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Man accused of exposing self arrested 7 times in 2 years

This is the seventh time in the last two years Dea Williams has faced a judge on indecent exposure charges. A 16-year-old victim of his told Eyewitness News on Friday that Williams needs to stay in jail. Channel 9 is not identifying the victim. "Cannot believe that he is out ...

Smart meters to track utility usage for Kings Mountain residents

Smart meters in Kings Mountains will help residents track their utility usage. The small city will be the first municipality in the southeast to put all of its utilities on a smart grid. The 1,200 homes and businesses in Kings Mountain are part of the nine-month pilot program. Leaders from ...

Fire investigators said that a house that went up in flames in Gastonia Monday night was intentionally set.

Investigators: Fire set at Gastonia building intentionally set

Fire investigators said that an office building that went up in flames in Gastonia Monday night was intentionally set. Investigators said the building on Kyle Court had been vacant for about a year. Authorities believe the fire was set to go off later, but because it was spotted early they ...

Police: Couple high on bath salts fire gun into the air

Families on Southbrook Drive in Kings Mountain said they finally got peace, when their neighbors were arrested this morning. Police said Donna and Phillip Walls were high on the synthetic drug known as bath salts yesterday.  Donna Walls called 911 and said gang members were after them, according to police. ...

City employee arrested for embezzlement following husband's arrest for assault

Police arrested a Cherryville city employee for embezzlement, just hours after arresting her husband for assault. Jennifer Hoyles is charged with embezzling nearly $2,600 since January. Friday morning, officers arrested her husband Mark Hoyle. Officials said he beat a man so bad it partially collapsed the man's lung. The couple ...

Social Services worker charged with DWI allowed to drive government car

A Gaston County Social Services worker recently charged with DWI has not been suspended or placed on leave, but the department's director said he's no longer allowed to drive a county car on the job. DSS Director Keith Moon said he couldn't go into further details, but said Derrick Hensley ...

Bus hit by train in Gastonia

A train hit a bus in Gastonia on Monday with a dozen people inside. Witnesses said the driver of the bus tried to cross the tracks when the warning arms were down. Witness Anne Wilson cried as she watched Medic helping a woman holding her head. The woman was one ...

Clerk hit in head during morning robbery

Police told Channel 9 that someone held up the Kangaroo Express on Cox Road around 4 a.m. The robber also hit the clerk in the head with a gun, police said. Channel 9 is asking police for a description of the robber. The clerk was taken to the hospital but ...

Trooper: Alcohol, drugs a factor in 3-vehicle crash

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a woman is dead after a three-vehicle wreck happened Friday night west of Dallas, on Dallas Cherryville Highway near Applewood Road.  The accident injured four others. Our news partner, The Gaston Gazette, spoke to Trooper M.A. Fleming who said a 2003 Kia driven ...

Man killed after being hit by pickup truck

Eyewitness News is waiting to hear back from police about a man struck and killed by a car Friday night in Belmont. According to our news partner, The Gaston Gazette, the man died after being struck on Wilkinson Boulevard around 7:55 p.m. Friday. The driver of the pickup truck told ...

Gaston Co. man rushes to save animals from burning barn

A Gaston County man rushed into his burning barn to save his animals on Tuesday morning. “He is obviously scared to death,” Donnie Nichols said of his dog, Charlie. Charlie has burns all over his back from the fire that nearly took his life. “He was on the ground crying, ...

Family of crash victim wants to help connect victims with loved ones

The family of a Gaston College student who was killed in a car crash is speaking to firefighters about a simple way to connect victims with loved ones. Andy Hovis, 20, was critically hurt in a crash on Dallas-Cherryville Highway in 2010.  Investigators said a driver blacked out at the ...

I-85 south in Gastonia shut down after accident

Interstate 85 was shut down Thursday afternoon after an accident involving a tractor-trailer, officials said. The southbound lanes of interstate has been shut down at exit 19 and traffic is already backed up for at least two miles. Officials said a tractor-trailer is leaking diesel fuel from its saddle tanks. ...

Prosecutors hope to finish robbery trial before witness dies

Prosecutors are hurrying to convict three suspected robbers because doctors said the victim has only a few months to live. Sadie Owens was robbed of her cancer medication last year. She said she’s hoping to get justice before she dies. "I have colon cancer. I am on chemotherapy. I'm terminal," ...

Severe weather sends one to hospital, damages homes

Severe weather Monday night toppled trees, power lines and even sent one person to the hospital. The storms didn't last that long but you wouldn't know it by looking at some of the places affected in Charlotte and Gaston counties. In the South Point neighborhood of Belmont, leaves blanketed some ...

Strong storms down trees, power lines, NWS reports

A series of strong storms moved through the Charlotte area Thursday afternoon and evening, leading to several reports of downed trees and power lines.  Paramedics in Burke County responded to reports that someone was struck by lightning in the area of the Steele Creek Park and Campground. So far, emergency ...

Gaston Co. tax collection will soon hit 14 cities’ wallets

Soon, many cities in Gaston County will have to pick up the tab for a new expense. Until now, the county has paid to collect taxes for those cities, but recently announced it was going to stop the collections. Freida Mull has lived in her Gastonia home and paid taxes ...

Couple accused of selling synthetic drugs faces felony charges

The owners of a Gaston County smoke shop are now facing felony charges. The charges came months after agents raided a store owned by Todd and Ginger Short and seized synthetic drugs, because it took several months for a crime lab to test some of the synthetic drugs found there. ...

Police: Gaston Co. family caught selling prescription drugs

Police say a Gaston County family is in trouble for selling prescription drugs. Gaston County police said they arrested Randy and Barbara Plemmons, their 18-year-old daughter Kayla, and her boyfriend, William Coleman. The four are charged with more than 40 felony drug and trafficking charges for selling prescription drugs like ...

‘Banshee’ filming moves to Gastonia for lunch Wednesday

Filming for a new TV show made lunch lines in Gastonia a little longer on Wednesday. A small army of specialists and set workers took over Miles Cafeteria. They used the hometown restaurant as a backdrop for the Cinemax series “Banshee.” Police stopped traffic for a few minutes during shooting ...

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