APD: Body Discovered Near French Broad River, NC COVID Cases Rise Again


New COVID-19 Case Average At High

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina's rolling average of new COVID-19 cases is continuing its climb upwards. The state has now averaged more than 27-hundred new cases per day over the last week, which was spurred on by several record highs set during that time. Just under two-thousand new cases were reported yesterday. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are also at a record high with over 14-hundred.

City Council Reviewing Protest Video Footage

(Asheville, NC) -- The Asheville city council is beginning to view police body cam footage of early summer protests. Members plan to take a look at videos on a mostly one-on-one basis this week after a Buncombe County Superior Court judge gave permission. There were a few instances of interaction between Asheville police and protesters on the videos. Officers deployed tear gas on the Jeff Bowen Bridge to disperse marchers from blocking the road in early June.

Body Found Near Asheville River

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are investigating the discovery of a body close to the French Broad River. WLOS-TV reports officers responded yesterday near the train trestle over Emma Road. There's no word yet on suspected cause of death.

Crews Battle Forest Fire In Maggie Valley

(Maggie Valley, NC) -- Crews are still battling a forest fire in Maggie Valley. Haywood County emergency management officials said firefighters worked through the night to continue battling trouble spots in the Evans Cove area. The brush fire is said to be contained. It's unclear at this point what started the blaze.

Training Session Leads To COVID Outbreak Among Firefighters

(Asheville, NC) -- A training session is believed to be the source of a COVID-19 outbreak among Asheville firefighters. The department has confirmed nine firefighters tested positive after attending in late October and earlier this month at the county's training center. Remaining training sessions were canceled after the firefighters got sick. Another nine firefighters who did not attend have also tested positive, while a total of 25 are in quarantine.

City To Offer Text Messaging As Way For Public Interaction

(Asheville, NC) -- The city of Asheville is planning to use a newer way to hear from the public a bit more often in the upcoming year. Text messaging was recently rolled out as a way for the public to engage in input connected to plans for downtown's Vance Monument. The communication was developed as another safe option to allow the community to stay involved safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gastonia Nightclub To Receive Warning After Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- The future of a Gastonia nightclub is hanging by a thread after recent violence. Six people, including two police officers, were injured when gunfire erupted outside Remedies Nightclub on Union Road last week. Gaston County's district attorney says he's sending the owners a letter this week to warn them about the violations the club has received in the past. The state just suspended the club's alcohol permit last weekend, while WSOC-TV reports officers have been called there more than 200 times in the past two years.

Virus That Causes COVID Found In Dorm Wastewater

(Charlotte, NC) -- More students at UNC Charlotte are being advised to stay in their dorms due to recent wastewater tests. The school says water crews detected the virus that causes COVID-19 in the wastewater at two residence halls yesterday. The affected students will be tested today. Several dorms have shut down for the same reasons a couple of different times already this fall.

Shortage In Transportation Staff Still Reported At CMS

(Charlotte, NC) -- Bus drivers are still needed in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Transportation staffing levels were one reason CMS officials decided to delay sending middle school students back into the classroom. As of Monday, the number of fully staffed bus routes has dropped more than three-percent since that decision, or down to around 81-percent. More than 70 employees are on leave through a coronavirus relief package.

UNCC Football Game Postponed Again

(Charlotte, NC) -- UNC Charlotte will have to wait another week to return to the football field. COVID-19 concerns within the 49ers' program are forcing this Saturday's trip to Marshall to be postponed to an undetermined time. It marks the fifth time this season Charlotte's games have been upended over the coronavirus. Next up is a game at home against Western Kentucky on November 28th.

School Helping Teachers With Funds For Totaled Cars

(Charlotte, NC) -- A University City charter school is helping some teachers in the wake of last week's flooding. Firefighters helped rescue more than 140 students and staff at Corvian Community School when floodwaters quickly rose to dangerous levels on Thursday. The director of the school's elementary education told WSOC-TV that 14 cars of the staff were totaled. Corvian leaders have now set up fundraisers to help the teachers out.

Greenville Roads Flooded Out After Tar River Crest Above Flood Stage

(Greenville, NC) -- River flooding from last week's heavy rains continued to impact parts of North Carolina Monday. The Tar River that runs through Greenville crested at 19-point-seven-feet, putting it a major flood stage. Several roads in the city were closed because of high water. Residents in the Dockside and Riverwalk neighborhoods were warned that the flooding could continue through the end of the week.

DNA Data Helps Cold Case Investigators Make Arrest 28-Years Later

(Fayetteville, NC) -- DNA evidence helped Fayetteville police to make an arrest from a rape and kidnapping case that dated back 28-years. Forty-six-year-old Roy Proctor is now charged with attempted first degree murder, kidnapping and rape of a woman who was cleaning offices at the Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery in 1992. Cold case unit investigators used the federal DNA database to connect Proctor with the assault. He was booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center on Monday and is now being held on a one-million-dollar bond.

Final Vote Canvassing Of Two Counties Puts Newby Ahead Of Beasley Again

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina election officials report that during canvassing Monday, Robeson and Washington counties discovered mistakes and irregularities that had to be corrected. As a result, the race for Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court changed leads again. At last report, Republican challenger Paul Newby was once again leading Democratic incumbent Justice Cheri Beasley by 342 votes. Election watchers predict a recount will be requested once the tallying is completed.

Repairs To Ruptured Water Line Closing Some Raleigh

(Raleigh, NC) -- A ruptured water line in Raleigh is expected to keep road crews busy with repairs for the next few days. The damaged pipe was first reported early Monday morning between the Crabtree Valley Mall and Blue Ridge Road. Flooding forced authorities to close off nearby roads for several hours. The state Department of Transportation says the roads will likely be closed through Thursday.

One Person Killed, Two Hurt After Shooting Near Courthouse

(Greensboro, NC) -- One person is dead and two others are hurt after a shooting outside of the Guilford County Courthouse. It happened yesterday near the South Eugene Street entrance. Police say several people were firing back and forth at each other. Twenty-year-old Avion McLean was killed. So far, no arrests have been announced. Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting is urged to come forward.

Pilot Injured In Davie Co. Plane Crash

(Davie Co., NC) -- A pilot is recovering after crashing his plane in Davie County. It happened just after 8 a.m. yesterday near Williams Road. Authorities say the pilot was returning to Twins Lake airport when he had a mechanical issue and made an emergency landing in a pasture. The pilot was the only one in the single-engine plane. The FAA is investigating.

ACC Announces Several Schedule Changes

(Greensboro, NC) -- The ACC is making several changes to its football schedule following positive COVID-19 tests within the Miami football program. The conference announced the Hurricanes' next two games will be moved, including its matchup against Wake Forest. The 'Canes will now visit WFU on December 5th and host North Carolina on December 12th. UNC's game against Western Carolina was moved up to December 5th from the 11th to accommodate the changes.

City Of Greensboro Hosting Holiday Baking Program

(Greensboro, NC) -- The City of Greensboro is hosting several socially distanced events this holiday season. A four-week virtual holiday baking program kicks off this Friday. It's for kids who want to learn how to bake holidays treats, like pumpkin spice cake, sweet potato pie and cinnamon apple pie cheesecake. Additional events can be found at Greensboro-dash-NC-dot-gov.

Tanglewood Festival Of Lights Kicks Off

(Clemmons, NC) -- Forsyth County's annual Festival of Lights and Tanglewood Park is officially underway. The 29th annual festival kicked off last night. It was set to open last Friday but had to be postponed due to bad weather. The festival runs through Friday, January 1st. It's 15-dollars per vehicle.