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9 Investigates: Surgical mistakes kept secret

Mistakes at hospitals happen more often than the public knows, and health care systems pay millions of dollars to keep it that way. They're called "secret settlements" or "confidentiality agreements," and they prohibit patients from telling anyone about hospital wrongdoing.   In a Channel 9 investigation, anchor Sarah Rosario learned ...

9 Investigates: Charlotte domestic violence hot zones

Detective Major Kay grew up along Sampson Road, and now he works in the area as part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Special Victims Division focused on domestic violence. Statistics show that domestic violence is a problem in the area. Police attribute it to a number of variables. Eyewitness News ...

9 Investigates: City workers caught slacking off

Channel 9 investigated city of Charlotte work crews after seeing a Charlotte water truck parked in a cul-de-sac in a torn-down neighborhood on 24th Street.   It's a vacuum truck used to clear sewers. Channel 9 recorded what appeared to be the same truck parked in the same spot, hidden ...

9 Investigates: Surgical mistakes kept secret

Mistakes at hospitals happen more often than the public knows, and health care systems pay millions of dollars to keep it that way. They're called "secret settlements" or "confidentiality agreements," and they prohibit patients from telling anyone about hospital wrongdoing.   In a Channel 9 investigation, anchor Sarah Rosario learned ...

9 Investigates: Veteran CFD official criticized over alleged Facebook post

A top manager at the Charlotte Fire Department is facing criticism over a post he is accused of making on his personal Facebook page.   In December, Eyewitness News reported the city fired another fire department employee because of a social media post.   Eyewitness News anchor Allison Latos investigated ...

9 Investigates: Hazardous waste material in Charlotte

Seven companies in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have faced penalties since 2012 for violations of hazardous waste guidelines, state records show.              Eyewitness News reviewed records of inspection reports by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that show Mecklenburg County accounted for almost half of the companies penalized ...

Action 9: Thieves can use smartphones to break into vehicles or homes

Thieves with a few minutes and $6 can use a smartphone app to copy your key.  Then, they can break into your vehicle or even home. The app is called KeyMe.  You can scan your key and order a copy without having to go to the hardware store.   But think ...

9 Investigates: Allegations that new company is tied to indicted paving business

A newly-formed company is bidding on construction projects in South Carolina. But after receiving emails from its competitors, Eyewitness News found some parts of the business aren't new at all. The company has numerous connections to the Boggs Group of companies. One of the companies was Boggs Paving, which was ...

9 Investigates: Millions in infrastructure improvements on the way for Charlotte

Over the next few months, Charlotte city staff will gather feedback from people who live in Charlotte before making infrastructure changes across the city. Those changes could include wider roads, better sidewalks and new bicycle lanes.   Anchor Natalie Pasquarella found out how changes will be made in five specific ...

9 Investigates: Addictive synthetic marijuana back in stores

What to know: Two brothers reflect on their use of synthetic marijuana and how it affected their lives. In 2013, state lawmakers passed a bill banning synthetic marijuana and chemicals commonly used to make the drug. Prosecutors said it is difficult to pursue the cases because manufacturers tend to stay ...

9 Investigates: Immigrants using marriage to cheat system

Valentine's Day has many thinking about love and romance, but all too often, with love comes broken hearts -- and sometimes broken laws. Marriage fraud is the most common shortcut to U.S. citizenship, and Channel 9 reporter Mark Becker spoke with a local woman who learned that the hard way. ...

9 Investigates: Truckers caught texting behind the wheel

What to know: Channel 9 watched the interstate and caught truck drivers taking their eyes off the road to text and holding cellphones up to their ears.  In 2014, federal and state authorities issued 19,000 citations across the nation for illegal cellphone use. CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Charlotte's highways are full of ...

9 Investigates: Drivers passing stopped school buses

Thousands of children ride a bus to school each morning. Drivers who pass the buses when the stop arm is out is putting the children at risk.   “It makes you angry,” said former Fort Mill school bus driver Brian McCloud. “You’re waving your hand out. You’re yelling, telling them, ...

9 Investigates: Problem properties in Charlotte

Overgrown lawns. Trash piled in yards. Boarded up homes.   The city of Charlotte spends hundreds of thousands of tax dollars cracking down on problem property owners each year. The owners are supposed to pay back that tax money.  But many don't.   Every time Minda Thompson steps out her ...

9 Investigates: Doctors in default for student loan debt

Eyewitness News obtained a list from the U.S. Department of Education that shows the names of 846 doctors across the country who were delinquent on their student loans. Story highlights: 846 doctors across the country who haven't paid back their student loans 14 of those doctors are in the Carolinas ...

9 Investigates: Unsolved quadruple murder in south Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers responded to one of the worst murder scenes in the city’s history just before 6 a.m. the day after Easter, 2008. CMPD detectives rushed to the Tree Top Apartments in south Charlotte after a neighbor found the bodies of four people inside apartment W. Neighbors stood by ...

9 Investigates: Law to prevent child abuse not working

In 2013, a state law made it a crime to fail to report child abuse to authorities, but Channel 9 learned in Mecklenburg County, nobody has even been prosecuted under the law. Channel 9 reporter Stephanie Coueignoux asked why, and exactly what the system is doing to protect some of ...

9 Investigates: Coal ash cleanup problems

Channel 9 investigated Duke Energy's plan to remove coal ash from an old power plant on Mountain Island Lake in Mount Holly.   The plan is to use trucks and eventually trains to haul tons of coal ash to clay mines near Sanford, North Carolina.                                Like ants, dump trucks ...

9 Investigates: Repeat drunk drivers still behind wheel

Story highlights: Offenders facing harsher punishment has increased past three years. Modifying law could stop repeat drunk drivers from getting back on road. New bill considered would have repeat drunk drivers' cars confiscated, sold. GASTONIA, N.C. -- Pictures of 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry's young smile fill her mother's Gaston County home. ...

9 Investigates: False domestic violence claims in Mecklenburg County

Yusuf Derios’ nightmare started in January 2014.                     “It was pure hell, to be honest with you,” Derios said of the four months in which he was arrested 10 times -- sometimes within several days -- on warrants signed by his ex-girlfriend, despite his contention that he never assaulted ...

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