Gaston County

  Police: Man arrested at Charlotte Walmart after attempting to rob Belmont Shoe Show with scissors

Police say 57-year-old James Edward Talford was armed with a pair of scissors before assaulting and demanding money from the Shoe Show on Park Street in Belmont.

  Former Gaston County teacher/coach still hospitalized after alleged August assault

Missing man who allegedly jumped from vehicle, fled police found dead in Kings Mountain

  Woman charged in domestic-related shooting death of Gastonia man

  Mount Holly community shares message with ‘prayer walk’

Gastonia man charged with possession of child pornography

  Suspect flees after breaking in home, firing shot at homeowner in Gaston County

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  Changes are coming to Christmastown USA due to COVID-19

‘Beyond the call of duty’: Photo shows Gaston Co. officer helping woman in need

Police looking for 19-year-old accused in fatal shooting in Gaston County

  Chase from Gastonia ends in crash on I-85 in Charlotte

  NC trooper charged with stealing gym equipment worth $5,000 from Gastonia YMCA

  Family remembers grandfather fatally stabbed in Gastonia

Protesters speak out against Gaston County Confederate monument

Spokespersons for social justice groups consisting of Gaston County residents are scheduled to speak at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and E. Walnut Avenue.

  Gaston County leaders kick off ‘Gaston SAVES’ campaign to fight COVID-19

Officials announced the new Gaston SAVES program, which provides information and resources in regard to the virus.

Do Not Plant: Gaston County officials warn against planting unsolicited seeds sent in the mail

Officials say if you have received an unsolicited packet of seeds from China, do not plant them.

  Gastonia Red Cross volunteer heads to Louisiana to assist with Hurricane Laura relief efforts

A Red Cross volunteer from Gastonia is heading to Louisiana to assist with Hurricane Laura relief efforts.

  Grandson accused of fatally stabbing grandfather during argument in Gastonia

  Police still searching for Gastonia woman not seen in five years

  Belmont comic book store owner says Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman is ’real-life superhero’

  Group protests for removal of Confederate statue at Gaston Co. courthouse after vote to relocate rescinded

Man from Mexico sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking heroin in Charlotte area, violating immigration

Belmont Abbey College reports 38 active COVID-19 cases

  Parents concerned as issues continue, some pulling their children out of Gaston Virtual Academy

Some parents told WBTV last week that their children still did not know who their teachers were. Many are reporting problems continuing this week.

  Confederate statue to remain at Gaston Co. courthouse after plan to relocate falls through

The confederate monument outside of Gaston County’s courthouse will remain where it is after the plan to relocate it fell through.

Belmont police locate body in wooded area

The body of a missing Gibsonville man has been found in Belmont.

Two seriously injured after near drowning at Mountain Island Lake

Two seriously injured after near-drowning at Mountain Island Lake.

  Parents, students frustrated by delays in learning through Gaston Virtual Academy

Classes were supposed to kick off on Monday, but some parents say two days later they have still not been able to access anything.

  Gaston County Schools not allowing students to play sports if enrolled in district’s virtual academy

A Gaston County mom says sports was supposed to be the only normal thing about her kid’s school year and she believes the rule is not fair.

Leader, 2 co-conspirators of N.C. meth trafficking ring sentenced to prison

The leader of a North Carolina meth trafficking ring and his two co-conspirators have been sentenced to prison.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to reopen to public on weekends

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is reopening to the public after being closed for nearly five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

2 seriously injured in head-on crash in Gaston County

Two people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Gaston County.

Man charged with indecent liberties with children in Gaston County

A man has been charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with children in Gaston County.

  ‘He was all about other people’: Gastonia pastor speaks about youth director who died in skateboarding accident

A Gastonia church congregation is grieving after the death of a beloved member of its community.

Gaston County man accused of sex crimes against children

A Gaston County man is facing more than a dozen child sex offense charges.

  ‘He will be missed by many’: Retired Gastonia police chief dies of COVID-19 complications

Rodney Allen Parham, 65, was named Gastonia’s 19th police chief in 2001 until he retired in 2003.

  ‘Did I just feel an earthquake?‘: Many surprised, others unbothered by NC’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake

The earthquake did not cause any damage in Charlotte and nearby areas. That doesn’t mean people aren’t talking about it, because so many felt the 5.1 magnitude earthquake.

  Protesters rally against commissioners’ decision to remove Gaston County monument

On Saturday, a group of more than a dozen stood by the monument, chanted and held signs in disagreement of the commissioners’ decision.

Crazed fox encounters NC family’s young female pit bull-terrier. It was no match.

The gray and white American pit-bull terrier mix was up to date on her required rabies vaccinations and received a rabies booster shot, police said.

Fox in Gaston County tests positive for rabies mark fourth case

Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from a home in Dallas after a family dog killed a fox.

  Gaston County commissioners vote to remove and relocate Confederate monument

The Gaston County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to remove and relocate the county’s Confederate monument at the courthouse.

Man seriously injured in crash involving motorcycle in Gastonia

At around 10:11 a.m., Gastonia Police responded to a crash with serious injuries on Union Road near Westway Drive.

  Probable cause affidavit outlines portion of investigation into man accused of poisoning wife

A probable cause affidavit signed by a special agent from the North Carolina Department of Insurance outlines a portion of the investigation into the death of a Gaston County woman.

Woman charged with death by distribution in heroin overdose in Concord

On July 27, the Concord Police Department charged 39-year-old Heather Marie Stephenson with one count of death by distribution for unlawfully selling a controlled substance (heroin).

  Gastonia Black-owned ice cream shop calls for community unity

Protests in Gastonia started after a woman claimed she was treated poorly at Tony's Ice Cream while wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' pin.

  Ice cream shop at center of protests in Gastonia

The situation is happening at Tony’s Ice Cream on East Franklin Boulevard.

  Heavy law enforcement presence in Gastonia near courthouse

A WBTV field crew observed a number of law enforcement officers blocking off the road to the courthouse.

  Cleveland Co. nurse returns home after 13 weeks at NYC hospital

A nurse from Shelby, North Carolina just returned home after serving at a New York City hospital for the last 13 weeks.

  Gaston County Schools to reopen with combo of in-person, remote instruction

The plan is in accordance with “Plan B” that has been outlined by the state and provides for in-person instruction for students on a part-time basis.

  Police identify 22-year-old recovered from Catawba River

Crews responded to a water rescue around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Teen attempted murder suspect arrested in Rock Hill

Zachary Michael Patrick McGraw, 19, is accused of shooting Justin Cornwell on Thursday.

Police: Person taken to hospital after shooting in Gastonia

Police say one person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in Gastonia.

Gastonia police, fire officials investigating after cars destroyed in fires

The Gastonia Fire Department responded to multiple fires on Wednesday and Thursday near the Mills Creek Apartments in Gastonia.

‘Armed and dangerous’ man wanted for attempted murder in Gaston Co.

Through the investigation, the suspect was identified as 19-year-old Zachary Michael Patrick McGraw from Belmont.

Man killed after box truck runs into tractor-trailer on Gaston County interstate

The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. on Interstate 85 South just north of N.C. 273.

  17 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at this nursing home. It’s not been reported by DHHS.

Four Gaston County nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks have gone weeks without being identified by state health officials, despite a pledge to disclose all outbreaks at nursing homes and other congregate living facilities.

  Gaston County health officials ask public to remain vigilant as COVID-19 trends increase

Gaston County Health officials are asking the community to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. Trends in Gaston County have been moving in the wrong direction for about two months.

  Gaston Co. reports first COVID-19 outbreaks at congregate care facilities as cases spike

Several COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at a congregate facilities in Gastonia.

  ‘Council of Understanding’ votes in favor of relocating Confederate statue at Gaston Co. courthouse

A commissioner-appointed group of community members has voted in favor of relocating a Confederate statue located outside the Gaston County courthouse.

Gastonia man charged with killing infant son

Police say 28-year-old Robert Ahmaad Middleton Jr. fractured the skull of his son, Deville Middleton, who suffered hemorrhaging on the brain.

  Belmont restaurant holding fundraiser after local family killed in I-485 crash

Downtown Belmont restaurant Sammy’s Pub announced on Facebook on Friday that there will be a day next week when half of its sales will go to the Obester family.

  Driver charged with murder in crash that killed five people along I-485

A driver accused in a crash that killed five people of a Belmont family is facing multiple charges, including five counts of second-degree murder.

Gaston County leaders urged businesses to reopen. New coronavirus cases rose six-fold.

Now the county’s virus numbers are going in the wrong direction, and fast.

  Animal rescue community working together to support rescue founded by family killed in crash

In Gaston County, a community continues to mourn the loss of four members of a family - a couple and their two young daughters - killed in a crash on I-485.

  ‘Council of Understanding’ to vote on future of Confederate monument at Gaston Co. courthouse

The Confederate statue outside the Gaston County courthouse has been a hot button topic for weeks now. Some community members have demanded the statue be moved. Others want it to stay where it is. It will be up to the Board of Commissioners on what to do with the statue. But first they put together

13-year-old facing charges in Gastonia shooting

A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody in a Sunday shooting that left a 34-year-old man injured.

  ‘They truly loved those kids’: Belmont family killed in I-485 crash remembered for love of nature, animals

Loved ones are remembering a married couple from Belmont and their two young daughters. The family was killed in a crash Friday night on I-485 near W.T. Harris Boulevard.

  Tree uproots from storm, kills woman on uninhabited island on Mountain Island Lake

A person was killed when a tree fell Sunday afternoon on an uninhabited island on Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County.

4 members of Belmont family killed as driver going 100+ mph causes I-485 wrecks, trooper says

Matthew and Andrea Obester and their daughters, Violet and Elizabeth, were killed in one of the collisions, Matthew Obester’s mother, Lynn Sherrill, told the Observer.

  ‘I noticed roaches coming out of the outlet’: Gaston County mother given apartment with less than ideal conditions

It was supposed to be a clean new apartment for a Gastonia single mom to raise her children, but minutes after moving in, the woman realized she had made a big mistake.

18-year-old struck ‘several times’ in early-morning Gastonia shooting

The incident happened around 12:46 a.m. on W. Sixth Avenue, which is off of Hwy 321 in Gastonia.

Police release sketch of noose reportedly drawn on photo of Black woman at Belmont bank

Officers were able to contact the witness who discovered the drawing and drew over the original image. Police say this witness was able to provide a sketch of the original image.

Gaston County teen reported missing

A Gaston County teen is missing and police are asking for the public’s help finding him.

  Committee set to determine future of Confederate statue in Gaston Co., more protests call to remove it

The Gaston County Board of Commissioners is working on forming a community-driven committee to review a confederate statue, which sits outside the courthouse after organizations called for it to be removed.

  Gastonia man charged with fatally shooting woman at extended stay hotel

Police are investigating a shooting death at an extended stay hotel in Gastonia.

  Retired Gaston County assistant police chief dies in head-on Lincoln Co. crash

Troopers say Billy Lytton died in the crash that happened around 3 p.m. on NC 150 east of Ivey Church Road.

84-year-old moped driver killed in crash in Belmont

The crash happened just before 11 a.m. on Wilkinson Boulevard at the entrance of an Aldi’s grocery store.

  Deputies looking for inmate ‘mistakenly released’ from Gaston County Jail

Deputies are investigating how and why Gyagus Wallace was released from the jail.

Man sentenced to 35 years in prison for secretly recording young girls on yacht in N.C., S.C.

A man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for secretly recording nude videos of underage females aboard his yacht in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Basketball court at Gastonia park transformed for BLM mural - and they want your help

Members of the community will then be invited to add their handprints onto the outer perimeter of the court.

  Petition started to change N.C. high school’s ‘Red Raider’ mascot

A woman thinks it’s time a North Carolina high school’s mascot be changed, which is why she started an online petition that has gathered more than 1,000 signatures in less than a week.