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2/17/22 PM News Breaks

By: Devin Stewart

Locally, two people are safe after escaping a house fire Tuesday night. The Watauga Democrat reports the Deep Gap Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call on Don Hayes Rd. late Tuesday night. For reference, Don Hayes Road is right off US 421 as you’re driving into Boone. The two occupants escaped the house fire and were treated by Medics and taken to Watauga Medical Center. Several rescue personnel responded to the house fire. Fire units were on scene until around 2 a.m. Watauga County Fire Marshall Shane Garland said the fire started from a chimney fire that extended into the structure.

Around the state, WRAL reports eight people were indicted by a grand jury for voter fraud in a North Carolina county. District Attorney Jon David’s office said investigators with the election board presented several cases of individuals swearing falsely in a primary or general election to a Brunswick County grand jury last week. As of Tuesday evening, two arrests have been made. In a news release, the district attorney said the defendants are all illegal immigrants or convicted felons. The Brunswick County’s Sheriff’s Office continues working to serve arrest orders for those indicted.

Nationally, NPR reports the family of Bob Saget filed a lawsuit in Orange County, Florida in an effort to stop the release of medical records related to Saget’s death. The lawsuit was filed by Saget’s widow and three daughters. It names Orange County Sheriff John Mina and the medical examiners’ as defendants. The suit argues that the further release of Saget’s medical records would cause the family to suffer irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress. Saget, 65, was found dead in his Orlando hotel room last month. He died as a result of head trauma. Despite filing the lawsuit, Saget’s family released a statement last week saying they are comforted and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from his fans.

This afternoon’s weather report is brought to you by Boone Weather dot com. Your Thursday afternoon will feature clouds, fog, and light drizzle and rain showers. As you go into the overnight hours you can expect rain, possibly a rumble of thunder, and wind gusts up to 50 mph. High temperatures will be around 56 degrees with low temperatures falling to around 35 degrees.


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