Local Student Mourned; Uptown Rape Reported

It's back to work...and back to school for many today following the Labor Day holiday!

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 2 September 2014, from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  We are hard at work right now, putting together our newscasts that you'll see from 4:30 to 9 AM today.  Be sure your television is on now so you won't miss a minute of Charlotte's only Emmy Award winning newscast.

This morning, students at Hickory High School plan to honor a teen killed in a car accident. 17- year-old Jake Robertson was a passenger in the car...and was killed.  His best friend, 17-year old David Engelmann, was driving, and police say he had been drinking.   We'll be LIVE with more details on how friends and others plan to remember Robertson.

Police are investigating this morning after they say a woman was raped in uptown Charlotte.  It happened between two and four Saturday morning near the 300 block of South College Street, near 3rd Street.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer is due in court on domestic violence charges...following an incident in Union County.

Breaking overnight news: a man is dead and an officer was wounded during a shooting in the Upstate.  Police say a man came to the law enforcement center in Greenville last night and shot at the locked doors and a window.  An officer who returned fire was wounded...the shooter apparently then turned the gun on himself.

We're on your side with a crime alert, as two violent robbers are on the run.  We have a surveillance picture from the Food Lion on Sunset Drive in Monroe Sunday.  Police want to know if you can identify the crooks.

It's going to be another HOT day out there today...but how about this, there's actually a sign of fall in the air!  Experts have already noticed some fall color in the highest elevations of the North Carolina mountains around Boone, but they say that is no indication of what this year's fall foliage will be like.  Appalachian State University biology professor Howie Neufeld told The Charlotte Observer that vivid red can be seen on the leaves of some red and sugar maples near Boone.

Speaking of weather...Al Conklin, Charlotte's most experienced morning meteorologist, will have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.

Our Kristen Miranda will be in the Alert Center...checking the wires and other sources for any late breaking news or videos...and bring them to us immediately!  No other station can bring you the latest news any faster.

All that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV...and then be sure to switch to the Bounce Channel as we're on from 7 to 9 AM.  Hope to see you then!