Gaston County

  FBI joins search for missing nonverbal 6-year-old boy

According to the Gastonia Police Department, officials are searching for 6-year-old Maddox Ritch at Rankin Lake Park off of Highway 321.

  Florence partly to blame for dismissal of driver’s DWI charge in Gaston County

The accusations came after two Ranlo police officers who were subpoenaed to testify against the driver never showed, and forced the judge overseeing the case to dismiss it.

Gaston Co. student arrested for threatening to kill teacher, students, and himself

Gaston County student threatens to kill teacher, students and himself

“He was just a precious baby.” Vigil held for child killed in storm

A community grieves the death of an infant following Hurricane Florence.

Person shot in possible Gastonia home invasion

An individual was shot in a possible home invasion in Gastonia.

Gaston County police deployed to assist NC coast

Gaston County police travel to NC coast to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Local firefighters head to hurricane affected eastern NC

One group left from the Concord Airport Monday afternoon. They are leaving behind their own families and friends to help those in need.

Family speaks after 3-month-old killed when tree falls on mobile home in Gaston County

A county manager sent an email to Gaston County commissioners saying a tree fell on a mobile home in Dallas, NC at 4:19 p.m.

Shelters open across the Carolinas for Hurricane Florence evacuees

There are several shelters opening up across much of the Carolinas and the WBTV-viewing area as hundreds of thousands of people evacuate the North Carolina and South Carolina coast ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Stretch of I-85 N closed in Gaston County due to overturned tractor trailer

Emergency officials say nobody was taken to the hospital from the scene.

Cramerton businesses prep for severe flooding of Catawba River

This weekend, there is a threat of flooding around the South Fork of the Catawba River, where the water is expected to rise about 15 feet there.

  Counties across WBTV-viewing area declare State of Emergency

The hurricane is expected to bring heavy rainfall and winds in the Carolinas over the weekend and into next week.

Kings Mountain police investigate armed robbery

Armed robbery investigation continues in Kings Mountain

Woman shot, injured in Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain respond to gunshot victim after shooter flees.

Police: Gaston county teens vandalize more than 60 cars with B.B. gun

It's a situation that has police in Belmont combing through more than 60 cases in which vandals spent the night shooting B.B. guns at parked cars in multiple parts of the county.

Gaston County officer returns to work after recovering from tragedy that killed wife, sister

In May, the officer was seriously injured when his own father, Roger Self, drove a vehicle into the restaurant where the Self family had been dining. Josh’s sister, Kate Self and wife, Amanda Self, were killed in the incident.

Fire destroys Gastonia home

It happened around 3:28 a.m. at a home on Emerson Street in Gastonia.

First African-American superintendent in Gaston Co. remembered for many lives he touched

The loss of Dr. Edward Sadler Jr has hit the area hard and left a hole in the hearts of many.

'Suspicious package' left at grocery store sparks investigation, turns out to be suitcase

According to the Belmont Police Department, the incident happened at the Aldi Food Mart in the 6400 block of Wilkinson Boulevard.

CATS could be starting a new light rail route to Gaston County

As representatives for CATS were at the drawing board working to find new light rail routes to expand, city leaders in Belmont say they reached out to CATS because they wanted to be part of the system's growth.

Parents of special needs child speak out after reports of abuse by teacher

The parents say they were contacted in April by police, who were investigating reports that their daughter had been assaulted by her special needs teacher at Kiser Elementary School in Stanley, NC, on at least two occasions.

  Parts of Lincoln, Gaston counties hit hard by storms Wednesday evening

First responders got reports of trees down throughout the Dallas and High Shoals communities as storms passed through the area.

Downed power lines close stretch of US-321 for over 15 hours

The highway is not expected to reopen until 8 a.m. Thursday.

More than 70 events scheduled for National Night Out in Mecklenburg, Gaston counties

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Gaston County Police Department is asking residents to join them in celebration of National Night Out

Police replace boy's stolen PlayStation with their own money

The police that came to investigate normally just investigate the crime, but this time they went above and beyond.

Gastonia PD searching for person accused of waving gun at hospital security

Gastonia Police Department is searching for a man responsible for waving a firearm at hospital security Monday morning. According to officials, they received a call around 9:30 a.m. that the person waved the firearm at Caromont Medical Center security and drove off.

Two charged in connection to Gaston County homicide

Officials have not identified the victim or provided any information about possible suspects or arrests.

Thief climbs through window, kidnaps woman, steals items in Gastonia

Police say the person reportedly kidnapped the woman then stole various items from her.

Biological father files lawsuit against Jordyn Dumont's mother, killer

The lawsuit, which is seeking damages in "an amount to exceed $25,000," alleges that not only did William McCullen kill Jordyn, but that the murder was caused in part by negligence on the part of the girl's mother, Jaylene Dumont.

William McCullen found guilty of murdering 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont

McCullen was found guilty of first-degree murder by torture in the death of 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont. He was sentenced to serve life in prison without parole.

Verdict could come soon in murder trial of Gaston Co. man accused of killing 3-year-old girl

McCullen is accused of beating and killing 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont, the daughter of his live-in girlfriend. Dumont's body was found buried in a wooded area not too far from the couple's Gaston County home.

  Boil Water Advisory issued for Dallas residents lifted

Dallas residents are advised to boil all water used for human consumption, including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation, or use bottle water.

Officer raising money for man he once arrested

It's one last thing he can do to assure his friend can rest in peace.

Officials: Robber demanded narcotics from pharmacy employee in Gaston Co.

Officials in Gaston County are asking for help searching for a man accused of robbing a Walgreens Pharmacy Friday. According to the Gastonia Police Department's Facebook page, a man walked into the store located in the 2500 block of E. Franklin Boulevard around 6:43 p.m.

Jury selection begins in case of man accused of killing girlfriend's 3-year-old

William "Skip" McCullen, 25, is charged with murder in 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont's death.

Gastonia man involved in officer-involved shooting shares his side of events

In an interview with Jarvis Lynn, the man who was arrested after Gastonia police say he fired his gun at officers first, is talking exclusively to WBTV.

Man wanted after incident involving two others near Mount Holly

The man is described as very dark skin, between the ages of 22-25, with an average build, standing 5'9" and weighing about 165 pounds.

Person killed by train in Gaston County

A train hit and killed a man in Gaston County Saturday night. The incident happened on Mayflower Avenue in Cramerton around 10:15 p.m. Officials say the railroad company called 911. The victim's name has not been released.

Gastonia's mayor looks to re-brand city's image with help of a hashtag

City leaders want to highlight what makes Gastonia so wonderful. They're employing two photographers to help rebrand Gastonia, hoping it'll catch your attention.

Little girl planning an unusual birthday party

When her mom suggested the idea, she went right for it.

Woman charged with child abuse, neglect after infant hospitalized

Keyeira D. Harrison, 30, is charged with felony intentional child abuse and felony negligent child abuse both resulting in serious bodily injury.