Voter Registration Deadline Today, COVID Cases Jump, Eric Trump in NC


Husband Faces Charges In Wife's Shooting

(Jackson County, NC) -- A Jackson County man is being investigated for potentially shooting his wife to death. Deputies tried pulling over Billy Jack Hicks on Monday night after someone allegedly spotted him loading his wife's body into the back of his truck along Union Hill Road. He didn't stop until arriving at Harris Regional Hospital, where the woman died the next day from gunshot injuries. The sheriff's office charged Hicks for assault with a deadly weapon, but more may be coming.

Voter Registration Deadline Today In NC

(Raleigh, NC) -- Today is the voter registration deadline in North Carolina for the November 3rd election. Details on how to register can be found at the state's Board of Elections website. Anyone who meets the deadline will be able to cast a ballot in early in-person voting as well, which begins next Thursday.

NC Reports Large Jump In COVID-19 Cases

(Raleigh, NC) -- New COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise across North Carolina. The 24-hundred-plus cases reported yesterday was the third-highest single-day total for the state. The seven-day rolling average is up to nearly 18-hundred new cases a day. Hospitalizations continue to climb as well, with latest numbers showing over one-thousand-50 patients.

Sentence For Drug Convictions Vacated For Ex-Doctor

(Buncombe County, NC) -- The 19-year prison sentence of an ex-doctor has been vacated in Buncombe County. Monroe Piland the Third was found guilty on drug charges three years ago after he pushed marijuana use on a minor. The Citizen-Times reports court records suggest Piland's competency may have weighed in a judge's decision to vacate the sentence this month. Piland must appear in court again after a mental health evaluation.

Celebration Of Life Being Held For Late Fire Chief

(Tryon, NC) -- The life of a former western North Carolina fire chief is being celebrated tomorrow. Tryon Fire Chief James "Tank" Waters was just 40-years old when he died unexpectedly earlier this year. The public is welcome to drop by the Tryon Fire Department between noon and three on Saturday. WLOS-TV reports the state's fire association will present the chief's wife with an award for Fire Chief of the Year in honor of Tank.

Developers Plan Large Apartment Development Outside Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- A developer is proposing a large apartment complex south of Asheville. WLOS-TV says plans have been submitted for nearly 850 units on 300-plus acres owned by Biltmore Farms off Sweeten Creek Road. The land is just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will be discussed at a Buncombe County Board of Adjustment meeting next Wednesday.

Eric Trump Rallies In Monroe

(Monroe, NC) -- Eric Trump is backing his father's decision to stay out of a virtual debate. The President's son spoke at a rally held at the Aw Shucks Farm in Monroe in front of hundreds of people yesterday. The Charlotte Observer reports Trump suggested Democrat Joe Biden would probably cheat if the debate wasn't held in-person on stage. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced yesterday next Tuesday's event would be held virtually due to COVID-19 concerns, but it appears that won't be happening.

Texting 9-1-1 An Option In Mecklenburg County

(Mecklenburg County, NC) -- People with emergencies have a new way to contact 9-1-1 in Mecklenburg County. The CMPD announced yesterday the community can now text the emergency number, but calling is preferred. The department says messaging should be used by someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. It can also be useful for any situation when it isn't safe to talk.

Charlotte Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

(Charlotte, NC) -- A man is facing charges for allegedly robbing a south Charlotte bank. The CMPD says the 41-year-old suspect tried robbing the PNC Bank on Randolph Road yesterday by using threat of force. Officers found him in his car around half-an-hour later on Little Rock Road. WSOC-TV says he's a convicted felon.

Animal Advocates Wants Policy Changes In Monroe

(Monroe, NC) -- Activists are urging the Monroe city council to update its animal abuse and neglect policies. It comes after a Union County group rescued more than 50 dogs from a hoarding situation, but had to leave nearly 20 behind due to current regulations. More than 13-hundred people have signed an online petition in the last two days in support of forming a Monroe Citizens Animal Welfare Committee. WBTV says the city council has already expressed interest in discussing the idea.

Orchestra Plans Concerts At Truist Field

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is planning a big event later this month in an effort to bring the city together during the pandemic. Music director Christopher Warren Green announced a concert featuring the orchestra, Opera Carolina singer Jennifer Wiggins and a piece commissioned for the Queen City's 250th anniversary. Fireworks will end the night. The concert will be held October 24th with a capacity of just over 700 people at Truist Field.

Health Department Reports Dramatic Jump In New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

(Raleigh, NC) -- Data released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Thursday showed the largest single-day increase in the number of new coronavirus cases in nearly three-months. The two-thousand-428 infections were 717 more than the day before. This as the state's overall positive test rate dropped by a whole percent in one day. The Department also reported there were 11-hundred-51 people in the hospital. The total number of people who have tested positive in North Carolina now stands at more than 225-thousand.

UNC Central Pleads With City Of Durham To Help Stop Gun Violence

(Durham, NC) -- Students and faculty at North Carolina Central University in Durham are pressing City officials to do more to mitigate the rash of recent shootings near the school's campus. The latest incident involved a stray bullet that penetrated the window of a woman's dorm room. That student was injured by flying glass. At a virtual City Council meeting Thursday, school administrators called on the City to increase police patrols around the campus. The University also requested that the Police Department consider investing in Shot Spotter technology.

New Attack Ads Target Cal Cunningham For Scandalous Sexting Affair

(Raleigh, NC) -- Incumbent Republican Senator Thom Tillis kicked off a new round of TV attack ads Thursday, slamming Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham for reports of an admitted extra-marital affair and a new investigation launched by the U.S. Army Reserves. The ads assert the Cunningham campaign was "one big lie." The Republican Senate Leadership Fund in Washington is reportedly spending some four-million dollars on new campaign ads in North Carolina.

Silver Alert Issued For Missing Raleigh Woman

(Raleigh, NC) -- Authorities have issued a Silver Alert for a missing Raleigh woman who has not been seen for at least 24-hours. Investigators say Hannah Wu Lee Brown was last seen along the 2900-block of Millbrook Wood Drive in Raleigh and may have been headed to the Triangle Town Center on Capitol Boulevard. The 24-year-old woman is also believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment health issue. Anyone with information is asked to contact Raleigh police.

Greensboro Aquatic Center To Host NCAA Division

(Greensboro, NC) -- The Greensboro Aquatic Center will host the 2021 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving National Championships. The association made the decision earlier this week. The event was supposed to be held at the University of Iowa, but the university cut its swimming program over the summer. The women's championship is set for March 17th to 20th, and the men's will take place March 24th to 27th.

Guilford Co. Early Voting Begins Thursday

(Guilford Co., NC) -- More people are sending in their ballots in North Carolina. Guilford County Board of Elections officials say they've already surpassed 2016's mail-in voting numbers. Early voting starts Thursday, October 15th and lasts through the 31st. The deadline to register to vote is today.

South Elm St., From Market Street To Lewis Street, Closed

(Greensboro, NC) -- A section of South Elm Street in Greensboro will be shut down through the end of the year. South Elm, from Market to Lewis streets, will be closed every Saturday through December 26th to allow restaurants and shops to operate in the street. The closure lasts from 4 to 11 p.m.

NCHP Investigating Plane Crash

(Stokes Co., NC) -- No injuries are reported after a plane crash in Stokes County. It happened yesterday afternoon near Payne Road, north of Rural Hall. State troopers say the pilot was an instructor at Piedmont Flight Training. An investigation is ongoing.

Natty Green's Near Coliseum Shuts Down

(Greensboro, NC) -- Natty Greene's is closing its location near the Greensboro Coliseum. The brewhouse made the announcement yesterday on Facebook. It cited the long-term effects from the coronavirus pandemic. The brewhouse opened up in June 2019.