Cobra On the Loose, Feds Bring Vax Push to WNC, New Flights to AVL


Eviction Moratorium In NC Ending

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina is not following the CDC's decision to extend an eviction moratorium. The agency lengthened the moratorium for one more month through July, but North Carolina's Council of State decided yesterday to bring it to an end. Governor Roy Cooper said he was disappointed as people are struggling to stay in their homes and many North Carolinians need help. The non-profit NC Realtors praised the decision, saying the governor's rental relief fund has one-billion-dollars available to provide as a safety net.

FEMA Ups Vaccine Response In Mountains

(Buncombe County, NC) -- FEMA is sending mobile vaccination units to western North Carolina. The federal response comes as COVID-19's Delta variant is increasing and vaccination activity has waned in the region. The federal agency is expected to set up a home base in Buncombe County in mid-July. Haywood County health officials told WLOS-TV they plan to have a vaccination unit available until Labor Day.

Asheville Firefighters Remind Public Of Fireworks Ban

(Asheville, NC) -- The Asheville Fire Department is reminding residents to be cautious this holiday weekend. A department spokesperson tells the Citizen-Times that any firework that spins, explodes or leaves the ground is banned. Those wishing to celebrate with fireworks are encouraged to stick with viewing a professional display. Firefighters locally responded to nearly 230 calls between July 3rd and 5th two years ago.

Asheville's Hotel Program For Homeless Ends

(Asheville, NC) -- A program to help the homeless in Asheville is wrapping up today. The homeless service Homeward Bound will be helping more than 50-people move out of the Red Roof Inn this morning. The hotel has been used as a temporary housing solution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeward Bound representatives will assist the affected people find another place to stay.

Armed Robber Going To Prison

(Asheville, NC) -- A man is heading to prison for two armed robberies in Asheville. One of the crimes happened at the Mountain Energy Store on Smokey Park Highway, where an employee was held up at gunpoint in January. Joseph Johnson pleaded guilty this week to two counts of armed robbery. He was sentenced to more than four-years in prison.

Allegiant Adds New Route At Asheville Regional

(Asheville, NC) -- A new nonstop destination is coming to Asheville Regional Airport. Allegiant Airlines announced yesterday it will begin flying directly to Minneapolis twice-a-week in October. It marks Allegiant's 16th nonstop destination out of Asheville. The airport's executive director said the new service will provide a gateway to the Twin Cities.

Group Rallies For Change After Myers Park Sexual Assault Claims

(Charlotte, NC) -- A group of people is calling on a Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school to do more when it comes to protecting students. A crowd of around 100 gathered outside Myers Park High yesterday, in response to several allegations of sexual assaults on-campus. The school's administration has been accused of ignoring the reports. CMS leaders are remaining quiet about the claims.

Marshal Cleared In Deadly Charlotte Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- A U.S. Marshal won't be facing charges connected to a deadly shooting in Charlotte. It's been just over three-months since the marshal shot Frankie Jennings to death at a gas station along The Plaza. Jennings allegedly reached for a gun inside the car while officers were trying to arrest the wanted man. The district attorney told CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings yesterday no charges will be filed against the marshal.

Vigil Held After Children Shot In Statesville

(Statesville, NC) -- The public's help is needed in finding suspects that killed a child and injured others in Statesville. Eight-year-old Ah'miyahh Howell died and her seven-year-old cousin was hurt when shots were fired on Wilson Lee Boulevard Monday night. A ten-year-old was injured nearby in a second shooting later that night. Family and friends held a vigil last night for Howell and the injured victims.

Driver Arrested After Teen Dies In Hit-And-Run

(Charlotte, NC) -- A driver is being charged in a hit-and-run that killed a young teen in northeast Charlotte. The CMPD says the woman never stopped after allegedly striking the 13-year-old at The Plaza and East W.T. Harris Boulevard early Sunday morning. Officers found the suspect's car close to the scene the next day. She was arrested for involuntary manslaughter and felony hit-and-run this week.

Large Public Beach Open At Lake Norman For Fourth

(Cornelius, NC) -- A large public beach area on Lake Norman will be open for the holiday weekend. Limited capacity will be allowed from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Ramsey Creek Beach, thanks to recent hirings of lifeguards for the 40-acres of waterfront. Beach-goers are urged to park at the CATS park and ride lot on Norman Drive, where a shuttle will take people to the beach for free.

Venomous Spitting Zebra Cobra Snake Still On The Loose In Northwest Raleigh Neighborhood

(Raleigh, NC) -- An area wide alert remains in effect for residents in a northwest Raleigh neighborhood where a pet, venomous, spitting Cobra snake, escaped from its owners on Monday. The so-called Zebra Cobra snake was last seen on the front porch of a neighbor's home along the 7-thousand block of Sandringham Drive. Local animal control officials say the reptile is very dangerous and that it can also spit poisonous venom up to 9-feet. Anyone who sees the snake is advised to call 911.

Controversial Prize Winning Journalist To Learn If She Will Be Granted Tenure At UNC Chapel Hill Today

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- The fate of Pulitzer prize winning journalist Nicole Hannah-Jones will be decided today at a special called meeting of the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. Members are expected to vote on whether or not to grant tenure to the controversial writer, who was the driving force behind the New York Times' 1619 project. Hannah-Jones, who is set to begin her five year term as a journalism professor tomorrow, has recently said she will not do so without tenure.

High Levels Of Lead Discovered In Fayetteville School's Water Supply

(Cumberland County, NC) -- Health officials in Cumberland County have issued an alert after unusually high levels of lead were recently discovered in the water supply of an elementary school. Water samples taken from kitchen faucets at Lloyd Auman Elementary in Fayetteville were found to contain lead levels nearly double the state standard. The Health Department is now offering free blood tests to students who attended the school within the last six months.

New Area Code To Be Assigned To Parts Of Southeastern North Carolina Next Year

(Southeastern North Carolina, NC) -- Parts of southeastern North Carolina will soon be getting a new area code. Beginning in late 2022, the area code of 472-will be assigned to residents and businesses in several communities including, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Jacksonville. Customers will also have to use the full 10-digit phone numbers when dialing.

Man Accused Of Killing High Point College Student Back In Guilford Co.

(Guilford Co., NC) -- The man accused of murdering a High Point University student is back in North Carolina to face charges. Twenty-four-year-old Michael Cadogan arrived to the Guilford County Jail yesterday. He's charged in the death of his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend, Gianna Delgado. Police say he traveled from High Point to Watuga Lake in East Tennessee last week to get rid of her body. Cadogan is due to have his first court appearance today.

Family Killed In Winston-Salem Apt. Fire ID'd

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The Winston-Salem Fire Department is identifying the family killed in an apartment fire over the weekend. Twenty-one-year-old Anthony King and his ten-month-old son died early Sunday morning when their unit at the Green Oaks Apartments went up in flames. His 18-year-old girlfriend, Ra-Dira Williams, was taken to the hospital where she died Monday. Police believe the fire started in the kitchen, most likely from unattended cooking.

Mocksville Police Dept. To Be Shut Down

(Mocksville, NC) -- Mocksville is losing its police department. The entire department will be shut down today as the town prepares to transfer its law enforcement duties to the Davie County Sheriff's Office. The Mocksville Town Board approved the transition earlier this year. Board members said it would cut costs and improve coverage by 75-percent. The transition takes effect tomorrow, July 1st.

Eden Shooting Victims Identified

(Eden, NC) -- Rockingham County sheriff's deputies are identifying the two men shot and killed in Eden. Twenty-nine-year-old Alexander Grubbs and 27-year-old Jordan Gwynn were gunned down on their porch along Dan River Church Road Sunday night. Gwynn's wife, Rebecca, was also shot and is listed in critical condition. Deputies say the shooter or shooters opened fire from a nearby wooded area, and they believe the victims were targeted.

Eight NC State Baseball Players Test Positive For COVID-19 Delta Variant

(Raleigh, NC) -- Eight North Carolina State baseball players are testing positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19. Thirteen of the team's vaccinated players were allowed to play in Monday's College World Series Game, but after the test results came out, the team pulled out. Experts believe this variant could become the dominant strain in the U.S.


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