Gaston County

  Gaston County Police searching for duo who attacked teen driver

A 19-year-old was followed to his home and attacked by two strangers in Gaston County. He thinks it’s because of his race, but after a second teen was targeted, police say there may be something else behind the attacks.

  Government shutdown impacts grocery stores as FDA food safety inspections are condensed

Cop found missing teen, then raped and impregnated her. Now, family is suing.

Three illegal immigrants, including one MS-13 gang member, arrested for trafficking meth

Gastonia self-defense instructor shares advice to protect yourself as sexual assault suspect still on the loose

Home engulfed by fire in Gaston County

Man wanted for breaking into Gastonia apartment, sexually assaulting woman

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  North Carolina State Fire Marshal makes push for fire safety programs

Police: Man wanted for assaulting officer during checkpoint in Belmont

Driver injured after 18-wheeler runs off road, destroys guardrail on Gaston County highway

Mount Holly man catches delivery driver tossing package on home security camera

Deputy involved in Gaston County crash

Gastonia residents experiencing cabin fever after not being able to leave driveway for weeks

  Man with ‘tears in his eyes’ accused of stealing car from gas station

Police are searching for a car after a woman says a man jumped in the car and drove off with it Wednesday morning.

Car crashes through store in Gaston County

Officials say the incident happened at the QSC/Subway at 720 McAdenville Road in Lowell.

  Anonymous couple donates money to help Denver community repair sinkhole

Remember that massive sinkhole that sits in the middle of a private Denver Road? We first reported on it in November and because an anonymous married couple is in the giving mood, the neighborhood will have enough money to begin fixing it.

Elevator delay thwarts Gaston County inmate’s attempted escape

Earl Hall, 43, was with three other inmates in medical when officers went to take them back to their block. During a pat down before returning to their block, Hall took off running through an open door, deputies say.

  Police: Person shot in possible road rage incident near Gastonia mall

Local church feeds community for 18-hour span

Marine veteran to take wife of 33 years on anniversary cruise with $100,000 win

DWI crash leaves child in critical condition, injures three others

2 men shot, seriously injured at Motel 6 in Gastonia

Gaston County firefighters flood department with Toys for Tots donations

Three people injured after crash in Gaston County

A crash in Gaston County left three people injured Monday morning.

Caregiver accused of abusing infant

Juan Muniz Jr., 43, was charged with two counts of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

Arena collapse kills horses during winter storm

The incident happened at Sunnyside Farms Arena on Tryon Courthouse Road as a winter storm blew through.

Student accused of threatening to ‘blow up’ school

Joshua Branch of North Gaston High School wrote “This school is going to blow up in the month of December,” police say. Branch reportedly wrote the threat in a bathroom.

Winter storm puts NC under State of Emergency

Snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 11 inches with a light glaze of ice are possible, according to the NWS. WBTV’s team of meteorologists are forecasting very similar numbers across the viewing area as of Thursday afternoon.

Adorable puppy surrendered during drug bust gets help from Gaston’s finest

The puppy’s new journey began when Gaston County Police’s Emergency Response Team conducted a bust involving meth and heroin.

  Local pastor accused of sexually assaulting children at church

Jerry Friday, 61, is charged with one felony count of statutory sex offense, four counts of felony indecent liberties with a child, two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and one count of felony dissemination of obscene material to a minor.

Local pastor dies in hospital day after early morning house fire

Pastor Clayton Burch, who preaches at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church, was in the home with his wife and dog when the fire broke out.

Moonpie’s vice president sends Gaston County man gift after he loses his ‘Moonpie’

The makers of Moonpie -- a popular snack that’s been a staple in many school lunches, are serving more than just delicious treats for one Gaston County man.

Body cam video from Gaston Co. ‘accidental’ officer-involved shooting released

The video was released only after a petition for the police body cam video was sent in by WBTV’s Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner.

Abducted NC teen found ‘safe and alive' 900 miles from home, suspect arrested

The FBI says 13-year-old Aubrey Joelle Acree was found in Checotak, Oklahoma just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Jacob Gardea of New Mexico is facing charges of child abduction in Acree’s disappearance.

19-year-old charged in Thanksgiving Day killing

Police say Jeremy Austin Smith stole a car and shot two people on Sunshine Avenue on Nov. 2. One of the people shot, 30-year-old Terrence Shatiq Terrell, died.

Belmont police investigating recent business break-ins

The City of Belmont Police Department is investigating two break-ins that occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Judge to decide whether police cam video of ‘accidental’ shooting will be released

A judge will decide whether body cam footage will be released in a shooting that’s been deemed accidental. Back in July, a Gastonia police officer shot a woman who was not the intended target.

Pedestrian struck, killed by train in Gaston County

A pedestrian was struck and killed in Gaston County early Thursday morning.

Gaston Co. community searches for answers after beloved horse shot dead

A beloved horse shot and left for dead. Gaston County authorities are looking for the person responsible and they need your help. Right now, a two thousand dollar reward is being offered to help find the shooter.

Young pregnant Gaston County woman who had stroke, doing well. Update from her husband.

Savanna Sigmon is in rehab after spending over five weeks in the hospital.

Gaston Co. man finds his horse shot to death in pasture

Neighbors near a Gaston County pasture are shocked at the shooting death of a 4-year-old mare kept on the property.

Missing Gaston County man found dead off road in Blowing Rock, vehicle located

According to the Blowing Rock Police Department, officers, along with fire, rescue and emergency officials, found an elderly white man dead off an embankment of Greenhill Road in Blowing Rock.

3 people arrested on murder charges in fatal Mt. Holly shooting

A Cornelius woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder related to the death of a man in Mount Holly on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Suspected tuberculosis case under investigation in Gaston County

According to the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), officials are investigating a suspected case of Tuberculosis (TB) in a Gaston County resident.

Deputies find meth lab in home basement, family had no idea

A family out of Cleveland County is horrified to find out there was an entire meth lab built inside of their basement. The lab was found by sheriff’s deputies and two people are now sitting behind bars.

One killed, one injured in wrong-way crash on I-85 in Gaston County

The wreck happened around 5 p.m. on southbound I-85 near Exit 10 to Highway 74.

CMPD searching for missing Gaston man

Police are currently looking for a man who was last seen at a west Charlotte-area Wendy’s on the in October and has not been heard from since.

Crime spree of restaurant break-ins in Gaston County and Lincolnton

Police in Lincolnton and Gaston County are on the look-out for three people believed to be responsible for a series of early morning restaurant break-ins.

The end of robocalls could be near

It’s a problem you are probably tired of, but just didn’t know how to go about handling it. Those irritating robocalls continue to be on the rise, and not only do they bring headaches, there are some security concerns.

Gaston County community members petition for new traffic light after deadly crash

Hundreds of people have signed an online petition in hopes of getting a new traffic light installed along a busy road in Gaston County

Man stabbed in the chest to death in Mount Holly

According to the Mount Holly Police Department, officers responded to 407 Louise Avenue in Mount Holly at approximately 8 a.m.

Officials ‘amazed' abducted NC 3-year-old made it out alive

The child was located by the U.S. Marshals Service and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and has been safely reunited with her mother.

Wendy’s customer called ‘Chubby’ on receipt gets visit from family of NFL legend

After WBTV shared his story back in October, Shue’s story went viral. On Friday, Shue got a visit from family members of former Eagles player and NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White who gave him some goodies.

AMBER ALERT: Gastonia Police searching for missing 3-year-old

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Boykins is a 3-year-old African American female, approximately 3 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

One dead in two-vehicle crash in Gaston County

Officials say the incident happened on Dallas Cherryville Highway near Costner School Road.

Civil activists call for Gastonia officer to be fired for accidentally shooting woman

Civil activists are calling for the firing of a Gastonia police officer just one day after the district attorney in Gaston county made the decision to not charge Officer Stephen Whisnant, after he shot an innocent woman in the chest back in July.

3-alarm fire breaks out at Gastonia freightliner facility

The three-alarm fire broke out at Daimler Trucks on Tulip Drive. The facility is near Rankin Lake Park.

DA: Gastonia officer will not face charges after ‘accidental shooting’ of woman

The release states the officer's shot went through the storm door and the back door, striking a suspect's sister who was inside the home.

Celebration of Life for Dallas officer who died while on duty

When family, friends, and fellow police officers gathered at First Assembly of God Church in Gastonia, it was to pay tribute to a life worth remembering.

Extended voting issued for Ashbrook precinct in Gaston County

Polls in the Ashbrook precinct of Gaston Co. will be open until 7:50 p.m. on Election Day following a fire alarm event earlier in the day.

8-year-old boy killed, 5-year-old badly burned in fire

When firefighters got to the scene, they found several children inside the house. One of those children, identified only as an 8-year-old, was killed in the fire.

  Dallas police officer killed in crash to be laid to rest

Tuesday’s services will be held at the First Assembly of God in Gastonia at 2 p.m. Visitation is between noon and 1:45 p.m.

Vigil held for Dallas police officer killed in crash

A vigil is held at the Dallas Police Department for Corporal Wells who died in a car crash while on duty on Thursday morning.

Funeral arrangements announced for Dallas police officer

A community is coming together after the loss of an officer. Corporal Travis Wells who was with the Dallas Police force was killed in a car accident Thursday morning after he swerved and hit a tree. Corporal Wells was on duty at the time and no one else was involved in the accident.

Community remembers Dallas PD officer killed in Gaston County crash

An officer with the Dallas Police Department who was killed in a crash Thursday morning has been identified as 46-year-old Corporal Travis Wells.

Warrant: Sex offender arrested after babysitting neighborhood children at his home

According to the warrant, he hosted children at his home in Gastonia on numerous occasions. The warrant states he has a basketball court, trampoline, pool and “other toys seemingly to attract children to his residence.”

Mayor: Homeowner grant could boost growth, diminish affordable housing issue

If you’re looking to buy a new home, city officials are wanting you to make that big decision in Gastonia because there could be free money on the table if you do.

Home with ‘Doomsday Bunker’ for sale

In the midst of the Cold War, fear was intense and many felt they had nowhere to run. So people, like W.F. Abee, prepared to go underground.

Fight breaks out in locker room at Stuart Cramer High, two students arrested

It's believed that the fight started because of something that was posted on Snapchat, but the family of the victim disagrees.

Woman charged in Gaston County attempted robbery

Deputies say the attempted robbery happened around 2:30 p.m. at Lynn’s Stop and Shop in the 5100 block of E NC 27 Hwy.

Man arrested in connection with Lincolnton kidnapping case

Man arrested for Lincoln County kidnapping case.

'I blew my arm off’: 911 call released after man shot by own booby trap

Investigators say a 69-year-old man opened his back door to feed the squirrels outside, and that’s when the booby trap went off.

Wendy’s customer leaves feeling humiliated after seeing remark left on receipt

Wendy's customer humiliated after seeing remark left on receipt

More than 900k power outages restored in the Carolinas

In addition to having no lights or a way to cook, many students in the Charlotte area were out of class due to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools being out of power.

Motorcyclist killed, woman and child injured in crash in Gaston County

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident happened on Old Dallas Highway in Dallas.

500k lost power as TS Storm Michael moved through the Carolinas

Most of the damage done to power lines was due to downed trees, which officials say all came on very quickly after Tropical Storm Michael’s winds whipped through our area.

More than 35,000 homes without power in aftermath of TS Michael

Tropical Storm Michael brought heavy rain and winds to much of North Carolina Thursday, leaving a number of downed trees and powerlines across Charlotte and the surrounding region.

Gaston, Lincoln emergency crews are ready for Hurricane Michael

It is possible that crews from Gaston and Lincoln Counties will be sent to other places within the state to help out other counties, but right now the focus is right here at home.

Gaston Co. election officials hope history doesn’t repeat itself at polls in November

With the nationwide build-up to encourage voter turnout, Gaston County has seen success of it’s own as nearly 5,000 more people are now registered compared to this time last year.

Shelby homicide suspect arrested after 3-month search, makes court appearance

Jaylin Wilson, 2, went before a Cleveland County judge, facing a charge of first-degree murder. He was being sough for 3 months.

Police seek public assistance in locating man wanted for Gastonia robberies

Gaston Police looking for armed robbery suspect.