Good morning to you on this Thursday, 18 October 2012 from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning.
A lot of news to tell you about this morning when you join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.
The search for two missing teenagers from Catawba County is intensifying. Cam Man Ron Lee will be live with the latest details on the search and what we can expect today.
The police chief and a top captain in the Cherryville Police Department have been suspended with pay following an undercover operation that's led to the arrests of several people either with the department or associated with law enforcement. I spoke to the Cherryville town manager this morning who made the decision to suspend the two men...he told me he's "greatly concerned" over the situation.
More people have been added to the list of local people suffering from E. coli. 61 cases are being reported...that's up from 46 cases reported Tuesday...all of them believed linked to the Cleveland County Fair. Plus...four more deaths are now being linked to the nationwide meningitis outbreak.
Early voting begins today in North Carolina.
Astrid Martinez will be live with an all new story for the morning. We know that Christmas is the biggest grossing holiday of the year...but do you know what the second highest is? It might surprise you to learn...it's Halloween! She has a story on how local businesses are hoping to cash in.
We'll also be live from the site of one of the most anticipated events of the year in Charlotte. They're going to fire up the barbeque pits at the Mallard Creek Barbeque today. They'll start serving folks a week from today.
Plus...a rainout for the American League Championship series game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. Rain impacted the NLCS game as well...but they did finish play. We'll have highlights from the Cardinals/Giants game.
And Al Conklin has your First Alert Weather forecast...he says there's a possibility of showers across the area with a risk of strong thunderstorms.