Harris to AVL,Search Continues for Missing Hiker,Early Voting Numbers Soar


Big Numbers For Early Voting In NC

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina voters are continuing to turn out in big numbers to vote. Well over one-and-a-half-million people have cast ballots as of yesterday, either in-person or by absentee. Some voters who have mailed in ballots will be contacted to do it again. Elections officials are advising those who have submitted absentees with no witness signature.

Kamala Harris Re-Schedules Asheville Visit

(Asheville, NC) -- Kamala Harris is re-scheduling her trip to Asheville. Original plans to visit North Carolina last week were marred when a member of her staff tested positive for COVID-19. The Democratic vice presidential candidate is giving it another go tomorrow. A visit to Charlotte is also planned.

Deputy Charged, Fired For Assault

(Rutherford County, NC) -- A Rutherford County deputy is now off the force. Lieutenant Jamie Dunn was charged with simple assault on October 12th, around a week after an investigation started. The sheriff's office fired Dunn the next day. He turned himself in to Polk County investigators.

Search For Missing Man Continues

(Haywood County, NC) -- Rescue teams are continuing the search for a missing man in the Shining Rock Wilderness area. Chad Seger of Asheville was reported missing on Friday by his family. Haywood County Emergency Management says a crew of over 80 people from North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama were searching yesterday. Seger's car was found in the Black Balsam parking lot in the Pisgah National Forest.

Canton Police Investigate Shooting

(Canton, NC) -- A shooting at a western North Carolina fast food restaurant is being investigated. WLOS-TV says officers responded yesterday to a Burger King in Canton. Few details have been released by the police department.

COVID-19 Cluster Identified At Church

(Franklin, NC) -- Health officials are keeping a close eye on a COVID-19 outbreak at a Franklin church. Macon County public health confirmed a cluster at the Franklin Church of God yesterday. A cluster is defined as a number of at least five people with positive cases. The health department is busy contacting those people who may have been in close contact.

Two Dead In East Charlotte Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a deadly double shooting in east Charlotte. A man and woman died after shots were fired outside a mini-mart on Kilborne Drive early Monday afternoon. Officers told WSOC-TV that both were inside a car at the time of the shooting.

Kamala Harris Re-Schedules Charlotte Visit

(Charlotte, NC) -- Kamala Harris is re-scheduling her trip to Charlotte. Original plans to visit North Carolina last week were marred when a member of her staff tested positive for COVID-19. The Democratic vice presidential candidate is giving it another go tomorrow. A visit to Asheville is also planned.

Panthers Shut Down Practice Over COVID-19

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Panthers will continue to work virtually today due to COVID-19. The organization called off in-person activities yesterday after someone tested positive. No one would confirm who was involved, but offensive lineman Michael Schofield was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list yesterday. Backup center Tyler Larsen is also on that list.

Trump Heading For Rally In Gastonia

(Gastonia, NC) -- President Trump is holding a rally in the Charlotte area. He is scheduled to fly into CLT before heading over for a Wednesday night rally outside Gastonia Municipal Airport. The Gaston County Health Department reminds potential attendees to stay socially distant and wear face masks. The county's GOP chair told NBC Charlotte he's been trying to find 200 volunteers for the event.

COVID-19 Outbreak Linked To Church Event

(Charlotte, NC) -- The impact of a COVID-19 outbreak at a Charlotte church event is spreading. Nine cases were initially connected to a two-day convocation at the United House of Prayer for All People on Beatties Ford Road earlier this month. Mecklenburg County health officials said yesterday nearly two-dozen cases have now been confirmed among attendees or their close contacts.

Plans For Car-Free Development Approved

(Charlotte, NC) -- A car-free housing development is in the works in Charlotte. WSOC-TV reports the city council gave the thumbs up for a building plan in Seversville where tenants will face eviction if they have a car. The developer will be installing bike racks and lockers for grocery delivery, in the absence of cars. The land neighbors a greenway

Fire Engine Overturns On The Way To Battle Blaze, Two Firefighters Injured

(Wake County, NC) -- Two Northern Wake County firefighters had to be hospitalized Monday night after their water tanker truck overturned while en route to a house fire near Umstead State Park. The crash happened along the 6100-block of Ebenezer Church Road. The fire engine was part of several crews responding to the call of a fire at a home on Dewees Court. Although the fire was quickly brought under control, one woman was left homeless. Injuries suffered by the two firefighters were not considered to be life threatening.

Absentee Ballots Without Witness Signatures Will Have To Be Done Over

(Raleigh, NC) -- People in North Carolina who've already voted absentee but did not have the required witness signature on their ballots, will have to fill out new forms. The directive handed down Monday by the North Carolina Board of Elections, which said about 10-thousand absentee ballots need correcting. The Board also ordered County elections officials to immediately start contacting those voters to fill out new ballots with witness signatures. Of the estimated 635-thousand absentee ballots that have been cast, 98-percent of them have been accepted.

Thieves Stealing Catalytic Converters From Toyota Prius'

(Wake County, NC) -- Motorists across the Triangle are being advised to park their cars either in garages or in well lit areas following a recent rash of catalytic converters being stolen. Investigators report at least 50-thefts in Wake and Durham counties within the last month. Police say the thieves have been specifically targeting converters from the hybrid Toyota Prius because of their high resale value on the black market.

Convicted Millionaire North Carolina Political Donor Reports To Prison Today

(Raleigh, NC) -- Millionaire North Carolina businessman Greg Lindberg is scheduled to report to federal prison today to begin serving a seven-year sentence following a bribery conviction. Lindberg, who at one time was considered North Carolina's largest political donor, was found guilty back in March of orchestrating a scheme to bribe State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. Attorneys for Lindberg have vowed to appeal the conviction.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Triad Are Up

(Greensboro, NC) -- A record amount of people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in North Carolina. NBC News 12 reports hospitals in the state have been treating more than eleven-hundred patients daily over the last week or so. Cone Hospital in Greensboro is among the locations experiencing a surge in patients. It says over 80 people are currently receiving treatment for the virus, which is its highest number yet.

Guilford Co. Schools: Students Will Not Return Today

(Greensboro, NC) -- Guilford County Schools says its first round of students will not return to the classroom today like originally planned. The school board announced a revised plan last week to bring students back for in-person learning. Pre-K through second-grade was supposed to return today, but a recent spike in COVID-19 cases has district officials pumping the breaks. They'll now consider bringing students back on Monday, October 26th. A decision is expected by this Friday.

Man Accused Of Throwing Liquor Bottle At Child In Rockingham Co.

(Rockingham Co., NC) -- A man is facing assault and other charges after allegedly throwing a liquor bottle at a child. Twenty-five-year-old Aaron Sheppard was taken into custody at a home in Reidsville late Saturday night. Rockingham County deputies say he threw a bottle at a five-year-old child's head, causing serious injuries. The child was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover. Sheppard was booked into the county detention center on a three-million-dollar bond.

Panthers Working Remotely After Unconfirmed COVID-19 Test

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Carolina Panthers are working remotely after an unconfirmed COVID-19 test result. The team says the move is out of an abundance of caution. The Panthers hope to return to a normal practice schedule by tomorrow. Carolina had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 23-16 home loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Panthers sit at 3-and-3 on the season and will visit the New Orleans Saints this weekend.