Morning Headlines: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Vaughan Wins Landslide Mayoral Victory
Greensboro voters overwhelmingly elected incumbent Mayor Nancy Vaughan to a second term Tuesday. Running against newcomer Devin King, the incumbent mayor took more than 80 percent of the vote.
In the council race, Yvonne Johnson, Mike Barber, and Marikay Abuzaiter took the at-large seats.
Sharon Hightower, Jamal Fox, and Justin Outling took districts 1, 2, and 3.
Districts four and five were uncontested.
There was also a referendum on the Greensboro ballot asking residents whether or not to extend city council and mayoral terms from two years to four. That measure passed, and begins in 2017.
As expected, voter turnout was low during this off-year election, reaching under 12 percent.
Voters Make Municipal Choices Across The Triad
There were a handful of municipal elections around the Piedmont Triad Tuesday. Among the notable races:
- A vote to pick the new mayor of Charlotte. Democrat Jennifer Roberts defeated Republican Edwin Peacock III. Roberts defeated incumbent Dan Clodfelter in a primary runoff.
- Boone Mayor pro-tem Rennie Brantz defeated newcomer Ryan Hollingsworth, a student at Appalachian State.
- The election of a new mayor of Mocksville for the first time in 18 years. William Marklin defeated two other candidates for the office.
- Voters in Walnut Cove approved a measure to allow mixed drinks in restaurants, hotels and private clubs.
- The selection of mayors in the western Forsyth towns of Clemmons and Lewisville. Both races featured candidates who ran unopposed. In Clemmons, incumbent Nick Nelson won a second term. In Lewisville, former mayor Mike Horn replaces Dan Pugh, who was ineligible to run again because of term limits.
Complete election results here.
Former Congressman Coble Dies
Former Congressman Howard Coble died late Tuesday night after an extended hospitalization.
Fox8 News reports Coble was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 8 for surgery to remove skin cancer lesions and a lymph node.
His nephew Ray Coble said that not long after the procedure, he developed complications with his breathing and was unable to swallow. He was put on a ventilator.
Coble, of Greensboro, is a former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 6th congressional district, serving from 1985 to 2015.
He was succeeded by Mark Walker.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Coble was 84.
Interim Tag Removed From Warren As NC Courts Director
The interim administrator of North Carolina's courts system has been asked to stay on in the position.
Chief Justice Mark Martin announced Tuesday that he has appointed District Court Judge Marion Warren of Brunswick County as director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. Warren has held the job on an interim basis for about six months.
Martin says a search committee led by former Chief Justice Burley Mitchell identified Warren as a finalist to succeed retired courts Director John W. Smith. Martin says Warren did an exceptional job in the interim role.
Warren has been a judge serving Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties and has been an assistant prosecutor. He was an unsuccessful state Court of Appeals candidate in 2014.
Authorities: No Charges In Fatal Shooting In Robbery Attempt
Authorities say the man who fatally shot a suspect during an attempted robbery at a jewelry store in Winston-Salem will not be charged.
The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Monday at Long Jewelers. Police say the man's identity won't be released since he isn't being charged.
Police say it appears three suspects entered the jewelry store and confronted customers and employees with guns. Police say a "person in control" of the business shot one of the suspects. Authorities have identified that suspect as 30-year-old Matthew Shawon Elliott of Statesville.
Police say Elliott was wounded and ran out the store, along with the other suspects. He collapsed outside the business and died at the scene.
Authorities are looking for the other two suspects who fled.
Hot-Shooting Hornets Hammer Bulls 130-105 For 1st Victory
Jeremy Lamb scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, Nicolas Batum added 18 and the Charlotte Hornets cruised to their first victory of the season, 130-105 over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
Jeremy Lin had 15 points, Al Jefferson had 14 and Spencer Hawes chipped in with 13 on three 3-pointers as the hot-shooting Hornets shot 14 of 22 from beyond the arc and made 22 of 23 free throws.
The Hornets (1-3) led by as many as 27 in the second quarter after starting the game by hitting 13 of 18 shots from the field and all 11 foul shots in the first quarter.
Charlotte reached the 100-point plateau in the final seconds of the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Lin.
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls (3-2) with a season-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while Doug McDermott added 17 points.