Gaston County

  ‘Storybook Santa’ is back, receiving visitors in his Gastonia home

Gastonia's Storybook Santa can't make it to the mall anymore, so he's taking visitors at his home to continue spreading his holiday cheer.

  Former South Point HS football coaches call Panthers interim head coach Perry Fewell ‘a character guy’

  Tree lighting sets ‘Christmas Town USA’ aglow for holiday season

  Surveillance video shows Gastonia CBD business being robbed

Man seriously injured after being hit by car in Gastonia

  Truck runs through home in Gaston County

  String of investigations after stolen vehicle found in Gastonia

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  Neighborhood on alert after skunk tests positive for rabies in Gaston County

  Man charged with 2nd degree murder of man shot in broad daylight in Gaston Co. neighborhood

  Gaston Co. law enforcement leaders, clergy members re-sign covenant to bring community together

  Non-profit focused on helping runaway kids ruined in massive fire, seeking donations from Gastonia community

  Gastonia police officer shot during FBI investigation in north Charlotte

  Man gives new bass guitar to N.C. musician who had instrument stolen during funeral

Police trying to identify man seen throwing rabbit in crate into Gaston Co. lake

Officials say video footage from the park shows a white male with dark hair, approximately 5’10”, throwing the carrier into the lake.

  Gaston Co. students could be given at least three months in jail for cyber-bullying

This all started with an Airdrop message on an iPhone. A student at Holbrook Middle sent out the x-rated video – from there, it continued to spread.

  Woman accused of taking diaper-wearing baby on one-mile walk in 26-degree weather

According to the arrest warrant from the Gastonia Police Department, 20-year-old Marquilia Womack was charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

N.C. deputy killed in crash while responding to call, sheriff says

A Northampton County deputy who had only been on the job for six months died in a crash while responding to a call on Wednesday night, according to Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith.

  First responders surprised with Panthers tickets, shopping spree in Gastonia

  Police: Videos, involving sex act with animal, airdropped without consent at middle school in Gaston Co.

  3 charged in human trafficking investigation involving teen in Gaston County

Body of missing woman found off road in Cleveland County

  Shooting of FBI Task Force officer being investigated as possible friendly fire, sources say

  Kids with special needs go trick-or-treating thanks to Gaston EMS

  Kia of Gastonia sold after mounting legal, financial issues

Kia of Gastonia was facing accusations that employees and contractors for the dealership falsified customers’ income without their knowledge to get vehicle loans approved by lenders.

Family dog euthanized after Gaston County discovers 13th case of rabies in 2019

Gaston County officials have confirmed the 13th case of rabies discovered in the area in 2019. The incident was reported after a family dog was discovered playing with a deceased raccoon at a residence off of Oakwood Drive in Belmont.

  WBTV reporter asks judge to hold Gaston DA in contempt for violating body cam order

Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell appeared in court on Monday morning on an Order to Show Cause and Appear, after a WBTV reporter asked he be held in contempt for violating an order governing the release of police video.

  Police find body of missing man in north Charlotte, death investigation underway

Charlotte police have found the body of a man who was reported missing from Gaston County Monday.

16-year-old missing from Gaston County reportedly located

Gaston County Police are reporting that they found a missing teen who had last been seen earlier in the week.

  Gaston Police looking for man accused of holding woman in home, assaulting her for three days

When officers went to the home they found “several items of evidence,” but not the suspect.

  Gastonia woman’s social media post about stranger’s act of kindness goes viral

When her tire blew on the freeway, she wasn't sure what to do. Then a complete stranger went above and beyond to help.

  Former assistant principal accused of sex with student pleads guilty, gets probation

According to the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office website, 34-year-old Lisa Rothwell is facing several counts of felony sex with a student.

Man critically injured after being hit by pickup truck in Gastonia

According to the Gastonia Police Department, the incident happened near the intersection of Bessemer City Road and North Myrtle School Road at 6:31 a.m.

Gaston County man held under $1M bond on child porn charges

A man in Gaston County is is facing multiple charges in relation to child porn.

  Father killed in Gaston County house fire, around a dozen others displaced

The fire broke out at a home on Dusty Hill Road off Highway 321 just outside of Dallas.

  Gaston County pastor charged for crimes with a minor

An associate pastor at a church in Belmont has been charged with multiple counts of crimes involving a minor.

  Man shot in apparent home invasion in Gastonia

According to Gaston County Communications, the incident happened on Rhyne Street.

  Fundraiser for Trooper Wooten is major success, 100 percent of proceeds go to him and family

A fundraiser for State Trooper Chris Wooten turns out to be major success after months of planning. Wooten was seriously injured after a crash in the line of duty.

Family cat fights, kills raccoon, 12th rabies case confirmed in Gaston Co.

Police are stressing the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for pets, as this incident marks the 12th confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

  Catawba County roofer moonlights as break-in artist

One of his former customers is left asking how this active criminal was able to start up a construction company in the little time he spent free between prison and jail.

  Freightliner laying off hundreds of workers in Mount Holly, Cleveland

Truck manufacturer Daimler is laying off hundreds of workers at two local Freightliner plants.

  Gaston County woman shares family’s domestic violence story as month of awareness begins

In the Gaston County Sheriff's Office's front lobby, several clocks have been mounted to one of the walls. Next to each clock is a label with information about a person who has lost their life to domestic violence in Gaston County.

Police still looking for driver who hit, killed Gastonia man then drove away

The suspect vehicle is possibly a Honda Civic with front-right side damage, windshield damage, and a broken front-right headlight assembly.

  Rabies on the rise in Gaston County, 11th case reported

It’s time to double check and make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies shot. In Gaston County, there’s been 11 reported cases of the virus this year.

  Man in custody after standoff involving reported hostage situation in Gastonia

The incident happened near the intersection of Court Drive and Cox Road, just across the street from the CVS.

  Family dogs kill skunk, 11th rabies case confirmed in Gaston Co.

Police are stressing the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for pets, as this incident marks the 11th confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

Clover man charged in 1998 juvenile sex crime case in Gaston County

Police say the alleged crimes occurred in 1998 when the victims - now adults - were between the ages of 5 and 9.

Dog on loose after brawl with rabid animal in Gastonia area

Gaston County police say the incident happened around 12 a.m. on Narrow Gauge Road in Dallas and involved an Australian Cattle Dog and a skunk.

Silver Alert canceled for endangered 18-year-old in Morganton

A Silver Alert issued for an endangered 18-year-old in Morganton Wednesday morning has been canceled.

Gaston County man facing child sex crime charges following DSS report

Gaston County police say they arrested 36-year-old Travis Duane Proctor following an investigation by the Department of Social Services in Cleveland County.

  Toddler in critical condition following reported near-drowning at Gastonia home

Police say they were called to a possible drowning around 11:21 a.m. Saturday at a home on Holly Hills Drive in Gastonia.

  Woman struck fatally struck by train in Gaston County identified

The incident happened before 4:25 p.m. at the tracks between Franklin Boulevard and S. Vance Street.

Family dogs put down after eighth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County

Officials say two family dogs in Gaston County have been put down after the eighth confirmed rabies case of 2019.

  Missing 13-foot-long Python found, back with owner in Gaston County

A missing 13-foot-long Python has been found and is now back with its owner in Gaston County.

Community fundraiser to be held for Trooper Wooten and family in Oct.

Troopers say 100 percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser go to Trooper Wooten’s family.

Person stabbed multiple times in Ranlo, suspect in custody

According to officials, the incident happened near the intersection of Monterey Park Drive and Middleton Drive around 3 p.m.

  Fire destroys Gaston County home

A fire overnight in Ranlo destroyed a home and left adjacent residences damaged as well.

Days left for NC lottery winner to claim $200,700 prize

Someone is walking around $200,700 richer, only they likely don’t know it.

Single-car accident in Denver leaves four hospitalized

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is currently looking into the cause of an accident which occurred on Sunday evening in Denver.

Kings Mountain woman found dead after reports of shots fired

The Kings Mountain Police Department is reporting that a woman was found deceased on Saturday afternoon after responding to a call of shots fired.

  Gaston Co. fifth-grader buys book bags full of donated supplies for fellow students in need

Emma Lineberger, a fifth grader at Rankin Elementary, had looked around at her classmates and that’s when an idea popped in her head. She realized the supplies she had in her own backpack weren’t the same as her fellow students. Emma wanted to change that for them.

  Sources: Bicyclist struck, killed in Gaston County accident

According to Gaston Communications, crews responded to the scene at Dallas-Stanley Highway and Evans Lake Road in Dallas.

Man and dog killed in house fire in Shelby

The fire broke out at a home on Grice Street, just off of S. Dekalb Street.

Fifth and sixth rabies cases of 2019 confirmed in Gaston County

Officials say Gaston County has its fifth and sixth confirmed rabies cases of 2019.

  Man seriously injured in Gastonia shooting

According to Gaston Communications, the incident happened on Newcastle Road around 4:30 p.m.

  Man in custody after gunshots fired at officers; nearby apartments and school evacuated

Cramerton police received a gunshots call at the Mayworth School Apartments on 8th Avenue at 10th Street around 11:22 a.m. When officers arrived, they say the suspect fired “multiple” shots at them.

Wanted teen charged with attempted murder in Gastonia shooting

Jaylen Michael Moore, 18, is charged with attempted murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection to a shooting that happened on Aug. 10 on Keith Drive in Gastonia, N.C.

  Law enforcement video of moments after Gaston Co. chase that left one dead, one injured released

Law enforcement video related to a July police chase in Gaston County that left one dead and another seriously injured was released on Friday.

  Gaston Co. law enforcement stresses safety on roads ahead of new school year

With just a weekend left before school heads back for Gaston County Schools, law enforcement are teaming up to make sure students get to school safely. But they need you’re help to make it happen.

Fourth rabies case of 2019 confirmed in Gaston County

This represents the fourth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

  Local homeowners claim they’re not safe under their own roofs, because of roofer

The attorney for the roofer says they plan to sue one of the former customers for making false allegations against the company.

  Gastonia Police officer makes two live-organ donations to complete strangers

Gastonia Police Officer Zachary Lechette has done something most people never do - he's has been a living-organ donor, not once, but twice – and to complete strangers.

  This Gastonia principal will gift a donated book to each student on their birthday this year

Local businesses have stepped up to the plate, conducting their own collections and handing them over to the principal.

  Lawsuit filed against Kia of Gastonia after WBTV Investigation

The investigation found dozens of Kia of Gastonia customers who had their credit applications for car loans falsified without their knowledge.

Panthers’ Cox cited for speeding, marijuana after camp ends

North Carolina Highway Patrol cited Carolina Panthers defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. for speeding, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on the final day of the team’s training camp.

  One injured in officer-involved shooting near Gastonia restaurant

According to Gaston Communications, the incident happened at the Buffalo Wild Wings off Cox Road in Gastonia.

Law enforcement video related to Gaston Co. chase that left one dead, one injured to be released

A superior court judge has ruled that law enforcement video will be released related to a July police chase in Gaston County that left one dead and another seriously injured.

Woman charged after firing shots at police during hours-long standoff in Gaston Co.

According to the Gaston County Police Department, the incident happened on Mayberry Road.

  One-year-old baby run over and killed by relative moving a vehicle in Gaston County

A one-year-old child was run over by a car in Gaston County on Sunday morning at around 9:00 a.m.

  Third rabies case of 2019 confirmed in Gaston County

Officials say Gaston County has its third confirmed rabies case of 2019.

  Ambulance stolen in Gastonia, suspect arrested after police pursuit

According to the Gaston County Police Department, officers were involved in a pursuit with a Dallas Rescue ambulance stolen from Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.

  Officer stops ‘out of control’ boat on Lake Wylie

Officials received a call around 8:46 a.m. that a boat’s operator had fallen into the water. Police say the boat was “still circling out of control” when officers arrived.