Driver says he was billed, forced into the express lanes on I-77 after accident

More people are calling WBTV for help, after they say they were forced to use the I-77 express lanes and charged.

Piece of history belonging to original member of N.C. Highway Patrol found in Salisbury

  Heavy rain washes out N.C. road to seven families

The staying power — and unrelenting police conflict — of Charlotte’s jail support

Police searching for missing North Charleston woman

Richland Co. deputies seek woman accused of pointing gun at Walmart employee at Killian Road location

‘Took them all’: Thieves steal thousands of dollars worth of peaches from York farmer

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N.C. sheriff’s office changes restraint policy amid calls for justice in Black man’s death

  Inside look: Changes for Union County Public Schools as it welcomes students, staff back for in-person learning

Gov. Cooper: Trump’s coronavirus strategy ‘nonexistent'

COVID-19 outbreak drops significantly at Mecklenburg County jail

CMPD issues more citations to bars, arcades for violating COVID-19 orders

N.C. daycare worker dies from coronavirus outbreak, residents say they had no idea

‘Call 911 immediately’; Police looking for man wanted for sex offense in Mecklenburg Co.

Matthews Police Department asks residents to please call 911 immediately if you have seen this man or know of his whereabouts.

Police: Rape suspect, freed due to virus, kills accuser

Police in Virginia say that a rape suspect who was released from jail in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic went on to kill the woman who had accused him.

1,200+ additional COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths reported in South Carolina

State health officials are urging residents to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 amid public health experts’ concerns over the recent rise in COVID-19 data trends in South Carolina.

Motorcycle rally that usually attracts 400,000 people still being held

In June, city officials decided in an eight to one vote to go ahead with the rally, CBS affiliate KELO reports.

  Year-Up Charlotte connects graduates to high-quality jobs despite hardships of pandemic

Deputies searching for people responsible for vandalizing roads, property on Kiawah Island, Johns Island

Caught on camera: Man dumps gasoline on South Carolina police car, sets it on fire at police station

  RNC plans for business meeting at Westin, NC officials still have COVID-19 questions

N.C. crews rescue two people after searching 230+ homes, debris from Isaias-spawned storm

Overturned tractor-trailer closes I-77 South in Iredell County

N.C. reports 40+ more COVID-19 deaths, 1,500+ newly-confirmed cases

North Carolina is reporting more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for the 45th straight day.

NCDHHS to require biweekly testing of nursing home staff

Biweekly COVID-19 testing of nursing home staff is now required, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

More than 21,600 coronavirus cases in Mecklenburg Co., 230 deaths

Mecklenburg County officials are releasing more information about the coronavirus pandemic.

LaGrange woman beaten, set on fire; ex-boyfriend arrested

A LaGrange woman is recovering from her injuries after she was beaten and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend.

Only three of 45 unhatched sea turtle nests in Holden Beach survived Isaias

Holden Beach officials announced on Friday that nearly all of the unhatched sea turtle nests on the island were wiped out by Hurricane Isaias.

Former Matthews teacher sentenced to six years in prison on child pornography charges

A former teacher and coach in Matthews was sentenced to six years in prison for receiving child pornography, court officials announced Thursday.

WBTV Back to school 2020: District-by-district plans

There is controversy over sending students back into the classroom this fall and not all school districts in our area are following the same plan.

Deputies looking for SUV in connection to killing of 9-year-old NC girl

Deputies in Chowan County, NC are looking for a vehicle seen just before the deadly July shooting of a 9-year-old girl.

SC Tax Free Weekend to be held August 7-9

A variety of back-to-school essentials are exempt from the state’s 6% sales tax and any applicable local taxes.

  ‘Stop dragging your feet and make a decision’: CMS parent, student-athlete speak on future of school sports

Parents and students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools received mixed messages about the future of school sports during the 2020-2021 academic year Thursday.

  Concord protesters call for the release of Ronnie Long from prison

Protesters in Concord are calling for the release of Ronnie Long, saying he’s an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted of rape 44 years ago.

Breonna Taylor billboards around Louisville organized by Oprah Winfrey

The media mogul is once again getting involved in calling for action in the investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor.

Crystal Rogers: FBI Louisville takes lead in case of missing mother of 5

Federal search warrants are being executed and interviews will be conducted in connection to Crystal Rogers’ disappearance as the FBI Louisville takes over as the lead investigative agency.

  Extracurricular organizations converting spaces to remote learning camps for back to school

Some businesses are seeing it as an opportunity to not only give parents an option besides daycare, but also recoup some of their losses from the quarantine shut down.

Search for missing Kansas mother focuses on Mid-South

A multi-state search for a missing mother is now centered on the Mid-South.

Doctors finding more COVID-19 patients with kidney damage

A study found that up to half of COVID-19 patients in ICU treatment ended up on dialysis.

  NCGOP files ethics complaints against two council members in wake of other conflict questions

A news release sent by NCGOP states that complaints filed were in direct response to conflict of interest questions raised about a planned partnership between City Councilman Tariq Bokhari’s non-profit Carolina Fintech Hub and the City of Charlotte.

Data shows Lumberton prison has 3rd highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in N.C.

Data from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety shows that a state prison in Lumberton has one of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the state.

‘Angel of Hope’ statue remains untouched in S.C. dunes after Hurricane Isaias

Hurricane Isaias battered the dunes in Cherry Grove on Monday night, but there is one spot where it looks like the storm never happened.

Motions filed seeking bond for Travis, Gregory McMichael in Arbery case

Separate motions were filed in court Thursday requesting bonds for Travis and Gregory McMichael.

  Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes turns himself in on theft warrant

A warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes on a charge of first degree theft of property.

Rowan-Salisbury Schools issue plea for community help

a plea for help from Rowan-Salisbury Schools

NOAA calls for an ‘extremely active’ 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

Thursday morning, NOAA released it's annual August update on the Atlantic hurricane season, calling for an "extremely active" hurricane season, which runs through November 30th.

American Heart Association recognizes Cabarrus EMS

Cabarrus County EMS recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Kannapolis awards grants to local non-profits

The City of Kannapolis has awarded $57,500 in federally funded grants to 14 non-profits who offer programs that benefit low and moderate-income residents in the City.

Cabarrus Courthouse project celebrated with live art, interactive displays

A small, socially distanced group gathered in front of the Cabarrus County Government Center Thursday to celebrate downtown Concord’s future.

Salisbury businesses break out the COVID Busters

The COVID Busters took over the city council chambers in Salisbury on Thursday morning.

Charlotte bar Pins Mechanical cited for reopening in violation of COVID-19 restrictions

CMPD says Pins was cited Wednesday evening for being open in violation of COVID-19 related orders.

Country star Kane Brown appears in selfie with employee at Virginia travel center

Angie Graves was working at the Subway at White’s Travel Center along Interstate 81/64 on Thursday morning when she spied country music star Kane Brown.

  7-year-old Chatham County boy dies from COVID-19, according to DPH

The Georgia Department of Public Health reports a 7-year-old African-American boy from Chatham County has died from COVID-19.

‘Thank you.’ Charlotte radio host gives heartfelt update after daughter killed in crash

A popular Charlotte radio host gave a heartfelt update and thanked supporters just over a week after his daughter was killed in a crash in Mooresville.

  ‘Hanging on by a thread’; Several local businesses crippled by five-week Phase 2 extension in N.C.

Gym owners are trying to get creative in hosting workouts and bringing in income as they will have to wait at least another 5 weeks to open their doors again in North Carolina.

  Some teachers return to Mecklenburg, Union county schools for teacher work days

CMS teachers say they got a better understanding of what this year will look like.

Charlotte lost 156,000 jobs last quarter, worst on record, as pandemic weakens economy

The coronavirus has devastated much of the region’s economy, with many workers and businesses barely able to make ends meet.

City of North Myrtle Beach shares picture of Sea Cabin Pier debris; more still being found in surf

The city of North Myrtle Beach shared a picture showing all the debris from the Sea Cabin Pier.

Woman charged after drugs and cash found in stolen car

A Salisbury was jailed after deputies say they found drugs and cash in a stolen car.

  Rowan-Salisbury Schools request parents seek alternative to putting kids on school bus

Rowan-Salisbury Schools will be operating on a two day a week in-person school schedule, with three days of remote learning, but they’re asking parents to find an alternative to having kids take the school bus.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools not in favor of high school sports during remote learning

The district returned a questionnaire to the N.C. High School Athletic Association on Thursday and said it would not allow student-athletes to play sports while in remote learning.

  Morganton mayor hospitalized with COVID-19 encouraging others to wear face masks

Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson is sharing his message after being hospitalized with coronavirus.

Man wanted for murder after 22-year-old killed in Charlotte strip mall parking lot

Jamie Marcel Graham Jr, 20, is wanted for murder in the death of Solomon Fleming Jr.

No charges in Burke County shooting that killed man, injured brother

A Burke County shooting that left a man dead and his brother seriously injured Wednesday has been ruled self defense by the District Attorney’s Office. No charges will be filed.

‘Numerous’ weapons seized after 200+ person AirBnB party in North Carolina

An AirBnB party with more than 200 people led to multiple firearms being seized and at least two people being arrested.

La. man and pet bloodhound find man reported missing in wooded area

“I was shocked. I was thinking you know it’s been 4 days, the chances aren’t real good."

  Mother, 7-year-old daughter shot in back during apparent domestic dispute in Lincoln Co.

Investigators say the suspect ran away, then fell from a 50-foot cliff into a quarry.

  Charlotte loses internationally-recognized singer to COVID-19

Leslie Richardson died from COVID-19, according to her husband Paul. She was 52 years old.

Trooper struck by car on I-485 getting ‘better, stronger’ by the day

A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was struck by a car while investigating a fatal wreck on I-485 last month is getting stronger by the day, according to a recent post by those close to the trooper.

N.C. high school sports season pushed back again due to Phase 2 extension

The move comes one day after Gov. Roy Cooper announced that N.C. would remain in the “Safer at Home” Phase 2 of reopening until at least Sept. 11.

Gov. orders flags lowered to half-staff Friday for Beaufort Police chief

Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags atop the State Capitol Building be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset Friday, officials say.

People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer, CDC says

Some people are getting sick and in extreme cases dying after drinking hand sanitizer, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Police: Missing 17-year-old girl found safe, back with family

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department say a missing 17-year-old girl has been found safe. On Thursday, police said the girl has been reunited with her family.

Man last seen near Linville Falls with hiking equipment reported missing

A man is missing after being dropped off in Burke County last week with camping equipment.

Fallen officer returns home with tribute along I-77 in Huntersville

A former Charlotte police officer who died in an accidental shooting at a Hawaii police station in late July is being honored in Huntersville Thursday as he returns home.

Mask ambassadors will soon help Charlotte area residents follow COVID-19 rules

Bilingual mask ambassadors from diverse communities will soon be frequenting businesses across Charlotte and surrounding towns, ensuring residents are following crucial health guidelines to slow the spread of COVD-19.

Man’s disruption of court and refusal to wear mask lands him in jail for 30 days

Court officials say one man’s disruption of the proceedings and his refusal to wear a face mask landed him in jail for thirty days.

COVID-19 forces Charlotte Ballet to cancel ‘Nutcracker’ for first time, new option found

For the first time in 28 years, the Charlotte Ballet will not hold its annual seasonal performance of “Nutcracker.”

Crews respond to massive overnight fire in Ocean Isle Beach

Fire crews are on scene of a multi-structure fire on Concord Street in Ocean Isle Beach.

  Gov. Cooper extends ‘Safer at home’ Phase 2 of reopening N.C. until Sept. 11

The Phase 2 extension keeps bars, gyms, and entertainment venues closed.

Police searching for Charleston teen missing more than a week

Police are searching for a 16-year-old girl who has been missing for a week.