville City Council. Members approved the appointment of Antanette Mosley by a vote of four-to-two yesterday. She came from a pool of 30 applicants, which were narrowed down to six finalists to fill the unexpired term of Vijay Kapoor. Her appointment means Asheville's governing body will have three Black members for the first time ever.

Return To Classroom in Store For Henderson County Students

(Henderson County, NC) -- Students in Henderson County have a chance to head back to the classroom. The school board voted yesterday to move into the state's Phase B plan, due to improving health metrics locally. The district plans to phase students back in starting on September 21st, although the virtual option still exists. Students and staff will be required to wear face masks.

More Info Released In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Spruce Pine, NC) -- More information is being released in a deadly officer-involved shooting in Spruce Pine. The SBI says 54-year-old Billy Stiles was armed with a knife when officers shot him at a duplex apartment on Sunday. A neighbor told WLOS-TV Stiles set a pile of clothes on fire inside his unit before police were called to the scene. The involved officers are on administrative leave during the investigation.

Henderson County Schools Has New Superintendent

(Henderson County, NC) -- A new school superintendent is coming on board in Henderson County. The district announced yesterday it's hiring within its own administrative office. Current associate superintendent for administrative services Dr. John Bryant has been chosen to succeed Bo Caldwell on December 1st. Bryant has been involved with the Henderson County school system since 2006.

High School Association Lays Out Plans For Sports Playoffs

(Raleigh, NC) -- The state's high school athletic association is rolling out plans for playoffs. Football will begin its postseason on April 16th, with one less round than normal. The regular season has been narrowed down to seven games starting February 8th.

Brother Charged In Sister's Stabbing Death

(Charlotte, NC) -- A man is being accused of killing his sister in east Charlotte. It was in mid-August when Tyra McRae died after being stabbed at the Newell Grove Apartments on East W.T. Harris Boulevard. Investigators tracked down her brother to Louisiana, where he was arrested yesterday for murder.

CMS Studying Return To In-Person Instruction

(Charlotte, NC) -- A proposed transition back to in-person learning is being discussed by the CMS board. The district's Chief of School Performance unveiled details yesterday to return with certain health metrics sometime this fall. The education board is expected to discuss potential furloughs as well at a meeting September 16th. Some parents have recently filed a lawsuit against CMS because the virtual learning system is allegedly inadequate for students.

Union County Couple Dies Of COVID-19 On Same Day

(Union County, NC) -- COVID-19 has claimed the lives of a Union County couple. County Manager Mark Watson says longtime public works employee Lora McManus died from complications last Saturday. Her husband, David, died the same day. The pair were married for 40 years and leave behind a 14-year-old daughter.

Gastonia Police Seek Second Suspect In Homicide

(Gastonia, NC) -- Gastonia police are still looking for the suspect in a deadly shooting from last weekend. An 18-year-old died after being shot on the front porch of a home on Southside Avenue late Saturday night. Officers have already arrested a 17-year-old for first-degree murder. Investigators say Markevion Weldon is also charged with the murder, but he's nowhere to be found.

Crews Still Working Around Gas Spill

(Huntersville, NC) -- Colonial Pipeline is continuing to monitor sites surrounding a large gas spill in Huntersville. It's been several weeks since 63-thousand gallons of petroleum leaked in the Huntersville-Concord Road area. NBC Charlotte says the company has reportedly been testing surface waters on a weekly basis. A Colonial spokesperson told town leaders last night the company plans to offer some residents one-thousand-dollars to close off their wells and hook up to city water in the meantime.

High School Association Lays Out Sports Playoffs

(Raleigh, NC) -- The state's high school athletic association is rolling out plans for playoffs. Football will begin its postseason on April 16th, with one less round than normal. The regular season has been narrowed down to seven games starting February 8th.

UNC Offering COVID-19 Tests For Asymptomatic Students

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- UNC Chapel Hill is stepping up COVID-19 tests for students with no symptoms. Those students left living on campus are encouraged to take daily tests starting today so health officials can identify potential clusters. Football players will be tested three times a week. UNC's provost says detecting both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases will help limit the spread.

Durham PD Requests Money For Tasers

(Durham, NC) -- The Durham Police Department is seeking more tasers. City councilors are currently considering a requested to purchase 250 tasers for over 620-thousand-dollars. Around half of the tasers used by Durham officers are either broken or need updating.

Thousands Of Students Still Awaiting Learning Devices

(Wake County, NC) -- Some students in the Raleigh area are still waiting to get their hands on virtual learning devices. CBS17 reported yesterday that 34-thousand Chromebooks have been handed out to Wake County Public School students so far, but that's still around 16-thousand short of the amount requested. Thousands of students without internet access are still awaiting access to hotspots as well. More devices are being distributed at three Wake County high schools this Friday.

COVID-19 Cases Drop In NC

(Raleigh, NC) -- New COVID-19 cases are down in North Carolina. Public health officials reported just over 700 on Tuesday. That's the lowest number of new cases in a couple of weeks. The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh is planning to re-open today, per new state health guidelines. The Museum of History opens tomorrow.

Car Smashes Through Smithfield Church

(Smithfield, NC) -- Police are investigating a car accident at a church in Smithfield. Officers say a woman was driving with her two kids Tuesday morning when she reportedly ran off North Brightleaf Boulevard. Her car slammed through a wall at Freedom Baptist Church, but everyone was able to make it out okay. The church's pastor told CBS17 he heard the woman fell asleep at the wheel.

Trump Campaigns At Winston-Salem Rally

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- President Trump is declaring this election the most important. Speaking at a rally at Smith-Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem last night, Trump said his supporters are more excited this year than in 2016. Trump wasted no time slamming his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, saying if Biden wins, China wins. Last night's event was the President's third visit to North Carolina in as many weeks. It also coincided with the start of absentee voting by mail in the state.

Child Hit By Car In High Point

(High Point, NC) -- A ten-year-old boy is seriously hurt after a hit-and-run in High Point. The accident happened yesterday morning around 11 a.m. on Willard Avenue. The child was on his way home from picking up his lunch from a Guilford County school bus when he was hit. Police say another school bus in the area was able to get a picture of a vehicle matching that description. They're looking for a light-colored sedan with front-end damage in connection with the accident.

LabCorp Launches COVID-19, Influenza Testing Method

(Burlington, NC) -- Burlington-based LabCorp is launching a new single-panel test that detects multiple types of infections. The test can simultaneously detect coronavirus, influenza A, influenza B, and RSV. Doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers currently offer the test, but LapCorp is working on launching an at-home test collection kit.

Guilford Co. Superintendent Pitches New Reopening Plan

(Greensboro, NC) -- Guilford County Superintendent Sharon Contreras is pitching a new plan that would send the youngest students back to school sooner. Contreras proposed the gradual re-entry plan yesterday. It would send a few grades back at a time over a series of weeks, starting with Pre-K and Kindergarten students. The district started the school year on August 17th with remote learning and plans to continue along that route for at least nine weeks.

Greensboro Man In Sexual Assault Case Facing More Charges

(Greensboro, NC) -- A Greensboro man behind bars in a series of sexual assaults is facing even more charges. Police say 24-year-old Christian Thompson is facing ten more charges. He was arrested last week on suspicion of first-degree rape, kidnapping, sexual offense, and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection to incidents in early August. After new charges were brought against Thompson yesterday, his bail increased from 750-thousand dollars to two-million.

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