Union County

  20-year-old Monroe man donates school supplies directly to families in need

He says he was inspired to do something to help kids, after seeing news stories about children separated from their parents at the Mexico border.

Third arrest made in killing of NC mother of five

Union County man arrested after being shot during domestic disturbance

Man arrested after detectives seize drugs, $100k in stolen items including knights armor suit, porcelain bath tub

  Police: Someone shot up 27 Monroe properties with BB guns in one night

Union Co. man shot by father-in-law, wife tazed by deputy during domestic dispute

Driver accused of firing gun in Union County road rage incident

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‘Good-hearted person’: Friend describes woman recovered from Lake Wateree

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

Man accused of brutal assault on woman at Wingate University

  Man stabbed to death during robbery at Union County home, deputies say

  Woman fatally shot, 2 children injured during home invasion in Monroe

2 charged in connection to shooting in Walmart parking lot in Indian Trail

  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.

  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.

  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.

  American Legion discovers tools missing from community center construction site

The group made a disheartening discovery – some of their working tools were whisked away in the night.

  Community disturbed by fisherman’s ‘cruel and unusual’ discovery in Lake Park

Governor signs state disaster declaration for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties

  Deputies: Shots fired in Walmart parking lot in Indian Trail after failed iPhone sale

  Bomb-making materials found in boxes of donated items in Union County

Backpack full of weapons found, 3 juveniles detained after Indian Trail gas station robbed at knifepoint

  Driver, semi-truck located in connection to missing woman’s death in Monroe

Union County Sheriff’s Office investigates shooting in Waxhaw

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

NC man gets two life sentences for ‘repeatedly raping elementary school girl’

A jury in Union County found a man guilty of multiple sex offenses involving a minor that occurred repeatedly between 2007 and 2008.

  Deputies believe woman who disappeared after leaving for work is ‘alive and safe’

Amanda Jo Maske, 41, of Marshville, was reported missing Wednesday afternoon after family was unable to contact her. Maske reportedly left home early Wednesday morning and was driving to her job in Raeford, NC.

Wingate Police chief suddenly resigns, town officials confirm

Wingate Interim Town Manager Brad Sellers confirmed that now-former police chief Donnie Gay resigned from his position on June 5, 2019.

  Union Academy headmaster will not return after contract expires

According to the Board Chair for Union Academy, Dr. Ann Walters’ contract expires at the end of the month.

  New upgraded Community Shelter set to open in Union County

On June 17th, a new Community Shelter will open in Union County that will serve those struggling families and individuals.

  Union County sergeant injured in high-speed crash

Charges are pending against a driver accused of traveling at speeds of 120 mph before crashing into a Union County sergeant’s patrol car early Thursday morning.

  Indian Trail man connects with mayor to plan charitable event in honor of late brother

Will Davis’ little brother Donqwavias - or, Quay - was well-loved in Indian Trail.

  Deputy suffers bruised ribs, principal hurt after school fight leads to arrests in Union Co.

A deputy suffered bruised ribs and the principal was hurt after a school fight led to arrests in Union County Friday.

  Items stolen from Indian Trail business while owner away for Memorial Day weekend

An Indian Trail business owner is hoping the thieves who stole from his store will be brought to justice.

  Indian Trail boy ‘pays it forward’ after community helps replace stolen bike

Because of a caring community, the teen has new wheels now.

Man arrested on statutory rape charges in Union County

Detectives said the investigation revealed that John Howard Bradford met the teen through a mutual acquaintance and that the “illicit contact likely occurred several times over the past few months.”

2 arrested after man robbed at gunpoint after being lured to Indian Trail for sex

The two suspects, Medina and Prudente remain in jail and face a number of charges, including robbery with a dangerous weapon and several drug offenses in connection with this matter.

  Union County school crossing guard named NC School Hero, awarded $10K

Jerome Sutton, a crossing guard with Sun Valley Middle School in Indian Trail, brightens the day of the parents and students who see him every morning and afternoon on their way to and from school.

  Local high school student battling incurable condition graduates top of her class

Being a high school student is tough enough. But, Bella Mallozzi says she wasn’t going to let a rare brain condition hold her back from reaching her dreams.

  Vice President Pence discusses U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement at Union Co. plant

The Vice President shared the impact the agreement may have on North Carolina farmers during his visit for the Charlotte Republican National Convention Kickoff.

  One of Monroe’s oldest homes set to be demolished, neighbors saddened over loss of historic landmark

One of the oldest homes in Monroe area set to be demolished.

School resource officer, school staff save maintenance worker in cardiac arrest in Union County

A school resource officer, along with a school receptionist and a school nurse, helped save a maintenance worker who was in cardiac arrest in Union County in April.

  Man found dead in vehicle in Union County identified

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation is happening on Howey Bottoms Road in Indian Trail.

  Local family-run hardware store thrives after decades of female leadership

Just a few days before Mother’s Day, we’re introducing three generations of women, keeping a local business alive in Indian Trail, going up against big box stores, and some preconceived notions about their industry.

  Coyotes are lurking in Union Co. Here’s why experts say there might be more sightings

Wildlife experts say there are two reasons you might be seeing more coyotes out during the day over the next few months - and while part of it deals with nature, the other factor could be economic growth.

  Union County Schools propose changes to ban vaping products in schools for students

The policy committee introduced changes to specifically add in language to ban Juul and vaping products at school for students

  Quick-thinking School Resource Officer saves elementary school student

Deputy Sheriff Tiffany Hill was in the school office when she heard a child violently coughing in the hallway. Her quick actions may have saved that child's life.

  Lockdown lifted following police activity near Monroe Middle, Monroe High

Monroe Middle School and Monroe High School were placed on lockdown Friday afternoon due to reports of shot being fired in the area.

  Missing 90-year-old man located in Cleveland County

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, 90-year-old Elliott Parker Ross was safely located in Cleveland County.

  Father charged with killing 2-year-old son who died from ‘intentional blunt force trauma’

Alden John Whitehead, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 2-year-old son, Louis-Charles “Louis” Gilbert Chenier.

  Union Co. farmer creates seasonal ‘hay art’ for neighbors

It’s called “redneck hay art,” if you ask its creator.

  Former Matthews teacher accused of online sex crimes involving minor

The Union County Sheriff’s Office (USCO) says they “found no evidence of physical activity with children," however they say the inappropriate activity was committed strictly online.

  Humane Society of Union County in need of fosters, adoptions

The Humane Society of Union County is a 501c3 nonprofit that takes in animals and will one-day be adopted out.

  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.

Indian Trail man accused of illegally removing median in neighborhood

Ryan Kevin Smith, 32, is charged with two counts of injury to real property and one count of felony conversion. Smith allegedly removed the median from Braxton Drive in the Brandon Oaks neighborhood.

  Veteran walks 607 miles, through tornadoes and storms, makes one request

Army veteran walks 600-plus miles to raise awareness for veteran's health and suicide prevention.

  Union Co. jail volunteer collects books from strangers to give to inmates

“They’re worn, they’re torn, they can’t have them anymore.” A volunteer says the jail's books aren't in great shape. So, she’s meeting strangers in parking lots to collect theirs.

  Another painful milestone for Kilah Davenport’s family

Kilah Davenport died from complication of a horrible case of abuse on March 13, 2014.

Multiple Union County businesses broken into during overnight smash-and-grab spree

Several businesses in Indian Trail are dealing with damages after an overnight spree of break-ins in which the thieves used rocks to smash through the glass storefronts.

  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.

  Monroe police chase ends with rollover crash on I-485 in south Charlotte

Monroe police tried to pull over a silver Nissan with a false license plate, but the car didn’t stop.

  Man wanted for robbing ALDI store at gunpoint in Indian Trail

The man, armed with a handgun, led employees to the safe where he robbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash.

  Thieves ransack home after mom passes away in Monroe

A Monroe man's mom died less than two weeks ago. Then, he finds her home ransacked - sentimental items, stolen.

  13-year-old middle school student hit, killed by train in Monroe

Police say they found the middle school aged boy dead on the railroad tracks. The initial investigation determined he was hit by a train, but not at a specific train crossing.

  Local photographer uses unique skills to help client hurt badly in Monroe crash

A local photographer recognized a Monroe man badly hurt in a crash as one of her clients. Now, she's taking the lead to help him and his family.

  Indian Trail mother says vase, flowers, Jesus statue were stolen from son’s gravesite

Indian Trail resident Nancy Beck has turned to the police for assistance after several items disappeared from her son’s gravesite in Sunset Memory Gardens and Mausoleum off Lawyers Road in Mint Hill.

  Residents report contractor who reportedly scammed 76-year-old, multiple others, out of hundreds

Some homeowners in the area say a man working as contractor collects hundreds of dollars in deposits, and never starts the job.

  29-year-old man reported missing in Union County

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Forrest Stephen Treat was last seen in the Arbor Glen neighborhood in Indian Trail around 11 a.m. on Monday.

Union County deputy charged with assault on a female

Christopher Scott Horne, 49, was served a criminal summons Friday afternoon and is now on administrative duty pending the outcome of the case.

  Pennsylvania sex offender accused of sexually exploiting NC teen

Deputies say they were notified in June 2018 that a man was exchanging sexually explicit messages with a teen in Union County. Deputies began investigating and identified Christian Winterhalter as the suspect, who they say send nude images of himself to the victim.

3,000-gallon sanitary sewer overflow reported in Union County

The overflow began at around 10:30 a.m. lasting until 1 p.m. and is estimated at 3,000 gallons, of which 1,000 gallons entered The 12 Mile Basin Tributary #2.

  Owner facing charges after reports of starving, roaming horses eating tree bark

A man is facing animal cruelty charges after refusing to seek treatment for his horses, who were thin and roaming freely, deputies say.

  Union County School Board officials consider reevaluating Kindergarten curriculum

Testing continues to be a hot topic in the North Carolina school system. Just last month state Superintendent Mark Johnson vowed to lessen testing in schools, starting at younger grade levels.

  Woman killed in Union County house fire identified

One person was killed after a fire erupted at a home in Union County early Friday morning.

  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.

  Driver injured when dump truck overturns in Indian Trail

The crash happened before 4:30 p.m. on Indian Trail Fairview Road between Faith Church Road and N. Rocky River Road.

  Traffic shift coming as crews work to convert US-74 intersections into superstreets in Union County

Officials say this design will improve safety by reducing the chance for intersection crashes and decrease travel time with simplified traffic signal timing.

Marijuana, heroin, money, guns seized in multiple traffic stops in Union County

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the narcotics unit wrapped up the first week of the 2019 with a productive Friday.

  Crews pull car out of pond in Union County water rescue

Upon arrival, officials found a vehicle mostly submerged in a retention pond behind Rock Rest Elementary.

  How busy is the new Monroe Expressway?

The Monroe Expressway in Union County is one month old. Drivers who ride the toll road will soon start receiving invoices in the mail.

Man ‘viciously’ attacked by two pitbulls inside Indian Trail home

A man was visiting a friend’s home in Union County when he was “viciously” attacked by two pitbulls Thursday morning.

  Elementary school traffic director hit by truck, suffers three broken ribs

Union County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Tahira Stalberte says a truck hit the traffic director at Rocky River Elementary School.