The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board will meet in closed session on Tuesday to discuss the performance of Superintendent Earnest Winston. Tuesday's special meeting comes as Winston is under fire from board leadership and lawmakers in Raleigh over his handling of reported sexual violence at CMS schools.
Records obtained by WBTV from lawsuits in Ohio and South Carolina show there were concerns about the finances at Greens of Rock Hill long before the former CFO was hired and charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston is under fire and facing new questions from state lawmakers as well as the chairwoman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board, according to new documents obtained by WBTV. The questions related to Winston's claims and recently-announced policy changes regarding how the district handles reported rapes and sexual assaults.
During the Charlotte City Council meeting Monday evening, Republican Councilman Tariq Bokhari made allegations that City Manager Marcus Jones and Mayor Vi Lyles conspired on a vote for council to hurriedly approve federal covid dollars in order to move forward with the Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative, which was announced just a week later.
WBTV Investigates: Emails and text messages between department leaders show that a response to the massive water main break and Frequently Asked Questions were only being drafted and finalized past midnight the day of the break, nearly eight hours after it happened
An attorney for current and former students at Hawthorne Academy and Myers Park high schools has asked the U.S. Department of Education to open a new investigation into Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools over the district's handling of reported sexual violence. The call for a new investigation comes amidst an ongoing WBTV investigation into the school district.
McCrae Dowless, the political operative at the center of the 9th Congressional District scandal in 2018, pleaded not guilty to charges related to election fraud in Wake County court on Monday. His trial set set for late August.
A student at Hawthorne Academy High School said she was forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement after reporting being sexually assaulted by a classmate in 2019. Her story comes one week after WBTV first revealed a Hawthorne Academy student who was suspended after reporting a sexual assault. CMS leaders refuse to answer questions.
Myers Park High School Principal Mark Bosco stepped down as the school’s top administrator Wednesday. He has been reassigned to an administrative role within CMS. The move comes after Bosco was suspended in early August as the district investigated Bosco's handling of reported rapes and sexual assaults at the school.
Court cases across North Carolina are backed up, especially in criminal court. In Mecklenburg County, things are even more delayed, as judicial officials put off resuming in-person trials as other counties re-open their doors.
The WBTV Investigates team found several other customers who also had issues with the contractor and all of them claim they found him from online websites connecting consumers with contractors, raising questions about how the websites operate.
A N.C. House committee held a hearing on problems that have led to a massive liquor shortage in the state. The hearing was announced days after a WBTV investigation found the issues were tied to a new state contract that started over the summer. Lawmakers said Wednesday's hearing left them with more questions than answers.
North Carolina and South Carolina are each facing a severe shortage of inpatient beds to treat mentally ill kids and teens. As a result, some children are going without the treatment they need and others, in crisis, are spending days or weeks in the emergency room waiting for a bed to open up.
Records provided to WBTV from an Atrium employee show that on numerous occasions there have been shortages of registered nurses and healthcare technicians across virtually all departments at the CMC, including critical care.
A task force formed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to evaluate how the district handles reports of sexual violence and other discrimination is operating in secret, with district leaders refusing to share details of who is on the task force or what work the group is doing.
Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather said he will not order an outside review of reported rapes and sexual assaults at Myers Park High School by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, despite a half-dozen women saying police did not thoroughly investigate their cases.
The chairman of the N.C. ABC Commission resigned on Friday. His resignation comes as the state grapples with liquor shortages, sparked in part by supply chain issues but also a new state contract that has led to delayed and missing liquor shipments to local ABC boards across the state.