Investigation Continues Into UNCA Threats, COVID Case Numbers Rise Again


Threat Investigated At UNC Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- Investigators are continuing to look into a threatening email that shut down UNC Asheville. The campus went into lockdown most of Friday after someone sent a threats to several university officials. The email demanded that a Black Lives Matter mural on campus be removed. A cyber expert told WLOS-TV law enforcement may be able to track down the suspect easily because it appears the threat was likely from someone not sophisticated.

Haywood County Man Charged In Murder Of Baby

(Haywood County, NC) -- A Haywood County man is accused in the death of a baby. Investigators say Dylan Green was taking care of his girlfriend's ten-month-old daughter when she died in July 2019. The baby reportedly had meth in her system and suffered multiple blunt force injuries. Green was charged with murder last week.

HCA Returning Billions In Federal Funding

(Asheville, NC) -- The healthcare company that owns Mission Hospital in Asheville is giving back billions in CARES Act funding. HCA announced Friday now that its hospitals are performing well, so six-billion-dollars in assistance funds is being returned. Mission said HCA approached the pandemic with a conservative approach and resumed annual pay increases. HCA runs over 180 hospitals across the country.

High COVID-19 Numbers Continue In NC

(Raleigh, NC) -- Higher numbers of new COVID-19 cases continue to come in across the state. Just over 17-hundred cases were reported yesterday, which is actually a little dip from previous days. The seven-day-rolling average, though, is still around two-thousand cases each day in North Carolina. The positivity rate is at five-and-a-half percent.

Man Sentenced In Historic School Fire

(Alexander, NC) -- A man is heading to prison for burning down a historic school in western North Carolina. Flames ripped through the old French Broad School in Alexander about 20 months ago when Justin Caristo set fire to his belongings. He had been using the space as an art studio. A judge sentenced him to two-and-a-half-years in prison Friday after Caristo entered guilty pleas in the case.

ABC Board Gives 200-K To Henderson County Schools

(Henderson County, NC) -- Schools are benefiting from higher liquor sales in Henderson County. The Hendersonville Times-News reports the ABC board is providing the district with 200-thousand-dollars, which includes its normal allocation and more money for counseling. Sales topped out at 100-thousand-dollars above 2019 for each of four months this year at the ABC store in Hendersonville.

Five-Year-Old Dies After Hit-And-Run

(Indian Trail, NC) -- A child is dead from injuries suffered in a Union County hit-and-run. Five-year-old Olivia Grace Melendez died Wednesday, several days after a car jumped a curb and hit three people at a soccer field in the Fieldstone Farms housing development. The juvenile driver turned himself in later that night. He was charged with felony hit-and-run.

Panthers Back At Top Of Division

(Atlanta, GA) -- The Panthers are in a tie at the top of the division. Carolina traveled to Atlanta to defeat the Falcons 23-to-16 yesterday, pulling even with Tampa Bay for first in the NFC South. It was the Panthers third straight win after beginning the season with two losses. Carolina hosts Chicago at Bank of America Stadium next Sunday.

Stanly Schools Go Back To Remote Learning

(Stanly County, NC) -- Stanly County Schools are reverting back to remote learning for two weeks. The school board made the decision after a briefing from health officials over community spread of COVID-19. A third grade teacher recently died from complications due to the virus. Students will learn virtually beginning Wednesday and return to class November 2nd.

Two Gastonia Murder Suspects Wanted

(Gastonia, NC) -- Gastonia police are on the lookout for two murder suspects. Officers say a man who was shot in the leg on Thursday night on South New Hope Road. Rickie Hooper, Junior and Christopher Hooper have both since been charged with murder. Both men remain on the run and are considered armed and dangerous.

Teen Dies After Falling From Truck

(Lancaster County, SC) -- The death of a 15-year-old is being investigating in Lancaster County. The coroner says the teen died early Sunday morning after falling from a pickup truck at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads. The circumstances behind the incident haven't been released by the sheriff's office.

In-Person Racing Returns To Charlotte

(Concord, NC) -- In-person racing is back at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. A limited crowd was allowed for Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400, due to phase three re-opening guidelines in North Carolina. Chase Elliott won the race, marking his second-consecutive victory in the event.

Trump Back On The Campaign Trail In North Carolina This Week

(Greenville, NC) -- Organizers for the Trump re-election campaign say President Donald Trump is scheduled to make another campaign appearance in North Carolina this week. The announcement comes after the President's personal physician said over the weekend that he is no longer at risk of transmitting COVID-19. According to the campaign, Trump will hold a Make America Great Again rally at the Pitt-Greenville Airport sometime around 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Early In-Person Voting Gets Underway In North Carolina Thursday

(Raleigh, NC) -- Early in-person voting in North Carolina is scheduled to begin this week. Starting Thursday October 15th, registered voters can cast ballots at any early voting precinct. According to the North Carolina Board of Elections, more than 1-point-2 million absentee ballots have already been requested. Of that number, some 473-thousand have been returned. Early voting runs through October 31st.

Number Of New Coronavirus Cases Steadily Increasing In North Carolina

(Raleigh, NC) -- Figures released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services showed that there were 1-thousand-719 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed on Sunday. This as the state's positivity rate remained at about 5-point-5 percent. The Department also reported there were 1-thousand-46 people being treated at hospitals across the state. There were five additional deaths reported yesterday, which brought the total to 37-hundred-70.

One Man Killed In Triple Shooting In Henderson

(Henderson, NC) -- Authorities in the city of Henderson report a triple shooting has left one person dead. It happened Sunday night at a home in the 400-block of Rowland Street just before 8:30 p.m. Police arrived to find one male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people were also wounded by gunfire. Their injuries were not considered to be life threatening. Investigators believe the shooting erupted from a domestic dispute.

Suspects Being Sought In Abduction And Assault Of Juvenile Girl In Fayetteville

(Fayetteville, NC) -- Cumberland County authorities are investigating the report of a child abduction and assault case in Fayetteville. It happened Saturday near Waldos Beach Road. Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of an Urgent Well Being Check. They found a female victim, described only as a juvenile, who told them she had been abducted while walking in her neighborhood, then tied up and assaulted. The child was not able to give further details about the incident. She was later transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital for treatment.

Two Killed In Party Bus Shooting

(Guilford Co., NC) -- Two people are dead and another person is hurt after a party bus shooting in Guilford County. The scene unfolded around 9 p.m. Friday on I-85 at I-73. Witnesses reported hearing shots fired and seeing the bus drive erratically. Police say the suspect is in the hospital with serious injuries. Neither the suspect nor the victims have been identified. The bus was owned and operated by Clippergang Elite, based out of Wake County.

Lara Trump To Campaign In Wilmington

(Wilmington, NC) -- President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law is headed to Wilmington this week. Lara Trump, who's married to Eric Trump, will host a "Make America Great Again" rally at the New Hanover County Republican Party location. Her trip comes less than a week after Donald Trump Junior campaigned in Fayetteville.

Delta Brings Rainfall To Carolinas

(Alleghany Co., .NC) -- Flooding is possible in low-lying areas as the remnants of Hurricane Delta continue to move northeast. The National Weather Service says the system will dump anywhere from three to six inches of rain on the western Carolinas and parts of Virginia before it tapers off today. A Flash Flood Watch issued for Alleghany, Patrick, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties expired at 12 a.m.

Rockingham Co. Elementary School Closes After COVID-19 Exposure

(Rockingham Co., NC) -- A Rockingham County school is shut down due to a coronavirus exposure. Lincoln Elementary School in Ruffin is closed to in-person learning for two weeks. Students can return to campus on October 25th. They'll be taught virtually until then. Anyone who was directly exposed to the virus has been contacted.

Aggravated Assault Under Investigation In Greensboro

(Greensboro, NC) -- An aggravated assault is under investigation in Greensboro. It happened yesterday afternoon near Strasburg Drive and Ryan Nicole Court. Four people were injured. There's no word yet on what led to the assault, or whether police have identified a suspect.