Baby Dies In Haywood County Fire
(Haywood County, NC) -- A deadly fire is being investigated in Haywood County. WLOS-TV is reporting a two-month-old boy died when a blaze swept through a home on McCracken Road in the North Hominy area yesterday. Three people escaped safely. It's unclear at this point what caused the fire.
Swain County Sheriff's Office Closes Due To COVID-19
(Swain County, NC) -- Swain County is shutting down its sheriff's office due to COVID-19. The sheriff announced on Facebook yesterday that several deputies have tested positive for coronavirus, so the office will be closed until further notice. It comes just after Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette revealed more than two dozen firefighters were in quarantine after 17 tested positive. The department is still operating above the minimum number of firefighters required.
District Attorney Disciplined
(Henderson County, NC) -- Henderson County's district attorney is being disciplined for his actions in a rape case. Greg Newman was accused of not contacting the victim or the victim's family before a plea deal was reached, as they reportedly requested. A grievance committee for the North Carolina State Bar handed Newman a three-year stayed suspension last week. He's still able to practice law under certain requirements.
Mission Health COVID-19 Patients At A High
(Asheville, NC) -- Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are at a high for the Mission Health system. The chief medical officer reported there were 56 patients on Friday, with most of those at Mission Hospital in Asheville. That's the highest hospitalizations have been since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Public health officials reported the third-largest increase in North Carolina with just over 31-hundred new cases yesterday.
Student Pleads Guilty To Threats At Football Game
(Clay County, NC) -- A student in Clay County is receiving probation for threatening a mass shooting at a high school football game. JJ Young allegedly sent text messages to at least two students about his intentions to shoot people at a Hayesville High game in the fall of 2019. WLOS-TV reports Young pleaded guilty recently to felony and misdemeanor charges of communicating threats. His supervised probation period is two years.
Several Counties Under Wind Advisory
(Asheville, NC) -- Potentially damaging winds are blowing in parts of western North Carolina. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory through noon for Mitchell, Yancey, Avery and McDowell counties. Steady winds could reach up to 25 miles-an-hour with gusts as much as 50. Breezy and dry conditions might lead to increased fire dangers for a couple of days.
Employee Killed In Concord Tire Shop
(Concord, NC) -- A South Carolina man is accused of killing an employee of a tire shop in Concord. Officers reported the man fired shots during an argument inside the Discount Tire on Dickens Place late Saturday morning. The man barricaded himself inside the store for four hours until Concord police were able to arrest him. He's in jail for murder with no bond.
School Employee Dies Three Months After COVID-19 Diagnosis
(Union County, NC) -- A school community in Union County is mourning the loss of a longtime employee after her battle with COVID-19. It had been around three months since Melissa Bowman was hospitalized with the virus until she died on Friday night. There's a growing memorial outside Poplin Elementary School, where Bowman worked as a data manager for eleven years. She worked in the school district for a total of 20.
NC COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket Over Weekend
(Charlotte, NC) -- The rise of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina doesn't seem to be slowing down. More than 31-hundred new cases were reported on Sunday afternoon, making it the third-highest day of cases so far. It came one day after nearly 39-hundred were reported. Public health officials also reported 50 deaths statewide, which is the second-highest in a single day.
Woman Dies In Wreck After Fleeing From Traffic Stop
(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a deadly wreck involving a driver who fled a traffic stop. A woman died after her SUV collided with a tractor trailer outside the Amazon hub in west Charlotte early Sunday. Officers say she was speeding away from a traffic stop attempted by Gastonia police. The woman was not wearing her seatbelt.
Two Charged In Nightclub Shooting
(Gastonia, NC) -- Two men are facing charges in a Gastonia nightclub shooting. Six people, including two police officers, were injured at Remedies Nightclub on Union Road late Thursday night. The suspects have since been arrested for six counts each of aggravated assault. The alcohol permit for Remedies has been suspended in the meantime.
Panthers Drop Fifth Straight
(Charlotte, NC) -- The losing streak for the Panthers is up to five games. Carolina managed only 35 yards in the second-half to fall 46-23 to Tampa Bay. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. His status for next weekend is uncertain.
Former Raleigh High School Football Player Killed By Stray Bullet
(Raleigh, NC) -- Police in Greensboro are still searching for suspects in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina A&T State University student from Raleigh, who died from his wounds early Sunday morning. The victim, identified as 18-year old Jalen Scott Dunston, a former standout football player at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, was attending an outdoor party near the University's campus Saturday night when multiple gunshots were fired. Dunston was struck by a stray bullet and was later pronounced dead. A second victim received non-life threatening injuries.
Neuse River Could Bring More Flooding To Greensboro Roads Today
(Goldsboro, NC) -- The devastating floods from heavy rains last Thursday and Friday are still impacting parts of central North Carolina today. Weather forecasters say the Neuse River near Goldsboro is set to crest at a moderate flood stage of 23-point-4 feet later this afternoon. Officials caution motorists to "Turn around don't drown" when encountering water covered roadways.
Fears Over Road Conditions Forces Wayne County Schools To Have Remote Learning Today
(Wayne County, NC) -- The Wayne County School District has announced that students will continue remote learning today due to road closures from high water and river flooding. This as Wayne County remains under a flood warning as some roads are still covered with water or have been damaged. Curbside meal pickups will be available at 15-school sites today. Schools will return to their regular Plan B schedules tomorrow.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Race Remains Too Close To Call
(Raleigh, NC) -- The 2020 race for North Carolina Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is still too close to call. State Board of Elections officials reported at one point Sunday, incumbent Democrat Cheri Beasley was leading her Republican Challenger Paul Newby by only 35-votes with five counties still not reporting final vote tallies. State Republican leaders announced last week, that they had already started raising funds for a recount of the Supreme Court race.
NC Native Among Five Americans Killed In Egyptian Helicopter Crash
(Washington, DC) -- A North Carolina native is among the five Americans killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza was serving a peace-keeping mission when his Black Hawk helicopter went down on Thursday. The crash was due to technical issues in the vicinity of Sharm el-Sheikh. The other four Americans were from Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio and Illinois.
NC A&T Announces Shooting Death Of Nursing Student
(Greensboro, NC) -- North Carolina A&T University is announcing the shooting death of a student. Eighteen-year-old Jalen Dunston was shot and killed yesterday morning, and another victim was taken to the hospital. Greensboro Police are investigating it as a homicide. Dunston was a nursing student in the College of Health and Human Services.
Three People Shot In High Point
(High Point, NC) -- A woman and two men are recovering after a shooting in High Point. It happened Saturday evening near Guyer Street and East Lexington Avenue. Police say the three victims were found inside a car that had been shot multiple times. They're expected to survive. An investigation is underway.
Untreated Wastewater Spills From Sewer Manhole In Greensboro
(Greensboro, NC) -- The City of Greensboro says over nine-million gallons of untreated wastewater spilled from a sewer manhole during last week's storms. The manhole is located at the North Buffalo Pump Station on White Street. City officials say close to four-million gallons from the spill seeped into the creek. They say the primary and backup power supply at the plant failed Thursday after storms caused power outages and flooding in the city.
Couple Wins Lottery With Numbers They've Used For Years
(Durham, NC) -- A North Carolina couple is lottery winners after playing the same numbers for almost three decades. Terry Coggeshall told lottery officials he and his wife have played the Cash 5 drawing with the same numbers for 26 years. He revealed that over the years, there were a couple of times that they got close to the jackpot, but never won. Thanks to the lottery and those numbers, the Coggeshalls will now have over 366-grand to "take the stress off" and put toward their retirements.