Gaston County

  One drive thru in Gastonia is handing out something special free of charge, doesn’t fuel your stomach but your spirit

There’s a unique drive thru in Gastonia where faith replaces food. Kind of. The folks behind it say what they’re serving won’t feed your stomach but will fuel the soul.

  Rescue crews still hopeful they’ll find missing teen swimmer in South Fork River

  Wounded warrior given keys to new home

  Cramerton neighbors, businesses deal with rising South Fork River water

  Flood waters force boats away from docks on Mountain Island Lake

  Police: Duo asked to use Gaston Co. man’s cell phone, stole $600 using app transfer

Police: Armed man with identifying tattoo robs Gastonia store

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  VIDEO: Woman steals tip jar from restaurant in Gastonia

  Man convicted of killing UNCC student granted new trial based on weak DNA evidence

Disney ‘Frozen’ actress donates hundreds of classroom supplies to Belmont teacher

Driver dies after hitting mailbox, over correcting in Gaston County

Gaston County to prohibit tobacco use on government grounds, parks and indoor public places

Gastonia Police looking for man accused of trying to hit medical official with jeep

  Pastor puts up brand new cross after someone set cross on fire in front of Gaston Co. church

The incident happened early Wednesday morning at the Loray Baptist Church on West Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia.

  Transformer failure temporarily knocks out power throughout Town of Dallas

A blown transformer at an electrical substation off of S. Rhyne Street in Dallas took out power for around 3,600 residents of the community late Friday evening.

  One killed in Gastonia crash

Police say 54-year-old Darren Woomer was driving a 2014 Infiniti SUV when the vehicle veered off the road, struck a fire hydrant and a tree before flipping on top of a concrete handicap spot.

  CaroMont Health to build hospital in Gaston County with $300 million investment

If you’ve found that owning a home or renting an apartment is cheaper in Gaston County than living in Charlotte – you are not alone. As more people move outside the limits of the Queen City, hospitals in Gaston are dealing with overcrowding from time to time.

No injuries reported after truck rear-ends school bus carrying 20 children in Gastonia

  High school student being held on $1 million bond for ‘communicating threats of mass violence’

  Catawba River drowning victim identified as 19-year-old

Person steals truck from work site, leads police on pursuit in Gaston County

  Gaston County Sheriff’s Office names new award in honor of fallen deputy

  NC school adopts new ‘Smart Helmet Technology’ to track and analyze football impacts

Man tased, accused of assaulting man with broken glass bottle in Gastonia

According to the Gastonia Police Department, officers responded to an assault with a weapon call at about 11:15 a.m. on East Ozark Avenue.

  Trial begins for Charlotte man facing life in prison for death of 14-year-old girl

A Charlotte family says they’re one step closer to closure and justice now that their daughter’s accused killer is finally getting his day in court. Investigators say 14-year-old Taylor Smith was shot and killed because of 20-year-old Darvon Fletcher, who was 18 at the time of the murder.

  Man who drove car into restaurant, killing family members faces additional charges

Roger Self is accused of intentionally driving his car into the Surf and Turf restaurant killing his daughter, Katelyn Self and his daughter-in-law, Amanda Self.

  Man, woman charged with murder of woman found dead in car in Belmont lake

A man and a woman have been charged in connection to a murder after police found a woman dead inside a car that was in a lake in Belmont on May 5.

  Highway Patrol investigating scene of fatal crash near Gastonia on I-85

An accident on I-85 near Gastonia caused at least one fatality on Saturday afternoon, according to State Highway Patrol.

  Gastonia mother wants dog put down after 8-year-old child injured

A Gastonia mother wants her neighbor's dog put down after her child was injured by the dog.

  3 injured, cars heavily damaged in Gaston County crash

According to the Alexis Fire Department, officials responded to a two-vehicle accident on Charles Raper Jonas Highway at Alexis Lucia Road in Alexis around 8 p.m.

  Gastonia couple start petition to save park after city officials lean toward replacing green space with apartments

Center City Park could be turned into apartments if officials in Gastonia move forward with developer.

School bus, FedEx truck involved in accident in Gaston County

According to the Union Road Volunteer Fire Department, the incident happened near the intersection of Patrick Road and Meek Road.

  Stylish Gaston County goat becomes social media sensation

There’s a goat in Gaston County making a name for himself on social media, you might have even seen some of his videos on Facebook. With such a large following, you’d think he’d be a dancing goat or be able to perform some kind of trick, but that’s not it. Billy Gotti the Goat, makes people happy.

  Gaston County looking to be the world’s lithium leader

Piedmont Lithium is a fuel company which operates in Gaston County and now they’re planning to make North Carolina the next prominent supplier.

  Thieves across several counties continue to target church vans for catalytic converters

There’s a growing problem across our area and in some instances it’s been caught on camera. On surveillance video from one church in Shelby, there are two thieves who slide under some vans and officials say they’re going after the catalytic converters.

  Bee swarms near your home? Here’s what to do

Beekeeper says the worst thing you can do if you find a swarm is to spray it.

  Man served multiple warrants following 5-hour police standoff in Gaston County

According to the Gaston County Police Department, the incident happened at a home on Old Spencer Mountain Road in Dallas.

Police investigating arson at severely damaged home in Gastonia

Officials say $18,000 worth of damage was done to the home.

  Thief targets Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gaston, kids suffer

A Gaston County organization that devotes time and resources into its kids has been set back. This is after someone stole the catalytic converters off some vans that The Boys and Girls Club use every day.

Rabies case confirmed in Gaston County

Officials confirmed a rabies case in Gaston County Tuesday afternoon.

Charlotte man arrested in Gaston County for 2018 homicide

The Gaston County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man wanted on an outstanding homicide warrant from 2018.

  ‘We were supposed to grow old together,’ says wife of NC man who died after getting arm caught in conveyor

The Turner family says they got that nightmarish call that husband and father, Eddie Turner, had died on Thursday.

  Defense, state present closing arguments in Mark Carver hearing

We’ll have to wait nearly two months before we find out if a Gaston County man, who’s serving a life sentence for murder, will be released from prison or get a new trial thanks to a new hearing. Mark Carver was convicted of killing UNC Charlotte student Ira Yarmolenko. Investigators said Carver stra

  Gaston County man serving life sentence for murder testifies for a chance at freedom

It’s the day Mark Carver, his family, and many through our area have been waiting for. Carver who was convicted for the 2008 murder of a UNC Charlotte student, along the Catawba River, finall took the stand. He’s fighting to either have the charges against him dropped or be granted a new trial.

Molly’s Kids: 6-week-old Gaston County girl diagnosed with cancer

Lillian Marlowe Howard, 6 weeks old of Gaston County, was just diagnosed with cancer. Caleb and Lauren Howard say Lily was a miracle child.

Police still searching for Gaston County woman missing for 11 years

Jamie Michelle Fraley was 22 years old when she was reported missing from her apartment on the 1800 block of Lowell Bethesda Road - near the intersection with Cramerton Road - on April 11, 2008.

  Mark Carver will testify for the first time starting Thursday morning

For the first time a Gaston County man, serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of a UNC Charlotte student, will get a chance to speak in court to try and clear his name.

  Mark Carver’s former attorneys explain why he never took the stand in 2011 murder trial

We’re finally learning why a Gaston County man never took the stand in his 2011 murder trial. Mark Carver who is serving a life sentence for killing UNC Charlotte student, Ira Yarmolenko, has done several jail house interviews, but never had the chance to speak in court.

  Cleanup underway after storms hit Gaston County Monday

People along East Gaston Avenue in Bessemer City knew bad things were happening as a storm rolled through Monday evening.

  New lease on life for aging textile buildings

Bring up the word ‘textiles’ in the Carolinas and chances are many ears will perk right up.

  Witnesses take stand, say Gaston Co. man may be innocent in murder of UNCC student

We are one step closer to finding out if charges against Mark Carver will be dropped or if he will get a new trial. He’s serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of Ira Yarmolenko. Prosecutors say he strangled the UNC Charlotte student along the banks of the Catawba River.

Gaston County firefighters make cross-state trip to support fallen peer

Brad Hall and Jon Brackett of the Union Road Fire Department in Gastonia trekked over 220 miles on Saturday to pay respects to a 17-year-old NC firefighter who lost his life in a tragic ATV accident the prior weekend.

  Was Mark Carver’s DNA really found on victim’s car? Evidence comes into play during day four of hearing

A courtroom bombshell. Was Mark Carver’s DNA really found on Ira Yarmolenko’s car in 2008? A Gaston county investigator’s testimony called that into question. This is big because DNA played a huge role in this investigation.

  Gaston County man serving life sentence for murder is one step closer to possibly walking free

We’re one step closer to seeing if a man, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder, will walk free. Video that shows the interrogation between Mark Carver and Mount Holly detectives was finally played in court.

  30-year-old man killed in motorcycle crash near Gastonia school identified

The wreck happened before 9:30 a.m. on S New Hope Road between a Walmart and Ashbrook High School.

Man accused of hitting cars, firing shot, causing police to evacuate nearby homes in Gastonia

Police say they got a call about a careless and reckless driver that struck other vehicles on Marcela Drive around 4 p.m.

  Daughters of man convicted for killing UNC Charlotte student say father is innocent

Family members of a man that’s been convicted of killing a UNC Charlotte student in 2008 took the stand in a hearing Wednesday to hopefully get a new trial for Mark Carver. Carver is serving a life sentence for killing Ira Yarmolenko.

Wanted man accused of carjacking coworker with knife could be in Gaston County

Brandon Wayne Morefield, 33, is wanted on one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle in connection with an incident that occurred Wednesday morning.

Man arrested after wrecking stolen van during pursuit in Gastonia

According to the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened after officials were told to be on the lookout for a stolen van out of Charlotte.

  Man seen peering into bedroom at same complex where sex assault, break-in reported

A man was caught peering into a person’s bedroom window at the same Gastonia apartment complex where a man sexually assaulted a woman in January, police say.

Multi-vehicle accident leaves one person injured, lane closed in Gaston Coutny

An accident involving two vehicles in Gaston County Wednesday afternoon resulted in one person being transported to the hospital for minor injuries and a lane to be shutdown along the road.

14-year-old girl found safe after she was reported missing in Gaston County

Alexis Rae Hurley, 14, was found safe Sunday.

  Former Carolina Panther sues the city of Shelby for racial discrimination

A former Carolina Panthers player is suing the city of Shelby over a failed deal involving a multi-million dollar sports complex.

  First responders will receive emotional support in Gaston County

First responders are trained to save our lives, but after hundreds of firefighters committed suicide in just one year - they’re now working to save their own.

  Belmont teen left blind in one eye after friends toss can of spray paint in bonfire

A Belmont teenager is now completely blind in one eye and partially blind in the other after a February incident that took place at a bonfire.

  Names released in fatal officer-involved shooting, house fire in Mt. Holly

Officials first responded to a domestic disturbance call and, upon arriving, say a man in the home set a second-story bedroom on fire.

  Firefighter describes rescue after man falls from Crowder’s Mountain

Just before 8 AM on Friday, Navas Delcis slipped near the edge of the mountain while posing for a picture, falling down 70 feet.

  Gastonia couple gets roof repaired for free after WBTV story airs

An incredible update to a story we brought you on Friday. We introduced you to an elderly couple in Gaston County -- dealing with rain and cold air flowing into their home because of a large hole in the roof.

  Gastonia couple struggles to fix roof as rain turns home into flood zone

A lot of us have complained about how much rain we’re getting, but there’s one family who is desperately hoping the rain will stop. If not, the inside of their house turns into a flooding zone.

  Duo arrested after store owner stabbed, vehicle stolen

32-year-old Billy Joe Franklin III, of Cherryville and 27-year-old Jessica Mae Nations of Gastonia are wanted in connection to a robbery and assault in Lincoln County.

  Former military specialist stops two people from breaking into police car

Delvan Ford, who has worked guarding U.S. Senators in Washington D.C. and is a retired police officer, jumped into action when he heard a potential crime in his neighborhood.

Tree falls, severely damages home in Stanley

According to the Gaston County Firefighter’s Association, the incident happened on East Chestnut Street Ext in Stanley.

  Gaston County debuts the area’s first African-American Museum

The museum has been years in the making. The founder, Dot Guthrie, said she started sharing artifacts and lessons about black history inside a nearby church, but that wasn’t good enough.

  2 students hospitalized after Gaston County school bus crash

Troopers say the crash happened on Dallas High Shoals Highway near Donna Drive in Dallas. A school bus, dump truck and pickup truck were involved in the crash.

  Gastonia police officer suspended following accusations of assaulting a woman

Court documents claim McSwain hit the woman in the face and nose with a vanity stool that he threw at the woman. The incident happened the day after Valentine’s Day.

  Gaston County Commissioner becomes Lyft driver, mingles with celebrities during All-Star weekend

One man who holds a prominent position in Gaston County actually mingled with some famous folks for free. Gaston County Commissioner Chad Brown signed up to be a Lyft driver for the weekend just as joke with his friends. He lucked up was paired to drive a few famous people around uptown.

  Gaston Police searching for missing woman

Gaston County Police are asking for public assistance in finding a woman who was last seen on February 10 off of Katherine Ct. in Dallas, NC.

Fire Marshal: Person sets fire inside Gastonia Walmart

According to the Gastonia Fire Department, the incident happened at the Walmart of Myrtle School Road.

  Mount Holly Army veteran says gun, important family documents were stolen from her home

A Mount Holly Army veteran says a gun and important family documents were stolen from her home.

  Recent rain causes septic tank to overflow for Gaston County man, tips on how to prevent it

We’ve gotten a lot rain over the last few weeks and because of that, you may have noticed your yard is really wet and in some cases there may be standing water. It’s not good and it’s even worse if you have a septic system – especially if it overflows.

  Man struck, killed by train in Gastonia

Police say the man was walking northbound on the tracks with a woman when he was struck. The woman was not injured.