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Cremated ashes stolen from car of a Gastonia family in San Francisco

It was a memorial trip that took a wrong turn. Mary Wilkinson who, along with her daughter Julia, had traveled from Gastonia to San Francisco and were planning on scattering the ashes of her husband in a city that he loved visiting. While they were there, vandals broke into their rental car and Julia says…

A near drowning of two toddlers in Gaston County on Thursday

Medical crews responded to a possible drowning in Gaston County Thursday afternoon involving two children. It all happened in a backyard pool at a house in the 1000 block of Alexis Road near Stanley. Kathleen Redmon is an aunt to one of the toddlers, Zayden Young, and she gave CPR to Bryson Hale, the other child. Redmon…

Lincoln County woman charged with breaking and entering

A Lincoln County woman has been charged with breaking into an unoccupied residence on McRee Road northwest of Lincolnton. On April 8, 2016 the homeowner reported that someone had broken into his residence in the 900 block of McRee Road.  Entry into the home was made by breaking a glass out of a back door. …

Convenience store employee charged with theft of lottery tickets

A convenience store employee has been charged with the theft of more than $1,200 worth of North Carolina Education Lottery tickets. The thefts occurred at the Jetway convenience store on Highway 27 east of Lincolnton between March 17 and April 4.  Store officials discovered the missing lottery tickets and a few scratched off tickets that…

Son being charged in the stabbing death of his mother

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit have charged 27 year old Dionte Marquel Long with the murder of his mother, 50 year old Marcella Lightner Thrash. The murder occurred in the 5600 block of Hubbard Point Drive in the University City Division.  The call for service came in at 7:15 a.m. on Monday,…

Two facing charges of armed robbery and conspiracy

CMPD detectives have charged 27 year old Tyree Belk and 24 year old Gina Cathcart for their involvement in the armed robbery of a business. On April 10 shortly before 4:40 p.m., Eastway Division Patrol Officers responded to the Skills Biz Center, located at 3627-A E. Independence Boulevard, in reference to an armed robbery from…

CMPD detectives investigate city's 28th homicide for 2017

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation in the 5600 block of Hubbard Point Drive in the University City Division.  The call for service came in at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, April 10th where officers located a woman who had been stabbed.  The victim, who has been identified as 50 year…

Charges of sexual harrassment filed against a Charlotte hotel

Six housekeepers who work at the Hilton Charlotte University Place are accusing the hotel, corporate owners, and their boss, Jose Rivas, of allowing an atmosphere of sexual harassment that went on for ten years. The lawsuit states that, in one instance, Rivas reduced the work hours or threaten deportation of the women employees who refused his…

Arrest made in a hate crime on Charlotte's east side Thursday

A note left near the door after a rock that had been set on fire and thrown through a window at the Indian owned Central Market on Albemarle Road read, in part, "if you don't follow this warning, then we are not responsible for the torture starting now." It was signed "White America". However, surveillance…

CMPD officer facing charges of domestic violence

25 year old CMPD Hickory Grove division officer Kevin Marin was arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in the 2200 block of Hawkins Street around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney released the following statement: “Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are expected to conduct themselves to the highest professional standards and will be…

Lifeguard drowns in pool at the Lincoln County YMCA

Police responded to a missing person call at the YMCA on Gaston Street early Thursday morning. It was then that 21 year old Yesenia Linares, who had been an employee of the Y since 2014, was found unresponsive and lying in the pool. Linares had reported to work and was opening for the day. She…

A Mooresville church has said no to the Boys Scouts

It was back in January when the Boy Scouts announced they would allow transgender boys into their ranks. More churches and faith organizations around the country who are at odds with the decision are saying no to sponsoring Boy Scout troops. Pastor Andrew Shoger of the Coddle Creek Presbyterian Church has announced that Troop 169…

Suspect being sought in two armed robberies

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Armed Robbery Unit are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in the photograph who is responsible for an armed robbery. On Thursday, March 02, 2017, at 7:31 p.m., the suspect entered the Microtel Inn, located at 3412 Queen City Drive in the Freedom Division.  The suspect pointed…

Changes coming to the Mecklenburg County Health Department

County Manager Dena Diorio updated county commissioners Tuesday night on steps that are now being taken to prevent incidents like those that have recently surfaced at the department. It all started when it was revealed that 200 women who had pap smears at the department not being informed of their results...some for several months. Then…