Violent Escapee Captured; Miranda Joins Morning Show

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, the first day of July 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  We invite you to join us from 4:30 to 9 AM this morning for the area's only Emmy award-winning newscast.

LIVE:  We're following a dramatic story out of North Carolina and Virginia.  A man in custody threatened a deputy with a pair of pliers as he was being transported to a jail in Boone, escaped and took off, but was later captured in Virginia.  This is the man deputies say had earlier led them on a chase in Catawba County and was facing several other charges.  We'll have complete details in a live report.

LIVE:  Many questions now surround the death of a popular teacher in Catawba County.  The medical examiner now says 31-year-old Maggie Daniels was murdered.  Her body was found in her apartment Saturday.  This morning you'll hear the 9-1-1 call the came through when her body was found.

A search is on right now for a hit-and-run driver in east Charlotte after an eight-year-old was seriously injured.  It happened on Idlebrook Drive last night.

A former employee of Iredell-Statesville Schools is facing sex charges involving a minor.  Police say 30-year-old Glen McCoy drove from North Carolina to meet a 17-year-old boy at a motel in Tennessee.

ALL NEW:  Israel launched air strikes overnight in retaliation for the deaths of three teenagers whose bodies were discovered Monday.  Israel blames Hamas although Hamas has denied it was involved in the teens' deaths.

South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff is scheduled to appear in federal court for arraignment on bribery charges. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts is expected in court today. He faces charges of taking bribes and is also charged with wire fraud and conspiracy.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is threatening to veto legislation on charter schools that would prevent teachers' names and pay from being disclosed publicly. McCrory is asking the General Assembly to remove the provision, and the measure's sponsor now says he wants it out of the bill, too.

Plus...Kristen Miranda joins the WBTV News weekday morning team this morning.  She'll be anchoring from our new Alert Center...bringing you up-to-the-minute updates as she monitors the internet, wire services, and other news sources.  It's a way to bring you the very latest news in a way that no one else is doing.  We think this will really make a difference in how news is delivered to you in the morning.

HOT!  Prepare yourself for more hot weather today!  It appears we're going to hit 90 degrees and above today following a brief respite.  Meteorologist Ashley Batey will have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.

All that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV...then from 7 to 9 AM on the Bounce channel.  Hope to see you then!