Keenan Willard, WRAL NEWS in NC

Keenan Willard


North Carolina, United States

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Recent articles by Keenan:

Wayne sheriff: 'Nothing to indicate' man would be hostile before he shot 3 deputies, killing 1

The Wayne County sheriff's deputies serving an involuntary commitment order on Jourdan Hamilton had "nothing to indicate he would be hostile," Sheriff Larry M. Pierce said Wednesday. → Read More

$200 million in small business loans heading to NC targeting disadvantaged communities

More than $200 million in small business loans is coming to North Carolina as part of an ongoing federal program to help disadvantaged businesses. → Read More

Despite new evidence, parents still believe Little League shooting was targeted

Wilson Police say new evidence could explain what led to gunshots disrupting a Little League baseball game and that the game wasn't targeted in the shooting. → Read More

City leaders clash over whether Rocky Mount needs a standard policy for selecting housing grant recipients

Rocky Mount's policies on special housing grants are causing division among city leaders. → Read More

Wake schools works to fill teacher vacancies with pay raises, recruiting from within

The number of teacher vacancies in Wake County have some people a little worried. With the school year starting for most students in five weeks, some former and current techers have raised concerns. → Read More

Downed limb knocks out power to Pullen Park, part of Raleigh

Pullen Park was without electricity Friday afternoon, and people were being encouraged to leave the park, according to park officials. → Read More

Inside of hot car can become deadly in a matter of minutes

North Carolina has been hit hard by rising temperatures lately; this year alone the state has had 43 days of temperatures higher than 90. → Read More

Wawa looking to expand to central NC as Sheetz, Lidl plan to close down Rocky Mount stores

A pair of national corporations are shutting down businesses in Rocky Mount in the coming weeks, causing concern among some in the community. → Read More

Following ICU closure at Martin General Hospital, residents raise concern about critical access for rural patients

Martin General hospital says a shortage of available nurses is forcing the facility to temporarily close its intensive care unit starting August 1. → Read More

5 men injured since Tuesday in Rocky Mount shootings linked to ongoing feud

Five men have been injured in three Rocky Mount shootings since Tuesday connected to an ongoing feud, according to the Rocky Mount Police Department. → Read More

Patient burned after smoking cigarette while connected to oxygen at Rocky Mount rehab center

The state is investigating a rehab center in Rocky Mount after a patient caught on fire in her room. → Read More

Family Dollar clerk fights back when customer tries to stab her

A Family Dollar clerk held her own Thursday against a customer who pushed through plexiglass at her checkout counter and tried to stab her. → Read More

Critics decry Rocky Mount's plan to build new home for resident using $200k of taxpayer funds

The city of Rocky Mount will spend more than $200,000 to build a new house for one of its residents after the city council approved the plan. → Read More

Wilson mayor, gun store owner: Gun owners should be 'mentally capable'

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens Jr. is calling for more effective gun laws and increased funding to support the mental health of students in the Wilson County School District. → Read More

Parents believe Little League game was target of gunfire; police disagree

Wilson police were searching the grounds of the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex on Corbett Avenue Monday, looking for clues to who fired the shots that forced the suspension of a Little League baseball tournament there. → Read More

Family hopes to launch food truck in memory of aspiring chef murdered in Rocky Mount

The family of an aspiring chef who was fatally shot in Rocky Mount last month is working to live out his dream of owning a food truck. → Read More

Friends holding out hope for missing NC man after boat washes ashore along Azores island

A boat belonging to a man who's been missing for months has washed ashore along a Portuguese Island. → Read More

Friends holding out hope for missing NC man after boat washes ashore in Portugal

A boat belonging to a man who's been missing for months has washed ashore in Portugal. → Read More

2nd annual Prostate Cancer Walk, Run, Ride held in Rocky Mount

Hundreds of people took to Downtown Rocky Mount on Saturday morning for the second annual Emmanuel Health Education Prostate Cancer Walk, Run, Ride. → Read More

Fire crews taking on new strategy to fight still uncontained wildfire in Hyde County

More than a thousand acres of land in Hyde County are still burning today, five days after the Ferebee Road fire began. → Read More