Bus Drivers Get More Stipend, Jury Still Out in Murder Trial, Snow for WNC

Bus Drivers Given Increased Stipend

(Asheville, NC) -- Leaders in Asheville City Schools are coming up with ways to keep bus drivers around. WLOS-TV reports the school board approved a measured this week that would raise a stipend from 200-to-750-dollars. It's being considered a short-term solution as Asheville schools continues to deal with a shortage.

Jury Still Deliberating In Buncombe Murder Trial

(Buncombe County, NC) -- A jury still hasn't come back with a decision in a Buncombe County murder trial. Shannon Daves claims she acted in self-defense when she shot her boyfriend in Candler just over two-years ago. The shooting was captured on a surveillance camera set up for a dog. Jurors have deliberated for more than two full days.

Driver Charged After Cyclist Dies

(Asheville, NC) -- An Asheville driver is being charged in a deadly accident. A man riding a bike was struck and killed on Hendersonville Road January 23rd. The woman behind the wheel of an SUV has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed. She turned herself in last week.

Hendersonville Divides Rescue Plan Funds

(Hendersonville, NC) -- American Rescue Plan Act funds are being split up in Hendersonville. City leaders decided how they'll divide out two-million-dollars among local nonprofits this week. Nearly half of that will go to the Hendersonville Connections Center, which provides services for vulnerable people in the population. The remaining funds will go to seven other agencies.

Hotel Conversion Work Delayed In Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- Work to convert a former Asheville hotel into permanent housing for the homeless has hit a snag. Crews were expected to start transforming the Ramada Inn last month, but that has now been moved to March. A completion date is still possible before the end of the year. There's no word on what caused the delay.

Snow Possible In WNC

(Asheville, NC) -- Snow is still a possibility in the mountains of western North Carolina this weekend. The National Weather Service reports rain could turn over into snow on Saturday night into Sunday. Highest elevations could see a significant amount. A cool down into the 30s is only supposed to last around a day.

Suspect Arrested In Decades-Old Double Murder

(Charlotte, NC) -- A man is behind bars for a Charlotte cold case double murder. It's been close to 40-years since Sarah Mobley Hall and her ten-year-old son were killed in a Hidden Valley neighborhood home. Investigators charged and arrested 60-year-old James Pratt for murder last week. He was found at a York County hotel.

One Person Killed Be Train

(Charlotte, NC) -- One person is dead in a northeast Charlotte train accident. WBTV reports someone was struck while on the tracks near Eastway Drive and Howie Circle Thursday afternoon. The train was operated by Amtrak. No one aboard was injured.

Two From Lincoln County SO Charged With Assault

(Lincoln County, NC) -- A Lincoln County sergeant and a former deputy are facing charges connected to an arrest last year. The two are accused of using force in the arrest of a road rage suspect in May 2022. Both have been charged with assault. The suspect in the case was reportedly three-times over the legal drinking limit.

Hornets Trade Plumlee

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Hornets' line-up will look a little different moving forward this season. Center Mason Plumlee was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before yesterday's trade deadline. He was averaging more than 12-points and nearly ten-rebounds per game. Charlotte received point guard Reggie Jackson and a draft pick in return.

Remains To Be Identified After Car Found In Lake

(Catawba County, NC) -- Remains are still being examined after a car was found submerged in Catawba County. Investigators pulled out a car from Lake Norman earlier this week. The Ford Thunderbird was registered to a woman missing since 2008. Tina Martin owned the car and disappeared 15-years ago.

Rain, Wind Coming To Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- Rain and wind are heading into Charlotte. The National Weather Service is calling for heavy rain Saturday night into Sunday for the piedmont. Wind gusts could reach as high as 40-miles-an-hour for the same time frame. Snow is also possible in the mountains.

Officer-Involved Shooting Being Investigated In Rocky Mount

(Rocky Mount, NC) -- Authorities in Rocky Mount are investigating an officer-involved shooting that sent a man to the hospital yesterday. It happened around 2 p.m. behind the Oakwood Shopping Center after police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. That's where a man reportedly shot at officers. They fired back and wounded him. He was transported to UNC Nash Health and later to ECU Medical Center. No word yet on his condition.

Four Year Old Boy Dies After He Was Discovered Unresponsive Inside Rocky Mount Home

(Rocky Mount, NC) -- Police in Rocky Mount are trying to figure out how a four-year-old boy died. Officers found him inside a home yesterday morning near Hurt Drive and Goose Branch Drive. He was unresponsive and rushed to UNC Nash Health, were he was later pronounced dead. This is the second child death investigation in the area this week.

Durham Police Release The Age Of Hillside High School Student Shot To Death On Wednesday

(Durham, NC) -- Another detail is being revealed in the killing of a Hillside High School student. Durham Police won't reveal his name but say he was 17-year-old. He was shot along American Tobacco Trail on Wednesday. Another student shot is 15-year-old and in the hospital.. Investigators are calling on the public for help in locating the suspects.

Ninety One Year Old Woman In Critical Condition Following Hit-And-Run Incident In Red Springs

(Robeson County, NC) -- A 91-year old Robeson County woman remains hospitalized in critical condition after a hit-and-run Wednesday. It happened around 7:30 am as she was walking along the 2800 block of Mt. Zion Church Road in Red Springs. The suspected driver was arrested yesterday and identified as 28-year old Kenneth Quevedo. He's charged with felony hit-and-run and being held on 600-thousand dollars bond.

Wake County School Superintendent Announces Her Retirement

(Wake County, NC) -- Wake County school superintendent Catty Moore has announced plans to retire at the end of the current academic school year. In a statement released yesterday, she said her retirement will be effective on July 1st. Moore, who has led the state's largest school district since 2018, is also the first woman and first Latina to serve as superintendent in its 50-year history.

Duke And NC State Women Win; UNC Women Lose In College Basketball Road Games Last Night

(Triangle Area, NC) -- In women's college basketball action last night, the Duke Blue Devils dominated Boston College at Conte Forum with 68-27 victory over the Eagles. The 27-points were the lowest any team has scored against Duke this season. Meanwhile, NC State broke a two game losing streak with a 51-42 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. But, UNC had a tougher time on the road without two starters who were out with injuries, when they fell 75-67 to Syracuse at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Greensboro Woman Launches Gofundme Effort For Turkey's Earthquake Victims

(Greensboro, NC) - A woman who's part of the Turkish community in Greensboro has launched a GoFundMe account to help earthquake victims in her homeland. Naciye Atay says she wants to be able to get necessities to people in areas hardest hit by the nearly eight-magnitude quake. She says money raised from her three-thousand-dollar goal will be taken to the Turkish embassy in D.C. to help people get sleeping bags, tents, portable chargers and other items that may be hard to come by. She hopes to leave with any other donated items by the middle of next week.

Parkland High Student Killed In Shooting Wednesday Night

(Winston-Salem, NC) - The Forsyth County Sheriff has issued a statement saying residents need to help prevent gun violence against young people. That's after a student from Parkland High School was shot to death at a Clemmons apartment Wednesday night. Deputies say the victim was 16-year-old Jhamari Hall. Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough says the community as a whole needs to do its part to stop the violence and "end the heartache." No information has been released yet about a suspect in the shooting.

Inmates Concerned about Lack of Officers at County Jail

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Inmates at the Forsyth County jail are upset about a shortage of detention officers. Some are telling WXII-TV that because the jail is severely short-staffed, they can stay locked in their cells for as much as 22 hours a day. Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough says that even though state regulations require inmates to get one hour out every three days, those at the FCDC they get two hours in the morning and two more at night, every day. At the end of January, there were a reported 94 vacancies at the county jail.

Parents' Bill Of Rights Passes State Senate

(Raleigh, NC) -- Legislation called the "Parents Bill of Rights," has advanced in the state Senate along party lines. The measure would require schools to tell parents about any time a student asks to use a different name or pronouns was approved Tuesday 29-18. It would also ban public school teachers from discussing gender identification and sexuality in grades K-through-four. Supporters of the LGBTQ community say they're concerned about the consequences of outing students to their parents. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

Greensboro Part of Test Market for Chick-fil-A Cauliflower Sandwich

(Greensboro, NC) -- Many Chick-fil-A fans are usually eager to try their new menu offers but one that will be sold in Greensboro beginning Monday may be a bit strange. Company officials say that's when the chicken chain will begin to test a fried cauliflower sandwich. The creation is a marinated and breaded hunk of "tender filet cut from a whole, real cauliflower" on a bun with two dill pickle chips. Marketers say the result looks very similar to the original Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. The item is also being tested in Denver and Charleston.

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