Suspect Arrested for Kidnapping,Pisgah Burns Continue,2 Arrested for Murder

Asheville Entrepreneur Expected To Plead Guilty In Fraud Case

(Asheville, NC) -- A guilty plea is expected in a fraud case involving an Asheville entrepreneur. Shawn Johnson is accused of lying about pay stubs to get loans, faking rental agreements and more for most of the last decade. He runs a number of Airbnb rentals in the area. The Citizen-Times reports Johnson is set to plead guilty on Friday.

Suspect Arrested For Kidnapping, Assault At Buncombe Hotel

(Weaverville, NC) -- A Tennessee man is behind bars in Buncombe County for assault and kidnapping. The victim told investigators she was held against her will at the Fairfield Inn in Weaverville three-days ago. Officers arrested the suspect and placed him in jail under a bond of more than 350-thousand-dollars.

Two Arrested For Forest City Attempted Murder

(Forest City, NC) -- Two suspects are accused of shooting a teenager in Forest City. WLOS-TV reports the 16-year-old was shot three times on Dogwood Lane two-weeks ago. Two men were arrested for attempted murder last week. They remain in jail without bond.

New Track Slated For Asheville's Memorial Stadium

(Asheville, NC) -- A new track is coming to Memorial Stadium in Asheville. The City Council gave the thumbs-up yesterday for a four-point-four-million-dollar construction project that will result in a six-lane track. Restrooms will be replaced and a walking trail will be expanded as well. Memorial Stadium was built nearly 100-years ago.

Burns Continue At Pisgah National Forest

(Asheville, NC) -- Some smoke may still be visible in the Asheville and Mills River areas. Forestry officials continued prescribed burns in the Pisgah National Forest yesterday in order to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. A burn was conducted in the Nantahala National Forest on Monday.

Dozens Continuing Education Through Asheville Health Center

(Raleigh, NC) -- Dozens of new medical residents have arrived at Asheville's Mountain Area Health Education Center. WLOS-TV reports more than 80 were selected to continue their educations at the center this week. They'll train at places like Mission Hospital and Pardee UNC Healthcare.

One Dead In Gaston County Interstate Shooting

(Gaston County, NC) -- A deadly interstate shooting is being investigated in Gaston County. Officers say a 19-year-old died after being shot multiple times near Exit 13 last night. Southbound lanes were completely shut down during the investigation. There have been no arrests so far.

Former Officer Running For York County Council Seat

(Rock Hill, SC) -- A former Rock Hill police officer who was fired last year is stepping into politics. Jonathan Moreno qualified yesterday to run for district four in the York County Council. He was recently acquitted of assault and battery charges. The case stemmed from an arrest last summer when Moreno was accused of using excessive force.

City Approves New District Zoning

(Charlotte, NC) -- A new district in west Charlotte appears to be moving forward. The city council approved rezoning for 14-hundred acres in the new River District development earlier this week. The developer originally planned to build five-thousand single-family homes and apartments, office space and retail space in initial proposals six-years ago. It could take a decade to finish the entire project.

Severe Storms Heading To Piedmont

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Queen City is in the line of potentially severe weather today. The National Weather Service says heavy thunderstorms are expected across the region. Damaging winds, a brief tornado and isolated flooding are possible.

CATS Looking For Public Input

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Charlotte Area Transit System is looking for feedback to improve its bus system. Riders can complete a survey online, or go by in-person for a pop-up survey event. The next ones come up tomorrow at the Huntersville-Northcross Park and Ride and the Cornelius Park and Ride tomorrow afternoon.

One Arrested In Grier Heights Murder

(Charlotte, NC) -- The suspect behind a deadly Grier Heights shooting is in jail. The CMPD arrested a suspect for murder after a man was killed on Marvin Road Monday afternoon. The investigation is continuing.

Thomas Signed To Hornets For Rest Of Season

(Charlotte, NC) -- Hornets' guard Isaiah Thomas is sticking with the team for the rest of the season. The organization announced yesterday that the two-time all-star will continue playing for Charlotte after signing two ten-day contracts. The Hornets will take their five-game winning streak to the court tonight against the Knicks at home. Charlotte is still in line for a play-in game ahead of the playoffs.

Police Discover The Body Of Male Inside A Pond In Raleigh Tuesday

(Raleigh, NC) -- Raleigh police are investigating the discovery of a body inside a pond Tuesday. Officers responded to a call of a possible drowning around 7:pm, at a small body of water on New Hope Church Road, near the entrance of a neighborhood. Crews used an inflatable boat to retrieve the remains. Police would only say the body was that of a male victim. An overturned child's bicycle was also found on the banks of the pond.

William Peace University Decides To Remove A Statue Of Its Founder

(Raleigh, NC) -- Officials at William Peace University in Raleigh have announced the removal of a statue honoring its founder and namesake. This, after a task force created to research the institution which was established in 1857, learned that the college once owned 51-slaves. The research also found that the campus' Main Building, was constructed with slave labor. William Peace administrators have also scheduled a series of "listening sessions" to consider a possible name change.

Governor Roy Cooper Promoting 'Longleaf Commitment Grant' Program During Statewide Tour Of Community Colleges

(Sanford, NC) -- On Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper continued his tour of the state's community colleges to highlight the 'Longleaf Commitment Grant' program. The grant supplements the federal Pell Grant and other existing aid by providing an additional 700-to 28-hundred dollars to community college students. Yesterday, Cooper met with students and administrators at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford. To date, over 11-thousand-600 students have receive 'Longleaf Commitment Grants' totaling more than four-point-six-million dollars.

Habitat For Humanity In Central North Carolina Gets 9.5 Million Dollar Donation From Billionaire Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

(Raleigh, NC) -- MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has announced a donation of over 430-million dollars to Habitat for Humanity. Of that amount, nine-point-five million will be earmarked for affordable housing in the Triangle area. Durham and Orange counties are among the seven North Carolina Habitat affiliates slated to receive Scott's donations. The funds will support several affordable housing construction projects currently underway in East Durham and from 12-to-20 new homes in Orange County over the next two years.

HHS Launches New Vaccination And Booster Campaign In Anticipation Of BA2 Omicron Subvariant Surge

(Raleigh, NC) -- The State Health Department has launched a new campaign to get more people vaccinated before the next wave of COVID-19 infections arrives in North Carolina. This, after infectious disease expert Doctor Anthony Fauci, told the Washington Post Tuesday, that if there is a surge from the new BA2 Omicron subvariant, it will happen within the next two weeks. North Carolina's "Spring to Summer" campaign, will focus on increasing vaccinations and booster shots in adults and children.

North Carolina Men And Women Advance To The Sweet 16

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- Both the UNC men and women are going to the Sweet 16. The North Carolina women were the latest to advance, with an impressive 63-45 win over Arizona late Monday night in Tucson. The Lady Tar Heels went on a 15-0 run between the first and second quarters, for a 28-17 halftime lead. Led by Kennedy Todd-Williams who had 19-points and five assists, Carolina held on for the victory and the first Sweet 16 appearance since 2015. The North Carolina women will take on top-seeded South Carolina in Greensboro on Friday. The Tar Heel men will face off fourth seeded UCLA in Philadelphia on Friday.

Three Injured In Asheboro Shooting

(Asheboro, NC) -- Police are investigating a triple shooting in Asheboro. Officers say two juveniles and a 19-year-old were injured after being shot around Coleridge Road Tuesday afternoon. No arrests have been made yet.

Greensboro Splitting New Infrastructure Money

(Greensboro, NC) -- Plans are in place on how to divide more than ten-million-dollars from the Infrastructure Act funding in Greensboro. City officials revealed yesterday over half of that chunk will be used for a new Guilford County Metro 911 dispatch system and transportation. The rest will be split between workforce development and the Greensboro Innovation District.

Dropout Rate Lowers In Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The dropout rate is down in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The state released numbers this week that the district is averaging two-point-six-six dropouts per 100 students. That rate was above three the year before. In all, it was a decrease of roughly 80 dropouts. Each school in the district is being asked to come up with a dropout prevention plan to address chronic absenteeism.

Wake Men Play In NIT Quarterfinal Tonight

(College Station, TX) -- Wake Forest's men's basketball squad is hitting the court again tonight in the National Invitational Tournament. The Demon Deacons play at Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round. A win will land the Demon Deacons into the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York next week.

Greensboro-Based Grocery Store Named Nation's Best

(Greensboro, NC) -- A Greensboro-based grocery chain is the best of the best. USA Today just named The Fresh Market as the Best Supermarket in the country, based on its readers' choices. There are three Fresh Market locations in the Triad and more than 20 in North Carolina.

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