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Pilot flying from Statesville killed after plane found crashed, officials say

STATESVILLE, N.C. - Officials said the pilot who was heading from Statesville Regional Airport to Twin Lakes Airport in Davie County but never arrived is dead after the plane was found crashed.


Man found with missing girl at NC campground sentenced to 58 years

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) - A man was sentenced to a little over 58 years in prison after he was convicted of child sex crimes from 2016. According to a news release from District Attorney Greg Newman, Kenneth D. Whitehead, of Bristol, Tenn., was convicted on two counts of statutory rape of a ch


Mecklenburg County Mugshots April 21st

Check out the Mecklenburg County mugshots from April 21st. Editor’s Note: Arrest information, charges and mugshots are public record and can be accessed using the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office website. All individuals pictured are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Worker killed in North Carolina road construction accident

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Labor investigators in North Carolina are looking into an accident at a road construction site in which a truck driver was killed. Winston-Salem police said in a news release that 37-year-old Amory Alexis Glover was attempting on Monday to unload soundproof wall slats bein


Mecklenburg County offers ‘fun, affordable’ child care option for May 1 teachers march

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Some community members who are critics of school systems like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cancelling class May 1 say it puts a burden on parents for child care.


Body of teenager who went missing in heavy surf recovered on NC coast

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say the body of a North Carolina teenager who disappeared in heavy surf has been recovered. Emerald Isle police say in a news release that the body of 18-year-old Ian Frazier Lewis was found on a portion of the beach strand at around 3:30 a.m. Monday.


Push For Transparency: What We Know Before Judge Reviews More CMPD Body Cam Video

Charlotte, NC — Tuesday, a judge will decide if CMPD must release the entire body camera footage showing Officer Wende Kerl shoot and kill Danquirs Franklin outside a Burger King in Northwest Charlotte.


Matthews police officer assaulted at Best Buy, authorities say

MATTHEWS, N.C. - A man assaulted a Matthews police officer Wednesday afternoon at the Best Buy on Matthews Township Parkway, authorities said. Darius Najee Battey, 25, of Saint Albans, New York, made a fraudulent purchase of a computer that cost $2,800, police said.


Man wanted for homicide in Washington, D.C., could be in North Carolina

WASHINGTON — A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Washington, D.C., may be in North Carolina, WECT reports. Marcus Antwain Whitaker is charged with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting on July 27, 2018.


Report: Nearly 200 more problems found in I-77 toll lane construction zones

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Interstate 77 toll lanes are not open yet, but there are already more than 1,000 issues concerning safety along the roadway. They range from problems with the asphault to a cracked tunnel and a damaged bridge.


City leaders discuss deadly officer-involved shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte's city council addressed the controversy following last month's deadly police shooting. They agreed on the need for transparency, as the public demands action.


Bill would give NC politicians new access to police video. But it would be confidential.

North Carolina’s elected leaders would get new access to watch police video without a judge’s order under a state bill, but they’d have to keep it confidential. Current North Carolina law requires a court order before law enforcement footage can be made public. That could change under a new proposal


Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s mother dies after battle with cancer

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a longtime employee at JR Motorsports alongside her daughter Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 65.


North Carolina BBQ Superstar Detained by Cops, Falsely Accused of Car Theft

When it comes to North Carolina BBQ, Sam Jones is a big name. His family opened the state’s legendary Skylight Inn more than 70 years ago, and in the decades since, several generations of Joneses have downright perfected the art of whole hog ‘cue. A few years ago, Jones opened his own BBQ joint, sim


She went out to get diapers for her son. She never made it back.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was a gruesome case that shook a south Charlotte neighborhood 16 years ago. Alkia Rodgers was reported missing May 21, 2003 when she didn't come home. The 18-year-old mother's body was found the next day by some kids at the top of a slide in Charlotte's Southside Park where ofte


Prison On Lockdown After Brawl Sends 4 To Hospital

SALISBURY, NC — A Charlotte-area prison was put on lockdown Monday afternoon after four inmates were assaulted and had to be hospitalized after a prison yard brawl, according to prison officials.


Kidnapping suspect taken into custody following SWAT situation

GASTONIA, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A kidnapping suspect was taken into custody following a SWAT situation in Gastonia, according to police. Gaston County officers were called to the scene on Old Spencer Mountain Road around 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22.


Meghan Markle left out of Queen's birthday tribute

It’s been a big weekend for the royal family, who stepped out for an Easter service and celebrated the birthdays of the Queen and Prince Louis. However, while many royal fans claimed Prince Harry and Prince William snubbed each other at the church service, it seems the Duke of Sussex might not be th


Man finds, kills giant snake on Gaston County property

LOWELL, N.C. — While many families were enjoying visits from the Easter bunny over the weekend, a Gaston County couple got surprised by a massive snake. As newlyweds, Scott Jensen and his wife left Charlotte and bought a 3.5-acre property in Lowell.


‘Mistakes happen’: Why did council see police shooting video much longer than public saw?

Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt said no one on the City Council meant to hide any information last week, when council members saw nearly nine minutes of body-camera footage that were not released to the public.