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  • SAT and ACT minority participation numbers concern educators

    SAT and ACT minority participation numbers concern educators

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:58 PM EST2017-11-21 23:58:27 GMT
    (Dedrick Russell | WBTV)(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)

    Recent numbers showing how many minorities took the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and America College Testing (ACT) are concerning for some educators. 

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    Recent numbers showing how many minorities took the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and America College Testing (ACT) are concerning for some educators. 

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  • Union County Public Schools break down barriers for students taking the SAT

    Union County Public Schools break down barriers for students taking the SAT

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:09 PM EST2017-11-21 21:09:21 GMT
    (Reuben Muiruri | WBTV)(Reuben Muiruri | WBTV)

    Union County Public Schools (UCPS) Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan is excited about a new initiative he has started. He says he was recently talking to a group of seniors and they told him how they had to pay for the college entrance exam SAT.  

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    Union County Public Schools (UCPS) Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan is excited about a new initiative he has started. He says he was recently talking to a group of seniors and they told him how they had to pay for the college entrance exam SAT. 

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  • Manufacturer now aiding investigation into CMS bus fires

    Manufacturer now aiding investigation into CMS bus fires

    Friday, November 17 2017 3:32 PM EST2017-11-17 20:32:15 GMT
    (Ron Lee | WBTV)(Ron Lee | WBTV)

    While the district continues its investigation, WBTV is taking claims of bus tampering to the district. ?

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    While the district continues its investigation, WBTV is taking claims of bus tampering to the district. ?

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  • E-Learning Academy parents want a good location for the school

    E-Learning Academy parents want a good location for the school

    Friday, November 17 2017 2:38 PM EST2017-11-17 19:38:52 GMT
    (Source: WBTV/File)(Source: WBTV/File)

    The district is moving the E-Learning Academy to another location because that facility is going to be used for an elementary school.?

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    The district is moving the E-Learning Academy to another location because that facility is going to be used for an elementary school.?

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  • Coaches 'no longer employed' after altercation involving guns on high school campus

    Coaches 'no longer employed' after altercation involving guns on high school campus

    Thursday, November 16 2017 11:32 AM EST2017-11-16 16:32:14 GMT

    Two coaches are out of a job and one is facing charges after the pair reportedly got into an altercation at a Charlotte private school and one reportedly threatened to involve a gun.

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    Two coaches are out of a job and one is facing charges after the pair reportedly got into an altercation at a Charlotte private school and one reportedly threatened to involve a gun.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Frightening trio hits Charlotte Family Dollar

    Crime Stoppers: Frightening trio hits Charlotte Family Dollar

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 8:46 PM EST2017-11-16 01:46:08 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Crime Stoppers will pay extra if we can unmask these men through your help.

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    Crime Stoppers will pay extra if we can unmask these men through your help.

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  • Lockdown lifted for two southeast Charlotte schools

    Lockdown lifted for two southeast Charlotte schools

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 1:44 PM EST2017-11-15 18:44:56 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    According to school officials, Independence High School on Patriot Drive and Northeast Middle School on Brickstone Drive were on lockdown. 

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    According to school officials, Independence High School on Patriot Drive and Northeast Middle School on Brickstone Drive were on lockdown. 

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  • CMS employee voices safety concerns after school bus fire

    CMS employee voices safety concerns after school bus fire

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 11:19 PM EST2017-11-15 04:19:37 GMT
    (Ron Lee | WBTV)(Ron Lee | WBTV)

    Tuesday’s fire on a school bus marked the second time a CMS bus has caught fire in the last 30 days. In late October a bus became engulfed in flames along Dunlavin Way in east Charlotte. Students were on the bus when the fire started, but none of them were injured. 

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    Tuesday’s fire on a school bus marked the second time a CMS bus has caught fire in the last 30 days. In late October a bus became engulfed in flames along Dunlavin Way in east Charlotte. Students were on the bus when the fire started, but none of them were injured. 

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  • Indian Land parent sees kid almost hit by car, pushes for sidewalks near school

    Indian Land parent sees kid almost hit by car, pushes for sidewalks near school

    Monday, November 13 2017 3:43 PM EST2017-11-13 20:43:01 GMT
    (Dedrick Russell | WBTV)(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)

    In addition to contacting school leaders, she also contacted state and county officials about her concern. She hopes somebody can do something before a student gets hurt.

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    In addition to contacting school leaders, she also contacted state and county officials about her concern. She hopes somebody can do something before a student gets hurt.

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  • Schools in Cabarrus County closed out of 'abundance of caution' after threat

    Schools in Cabarrus County closed out of 'abundance of caution' after threat

    Thursday, November 9 2017 4:09 PM EST2017-11-09 21:09:52 GMT
    David Whisenant | WBTVDavid Whisenant | WBTV

    Some schools in Cabarrus County are closing Thursday as Concord Police and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office are investigating a threat made to high schools in the county.

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    Some schools in Cabarrus County are closing Thursday as Concord Police and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office are investigating a threat made to high schools in the county.

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  • New faces coming to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board

    New faces coming to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board

    Thursday, November 9 2017 6:04 AM EST2017-11-09 11:04:04 GMT

    Six seats were up for grabs during Tuesday night's election.  Three school board members decided not to run for re-election making room for three new faces.

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    Six seats were up for grabs during Tuesday night's election.  Three school board members decided not to run for re-election making room for three new faces.

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  • CMS school board gets an update on district's 2018 strategic plan

    CMS school board gets an update on district's 2018 strategic plan

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 11:57 PM EST2017-11-09 04:57:06 GMT
    (Dedrick Russell | WBTV)(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)

    Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) Board got an update on its Strategic Plan for 2018 at its Wednesday night meeting. 

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    Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) Board got an update on its Strategic Plan for 2018 at its Wednesday night meeting. 

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  • Crime Stoppers: Three Catholic churches robbed by same woman?

    Crime Stoppers: Three Catholic churches robbed by same woman?

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 10:13 PM EST2017-11-09 03:13:55 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    If you know this young church thief, please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and we may just bless your day with a reward.

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    If you know this young church thief, please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and we may just bless your day with a reward.

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  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' $922 million bond passes

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' $922 million bond passes

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 7:00 AM EST2017-11-08 12:00:11 GMT

    This is the largest CMS bond referendum voters had to decide. School leaders believe the passage of the bonds says a lot. 

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    This is the largest CMS bond referendum voters had to decide. School leaders believe the passage of the bonds says a lot. 

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  • Voters approve bonds for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Here’s what they will do.

    Voters approve bonds for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Here’s what they will do.

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 10:12 PM EST2017-11-08 03:12:44 GMT
    A sign promoting Charlotte-Mecklenburg school bonds outside East Stonewall AME Zion Church Tuesday morning. (Davie Hinshaw | The Charlotte Observer)A sign promoting Charlotte-Mecklenburg school bonds outside East Stonewall AME Zion Church Tuesday morning. (Davie Hinshaw | The Charlotte Observer)

    The bond referendum is the largest in Mecklenburg history and the second largest in North Carolina.

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    The bond referendum is the largest in Mecklenburg history and the second largest in North Carolina.

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  • CMS board will see new faces, but maybe not much change

    CMS board will see new faces, but maybe not much change

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 9:51 PM EST2017-11-08 02:51:28 GMT
    District 2 school board candidate Lenora Shipp and Charlotte City Council District 2 candidate Justin Harlow greet voters outside East Stonewall AME Zion Church Tuesday morning. (Davie Hinshaw | The Charlotte Observer)District 2 school board candidate Lenora Shipp and Charlotte City Council District 2 candidate Justin Harlow greet voters outside East Stonewall AME Zion Church Tuesday morning. (Davie Hinshaw | The Charlotte Observer)

    The school board oversees one of America’s largest public school districts, with more than 147,000 students, 19,000 employees and a $1.4 billion budget.

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    The school board oversees one of America’s largest public school districts, with more than 147,000 students, 19,000 employees and a $1.4 billion budget.

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  • Police: Teen girl sexually assaulted at West Charlotte HS

    Police: Teen girl sexually assaulted at West Charlotte HS

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 4:55 PM EST2017-11-07 21:55:01 GMT
    Jordan Sawyers | WBTVJordan Sawyers | WBTV

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the accused assailant was not a faculty member of the school. Police say they have identified the accused assailant. 

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the accused assailant was not a faculty member of the school. Police say they have identified the accused assailant. 

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  • CMS is still suspending disruptive kindergarteners. But the numbers are way down.

    CMS is still suspending disruptive kindergarteners. But the numbers are way down.

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 10:08 AM EST2017-11-07 15:08:54 GMT
    (Charlotte Observer)(Charlotte Observer)

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ youngest children are being suspended at much lower rates this school year, the result of a push to find better ways to deal with 5- to 7-year-olds who shove, hit, disrupt class and otherwise behave badly.

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ youngest children are being suspended at much lower rates this school year, the result of a push to find better ways to deal with 5- to 7-year-olds who shove, hit, disrupt class and otherwise behave badly.

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  • Charlotte’s Vote Yes school bond campaign has big money left for final push

    Charlotte’s Vote Yes school bond campaign has big money left for final push

    Sunday, November 5 2017 9:40 PM EST2017-11-06 02:40:47 GMT

    Tuesday, voters will decide whether to authorize the largest bond referendum ever put before Mecklenburg voters. If approved, the money will pay for 10 new schools, among other education needs.

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    Tuesday, voters will decide whether to authorize the largest bond referendum ever put before Mecklenburg voters. If approved, the money will pay for 10 new schools, among other education needs.

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  • 19 people are vying to be on CMS' School Board. Listen to them describe why you should vote for them

    19 people are vying to be on CMS' School Board. Listen to them describe why you should vote for them

    Friday, November 3 2017 8:07 PM EDT2017-11-04 00:07:00 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    The Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board will soon have new faces on the board deciding the education of more than 148,000 students.

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    The Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board will soon have new faces on the board deciding the education of more than 148,000 students.

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  • CMS suspension numbers show disparity between black and white students

    CMS suspension numbers show disparity between black and white students

    Friday, November 3 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-11-03 21:13:50 GMT

    CMS classes started in August. Since the first day of school 2,310 students have received out of school suspensions compared to this time last year of 2,627 students were suspended. 

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    CMS classes started in August. Since the first day of school 2,310 students have received out of school suspensions compared to this time last year of 2,627 students were suspended. 

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  • Easier test, higher scores – what the new SAT results say about your school

    Easier test, higher scores – what the new SAT results say about your school

    Friday, November 3 2017 4:10 PM EDT2017-11-03 20:10:03 GMT
    Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville had the second-highest SAT average in the Charlotte area, after Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Providence High. (John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer)Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville had the second-highest SAT average in the Charlotte area, after Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Providence High. (John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer)

    North Carolina’s public school students scored an average of 1,074 on the math and English sections of the current exam, compared with an average of 1,010 for those two sections in 2016. In CMS the average rose from 1,001 to 1,066.

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    North Carolina’s public school students scored an average of 1,074 on the math and English sections of the current exam, compared with an average of 1,010 for those two sections in 2016. In CMS the average rose from 1,001 to 1,066.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Serial robber hits six businesses, one near police HQ

    Crime Stoppers: Serial robber hits six businesses, one near police HQ

    Thursday, November 2 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-11-03 01:50:58 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    At the back office, when the clerk sees the gun, she puts her hands up, opens the cash drawer, and opens the door to let him in.

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    At the back office, when the clerk sees the gun, she puts her hands up, opens the cash drawer, and opens the door to let him in.

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  • Will taxes go up because of CMS' $922 million bond referendum?

    Will taxes go up because of CMS' $922 million bond referendum?

    Wednesday, November 1 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-11-01 11:58:47 GMT
    (Dedrick Russell | WBTV)(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)

    Voters have some questions concerning Charlotte Mecklenburg School District's $922 million bond referendum.

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    Voters have some questions concerning Charlotte Mecklenburg School District's $922 million bond referendum.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Four young men rob six cars, steal one

    Crime Stoppers: Four young men rob six cars, steal one

    Wednesday, October 25 2017 9:07 PM EDT2017-10-26 01:07:42 GMT
    Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg PoliceSurveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

    If you know about a band of four teens with a stolen car, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. There is reward money available even though you don't have to give your name.

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    If you know about a band of four teens with a stolen car, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. There is reward money available even though you don't have to give your name.

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  • CMS School Board member not convinced school improvement plans will work

    CMS School Board member not convinced school improvement plans will work

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-10-25 03:00:47 GMT
    Dedrick Russell/ WBTVDedrick Russell/ WBTV

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) Board approved improvement plans for several struggling schools at its Tuesday night's board meeting.

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) Board approved improvement plans for several struggling schools at its Tuesday night's board meeting.

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  • Question about why Africans make good slaves concerns students and parents

    Question about why Africans make good slaves concerns students and parents

    Monday, October 23 2017 6:27 PM EDT2017-10-23 22:27:51 GMT
    (Source: WBTV/File)(Source: WBTV/File)

    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Some parents at Piedmont IB Middle School are concerned about an class assignment students had to complete. "He was bothered so I initially said really." the mother said. The parent doesn't want to be identified but says her child sent her a text with the assignment. The mother saw question number three and was surprised. It asked students to name four reasons why Africans made good slaves. Charlotte Mecklenburg School ...

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    Some parents at Piedmont IB Middle School are concerned about a class assignment students had to complete.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Older crook not afraid of showing his face

    Crime Stoppers: Older crook not afraid of showing his face

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-10-19 02:14:48 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte Mecklenburg Police)

       

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    An unusual robbery. An older man never shows a gun, isn't worried about a disguise, and he uses a Styrofoam cup to help him getaway.

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  • Crime Stoppers: New information in murder at EZ Pawn shop

    Crime Stoppers: New information in murder at EZ Pawn shop

    Wednesday, October 11 2017 8:39 PM EDT2017-10-12 00:39:16 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    As it turns out, the white van that did the shooting was stolen.  Police found it ditched later that night.  Then, Detective Todd Burkhard found something else. 

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    As it turns out, the white van that did the shooting was stolen.  Police found it ditched later that night.  Then, Detective Todd Burkhard found something else. 

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  • Crime Stoppers: Crook craves cash at cell phone store

    Crime Stoppers: Crook craves cash at cell phone store

    Wednesday, October 4 2017 8:59 PM EDT2017-10-05 00:59:47 GMT
    Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    If you think you know him, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. There is reward money up to $1,000 available for a good tip.

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    If you think you know him, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. There is reward money up to $1,000 available for a good tip.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Computers stolen from apartment complex

    Crime Stoppers: Computers stolen from apartment complex

    Wednesday, September 27 2017 8:14 PM EDT2017-09-28 00:14:03 GMT
    Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    This happened earlier this month at an apartment complex on Interface Lane in the University City area.

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    This happened earlier this month at an apartment complex on Interface Lane in the University City area.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Serial robbers disguised in horror masks

    Crime Stoppers: Serial robbers disguised in horror masks

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 11:01 PM EDT2017-09-14 03:01:19 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    During the most recent robbery at a food store located on the corner of Tuckaseegee Road and Glenwood Drive, one of the robbers had an interesting conversation.

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    During the most recent robbery at a food store located on the corner of Tuckaseegee Road and Glenwood Drive, one of the robbers had an interesting conversation.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Thief breaks into cars, goes on joyride

    Crime Stoppers: Thief breaks into cars, goes on joyride

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 8:50 PM EDT2017-09-07 00:50:00 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    He not only broke into five cars, but police say he stole one and took it on a joyride.

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    He not only broke into five cars, but police say he stole one and took it on a joyride.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Would-be robber gets fleeced by brave clerk

    Crime Stoppers: Would-be robber gets fleeced by brave clerk

    Thursday, August 31 2017 8:47 PM EDT2017-09-01 00:47:56 GMT
    Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg PoliceSurveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

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    The Family Dollar store on East W.T. Harris is a busy place before 10 a.m. Saturdays.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Kidnapping, fight and an angry punch during Charlotte robbery

    Crime Stoppers: Kidnapping, fight and an angry punch during Charlotte robbery

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-08-24 01:18:40 GMT
    Surveillance provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    It began at 2:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven on Eastway Drive. Outside, a worker was sweeping the parking lot when two young men suddenly appear.

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    It began at 2:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven on Eastway Drive. Outside, a worker was sweeping the parking lot when two young men suddenly appear.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Clerk can't open register, robber gives up

    Crime Stoppers: Clerk can't open register, robber gives up

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:43 PM EDT2017-08-17 01:43:24 GMT
    (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police)(Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police)

    A shot was fired inside a convenience store, but that's not the only surprising even during a recent attempted robbery in Charlotte. 

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    A shot was fired inside a convenience store, but that's not the only surprising even during a recent attempted robbery in Charlotte. 

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  • Crime Stoppers: Robbers use pepper spray at phone store

    Crime Stoppers: Robbers use pepper spray at phone store

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 8:05 PM EDT2017-08-10 00:05:16 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    They were seen getting away in what appears to be a gray Nissan or Mazda. 

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    They were seen getting away in what appears to be a gray Nissan or Mazda. 

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  • Crime Stoppers: Suspect pulls two guns during stick-up

    Crime Stoppers: Suspect pulls two guns during stick-up

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 8:54 PM EDT2017-08-03 00:54:58 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    From an overhead 360 camera, we can see him pull out two guns.  That's right, two guns. A black pistol in each hand.

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    From an overhead 360 camera, we can see him pull out two guns.  That's right, two guns. A black pistol in each hand.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Pregnant woman hurt in store robbery

    Crime Stoppers: Pregnant woman hurt in store robbery

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 9:06 PM EDT2017-07-27 01:06:07 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    It happened at Rose's department store on The Plaza near closing on a Sunday evening.

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    It happened at Rose's department store on The Plaza near closing on a Sunday evening.

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  • Family Dollar robbed twice in five months, and it only took 20 seconds

    Family Dollar robbed twice in five months, and it only took 20 seconds

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 9:52 PM EDT2017-07-20 01:52:37 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Within seconds, he's got a black revolver aimed at the night manager. He threatens to shoot her if she doesn't load up the bag he dropped over the counter.

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    Within seconds, he's got a black revolver aimed at the night manager. He threatens to shoot her if she doesn't load up the bag he dropped over the counter.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Same suspect in string of burglaries?

    Crime Stoppers: Same suspect in string of burglaries?

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-07-13 00:36:34 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Do you know someone with a similar car or similar hooded parka? Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you could be rewarded up to $1,000.

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    Do you know someone with a similar car or similar hooded parka? Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you could be rewarded up to $1,000.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Absent clerk confused would-be crook

    Crime Stoppers: Absent clerk confused would-be crook

    Wednesday, July 5 2017 9:09 PM EDT2017-07-06 01:09:52 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    All he stole was a candy bar, but if caught, he can be charged with armed robbery. Can you help catch the sweet-tooth thief?

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    All he stole was a candy bar, but if caught, he can be charged with armed robbery. Can you help catch the sweet-tooth thief?

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  • Crime Stoppers: Shotgun stickup at Charlotte gaming business

    Crime Stoppers: Shotgun stickup at Charlotte gaming business

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 10:20 PM EDT2017-06-29 02:20:47 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

    At a gaming business on South Tryon, the doors are usually locked. You have to knock to get in. At 1 a.m. last Friday, two men in hoodies wanted in.

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    At a gaming business on South Tryon, the doors are usually locked. You have to knock to get in. At 1 a.m. last Friday, two men in hoodies wanted in.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Clerk makes mistake during Best Western robbery

    Crime Stoppers: Clerk makes mistake during Best Western robbery

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 9:34 PM EDT2017-06-22 01:34:42 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    The combination of hoodie and sunglasses would have thrown a red flag, but remember, the clerk was at the computer and didn't have a good line of sight to the front doors. She buzzed him in.

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    The combination of hoodie and sunglasses would have thrown a red flag, but remember, the clerk was at the computer and didn't have a good line of sight to the front doors. She buzzed him in.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Thief steals $9,000 from locked car

    Crime Stoppers: Thief steals $9,000 from locked car

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 9:20 PM EDT2017-06-08 01:20:19 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    The glass shatters and the thief reaches in and grabs what turns out to be a bundle of money - $9,000 in cash.

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    The glass shatters and the thief reaches in and grabs what turns out to be a bundle of money - $9,000 in cash.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Attempted ATM robbery foiled

    Crime Stoppers: Attempted ATM robbery foiled

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 9:42 PM EDT2017-06-01 01:42:03 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Still pictures show a man with blonde hair and a blonde mustache wearing a bandana. His attempted stick-up was thwarted by a woman who did everything right.

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    Still pictures show a man with blonde hair and a blonde mustache wearing a bandana. His attempted stick-up was thwarted by a woman who did everything right.

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  • Burglar falls while fleeing from beauty salon

    Burglar falls while fleeing from beauty salon

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 9:47 PM EDT2017-05-11 01:47:31 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    With two swift mule kicks, a north Charlotte burglar breaks glass and slips through the front door of Emily's Unisex Salon on North Tryon at 3 a.m.

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    With two swift mule kicks, a north Charlotte burglar breaks glass and slips through the front door of Emily's Unisex Salon on North Tryon at 3 a.m.

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  • Prisoners given 'victim playing cards' in hopes of solving cases

    Prisoners given 'victim playing cards' in hopes of solving cases

    Monday, May 8 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-05-09 02:01:18 GMT

    The first decks he ordered have 26 faces. They're all murder victims, both current and cold cases.

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    The first decks he ordered have 26 faces. They're all murder victims, both current and cold cases.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Former CMPD officer's son killed in shooting

    Crime Stoppers: Former CMPD officer's son killed in shooting

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 9:12 PM EDT2017-05-04 01:12:00 GMT

    On November 5, a car was seen crashing into the median barrier on Independence Blvd. at Briar Creek. Inside, 43-year-old Everette Lynn was found shot to death.

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    On November 5, a car was seen crashing into the median barrier on Independence Blvd. at Briar Creek. Inside, 43-year-old Everette Lynn was found shot to death.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Crooks rob AutoZone the hard way

    Crime Stoppers: Crooks rob AutoZone the hard way

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 9:26 PM EDT2017-04-27 01:26:57 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Two men in heavy disguises broke the glass and unlocked the door. They caught the two clerks by surprise.

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    Two men in heavy disguises broke the glass and unlocked the door. They caught the two clerks by surprise.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Unsolved crimes that deserve a second look

    Crime Stoppers: Unsolved crimes that deserve a second look

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-04-20 01:48:10 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    While some cases were solved, too many remain question marks.

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    While some cases were solved, too many remain question marks.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Hotel robber reveals an interesting clue

    Crime Stoppers: Hotel robber reveals an interesting clue

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-04-06 01:28:52 GMT
    (Photos courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Photos courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    The robbery took place around 10 p.m. in the parking lot at the Quality Inn on Queen City drive just off I-85 in west Charlotte.

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    The robbery took place around 10 p.m. in the parking lot at the Quality Inn on Queen City drive just off I-85 in west Charlotte.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Zip tie stick-up at iconic Charlotte pharmacy

    Crime Stoppers: Zip tie stick-up at iconic Charlotte pharmacy

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 8:24 PM EDT2017-03-30 00:24:08 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Police are upping the reward to get information leading to an arrest.

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    Police are upping the reward to get information leading to an arrest.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Hair thief

    Crime Stoppers: Hair thief

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 9:41 PM EST2017-03-09 02:41:43 GMT

    Crooks will steal just about anything given the chance. One woman used a pair of scissors as a weapon and a way to steal a thousand dollars’ worth of hair pieces.

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    Crooks will steal just about anything given the chance. One woman used a pair of scissors as a weapon and a way to steal a thousand dollars’ worth of hair pieces.

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  • Report: No evidence year-round Project LIFT schools work

    Report: No evidence year-round Project LIFT schools work

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 7:40 PM EST2017-03-09 00:40:26 GMT
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    Research For Action reviewed test scores and came to the conclusion that "There is no clear evidence that CLC's are having an effect on academic outcomes." 

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    Research For Action reviewed test scores and came to the conclusion that "There is no clear evidence that CLC's are having an effect on academic outcomes." 

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  • Crime Stoppers: Burglar breaks into same store two nights in a row

    Crime Stoppers: Burglar breaks into same store two nights in a row

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 9:14 PM EST2017-02-23 02:14:36 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    The My Freedom Smokes shop along I-85 in West Charlotte was robbed twice on back-to-back nights. What's more, it was robbed in similar fashion just nine months ago.

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    The My Freedom Smokes shop along I-85 in West Charlotte was robbed twice on back-to-back nights. What's more, it was robbed in similar fashion just nine months ago.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Bank robber tries to open account

    Crime Stoppers: Bank robber tries to open account

    Wednesday, February 15 2017 8:49 PM EST2017-02-16 01:49:27 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    With his gun pulled out, "Craig" marched the employees over to the teller counter. We got a good look at his face there as the teller filled his bag with cash.

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    With his gun pulled out, "Craig" marched the employees over to the teller counter. We got a good look at his face there as the teller filled his bag with cash.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Drug thief leaves behind blood evidence

    Crime Stoppers: Drug thief leaves behind blood evidence

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 8:31 PM EST2017-02-09 01:31:41 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    He hit the CVS Pharmacy on Mallard Creek around 9 p.m. on a Tuesday. The pharmacy team was about to close down the security window.

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    He hit the CVS Pharmacy on Mallard Creek around 9 p.m. on a Tuesday. The pharmacy team was about to close down the security window.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Police trying to ID robber by voice

    Crime Stoppers: Police trying to ID robber by voice

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 10:55 PM EST2017-02-02 03:55:01 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Immediately, he's got a gun on the clerk and is shouting, "Give it up, give it up! C'mon give it up! Open the cash register, open the cash register! Okay, hurry up, hurry up!"

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    Immediately, he's got a gun on the clerk and is shouting, "Give it up, give it up! C'mon give it up! Open the cash register, open the cash register! Okay, hurry up, hurry up!"

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  • Crime Stoppers: One man, three armed robberies

    Crime Stoppers: One man, three armed robberies

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 9:47 PM EST2017-01-26 02:47:45 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    One man, three armed robberies - each one more daring, each one more aggressive.

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    One man, three armed robberies - each one more daring, each one more aggressive.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Christmas Eve thief steals boots

    Crime Stoppers: Christmas Eve thief steals boots

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 9:25 PM EST2017-01-19 02:25:38 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Because the theft was under $1,000, he could be charged with misdemeanor larceny only. Yet, police would like your help to catch him.

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    Because the theft was under $1,000, he could be charged with misdemeanor larceny only. Yet, police would like your help to catch him.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Snow storm stick-up

    Crime Stoppers: Snow storm stick-up

    Wednesday, January 11 2017 9:51 PM EST2017-01-12 02:51:35 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    This man didn't say much, but his gun spoke plenty as he forced the clerk to fork over the cash drawer.

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    This man didn't say much, but his gun spoke plenty as he forced the clerk to fork over the cash drawer.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Store robbed at gunpoint twice in two days

    Crime Stoppers: Store robbed at gunpoint twice in two days

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 9:50 PM EST2017-01-05 02:50:29 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    The thief is described as having a full beard and dreadlock braids under his toboggan. 

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    The thief is described as having a full beard and dreadlock braids under his toboggan. 

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  • Crime Stoppers: Jewelry thieves target new townhomes

    Crime Stoppers: Jewelry thieves target new townhomes

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 9:11 PM EST2016-12-15 02:11:06 GMT
    (Source: CMPD)(Source: CMPD)

    A new development in north Charlotte is getting hit with break-ins and thefts. 

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    A new development in north Charlotte is getting hit with break-ins and thefts. 

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  • Crime Stoppers: New trash take-out crime trend

    Crime Stoppers: New trash take-out crime trend

    Wednesday, December 7 2016 8:30 PM EST2016-12-08 01:30:08 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    The latest example happened at a Wing Stop restaurant on North Tryon Street when a female employee was taking the trash out at closing time.

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    The latest example happened at a Wing Stop restaurant on North Tryon Street when a female employee was taking the trash out at closing time.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Rookie robbers strike on Black Friday

    Crime Stoppers: Rookie robbers strike on Black Friday

    Thursday, December 1 2016 4:13 PM EST2016-12-01 21:13:12 GMT
    Surveillance provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    Police want them caught and stopped before a poke in the head becomes a possible pulling of a trigger.

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    Police want them caught and stopped before a poke in the head becomes a possible pulling of a trigger.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Hungry Howie's robbed, employee assaulted

    Crime Stoppers: Hungry Howie's robbed, employee assaulted

    Wednesday, November 23 2016 9:50 PM EST2016-11-24 02:50:57 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    It happened 18 minutes after closing time. Surveillance shows a disguised man with a gun sneaking into the kitchen of the Hungry Howie's restaurant on Sardis Road North. 

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    It happened 18 minutes after closing time. Surveillance shows a disguised man with a gun sneaking into the kitchen of the Hungry Howie's restaurant on Sardis Road North. 

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  • Crime Stoppers: Thieves wanted in rash of robberies

    Crime Stoppers: Thieves wanted in rash of robberies

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 9:59 PM EST2016-11-17 02:59:06 GMT
    Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    Police have uncovered some new video evidence in three of those cases.

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    Police have uncovered some new video evidence in three of those cases.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Thief uses pick axe to open register

    Crime Stoppers: Thief uses pick axe to open register

    Thursday, November 10 2016 10:58 PM EST2016-11-11 03:58:52 GMT
    (Courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Can you help? If you know the man, and police believe he must live nearby since he was wearing flip flops, please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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    Can you help? If you know the man, and police believe he must live nearby since he was wearing flip flops, please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Shot fired during jewelry store robbery

    Crime Stoppers: Shot fired during jewelry store robbery

    Wednesday, November 2 2016 9:49 PM EDT2016-11-03 01:49:19 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Can you help police catch them? If so, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You won't have to leave your name, and there is reward money available.

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    Can you help police catch them? If so, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You won't have to leave your name, and there is reward money available.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Man breaks into church, causes damage but steals nothing

    Crime Stoppers: Man breaks into church, causes damage but steals nothing

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 8:57 PM EDT2016-10-27 00:57:55 GMT
    Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    He broke his way into to Memorial Presbyterian Church on Beatties Ford Road. A front window is boarded over with glass shards littering the ground.

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    He broke his way into to Memorial Presbyterian Church on Beatties Ford Road. A front window is boarded over with glass shards littering the ground.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Grocery store robbers make a rookie mistake

    Crime Stoppers: Grocery store robbers make a rookie mistake

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 8:45 PM EDT2016-10-20 00:45:18 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    The latest robbery happened on a Friday afternoon. On surveillance video, two young men appear outside the La Villa grocery on Freedom Drive wearing heavy garb on a hot day.

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    The latest robbery happened on a Friday afternoon. On surveillance video, two young men appear outside the La Villa grocery on Freedom Drive wearing heavy garb on a hot day.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Man breaks into Food Lion for cigarettes

    Crime Stoppers: Man breaks into Food Lion for cigarettes

    Wednesday, October 5 2016 9:15 PM EDT2016-10-06 01:15:58 GMT
    Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    After kicking out the metal bar, he was able to shimmy through and get in. Once inside, with the alarm sounding, he bypassed the cash registers and made a bee-line to the cigarette case.

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    After kicking out the metal bar, he was able to shimmy through and get in. Once inside, with the alarm sounding, he bypassed the cash registers and made a bee-line to the cigarette case.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Serial burglar strikes again

    Crime Stoppers: Serial burglar strikes again

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 10:06 PM EDT2016-09-15 02:06:40 GMT
    Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    After struggling to find a measly ten bucks worth of change, he turns his attention to the rest of the store and walks right into a camera close-up.

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    After struggling to find a measly ten bucks worth of change, he turns his attention to the rest of the store and walks right into a camera close-up.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Teens steal tech from new school in Charlotte

    Crime Stoppers: Teens steal tech from new school in Charlotte

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 10:34 PM EDT2016-09-08 02:34:11 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Police are now looking for four young men who somehow got into the new Nations Ford Elementary and stayed inside for hours and hours without detection.

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    Police are now looking for four young men who somehow got into the new Nations Ford Elementary and stayed inside for hours and hours without detection.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Assault rifles stolen during violent armed robbery

    Crime Stoppers: Assault rifles stolen during violent armed robbery

    Wednesday, August 31 2016 9:29 PM EDT2016-09-01 01:29:47 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Surveillance video shows two of the three men dressed as construction workers with hard hats and a traffic vest. They were seen taking an interest in a wall full of assault rifles.

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    Surveillance video shows two of the three men dressed as construction workers with hard hats and a traffic vest. They were seen taking an interest in a wall full of assault rifles.

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  • Vitamin and supplement aisle continues to grow

    Vitamin and supplement aisle continues to grow

    Monday, August 22 2016 2:27 PM EDT2016-08-22 18:27:21 GMT
    We all want to stay healthy but it is hard to always eat the perfect diet or get just enough exercise. It is why so many people take vitamins and supplements to fill the gap. "There are 30,000 different kinds on the market and more than half of all American adults take at least one.  It can be dizzying," said Dr. Peter Dorton with Novant Health. Along with the multi-vitamins and minerals in stores, there are combinations of "natural" remedies to help you sl...More >>
    We all want to stay healthy but it is hard to always eat the perfect diet or get just enough exercise. It is why so many people take vitamins and supplements to fill the gap. "There are 30,000 different kinds on the market and more than half of all American adults take at least one.  It can be dizzying," said Dr. Peter Dorton with Novant Health. Along with the multi-vitamins and minerals in stores, there are combinations of "natural" remedies to help you sl...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Patient thief makes his way through health care office

    Crime Stoppers: Patient thief makes his way through health care office

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 7:41 PM EDT2016-08-17 23:41:59 GMT
    (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    Cameras catch him looking in a conference room and then eventually heading out a 2nd floor door into a stairwell. 

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    Cameras catch him looking in a conference room and then eventually heading out a 2nd floor door into a stairwell. 

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  • Crimestoppers: Help ID a thief at the door

    Wednesday, August 3 2016 9:26 PM EDT2016-08-04 01:26:45 GMT
    Surveillance courtesy CMPD.Surveillance courtesy CMPD.

    As more of us rely on home delivery, these kinds of crimes are on the rise.

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    As more of us rely on home delivery, these kinds of crimes are on the rise.

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  • Google helps you track how you're being tracked

    Google helps you track how you're being tracked

    Thursday, July 28 2016 12:55 PM EDT2016-07-28 16:55:02 GMT
    If you haven't thought it yourself, you likely know someone who has.  There's an impression that Google just "knows" things.  One thing the company says it knows for sure is that you are concerned about your privacy.  They want to show their customers they are responsive to that.  WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Google has created an easy way for you to see the data that's being collected about you.  Below she out...More >>
    If you haven't thought it yourself, you likely know someone who has.  There's an impression that Google just "knows" things.  One thing the company says it knows for sure is that you are concerned about your privacy.  They want to show their customers they are responsive to that.  WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Google has created an easy way for you to see the data that's being collected about you.  Below she out...More >>
  • Cancer research with dogs could one day help humans

    Cancer research with dogs could one day help humans

    Monday, July 25 2016 10:16 AM EDT2016-07-25 14:16:21 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    Half of all families in the United States have a dog. Of all of those dogs, 4 million will develop cancer as they age. 

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    Half of all families in the United States have a dog. Of all of those dogs, 4 million will develop cancer as they age. 

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  • Before you play Pokemon Go or any smart phone games, a warning

    Before you play Pokemon Go or any smart phone games, a warning

    Thursday, July 21 2016 12:50 PM EDT2016-07-21 16:50:19 GMT
    If you play the hot smart phone crazy Pokemon Go, or any other smart phone app game, there are a few things you have to think about. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton offered a checklist for you before you agree to play any game on your phone.  Her advice follows: Safety tips: 1.  Check the games settings and make sure it's not accessing "all" of your personal information. 2.  Use a unique email address 3.  Tie in app purchases to a pre paid gift card...More >>
    If you play the hot smart phone crazy Pokemon Go, or any other smart phone app game, there are a few things you have to think about. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton offered a checklist for you before you agree to play any game on your phone.  Her advice follows: Safety tips: 1.  Check the games settings and make sure it's not accessing "all" of your personal information. 2.  Use a unique email address 3.  Tie in app purchases to a pre paid gift card...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: CMPD seeks quick acting fast food bandit

    Crime Stoppers: CMPD seeks quick acting fast food bandit

    Wednesday, July 20 2016 10:04 PM EDT2016-07-21 02:04:44 GMT

    All the robberies have happened at closing time. The man, armed with a handgun, rushes in, grabs the cash and is gone in less than two minutes. 

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    All the robberies have happened at closing time. The man, armed with a handgun, rushes in, grabs the cash and is gone in less than two minutes. 

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  • Is a "Tiny Home" right for you?

    Is a "Tiny Home" right for you?

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 9:19 AM EDT2016-07-19 13:19:24 GMT

    It isn’t the biggest on the block, it doesn’t have a crazy paint scheme or a funny-looking mailbox.

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    It isn’t the biggest on the block, it doesn’t have a crazy paint scheme or a funny-looking mailbox.

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  • A warning if you have "smart" devices controlling your home

    A warning if you have "smart" devices controlling your home

    Friday, July 8 2016 8:17 AM EDT2016-07-08 12:17:33 GMT
    If you have "smart" devices in your home, such as thermostats or light controls, you know if the internet goes down you're in trouble.  Without that connection to cyberspace those devices may not work. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton has some advice if you want to keep that smart home operating smoothly.  That advice is below: When the internet goes down, consider it as catastrophic as a  power outage if all of your devices are "smart" or Internet...More >>
    If you have "smart" devices in your home, such as thermostats or light controls, you know if the internet goes down you're in trouble.  Without that connection to cyberspace those devices may not work. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton has some advice if you want to keep that smart home operating smoothly.  That advice is below: When the internet goes down, consider it as catastrophic as a  power outage if all of your devices are "smart" or Internet...More >>
  • Inside Look: High-tech sonar images help find drowning victims

    Inside Look: High-tech sonar images help find drowning victims

    Friday, July 8 2016 5:42 PM EDT2016-07-08 21:42:25 GMT
    (Brian Stephenson | WBTV)(Brian Stephenson | WBTV)

    The men and women of Charlotte Fire Station 38 took us onto Lake Wylie to show us the high-tech sonar equipment they use to find those who are missing.

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    The men and women of Charlotte Fire Station 38 took us onto Lake Wylie to show us the high-tech sonar equipment they use to find those who are missing.

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  • Crime Stoppers: NoDa break-ins

    Crime Stoppers: NoDa break-ins

    Wednesday, July 6 2016 9:20 PM EDT2016-07-07 01:20:15 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department)

    The thief cleaned out the cash and left the bar in 21 seconds. The big surprise here is how easy it was for the burglar to kick the door open.

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    The thief cleaned out the cash and left the bar in 21 seconds. The big surprise here is how easy it was for the burglar to kick the door open.

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  • Watch for hidden trade-offs for online convenience

    Watch for hidden trade-offs for online convenience

    Friday, July 1 2016 8:03 AM EDT2016-07-01 12:03:16 GMT
    Windows 10 users who enjoy some of it's conveniences have something to consider. WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton wants you to think about a couple of things before you use one of it's features. "WiFi Sense" is meant to help you get online quickly by automatically connecting to WiFi networks.  Payton says the service was also sharing your WiFi password with Outlook and Skype.  Payton explains the information is encrypted, which is...More >>
    Windows 10 users who enjoy some of it's conveniences have something to consider. WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton wants you to think about a couple of things before you use one of it's features. "WiFi Sense" is meant to help you get online quickly by automatically connecting to WiFi networks.  Payton says the service was also sharing your WiFi password with Outlook and Skype.  Payton explains the information is encrypted, which is...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Huge reward offered in pawn shop armed robbery

    Crime Stoppers: Huge reward offered in pawn shop armed robbery

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 9:12 PM EDT2016-06-30 01:12:45 GMT
    Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    When they rushed in the front door at 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday, they knew exactly what they wanted.

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    When they rushed in the front door at 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday, they knew exactly what they wanted.

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  • Summer Deals for WBTV viewers

    Summer Deals for WBTV viewers

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 5:06 PM EDT2016-06-28 21:06:06 GMT

    Please read the details of each deal closely as there are different, and very specific, rules for redeeming each one.

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    Please read the details of each deal closely as there are different, and very specific, rules for redeeming each one.

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  • Spotting fake tech support scams

    Spotting fake tech support scams

    Thursday, June 23 2016 1:25 PM EDT2016-06-23 17:25:18 GMT

    When cyber criminals find a scam that works, they don't want to retire it.  That's why the fake technical support scams pop up time and again. That's when they call or email pretending to be your device manufacturers "tech support" and claim your device needs a repair.  It is their sneaky way into getting you to let them into your computer so they can mine for personal information. We asked WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton to tell ...

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    When cyber criminals find a scam that works, they don't want to retire it.  That's why the fake technical support scams pop up time and again. That's when they call or email pretending to be your device manufacturers "tech support" and claim your device needs a repair.  It is their sneaky way into getting you to let them into your computer so they can mine for personal information. We asked WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton to tell ...

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  • Crime Stoppers: Did a pellet or a bullet hit Family Dollar?

    Crime Stoppers: Did a pellet or a bullet hit Family Dollar?

    Wednesday, June 22 2016 10:02 PM EDT2016-06-23 02:02:10 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte Mecklenburg Police)

    On surveillance, everyone in the store can be seen ducking. The outside pane of a double-pane window is shattered.

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    On surveillance, everyone in the store can be seen ducking. The outside pane of a double-pane window is shattered.

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  • 'Locky' computer virus hitting local computers

    'Locky' computer virus hitting local computers

    Friday, June 17 2016 8:04 PM EDT2016-06-18 00:04:40 GMT

    A new form of malware is making the rounds.  It is striking computers in and around Charlotte. It is called "Locky" and this strain scrambles, encrypts and re-names all of your important files.  You'll know you have it if suddenly your file names end in ".locky". The cybercriminals will tell you that THE ONLY WAY to get your files back is to purchase the decryption key via the dark web and pay roughly $200-$500 in bitcoin which is a digital, untraceable...

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    A new form of malware is making the rounds.  It is striking computers in and around Charlotte. It is called "Locky" and this strain scrambles, encrypts and re-names all of your important files.  You'll know you have it if suddenly your file names end in ".locky". The cybercriminals will tell you that THE ONLY WAY to get your files back is to purchase the decryption key via the dark web and pay roughly $200-$500 in bitcoin which is a digital, untraceable...

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  • Crime Stoppers: Golf bag grabber

    Crime Stoppers: Golf bag grabber

    Wednesday, June 15 2016 10:42 PM EDT2016-06-16 02:42:51 GMT
    (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    There is up to $1,000 in reward money posted if you know who the thief is. Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you won't have to leave your name.

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    There is up to $1,000 in reward money posted if you know who the thief is. Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you won't have to leave your name.

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  • Are you due cash back on your vehicle tax?

    Are you due cash back on your vehicle tax?

    Tuesday, June 14 2016 12:38 PM EDT2016-06-14 16:38:59 GMT
    North Carolina drivers could be missing out in tax refunds simply because they don't realize how the system works. A couple of years ago the state implemented a system in which you update your registration and pay your vehicle tax at the same time. There are 650,000 vehicles registered in Mecklenburg County.  Every day people are trading in their old cars for new ones, or totaling cars that have to be replaced. "When you get your tax bill look on the back.  It detail...More >>
    North Carolina drivers could be missing out in tax refunds simply because they don't realize how the system works. A couple of years ago the state implemented a system in which you update your registration and pay your vehicle tax at the same time. There are 650,000 vehicles registered in Mecklenburg County.  Every day people are trading in their old cars for new ones, or totaling cars that have to be replaced. "When you get your tax bill look on the back.  It detail...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Armed robber demands 'no dye packs'

    Crime Stoppers: Armed robber demands 'no dye packs'

    Wednesday, June 8 2016 9:10 PM EDT2016-06-09 01:10:25 GMT
    Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

    The robber shouted for everyone inside to hit the floor. Surveillance video shows them all complying.

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    The robber shouted for everyone inside to hit the floor. Surveillance video shows them all complying.

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  • Family asks for yearbook misprint to be fixed

    Family asks for yearbook misprint to be fixed

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 6:00 PM EDT2016-06-07 22:00:45 GMT
    The yearbook is the prized possession of most high school seniors. The photos inside tell the story of the year before they went off to jobs or college. The scribbled signatures and special messages from their classmates are cherished well into their adult years. When Eryn Rauch looks at her yearbook, she sees a mistake. The senior at Forestview High School in Gastonia didn't even notice the misspelling at first. She was caught up in the excitement of sharing the book with her frien...More >>
    The yearbook is the prized possession of most high school seniors. The photos inside tell the story of the year before they went off to jobs or college. The scribbled signatures and special messages from their classmates are cherished well into their adult years. When Eryn Rauch looks at her yearbook, she sees a mistake. The senior at Forestview High School in Gastonia didn't even notice the misspelling at first. She was caught up in the excitement of sharing the book with her frien...More >>
  • Hackers targeting Microsoft Office

    Hackers targeting Microsoft Office

    Thursday, June 2 2016 8:33 AM EDT2016-06-02 12:33:02 GMT
    It may seem like Microsoft computers and devices are more often the target of hackers than Apple products, because new alerts seem to be about Microsoft. Apple products can get viruses, but there's something about Microsoft that WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says is attractive to cyber criminals. "In a new research report, a "White Hat", or good-guy researcher, took a look at the most popular Microsoft malware and viruses and noticed that many of them target Microso...More >>
    It may seem like Microsoft computers and devices are more often the target of hackers than Apple products, because new alerts seem to be about Microsoft. Apple products can get viruses, but there's something about Microsoft that WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says is attractive to cyber criminals. "In a new research report, a "White Hat", or good-guy researcher, took a look at the most popular Microsoft malware and viruses and noticed that many of them target Microso...More >>
  • More people becoming target of cyber hackers and ransomware

    More people becoming target of cyber hackers and ransomware

    Thursday, June 2 2016 11:45 AM EDT2016-06-02 15:45:26 GMT

    Running a community dental practice in Monroe, NC, Dr. Rob Johnson never thought he'd be on the radar of cyber hackers. Until his office was hit by ransomware. "This is something I have heard about and read about but I wondered how it could happen to me," Johnson said. He thinks it hit the office computers after someone opened an email that looked like a legitimate job application.  It was not and clicking on the link in the email likely installed the malware that al...

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    Running a community dental practice in Monroe, NC, Dr. Rob Johnson never thought he'd be on the radar of cyber hackers. Until his office was hit by ransomware. "This is something I have heard about and read about but I wondered how it could happen to me," Johnson said. He thinks it hit the office computers after someone opened an email that looked like a legitimate job application.  It was not and clicking on the link in the email likely installed the malware that al...

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  • Crime Stoppers: Sweet tooth bandit

    Crime Stoppers: Sweet tooth bandit

    Wednesday, June 1 2016 9:22 PM EDT2016-06-02 01:22:57 GMT
    (Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    If the large man who likes sour gummy worms rings a bell, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you won't have to leave your name to earn something sweeter than gummies.

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    If the large man who likes sour gummy worms rings a bell, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you won't have to leave your name to earn something sweeter than gummies.

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  • Good-guy hackers find a way around sophisticated security methods

    Good-guy hackers find a way around sophisticated security methods

    Friday, May 27 2016 10:42 AM EDT2016-05-27 14:42:44 GMT
    Passwords are a recurring theme in the Protecting Your Cyberturf segment.  We talk about how many all of us have, how secure they are or are not.  We have also talked about other forms of protecting your private information that may in time be the most widely used and secure ways to authenticate who you are. Now we are getting word that even those most secure ways might be vulnerable, too. Many people love the idea of supplying a fingerprint or some type of a physical iden...More >>
    Passwords are a recurring theme in the Protecting Your Cyberturf segment.  We talk about how many all of us have, how secure they are or are not.  We have also talked about other forms of protecting your private information that may in time be the most widely used and secure ways to authenticate who you are. Now we are getting word that even those most secure ways might be vulnerable, too. Many people love the idea of supplying a fingerprint or some type of a physical iden...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Stealing pizza dough

    Crime Stoppers: Stealing pizza dough

    Wednesday, May 25 2016 10:17 PM EDT2016-05-26 02:17:41 GMT
    Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

    He quickly left the store with hundreds of dollars in petty cash. It's good dough from a pizza parlor.

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    He quickly left the store with hundreds of dollars in petty cash. It's good dough from a pizza parlor.

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  • Dry Cleaning Test: Do you get what you pay for?

    Dry Cleaning Test: Do you get what you pay for?

    Monday, May 23 2016 2:58 PM EDT2016-05-23 18:58:58 GMT

    You could hardly see the ink on the shirt that cost $3 to be cleaned, but it appeared there was no attempt to remove the ink on the shirt that cost $6 to be cleaned.

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    You could hardly see the ink on the shirt that cost $3 to be cleaned, but it appeared there was no attempt to remove the ink on the shirt that cost $6 to be cleaned.

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  • What would you trade for guaranteed internet access?

    What would you trade for guaranteed internet access?

    Friday, May 20 2016 9:48 AM EDT2016-05-20 13:48:47 GMT
    What would you give up to ensure you had access to high speed internet? That's the question a new study commissioned by wireless carrier AT & T poses.  It gets to the heart of FOMO, or "fear of missing out". The researchers polled people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  AT&T admits the findings are not nationally representative but the company asked 2,000 Americans what they would sacrifice to stay online. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payto...More >>
    What would you give up to ensure you had access to high speed internet? That's the question a new study commissioned by wireless carrier AT & T poses.  It gets to the heart of FOMO, or "fear of missing out". The researchers polled people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  AT&T admits the findings are not nationally representative but the company asked 2,000 Americans what they would sacrifice to stay online. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payto...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Four men wanted after adult club shootings

    Crime Stoppers: Four men wanted after adult club shootings

    Wednesday, May 18 2016 9:35 PM EDT2016-05-19 01:35:10 GMT
    (Surveillance video courtesy the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)(Surveillance video courtesy the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

    Surveillance video shows four men getting into an argument with three so-called regulars over refusing to pay a woman for a $20 dance.

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    Surveillance video shows four men getting into an argument with three so-called regulars over refusing to pay a woman for a $20 dance.

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  • Product testing: Angry Mama

    Product testing: Angry Mama

    Saturday, May 14 2016 4:23 AM EDT2016-05-14 08:23:15 GMT
    Saturday, May 14 2016 7:45 AM EDT2016-05-14 11:45:07 GMT
    Is it enough of a pain to clean out your microwave that you just avoid doing it?  Caked-on food can be tough to get rid of. Angry Mama claims she can help.  She looks pretty angry, and promises with just water and vinegar to help loosen crusty leftovers on the inside and make them easy to wipe out. We got Angry Mama for $10 on Amazon.com but we've seen her at local Family Dollar stores, too.  We put her to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning. Copyright 2016 WBTV.&...More >>
    Is it enough of a pain to clean out your microwave that you just avoid doing it?  Caked-on food can be tough to get rid of. Angry Mama claims she can help.  She looks pretty angry, and promises with just water and vinegar to help loosen crusty leftovers on the inside and make them easy to wipe out. We got Angry Mama for $10 on Amazon.com but we've seen her at local Family Dollar stores, too.  We put her to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning. Copyright 2016 WBTV.&...More >>
  • 5 things every college student should do this summer

    5 things every college student should do this summer

    Saturday, May 14 2016 4:17 AM EDT2016-05-14 08:17:45 GMT
    Saturday, May 14 2016 6:20 AM EDT2016-05-14 10:20:09 GMT
    For many young people, summer is a time to play and relax.  For young professionals, or soon to be, Michelle Horton says it is UP TIME!  Time to get ahead.  Horton is a professor with the Wake Forest University School of Business and the founder and CEO of YOUniversity Drive, LLC. Horton visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 5 things Every College Student Should Do This Summer: 1.     Get an Internship, Volunteer, Learn a New Skill. Further...More >>
    For many young people, summer is a time to play and relax.  For young professionals, or soon to be, Michelle Horton says it is UP TIME!  Time to get ahead.  Horton is a professor with the Wake Forest University School of Business and the founder and CEO of YOUniversity Drive, LLC. Horton visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 5 things Every College Student Should Do This Summer: 1.     Get an Internship, Volunteer, Learn a New Skill. Further...More >>
  • 29% of Android phones not getting security updates

    29% of Android phones not getting security updates

    Friday, May 13 2016 9:48 AM EDT2016-05-13 13:48:07 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 4:27 PM EDT2016-05-13 20:27:00 GMT
    Each year Google performs an annual security report on the Droid operating system for smart phones.  Its most recent review found roughly 29% of phone users are not receiving important security upgrades.  It is because only phones running the most up to date version of software automatically get those security patches.  In some cases many manufacturers are not sending out timely updates and some users do not have their phones set up to automatically receive the patches...More >>
    Each year Google performs an annual security report on the Droid operating system for smart phones.  Its most recent review found roughly 29% of phone users are not receiving important security upgrades.  It is because only phones running the most up to date version of software automatically get those security patches.  In some cases many manufacturers are not sending out timely updates and some users do not have their phones set up to automatically receive the patches...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Armed robbery and kidnapping

    Crime Stoppers: Armed robbery and kidnapping

    Wednesday, May 11 2016 6:44 PM EDT2016-05-11 22:44:10 GMT
    Wednesday, May 11 2016 8:53 PM EDT2016-05-12 00:53:54 GMT
    Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

    He begins pacing and looking around. Then, he moves behind the woman at the counter and grabs her around her neck.

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    He begins pacing and looking around. Then, he moves behind the woman at the counter and grabs her around her neck.

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  • The $0.20 solution to make your home safer

    The $0.20 solution to make your home safer

    Thursday, May 5 2016 8:18 AM EDT2016-05-05 12:18:13 GMT
    Tuesday, May 10 2016 7:47 AM EDT2016-05-10 11:47:30 GMT
    (Brian Stephenson | WBTV)(Brian Stephenson | WBTV)

    A contractor made two identical framed doors for us. We enlisted the help of identical twins. There was only one difference between side A and side B.

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    A contractor made two identical framed doors for us. We enlisted the help of identical twins. There was only one difference between side A and side B.

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  • Crime Stoppers: 'Dabbin' thief leaves evidence

    Crime Stoppers: 'Dabbin' thief leaves evidence

    Wednesday, May 4 2016 8:42 PM EDT2016-05-05 00:42:37 GMT
    Wednesday, May 4 2016 9:25 PM EDT2016-05-05 01:25:07 GMT
    (Surveillance photo courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Surveillance photo courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    It happened on a Saturday night Freedom Smokes business, just off an I-85 access road.

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    It happened on a Saturday night Freedom Smokes business, just off an I-85 access road.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Busy clerk surprised by robbery

    Crime Stoppers: Busy clerk surprised by robbery

    Wednesday, April 27 2016 9:00 PM EDT2016-04-28 01:00:02 GMT
    Wednesday, April 27 2016 9:22 PM EDT2016-04-28 01:22:10 GMT
    (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)(Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

    At 2:05 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, a hooded man went into the Xpress Mart on The Plaza - a place robbed several times before.

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    At 2:05 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, a hooded man went into the Xpress Mart on The Plaza - a place robbed several times before.

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  • Product test: Make-at-home meal delivery services

    Product test: Make-at-home meal delivery services

    Monday, April 25 2016 11:12 AM EDT2016-04-25 15:12:44 GMT
    Tuesday, April 26 2016 7:35 AM EDT2016-04-26 11:35:34 GMT

    Each of us wants to save time, money and energy.  Companies that offer make-at-home meal delivery services promise all of those things.  But do they really come through? We put Blue Apron, Home Chef and Hello Fresh to the test.  Chef Ashley McGee helped by opening up one of the demonstration kitchens at Johnson and Wales University and cooking with us.  Each company sent us a box to try and promised what we got was exactly what anyone with a subscription would h...

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    Each of us wants to save time, money and energy.  Companies that offer make-at-home meal delivery services promise all of those things.  But do they really come through? We put Blue Apron, Home Chef and Hello Fresh to the test.  Chef Ashley McGee helped by opening up one of the demonstration kitchens at Johnson and Wales University and cooking with us.  Each company sent us a box to try and promised what we got was exactly what anyone with a subscription would h...

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  • Is your fitness tracker making you less interested in walking?

    Is your fitness tracker making you less interested in walking?

    Sunday, April 24 2016 6:42 PM EDT2016-04-24 22:42:41 GMT
    Monday, April 25 2016 7:09 AM EDT2016-04-25 11:09:05 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    They are great motivators to get your 10,000 daily steps in and try to eat and sleep better. 

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    They are great motivators to get your 10,000 daily steps in and try to eat and sleep better. 

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  • Choosing the right sod for your yard

    Choosing the right sod for your yard

    Saturday, April 23 2016 4:11 AM EDT2016-04-23 08:11:19 GMT
    Saturday, April 23 2016 7:09 AM EDT2016-04-23 11:09:24 GMT

    Homeowners often wonder if they are making the right decisions in their yards.  Charles Harris, owner of Sandhill Turf in Candor, NC and the co-founder of Buy Sod, Inc., shared some advice with WBTV News Saturday Morning viewers about choosing the right type of sod and properly caring for it. His advice follows: How to pick the right sod Choosing the right sod doesn’t have to be confusing. All you need to know is how you want your grass to function. For those high-w...

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    Homeowners often wonder if they are making the right decisions in their yards.  Charles Harris, owner of Sandhill Turf in Candor, NC and the co-founder of Buy Sod, Inc., shared some advice with WBTV News Saturday Morning viewers about choosing the right type of sod and properly caring for it. His advice follows: How to pick the right sod Choosing the right sod doesn’t have to be confusing. All you need to know is how you want your grass to function. For those high-w...

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  • Scammers threaten jail time if you don't pay a fine

    Scammers threaten jail time if you don't pay a fine

    Friday, April 22 2016 1:06 PM EDT2016-04-22 17:06:46 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 4:00 PM EDT2016-04-22 20:00:26 GMT
    Simply by placing a phone call or dropping an email, scam artists are having good luck conning people out of hundreds of dollars if not more. This scam making the rounds sounds pretty intimidating if you're on the receiving end.  It is happening often enough that the US Federal Court System has issued an official warning about it. The scammers claim to be from the court, or from the US Marshall's Office, and they claim you owe a fine because you didn't show up for your assigne...More >>
    Simply by placing a phone call or dropping an email, scam artists are having good luck conning people out of hundreds of dollars if not more. This scam making the rounds sounds pretty intimidating if you're on the receiving end.  It is happening often enough that the US Federal Court System has issued an official warning about it. The scammers claim to be from the court, or from the US Marshall's Office, and they claim you owe a fine because you didn't show up for your assigne...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Violent robber yells 'this is for you dog' before shooting

    Crime Stoppers: Violent robber yells 'this is for you dog' before shooting

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 9:44 PM EDT2016-04-21 01:44:42 GMT
    Wednesday, April 20 2016 10:29 PM EDT2016-04-21 02:29:38 GMT

    After he shoots the floor, he continued to jab and poke his gun at customers and at the clerk. Detective Roddey thinks it was either a case of adrenaline rush, or possibly, he was jacked up on drugs.

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    After he shoots the floor, he continued to jab and poke his gun at customers and at the clerk. Detective Roddey thinks it was either a case of adrenaline rush, or possibly, he was jacked up on drugs.

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  • Women in sports changing the conversation

    Women in sports changing the conversation

    Monday, April 11 2016 11:31 AM EDT2016-04-11 15:31:51 GMT
    Monday, April 11 2016 11:21 PM EDT2016-04-12 03:21:15 GMT

    Two local women are accomplishing firsts in the world of sports coverage.  In doing so they are helping to change the conversation about women  "having it all" to families finding balance together. Stephanie Ready and Wendy Venturini come from different backgrounds and cover different sports but they have something in common.  "Basketball has been around me my whole life and it is my first true love," Ready told us. "My passion has always bee...

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    Two local women are accomplishing firsts in the world of sports coverage.  In doing so they are helping to change the conversation about women  "having it all" to families finding balance together. Stephanie Ready and Wendy Venturini come from different backgrounds and cover different sports but they have something in common.  "Basketball has been around me my whole life and it is my first true love," Ready told us. "My passion has always bee...

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  • Recipes: Cast Iron Cooking

    Recipes: Cast Iron Cooking

    Saturday, April 9 2016 4:15 AM EDT2016-04-09 08:15:39 GMT
    Saturday, April 9 2016 7:35 AM EDT2016-04-09 11:35:04 GMT
    Cast Iron Cooking Robert Adler, Ernie's Smokehouse BBQ Cast Iron Skillet Brined Chicken Brine 1. 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 2. 6 cups water 3. 1 cup apple cider 4. ¼ cup coarse Kosher salt 5. ¼ cup favorite honey 6. 2 tbsp. onion powder on yellow onion quartered 7. 2 tbsp. sugar 8. 1 tsp. pepper 9. 4 cloves crushed garlic 10. 6-8 sprigs fresh rosemary Brine Preparation 1. Combine water, sugar, salt and pepper, boil and let cool to room temperature o...More >>
    Cast Iron Cooking Robert Adler, Ernie's Smokehouse BBQ Cast Iron Skillet Brined Chicken Brine 1. 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 2. 6 cups water 3. 1 cup apple cider 4. ¼ cup coarse Kosher salt 5. ¼ cup favorite honey 6. 2 tbsp. onion powder on yellow onion quartered 7. 2 tbsp. sugar 8. 1 tsp. pepper 9. 4 cloves crushed garlic 10. 6-8 sprigs fresh rosemary Brine Preparation 1. Combine water, sugar, salt and pepper, boil and let cool to room temperature o...More >>
  • 10 life hacks every parent should know

    10 life hacks every parent should know

    Saturday, April 9 2016 4:11 AM EDT2016-04-09 08:11:29 GMT
    Saturday, April 9 2016 7:20 AM EDT2016-04-09 11:20:08 GMT

    Making life a little easier is always top priority for parents.  Holly Schultz, founder of BabyGizmo.com, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 10 life hacks every parent should know. Her tips follow: 10 QUICK MOM HACKS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW Cupcake Liner for Dripless Popsicles Place a cupcake liner under the Popsicle and through the Popsicle stick to catch all the drips. Keepin' the Bugs Out Simply place a cupcake liner upside down over a glass or cup and...

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    Making life a little easier is always top priority for parents.  Holly Schultz, founder of BabyGizmo.com, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 10 life hacks every parent should know. Her tips follow: 10 QUICK MOM HACKS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW Cupcake Liner for Dripless Popsicles Place a cupcake liner under the Popsicle and through the Popsicle stick to catch all the drips. Keepin' the Bugs Out Simply place a cupcake liner upside down over a glass or cup and...

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  • Another security breach serves as a warning

    Another security breach serves as a warning

    Friday, April 8 2016 12:41 PM EDT2016-04-08 16:41:17 GMT
    Friday, April 8 2016 5:00 PM EDT2016-04-08 21:00:21 GMT
    Any security breach of private information should be an opportunity for all of us to make sure we're properly protecting our privacy. That's the warning from WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton. She reminds us of this in the wake of "The Panama Papers".  11.5 million documents were leaked anonymously from a prominent Panama-based law firm that helped create shell companies for the world's rich and famous.  200 countries are mentioned...More >>
    Any security breach of private information should be an opportunity for all of us to make sure we're properly protecting our privacy. That's the warning from WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton. She reminds us of this in the wake of "The Panama Papers".  11.5 million documents were leaked anonymously from a prominent Panama-based law firm that helped create shell companies for the world's rich and famous.  200 countries are mentioned...More >>
  • Hot zip codes in Charlotte for buyers and sellers

    Hot zip codes in Charlotte for buyers and sellers

    Monday, April 4 2016 12:47 PM EDT2016-04-04 16:47:43 GMT
    Monday, April 4 2016 8:41 PM EDT2016-04-05 00:41:58 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    One of the hottest zip codes for new home buyers might not be one you'd expect.

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    One of the hottest zip codes for new home buyers might not be one you'd expect.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Reward still offered in 8-year-old quadruple killing

    Crime Stoppers: Reward still offered in 8-year-old quadruple killing

    Wednesday, March 30 2016 10:06 PM EDT2016-03-31 02:06:52 GMT
    Wednesday, March 30 2016 10:06 PM EDT2016-03-31 02:06:52 GMT
    Photos of the four victims.Photos of the four victims.

    Cherilyn Crawford's mother and all the victims' families need to hear who and why four people were brutally murdered in that apartment.

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    Cherilyn Crawford's mother and all the victims' families need to hear who and why four people were brutally murdered in that apartment.

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  • Are you the right fit for a franchise?

    Are you the right fit for a franchise?

    Sunday, March 27 2016 3:28 AM EDT2016-03-27 07:28:28 GMT
    Sunday, March 27 2016 6:20 AM EDT2016-03-27 10:20:01 GMT
    Being your own boss sounds like a pretty sweet gig but how do you do it?  One way is to own and operate a franchise of a national or regional business.  How do you know if franchising is the right fit for you? Harry Sparks, owner of a local Window Genie franchise, and Lauren Cantor with The Entrepreneur’s Source, visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to talk about the free North Carolina Franchise Expo Live. Cantor shared the Franchise Quiz from The Entrepreneur’s ...More >>
    Being your own boss sounds like a pretty sweet gig but how do you do it?  One way is to own and operate a franchise of a national or regional business.  How do you know if franchising is the right fit for you? Harry Sparks, owner of a local Window Genie franchise, and Lauren Cantor with The Entrepreneur’s Source, visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to talk about the free North Carolina Franchise Expo Live. Cantor shared the Franchise Quiz from The Entrepreneur’s ...More >>
  • Using cell signal jammers

    Using cell signal jammers

    Thursday, March 24 2016 11:38 AM EDT2016-03-24 15:38:11 GMT
    Friday, March 25 2016 4:00 PM EDT2016-03-25 20:00:20 GMT
    It may be a lesson your parents taught you.  Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. In this case we're talking about using a cell phone jammer.  Jammers prevent phones from working in a certain local area.  The devices are readily available to the average person online  Still, using one could get you into deep trouble. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says while some organizations and institutions can use jammers,...More >>
    It may be a lesson your parents taught you.  Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. In this case we're talking about using a cell phone jammer.  Jammers prevent phones from working in a certain local area.  The devices are readily available to the average person online  Still, using one could get you into deep trouble. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says while some organizations and institutions can use jammers,...More >>
  • Amazon explores pay by "selfie" system

    Amazon explores pay by "selfie" system

    Friday, March 18 2016 12:14 PM EDT2016-03-18 16:14:29 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-03-18 20:14:05 GMT
    We told you recently that credit card giant MasterCard is testing a new way to authenticate payments using a selfie. This week Amazon announced it is attempting to do something similar. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Amazon has filed a patent for payment via facial contortion, also known as a selfie.  The company filed for the patent in October. Organizations testing this way to pay say it is a safer form of verification than a password.&nbs...More >>
    We told you recently that credit card giant MasterCard is testing a new way to authenticate payments using a selfie. This week Amazon announced it is attempting to do something similar. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Amazon has filed a patent for payment via facial contortion, also known as a selfie.  The company filed for the patent in October. Organizations testing this way to pay say it is a safer form of verification than a password.&nbs...More >>
  • Ransomware hitting mac users

    Ransomware hitting mac users

    Friday, March 11 2016 10:36 AM EST2016-03-11 15:36:22 GMT
    Friday, March 11 2016 4:30 PM EST2016-03-11 21:30:08 GMT
    If you think being a Mac owner will spare you the hassle of getting viruses on your laptop or desktop, think again. More viruses have spread to Macs in recent years and now the infection of the moment, ransomware, is hitting Mac users too. That's when a cyber-criminal finds his or her way into your computer, accesses your files, and then holds them "hostage" until you pay (usually in Bitcoin) to get them back. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc., says...More >>
    If you think being a Mac owner will spare you the hassle of getting viruses on your laptop or desktop, think again. More viruses have spread to Macs in recent years and now the infection of the moment, ransomware, is hitting Mac users too. That's when a cyber-criminal finds his or her way into your computer, accesses your files, and then holds them "hostage" until you pay (usually in Bitcoin) to get them back. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc., says...More >>
  • An emergency plan for your pet

    An emergency plan for your pet

    Thursday, March 10 2016 12:03 PM EST2016-03-10 17:03:55 GMT
    Thursday, March 10 2016 4:30 PM EST2016-03-10 21:30:09 GMT
    One of the biggest fears for a pet owner would be a fire in their home while the dog, cat, bird, rabbit, guinea pig or other animals were the only ones in the house.  It happened to Judith Hodgins.  A fire alarm tied to her security system started to sound while she was away.  "It is a gut-wrenching feeling and the adrenaline kicks in.  I was probably going over the speed limit to get home because it was terrifying," Hodgins told us. Before calling Jud...More >>
    One of the biggest fears for a pet owner would be a fire in their home while the dog, cat, bird, rabbit, guinea pig or other animals were the only ones in the house.  It happened to Judith Hodgins.  A fire alarm tied to her security system started to sound while she was away.  "It is a gut-wrenching feeling and the adrenaline kicks in.  I was probably going over the speed limit to get home because it was terrifying," Hodgins told us. Before calling Jud...More >>
  • Protecting your privacy in your own home

    Protecting your privacy in your own home

    Thursday, March 3 2016 12:38 PM EST2016-03-03 17:38:52 GMT
    Friday, March 4 2016 4:15 PM EST2016-03-04 21:15:01 GMT
    You've heard the phrase "the internet of things", right? It is when everyday objects like your refrigerator or your kids toys can connect to the internet.  So many things are connected now, it raises a new privacy concern. We asked WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc.,  how easy it would be for a hacker to peep into your home using these devices. "Using any tool, like Shodan for example, people can spy on you via your internet of things....More >>
    You've heard the phrase "the internet of things", right? It is when everyday objects like your refrigerator or your kids toys can connect to the internet.  So many things are connected now, it raises a new privacy concern. We asked WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc.,  how easy it would be for a hacker to peep into your home using these devices. "Using any tool, like Shodan for example, people can spy on you via your internet of things....More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Pickaxe burglars hitting businesses

    Crime Stoppers: Pickaxe burglars hitting businesses

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 9:06 PM EST2016-03-03 02:06:29 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 11:01 PM EST2016-03-03 04:01:16 GMT

    Because the surveillance video is so good, police are hoping these two men will be identified before they strike again.

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    Because the surveillance video is so good, police are hoping these two men will be identified before they strike again.

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  • Recipe: Chicken and Dumplings

    Recipe: Chicken and Dumplings

    Saturday, February 27 2016 8:39 AM EST2016-02-27 13:39:53 GMT
    Saturday, February 27 2016 8:39 AM EST2016-02-27 13:39:52 GMT
    Chicken and Dumplings Shonali Thomas, SplenDishes Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (cut up) 2 tablespoons SplenDishes Bourbon Bacon Salt 4 tablespoons flour ¼ vegetable oil 4 carrots, roughly chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 potatoes, cubed 2 cups dry white wine Fresh parsley for garnish Dumplings: 2 cups Bisquick mix 2/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons butter, melted Combine ingredients in a bowl right before spooning over chicken. Directions: Season c...More >>
    Chicken and Dumplings Shonali Thomas, SplenDishes Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (cut up) 2 tablespoons SplenDishes Bourbon Bacon Salt 4 tablespoons flour ¼ vegetable oil 4 carrots, roughly chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 potatoes, cubed 2 cups dry white wine Fresh parsley for garnish Dumplings: 2 cups Bisquick mix 2/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons butter, melted Combine ingredients in a bowl right before spooning over chicken. Directions: Season c...More >>
  • Recipes: Short ribs and pan seared scallops

    Recipes: Short ribs and pan seared scallops

    Saturday, February 27 2016 8:31 AM EST2016-02-27 13:31:28 GMT
    Saturday, February 27 2016 8:31 AM EST2016-02-27 13:31:28 GMT
    Jim Seidel of Carolina Fish Market and Melissa Latin again, a home cook and founder of Charlotte Fashion Plate visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share two delicious recipes. To give Jim's short ribs a try, click here. To try Melissa's pan seared scallops, click here. Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
    Jim Seidel of Carolina Fish Market and Melissa Latin again, a home cook and founder of Charlotte Fashion Plate visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share two delicious recipes. To give Jim's short ribs a try, click here. To try Melissa's pan seared scallops, click here. Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
  • Hackers point out weakness in GPS system

    Hackers point out weakness in GPS system

    Friday, February 26 2016 8:51 AM EST2016-02-26 13:51:36 GMT
    Friday, February 26 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-26 21:00:20 GMT
    When is the last time you broke out a map or an atlas?  We are all so reliant on GPS because it spares us the trouble of planning a route and it seems to rarely fail us. Unfortunately, like all things tech, it can be hacked.  "Good guy" ethical hackers found this recently when they showed how they could simulate a car's journey without the car ever moving.  In the demo, they typed into the GPS where they wanted to go and without actually moving or starting on...More >>
    When is the last time you broke out a map or an atlas?  We are all so reliant on GPS because it spares us the trouble of planning a route and it seems to rarely fail us. Unfortunately, like all things tech, it can be hacked.  "Good guy" ethical hackers found this recently when they showed how they could simulate a car's journey without the car ever moving.  In the demo, they typed into the GPS where they wanted to go and without actually moving or starting on...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Credit card cloning crooks

    Crime Stoppers: Credit card cloning crooks

    Wednesday, February 24 2016 8:42 PM EST2016-02-25 01:42:20 GMT
    Wednesday, February 24 2016 8:42 PM EST2016-02-25 01:42:20 GMT
    Earlier in February, a bearded man carrying a package he'd bought from another store walked into the UnderArmour at Premium Outlets. On surveillance video, we see him go to the counter and pay by credit card. But the information on that piece of plastic is not his. More >>

    Earlier in February, a bearded man carrying a package he'd bought from another store walked into the UnderArmour at Premium Outlets. On surveillance video, we see him go to the counter and pay by credit card. But the information on that piece of plastic is not his.

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  • When phone finding software just doesn't work right

    When phone finding software just doesn't work right

    Thursday, February 18 2016 7:56 AM EST2016-02-18 12:56:43 GMT
    Friday, February 19 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-19 21:00:19 GMT
    12 times in the past year, someone has knocked on the door of a couple's home in Atlanta, thinking their lost or stolen smart phones were inside. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc.,  found these cases of phone finding software glitches and thought it was a good opportunity to remind you that GPS isn't always the be-all, end-all. Payton says the search function in both Apple's "Find my phone" and Android's "Device Manager" were off in thi...More >>
    12 times in the past year, someone has knocked on the door of a couple's home in Atlanta, thinking their lost or stolen smart phones were inside. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc.,  found these cases of phone finding software glitches and thought it was a good opportunity to remind you that GPS isn't always the be-all, end-all. Payton says the search function in both Apple's "Find my phone" and Android's "Device Manager" were off in thi...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Inside job at the Hilton Garden Inn

    Crime Stoppers: Inside job at the Hilton Garden Inn

    Wednesday, February 17 2016 8:24 PM EST2016-02-18 01:24:20 GMT
    Wednesday, February 17 2016 9:04 PM EST2016-02-18 02:04:09 GMT

    "We've made an arrest, and there was an inside job of course for these guys to know all these iPads were going to be in the conference room. So we got one person, but they're not willing to talk. We need to identify these other two guys."

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    "We've made an arrest, and there was an inside job of course for these guys to know all these iPads were going to be in the conference room. So we got one person, but they're not willing to talk. We need to identify these other two guys."

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  • Chocolate in the cereal aisle

    Chocolate in the cereal aisle

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 8:41 AM EST2016-02-09 13:41:07 GMT
    Monday, February 15 2016 12:17 PM EST2016-02-15 17:17:28 GMT
    The box covers tout vitamins and minerals and whole grains but is it possible for it to be healthy?  More >>

    The box covers tout vitamins and minerals and whole grains but is it possible for it to be healthy? 

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  • For security reasons, upgrade to Internet Explorer 11

    For security reasons, upgrade to Internet Explorer 11

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 12:18 PM EST2016-02-09 17:18:43 GMT
    Friday, February 12 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-12 21:00:19 GMT
    If you click into Internet Explorer on your PC to hop onto the internet, it's time to upgrade. We told you a while back that Microsoft would be "retiring" the Windows XP system but it is also ending its support of some versions of Internet Explorer.  WBTV Cyber Expert and CEO of Fortalice, Inc. Theresa Payton says Microsoft stopped supporting IE 8 and 9 and in many cases 10.  That means there will be no new security patches and that impacts how safe it is to use f...More >>
    If you click into Internet Explorer on your PC to hop onto the internet, it's time to upgrade. We told you a while back that Microsoft would be "retiring" the Windows XP system but it is also ending its support of some versions of Internet Explorer.  WBTV Cyber Expert and CEO of Fortalice, Inc. Theresa Payton says Microsoft stopped supporting IE 8 and 9 and in many cases 10.  That means there will be no new security patches and that impacts how safe it is to use f...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Robber either very bold, or not very smart

    Crime Stoppers: Robber either very bold, or not very smart

    Wednesday, February 10 2016 8:19 PM EST2016-02-11 01:19:51 GMT
    Wednesday, February 10 2016 8:22 PM EST2016-02-11 01:22:56 GMT

    At 10:45 on a Monday morning, an undisguised man walked into the Fifth Third Bank on Highway 51 and simply handed the teller a note.

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    At 10:45 on a Monday morning, an undisguised man walked into the Fifth Third Bank on Highway 51 and simply handed the teller a note.

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  • DNA test connects young woman with father she never knew

    DNA test connects young woman with father she never knew

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 8:09 AM EST2016-02-09 13:09:15 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-09 21:00:19 GMT
    Jamie Nader has no doubt there's a guiding force behind the developments over the last four months of her life. "There's no denying God was in this.  Just the timing of it.  I am completely convinced God was whispering to me," Nader told WBTV. Her search for her father has been life-long.  At times she has felt close to an answer.  At other times she was frustrated to be so far away from learning the truth. Until recently. In September of 2015 she took...More >>
    Jamie Nader has no doubt there's a guiding force behind the developments over the last four months of her life. "There's no denying God was in this.  Just the timing of it.  I am completely convinced God was whispering to me," Nader told WBTV. Her search for her father has been life-long.  At times she has felt close to an answer.  At other times she was frustrated to be so far away from learning the truth. Until recently. In September of 2015 she took...More >>
  • Super Bowl commercial hits and misses

    Super Bowl commercial hits and misses

    Friday, February 5 2016 1:22 PM EST2016-02-05 18:22:32 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-05 21:00:22 GMT
    Super Bowl viewing will be a little different for people living in the Charlotte area this year. Occasionally the game itself can be secondary to the crop of Super Bowl commercials advertisers trot out.  This year, with the Carolina Panthers in the big game, more eyes will be trained on the action on the field. Still the breaks between are a chance for advertisers to try to catch your attention. "We don't get treated by advertisers on a daily basis the way we get treated i... More >>

    Super Bowl viewing will be a little different for people living in the Charlotte area this year. Occasionally the game itself can be secondary to the crop of Super Bowl commercials advertisers trot out.  This year, with the Carolina Panthers in the big game, more eyes will be trained on the action on the field. Still the breaks between are a chance for advertisers to try to catch your attention. "We don't get treated by advertisers on a daily basis the way we get treated i...

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  • Product testing: Breakfast sandwich maker

    Product testing: Breakfast sandwich maker

    Saturday, January 30 2016 4:06 AM EST2016-01-30 09:06:56 GMT
    Saturday, January 30 2016 7:45 AM EST2016-01-30 12:45:03 GMT
    If you love a breakfast sandwich but you don't want to spend the money at your favorite drive-through breakfast spot every morning, product testing this week is for you. The appliance experts at Hamilton Beach say you can cook "delicious breakfast sandwiches in the comfort of your own home." Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  We picked it up at KMart for $25. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
    If you love a breakfast sandwich but you don't want to spend the money at your favorite drive-through breakfast spot every morning, product testing this week is for you. The appliance experts at Hamilton Beach say you can cook "delicious breakfast sandwiches in the comfort of your own home." Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  We picked it up at KMart for $25. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
  • Big game party ideas from Reid's

    Big game party ideas from Reid's

    Saturday, January 30 2016 4:14 AM EST2016-01-30 09:14:45 GMT
    Saturday, January 30 2016 7:35 AM EST2016-01-30 12:35:08 GMT
    Myers Park has always been able to boast one of the area's finest food stores.  Now Reid's Fine Foods has expanded to include it's newest location on the grounds of South Park Mall. Lewis Donald from Reid's visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about the new store and restaurant and he also shared some of his favorite game-day snack ideas. Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
    Myers Park has always been able to boast one of the area's finest food stores.  Now Reid's Fine Foods has expanded to include it's newest location on the grounds of South Park Mall. Lewis Donald from Reid's visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about the new store and restaurant and he also shared some of his favorite game-day snack ideas. Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
  • Amp up your burgers

    Amp up your burgers

    Saturday, January 30 2016 4:11 AM EST2016-01-30 09:11:31 GMT
    Saturday, January 30 2016 7:20 AM EST2016-01-30 12:20:08 GMT
    Serving burgers at your party for the big game?  The burger experts at Beef O'Brady's restaurant have some ideas for you. We started with fried jalapeno peppers and built from there. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.   More >>
    Serving burgers at your party for the big game?  The burger experts at Beef O'Brady's restaurant have some ideas for you. We started with fried jalapeno peppers and built from there. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.   More >>
  • Registration underway for 24 Hours of Booty

    Registration underway for 24 Hours of Booty

    Saturday, January 30 2016 3:55 AM EST2016-01-30 08:55:56 GMT
    Saturday, January 30 2016 6:20 AM EST2016-01-30 11:20:07 GMT
    Registration has begun for the 2016 24 Hours of Booty ride to fight cancer. The annual cycling event is in its 15th year and will take place July 29th and 30th this year. In 15 years, the organization has raised $15 million to support organizations dedicated to navigating a cancer diagnosis and surviving. For more information about this year's ride, click here.   Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
    Registration has begun for the 2016 24 Hours of Booty ride to fight cancer. The annual cycling event is in its 15th year and will take place July 29th and 30th this year. In 15 years, the organization has raised $15 million to support organizations dedicated to navigating a cancer diagnosis and surviving. For more information about this year's ride, click here.   Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Sawed-off shotgun wielding robber

    Crime Stoppers: Sawed-off shotgun wielding robber

    Wednesday, January 27 2016 8:33 PM EST2016-01-28 01:33:17 GMT
    Wednesday, January 27 2016 10:41 PM EST2016-01-28 03:41:17 GMT

    Surveillance shows him rushing in the front door and immediately pulling out a sawed-off shotgun, then demanding clerks put money into the yellow bag he's brought with him.

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    Surveillance shows him rushing in the front door and immediately pulling out a sawed-off shotgun, then demanding clerks put money into the yellow bag he's brought with him.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Nightmare carjacking

    Crime Stoppers: Nightmare carjacking

    Wednesday, January 20 2016 7:24 PM EST2016-01-21 00:24:41 GMT
    Wednesday, January 20 2016 9:16 PM EST2016-01-21 02:16:22 GMT

    Three days before Christmas, families, kids and couples were all leaving a performance of the Nutcracker at the Belk Theater uptown. On surveillance from the adjacent parking deck, we see them headed for their cars.

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    Three days before Christmas, families, kids and couples were all leaving a performance of the Nutcracker at the Belk Theater uptown. On surveillance from the adjacent parking deck, we see them headed for their cars.

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  • New rules for drone users

    New rules for drone users

    Monday, January 18 2016 9:23 AM EST2016-01-18 14:23:25 GMT
    Monday, January 18 2016 4:16 PM EST2016-01-18 21:16:03 GMT
    The holiday season brought to all of us something new to think about in the sky overhead. The Federal Aviation Administration predicted one million new drones would be sold to, mainly, recreational users. John Martin is one of them.  He got a small one, to use for practice, so he's ready when he's able to buy a larger one he can use to take video for his fishing lure business. "It's a lot of fun.  While you're trying to figure it out, you crash a lot," Martin sai...More >>
    The holiday season brought to all of us something new to think about in the sky overhead. The Federal Aviation Administration predicted one million new drones would be sold to, mainly, recreational users. John Martin is one of them.  He got a small one, to use for practice, so he's ready when he's able to buy a larger one he can use to take video for his fishing lure business. "It's a lot of fun.  While you're trying to figure it out, you crash a lot," Martin sai...More >>
  • Stopping unexpected in-app purchases

    Stopping unexpected in-app purchases

    Friday, January 15 2016 11:07 AM EST2016-01-15 16:07:00 GMT
    Friday, January 15 2016 3:29 PM EST2016-01-15 20:29:00 GMT
    Perhaps by now you have broken in some of the new devices you received as gifts over the holidays.  Or, perhaps, you've been unable to pry those new smart phones, tablets, and gaming systems from your children's hands. A lesson learned the hard way is proof you need to have control over how those devices are used. A dad in England realized a little too late that his child had racked up a $5,000 bill with the Apple app store by unknowingly making in-game purchases on his dad's iP...More >>
    Perhaps by now you have broken in some of the new devices you received as gifts over the holidays.  Or, perhaps, you've been unable to pry those new smart phones, tablets, and gaming systems from your children's hands. A lesson learned the hard way is proof you need to have control over how those devices are used. A dad in England realized a little too late that his child had racked up a $5,000 bill with the Apple app store by unknowingly making in-game purchases on his dad's iP...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Family in agony wants answers in unsolved murder

    Crime Stoppers: Family in agony wants answers in unsolved murder

    Wednesday, January 13 2016 8:36 PM EST2016-01-14 01:36:19 GMT
    Wednesday, January 13 2016 8:36 PM EST2016-01-14 01:36:18 GMT
    Barbour survived a heart attack just four month prior to his murder. More >>

    Barbour survived a heart attack just four month prior to his murder.

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  • Potential data breach of voter information

    Potential data breach of voter information

    Thursday, January 7 2016 7:46 AM EST2016-01-07 12:46:19 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 3:30 PM EST2016-01-08 20:30:07 GMT
    Thank goodness for good-guy hackers. An ethical hacker, who looks for data that needs to be protected as a hobby,  is now working with law enforcement to assist them in investigating a data breach he exposed. It involved voter data dating back as far as 2000.  The information included voter names, phone numbers, home addresses, dates of birth, political parties, whether they voted in the primary or general elections going back to 2000, gender and other personal details. WB...More >>
    Thank goodness for good-guy hackers. An ethical hacker, who looks for data that needs to be protected as a hobby,  is now working with law enforcement to assist them in investigating a data breach he exposed. It involved voter data dating back as far as 2000.  The information included voter names, phone numbers, home addresses, dates of birth, political parties, whether they voted in the primary or general elections going back to 2000, gender and other personal details. WB...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Undergarment thieves at assisted living center

    Crime Stoppers: Undergarment thieves at assisted living center

    Wednesday, January 6 2016 8:24 PM EST2016-01-07 01:24:36 GMT
    Wednesday, January 6 2016 9:22 PM EST2016-01-07 02:22:13 GMT

    "She obviously was terrified and tried to get away, but they grabbed her as she was going out the door, pushed her back inside and put a gun to her head," Detective Roddey said.

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    "She obviously was terrified and tried to get away, but they grabbed her as she was going out the door, pushed her back inside and put a gun to her head," Detective Roddey said.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Robbing doughnuts for dollars

    Crime Stoppers: Robbing doughnuts for dollars

    Wednesday, December 16 2015 9:29 PM EST2015-12-17 02:29:35 GMT
    Wednesday, December 16 2015 9:29 PM EST2015-12-17 02:29:34 GMT
    One of the men escorted the female clerk to the office. The other forced the male clerk to his knees, ordering him with a gun to his head to open the safe. More >>

    One of the men escorted the female clerk to the office. The other forced the male clerk to his knees, ordering him with a gun to his head to open the safe. 

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  • Study shows teens may be too trusting of online information

    Study shows teens may be too trusting of online information

    Wednesday, December 9 2015 11:04 AM EST2015-12-09 16:04:39 GMT
    Friday, December 11 2015 3:45 PM EST2015-12-11 20:45:12 GMT
    It is easy to be trusting of what we see or read online.  However, as adults, we typically know to look at those things with a critical eye.A new study by Ofcom, the U.K.'s communication regulations commission, shows teens are far too trusting with that information.The study, which you can read by clicking here, found roughly one in five children aged 12 to 15 believe that information found in search engines like Yahoo! Google or Bing must be true. It also indicates many teen...More >>
    It is easy to be trusting of what we see or read online.  However, as adults, we typically know to look at those things with a critical eye.A new study by Ofcom, the U.K.'s communication regulations commission, shows teens are far too trusting with that information.The study, which you can read by clicking here, found roughly one in five children aged 12 to 15 believe that information found in search engines like Yahoo! Google or Bing must be true. It also indicates many teen...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Armed robber coveting smokes

    Crime Stoppers: Armed robber coveting smokes

    Wednesday, December 9 2015 10:42 PM EST2015-12-10 03:42:53 GMT
    Wednesday, December 9 2015 10:42 PM EST2015-12-10 03:42:53 GMT
    At the Circle K on South Boulevard, there were plenty of customers in the store, including a man wearing a Chicago Bulls cap who paid for an Orange Crush soda, then milled around.More >>

    At the Circle K on South Boulevard, there were plenty of customers in the store, including a man wearing a Chicago Bulls cap who paid for an Orange Crush soda, then milled around.

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  • Is Siri spilling your secrets?

    Is Siri spilling your secrets?

    Thursday, December 3 2015 8:39 AM EST2015-12-03 13:39:11 GMT
    Friday, December 4 2015 3:45 PM EST2015-12-04 20:45:09 GMT
    We've all become quite good at locking our smart phones, with pass codes or fingerprints, in order to protect prying eyes from peeping our private information.WBTV Cyber Expert, and founder of Fortalice, Theresa Payton says she's found a weak link in the security chain.Her name is Siri.Payton says you can press the home button of a locked phone and still get Siri to tell you things about the owner of that phone.She suggests that you try holding the home button and telling Siri the foll...More >>
    We've all become quite good at locking our smart phones, with pass codes or fingerprints, in order to protect prying eyes from peeping our private information.WBTV Cyber Expert, and founder of Fortalice, Theresa Payton says she's found a weak link in the security chain.Her name is Siri.Payton says you can press the home button of a locked phone and still get Siri to tell you things about the owner of that phone.She suggests that you try holding the home button and telling Siri the foll...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: CMPD looks to stop one man robbing same places over and over

    Crime Stoppers: CMPD looks to stop one man robbing same places over and over

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 9:49 PM EST2015-12-02 02:49:54 GMT
    Wednesday, December 2 2015 4:17 PM EST2015-12-02 21:17:31 GMT
    (Source: Charlotte Mecklenburg Police)(Source: Charlotte Mecklenburg Police)
    CMPD needs help to find this suspect because this case is different than most. Two helpless clerks at the Advanced Auto Parts store on Hankins Road know it full well. More >>

    CMPD needs help to find this suspect because this case is different than most. Two helpless clerks at the Advanced Auto Parts store on Hankins Road know it full well. 

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  • Major hotel chain experiences security breach

    Major hotel chain experiences security breach

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 11:00 AM EST2015-11-25 16:00:40 GMT
    Friday, November 27 2015 3:47 PM EST2015-11-27 20:47:08 GMT
    If you have stayed in a hotel that is in the Starwood chain in the last year, you may have fallen victim to a data breach.The chain, which includes Sheraton and Westin among others, was infiltrated by hackers at 54 of it's locations in the US and Canada.  The malware has since been removed, according to company officials.  The targeted point of sale operations in the hotel gift shops, restaurants, and other retail locations but not the reservation systems.You can view the ful...More >>
    If you have stayed in a hotel that is in the Starwood chain in the last year, you may have fallen victim to a data breach.The chain, which includes Sheraton and Westin among others, was infiltrated by hackers at 54 of it's locations in the US and Canada.  The malware has since been removed, according to company officials.  The targeted point of sale operations in the hotel gift shops, restaurants, and other retail locations but not the reservation systems.You can view the ful...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: New evidence in pastor's hit and run

    Crime Stoppers: New evidence in pastor's hit and run

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 6:46 PM EST2015-11-25 23:46:05 GMT
    Wednesday, November 25 2015 8:24 PM EST2015-11-26 01:24:59 GMT

    Although the Dunlap’s are not vindictive people, they want whoever did it to get caught. You can help. 

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    Although the Dunlap’s are not vindictive people, they want whoever did it to get caught. You can help. 

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  • The best days to shop for holiday deals

    The best days to shop for holiday deals

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 12:06 PM EST2015-11-18 17:06:14 GMT
    Tuesday, November 24 2015 5:15 PM EST2015-11-24 22:15:08 GMT
    It's hard to find a person who isn't looking for a deal around the holidays.  There are so many presents to buy that it's easier to get more when you're paying less overall.You will come across plenty of deals over the coming weeks leading up to the holiday, but how do you know you're getting the very best price on the presents you buy?Kyle James runs the website RatherBeShopping.com.  He says people who count on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for the best prices might be missi...More >>
    It's hard to find a person who isn't looking for a deal around the holidays.  There are so many presents to buy that it's easier to get more when you're paying less overall.You will come across plenty of deals over the coming weeks leading up to the holiday, but how do you know you're getting the very best price on the presents you buy?Kyle James runs the website RatherBeShopping.com.  He says people who count on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for the best prices might be missi...More >>
  • Restaurant holds first-time breakfast for a great cause

    Restaurant holds first-time breakfast for a great cause

    Saturday, November 21 2015 8:57 AM EST2015-11-21 13:57:40 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 8:57 AM EST2015-11-21 13:57:40 GMT
    The Fig Tree Restaurant is hosting its first pancake breakfast for charity on Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.For a minimum donation of $10/person or a new children’s winter coat, diners will get pancakes, eggs, sausage, OJ and coffee.  Proceeds go to Assistance League of Charlotte’s Operation School Bell program Operation School Bell provides clothing for children in need.Kids are welcome and encouraged! and Santa Claus will be there.The Fig Tree Re...More >>
    The Fig Tree Restaurant is hosting its first pancake breakfast for charity on Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.For a minimum donation of $10/person or a new children’s winter coat, diners will get pancakes, eggs, sausage, OJ and coffee.  Proceeds go to Assistance League of Charlotte’s Operation School Bell program Operation School Bell provides clothing for children in need.Kids are welcome and encouraged! and Santa Claus will be there.The Fig Tree Re...More >>
  • Product testing: 1 Second Slicer

    Product testing: 1 Second Slicer

    Saturday, November 21 2015 4:11 AM EST2015-11-21 09:11:21 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 7:45 AM EST2015-11-21 12:45:08 GMT
    This week we are testing a product YOU asked us to give a whirl.The 1 Second Slicer promises to be a safe and easy way to chop, mince, club, slice and dice.  We picked it up at the As Seen on TV store for $19.99.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    This week we are testing a product YOU asked us to give a whirl.The 1 Second Slicer promises to be a safe and easy way to chop, mince, club, slice and dice.  We picked it up at the As Seen on TV store for $19.99.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Taking care of your skin through the winter months

    Taking care of your skin through the winter months

    Saturday, November 21 2015 4:25 AM EST2015-11-21 09:25:45 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 7:20 AM EST2015-11-21 12:20:07 GMT
    Dry, cold winter weather can do a number on your skin.  So, Dr. Stephen Finical with Charlotte Plastic Surgery visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about products that may help.  He also showed us what a VISIA complexion analysis can show you about your skin.Below is the list of products Dr. Finical discussed during his appearance:1. NECTIFIRM Reduces the appearance of rough, crepey skin and helps the skin on the neck and décolletage appear more firm and lifted $...More >>
    Dry, cold winter weather can do a number on your skin.  So, Dr. Stephen Finical with Charlotte Plastic Surgery visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about products that may help.  He also showed us what a VISIA complexion analysis can show you about your skin.Below is the list of products Dr. Finical discussed during his appearance:1. NECTIFIRM Reduces the appearance of rough, crepey skin and helps the skin on the neck and décolletage appear more firm and lifted $...More >>
  • Nettie's workout: M100's

    Nettie's workout: M100's

    Saturday, November 21 2015 4:18 AM EST2015-11-21 09:18:52 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 7:11 AM EST2015-11-21 12:11:07 GMT
    Nettie Reeves is back on WBTV News Saturday Morning and this morning she shared this workout that any of us can do, even if we don't have a lot of spare time:Don’t have a lot of time to workout? Then THIS one is for you! It’s called M100’s and can be done in a nick of time, anytime during the day.You’ll get:1. A high caloric burn2. A metabolic boost3. A con?dence builderM100’s is a series of 3 exercises done in 3 1/2 sets equaling 100 times.10 Burpess, 10 ...More >>
    Nettie Reeves is back on WBTV News Saturday Morning and this morning she shared this workout that any of us can do, even if we don't have a lot of spare time:Don’t have a lot of time to workout? Then THIS one is for you! It’s called M100’s and can be done in a nick of time, anytime during the day.You’ll get:1. A high caloric burn2. A metabolic boost3. A con?dence builderM100’s is a series of 3 exercises done in 3 1/2 sets equaling 100 times.10 Burpess, 10 ...More >>
  • Recipe: Pumpkin Pie, Ginger Mascarpone Crème

    Recipe: Pumpkin Pie, Ginger Mascarpone Crème

    Saturday, November 21 2015 4:15 AM EST2015-11-21 09:15:00 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 6:51 AM EST2015-11-21 11:51:03 GMT
    Pumpkin Pie, Ginger Mascarpone CrèmeChef Heidi Kabath, The Ritz-Carlton, CharlotteSweet Dough9 ounces (2 sticks + 1 Tablespoon) Butter, unsalted1/8 teaspoon Salt1 ½ cups Powdered sugar½ cup Almond flour1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract2 each Whole eggs3 ½ cups Cake flour, sifted* In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and salt.* Add the vanilla and continue to mix.* Add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated and smooth, scraping the...More >>
    Pumpkin Pie, Ginger Mascarpone CrèmeChef Heidi Kabath, The Ritz-Carlton, CharlotteSweet Dough9 ounces (2 sticks + 1 Tablespoon) Butter, unsalted1/8 teaspoon Salt1 ½ cups Powdered sugar½ cup Almond flour1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract2 each Whole eggs3 ½ cups Cake flour, sifted* In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and salt.* Add the vanilla and continue to mix.* Add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated and smooth, scraping the...More >>
  • How "dark apps" hinder law enforcement

    How "dark apps" hinder law enforcement

    Friday, November 20 2015 11:09 AM EST2015-11-20 16:09:18 GMT
    Friday, November 20 2015 3:45 PM EST2015-11-20 20:45:09 GMT
    There are certain apps, if you know where to find them, that can help keep your cyber conversations private.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says so-called "dark apps" are meant to be used by "good guys" but often fall into the hands of cybercriminals.There are indications terror groups, like ISIS, are using these apps to communicate and plan attacks away from the eyes of law enforcement, even if they have search warrants. Payton says the apps offer encryption ...More >>
    There are certain apps, if you know where to find them, that can help keep your cyber conversations private.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says so-called "dark apps" are meant to be used by "good guys" but often fall into the hands of cybercriminals.There are indications terror groups, like ISIS, are using these apps to communicate and plan attacks away from the eyes of law enforcement, even if they have search warrants. Payton says the apps offer encryption ...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Escalating charges

    Crime Stoppers: Escalating charges

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 8:41 PM EST2015-11-19 01:41:12 GMT
    Wednesday, November 18 2015 8:41 PM EST2015-11-19 01:41:12 GMT
    The confrontation is over in a blink. He shoves her hard to the floor, knocking off her glasses and a shoe.More >>

    The confrontation is over in a blink. He shoves her hard to the floor, knocking off her glasses and a shoe.

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  • Crime Stoppers: Callous criminal

    Crime Stoppers: Callous criminal

    Wednesday, October 28 2015 8:36 PM EDT2015-10-29 00:36:04 GMT
    Tuesday, November 17 2015 3:00 PM EST2015-11-17 20:00:06 GMT
    He shot a man point-blank in broad daylight to steal his bag full of deposit money.  Now police are looking at surveillance video for any clues.More >>
    He shot a man point-blank in broad daylight to steal his bag full of deposit money.  Now police are looking at surveillance video for any clues.More >>
  • Expert shares tricks to lower cable, phone bills

    Expert shares tricks to lower cable, phone bills

    Sunday, November 15 2015 7:49 PM EST2015-11-16 00:49:36 GMT
    Monday, November 16 2015 8:25 AM EST2015-11-16 13:25:22 GMT
    It turns out, if you have a few new tricks up your sleeve you might have a better shot at getting as much as 40 percent off of your bill.More >>
    It turns out, if you have a few new tricks up your sleeve you might have a better shot at getting as much as 40 percent off of your bill.More >>
  • Top 3 digital holiday scams

    Top 3 digital holiday scams

    Friday, November 13 2015 7:13 AM EST2015-11-13 12:13:03 GMT
    Saturday, November 14 2015 11:47 AM EST2015-11-14 16:47:35 GMT
    There is an unfortunate side-effect of the holiday season.  Halloween had barely passed before the holiday online scammers started doing their dirty work.More >>
    There is an unfortunate side-effect of the holiday season.  Halloween had barely passed before the holiday online scammers started doing their dirty work.More >>
  • Coach LaMonte: Wound vs. Wound

    Coach LaMonte: Wound vs. Wound

    Saturday, November 14 2015 8:54 AM EST2015-11-14 13:54:52 GMT
    Saturday, November 14 2015 8:54 AM EST2015-11-14 13:54:52 GMT
    These are the five stages of the wound and the wound which come to rob, steal, distract, exhaust and destroy our lives and personal growthThe Coil... (What they do to avoid confronting the pain...)W: WorkO: ObjectsU: Unexpected EventsN: Needy and AttentiveD: Distracted DoersThe Injury...(The pain brought on by self or the result of others...)W: WordsO: Opinions from OthersU: Unexpected EventsN: Neglect from OthersD: Destructive ThinkingThe healing... Time to Walk...W: Willing to find h...More >>
    These are the five stages of the wound and the wound which come to rob, steal, distract, exhaust and destroy our lives and personal growthThe Coil... (What they do to avoid confronting the pain...)W: WorkO: ObjectsU: Unexpected EventsN: Needy and AttentiveD: Distracted DoersThe Injury...(The pain brought on by self or the result of others...)W: WordsO: Opinions from OthersU: Unexpected EventsN: Neglect from OthersD: Destructive ThinkingThe healing... Time to Walk...W: Willing to find h...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Big reward in armored truck stick-up

    Crime Stoppers: Big reward in armored truck stick-up

    Wednesday, November 11 2015 7:09 PM EST2015-11-12 00:09:05 GMT
    Wednesday, November 11 2015 8:17 PM EST2015-11-12 01:17:19 GMT
    According to police, this was no ordinary stick-up.  The robbery was well-planned, well-executed, and the robbers were a step-up from ordinary crooks.More >>
    According to police, this was no ordinary stick-up.  The robbery was well-planned, well-executed, and the robbers were a step-up from ordinary crooks.More >>
  • Ranking companies on how well they protect your privacy

    Ranking companies on how well they protect your privacy

    Wednesday, November 4 2015 8:09 AM EST2015-11-04 13:09:30 GMT
    Friday, November 6 2015 3:30 PM EST2015-11-06 20:30:09 GMT
    It turns out some companies protect your privacy better than others, but no company is a true standout.That is one result of a new study called Ranking Digital Rights which looked at the privacy policies and user agreements of many big tech companies and graded them based on how well they protect you.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton says the world’s top tech companies mostly rate a "D" or worse in protecting your privacy and freedom of e...More >>
    It turns out some companies protect your privacy better than others, but no company is a true standout.That is one result of a new study called Ranking Digital Rights which looked at the privacy policies and user agreements of many big tech companies and graded them based on how well they protect you.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton says the world’s top tech companies mostly rate a "D" or worse in protecting your privacy and freedom of e...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Seasoned burglar

    Crime Stoppers: Seasoned burglar

    Wednesday, November 4 2015 7:52 PM EST2015-11-05 00:52:29 GMT
    Wednesday, November 4 2015 9:00 PM EST2015-11-05 02:00:01 GMT
    From inside the DTLR, a clothing store, surveillance shows a vehicle ramming into the front of the building. It crashes through and, moments later, the driver scrambles out and pushes his way through the damaged wall.More >>
    From inside the DTLR, a clothing store, surveillance shows a vehicle ramming into the front of the building. It crashes through and, moments later, the driver scrambles out and pushes his way through the damaged wall.More >>
  • Product testing: Cherry Chomper

    Product testing: Cherry Chomper

    Friday, October 30 2015 1:05 PM EDT2015-10-30 17:05:02 GMT
    Saturday, October 31 2015 7:46 AM EDT2015-10-31 11:46:05 GMT
    Pitting cherries is a messy and tedious task.  The Cherry Chomper promises an easy, safe and mess free alternative.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  However, because cherries aren't really in season right now, they tried it on olives (which the product video also says is an acceptable use).We picked it up on Amazon.com for less than $10.Watch the video to see how it worked.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Pitting cherries is a messy and tedious task.  The Cherry Chomper promises an easy, safe and mess free alternative.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  However, because cherries aren't really in season right now, they tried it on olives (which the product video also says is an acceptable use).We picked it up on Amazon.com for less than $10.Watch the video to see how it worked.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • DIY: Spooky Halloween cupcakes

    DIY: Spooky Halloween cupcakes

    Saturday, October 31 2015 4:06 AM EDT2015-10-31 08:06:59 GMT
    Saturday, October 31 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-10-31 11:45:09 GMT
    If you're looking for a way to get the whole family involved in a Halloween afternoon project, the staff at Polka Dot Bake Shop in Charlotte have some ideas.They visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to show us some great ideas for decorating cupcakes with a spooky theme.  Watch the video for some expert tips made easy.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    If you're looking for a way to get the whole family involved in a Halloween afternoon project, the staff at Polka Dot Bake Shop in Charlotte have some ideas.They visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to show us some great ideas for decorating cupcakes with a spooky theme.  Watch the video for some expert tips made easy.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Coach LaMonte: The Power of Giving

    Coach LaMonte: The Power of Giving

    Saturday, October 31 2015 3:57 AM EDT2015-10-31 07:57:37 GMT
    Saturday, October 31 2015 7:10 AM EDT2015-10-31 11:10:09 GMT
    As we head into the holiday season, Coach LaMonte is talking about the power of giving.He was back on WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk us through the word GIVE which he says shakes out like this:G Generosity is the key to life rewarding...I Invest in those who can not invest in you or themselves...V Value your time and energy by giving your time and energy. Evaluate excuses to why you hinder giving. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    As we head into the holiday season, Coach LaMonte is talking about the power of giving.He was back on WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk us through the word GIVE which he says shakes out like this:G Generosity is the key to life rewarding...I Invest in those who can not invest in you or themselves...V Value your time and energy by giving your time and energy. Evaluate excuses to why you hinder giving. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon fast approaching

    Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon fast approaching

    Friday, October 30 2015 1:09 PM EDT2015-10-30 17:09:23 GMT
    Saturday, October 31 2015 6:20 AM EDT2015-10-31 10:20:07 GMT
    Long-distance runners are getting prepped for the Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon which will be held in Charlotte this year on November 14th.Tim Rhodes, race director and owner of Run For Your Life, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about what runners and spectators can expect this year.For more information on this year's race, click here.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Long-distance runners are getting prepped for the Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon which will be held in Charlotte this year on November 14th.Tim Rhodes, race director and owner of Run For Your Life, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about what runners and spectators can expect this year.For more information on this year's race, click here.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Software changes mean it is time to double-check your Facebook privacy settings

    Software changes mean it is time to double-check your Facebook privacy settings

    Thursday, October 29 2015 9:13 AM EDT2015-10-29 13:13:01 GMT
    Friday, October 30 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-30 19:30:08 GMT
    Your past may be coming back to haunt you.Facebook has changed how people can search all of your posts, even the really old ones.  However, you can turn back the clock.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says Facebook tweaked the software it uses to power searches.  Now roughly 2 trillion older posts will be added to the Facebook search profile.  Facebook says it is an effort to give you the most recent, relevant public posts along with...More >>
    Your past may be coming back to haunt you.Facebook has changed how people can search all of your posts, even the really old ones.  However, you can turn back the clock.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says Facebook tweaked the software it uses to power searches.  Now roughly 2 trillion older posts will be added to the Facebook search profile.  Facebook says it is an effort to give you the most recent, relevant public posts along with...More >>
  • Retiring after 40 years, Charleston Mayor reflects on life in public office

    Retiring after 40 years, Charleston Mayor reflects on life in public office

    Monday, October 26 2015 12:11 PM EDT2015-10-26 16:11:50 GMT
    Monday, October 26 2015 5:30 PM EDT2015-10-26 21:30:05 GMT
    Riley's last day in office is January 11, 2016.  That will wrap up ten terms as mayor, 40 years holding the same elected position.More >>
    Riley's last day in office is January 11, 2016.  That will wrap up ten terms as mayor, 40 years holding the same elected position.More >>
  • Hidden apps your teen might be using

    Hidden apps your teen might be using

    Thursday, October 22 2015 7:48 AM EDT2015-10-22 11:48:14 GMT
    Friday, October 23 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-23 19:30:08 GMT
    They may look like your average smart phone app, but there's a huge market for "secret" apps or "decoy" apps that can hide someone's activity on their cell phones.This is an issue for parents who do their best to try to keep tabs on their teens smart phone use.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice, LLC Theresa Payton, says there are many legitimate reasons why a person may want to hide messages on their cell phones.  They might be protecting sensitive, person...More >>
    They may look like your average smart phone app, but there's a huge market for "secret" apps or "decoy" apps that can hide someone's activity on their cell phones.This is an issue for parents who do their best to try to keep tabs on their teens smart phone use.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice, LLC Theresa Payton, says there are many legitimate reasons why a person may want to hide messages on their cell phones.  They might be protecting sensitive, person...More >>
  • Must-have security features in iOS9

    Must-have security features in iOS9

    Wednesday, October 14 2015 1:07 PM EDT2015-10-14 17:07:53 GMT
    Friday, October 16 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-16 19:30:07 GMT
    iPhone and iPad users have had some time now to decide whether to upgrade to the new operating system iOS9. Some bugs have been worked out and WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice, Theresa Payton says she's very excited about the privacy and security options.Almost all of these features can be found on your device under the "settings" function.  Payton shares her thoughts and advice below:New Security Features1. LOCK IT UP! Set a longer (and stronger) six-di...More >>
    iPhone and iPad users have had some time now to decide whether to upgrade to the new operating system iOS9. Some bugs have been worked out and WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice, Theresa Payton says she's very excited about the privacy and security options.Almost all of these features can be found on your device under the "settings" function.  Payton shares her thoughts and advice below:New Security Features1. LOCK IT UP! Set a longer (and stronger) six-di...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Gang of 6 break-in

    Crime Stoppers: Gang of 6 break-in

    Wednesday, October 14 2015 9:03 PM EDT2015-10-15 01:03:29 GMT
    Wednesday, October 14 2015 11:51 PM EDT2015-10-15 03:51:15 GMT
    It's a rarity. Six burglars - 5 men and one woman - all stealing electronics.More >>
    It's a rarity. Six burglars - 5 men and one woman - all stealing electronics.More >>
  • When is the right time for your children to log on to social media?

    When is the right time for your children to log on to social media?

    Wednesday, October 7 2015 11:59 AM EDT2015-10-07 15:59:07 GMT
    Friday, October 9 2015 3:33 PM EDT2015-10-09 19:33:06 GMT
    The father of a young girl has sued a major social media company for failing to enforce its age restriction policy after claiming his daughter was exposed to sexual predators when she signed up for an account at age 11.Granted, she seemingly violated the site's age policy.  However, our Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Theresa Payton, says parents can use this as a teachable moment.While most of the big social media sites do have age restrictions, anyone with a little tech savvy...More >>
    The father of a young girl has sued a major social media company for failing to enforce its age restriction policy after claiming his daughter was exposed to sexual predators when she signed up for an account at age 11.Granted, she seemingly violated the site's age policy.  However, our Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Theresa Payton, says parents can use this as a teachable moment.While most of the big social media sites do have age restrictions, anyone with a little tech savvy...More >>
  • Are your smart accessories too smart for you?

    Are your smart accessories too smart for you?

    Thursday, October 1 2015 12:11 PM EDT2015-10-01 16:11:02 GMT
    Friday, October 2 2015 3:31 PM EDT2015-10-02 19:31:00 GMT
    So much of what we own is "smart".Smart phones, smart watches, in some cases even smart clothing all intended to make our lives easier and more convenient.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton has a quick reminder before you put on that smart accessory."Researchers have shown that a smartwatch's motion sensors can be used to detect what keys you're pressing which can help others guess the words you're typing," Payton explained.She says it...More >>
    So much of what we own is "smart".Smart phones, smart watches, in some cases even smart clothing all intended to make our lives easier and more convenient.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton has a quick reminder before you put on that smart accessory."Researchers have shown that a smartwatch's motion sensors can be used to detect what keys you're pressing which can help others guess the words you're typing," Payton explained.She says it...More >>
  • Three steps toward making the most of your mortgage

    Three steps toward making the most of your mortgage

    Thursday, October 1 2015 8:37 AM EDT2015-10-01 12:37:02 GMT
    Thursday, October 1 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-01 19:30:08 GMT
    For many people the most intimidating part of buying a home, particularly for first-time home buyers, is finding the mortgage that is right for you.Charlotte, in recent years, has had more first-time home buyers than many other cities.  42% of buyers in 2013 were first-time home buyers.  Compare that with the national average which is 38% of buyers being first-timers.Because of those numbers, we turned to a local realtor for advice on venturing out of the rental market into o...More >>
    For many people the most intimidating part of buying a home, particularly for first-time home buyers, is finding the mortgage that is right for you.Charlotte, in recent years, has had more first-time home buyers than many other cities.  42% of buyers in 2013 were first-time home buyers.  Compare that with the national average which is 38% of buyers being first-timers.Because of those numbers, we turned to a local realtor for advice on venturing out of the rental market into o...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Would-be yogurt robber foiled by cell phone

    Crime Stoppers: Would-be yogurt robber foiled by cell phone

    Wednesday, September 30 2015 8:44 PM EDT2015-10-01 00:44:42 GMT
    Wednesday, September 30 2015 8:49 PM EDT2015-10-01 00:49:15 GMT
    She's the only customer at the time, and she told the clerk she was waiting for someone else. She procrastinated for 15 minutes, then went to the yogurt machine to draw a desert.More >>
    She's the only customer at the time, and she told the clerk she was waiting for someone else. She procrastinated for 15 minutes, then went to the yogurt machine to draw a desert.More >>
  • Ready or not, Windows 10 is waiting for you

    Ready or not, Windows 10 is waiting for you

    Friday, September 25 2015 1:23 PM EDT2015-09-25 17:23:12 GMT
    Friday, September 25 2015 3:47 PM EDT2015-09-25 19:47:04 GMT
    You may not be ready to download Windows 10 to your PC but Microsoft has it ready for you when you are.  So ready, in fact, that it's already sitting there in the background of your system waiting.Microsoft says it helps up-gradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files those who have chosen to receive updates through Windows Update will need if they decide to upgrade.That certainly is convenient.However, our cyber expert is warning you might want to uninstall ...More >>
    You may not be ready to download Windows 10 to your PC but Microsoft has it ready for you when you are.  So ready, in fact, that it's already sitting there in the background of your system waiting.Microsoft says it helps up-gradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files those who have chosen to receive updates through Windows Update will need if they decide to upgrade.That certainly is convenient.However, our cyber expert is warning you might want to uninstall ...More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: An apologetic robber

    Crime Stoppers: An apologetic robber

    Wednesday, September 23 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-09-23 23:00:01 GMT
    Wednesday, September 23 2015 7:39 PM EDT2015-09-23 23:39:23 GMT
    This bandit waited until all other customers exited the High Life Smoke Shop on busy Central Avenue before he approached the clerk.More >>
    This bandit waited until all other customers exited the High Life Smoke Shop on busy Central Avenue before he approached the clerk.More >>
  • First responders holding recruitment drive for women

    First responders holding recruitment drive for women

    Sunday, September 20 2015 2:42 AM EDT2015-09-20 06:42:42 GMT
    Sunday, September 20 2015 6:34 AM EDT2015-09-20 10:34:07 GMT
    In an effort to get more women into emergency services, area first responders will be holding a "Female First Responders Open House".The event is on Saturday, October 3rd, at the Police and Fire Training Academy on Shopton Road in Charlotte.The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Recruiting Division will be hosting the event but other organizations such as the Charlotte Fire Department, Medic, NC Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marine Corps will also be in attendance.For mo...More >>
    In an effort to get more women into emergency services, area first responders will be holding a "Female First Responders Open House".The event is on Saturday, October 3rd, at the Police and Fire Training Academy on Shopton Road in Charlotte.The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Recruiting Division will be hosting the event but other organizations such as the Charlotte Fire Department, Medic, NC Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marine Corps will also be in attendance.For mo...More >>
  • Walk to raise funds for disorder with no cure

    Walk to raise funds for disorder with no cure

    Sunday, September 20 2015 2:49 AM EDT2015-09-20 06:49:09 GMT
    Sunday, September 20 2015 6:22 AM EDT2015-09-20 10:22:04 GMT
    Hydrocephalus is defined as an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities in the brain called ventricles.There's only one way to treat it.  That is with brain surgery.  It can't be prevented or cured and can happen to anyone.On September 26th, rain or shine in Charlotte, the 3rd Annual Charlotte Hydrocephalus Association Walk will raise money for research, family support, education and advocacy. If you'd like more information about this year's walk, cli...More >>
    Hydrocephalus is defined as an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities in the brain called ventricles.There's only one way to treat it.  That is with brain surgery.  It can't be prevented or cured and can happen to anyone.On September 26th, rain or shine in Charlotte, the 3rd Annual Charlotte Hydrocephalus Association Walk will raise money for research, family support, education and advocacy. If you'd like more information about this year's walk, cli...More >>
  • High-tech tailgating

    High-tech tailgating

    Saturday, September 19 2015 4:10 AM EDT2015-09-19 08:10:09 GMT
    Saturday, September 19 2015 10:23 AM EDT2015-09-19 14:23:05 GMT
    (Kristen Miranda | WBTV)(Kristen Miranda | WBTV)
    The Carolina Panthers play their first home game of the season this weekend.  More >>
    The Carolina Panthers play their first home game of the season this weekend.  More >>
  • Product testing: Wilton candy spoon mold

    Product testing: Wilton candy spoon mold

    Saturday, September 19 2015 4:01 AM EDT2015-09-19 08:01:38 GMT
    Saturday, September 19 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-09-19 11:45:08 GMT
    Stirring a little chocolate into your favorite hot drink may have just gotten easier...if the Candy Spoon Mold from Wilton works.Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  No more piping melted chocolate into the mold.  Now you can just crumble the chocolate discs into the mold and microwave.We picked it up at Michael's for $7.99.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Stirring a little chocolate into your favorite hot drink may have just gotten easier...if the Candy Spoon Mold from Wilton works.Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  No more piping melted chocolate into the mold.  Now you can just crumble the chocolate discs into the mold and microwave.We picked it up at Michael's for $7.99.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Coach LaMonte: The 3 Enemies of Self

    Coach LaMonte: The 3 Enemies of Self

    Saturday, September 19 2015 3:58 AM EDT2015-09-19 07:58:10 GMT
    Saturday, September 19 2015 7:10 AM EDT2015-09-19 11:10:04 GMT
    The 3 Enemies of SelfSelf DeceptionThe convincing to oneself that you are in a great place when you are in a stuck placeSelf DenialThe act of denying yourself of new and exciting opportunities because of past rejections, setbacks, and lack luster efforts. Self DoubtTo never grant oneself the opportunity to experience and new and exciting life based on a deep implanted seed called "It won't work so don't try"To destroy the 3 enemies...A: Acknowledge that you are in this n...More >>
    The 3 Enemies of SelfSelf DeceptionThe convincing to oneself that you are in a great place when you are in a stuck placeSelf DenialThe act of denying yourself of new and exciting opportunities because of past rejections, setbacks, and lack luster efforts. Self DoubtTo never grant oneself the opportunity to experience and new and exciting life based on a deep implanted seed called "It won't work so don't try"To destroy the 3 enemies...A: Acknowledge that you are in this n...More >>
  • Cardio and weight training on the same day?

    Cardio and weight training on the same day?

    Saturday, September 19 2015 4:05 AM EDT2015-09-19 08:05:36 GMT
    Saturday, September 19 2015 6:50 AM EDT2015-09-19 10:50:07 GMT
    It is a long-debated issue.  If you work out, should you do cardio and weight training on the same day?Some recent studies show you absolutely can do it without any negative effects.Kristen Wilkins, fitness trainer and creator of Bodynvfit4life, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to explain.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    It is a long-debated issue.  If you work out, should you do cardio and weight training on the same day?Some recent studies show you absolutely can do it without any negative effects.Kristen Wilkins, fitness trainer and creator of Bodynvfit4life, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to explain.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Is your teen "sexting"?

    Is your teen "sexting"?

    Friday, September 18 2015 11:12 AM EDT2015-09-18 15:12:57 GMT
    Friday, September 18 2015 3:49 PM EDT2015-09-18 19:49:01 GMT
    A 2012 study in the Journal of Pediatrics indicates sexting is a new norm among young adults.More >>
    A 2012 study in the Journal of Pediatrics indicates sexting is a new norm among young adults.More >>
  • Crime Stoppers: Bold, brash and wanted

    Crime Stoppers: Bold, brash and wanted

    Wednesday, September 16 2015 8:52 PM EDT2015-09-17 00:52:03 GMT
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