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NC Zoo warns of high attendance this weekend due to Spring Break

NC Zoo warns of high attendance this weekend due to Spring Break

NC Zoo
Visitors to the North Carolina Zoo view Johnthan the Chimp. (Acme News Archive) ASHEBORO — The North Carolina Zoo is warning visitors to plan ahead and be aware of expected higher than normal attendance through this weekend due to spring break. On April 1st, 2024, the N.C. Zoo officialy switched to spring hours, adding an extra hour, now remaing open until 5 p.m. Early spring has historically been the busiest time of year for the Zoo and officals says they anticipate high attendance through April 7th, due to spring break. In the interest of safety and preserving a positive vistor experience, and likley also to avoid traffic jams stretching out to the roundabout at the entrace again, the Zoo says they will be limiting access to the property when parking is full. "If you arrive...
StarLab to bring outer space to Randolph County Libraries

StarLab to bring outer space to Randolph County Libraries

Events
ASHEBORO — Starlab, a portable planetarium purchased by the State Library in 2018, is making a stop at several Randolph County Libraries this month. StarLab is a portable inflatable planetarium that uses a computer and projector to display various stellar and physics-related experiences and bring outer space to schools’ libraries, camps, scouting groups and more. The product was invented back in 1977 by Philip Sadler and his class of middle school students in Lincoln, Massachusetts. StarLab at the Asheboro Public Library in 2018 (Photo credit - Randolph County Library) In 2018, the State Library of North Carolina purchased a StarLab to share among the state’s libraries, with the Asheboro library being its first stop. This month its coming back. With projected images inside, th...
Everything you need to know about Monday’s total solar eclipse

Everything you need to know about Monday’s total solar eclipse

Local
https://youtu.be/2MJY_ptQW1o Watch the NASA livestream of the eclipse on April 8th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT ASHEBORO — On Monday, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, and while Randolph County isn’t in the path of totality, it will still be an astronomical event worth witnessing. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. To fully witness a total solar eclipse, including seeing the “ring of fire,” you’ll need to be within a 115-mile-wide area stretching from Texas to Maine called the path of totality.   None of North Carolina is in the path, so no one in the state will see the moon fully cover the sun. In Randolph County, astronomers say the moon will cover around 80% of the sun, ma...
NC Highway Patrol: Fiery Crash Claims Life of Asheboro Woman

NC Highway Patrol: Fiery Crash Claims Life of Asheboro Woman

News
ASHEBORO — An early-morning fiery crash in Asheboro has claimed the life of a local woman, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. At 6:25 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, troopers with the Highway Patrol were dispatched to a vehicle crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Mountain Top Drive. According to a press release, 24-year-old Alvaro Cabrera Gudino, of Asheboro, was driving on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in a Honda minivan when she traveled off the right side of the road, struck a mailbox, a utility pole, and a tree. After impacting the tree, Gudino’s vehicle came to rest and caught fire. Gudino suffered serious injuries and was transported to Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. The front right passenger, 29-year-old Bertha Hernandez Gudino, also of Ashe...
Local Man Arrested After Threatening Police in Social Media Video

Local Man Arrested After Threatening Police in Social Media Video

Crime
ASHEBORO N.C. —  A local man was arrested last week after threating police in a live video posted to social media led to an investigation. On March 26th, 2024, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to an assault in progress on U.S. Hwy 64 East in Ramseur. According to a press release, deputies encountered Dominick Lynn Sloan, who threatened to harm law enforcement with a weapon as they were returning to their vehicles, while livestreaming on social media. Dominick Lynn Sloan Investigators were also able to obtain a search warrant for the property due to a protective order issued earlier in March which prevented Sloan from possessing firearms and ammunition. After completing the investigation and leaving the scene, deputies obtained a copy of that social media ...
Teen Airlifted After Evening Crash Shutdown US 64

Teen Airlifted After Evening Crash Shutdown US 64

News
ASHEBORO N.C. — A local teenager was airlifted following a crash yesterday evening that shutdown US-64, according to the Highway Patrol. Just after 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th, 2024, the State Highway Patrol was called to respond to a vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 64 near Loflin Pond Road.  According to a press release from the Highway Patrol, an 18-year-old driver in a 2011 Honda SUV attempted to turn left onto U.S. Highway 64 from the Dollar General PVA and collided with a 2020 Toyota Pickup. The teen driver was severely injured and was airlifted to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. The driver of the 2020 Toyota Pickup, along with an adult passenger, were transported to Randolph Health for non-life-threatening injuries. The N.C. Dept of Transportation closed both directions...
Suspect arrested after fleeing from police, attempting to report car stolen

Suspect arrested after fleeing from police, attempting to report car stolen

Crime
ASHEBORO N.C. — Video evidence led to the arrest of a suspect attempting to report his car stolen after fleeing from police, according to the Sheriff’s Office. On March 25th, 2024, at around 9 p.m., a Deputy with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull over a vehicle near the intersection of Kamerin St. and Caudle Rd. in Randleman. According to a press release, that vehicle quickly turned into a driveway, turned off its headlights, and jumped out of the driver's door and fled on foot behind the residence. The Sheriff’s Office says there was a short foot pursuit, but the officer returned to the vehicle to check for passengers and call-in backup. Video footage which captured the suspect walking behind a residence. Using that video police broadcast a description of th...
Grand Jury Indicts Thomasville Woman in Connection with House Fires

Grand Jury Indicts Thomasville Woman in Connection with House Fires

Crime
Fire Investigator (Acme News Archive) ASHEBORO — A Thomasville woman has turned herself in after being indicted in connection with two house fires that occurred in 2022. According to a press release, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office was called to Jades Way in Thomasville on Aug. 29, 2022, to investigate two separate residential fires at the same location — one that day and another occurring two days earlier on Aug. 27. The Randolph County Fire Marshal’s Office notified the sheriff’s office that the fires were suspicious in nature. The sheriff’s office says following their investigation with the fire marshal’s office, the case was taken to the Randolph County Grand Jury during their March 2024 session. As a result, an indictment was issued on Joy Ann Frazier for felony f...
Fort Liberty Solider Arrested for Sex Crimes with Minor at Asheboro Park

Fort Liberty Solider Arrested for Sex Crimes with Minor at Asheboro Park

Crime
ASHEBORO N.C. — A U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Liberty in North Carolina was arrested overnight at a local park in Asheboro, accused of engaging in sexual activity with a minor. Late on Wednesday March 20th, officers with the Asheboro Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a local park past curfew. According to a press release from the Department, officers found a male, later identified as 27-year-old Eric Timothy Fitch with a 13-year-old juvenile female in the vehicle along with evidence that Fitch had engaged in sexual activity with the female. Detectives took over the investigation and just past 10 p.m. that night Fitch was arrested and charged with statutory rape of child under 15, two counts of statutory sex offense with child under 15, dis...
Suspect Arrested After Asheboro Hit & Run Accident

Suspect Arrested After Asheboro Hit & Run Accident

News
Credit - Westside Fire & Rescue (via Facebook) ASHEBORO N.C. - A suspect has been arrested in connection with the hit and run accident last week in Asheboro that left one person with serious injuries. On Wednesday, March 13th, 2024, Troopers with the NC Highway Patrol responded to a crash on US 64 near Westbury Drive. Investigators say that a black 2017 Lexus RX 350 SUV passed a 2016 Toyota in a turning lane, resulting in a collision that sent the Toyota off the roadway to the right, striking an embankment, and a tree. The Lexus SUV fled the scene. The 38-year-old female driver of the Toyota was transported to Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital for serious injuries. Following the crash, authorities asked for help from the public identifying the suspect vehicle and its drive...