E-Scooters involved in dozens of accidents, used to commit crimes

A records request by WBTV found that CMPD have responded 76 calls involving rental scooters between Mat 2018 and March 2019.

  Senior VA leader: VA has ‘lost touch with its values’ as whistleblower office is investigated for mishandling complaints

  HUD Inspector General reviewing NC recovery efforts as new report outlines slow, wasteful spending

Reporter’s Notebook: Why I petitioned the court for video related to the shooting of Officer Jordan Sheldon

McCready, Bishop work to define which ‘Dan’ is best for District 9

  Dan Bishop wins primary, will represent Republican Party in NC-9 special election

  Republican candidates face off in primary NC District 09 election

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  Former deputy details culture of fear, retaliation and intimidation under Alex Underwood

  Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Charges dropped against Chester man and mother whose arrest led to indictment of sheriff, deputies

  NC state elections board set to hire new director

  Internal poll is latest to show Bishop leading NC-9 Republican primary

  Reporters, public turned away from community meeting on Panthers practice bubble

  Gaston County dealership faces allegations of falsifying consumers’ income and information to sell cars

Customers claim they were given loans that were exorbitant an impossible to afford while the dealership gave them cash to offset payments in the short-term.

  Chester County sheriff suspended after being indicted on federal charges

Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood has been suspended and an interim sheriff appointed after Underwood, his chief deputy and a lieutenant were indicted by a federal grant jury.

  NCDMV cancels training for new hires to prepare for ‘peak demand’ this summer

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has cancelled basic training for new driver license examiners as it prepares for an expected uptick in customers seeking a new license or ID card this summer.

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  NC Attorney General files ‘investigative demand’ against Charlotte Fiberglass Pools

  'I was curious about jihad’: Accused ISIS sympathizer arrested at Charlotte airport

  FBI, SLED raid Chester Co. Sheriff’s Office

  Failed and Forgotten

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

  Charlotte council question response, show support for officers after release of complete body-camera video

Of particular concern to some council members was the apparent lack of medical assistance or attention officers gave Franklin after he was shot.

Records show second officer’s body cameras were off during deadly shooting

Records show the two body cameras assigned to the second officer who was on the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in late March were both turned off on the day of the shooting.

  Early voting sites open in 9th District primary for US House

Early-voting sites open on Wednesday through May 10 in the 9th congressional district's eight counties. Six counties have just one early-voting site open on weekdays during regular business hours. Mecklenburg County has seven sites.

  City Council decided to watch full Franklin shooting video with advice from city attorney, mayor says

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said she and members of the Charlotte City Council made the decision to view the full video from the shooting upon the advice of the city attorney.

  Second officer in Franklin shooting has string of suspensions, records show

The second officer who was on scene during a fatal shooting in March in the parking lot of a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road has a string of disciplinary action stemming from incidents, according to personnel information released by CMPD on Monday.

  CMPD ordered to explain withholding of full Franklin shooting video to judge

A judge has ordered the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to appear in court and explain why the full body camera video depicting the events before, during and after the shooting of Danquirs Franklin was neither provided to a judge to review or released publicly.

  Charlotte tow truck driver without a license caught driving on camera

A tow truck driver with dozens of driving offenses, no driver’s license and several lawsuits has faced few consequences for how his towing company operates.

Dan McCready returns campaign donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar

A spokesperson for McCready says he has returned a $2,000 donation from Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

  Dowless, subpoenaed to appear before federal grand jury, leaves without testifying

McCrae Dowless showed up in Raleigh to appear before a federal grand jury on Tuesday but was turned away.

  State elections board referred case of vote buying. Local DA said there wasn’t even enough evidence to investigate.

A candidate for Lumberton City Council lost her race by one vote in 2015. Records from the NC State Board of Elections show investigators found evidence the woman's opponent had paid three people to vote for him. But the local prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to even investigate.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

  Customers question why complaints against pool company years to investigate

The only case that has been completed was dismissed by the North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors with no punitive action against the company.

  Cross-Charlotte Trail budget shortfall discussed months before public update

Voters have approved $38 million in bonds for the Cross-Charlotte Trail since 2014, including $5 million just this past November. Before last fall's vote staff knew the project had a major funding shortfall.

  NCGOP Chairman, others indicted in federal corruption probe

NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes, who spent a decade in Congress representing a district that stretched from the Charlotte area to Fayetteville, surrendered himself to authorities and made a first appearance at the US Courthouse in Charlotte on Tuesday.

  New lawsuit claims Union Co., Gaston Co. DSS negligent in Wanda Sue Larson abuse case

A new federal lawsuit claims officials at Union County Department of Social Services and the Gaston County Department of Social Services are responsible for abuse suffered by a boy who was found chained to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck at the home was Wanda Sue Larson in November 2013.

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

  Charlotte area financial advisor faces claims of mismanaging investments

Clients of a well-known financial advisor in the Charlotte area claim he squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars by investing in a risky business.

  Former NC State Football player, sports agent pleads guilty to bribing college athletes

Eric Leak, a former football player at North Carolina State University in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s, pleaded guilty Friday to bribing college athletes to hire him as their professional sports agent.

  Financial assistance for Atrium patient stripped without notice

A statement from Atrium says they rolled out a new program to automate billing and financial assistance services. They waived the bills after WBTV got involved.

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  Filing for NC-09 over with 10 Republican candidates, McCready sole Democrat

The election comes after the State Board of Elections voted unanimously in favor of a new election after a hearing on election fraud and absentee ballot tampering in Bladen County.

  Charlotte tow truck driver facing assault charges for two pepper spraying incidents

Court records show David Satterfield has 13 felony convictions as of 2017. Sixteen times he's been convicted of driving offenses including DWI and driving while his license is revoked.

  Charlotte tow truck driver admits to operating company without a driver’s license

WBTV started investigating David Satterfield and his company Automobile Recovery and Parking Enforcement after a tip to the WBTV Investigates line.

  Federal investigators seeking a decade’s worth of information, documents in NC-9 probe

Federal investigators are seeking documents dating back as far as the 2008 election, according to a copy of the grand jury subpoena sent to McCrae Dowless.

  Search warrants offer first details of NC-9 criminal investigation

Three search warrants were unsealed Wednesday, giving new details in the ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District and other races in Bladen County.

  Federal investigators issue subpoenas in NC-9 investigation

The Department of Justice has issued subpoenas for a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

  Matthews pool company being investigated after dozens of customers complain

More than 35 people have reached out to WBTV after the Investigates team exposed a Matthews pool company accused of taking customers money but not finishing the work.

  Fifth arrest made on election-related crimes connected to NC-9 investigation

Two women have now been arrested on election-related crimes connected to the investigation into election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th District.

  Insurance commissioner recorded meeting with donor, NCGOP chairman for FBI investigation

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey made a secret recording of a meeting he attended along with a wealthy donor and the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, according to two sources with knowledge the meeting or the contents of the recording.

WBTV among media coalition seeking to unseal search warrants in NC-9 investigation

A coalition of more than a dozen media outlets, including WBTV, has filed a petition seeking to unseal three search warrants that have been filed by the Wake County District Attorney as part of the criminal investigation into voting irregularities in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

  Church sex abuse survivor speaks out as pastor acknowledges church’s past mistakes

A major Charlotte church has acknowledged mishandling reports of abuse made in the early 1990s by teenagers who alleged a volunteer youth pastor sexually assaulted them.

  Four indicted with McCrae Dowless still not arrested

WBTV Investigates tried tracking down the four people now facing felony charges of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and possession of an absentee ballot.mccrae

  EXCLUSIVE: McCrae Dowless, key figure in NC-9 election fraud case, speaks to WBTV after release from jail

Dowless’s attorney allowed a WBTV reporter to ask him two questions after he was released from jail Thursday.

  Catholic sex abuse survivor breaks silence, calls for action from Charlotte Diocese

An Asheville man who says he was abused by two priests as a young teenager is calling for the Charlotte Diocese to take new steps to publicly address sexual abuse by priests.

  McCrae Dowless indicted, charged with election-related crimes during NC-9 investigation

Dowless, a Bladen County political operative who was hired by Mark Harris to run an absentee ballot operation in Bladen, Robeson and Cumberland Counties in the 2018 election, was also arrested after the indictments became public Wednesday morning.

  Bladen Co. Improvement Association President says he was tipped off about absentee ballot investigation

In an exclusive interview with WBTV, BCIA President Horace Munn says he received the tip before the 2018 primary

  Mark Harris announces he will not run in NC District 9 special election

Harris, who was the unofficial winner of the 9th District election in November, made the announcement just days after a four-day hearing into alleged election fraud held by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  NC Democrats pledge to support Bladen Improvement Association

The Bladen County Improvement Association was brought up time and time again at the 9th Congressional District election hearings.

  Sealed search warrants show SBI sought bank, phone records of McCrae Dowless in NC-9 investigation

Two sealed search warrants filed by Wake County District Attorney Lorin Freeman and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are providing the first clues as to the nature of the criminal investigation into allegations of election fraud in the 9th Congressional District.

What’s next for NC-09 election?

The North Carolina State Board of Elections will start considering dates for the new 9th Congressional district election at their next meeting.

  State Board of Elections votes unanimously to hold new election in NC District 9

On the fourth day of the North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing, the board voted unanimously to hold a new election in the 9th District. Prior to the vote, Republican Mark Harris said he believes there should be a new election.

  ‘It’s clear the public’s confidence in the election has been undermined’: Mark Harris calls for new NC-9 election

In stunning fashion Republican Mark Harris called for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

  All-Star Weekend Towing Tips

Parking will be at a premium near the Spectrum Center for All-Star Weekend. For some drivers it might be tempting to roll the dice and park where you’re not supposed to.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

  A Bladen Co. voter died before election day. His absentee ballot still counted

A Bladen County voter’s absentee ballot was submitted and counted in the 2018 general election, even though he died before election day.

  Records show senior VA leadership accessed private medical records of whistleblower employee

A new report obtained by WBTV shows senior staff within the VA’s regional office that covers North Carolina and Virginia, known as VISN 6, accessed the confidential medical records of an employee who has alleged being the victim of harassment, defamation and retaliation.

Cooper administration provides more details on DMV HQ move in private call for Council of State

Leaders from the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management and the North Carolina Department of Transportation provided more details on the proposed move of the DMV headquarters building from downtown Raleigh Rocky Mount, roughly an hour east, in a private call with members of the Council

  New Elections board gets briefing on NC-9 investigation

Members of the newly-formed North Carolina State Board of Elections spent hours behind closed doors on Thursday receiving a briefing from board staff about the results of an investigation into irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

  Reported hate crimes on the rise in the Carolinas as SC lawmakers push for hate crime statute

For the third year in a row South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard is sponsoring a bill to make hate crimes a punishable offense. South Carolina is one of just five states in the country that has no hate crime statute.

  New legislation would give millions to process untested rape kits, require immediate testing of new kits

New legislation proposed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and spearheaded by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein would provide millions of dollars to process previously untested rape kits and seek to prevent kits from ever sitting untested again.

  Father bought pool for special needs child, left with mess. Other customers also complaining

Customers called the WBTV Investigates hotline to raise concerns about Charlotte Fiberglass Pools and warn potential future customers about their problems.

  80,000 driver’s records wrong due to DMV computer glitch

The driving records of tens-of-thousands of North Carolinians are incorrect in the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ computer system, internal documents obtained by WBTV show.

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

Prosecutors say some state hate crime laws are so weak they "aren't worth the paper they're printed on."

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

  Outgoing VA deputy undersecretary offered last-minute settlement to NC whistleblower

A senior official with the US Department of Veterans Affairs tried to quickly settle a whistleblower complaint from an employee—who alleged retaliation at the agency’s regional office in Durham, NC—just weeks before he left the agency, an email recently obtained by WBTV shows.

  Councilwoman accuses colleagues of misusing public money to try and oust her from seat

A councilwoman in the Village of Marvin, a small town in western Union County, has filed an affidavit in court accusing the village’s mayor and a fellow council member of illegally using public funds to finance a lawsuit to remove her from office.