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04/18/2023 PM News Break

By Jenna Guzman & Andrew Travers

In local news, in light of recent car break-ins, the Boone Police Department is advising people to take certain precautions to ensure it doesn’t happen to them. According to the Watauga Democrat, the Boone Police Department has responded to multiple incidents in Boone where parked vehicles were broken into and items were stolen. The police advise people to lock their vehicles, park in well-lit areas, either hide or remove valuables from the car and make sure to not leave the vehicle running when away from the vehicle.

In state news, a centuries-old canoe was found in a North Carolina lake. According to, The News & Observer, the canoe, which was recovered April 12th, is believed to be about 900 years old and is believed to be in relation to Native Americans who lived near Lake Waccamaw. According to The News & Observer, about a dozen people worked together to pull the canoe out of the water. The 28-foot canoe is now being taken to Waccamaw Siouan lands.

In national news, a Black teenager was shot in the head after knocking on the wrong house in Kansas City Missouri. According to The New York Times, 16-year-old Ralph Yarl went to pick up his brothers from a friend's house, but instead of going to a house on Northeast 115th Terrace, he went to a house on Northeast 115th Street. Answering the door was a white man who shot him in the head and then in the arm. The shooter, 84-year-old Andrew D. Lester, was taken into custody and then released on Friday after 24 hours without any charges. However, given recent uproar this past weekend, officials said Lester was recently charged with the following:

  • “Assault in the first degree.”

  • “A class-A felony, and could face life in prison if convicted.”

  • “He also was charged with armed criminal action, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.”

Yarl was hospitalized but has since been released.

Now onto sports.

In App State sports news, the Mountaineer softball and baseball teams are in action today. The softball team will travel to Cullowhee this afternoon to take on Western Carolina at 4 pm. The softball team is coming off a three-game series with South Alabama, where they lost all three games of the series. As for the baseball team, they will take on UNC Asheville tonight at Smith Stadium at 6 pm. The team is coming off a three-game series with Georgia Southern, finishing the series 1-2.

In NBA news, the first round of the playoffs continued last night, as the 76ers and Kings secured wins over the Nets and Warriors by the scores of 96-84 and 114-106 respectively. The Warriors and Kings matchup culminated with Warriors power forward Draymond Green getting ejected after stomping the chest of Kings’ power forward Domantas Sabonis. This was just one negative in the Warriors’ close loss.

And finally in NFL news, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been cleared to resume football activities after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field during a game in January. According to ESPN, Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he is “fully cleared and is in a great head space to come back and make his return”.

That is all for your Tuesday afternoon sports report. Now, here’s your Weather forecast.

Today’s weather is courtesy of Today is a windy and clear day with a high of 65 degrees and a low of 47.

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