House Fire Leaves Family with Nothing, Hen Co. Public Safety Center Opens

House Fire Costs Canton Family Everything

A weekend fire has cost a Canton family everything! The fire started in the early hours Sunday morning at a home on Girdwood Height. Monica Marlor and her three children, ages 5, 10 and 11, were able to make it out safely but escaped with only the clothes on their backs. A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family.

Minority, Women-Owned Businesses Features In Pop-Up Event

(Asheville, NC) -- Minority and female-owned businesses are being featured in Asheville. The Western Women's Business Center hosted a pop-up event for nearly 30 businesses at the Asheville Mall on Saturday. An organizer with the center told WLOS-TV they provide coaching for business plans, development, marketing and more. More events are planned throughout the year.

Henderson County Opens Public Safety Training Center

(Henderson County, NC) -- A new public safety training center is open in Henderson County. Officials were on hand Friday at Blue Ridge Community College for a ribbon-cutting at the 65-hundred-square-foot facility. It cost just over one-million-dollars. The county's emergency services director said demands are increasing on law enforcement officials, firefighters and public safety workers.

Madison County Schools Ranked High In National Report

(Madison County, NC) -- Madison County's K-through-five schools are among some of the nation's best. The U.S. News and World Report just ranked Madison's three elementary schools within the top 17-percent in the nation. Two placed among the top six-percent for North Carolina. Rankings are based on proficiency in state assessments and socioeconomic demographics.

Asheville Father Charged After Accidental Shooting

(Asheville, NC) -- A father is facing charges in the shooting of an Asheville child. Investigators say the parents of a five-year-old boy brought him to a fire station in early February after he accidentally shot himself. He's since been released from the hospital. The father was recently charged with failure to store a firearm to protect a minor.

Two Suspects Still Wanted In Asheville Business Break-In

(Asheville, NC) -- A lookout is continuing for two more suspects in an Asheville business break-in. Investigators say around ten-thousand-dollars in merchandise was stolen from a Tunnel Road business last Thursday. Two suspects have already been arrested while another couple is on the run. Asheville police say the group took around ten-thousand-dollars'-worth of items.

Mars Hill University Raising Money For Student Center

(Mars Hill, NC) -- A western North Carolina school is holding a massive fundraiser to build a new student center. WLOS-TV reports Mars Hill University started a campaign last week to help raise 20-million-dollars towards the project. Around three-quarters of that amount has already been raised.

House Fire Considered Suspicious In Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte fire officials are investigating a suspected arson. Flames that tore through a home on West Cama Street caused an estimated 35-thousand-dollars in damage on Saturday. There were no injuries. After further investigation, the C-F-D says the fire was most likely intentionally set.

York County Sues Two Cities Over Detention Center Agreement

(York County, SC) -- York County is going after two cities for allegedly failing to pay for the detention of inmates. A lawsuit has been filed against Rock Hill and Tega Cay, both of which allegedly broke an agreement that's been in place for years. The legal challenge claims the cities refused to pay the county and sheriff's office for detention services last year. A half-year of negotiations over the agreement reportedly broke down.

Groundbreaking Held For Charlotte Affordable Housing

(Charlotte, NC) -- A new affordable housing complex is being built in Mecklenburg County. Community leaders were on hand over the weekend to break ground at a four-story apartment building in the Hidden Valley community. More than 50 units are part of the project. NBC Charlotte reports the city of Charlotte is calling for more than 30-thousand additional units of affordable housing to meet current needs.

One Dead In Monroe Shooting

(Monroe, NC) -- A deadly shooting is being investigated in Monroe. A man reportedly died after he was shot on Boyte Street late Saturday afternoon. Multiple witnesses to the shooting have failed to give up any information. Several thousand dollars could be offered for anything that could lead to an arrest.

Pass Holders Sue Carowinds' Parent Company

(Charlotte, NC) -- Some customers at Carowinds are demanding money back for season passes. A group has filed a lawsuit against the park's parent company to get partial payments for season passes after Carowinds shut down due to COVID-19. An attempt to dismiss the lawsuit failed last week. The company previously denied partial refunds.

Election Operative Dies After Cancer Battle

(Bladen County, NC) -- The man at the center of a Congressional scandal in the Charlotte area is dead. McRae Dowless passed away Sunday after a battle with cancer. Dowless maintained his innocence after he was indicted for alleged election fraud several years ago while he worked for congressional candidate Mark Harris. Results from the 2018 race were eventually thrown out.

Charlotte FC Plays To Draw In Colorado

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte FC is hitting the road again this weekend after coming off a draw. The club played to a scoreless tie against Colorado on Saturday. It marked Charlotte's first draw this season, with three wins and five losses. Next up is a match against Orlando City, which ranks third in the Eastern Conference standings.

Major Figure In Bladen County Voter Fraud Investigation Dies

(Raleigh, NC) -- A key figure in a massive North Carolina voter fraud investigation has died. Family members released a statement Sunday saying McRae Dowless had passed away after a long bout with cancer. Dowless was awaiting trial on 13-criminal counts related to the 2016-and-2018 elections in Bladen County, including obstruction of justice, possession of absentee ballots and perjury. A half dozen other people have also been indicted in the case. Dowless was 66.

Mother And Boyfriend Charged In The Deaths Of Two Children Found Unresponsive In Rocky Mount

(Rocky Mount, NC) -- A 21-year old Rocky Mount mother and her boyfriend are being held in custody in connection with the deaths of her two young children over the weekend. It happened early Saturday morning along the 900 block of Drew Street. Police, responding to a call of two children inside a parked car arrived to find a three-month old infant boy and a one-year old girl unresponsive. Both were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were later pronounced dead. Zharia Noel and Ahmene Butler, both age 21, were charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse. They have since been released on 100-thousand dollar bonds each.

Shooting Inside Rocky Mount Sports Bar Leaves Four Wounded

(Rocky Mount, NC) -- Two people are being held for questioning following a weekend shooting that injured four people inside a sports bar in Rocky Mount. It happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday at the Gators Rocky Mount on Jeffries Road. Investigators say four patrons were taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening gunshot wounds. And, a security guard was treated at the scene for lacerations. Police did not release details about what led to the shooting.

Vigils Honoring Victims Of Gun Violence Held In Raleigh And Fayetteville

(Raleigh, NC) -- Vigils were held in Raleigh and Fayetteville Sunday night to remember victims of gun violence across the state of North Carolina. One took place at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and the other outside in downtown Fayetteville on B Street. Organizers, including the NC Gun Violence Prevention Coalition and the NAACP, discussed a number of issues including government funding for gun violence prevention, state gun laws and firearm safety.

Raids By State Alcohol Officials Lead To More Than 250-Arrests

(Raleigh, NC) -- Across the state, more than 250-people were charged with alcohol related violations during a series of raids conducted Friday night. That from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Unit, which reported that the charges included the seizure of an illegal distillery, illegal drug and firearm possessions, violence and dangerous driving offenses and illegal gambling. The coordinated operation was carried out across 19-North Carolina cities and municipalities.

AJ Griffin Joins Four Other Duke Starters In Declaring For The NBA Draft

(Durham, NC) -- With only hours to go before Sunday's midnight deadline, Duke basketball freshman guard AJ Griffin announced he'll be joining four of his Blue Devil teammates in declaring for the NBA Draft. It is the first time Duke has had five draft selections in one year in program history. Griffin, who ended the season shooting 44-point-7 percent from three point range, is a consensus top ten pick, with some experts predicting he will go as high as seventh overall. Meanwhile, UNC's Caleb Love has announced yesterday he will return to Chapel Hill for his junior season.

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