PM News Break 11/12/21
By: Devin Stewart
In local news, The Watauga Democrat reports police are looking for a suspect who ran a cyclist off the road. The incident happened on Jefferson Road, off 4-21, when a black pickup truck with a trailer attached passed too closely to the bicylist. This caused the person on the bike to run off the roadway causing injury. The extent of those injuries is unknown at this time. The suspect was driving a black pickup truck with an attached trailer hauling tires. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers or the Boone Police Department.
In state news, WRAL reports a wildfire hits a remote area of North Carolina. Dakota Paris, a forester of the N.C. Forest Service said the fire at the southern tip of Sauratown Mountain began sometime Tuesday morning. For reference, this is happening in Stokes County, approximately 40 minutes north of Winston-Salem. Crews used bulldozers Tuesday to create a fire break and protect homes nearby. The fire is burning in an area without access roads for vehicles. The recent warm, dry weather, coupled with low humidity, is making controlling the fire difficult. For now, firefighters are using rocks and leaf blowers to contain the fire.
In national news, NPR reports a Capitol Rioter who hit a police officer will spend three years in prison. Scott Fairlamb was sentenced Wednesday and will likely become a benchmark for dozens of other Capitol rioters who engaged in violence. These charges stem from the Jan. 6 attacks on the US Capitol. Fairlamb was the first person to be sentenced for assaulting a law enforcement officer during the riot. His prison term is the longest among 32-riot related sentences handed down so far. Over 650 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Jan. 6 riot.
This afternoon’s weather report is brought to you by Boone Weather dot com. Expect cooler temperatures this afternoon with decreasing clouds. High temperatures will top out around 56 degrees, with low temperatures falling to around 35 degrees.