Winter Storm Warning, COVID Cases Spike in NC, Suspect Arrested for WMD

Large Coronavirus Outbreak Reported At Local Health Department

(Rutherford County, NC) -- A western North Carolina health department is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The Foothills Health District is reporting 18 employees at the Rutherford County Health Department recently tested positive. It's the first outbreak among employees in nine months of the pandemic. All regularly scheduled clinics are canceled this week, but COVID-19 testing will continue today.

Winter Storm Watch In Effect For Mountains

(Asheville, NC) -- The first significant winter weather of the season is about to hit western North Carolina. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from this morning through tomorrow. High elevations in the mountains could see anywhere from four to eight inches of snow, while isolated parts may receive as much as a foot. Asheville could see slight accumulation.

Two Suspects Wanted After Shooting With Deputies

(Transylvania County, NC) -- The search is on for two suspects connected to a shootout with Transylvania County deputies. WLOS-TV reports the suspects were chased by deputies after a homeowner encountered them backed up to her storage building on Jeter Mountain Road yesterday. The getaway car crashed twice during a pursuit, as the suspects and deputies exchanged gunfire. Two men eventually ran away on foot in Henderson County, while another was arrested.

Transylvania County Man Arrested For Neighbor's Murder

(Transylvania County, NC) -- A suspect is in jail for a murder in Transylvania County. The sheriff's office says a man died after being shot multiple times on Cox Road in Boyd Saturday night. The shooting allegedly stemmed from a dispute between neighbors. The suspect remains behind bars without bond on murder charges.

COVID Hospitalizations Break Record In NC Again

(Raleigh, NC) -- COVID-19 trends are not looking any better in North Carolina. Public health officials reported yesterday nearly 19-hundred patients are currently hospitalized, which is yet another record-high. The positivity rate is eight-point-six-percent. The average number of cases per day over the past week statewide stands at just under 36-hundred.

Madison County Offering Drive-Thru Testing

(Madison County, NC) -- A COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is now open at the Madison County Health Department. Visitors first need to register, but no actual appointment is necessary. The county has seen a drastic increase in coronavirus cases, with a 65-percent jump over the last month.

Mall Closes Early Due To Teen Disturbance

(Concord, NC) -- Continued trouble is causing problems at a Charlotte-area mall. Some stores at Concord Mills decided to close early on Saturday night when police had to respond to a group of teens on a disorderly conduct call. It was just a few days before when a man was taken into custody for allegedly possessing a gun at the entrance of the mall.

More CMS Students Returning To Classroom Today

(Charlotte, NC) -- Some CMS students are returning to the classroom for the first time since the spring today. The district is allowing middle-school aged students in K-through-eight schools to come back this week. Middle school students in remaining schools must wait until January. A planned return to the classroom was delayed, in part, due to a shortage in bus drivers to transport those students.

Suspected Arrested For WMD Charge

(Huntersville, NC) -- A man is accused of possessing a weapon of mass destruction in Huntersville. Officers uncovered a suspicious device while responding to a domestic disturbance at the Fairways at Birkdale Apartments on Saturday afternoon. The area was evacuated as Huntervsille police safely removed the item. The suspect was arrested on four charges.

State Suspends Alcohol License For Charlotte Nightclub

(Charlotte, NC) -- Alcohol is out of the question for customers of one Charlotte night club. North Carolina's Alcohol Law Enforcement division suspended alcohol permits over the weekend at Club Onyx. The decision came in response to several reported violations of the governor's COVID-19 restrictions over the course of several weeks. The club's general manager was warned about the violations but refused to do anything.

Pedestrian Killed On I-485

(Charlotte, NC) -- A pedestrian is dead after being hit on I-485. Troopers say a man was trying to run across the interstate near Benfield Road on Sunday morning. A truck struck the man, killing him at the scene. There were no charges filed against the driver.

Panthers Blow Fourth Quarter Lead

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Panthers are tumbling out of any chance to make the playoffs. Carolina blew an eleven-point fourth quarter lead yesterday to fall 28-27 at Minnesota. It was the Panthers' sixth loss in seven games. A field goal that would have won the game for Carolina missed with seconds left on the clock.

Nearly Two Thousand North Carolinians In Hospital With COVID-19

(Raleigh, NC) -- Figures released by the North Carolina Department of Public Health showed the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations broke another record on Sunday. The 18-hundred-85 patients surpassed the previous high of one-thousand-840 the day before. North Carolina's positivity rate remained at eight-point-six-percent, which helped push the single-day total for confirmed new coronavirus cases to 38-hundred-20, an increase of 376 over Saturday's total. The Department also reported 21-additional deaths yesterday, which brought the total to 52-hundred-40.

Doctors Suggesting Those Who Insisted On Thanksgiving Travel Might Want To Consider Self Quarantining

(Raleigh, NC) -- Doctors are warning North Carolinians who traveled out of town this Thanksgiving weekend that they could now be in the COVID-19 incubation period, even if they're not showing any symptoms. Dr. David Webber at UNC Health advises those returning home to avoid interaction with others outside of their immediate households. Returning vacationers are also urged to continue practicing social distancing, wear masks that cover the mouth and nose and wash or hand sanitize often. Anyone feeling cold or flu-like symptoms should shelter in place and contact their health care provider.

Protesters Return To Graham For Another March And Rally For Police Reform

(Graham, NC) -- More than 100 protesters marched and rallied through the streets of downtown Graham Sunday afternoon, demanding new reforms within the police department. The event happened nearly a month after police used pepper spray to disperse another group who were holding a similar demonstration for voting rights. Organizers of Sunday's protests also demanded reforms within the Alamance County criminal justice system. Despite a heavy police presence, there were no arrests made.

Gunmen Shoot Up Car On Glenwood Avenue, Send Driver To Hospital

(Raleigh, NC) -- Police are searching for suspects in a drive-by shooting Sunday night that resulted in a man being wounded and treated at a nearby hospital. It happened shortly after 9 p.m. along the 9000-block of Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Officers responded to a call of shots fired and arrived to find a vehicle riddled with bullets and the windows blown out. The unidentified male victim was taken to Wake Med with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Two People Assaulted At Hanes Mall In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- A man and woman are recovering after they were assaulted by a group of teenagers outside of Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem. Investigators say the couple was picking up their daughter Saturday night when they were attacked and robbed in the parking lot near TGIF. No one was seriously hurt. Anyone who can help police with their investigation is urged to come forward.

Wake Forest Game Against Miami Rescheduled

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Wake Forest is postponing its football game against No. 10 Miami due to positive coronavirus cases on the team. The Demon Deacons have canceled all activities until at least Wednesday, according to the associate athletic director, Will Pantages. The team was set to play Miami this Saturday, December 5th. A rescheduled date has not been announced.

Rocking Co. Sheriff Sam Page Tests Positive For COVID-19

(Rockingham Co., NC) -- Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page is recovering from the coronavirus. He tested positive last week and has been quarantining at home. The sheriff's office says Page could return to work as soon as this week.

Man Linked To Residential Break-Ins Wanted In Davie Co.

(Davie Co., NC) -- Davie County sheriff's officials are looking for a man in connection with a series of residential break-ins. The suspect was seen on surveillance video using a stolen credit card at a mall in Charlotte. Sheriff's officials are also looking for a grey or silver Ford Fusion or Hyundai Sonata in connection with the case. Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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