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Lee County man a long-time voice in beach music

It's the time of year for beach music, and one North Carolina man is known for putting it on the radio. The Tar Heel Traveler takes us to Lee County to meet Johnny Miller.


NWS confirms 7 tornadoes touched down in central NC Friday; 4 more to be surveyed

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The National Weather Service has now confirmed that at least seven tornadoes touched down in central North Carolina on April 19. Tornadoes in Nash and Halifax counties, both EF-1, have now been confirmed.


Severe Outbreak April 19, 2019 Nothing Like 2011

NORTH CAROLINA, N.C. -- Friday, April 19, 2019 was one of the wildest severe weather days we have seen in North Carolina in years. Before it began, many were comparing the set-up to the tornado outbreak of April 16, 2011. Thank goodness, this system turned out to be nothing like that.


Woman found stabbed to death in Sanford apartment

SANFORD, N.C. (WTVD) -- Sanford police officers are investigating after a woman was found stabbed to death inside her apartment Sunday afternoon. Around 2:30 p.m., officers were called to an apartment on Scarlet Oak Lane after reports of an unresponsive female.


Man found with missing girl at NC campground sentenced to 58 years

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) - A man was sentenced to a little over 58 years in prison after he was convicted of child sex crimes from 2016. According to a news release from District Attorney Greg Newman, Kenneth D. Whitehead, of Bristol, Tenn., was convicted on two counts of statutory rape of a ch


EF-2 tornado touched down in Orange County last week

The National Weather Service on Monday shared new details about a series of tornadoes that touched down in North Carolina during Friday's severe storms. According to NWS, eight tornadoes were confirmed in central North Carolina on April 19 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. No injuries or deaths were reporte


Motorcyclist being pursued by deputy crashes into police vehicle in Garner

GARNER, N.C. (WTVD) -- One person was taken to the hospital after a crash involving a motorcycle and police car in Garner Monday afternoon. It happened at the intersection of Fayetteville Road and Purser Drive, near Walmart.


Person killed in fatal stabbing in Sanford

SANFORD, N.C. - Sanford Police say one person is dead following a stabbing incident Sunday night. According to police, officers responded to an apartment in the 100 block of Scarlet Oak Lane in Sanford for an unresponsive female.


Man wanted for homicide in Washington, D.C., could be in North Carolina

WASHINGTON — A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Washington, D.C., may be in North Carolina, WECT reports. Marcus Antwain Whitaker is charged with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting on July 27, 2018.


Man killed in Raleigh police shooting suffered head injury years before, friend says

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A Raleigh police officer who shot and killed a man Saturday night during an incident at a shopping center was wearing a body camera but it was not activated, the Department said Monday.


Body of teenager who went missing in heavy surf recovered on NC coast

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say the body of a North Carolina teenager who disappeared in heavy surf has been recovered. Emerald Isle police say in a news release that the body of 18-year-old Ian Frazier Lewis was found on a portion of the beach strand at around 3:30 a.m. Monday.


Worker killed in North Carolina road construction accident

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Labor investigators in North Carolina are looking into an accident at a road construction site in which a truck driver was killed. Winston-Salem police said in a news release that 37-year-old Amory Alexis Glover was attempting on Monday to unload soundproof wall slats bein


North Carolina BBQ Superstar Detained by Cops, Falsely Accused of Car Theft

When it comes to North Carolina BBQ, Sam Jones is a big name. His family opened the state’s legendary Skylight Inn more than 70 years ago, and in the decades since, several generations of Joneses have downright perfected the art of whole hog ‘cue. A few years ago, Jones opened his own BBQ joint, sim


Does NC owe you unclaimed cash? Check your name in the database.

CHARLOTTE, NC (Anna Douglas and Gavin Off/Charlotte Observer) - The North Carolina Treasurer’s Office has accumulated more than $900 million in unclaimed property — money waiting to be returned to residents and businesses who are missing checks, refunds, stock shares and insurance payouts.


North Carolina mom charged for having meth near baby bottle

GRAHAM, N.C. – Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina have filed multiple charges against the mother of a 21-month-old child after saying they found methamphetamine near a baby bottle.


Sexual assault suspects face little chance of conviction in some NC counties

In 38 counties across North Carolina, zero defendants who were charged with sexual assault between Jan. 1, 2014, and June 30, 2018, were convicted of that charge or a reduced charge during that time window, according to analysis of statewide court data by Carolina Public Press.


Suspicious package dropped off at Durham Police Department headquarters

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Durham police officers are investigating a suspicious package that was dropped off at the department's headquarters. According to a tweet by Durham Police Department, the package was dropped off over the weekend by an unknown person.


North Carolina May Finally Let Women Revoke Consent During Sex

Under North Carolina law, a person's initial consent to sexual activity can later prevent them from seeking justice if things turn ugly or violent — even if they have asked loudly and clearly, mid-encounter, for the other person to stop.


Southern Pines Considers $5 Vehicle Tax to Fund Sidewalk Projects

Sidewalks create walkability within communities and can offer positive health, social and economic impacts. Each year the town of Southern Pines allocates $150,000 in capital funds for new sidewalk projects.


Body of Wake Forest teen recovered on Emerald Isle beach

By Bryan Mims, WRAL reporter, & Jessica Patrick, WRAL digital journalist. Emerald Isle, N.C. — The body of a Wake Forest teenager reported missing Friday after a swim at Emerald Isle beach has been recovered, officials said Monday.