Cops Hunt for Arsonist, Duke Looks to Dump Coal Ash

Duke Energy Presenting Plans To Remove Coal Ash

(Spencer, NC) -- Duke Energy is unveiling its plans to remove 80-million tons of coal ash in North Carolina. The Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing last night at North Rowan High School to address questions related to plans for the Buck Steam Station. Another hearing will be held for the Marshall Steam Station and Rogers Energy Complex at Chase High School in Forest City tonight. Duke will be moving the coal ash to lined landfills, which is expected to cost billions of dollars.

Super PACS Pour In Money To 11th District Congressional Race

(Haywood County, NC) -- Funds are pouring into the race for western North Carolina's 11th congressional district. The Citizen-Times reports three Republican candidates have benefited from nearly one-million-dollars from special political action committees, or Super PACs, ahead of the March 3rd primary. Nearly half of that is going into the campaign of Haywood County real estate broker Lydia Bennett. The winner of the 11th district race will take over for Republican Mark Meadows, who decided not to run.

Over A Dozen Fires Set On Roadsides In Polk County

(Polk County, NC) -- Polk County investigators are ramping up efforts to catch a suspected arsonist. WLOS-TV says there have been reports of 15 roadside fires in the county since last Friday. Most have occurred in the Columbus and Mill Springs area, with several along I-26. While they've been contained, the fire marshal says he's worried one will end up spreading to a home. State agencies are now involved in the investigation.

Suspect Indicted For Swain County Overdose Death

(Asheville, NC) -- A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is facing charges in an overdose death. Swain County deputies and the DEA recently arrested Shannon Smith for allegedly providing a mixture containing fentanyl to someone who died in late January. The U.S. Attorney said in Asheville court yesterday she has been indicted by a grand jury for the death. The sentence would last anywhere from 20 years to life if she's found guilty.

Suspect Arrested For Stealing Truck, Hit-And-Run

(Asheville, NC) -- A Canton woman is accused of a hit-and-run after allegedly stealing a man's truck. The APD says the 35-year-old woman hopped in a truck that was left running outside the Fastop Food Mart on Smokey Park Highway in Asheville recently. The truck's owner was reportedly thrown from the truck when he tried stopping the suspect. She allegedly slammed into a car in the parking lot and later ran into an embankment a couple of miles away.

NC Man Claims Million-Dollar Lottery Prize

(Raleigh, NC) -- A North Carolina man is one of three one-million-dollar winners in a late January Powerball drawing. The North Carolina Education Lottery says Joseph DeHart of Graham County finally came forward to claim the prize on Friday. He bought the winning ticket at the Catamount Travel Center in the Jackson County community of Whittier. Another Powerball drawing tomorrow is worth up to 70-million-dollars.

Fire Destroys Businesses In Suspected Arson

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a suspected arson that destroyed a few businesses in southeast Charlotte late Sunday night. The flames spread through a Budget rental business, spa and others in a strip mall off Independence Boulevard. One business owner told WBTV she checked security cameras, but could only see smoke.

Jordan Calls Kobe 'Little Brother' In Memorial Service

(Los Angeles, CA) -- NBA legend Michael Jordan says he considers Kobe Bryant a little brother. The Charlotte Hornets' owner spoke in front of thousands at a memorial service yesterday in Los Angeles for the former Lakers star, who died in a helicopter crash with his daughter and seven others last month. Jordan said Kobe gave every ounce of himself to whatever he was doing and never left anything on the court. He reminded everyone to live in the moment.

Duke Energy Presenting Plans To Remove Coal Ash

(Spencer, NC) -- Duke Energy is unveiling its plans to remove 80-million tons of coal ash in the Charlotte area. The Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing last night at North Rowan High School to address questions related to plans for the Buck Steam Station. Another hearing will be held for the Allen Steam Station at Stuart Cramer High School in Belmont on Thursday night. Duke will be moving the coal ash to lined landfills, which is expected to cost billions of dollars.

Triple Murder Suspect In Jail

(Bladen County, NC) -- The suspect in a Bladen County triple murder is in jail. Taurean Johnson is accused of shooting three people to death and injuring another inside a home in Clarkton early Sunday morning. He turned himself in and will appear in court next month. Bladen County sheriff's investigators say the lone survivor in the shooting played dead in hopes of making it out alive.

Pedestrian Hit By Truck In SE Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- A pedestrian who was hit by a truck last night in southeast Charlotte is in the hospital. The CMPD says it happened near Idlewild Road and East W.T. Harris Boulevard. The driver stayed at the scene during the investigation. The victim's injuries were said to be life-threatening.

Fire Damages Charlotte Apartments

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte fire officials are investigating a blaze that damaged an apartment complex. Flames tore through units on Archdale Drive near I-77 in south Charlotte yesterday afternoon. All of the residents made it out safely. It took firefighters just under an hour to bring the blaze under control. No injuries were reported.

Judge Drops Murder Charges, Orders Woman Turned Over To Mental Institution

(Orange County, NC) -- An Orange County judge has ordered murder charges be dropped against a woman accused in the stabbing death of her five-year old son and the wounding of her husband in 2017. The judge on Monday agreeing with prosecutors, that Ebony Olowu was legally insane at the time of the knife attacks on her husband and son at a student housing complex near the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Doctors testified during the trial that Olowu has major depressive disorders with psychotic features. Olowu was ordered to be held at the Central Regional Hospital in Butner for further psychiatric treatment.

Search For Surprise Attacker On Bank Customer Continues

(Durham, NC) -- Police in Durham are searching for a suspect who ambushed a customer and robbed him of cash in the parking lot of a BB&T Bank near Research Triangle Park on Monday. Investigators say the suspect was waiting in a stolen car for the man to come out of the bank. Witnesses told police the robber dropped an undetermined amount of cash on the ground as he fled the scene on foot. So far, no arrests have been made.

K-9 Officer Helps Locate And Save Life Of Man

(Wake County, NC) -- A Wake County K-9 officer is being praised for helping to save the life of a man who had fallen into a six-foot ravine. It happened during a welfare check about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning along the 16-hundred block of Briarwood Place. Sheriff's deputies were told that a man who suffered with mental issues had wandered away from his home. After a search of the area by vehicle, officers called for the services of a two-year old black lab named Rosie. Rosie picked up the man's scent and tracked him to a ravine behind a house on Raven Ridge Road. The man was not harmed.

Top School Finance Officer Resigns Following Allegations Of Policy Violations

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- The assistant superintendent for business and finance for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District resigned Monday amid rumors of financial mismanagement. At issue is a nearly 800-thousand dollar professional development contract negotiated with 'Education Elements', without the approval of the school board. The resignation of Jennifer Bennett on Monday will be effective April 30th. Johnathan Scott has been named interim Chief Financial Officer.

Second Upscale Grocery Store To Open In Triangle

(Cary, NC) -- Wegmans Food Market announced Monday that it plans to open a second grocery store in the state of North Carolina. The new location will be a 103-thousand square foot facility on Davis Drive and Airport Boulevard in Cary. The upscale grocery chain is popular for offering prepared foods, including pizza, burgers, salads and coffee. The store plans to open on August 2nd and hire around 450-workers. Applications for full and part-time positions are now being accepted. The first store is already operating in Raleigh.

Thousands Lose Power In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Duke Energy is working to fully restore power to customers in Winston-Salem. A crash last night in the 500-block of North Peace Haven Road knocked out power to nearly three-thousand people. Police say a vehicle hit a power pole. There's no word on whether anyone involved in the crash was hurt.

Driver Survives Fiery Wreck In Asheboro

(Asheboro, NC) -- A teenager is okay after a fiery wreck in Asheboro. The accident happened Sunday night outside the Church of Latter-day Saints. Troopers say the 17-year-old driver was speeding when she hit a utility pole on Mack Road. They say the crash caused the transformer to explode, catching the driver's SUV on fire. She was able to walk away without any serious injuries.

Man Shot, Killed By Deputy In Jamestown

(Jamestown, NC) -- The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting in Jamestown. It happened Sunday afternoon at a home on Penny Road. A Guilford County deputy responded to the area after a man threatened to shoot utility workers who were fixing a water main break in the area. The man is also accused of threatening the deputy with a gun before the deputy opened fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy was not hurt.

Josh Groban To Perform During Grand Opening Of Steven Tanger Center

(Greensboro, NC) -- Josh Groban is set to perform during the grand opening of the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in Greensboro. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will perform on March 20th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 2nd.

Krispy Kreme to Launch Deliver Service On Leap Day

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Krispy Kreme is announcing a "national doughnut delivery" service that will launch on Leap Day. Starting on February 29th, the Winston-Salem-based company will deliver doughnuts to households across the U.S. However, you must be within ten miles of a Krispy Kreme. The on-demand service is in collaboration with the delivery service, Doordash.

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