Kaufman Update; Mega Millions Lottery Winners

Good morning to you on this Wednesday, 18 December 2013, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.

Be sure to have your television on starting at 4:30 AM...we have a lot to tell you today!

Among the stories you're going to see:

Did you buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket in California or Georgia?  That's where lottery officials say winning tickets for the $636 million prize were sold.  The drawing was held last night.  Here are the numbers:  8-14-17-20-39 and the mega ball 7.  Check your tickets!

We'll have a live report from Astrid Martinez this morning...with an update on the condition of Marco Kauffman, the newlywed, Rowan County man who was shot in the head during a burglary.

A Marshville high school student is on the mend after collapsing during a wrestling match.

We'll have more on the historic decision by the Mecklenburg County Commission...naming the county's first ever female county manager.  Dena Diorio is currently an assistant county manager.  She'll take the reins of her new job on January 1st.

A warning for you if you're receiving packages in the mail...package thefts are on the rise in a southeast Charlotte neighborhood.  Police want you to be on the lookout.

Federal authorities say 12 people have been charged in a suspected methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. The indictment alleges that the defendants ran their drug ring primarily in Buncombe, Cleveland and McDowell counties.

Kemba Walker scored 24 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Sacramento Kings 95-87 on last night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

The New Orleans Saints will have a new kicker when they take on the Panthers in Carolina this Sunday, a game that could determine the NFC South champion.  The Saints have released Garrett Hartley, two days after he had one field goal blocked and hooked another in a 27-16 loss at St. Louis. He's missed eight of 29 kicks inside 50 yards this season.  The Saints haven't announced who will replace Hartley.

It's chilly out there as you head out this morning.  It's 41 degrees as I write this message.  We'll have sunny skies today and highs in the lower 50s.  Al Conklin will have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.

We'll have all those stories and so much more...including First Alert Traffic with Sammi Jo Francis...when you join us from 4:30 to 7 AM this morning!  Hope to see you then!