Child Killer Gets Life, Naked Prowler in WAVL, School Lunch Price Hike

Waynesville Man Heading To Prison For Child Murder

(Haywood County, NC) -- A Waynesville man is heading to prison for killing a baby. It's been just over three-years since a nine-month-old girl died after suffering blunt force trauma. Dylan Green was taking care of the child at the time while her mother went to work. A judge sentenced him to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder on Friday.

NC Christmas Tree Going On Tour

(Asheville, NC) -- The U.S. Capital Christmas tree from North Carolina is going on tour this year. The Western North Carolina Ag Center in Fletcher will be the first stop on November 5th before several other statewide stops on the way to Washington, DC. A red spruce is being selected from a national forest in North Carolina. The tree will eventually be delivered to the west lawn of the Capitol building on November 18th.

Attorney General Fighting For Women's Reproductive Rights

(Asheville, NC) -- North Carolina's attorney general is vowing to fight for women's reproductive rights. That was Josh Stein's message on Friday at a Council of Independent Business Owners in Buncombe County on Friday. He said he's filed briefs in court that will allow hospitals to provide abortions when medically necessary.

Thousand-Dollar Coin Found In Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- There's a big winner in the Great U.S. Treasure Hunt in Asheville. Nearly seven-thousand people registered to take part locally, where puzzles were given out to lead participants to a coin's location. That coin was worth one-thousand-dollars. A woman found the coin at Asheville's Leah Chiles Park on Saturday.

APD Investigating After Naked Man Attempts Break-Ins

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are trying to find a man who showed up naked at several homes. The man popped up on surveillance footage in a west Asheville neighborhood early Friday morning. Despite showing up at several homes, he was never able to make entry.

School Meal Prices Increasing In Buncombe County

(Buncombe County, NC) -- The cost for school meals is going up in Buncombe County. Congress decided not to extend meal waivers this year, so the cost will go back to parents. Costs will range between three-50 and four-25 for lunches for elementary to high school students. Inflation and supply chain issues have caused prices to go up. Breakfasts will remain free.

Man Killed In Lancaster Speedway Shooting

(Lancaster County, SC) -- One man is behind bars for a homicide at the Lancaster Motor Speedway. Lancaster County investigators say the victim was shot to death near the ticket gates during the last race on Saturday night. The suspect was tracked down to the Roselyn Housing Development. The motive for the murder is unclear.

CMS Still Has Bus Driver Vacancies

(Charlotte, NC) -- Bus driver vacancies still remain as CMS students return to class today. WSOC-TV there are 45 openings for drivers, while 370 teaching positions remain open. Luckily, the school district has around 400 guest teachers on file. Some substitute teachers are also eligible for a 25-hundred-dollar critical shortage bonus.

CMPD Investigated Homicide

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a homicide in southwest Charlotte. Officers found one man shot to death on Cherrycrest Lane early Saturday morning. The search is underway for a suspect. There have been no arrests announced.

Vaccinations Encouraged Ahead Of Class

(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS is reminding parents that precautions are in place to prevent COVID-19 and monkeypox spread in the classroom. The school's health specialist said ahead of class that the district gets its guidance from the Mecklenburg County public health office and they'll refine the action plan as needed. Among the 126 monkeypox cases in Mecklenburg County, only one involves a child.

Four Injured In Charlotte Wreck

(Charlotte, NC) -- A serious wreck is being investigated in Charlotte. Four people were sent to the hospital after a three-car crash on North Tryon Street near Orr Road last night. A fence for a CATS light rail track was damaged in the accident.

Panthers Win Preseason Finale

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Panthers are heading into final preparations for the season with an encouraging win. Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold accounted for three touchdowns in Carolina's 21-nothing preseason finale win against Buffalo over the weekend. The offense gave up no sacks in the scrimmage. The team's roster must be trimmed down to 53 by tomorrow.

Mother Arrested At Raleigh Hospital After Deaths Of Her Two Daughters

(Raleigh, NC) -- Authorities in Wake County are holding a Cary woman in custody in connection with the deaths of two young children over the weekend. Launice Shanique Battle was arrested early Sunday morning at Duke Raleigh Hospital and charged with murder. This, after two girls, ages two and three years old, were pronounced dead at the hospital. Investigators say Battle is the children's mother. They have not yet released any further details surrounding the toddler's deaths.

One Person Found Dead Following Fire Inside Durham Apartment Home

(Durham, NC) -- Fire inspectors in Durham are trying to determine the cause of a blaze at an apartment building that left one person dead. Crews responded to a call of a fire just before 8:30 Sunday morning at a building along Wood Cottage Court. They arrived to find no smoke coming from the structure, but once inside, they discovered the body of a person lying on the floor and visible signs of water and smoke damage. The victim was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Teacher Shortages Persist As Thousands Of North Carolina Students Begin A New Academic Year Today

(Wake County, NC) -- Across the state of North Carolina, hundreds of thousands of public school students will be returning to classes today. This, as the Department of Education reports more than 4,400 teacher vacancies statewide. In Wake County, the state's largest school district, there are reportedly over 400-teacher positions open. Education leaders trying a number of new incentives to recruit more students to pursue teaching degrees at the college level. School Districts are also hiring teachers with degrees in other areas, as long as they become certified within one year.

Every Child NC Holds Rally To Drum Up Support For The Leandro Plan

(Raleigh, NC) -- Dozens of teachers, parents and community leaders held a rally at the Halifax Mall in Raleigh over the weekend, to drum up more support for public education. The event, organized by the non-profit Every Child NC, was designed to spread awareness and urge more North Carolinians to support the Leandro Plan. The court ordered ruling orders the state legislature to spend more money to ensure every child in the state has access to a sound basic education.

Sound Of What Was Thought To Be Gunshots Sends Mall Shoppers Running For Cover

(Raleigh, NC) -- What initially sounded like gunfire sent dozens of shoppers scrambling for cover at the Crabtree Valley Shopping Mall in Raleigh. It happened just before 7 p.m. Saturday near the food court. Witnesses say a fight between two groups of teenagers resulted in a chair falling and loud noises. Raleigh police arrived to find no signs of a shooting and there were no injuries. Investigators are still looking for suspects.

Two Women Die While Stopped on Southbound US-52

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Two women have died after they were hit by a semi-truck in a crash on southbound US-52. Police say it happened near Ziglar Road in Winston-Salem Saturday morning. Officials say Elizabeth Goins of Pilot Mountain and Heather Singleton of Lewisville were stopped in the right-hand lane and were hit when they got out of the car. A tractor-trailer driven by 60-year-old Bradly Perry collided into the women and Goins' Dodge pickup truck. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver stayed on the scene and was cooperative with police.

Cary Woman Arrested for Murdering Two Young Daughters

(Cary, NC) -- A Cary woman has been arrested for the murder of her two toddlers. WGHP-TV obtained arrest warrants which show Launice Shanique Battle allegedly murdered the girls, who were two and three years old. The warrants say it occurred on Saturday but didn't relay where the crime was committed or how the girls died. Battle is expected in court on Monday for her first appearance. The case remains under investigation, police said.

Two Charged for Shooting Teen in His Backyard

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Two men have been arrested for murder in the death of a 20-year-old who was shot in his backyard in May. Winston-Salem Police says Omar Avila Sanchez, of Flatrock Street and Bryan Santiago Zarate of Hauser Road in Lewisville were arrested and placed in the Forsyth County jail. Police said in a news release Saturday that the two are accused in the May 22nd death of Juan Carlos Hernandez-Mariche of Ansonia Street. The victim was targeted by the suspects.

Greensboro Details Uses of ARPA Funds

(Greensboro, NC) -- The city of Greensboro is pouring millions in federal funding back into its local economy. Council members recently approved 25-million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act to help in recovery efforts and community projects. Some of the funds will go toward affordable housing to assist families and veterans and to provide emergency assistance for low-income residents.

GCS Schools Receive National Recognition for How They Used Federal Monies

(Greensboro, NC) -- The Guilford County School District is getting attention from the Biden administration. The district is one of 15 out of more than 14-thousand across the country that's being acknowledged for its use of federal funding from the American Rescue Plan. GCS used the funds to support unfinished learning after the pandemic by expanding school programs and tutoring accessibility. Congress gave out 122-billion dollars to schools nationwide to offer relief from the pandemic.

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