WBTV Investigates

  Charlotte man arrested for rape, incest, more involved at family wellness center than first revealed

A Genesis Project 1 employee told reporters Thursday that Henry Black Jr. hasn’t been involved at Genesis since 2008, but records obtained by WBTV show otherwise.

  ICE: Nearly 500 undocumented immigrants released from NC jails despite detainer

  NC National Guard soldiers go without pay, health insurance as they prepare for combat deployment

  Consumer Advice: How to prepare for Dorian

  Local body shop owner faces criminal charge after WBTV investigation

  DA Merriweather: Change in officer-involved shooting protocols not tied to recent shootings

  Investigation: CMS bus drivers still on roster after multiple accidents

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  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

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

  Police, school district alerted to concerns with Lincolnton principal a decade before arrest for sex crimes, records show

  Lawsuit filed against Kia of Gastonia after WBTV Investigation

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

  Truck drivers lose licenses after driving school ‘lost’ their records

  With new second-in-command, Charlotte Diocese hopes to increase transparency surrounding sex abuse allegations

The new second-in-command of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte outlined a plan to reporters Monday morning to increase transparency surrounding how the local church handles cases in which priests and other clergy are accused of sex abuse.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  CMPD unsure how to prevent online rental scams until there’s a victim

Real estate agent asks who investigates online fraud after her complaint fell on deaf ears.

  UNC Board of Governors chairman issues statement defending interim president following WBTV story, dodges request for interview

The chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors issued a statement defending the system’s interim president, Bill Roper, in response to a WBTV investigation that found Roper repeatedly failed to properly disclose his seats on two corporate boards on state ethics forms.

  UNC System head, former UNC Health Care CEO didn’t disclose corporate board seats that paid millions on ethics forms

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

  Meck Commissioners warned about conducting business over email

  Dowless, associates turn themselves in on new charges as attorney questions timing of indictment

  Put money in your pocket through the Equifax settlement

  McCrae Dowless, associates face new charges in NC-9 election fraud investigation

  Top VA doctor still on the job despite recommendation, pledge for removal after sexual harassment scandal

The top doctor at the Salisbury VA Medical Center is still in his supervisory role, months after a WBTV investigation exposed a recommendation that he be removed from any supervisory position of his mishandling of a sexual assault claim.

Feds seize nearly $1.5 million from accounts of PAC tied to mega-donor indicted in political bribery case

The FBI seized nearly $1.5 million from a political action committee tied to mega-donor Greg Lindberg, who was indicted in April on charges related to an alleged political bribery scheme.

  ‘Backlog’ at state level allows elected officials to violate campaign rules with impunity

Hundreds of candidates and elected officials in local office have been able to violate campaign rules without ever being penalized by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  WBTV, media coalition file petitions to access sealed records in Catholic abuse lawsuit

WBTV and a coalition of other Charlotte media outlets have filed two petitions in court to access sealed records filed as part of two civil lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte regarding priest sexual abuse.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

  Judge hears petition for release of law enforcement video in chase that left one dead, one injured

A superior court judge says he will make a decision by Friday on whether to release law enforcement video from a police chase in Gaston County last week that left one dead and another seriously injured.

Mother, convicted for going into hiding with her daughter, appeals sentence

A mother who went into hiding with her daughter for more than a year has been convicted by a Union County jury on one charge of obstruction of justice.

  Mayor Lyles: Charlotte won’t ‘tolerate’ Trump rally ‘send her back’ chants at RNC 2020

Her statement was in response to “send her back” chants from the crowd at a rally for President Donald Trump in Greenville, NC on Wednesday.

  NCGA budget has millions in earmarks for parks, water infrastructure in mostly Republican districts

A study of earmarks for local park projects and water and sewer infrastructure improvements included in the budget passed by the North Carolina General Assembly found 91 percent of the earmarked money is slated to go to Republican districts if the current budget were to become law.

  Auto repair shop faces allegations of damaging cars to drive up costs

The North Carolina Department of Insurance confirms it is also investigating a similar complaint filed by an insurance company against Charlotte Body & Paint.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

  Jury convicts mother who went on the run with her daughter

A mother who went into hiding with her daughter for more than a year has been convicted by a Union County jury on one charge of obstruction of justice.

  Man accused in Steak ‘N Shake shooting released from prison two years before maximum sentence date

Court records show Eddie Doh served 89 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact in the murder of 17-year-old Aerial Patterson.

  Evidence starts in trial against mom who went into hiding with her daughter

Prosecutors began presenting evidence on Wednesday in the trial against Kristy Brooks, a Union County mom who went into hiding with her daughter in December 2015.

  WBTV investigation leads to government action against local pool company

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors revoked the license for Charlotte Fiberglass Pools.

  Judge denies Meck GOP restraining order request against county commissioners

Mecklenburg County Republican Party Chair Chris Turner filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order against county commissioners claiming that they violated open meeting laws by emailing and discussing budget amendments in private instead of talking about them in a public meeting.

  Union Co. Sheriff withheld text messages, deputies deleted records in Kristy Brooks case

The Union County Sheriff’s Office withheld text messages and deleted other related to the investigation into Kristy Brooks, the Union County mom who went into hiding with her child in late 2015 before turning herself into authorities in January 2017.

Hearing set for Monday in Meck GOP lawsuit against county commission over budget process

Mecklenburg GOP claims county commissioners violated open meetings laws during the FY2020 budget process and that the budget should be put on hold because of it.

  Mecklenburg commissioners put quarter cent sales tax on ballot

If passed by voters, the new sales tax would generate roughly $50 million in revenue with $22.5 million going to arts and culture.

Republicans sue Meck County Commissioners over budget transparency

WBTV uncovered several emails between commissioners showing that some of them made motions, suggestions and asked questions before the budget amendment vote in May.

  Taxes increasing $100+ a month for more than 23,000 Mecklenburg property owners

In some areas like Villa Heights and the Cherry neighborhood, assessed property values tripled even if little to no work was done on the homes.

  New court filing points to possible plea deal in federal case against Alex Underwood, deputies

Federal prosecutors say plea negotiations are ongoing in the federal criminal case against former Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood, his chief deputy and a lieutenant at the office.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  Charlotte leaders hit reset on new comp time policy

The proposed policy would limit exempt employees to retaining 80 comp hours per year.It would also prohibit managers from accruing comp time.

  UNC Hospitals’ dark money contribution approved by CFO, record shows

A WBTV investigation has identified the senior UNC Hospitals administrator who approved using state money to contribute to a dark money advocacy organization earlier this year. Previously, the hospital said the payment was made in error.

  Lawsuit filed against Kia of Gastonia claims employees ‘condoned customers inflation of their income’

For months WBTV has uncovered allegations from Kia of Gastonia customers that their income was inflated on their credit applications without their knowledge.

  NC vehicle safety inspections don’t cover rust and a local grandmother paid the price for it.

She filed a complaint with the North Carolina Department of Justice claiming the car was falling apart after only her second time driving it.

  UNC Hospitals makes contribution to dark money group, asks for refund after WBTV investigation

The UNC Hospitals system wrote a check from a state account in January of this year that, in part, was intended to fund a dark money political organization, records obtained by WBTV show.

  McCready announces plan to lower Rx prices, bashes Bishop on healthcare record

Besides focusing on his own plan McCready criticized Bishop for his track record of votes on healthcare in North Carolina’s General Assembly.

  City staffers knew about Cross Charlotte Trail budget months before manager, council and public

New emails obtained by WBTV raise questions about whether some staff members attempted to “hide” information about the Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT) from the manager’s office.

  City employees facing major pay changes but HR director mum on details

The proposed policy would limit exempt employees to retaining 80 comp hours per year even though some employees currently earn in excess of 240 hours in a year.

  More Kia of Gastonia customers say their loan applications were falsified

In May WBTV exposed allegations of irregular loan applications in which customers' incomes, jobs and in some cases even the cars they bought were falsified.

  NC House reinstates Hurricane Recovery Committee as new reports find improper spending of relief funds

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced the re-reinstatement of the Hurricane Recovery Committee on Tuesday, just one day after a second report found questionable spending of money intended to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

  Meck. Sheriff fires back after criticisms from U.S. Attorney over 287g, detainers for undocumented immigrants

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Gary McFadden said he “dared” anyone to say he wasn’t concerned public safety after US Attorney Andrew Murray claimed McFadden’s policies were putting people in danger.

  Mecklenburg Co. Commissioners Chairman blasts fellow commissioner, media after being questioned on open meetings violation

The chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners opened Tuesday’s night’s meeting with a monologue that attacked a fellow commissioner and local media after questions surfaced about whether the commissioners violated state open meetings laws in discussing changes to the county’s budget

  US Attorney critical of Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff over ICE policies, files federal charges against man in May SWAT standoff

Andrew Murray, the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, was critical of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff on Monday, as his office filed a federal criminal charge against a man who was twice released from the county jail after being arrested on charges related to domestic

  New emails show more private budget wrangling by county commissioners

Questions for the commissioners began earlier this week after Commissioner Pat Cotham revealed an email sent from Chairman George Dunlap to the commissioners outlining the agreed-upon amendments that would be made to the budget.

  Bishop frequently absent from senate while campaigning for NC-9 seat

State Senator Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) has missed a majority of votes on bills, motions and amendments during the 2019 session, records show, as he campaigns for a seat in Congress.

  NC elections board member criticizes chairman, selection process for new director

North Carolina State Board of Elections member Ken Raymond is not happy with the process that led to Karen Brinson Bell being hired as the agency’s new executive director.

  Meck BOCC Chairman touts transparency, then declines to answer questions on budget

Just minutes after touting how transparent the county commission’s budget process was, Mecklenburg BOCC Chairman George Dunlap refused to answer basic questions about commissioners’ budget adjustment requests.

  Police training remains intact, council salaries unmoved after Charlotte budget talks

After WBTV Investigates reported on some Charlotte council members exploring whether they could increase their salary by cutting CMPD crisis intervention training, council sought a massive course correction and clarification of what their intentions were.

  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.

Council members propose cutting police training budget to give themselves a raise

During a City of Charlotte budget briefing Wednesday Councilman Braxton Winston requested the city manager raise city council and the mayor’s salaries in the FY2020 budget proposal. Council members Matt Newton and LaWana Mayfield asked city staff about cutting $1 million in police training.

  Couple stuck with medical bills after Laser Spine Institute closes

The Towell's filed a complaint with the Florida Attorney General's office detailing the all of the problem's they had trying to get authorization and answers from the Laser Spine Institute.

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

A senior VA leader-turned-whistleblower is breaking his silence for the first time to detail the way he says his case has been mishandled, as the VA office responsible for investigating whistleblower complaints is investigated itself by the agency’s internal watchdog.

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

The Office of Inspector General for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is conducting a review of North Carolina’s agency that distributes federal aid money intended to help rebuild from hurricanes.

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

At no point has it been my intention to get or publish the actual video of Ofc. Sheldon being shot and dying.

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

It turned into an afternoon of each Dan trying to label the other.

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

Dan Bishop was declared the winner of the Republican primary Tuesday night and will represent the GOP in the special election for the open house seat in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in September.

  Republican candidates face off in primary NC District 09 election

Ten Republican candidates for the NC-9 Congressional faced off in a primary election Tuesday, with Dan Bishop declared the winner of the Republican primary.

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

As sheriff of Chester County, Alex Underwood ran his agency with fear and intimidation, sometimes using his power and authority to intimidate political rivals, a former deputy who worked for Underwood told WBTV in an exclusive interview.

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

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

Criminal charges have been dropped against a Chester County man and his mother who were both arrested in November 2018, paving the way for a federal investigation that has led to the county’s sheriff and two deputies being indicted.

  NC state elections board set to hire new director

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is set to vote to replace its current director during a telephonic meeting on Monday, multiple sources confirm to WBTV.

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

An internal poll obtained by WBTV shows Dan Bishop with a commanding lead in the Republican primary race for the 9th Congressional District.

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

The Panthers are petitioning the City of Charlotte to allow them to build signs and branding along with a new practice facility for the team.

  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.