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Inmate Captured in Rutherford, Bridge Work Starting in WNC, Panthers Win

Rutherford County Inmate Captured

(Rutherford County, NC) -- The search for an escaped Rutherford County inmate is over. Aaron Langley ran from the jail while working as a kitchen trustee late Saturday afternoon. He was found at an abandoned residence around six-hours later.

Potters Market Returns To WNC

(Asheville, NC) -- The Appalachian Potters Market is returning to western North Carolina. The 34th annual event will e held at McDowell High School in Marion this Saturday. It hasn't been held since before the COVID pandemic. Handmade pottery will be featured, along with live music and baked goods.

Live Nativity Event This Week In Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- A live Nativity production is coming back to Asheville this week. The Return to Bethlehem event runs from Thursday through Sunday at Groce United Methodist Church on Tunnel Road. WLOS-TV reports it's the longest-running live Nativity in the state. The production is put on by the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry.

Christmas Angel Shop Opening

(Asheville, NC) -- The Christmas Angel Shop is up and running again this year in Asheville. The Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry says at least 400 families have applied for help through the holiday, which is made possible through the assistance of local churches, families and individuals. This year's distribution spot is at the Ingles on Smokey Park Highway in Asheville,

Bridge Work Starting Soon

(Undated) -- Nearly 20 locations are soon undergoing bridgework in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. WLOS-TV reports Bryant's Land and Development Industries out of Burnsville was awarded contracts to complete projects in the park through August of next year. Drivers should be aware there will be single-lane road closures in some areas, while full road closures ay pop up before August.

Panthers Defeat Broncos

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Panthers are back in the win column. Sam Darnold returned to the starting quarterback position for Carolina yesterday in a 23-to-ten win over Denver. He passed for just over 160-yards, which the Panthers gained 185 on the ground. It was the fourth win through 12-games for Carolina this season.

Parks Employee Injured In Charlotte Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- A parks and rec employee is being treated for injuries in a north Charlotte shooting. The worker was shot at the Friendship Sportsplex on Cindy Lane last night. No arrests have been announced. The CMPD says the employees was seriously hurt, but listed in stable condition.

Woman Arrested For Girl's Murder In Catawba County

(Catawba County, NC) -- A suspect is appearing in Catawba County court this morning on a murder charge. The woman is accused in the death of a four-year-old girl. The child was found unresponsive at a home in Vale on November 17th and died and few days later.

Flu On Rise In York County

(York County, SC) -- The flu appears on the rise in York County. WSOC-TV reports the rate of cases there is higher than nearly two-dozen South Carolina counties around the Charlotte area. Close to eight-percent of doctor's visits are currently tied to the flu, which is more than twice the normal average.

One Dead In SW Charlotte Homicide

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a homicide in southwest Charlotte. One person was killed in a shooting on Skipwith Place late Saturday night. There's no word on any suspects. Officers are taking tips if anyone has information.

No Injuries In Concord Plane Crash

(Concord, NC) -- No injuries are being reported from a crash landing in Concord. WSOC-TV reports a small plane skidded to a halt after the landing gear malfunctioned at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport on Friday afternoon. The pilot was the only person on board and escaped uninjured.

Panthers Defeat Broncos

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Panthers are back in the win column. Sam Darnold returned to the starting quarterback position for Carolina yesterday in a 23-to-ten win over Denver. He passed for just over 160-yards, which the Panthers gained 185 on the ground. It was the fourth win through 12-games for Carolina this season.

Shootings At Two Triangle Area Malls Leaves Three People Wounded

(Raleigh, NC) -- Police in Raleigh are investigating a shooting at North Hills Mall last night, that resulted in one person being wounded. It happened around 7:20 p.m. near the Regal North Hills movie theater. Authorities say the victim was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. One suspect is being held in connection with the shooting. The incident comes after two people were shot and wounded inside the Greenville Mall on Black Friday. Both are expected to recover.

Murder Suspect Described As Armed And Dangerous On The Loose In Cumberland County

(Cumberland County, NC) -- Authorities in Cumberland County are asking the public for help in locating a suspect considered to be armed and dangerous. Thirty four year old Zachary Richardson is wanted for the shooting death of 58-year old Lowell Anderson at an apartment complex in Hope Mills Friday night. Court records show Richardson is also wanted in connection with a separate fatal shooting on October 28th. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Funeral For Charlotte TV Station Helicopter Pilot Will Be Held This Week In South Carolina

(Lancaster, SC) -- Funeral services for the pilot of a Charlotte TV station helicopter that crashed last week, will be held in South Carolina. According to the family of Chip Tayag, a visitation will be held tomorrow at Palmetto Funeral home in Ft. Mill. Then on Wednesday, Tayag will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Lancaster, South Carolina. Tayag, along with Meteorologist Jason Myers both died when their Robinson R44 aircraft went down near I-77 just south of Charlotte last Tuesday. The FAA and NTSB are continuing to investigate the cause of the fatal crash.

Thousands Crowd RDU As Vacationers Return Home From Long Thanksgiving Weekend

(Morrisville, NC) -- Approximately 60-thousand travelers passed through RDU on Sunday, as the number people returning to and from Thanksgiving vacations were expected to surpass the single-day record set back in 2019. The day, which was marked by long lines, saw a total of 89-delays and two-flight cancellations. Over 300-air travelers passed through RDU throughout the four day holiday weekend.

Goldsboro Man In Critical Condition After Being Shot In The Head

(Goldsboro, NC) -- A Goldsboro man remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head over the weekend. It happened early Sunday morning along the 200-block of Randal Lane. Officers initially responded to a call of a person deceased, but arrived to find 30-year old Andrey Boykin still showing signs of life. He was transported to UNC Health in Greenville where emergency surgery was performed. So-far, there have been no arrests made in this case.

No. 1 North Carolina Men's Basketball Team Beaten By No. 18 Alabama

(Portland, Or) -- The No. 18-Alabama Crimson Tide's men's basketball team stunned No. 1 North Carolina Sunday, in the Phil Knight Invitational Tournament in Portland, Oregon. Led by guard Mark Sears, who had 24-points, five rebounds and five assists in four overtimes, the Tide squeezed by North Carolina 103-101, handing the Tar Heels their second loss since Friday, when they were upset by Iowa State 70-65. The Heels travel to Bloomington Wednesday to take on the Indiana Hoosiers.

Young Woman Dies, Two Injured In Sunday Crash In Greensboro

(Greensboro, NC) -- Greensboro police say a 21-year-old driver has died from her injuries after her car was hit from the side early Sunday morning. Officials say Gabriella Portillo of Mt. Airy died at the scene in the three-thousand block of West Gate City Boulevard just before two a.m. She was pulling out of the parking lot of a restaurant there when another driver crashed into her car. Police say the driver of the other vehicle, a Dodge Challenger truck, as well as a passenger in Portillo's car, were hospitalized in serious condition.

Officials Identify Victim in Friday Homicide

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Winston-Salem police say their investigation continues into a shooting that killed a man Friday. It happened in the 600 block of Allen Street, where police found 46-year-old Montre Donnell Richardson in the road with gunshot wounds to his chest. He was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries. Richardson's death marks the city's 33rd homicide this year.

Proctor & Gamble Fined $35K For Safety Law Violations

(Greensboro, NC) -- The North Carolina Labor Department has fined Proctor and Gamble nearly 35-thousand-dollars for safety law violations at its Bryan Park Road facility in Greensboro. State records show the fine comes after an investigation found the company at fault after a three-thousand-pound container of gel fell off a lift truck and fatally crushed a worker. The incident happened in May. Violations collected by the state labor department are paid to the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund, which distributes the monies to public schools.

Public Meeting Set for Tuesday on Improvements to New Walkertown Road

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- A public meeting is set for Tuesday night concerning results of a study on traffic improvements to New Walkertown Road. It's being hosted by the City of Winston-Salem's Department of Transportation. A city consultant will be on hand to present the study and answer questions about the project, whose goal is to improve New Walkertown Road between Martin Luther King Junior and Northampton Drives. The meeting is set for Tuesday night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carl H. Russell Community Center.

New State Plate Benefits Pilot Mountain

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- You can now order a state license plate that will help benefit Pilot Mountain. Organizers behind the effort say they wanted to help rebuild after a wildfire devastated the area last year. For each plate purchased, 20-dollars goes to the mountain to help preserve its trails, create educational programs and prevent wildfires. A spokeswoman for the non-profit Friends of Sauratown Mountains says the plates have so far raised more than seven-thousand-dollars.