Bunc Co Deputy Under Investigation, Judge Rules on Monument, Toddler Killed

Buncombe Deputy Investigated For Alleged Excessive Force

(Buncombe County, NC) -- The SBI is investigating a Buncombe County sheriff's deputy for allegedly using excessive force. The probe centers on a February 17th arrest involving Lieutenant Scott Eugene Robinson. The Citizen-Times reports Robinson was cleared of any wrongdoing after a man was shot by officers outside the Henderson County courthouse two-years ago.

Appeals Denied In Confederate Monument Case

(Asheville, NC) -- The court of appeals is ruling against a challenge to the removal of Asheville's Confederate monument. A historical preservation group has been trying to stop the remainder of the Vance Monument from being taken down, but another challenge was blocked yesterday. The only thing that's left in downtown is the base of the statue. The group has another two-weeks to appeal again.

Toddler Dies In Old Fort Accident

(Old Fort, NC) -- The death of a toddler is being investigated in Old Fort. A two-year-old died after being hit by a car at a residence on Spring Street yesterday. The sheriff's office told WLOS it appears the child ran up to a moving vehicle in the driveway.

Wildfire Contained In Haywood County

(Maggie Valley, NC) -- The dangers from a Haywood County wildfire are over. Flames burned through around 300-acres on Sheepback Mountain before it was finally contained yesterday. Nearly 20 homes were evacuated on Monday, but residents were allowed to return safely once the fire was under control. Yesterday's rainstorms helped in the emergency response.

Buncombe Sheriff's Candidate Dies

(Buncombe County, NC) -- A Republican candidate for Buncombe County's sheriff post has died. Retired state trooper AJ Fox died at the age of 62 on Sunday, less than two-months before the primary. There's no word on his cause of death. Two other candidates remain in the Republican primary.

Money To Be Used For Cybersecurity Upgrades

(Buncombe County, NC) -- More money is being set aside for cybersecurity in Buncombe County. WLOS-TV reports the county is using 225-thousand-dollars to help protect the information of county residents. Phishing attacks and cyberthreats have recently been on the rise.

Body Scanners Expanding To More Schools

(Charlotte, NC) -- More body scanners are being installed on CMS campuses. Superintendent Earnest Winston told school board members last night that scanners are being set up at more than a dozen high schools over the next few weeks. This comes after scanners were installed at seven schools recently. Work is also underway to finish giving out clear backpacks. Distribution halted last week after some bags were sent in with warning tags.

County Offers Tax Breaks To Developer

(Mecklenburg County, NC) -- Mecklenburg County commissioners are giving a tax break to a developer with plans near uptown Charlotte. Over one-million-dollars will be provided to the Drakeford Company, which will build nearly 100 townhomes off Statesville Avenue. Nine of the units would be considered affordable.

Severe Storms Still Possible

(Charlotte, NC) -- Severe weather is a threat again tonight in Charlotte. Yesterday brought heavy rain through the Piedmont. The National Weather Service says the major threat this evening will be strong isolated thunderstorms. They could produce damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes.

CMS Bus Driver Arrested After Swabbing Children's Cheeks

(Charlotte, NC) -- A CMS bus driver is facing charges for allegedly swabbing children's cheeks. Raina McManus is accused of giving Ridge Road Middle School students five-dollars in exchange for getting samples for a diagnostics company in mid-February. She was arrested for soliciting yesterday. CMS fired her in late March.

Foul Smell Still Coming From York County Mill

(York County, SC) -- Some York County residents are still waiting on something to be done about the smell from a mill. The EPA has been urged to take action against New Indy Containerboard for not complying with following certain orders, but nothing has been done. The company faces a fine of more than one-million-dollars. WBTV says one person spoke at the council meeting this week, urging for more to be done.

Monroe City Councilwoman's Job In Danger

(Monroe, NC) -- The job of a Monroe City Councilwoman is in jeopardy. A hearing officer has submitted a report to the council, saying that Angelia James falsely claimed there were felons that needed to be arrested at a Fairfield Inn last fall. She's also accused of threatening to fire officers, which is a code ethics violation. A hearing will be held Thursday.

Hornets Lose Again

(Miami, FL) -- The Hornets' defense is struggling. Charlotte gave up 144-points for the second game in a row last night in a loss to Miami. It keeps the Hornets in the tenth and final spot for a play-in game ahead of playoff series competition. There are four regular season games left.

Man Who Shot Three Neighbors In Franklin County Still At Large

(Franklin County, NC) -- Authorities in Franklin County are continuing their search for a man described as armed and dangerous following a shooting in Louisburg that left three people wounded. It happened Tuesday outside a home on Vineyard Road. Investigators say Todd Rogers shot his neighbors following an argument over street repairs. A man, woman and their son were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. No word on their condition. Rogers was last seen leaving the area in a 2000 black Chevy Tahoe.

Chief Patterson Offers Several Recommendations On Ways To Reduce Violent Crime In Glenwood South

(Raleigh, NC) -- Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson is recommending an increased law enforcement presence on weekends as a way reducing violent crime in the Glenwood South entertainment district. In a speech before the City Council Tuesday, Patterson also suggested businesses install metal detectors. The recommendations came in response to newly released crime stats that showed a dramatic increase in overall crimes in the area since 2019. Patterson also expressed concerns about the mass shooting in Sacramento last weekend and the possibility of something similar happening in Raleigh.

Johnston County School Leaders Approve New Bond Issue For New Building Construction

(Johnston County, NC) -- The Johnston County Board of Education has approved a 250-million dollar bond issue for education. At a meeting Tuesday night, members voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that would use the funds to pay for construction of a proposed new high school and two elementary schools. The money would also be used to fund expansions to four other school buildings in the District. Classroom overcrowding has become a problem recently as Johnston County has emerged as the third fastest growing county in the state.

Wake County Wants 56-Million Dollar Increase To Fund Employee Pay Raises And To Hire More Teachers

(Wake County, NC) -- Wake County schools leaders are requesting a budget increase in order to fund employee salary pay raises and the hiring of more classroom teachers. The request came Tuesday from Superintendent Cathy Moore, who told school board members that the increase would cost the County about 56-million dollars, which represents a 10-percent increase over last year's budget. Approximately two-billion of the school districts operating cost comes from the state, while around 500-million is funded by Wake County.

North Carolina Tar Heels Return Home To Cheering And Appreciative Crowd In Chapel Hill

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- A somber University of North Carolina basketball team returned home to Chapel Hill Tuesday, after losing the national championship to Kansas Monday night 72-to-69. Hundreds of fans gathered outside the Dean Dome to great the team and first year Coach Hubert Davis, to congratulate the Tar Heels on their historic Final Four run. Speaking to the crowd, Coach Davis said their support all season had been a tremendous inspiration to the players, coaches and staff.

Dreamville Music Festival Draws An Estimated 80-Thousand

(Raleigh, NC) -- The estimated number of people who attended the Dreamville music festival this past weekend is around 80-thousand. According to event organizers, ticket sales also showed show fans came from every state in the country, as well as 14-different nations. Plans are already in the works with local tourism officials to host a third Dreamville festival that will include more activities than just concert performances.

Greensboro Police Arrest Man For 3-Month-Old Shooting

(Greensboro, NC) -- A 41-year-old Greensboro man has been arrested for a shooting that happened in December of 2021. Police have charged Rodon Boswell with first-degree murder. Aron Smith died of his injuries from being shot December 28th on Gate City Boulevard. Police have not said how their investigation led to Boswell as the suspect in the incident.

Fox Attacks Man Who Was Working on a Car

(High Point, NC) - A High Point man is reportedly going to be all right after he was attacked by a fox Tuesday afternoon. Police say Darrin Watson's mother said he was at his sister's house in High Point. He was fixing one of her cars when a fox came out from under it and attacked him. A neighbor who was outside heard the attack and called for help. The fox was later captured and died shortly afterward; its body is being tested for rabies.

Greensboro Chick-Fil-A Worker Gets $25,000 Scholarship

(Greensboro, NC) - A Chick-fil-A worker in Greensboro has been chosen to receive one of the company's 25-thousand-dollar college scholarships. The company announced Tuesday that Brandon Aranda-Garcia, who works at the location on Gate City Boulevard, is one of 12 employees around the country to receive a "True Inspiration" scholarship. He's pursuing an education in aviation maintenance.

Former Miss America Giving Away Gowns And Cocktail Dresses Saturday

(Winston-Salem) - A Winston-Salem native who was Miss America in 2019 will be giving away over a hundred glamour outfits Saturday. Nia Franklin says she wants young women to have a taste of the runway, including some dresses she wore during her reign. The event will take place at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 950 File Street in Winston-Salem.

Lineup For River Run Film Festival Announced

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The River Run Film Festival returns to Winston-Salem later this month for its 24th annual event. Promoters say one of the headlining films this year will be "We Feed People," about the efforts of Chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen. The film festival runs April 21st through 30th and features over 170 films representing 33 countries.

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