5 things you need to know Friday, November 17, 2017

1. Three killed in Union County crash

A major highway in Union County was shut down Thursday night after three people were killed in a crash. 

According to the sheriff’s office, emergency crews responded to the wreck at the intersection of U.S. 601 and Sikes Mill Road. NC Highway Patrol was also called to the scene to assist deputies. 

Authorities have not identified any of the victims in the crash or announced the cause of the accident. 

2. Seven people arrested in two high-speed police chases

Five people were taken into police custody following a police chase in east Charlotte Thursday night. In a separate incident, two people were detained following a high-speed chase on I-85. That pursuit ended when the suspect's vehicle crashed into a home in Gaston County. 

Click here to learn details on the pursuit that ended in Gaston County.

Click here to read more about the east Charlotte chase.

3. Alleged threat by Watauga HS student under investigation

Boone Police said they're increasing security on Friday after a student at Watauga High made a threat against the school. 

Detectives received a complaint around 3 p.m. Thursday in reference to the alleged threat. Police and school administrators said they have launched an investigation. As a precaution, extra officers will be present at the school on Friday. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Boone Police Dept. at 828-268-6900. 

4. TSA releasing forecast for holiday travel season

On Friday, TSA officials will release new information about the upcoming holiday travel season. Next week is the kick off to the busiest time of the year at airports. TSA officials will even offer tips and tricks for packing your thanksgiving leftovers for your flight.

Click here for tips to help you mind your manners once you arrive at your destination.

5. Leonid meteor shower to peak

Be sure to keep an eye to the sky this weekend. The peak of the Leonid meteor shower, an annual mid-November treat, will be visible across the night sky late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Some years, the Leonids have been a full-fledged meteor storm. No such storm is forecast this year, though. Viewers should see an hourly rate of some 10 to 20 meteors. 

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