Freezing rain expected in much of western NC
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The National Weather Service says freezing rain is expected in much of western North Carolina.
Ice storm warnings and winter storm warnings have been issued for much of the state north of Interstate 40 and west on Interstate 85. The ice storm warning includes cities like Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Forecasters say temperatures should drop to freezing early Sunday morning as the rain starts and up to a quarter-inch of ice could collect on trees and power lines.
There is a freezing rain advisory south of that area for places like Asheville, Hickory and Durham. Those places could get up to a tenth of an inch of freezing rain before temperatures rise back above freezing.
Forecasters say the rest of the state can expect a cold rain Sunday.
MAYOR'S BROTHER-IN-LAW KILLED
SC mayor's brother-in-law killed in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The brother-in-law of the mayor of Columbia, S.C., has been shot and killed outside a Charlotte store.
Police say Donald Gist Jr. was pronounced dead in the parking lot of the store north of Charlotte's Uptown around 1:15 p.m. Friday.
Investigators say they think Gist was killed by someone he knew and issued a murder warrant for 40-year-old Arthur Given. They have not given a motive for the killing.
Gist's sister is Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea Benjamin, who is married to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
The Gist and Benjamin families released a joint statement that said they will remember Donald Gist as a loving husband, father, son and brother and are trying to use their faith to make sense of the tragedy.
Man shot to death outside of Wilmington home
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man who got into a fight at a party in Wilmington was shot to death when he returned to the gathering.
Investigators said 20-year-old Drayshawn Dowd was shot several times around 12:30 a.m. Saturday and his body was found in a bush by officers responding to a call about shots fired.
Police say Down was at a party when he got in an argument with someone else. They say Dowd left, but was shot when he tried to return.
Investigators have not identified any suspects or determined what Dowd was arguing about before he was killed.
Man shot to death while driving in Salisbury
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) - Police say a man driving his car has been shot and killed by someone in a passing vehicle in Salisbury.
Investigators said witnesses saw the man waiting at a stoplight around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a dark-colored SUV pulled around it and fired several shots.
Police said the wounded driver's Ford Taurus then wrecked into a barrier and the victim was dead before paramedics arrived.
Authorities have not released the victim's name. They also haven't given a motive for the shooting or named any suspects.
Husband and wife dead in Leicester murder-suicide
LEICESTER, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say the death of a husband and wife in their rural Buncombe County home appears to be a murder-suicide.
Deputies say 65-year-old Clyde Cody Jr. and his 64-year-old wife, Hilda, were found dead in their Leicester house around 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Investigators didn't say who they think fired the fatal shots or give a motive for the deaths.
Buncombe County has had 13 homicides this year, with more than half of them taking place in the past five weeks. The county reported just four homicides in all of 2012.
Sheriff Van Duncan says nearly all of the recent homicides involved people who knew each other.
Man charged in woman's death in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Investigators say they have charged a man with killing a woman whose skeletal remains were found near a railroad track in Fayetteville last month.
A first-degree murder warrant was presented Friday to 38-year-old Pierre Lowe, who is in the Cumberland County Detention Center on unrelated charges.
Someone walking along the tracks Nov. 15 found a skull and bones that belonged to 39-year-old Marcella Thompson. She had been last seen two months earlier.
Police say Lowe was driving Thompson's car when he led them on a chase that ended with him crashing the vehicle.
It wasn't known if Lowe has a lawyer.
COUNTY OFFICIAL ARRESTED
4th arrest for New Hanover County commissioner
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A New Hanover County commissioner has been arrested for the fourth time since he was elected to the board in 2010.
Wilmington Police said Brian Berger was found unconscious in his car in the middle of the street around 12:45 a.m. Friday. A woman who called 911 said she honked her horn at the car and knocked on the window, but no one responded.
Berger was charged with driving while impaired and possession of controlled substances. Police say Berger had pills in a bottle, but no prescription.
Berger's lawyer Buddy Allard says the pills were legally described, and Berger just had them in a different bottle.
This is Berger's second DWI charge since his 2010 election. He also has been charged twice with domestic violence.
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