Protesters Rally For Transgender Rights
(Asheville, NC) -- Two proposed bills are being protested against by transgender youth supporters in Asheville. WLOS-TV says hundreds of people marched for a rally in downtown yesterday against the Save Women's Sports Act and the Youth Health Protection Act. A board member with the group Youth OUTright W-N-C said the proposals could erase years of working for equality in the transgender community. It's likely the legislation won't make it to a vote by state lawmakers this session.
Funeral Services Announced For Fallen Deputies
(Watauga County, NC) -- Funeral services for two fallen western North Carolina deputies are planned this week. Sergeant Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox were killed during a welfare check at a Boone home last Tuesday. Services are open to the public this Thursday afternoon at the Appalachian State University Holmes Convocation Center. A Community Night of Remembrance is also set one week from today.
Governor Naming District Attorney Replacement Soon
(Henderson County, NC) -- A western North Carolina judicial circuit is about to have a new district attorney. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to name a replacement for Greg Newman any time this week. A judge removed Newman from office last week over his alleged misconduct in several cases. Newman served Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties starting in 2013.
Henderson County Man Arrested After Large Drug Raid
(Henderson County, NC) -- A Henderson County man is facing charges in a big drug bust. Agents seized over 400 grams of meth and more than one-thousand doses of ecstasy as part of a raid last week at a home in Hendersonville. The suspect was arrested for trafficking and drug possession. Bond was set at over one-million dollars.
Work Beginning On Three Asheville Bridges
(Asheville, NC) -- Renovation work is expected to start this week on three Asheville bridges. DOT crews will be at the Patton Cove Road and Dunsmore Avenue bridges over I-40, and Haywood Road over the French Broad River. Work includes new concrete surfacing, joint rehab and new traffic markings. Drivers are urged to take caution around the work zones.
East Asheville Library Opens After Expansion
(Asheville, NC) -- Major rehab work is complete at an Asheville library. WLOS-TV reports the East Asheville Library on Tunnel Road hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, with regular hours set to resume tomorrow. The location is now five times larger, with specific rooms built for community meetings and children's activities.
Charlotte Man Charged In Capitol Riots
(Charlotte, NC) -- A Charlotte man is in jail for his alleged involvement in the U.S. Capitol riots. Tipsters who saw social media posts helped investigators nab Bradley Bennett, who allegedly made it inside the Capitol building with other rioters on January 6th. He's now facing seven charges. A judge ruled on Friday that Bennett must stay in jail until the trial.
Pilot Dead In Union County Helicopter Crash
(Union County, NC) -- A deadly helicopter crash is being investigated in Union County. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines and went down along Belk Mill Road near Wingate Sunday afternoon. The pilot was killed and was the only person on board. The FAA and NTSB will complete the investigation.
Suspects Charged In Mall Shooting
(Pineville, NC) -- Two suspects are facing charges for a shooting at Carolina Place Mall. Pineville police say the mall was evacuated Saturday afternoon when two men allegedly started firing at each other. Both men were injured and face assault charges upon release from the hospital. Three people were injured in a separate shooting while riding in a car in Matthews early Sunday morning.
Home Damaged In Suspected Arson
(Charlotte, NC) -- A woman is accused of setting fire to a home in northeast Charlotte. The Barrington Drive fire on Sunday morning caused just under 30-thousand-dollars in damage. The CMPD charged Amber Ellerson with second-degree arson, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. There were no injuries.
Panthers Take Eleven Players In Draft
(Charlotte, NC) -- The NFL draft is a wrap for the Panthers. Carolina tied a franchise-high by selecting eleven players in seven rounds between Thursday and Saturday. The Panthers' picks were fairly split between offensive and defensive players. The team's first-round pick went to cornerback Jaycee Horn from South Carolina.
Slain Police Shooting Victim Andrew Brown Jr. To Be Laid To Rest Today
(Elizabeth City, NC) -- A crowd estimated to be around 400 people is expected to attend the invitation-only funeral of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City today. The Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy, along with the Reverend William Barber and several of Brown's relatives who have been asked to speak. Brown, a 42-year-old unarmed Black man, was shot to death by Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputies, reportedly as he was trying to drive away from officers attempting to serve a warrant. Protesters returned to the streets for a 12th day of demonstrations Sunday, demanding that the full police bodycam video of the incident be released to the public.
Rocky Mount Boy Grazed By Bullet To Head Saturday
(Rocky Mount, NC) -- An 11-year-old boy is recovering after receiving a gunshot wound to the head Saturday night in Rocky Mount. Officers responded to a call around 8:30 p.m. along the 1700-block of Lafayette Circle. Investigators say the shooting initially broke out in the area of Westwood Drive and York Street. The child, whose identity was not released, is reported to have only been grazed by a bullet. His injury is being described as a superficial head wound. He was treated at UNC Nash Healthcare. So-far, no suspects have been arrested in this case.
Singer John Legend Featured Speaker At Duke Graduation Ceremonies
(Durham, NC) -- Singing sensation John Legend delivered the keynote speech Sunday during commencement exercises at Duke University. Legend also made history by becoming the first EGOT winner to be the featured speaker at Duke's graduation ceremonies. EGOT is an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winner. Legend urged the class of 2021 to become change makers and allow 'Love' to guide them throughout life. Afterwards, Legend was presented with an honorary degree from Duke by the University's president.
Three People Hospitalized With Stab Wounds Following Altercation Near Raleigh Nightclub
(Raleigh, NC) -- Police in Raleigh are investigating the stabbings of three people early Sunday morning during an altercation on Creekside Drive off Wake Forest Road. A preliminary report says the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. near the Enigma nightclub. Officers arrived to find two victims suffering from stab wounds. A third person was admitted to the hospital as a walk-in patient. Authorities said one of the victim's wounds were considered serious. At last report, no charges had been filed.
Epic Games Lawsuit Against Apple Gets Underway Today
(Cary, NC) -- Opening arguments are set to get underway today during the first day of a landmark civil trial filed by Cary-based Epic Games against tech giant Apple. The case is being heard in California. Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, is suing Apple on claims that it has used its mobile operating system to stifle the growth of its competitors. Last year, Apple kicked Fortnite off of its App Store after Fortnite offered its customers a different payment option. The action bypassed the 30-percent commission charged by Apple.
Helicopter Pilot Dead After Crash In Union County
(Union Co., NC) -- A pilot is dead after crashing his helicopter in Union County. The accident happened Sunday afternoon along Belk Mill Road, near Wingate. Sheriff's officials say the chopper was crop-dusting when it struck some power lines and became entangled. The pilot was the only person onboard. An investigation is ongoing.
Woman Struck In Hit-And-Run In Winston-Salem
(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Winston-Salem police are investigating a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian. It happened Sunday morning in the Ardmore area. Witnesses tell police the driver got into an altercation with a woman, and at some point, hit her with their car. The woman was not badly hurt. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or knows anything about it is asked to call Winston-Salem P-D.
Protests Continue In Andrew Brown, Jr. Shooting
(Elizabeth City, NC) -- Elizabeth City is going on its 13th day of protests after police shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. The 42-year-old Black man was shot when he was trying to leave his home while officers were serving an arrest warrant. Family members say officers had no reason to shoot him. The Pasquotank County District Attorney said he will decide whether to charge the three deputies by the end of the month.
Teenager Shot In Chest In Mooresville
(Mooresville, NC) -- A 19-year-old is expected to survive after he was shot in the chest in Rowan County. It happened Saturday night at the Mooresville Dragstrip. Deputies say it started as a fight involving several people. The victim was struck in his lower chest, but doctors say his injuries are non-life-threatening. Deputies have not identified the gunman. They're also trying to figure out what led to the fight in the first place.
Randolph Co. Man Wins Lotto
(Randolph Co., NC) -- A Randolph County man is a two-time millionaire thanks to his second winning lottery ticket. Max Bouldin bought the ten-dollar Jumbo Bucks scratcher at the Trindale Mini Mart on N.C. 62 in Trinity. He claimed his winnings on Thursday. Bouldin says he bought his first winning, million-dollar ticket in July of 2018. He says he's very blessed.