COVID Case Numbers Rise, Two Wanted in Teen Murder, Winter Weather Returns


Records Shattered In NC COVID-19 Cases

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina is coming off a record weekend of new COVID-19 cases. Public health officials reported a single-day high of over 64-hundred cases on Sunday, which topped Saturday's record of six-thousand. The positivity rate is testing remains above ten-percent. The state's top health official, Mandy Cohen, is asking each North Carolinian to take personal responsibility for their actions to help slow the spread of the virus. Some of these numbers are also possibly related to a backlog of testing results from the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Winter Weather Returns To Mountains

(Asheville, NC) -- More winter weather is rolling into western North Carolina. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for higher elevations in the mountains, where up to five inches of snow could drop through tonight. Winds are expected to pick up as well. The Asheville area could see some snow, but little accumulation is expected.

Today Is Deadline To Apply For Extra Credit Stimulus

(Raleigh, NC) -- Families have until two this afternoon to apply for the state's Extra Credit grant program. Checks for 335-dollars in COVID-19 relief are being sent to North Carolina parents to help offset pandemic-associated costs with education. Many checks have already been set out to those who filed a 2019 state tax return. The original October deadline to apply for the stimulus was extended until this afternoon.

Suspect Arrested In Deadly Hit-And-Run

(Asheville, NC) -- A Candler man is facing charges in a deadly hit-and-run. Troopers say a driver fled the scene after striking a pedestrian on Pisgah View Road in Asheville Saturday night. The 23-year-old suspect was caught and arrested yesterday for felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death. The victim was a 54-year-old Asheville man.

Asheville Police Seek Two Teens In Murder

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are looking for two suspects in the shooting death of a 17-year-old. The teen was killed over the Thanksgiving weekend near a baseball field in the Montford neighborhood. The search is on for an unnamed 16-year-old and 18-year-old Dionate Whitson. Investigators say Whitson is charged with first-degree murder.

Lake Julian Lights Accepting Food Donations For Admission

(Lake Julian, NC) -- Food donations are being accepted tomorrow night for entry into the Lake Julian Festival of Lights. Organizers are suggesting a gift of at least four non-perishable food items, which will go to the MANNA FoodBank. This year's drive-thru lights event runs through December 23rd. Normal entry fee is ten-dollars-per-car.

Suspect Injured In Shooting With CMPD Officer

(Charlotte, NC) -- The SBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Charlotte. CMPD officers allegedly exchanged gunfire with a robbery suspect outside a Mobil gas station in the Steele Creek area early Sunday morning. The suspect then led police on a car chase until he hit a light pole on South Tryon Street. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment of injuries in the shooting and the wreck. No officers were injured.

CMS Board Eyeing Health Data

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members are looking at worsening health numbers as decisions loom on how to move forward with classes. The Charlotte Observer reports the district considers two-week thresholds of a ten-percent positivity rate and a case average of 100-per-100-thousand people as metrics for a potential return to remote learning. The county health department just reported Friday that both of those metrics have been exceeded. The school board is holding a regular meeting tomorrow.

Christmas Town USA Opens In McAdenville

(McAdenville, NC) -- The holiday season is officially underway in Christmas Town USA. The annual light display in McAdenville just opened to visitors for its first full-weekend. This year is scaled down to a drive-thru celebration, while some regular events like the tree-lighting were canceled. Attendees have a chance to check out the display every night through December 26th.

Chester County Teen Shot In Face

(Chester County, SC) -- A Chester County teen is being treated for injuries suffered in a shooting. Chester police found a 16-year-old who was shot in the face at a home on Pinckney Street early Saturday morning. It appears the shots were fired from outside the home. No suspects have been arrested.

Deadline Is Today To Apply For 335-Dollar NC Extra Credit Grant

(Raleigh, NC) -- Today is the last day for low-income families in North Carolina to apply for a one-time 335-dollar allocation from the state's Extra Credit Grant Program. The grant is designed to help parents pay for the cost of remote learning and day care during the pandemic. The deadline is 2 p.m. this afternoon. Qualified applicants are urged to go to '335forNC.com' or call (800)-215-5988.

Vehicle Accident On Family Property Kills Johnston County Girl

(Johnston County, NC) -- Authorities say no charges will be filed against the family of a two-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a car Sunday afternoon. Investigators have determined the death was the result of an accident. It happened around 2:15 p.m. on the family's property along Massengill Pond Road. Police records show the vehicle was being driven by one of the toddler's parents when the child was run over. The child was rushed to Wake Med where she was later pronounced dead.

Man Facing Murder Charges In Stabbing Death Of Mother Of Three

(Nash County, NC) -- One suspect is in police custody in connection to the fatal stabbing of a mother of three children in Nash County early Sunday morning. The incident was first reported around 10:15 a.m. at a home located in the 4000-block of Pine Street in Battleboro. Authorities arrived to find the victim, identified as 34-year-old Tiara Dzikowski, lying on the floor with multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her live-in boyfriend, identified as 33-year-old Alexander Dzikowski, was immediately arrested and taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he was treated for minor injuries. He is expected to be charged with first-degree murder.

Thousands, Including Players, Coaches, Fans And Scouts Attend Three Day Girls Soccer Tournament In Raleigh

(Wake County, NC) -- An estimated 10-thousand soccer fans descended on Raleigh this weekend for the VisitRaleigh.com Girls College Showcase tournament. This despite warnings from health officials against large social gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-day event that began on Friday and ended Sunday was spaced out over 10-to-15 separate venues across Wake County. Organizers say it was an opportunity for high school seniors to be evaluated by some 350-college scouts. Players, coaches and all attendees were required to wear face masks.

Gov. Cooper Urges Folks To Follow COVID-19 Protocols

(Raleigh, NC) -- Governor Roy Cooper is urging North Carolinians to wear masks and follow safety measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus. He shared the message Saturday, after the state recorded over six-thousand new COVID-19 cases. That record was broken yesterday with close to 65-hundred new cases. Cooper called it a "life of death" situation.

Suspicious Death Investigation In Burlington

(Burlington, NC) -- Burlington police are investigating a suspicious death outside of the Walmart on South Graham Hopedale Road. Officers responded to the scene Friday afternoon. The victim was found lying in the landscaping along the edge of Walmart's property. It's not yet clear how the victim died or what their name is. The investigation is in its early stages.

Man Accused Of Disposing Of Puppies In Trash Bag

(Seagrove, NC) -- A Randolph County man is under arrest, accused of discarding puppies in a trash bag. Forty-six-year-old Nathan Baker is charged with felony animal cruelty. Someone found the puppies in a parking lot off Clyde King Road on November 16th and called animal control. Baker was arrested on December 4th. He's being held on a 25-thousand-dollar bond.

Davidson Co. Schools Hiring

(Davidson Co., NC) -- Davidson County Schools is looking to fill several positions. They include bus drivers, custodians, substitute teachers and teacher assistants. Anyone who's interested should apply through the state's Teacher Match portal NC.TeacherMatch.org.

Water Service Restored After Main Break In Forsyth Co.

(Forsyth Co., NC) -- Water is restored to residents in Winston-Salem after a water main break. It happened early yesterday morning on Lewisville-Clemmons Road. Crews shut off the water from Holder to Southwest School roads, and Kenbridge and Landover lanes, while they made repairs. The work was completed by midnight. Residents whose water is discolored should flash the lines through the bathtub. Call City Link for assistance.


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