Man Sentenced For ADA Death, Appeal Filed in Vance Case, ACS Sup. Retiring

Man Sentenced For Assistant DA's Death

(Buncombe County, NC) -- A man is heading to prison in connected to the death of a former Buncombe County assistant district attorney. Rodney Hasty died in October 2019 after reportedly overdosing from fentanyl. WLOS-TV reports a suspect in the case was just sentenced to serve at least 16-months for involuntary manslaughter. The charge was downgraded from second-degree murder.

Group Appealing Confederate Monument Decision

(Asheville, NC) -- Yet another challenge is being made to the removal of a Confederate monument in Asheville. The city has already removed everything but the base of the Vance Monument, which is named after a former Confederate officer and state governor. A judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the removal earlier this month. WLOS-TV reports a historical preservation group is now planning an appeal of that decision.

Asheville Superintendent Retiring

(Asheville, NC) -- The superintendent for Asheville City Schools is stepping down. Dr. Gene Freeman announced this week that he's retiring after spending close to three decades in education. His retirement will take effect at the end of this November. The school district will appoint an interim superintendent later this year as the search for a replacement gets underway.

Gordon Ramsey Restaurant Hiring In Cherokee

(Cherokee, NC) -- Jobs are being filled at the western North Carolina restaurant of a world-famous chef. The Gordon Ramsay Food Market is in the process of filling 150 positions for its location at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. A job fair was held yesterday. The restaurant is expected to open this spring.

Hendersonville Approves Affordable Housing Project

(Hendersonville, NC) -- An affordable housing project is on tap for Hendersonville. The city council approved plans this week for an 80-unit plan between Sugarloaf and East Prince roads near I-26. Most of the units will be apartments, with 20 slated to be single-family homes.

Grant To Help Asheville Group Train Homeless For Workforce

(Asheville, NC) -- A large grant is going to help train the homeless for the workforce in Asheville. WLOS-TV reports the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry is receiving a grant worth nearly 300-thousand-dollars. Workforce development training will be provided at the ministry's Transformation Village, which provides transitional housing for the homeless.

One Dead In Shooting Near Northlake Mall

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a homicide near Northlake Mall. A man was found shot to death at the Wendy's restaurant on Northlake Centre Parkway last night. The restaurant was closed off during the investigation, but the mall remained open. There's no word on any arrests.

Street Name To Change In Uptown

(Charlotte, NC) -- A new name is coming to a street in uptown Charlotte. The city's Legacy Commission has been studying replacements for Stonewall Street, which takes the name of former Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. It will now be named Brooklyn Village Avenue beginning this summer. The new name honors a former pre-dominantly Black neighborhood which was destroyed decades ago.

Teen Escapes Train Wreck In Gastonia

(Gastonia, NC) -- A young driver is okay after a close call on railroad tracks in Gastonia. WSOC-TV reports a 16-year-old girl narrowly escaped her car before a train slammed into it on Bessemer City and Oates roads yesterday. The car was reportedly stuck after the teen tried turning at the crossing. No one was hurt, but the car was destroyed.

Rent Prices Up In Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- Rent is on a high rise in the Queen City. Redfin reports the average price to rent has gone up more than nine-percent over the last year. The monthly average is now over 17-hundred-dollars-a-month.

Man Accused Of Robbing Two Concord Banks

(Concord, NC) -- Concord police are looking for a bank robbery suspect. Officers say a man robbed a Truist Bank and a Bank OZK early Wednesday afternoon. He got away with cash at both locations.

Charlotte High School Team To Forfeit Football Season

(Charlotte, NC) -- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg school is having to forfeit its season. The Charlotte Observer reports West Charlotte High is vacating all games from fall 2021 due to an ineligible student athlete who played for the Lions. Myers Park High School was forced to forfeit games several weeks ago after a similar investigation by the high school association.

Charlotte FC Wins U.S. Open Cup Match

(Greenville, SC) -- Charlotte FC is moving on in the U.S. Open Cup. The club defeated Greenville Triumph SC two-to-one last night to advance to the round of 32 in the competition. Charlotte returns to regular Major League Soccer action on the road against Colorado on Saturday.

Two Raleigh Men Hospitalized Following Double Shooting On Rock Quarry Road

(Raleigh, NC) -- Police in Raleigh are investigating a double shooting that left two men wounded. It happened late Wednesday night along the 700-block of Rock Quarry Road. Officers responded to a call of shots fired and arrived to find one adult male in the front yard suffering from a gunshot shot wound. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and treated for unspecified injuries. A second shooting was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. The conditions of the two men remains unknown.

Flight Delayed At RDU After Strange Odor Detected Aboard Plane

(Wake County, NC) -- An American Airlines flight was delayed from taking off Wednesday after a strange odor was detected on the plane. All 152-people on board flight 1894 were evacuated as a safety precaution. One passenger was taken to the hospital and two others were treated at the scene. No word on their conditions. At last report, airport officials had not yet identified the odor.

Ft. Bragg Paratroopers On Their Way To Baseball Game Prompts Evacuation Of U.S. Capitol

(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. Capitol building in Washington was briefly evacuated Wednesday after authorities identified an aircraft as a "Probable Threat." It turned out that the plane was carrying a group of paratroopers from Ft. Bragg known as the 'Golden Knights', who were on their way to perform a pre-game demonstration for baseball fans at National Park, home of the Washington Nationals. The military is investigating the incident as a communications failure.

New Cases Of B.A. 2 Subvariant Across North Carolina Jump 50-Percent In One Week

(Raleigh, NC) -- Figures released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday show there has been at least a 50-percent increase in new COVID cases within the past week. The seven-thousand-279 cases reported yesterday were two-thousand 428 more than the number reported last Wednesday. Doctors suggest the latest outbreak of the B.A.2 Omicron subvariant is due to relaxed mask mandates and low vaccination rates.

Rapidly Spreading Avian Flu Has Killed At Least Three Bald Eagles Across North Carolina

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina wildlife officials are reporting three bald eagles have died after becoming infected with the Avian Flu. As of April 20th, 144-cases of the highly contagious pathogen had been detected in wild birds across the state. And, since March 29th, the state agriculture department has ordered the euthanization of more than 90-thousand turkeys and over 280-thousand chickens at commercial poultry farms in an effort to slow the spread of the deadly disease.

Duke Star Freshman Forward Banchero To Enter NBA Draft

(Durham, NC) -- A second Duke basketball starter in as many days has declared his intentions to enter the NBA Draft. Freshman Paolo Banchero announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will also be shopping for an agent. The 19-year old forward was named the ACC Freshman of the year, averaging more than 17-points a game and hauling down almost eight rebounds. Banchero, who is the son former WNBA star Rhonda Banchero, is expected to be a top five pick in the Draft. Center Mark Williams announced Monday that he too will enter the NBA Draft.

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