Meadows Gets Jan. 6th Mention, Car Burns in AVL Park, HPD Gets Accolades

Meadows Mentioned In January 6th Probe

(Washington, DC) -- A former western North Carolina Congressman is being called out for his alleged actions on the day of the U.S. Capitol riot. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, testified in a House hearing last night that it was former Vice President Mike Pence who made the decision to send National Guard troops to the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021. Milley claims North Carolina native Mark Meadows wanted to spread the narrative that President Trump had things under control and was making the decisions. Meadows served North Carolina's 11th district before being named the White House Chief of Staff in 2020.

Pardee Lockdown Suspect Surrenders

(Hendersonville, NC) -- A man accused of causing lockdowns at Pardee Health facilities in Hendersonville is no longer at-large. Brant Stephens turned himself in yesterday on charges of communicating threats. He's accused of making a threatening phone call the day before, which prompted police to lockdown Pardee's medical office, cancer center and hospital. Nothing suspicious was found.

Sylva School Starts Virtual Fridays

(Sylva, NC) -- A western North Carolina school is going virtual because of gas prices. Southwestern Community College in Sylva is implementing what it calls Virtual Fridays now through early August. The decision comes as gas prices nationwide hit around five-dollars-a-gallon on average. The school's director of public relations says they'll reevaluate what to do before fall semester begins.

Part Of BRP Closed During Bridge Replacement

(Ashe County, NC) -- Part of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed for around two-years. WSOC-TV reports crews are beginning work to replace the Laurel Fork Bridge in Ashe County, which will force a ten-mile detour around the project. Funds from the Great American Outdoors Act will pay for the project. The bridge was built more than 80-years ago.

Car Burns In Asheville Park

(Asheville, NC) -- A driver is expected to be okay after suffering injuries in a fiery crash in Asheville. WLOS-TV reports a man lost control of his car while allegedly speeding near Koontz Elementary School last night. His car ended up on a ball field at the Irby Brinson Athletic Complex engulfed in flames. The driver will now face unnamed charges.

Hendersonville PD Recognized

(Hendersonville, NC) -- Hendersonville's police department is being recognized for its work to reduce risks and sticking to industry standards. The North Carolina League of Municipalities recently applauded the department for its efforts during a review of policies and procedures. Representatives from the league also went on ride-alongs and interviewed officers. Police chief Blair Myhand says the accreditation adds more trust in the department.

Rock Hill Mayor Speaks About Failed Panthers' Facility

(Rock Hill, SC) -- Rock Hill's mayor is accusing Panthers' owner David Tepper of trying to avoid paying contractors. Thursday's allegations by John Gettys come after Tepper paused work on a new practice center in Rock Hill, and then had his real estate company file for bankruptcy. Gettys says what ends up being built on the 200-acre site will be what's best for the people of Rock Hill. Meanwhile, the future of Carolina's new practice facility remains unclear.

One Dead In Gastonia Shooting

(Gastonia, NC) -- Officers are investigating a homicide in Gastonia. A 20-year-old man was found shot to death inside a car near the S&K Express on North Chester Street late Thursday afternoon. One witness told WSOC-TV that has many as 20 shots were fired. No suspects have been arrested.

Lincoln County Commission Chair Arrested For DWI

(Lincoln County, NC) -- The chairman of the Lincoln County commission is accused of driving drunk. Carrol Mitchem was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of DWI after being pulled over around North Carolina Highway 27 and Shoal Road. His blood alcohol content was allegedly nearly twice the legal limit. The 65-year-old issued an apology, saying he takes full responsibility.

CMPD Beings Adult Diversion Program

(Charlotte, NC) -- A new program offered through the CMPD is aimed at giving young adults a second chance. The department announced yesterday it is partnering with Lowe's to offer classes to help bring low-level crime offenders back into the workforce. It's centered around adults aged 18-to-24. More than 90-percent of four-thousand kids who took part in a youth diversion program in the last decade haven't re-offended.

March Against Gang Violence Set For Rock Hill

(Rock Hill, SC) -- An effort is underway to stop gang violence in Rock Hill. WSOC-TV reports hundreds of people are expected to gather at Fountain Park tomorrow as part of an event called Peace in the Streets. Gun violence led to the deaths of three teens off Gist Road in late April. A third suspect in the case was arrested this week.

CLT Expected To Be Busy This Weekend

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte Douglas International Airport is expected to be busy this weekend. Airport officials are advising passengers to expect delays all weekend long as the summer travel season kicks into gear. American Airlines says some regional flights may have to be grounded due to staffing issues. Anyone flying out is encouraged to make sure they're inside CLT two-hours before a domestic flight.

Charlotte FC Resumes Play On Saturday

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte FC is back in training as another home match approaches this Saturday. The club has been on an international break since May 29th. Saturday's match will be played at Bank of America Stadium against New York Red Bulls. Charlotte currently sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Man Walking With A Long Gun Shot And Killed By Harnett County Sheriff's Deputy

(Harnett County, NC) -- An investigation is continuing into a fatal officer involved shooting in which a man, described as having a mental breakdown, was killed by a Harnett County Sheriff's Deputy. It happened around 12:30 a.m. Thursday along NC 27-westbound when the suspect was seen walking with a rifle. According to the incident report, attempts to deescalate the situation were unsuccessful, which resulted in the law enforcement officer firing his weapon. Curtis Roy Young of Cameron was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

North Carolina Man Shot And Killed While Trying To Break Into An Alabama Elementary School

(Gadsden, AL) -- A Harnett County man was shot and killed by a School Resources Officer in Gadsden, Alabama Thursday, after he reportedly tried to force his way into an elementary school and later a marked patrol vehicle. Authorities also say the suspect, identified as Robert White of Bunnlevel, got into a struggle with the officer outside the school and tried to take his gun. During the altercation, White was fatally wounded by the officer.

Wake Tech Community College Holds Graduation Ceremonies For 21-Law Enforcement Cadets

(Wake County, NC) -- Graduation ceremonies were held at Wake Tech yesterday for 21 cadets who recently completed basic law enforcement training. The Certificate of Completion qualifies the new officers to begin their new careers as Wake County Sheriff's Deputies within a few weeks. The next basic training course for a new class of cadets is scheduled to begin in July.

Legionnaires Disease Detected In Two Wake County Individuals

(Wake County, NC) -- Wake County health officials are investigating the recent discovery of two cases of Legionnaires Disease. A preliminary report finds that both infected individuals had visited the Clarion Pointe Wake Forest Hotel before experiencing flu-like symptoms. The Health Department says people have since received treatment and are now recovering.

NC House Passes Bill Setting New Requirements For Schools That Offer Virtual Learning

(Raleigh, NC) -- Members of the North Carolina House Thursday, passed a bill setting new standards for "remote academies" as virtual learning. If approved, the new law would require schools that offer remote learning courses in the future to undergo evaluations to examine their effectiveness. Senate Bill 671-would also remove two of the state's charter schools from pilot program status.

ECU And UNC Competing In Super Regionals This Weekend For Chance To Go To The World Series

(Greenville, NC) -- There will be two North Carolina college baseball teams competing in the Super Regionals playoff games this weekend. East Carolina will take on Texas later today in Greenville. And the North Carolina Tar Heels will be matched up against Arkansas tomorrow. The winner of the best of 3-series will advance to the NCAA college world series in Omaha.

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