Daily COVID Cases Increase, Beasley Concedes, $20K Donated to APD


COVID-19 Cases Show No Signs Of Slowing Down

(Raleigh, NC) -- New COVID-19 cases are reaching staggering numbers in North Carolina. The rolling average of cases over the last week is close to six-thousand per day. State public health officials reported over 68-hundred new cases yesterday, which is only second to the single-day high of 75-hundred set on Friday. North Carolina's top health official, Dr. Mandy Cohen, calls the rise alarming.Beasley Concedes Chief Justice Race

(Raleigh, NC) -- The race for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is over. Democrat incumbent Cheri Beasley conceded to Republican Paul Newby on Saturday after the conclusion of a hand recount in the race. The difference was around only 400 votes. Newby is the longest running justice serving on the state's high court.

Cherokee Not Following New State Restrictions

(Cherokee, NC) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians isn't following the state's newest restrictions. Governor Roy Cooper has instituted a curfew for non-essential workers from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Businesses have also been ordered to close by 10 p.m. Principal Chief Richard Sneed says they've worked with health officials to enact social distancing while balancing the financial position of the community.

Donor Gives 20K To Asheville Police

(Asheville, NC) -- An anonymous donor is giving 20-thousand-dollars to the Asheville Police Department. The money is specifically earmarked to be used for de-escalation training. Police Chief David Zack told WLOS-TV yesterday the donation was an incredible gift, and the department will try to build on skills for both senior and young officers.

Santa Claus Visits Mills River

(Mills River, NC) -- Santa Claus didn't disappoint in a little pre-Christmas visit to North Carolina. A fire truck carried Saint Nick through the neighborhoods of Mills River in Henderson County all day on Saturday. It was a rare visit for Santa in the mountains this December, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced shutdowns for annual stops like parades and festivals.

Mount Holly Officer Mourned After Deadly Shooting

(Mount Holly, NC) -- The community is continuing to mourn the death of a Mount Holly police officer. Tyler Herndon was shot to death while responding to an armed robbery at a car wash early Friday morning. Two candlelight vigils were held for Herndon yesterday, which would have been his 26th birthday. The funeral service is scheduled for two tomorrow afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.

Juvenile Killed In Charlotte Homicide

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte investigators are looking for a suspect in the shooting death of a juvenile. The boy was shot on Red Bud Circle in northwest Charlotte Saturday night. There have now been 112 homicides in the Queen City this year, which is well above the number reported through early December 2019.

CMPD Investigates University City Death

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a University City-area homicide. Officers found a man shot to death inside a car in a parking lot on Caroway Street late Saturday. They were conducting a traffic stop nearby when gun shots were reportedly fired. There have been no arrests yet.

Panthers Lose To Broncos At Home

(Charlotte, NC) -- The late season woes are continuing for the Panthers. Carolina fell to the Broncos 32-to-27 at Bank of America Stadium yesterday. The loss was the Panthers seventh in eight games, and keep the team at the bottom of the NFC South. Things don't get any easier Saturday when the Panthers travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers.

Meck County Changing Court Schedules

(Mecklenburg County, NC) -- Court proceedings are changing over the next month in Mecklenburg County. The rise in COVID-19 cases is causing delays in many areas, including trials for Superior Court through January 14th. Grand jury proceedings are still expected to continue as scheduled. The public should communicate with courthouse staff through phone or email for more information.

Historic Delivery Of First Vaccines To Arrive In North Carolina Today

(Raleigh, NC) -- Thousands of doses of the much anticipated shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will start arriving at 145 locations across all 50 states today, including North Carolina. The massive logistical undertaking began immediately after the vaccine was given Emergency Use Authorization. UNC Has confirmed it will receive a shipment of 14-thousand doses today. An estimated 85-thousand doses are expected to be delivered to other NC hospitals that have Ultra Cold Freezers capable of keeping the vials at 94 degrees below zero.

Wake County School District To Consider Reverting Back To Remote Learning

(Wake County, NC) -- The state's largest school district may be returning to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester. The surging number of COVID-19 cases has been cited as the reason. Members of the Wake County Board of Education have scheduled a special work session for this afternoon at 3 to discuss switching back to online instruction. The Panel could vote tomorrow to suspend all in-person classes.

North Carolina Electoral College Members To Meet Today

(Raleigh, NC) -- Members of the North Carolina Electoral College are scheduled to meet at noon today to cast their ballots for president of the United States. Since Donald Trump received over 74-thousand votes more than Joe Biden, the 15 electors are expected to vote to certify him as the winner. North Carolina law requires electors to cast ballots for the candidate who received the most votes. The meeting will take place in the North Carolina House chamber in the Old Capitol Building.

Recount Shows Paul Newby Winner Of North Carolina Race For Chief Justice Of Supreme Court

(Raleigh, NC) -- Republican Paul Newby has been declared the official winner of the race for North Carolina Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This after a hand-to-eye recount in a random sample of precincts, requested by incumbent Democrat Cheri Beasley, was completed last week. The recount showed that of the nearly five-point-four-million total ballots casts, Newby won by just 401 votes. Newby's victory marks Republican wins for all eight judicial races in the state of North Carolina.

Second Guilford Co. Sheriff's Deputy Dies After Contracting COVID-19

(Guilford Co., NC) -- A second Guilford County sheriff's deputy has died after contracting COVID-19. Master Corporal Deputy Sheriff Norman Daye died at his home in eastern Guilford County on Sunday. The sheriff's office says he had recently been treated for the coronavirus. Daye was a 16-year veteran of the force.

City Hall To Check Everyone's Temperatures

(Greensboro, NC) -- Anyone who visits Greensboro City Hall must get their temperature checked when they arrive. Those with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to leave. The new rule goes into effect today. The city says it's a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

Rowan Co. Officer Involved In Accident Passes Away

(Rowan Co., NC) -- A Rowan County detention officer who was involved in a wreck on I-85 last week has died of her injuries. Officer Kara Alsup passed away yesterday afternoon. Her body will be escorted from MCM Main Hospital to Powlas-Staton funeral home today. Further details about services have not been released.

Teen Found Dead In Greensboro

(Greensboro, NC) -- A deadly shooting is under investigation in Greensboro. It happened Saturday afternoon near South and Ogden streets. Eighteen-year-old Christina Jones and another person were found suffering gunshot wounds. They were rushed to a local hospital where Jones died of her injuries. Anyone with information is urged to call Greensboro P-D.

Study Reveals Americans' Favorite Christmas Desserts

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- A new report is taking a look at the most popular Christmas desserts across the U.S. According to data from Google Trends, and compiled by job-hunting website Zippia, North Carolinians prefer fruitcake to any other holiday treat. Nine states choose to indulge on cheesecake around this time each year, making it the most popular Christmas dessert. Pudding came in second place with four states choosing it as their favorite.