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Car slams into school bus in High Point

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(WGHP)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — A vehicle slammed into the back of a school bus and was wedged underneath it in High Point Wednesday morning.

The wreck happened in the 3300 block of Central Avenue.

Jennifer Lanes with Guilford County Schools says the bus serves Penn Griffin and 16 students were on board.

No injuries were reported for anyone in either vehicle.

The driver of the passenger car said he was blinded by the sun when he rear-ended the bus, according to officials.

The driver was charged with failure to reduce speed, driving with a suspended license and seat belt violation.

Storm debris still on Greenway in High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. — There is still a lot of cleaning up to do along the Bicentennial Greenway.

The effects of the ice storm that slammed the area a few weeks ago can still be seen in places such as the section of the trail in the Rebecca Smothers Environmental Center. The trail is blocked by numerous fallen trees and limbs.

Some hikers are making the best of it, saying it is like a challenging obstacle course.

High Point, Guilford County and Greensboro maintain different segments of the trail. Guilford County crews hope to start clearing once crews finish with the county’s major parks.

Man charged in High Point homicide on Feb. 28

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police have charged a man in connection with a homicide that occurred in February.

Nathan Eugene Wilson, 41, was charged with first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the murder of Gerald Dwayne Williamson Sr. on Feb. 28 in High Point.

Wilson was already in custody at the High Point Guilford County Sheriff’s Detention Center on unrelated charges. He is being held under no bond for these new charges.

The High Point Police Violent Crimes Unit is continuing an investigation to determine whether unknown persons assisted Wilson prior to or after the murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the High Point Police Department.

Accident involving school bus in High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. — An accident involving a school bus was reported around 4 p.m. near the intersection of College Drive and Davis Avenue.

According to police, the North State van was headed north on College Drive. A minivan was headed south on College Drive and attempting to turn left on Davis Ave.

Police said the North State van was apparently going “too fast” and struck the minivan, causing the minivan to overturn.

There were several kids, a pregnant mom and a father inside the minivan. All victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.

As officers were responding to the scene, a driver passing the scene struck a High Point police patrol car.

College Drive was closed for approximately 90 minutes and reopened around 5:30 p.m.

No other information was provided.

Storm debris cleanup continues in Piedmont

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Residents and street crews in High Point and Greensboro plan up clearing a lot of debris from the ice storm earlier this month with highs in the mid-70s this Saturday.

“This weather has been great,” said Chris Marriott, deputy director of Field Operations for Greensboro.

Marriott says city crews have been working 12-hour shifts since the storm that lasted from Dec. 6-7.

The warm, dry weather makes clearing limbs, branches and down trees go a lot faster, said Marriott.

“We’re not dealing with the mud and muck,” he said. “The trucks can get in and out much easier on dry roads.”

Even with help from outside contractors, the city’s only cleared about a quarter of the 8,000 tons of debris left over.

It’s a number they hope they can shrink this weekend.

The nice weather is also expected to draw a big crowd to the Ingleside Compost site in High Point.

Minor injuries reported in High Point wreck

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Minor injuries were reported after a wreck involving three vehicles Friday afternoon in High Point.

Officials said it happened at the intersection of Westchester Drive and Burton Avenue at around 3:45 p.m. Authorities had the scene cleared within about 45 minutes.

At least one person was taken to High Point Regional Hospital, but the extent of injuries has not been released, according to EMS officials.

Family of deceased student sues HPU, alleges fraternity hazing

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The family of a fraternity pledge who died in 2012 is suing High Point University, claiming that hazing led to his death.

The Greensboro News & Record reported that the family of 22-year-old Robert Eugene Tipton Jr. filed the suit on Wednesday.

The Memphis, Tenn. native died on March 26, 2012. He tried pledging Delta Sigma Phi in the spring of 2012.

Tipton was allegedly told to attend a “counseling session” at the apartment of fraternity member Marshall Jefferson on March 25.

Jefferson is accused of violently assaulting and battering Tipton, who suffered blunt force trauma to the head, resulting in his death, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also alleges that the son of university president Nido Qubein was among the instigators of the alleged hazing.