Body Of Missing Teen Found, UNCA Sorority Suspended, COVID Cases Drop

UNCA Sorority Suspended After Racism Accusations

(Asheville, NC) -- Accusations of racism are causing members of one UNC-Asheville sorority to leave. The former vice president for Alpha Xi Delta told WLOS-TV that white sorority members and the national office had no interest in creating a diversity, equity and inclusion committee. At least 20 members have dropped out of the sorority since then. The local chapter is now suspended in the wake of the members' decisions to leave.

Body Of Missing Teen Found In Swannanoa River

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville Police are investigating the discovery of a body in the Swannanoa River. Emergency responders found 19-year-old Jose Ramirez after someone reported an anonymous tip last Saturday. Ramirez was reportedly last seen in Woodfin a week ago. The case is currently considered a homicide.

Federal Flooding Assistance Extending To Four WNC Counties

(Waynesville, NC) -- Federal assistance is being extended to four western North Carolina counties affected by Tropical Storm Fred. FEMA is now offering help to those residents in Ashe, Graham, Jackson and Mitchell counties. Applications for public assistance are due by the end of the month. Residents in seven other counties need to apply for help by this Thursday.

COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Down In NC

(Raleigh, NC) -- COVID cases and hospitalizations are continuing a downward trend in North Carolina. Health and Human Services reported just over 22-hundred new cases yesterday, which is the lowest amount in around two-months. Hospitalizations have declined more than 12-hundred from this time a month ago.

Trails Still Closed Near Site Of Bear Attack

(Asheville, NC) -- Some trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway will remain closed over the next few days. National Park Service officials shut down areas near the Folk Art Center in Asheville after a couple was attacked by a bear last week. The couple's dog allegedly ran towards the bear while barking, which park officials say caused the attack. The bear hasn't been found.

Brevard College Names New President

(Brevard, NC) -- A new president is coming on board at Brevard College. The school's board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Bradley Andrews as the 14th president in Brevard's history. Andrews will start the position in January after serving as president of Southwestern College in Kansas. The chair of the presidential search committee said yesterday the board and president will take the college into the future with program offerings, retention initiatives and education experiences.

Monroe Officer Kills Dog In Bus Stop Attack

(Monroe, NC) -- Monroe Police say an officer shot and killed a dog after an attack at a bus stop yesterday. A woman was reportedly shielding her child from an attack as the five-year-old was exiting a bus at Old Charlotte Highway and Wilson Avenue in Monroe. A responding officer fired a shot as the German Shepherd-pit bull mix then ran towards him. It's unclear whether animal control investigators have decided to charge the dog's owner.

Gun Found In Union County Student's Backpack

(Union County, NC) -- A student is accused of bringing a gun on campus at a Union County school. A school resource officer confiscated a nine-millimeter pistol from the backpack near the football stadium at Forest Hills High School yesterday. No threat was made in the incident. Charges are now expected to be filed against the teen.

C-L-T Ranked Among Worst For Layover Experience

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte Douglas International Airport is falling on the wrong end of a study for layover experiences in the U.S. The informational website FinanceBuzz ranked C-L-T as seventh-worst among 50 airports with the highest number of domestic passengers last year. Factors like airport size, flight delays and lounge availability were taken into consideration. Miami International was listed as the best experience in a layover.

Woman Dead In North Charlotte Homicide

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a homicide in north Charlotte. Officers found a woman dead on Vinton Street early Monday afternoon. There's no word on the cause of her death. Investigators have only said the 55-year-old's body showed apparent signs of trauma.

NC COVID Cases And Hospitalizations Decrease

(Raleigh, NC) -- COVID cases and hospitalization are continuing a downward trend in North Carolina. Health and Human Services reported just over 22-hundred new cases yesterday, which is the lowest amount in around two-months. Hospitalizations have declined more than 12-hundred from this time a month ago.

Panthers' McCaffrey Expected To Return Tomorrow

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Panthers' all-pro running back is set to return to practice. Carolina head coach Matt Rhule says Christian McCaffrey should be ready to go tomorrow after suffering a hamstring injury nearly two-weeks ago. McCaffrey also missed most of last season due to injuries. The Panthers are preparing to take on Philadelphia at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.

Investigators Suspect Double Shooting In Harnett County Was Murder-Suicide

(Harnett County, NC) -- Authorities in Harnett County are investigating an apparent murder-suicide, the result of a double shooting. It happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday at a home on South River Road near Lillington. Sheriff's deputies did not release any further details about the incident, only saying that the victims were a man and a woman and the shootings were not random.

Military Vehicle Accident At Ft. Bragg Leaves One Soldier Dead, Four Others Injured

(Ft. Bragg, NC) -- An investigation has been launched at Ft. Bragg following an accident that killed one soldier and injured four others. It happened around 1 p.m. Monday on Butner Road near Wilson Park on the post. Ft. Bragg officials would only say the accident involved a military vehicle. The names of the solders were withheld pending notification of relatives.

Harnett County School Leaders Decide To Adopt Optional Face Mask Policy

(Harnett County, NC) -- The Harnett County Board of Education has voted to switch to an optional face mask policy. Against the advice of the county health director, members voted 4-1 Monday night to allow the previous mandatory mask policy to expire today. The Board also voted to move from a 10-day to a seven-day quarantine policy for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19.

Primary Elections For Mayor And City Council To Be Held Today In Durham

(Durham, NC) -- Voters in Durham will head to the polls today to cast ballots in the City's primary elections. Seven candidates are vying for the top position of Mayor of the Bull City. The two frontrunners are former judge Elaine O'Neal and city council member Javiera Caballero. Voters will also choose between one of four candidates running for Ward 1 on the City Council. Three candidates are competing for the Ward 2 council seat.

Troopers Will Be Out In Force On I-95 This Week As Part Of Safe Driving Campaign

(Raleigh, NC) -- Starting today, the North Carolina Highway Patrol will join forces with law enforcement agencies in neighboring states to conduct the third Safe Driving Campaign of this year. This time, the Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement initiative will focus primarily on Interstate 95. This comes after recent data found that 13-percent of all commercial vehicle accidents in the country occur along the southeast corridor of the stretch of roadway. The Safe Driving Campaign will run through Friday.

GCSO ID's Suspected Burglar Who Was Shot, Killed

(Guilford Co., NC) -- The Guilford County Sheriff's Office is identifying a man who was shot and killed during a possible burglary. It happened on Thursday evening, in the southwest portion of the county. The body of 53-year-old Christopher Shoe was found in the 71-hundred-block of Shoe Road. The sheriff's office has launched a homicide investigation. They're asking anyone with information to come forward.

Soldier Killed In Military Vehicle Accident At Fort Bragg

(Fort Bragg, NC) -- Authorities are investigating a deadly accident at a North Carolina military base. One soldier was killed and four others were hurt in the accident involving a military vehicle at Fort Bragg Monday. It's unclear what led up to the crash or what caused it. Fort Bragg is the largest military installation in the U.S.

Man Shot, Killed At Greensboro Hotel

(Greensboro, NC) -- Greensboro police are investigating a deadly shooting at a local hotel. Officers responded to the Extended Stay America on Big Tree Way early yesterday morning. They found 23-year-old Dijmon Lucas suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to a hospital where he died. Police have not released any information about a possible suspect.

Water Disconnections To Continue In Greensboro

(Greensboro, NC) -- After about a year-and-a-half, water resources in Greensboro will start disconnecting services for non-payment. Disconnections were stopped in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Utility officials say past-due accounts with high balances will be disconnected first. Customers who need to set up a payment plan can call the city. There is also a federal program, called the Emergency Rental and Utilities Assistance Program, that can help.

Juvenile Accused Of Making Threat Against High School

(High Point, NC) -- A minor is under arrest on suspicion of posting threats online about High Point Central High School. The child was taken to a juvenile detention center yesterday. Officials say the post included a map of the school. The minor is charged with False Report of Mass Violence on Educational Property. No one was hurt.

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