Dog recovering from being shot by arrow
SWAIN COUNTY — Ms. A, an Australian cattle dog, is recovering at Asheville’s REACH Veterinary Specialists after she was found with an arrow shot through her body. Police don’t know who shot the dog last week, but donations have helped her get $6,000 of veterinary treatment in the last week. She still has a long way to go, but she’s recovering from her wounds.
Mudslide causes bank fire
ASHE COUNTY — Heavy rains from Hurricane Florence caused a mudslide in Ashe County last week, which led to a fire at Lifestore Bank. The bank ignited minutes after the mud hit the back of the building. Blue Ridge Energy reported that the mud tipped a power pole, breaking wires, possibly causing the blaze. All employees were able to evacuate, and first responders put out the fire.
Woman wins $1 million on scratch-off
WILKES COUNTY — April Lee of Boomer won $1 million on a Carolina Millions scratch-off lottery ticket last week. She stopped at an Ashley Farms gas station in Wilkesboro on her way to work and decided to change up her routine. She later told local media that something told her “go get it,” so she purchased a different lottery game than usual. Lee took the lump sum payout and received $423,009 after taxes.
High school assistant coach resigns after offering opponents playbook
JACKSON COUNTY — Aaron Tuttle resigned his position as teacher assistant at Smoky Mountain High School after he was accused of offering the team’s playbook and hand signals to Tuscola High, who played Smoky Mountain last Friday. Tuttle was not asked to return to this year’s coaching staff after a new head coach was hired. Even without the playbook and signals, Tuscola won the game.
Man arrested for bomb threats
DURHAM COUNTY — Michael Dexter Brodie was charged with making bomb threats against government buildings in Raleigh and Durham. The 53-year-old was charged by federal prosecutors after he allegedly mailed hoax threats to Durham police headquarters and Raleigh’s City Hall in May and June. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each charge.
Prison guard arrested for drug possession
WAKE COUNTY — A guard at the state prison for women was arrested last Thursday for possession with intent to distribute after she brought 85 strips of a prescription drug into the prison. Sequinta Shaquan Alston was arrested after trying to bring in strips which give a dose of Suboxone when placed under the tongue.
Teacher starts 50th year in classroom
GASTON COUNTY — When Ashbrook High School in Gastonia began its 2018-19 school year, it was a milestone for teacher Mamie Chisholm. It will be her 50th year in the classroom. Chisholm, a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, began teaching in 1968, the year that Gaston’s public schools unified following integration. She has taught French at Belmont High and South Point High and served as an Elementary School librarian before coming to Ashbrook.
High school runner dies at cross-country race
MOORE COUNTY — Union Pines High School senior Samantha Davis died on Sunday after collapsing during a cross-country race on Saturday morning. Davis appeared to suffer a seizure while running. She was diagnosed with epilepsy following a softball-related injury in 2016. A GoFundMe initiative had already raised nearly $17,000 for her family by Monday night.
$7,000 reward offered for missing man
UNION COUNTY — Police are searching for Carl Dewayne Melton, who has been missing for several weeks. Melton was last seen on Aug. 10, and he was officially reported missing on Sept. 3. Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Melton’s whereabouts, and his family is offering an additional $2,000.
Product Quest to lay off nearly 300 employees
CABARRUS COUNTY — Product Quest in Kannapolis, a manufacturer of health and beauty products, filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, and now, its area employees are paying the price. The company announced that it will be laying off 296 employees just before the holiday season. The layoffs will take place between Nov. 5-19. It includes 204 employees in operations, 74 in quality, 13 in finance and five salespeople.
Three arrested after small children found wandering on road
DAVIDSON COUNTY — Three adults were arrested after neighbors found two small children wandering alone on a Davidson County road. The 1-year-old and 2-year-old were found by another child, who notified his mother. Police visited the children’s home and found three adults unconscious and impaired — 20-year-old Austin Sloop, who is the children’s uncle, and 19-year-old Chandler Burgess and Chase Roberts. Sloop was charged with child abuse, and all three received drug charges.
Woman takes in animals after hurricane, charged with crime
WAYNE COUNTY — Tammie Hedges, founder of Crazy’s Claws N Paws in Goldsboro, was arrested for treating 27 animals without having a veterinary license. Storm victims brought their pets to Hedges for temporary shelter, and she told officials she felt the need to help the animals. Hedges administered drugs, including amoxicillin, topical antibiotics and a prescription painkiller.
I-95 reopens after flood waters recede
BLADEN COUNTY — Gov. Roy Cooper announced that Interstate 95 has reopened throughout the state. Parts of the major highway had been closed since Sept. 15 due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, causing major detours across the state for north-south traffic. The floodwaters receded faster than expected, however, allowing 95 to reopen on Sunday night.
School reopens despite road closures, damage
HARNETT COUNTY — After being closed for nearly two weeks following Hurricane Florence, schools in Lillington reopened this week. The decision to reopen was made despite the fact that many area roads are still closed, including Highway 27 near West Harnett High, which was completely washed out. Two buildings — Gentry Elementary and Triton High — sustained water damage that is still being assessed.
Homeowner shoots man breaking into car
MARTIN COUNTY — A man believed to be breaking into vehicles in a driveway in Williamston was shot by the homeowner. The homeowner saw the suspect and went outside, armed with a handgun. During the confrontation, the homeowner fired one shot, hitting the suspect. Neither the homeowner or suspect’s names were immediately released. The suspect was treated at Martin General Hospital. The SBI is currently investigating the incident.