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NC State grad, mom missing in New Zealand
Rachel Lloyd and her mother Carolyn, 45, are missing near Waikanae in the Tararua Forest Park. Waikanae is just north of Wellington.

Molly's Kids: Ever heard of cCMV? Yeah. Me neither. Now, meet Brooke...
Brooke is 7 years old. She’s from Lincolnton. She has cCMV. At first I thought that was a typo. It’s not. The little “c” stands for congenital. CMV stands for cytomegalovirus.

Man accused of killing Chester councilman asks for bond
Chris Moore, 19, is charged with murder in the November 2014 shooting death of Williams, also a former police officer. Quinton McClinton, charged as an accessory in Williams' death, also asked for bond in court. 

One killed in small aircraft crash in Union County
The crash happened around 4 p.m. on the 4000 block of Poplin Road. 

Man accused of killing girlfriend makes first court appearance
Gaston County Police say Eaker, 26, shot and killed his girlfriend, 24-year-old Lacey West, inside his home on Black Road Wednesday night.

WBTV Investigates: Questions about Moore?s hiring as Cleveland County Attorney
Questions continue to surround the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners’ decision to hire Tim Moore as their county attorney.

'Widen I-77' group not giving up fight against toll lanes
One year ago, the group assembled and gathered on the Exit 28 bridge. Leaders of the group say, at that time, no county board or town would go on record opposing the toll project.

Son of former NFL player Ray Lewis accused of sexual assault of 2 women
Ray Lewis III, the son of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis and a sophomore at Coastal Carolina University, has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct after two victims told police he sexually assaulted them, according to police records. 

Former opioid addict reacts to new effort to prevent addiction
A Kannapolis grandmother says she became addicted to opioids after she suffered a serious back injury. The pain went away but she continued to tell doctors she had it.

Crews respond to fire at elementary school in Rock Hill
The Rock Hill Police Department says the fire started in the school's main building around 1:45 p.m.

Miniature chihuahua thrown against wall, killed during domestic disturbance
Justin Lamar Richardson, 24, is charged with felony cruelty to animals, assault on a female and communicating threats.

Teen says heart from Gaston Co. girl gave him 'new chance at life'
Destiny Stafford was 15 years old when she died last summer. She was riding her father’s horse when she was thrown off. As she was standing up to get back on the horse, she was kicked in the head.

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Lancaster man arrested for marijuana trafficking
The Lancaster Sheriff's Office arrested a local man on numerous charges following a drug investigation. 

Kentucky Derby 142
With an unblemished record and a victory in the Florida Derby, Nyquist took over as the Kentucky Derby favorite over Mohaymen.

Puppies who lost their mom find new family to...
A rescue dog is fostering several puppies after their birth mom tragically passed away. 

One person killed in small plane crash in Union Co
One person has died following a small plane crash in Union County Friday evening. 

Indian Trail man charged with animal cruelty
An Indian Trail man has been charged with animal cruelty after deputies say he threw a miniature Chihuahua against a wall during a domestic disturbance. 

No injuries in Richmond Drive Elementary fire
No injuries have been reported after a fire broke out at a local Rock Hill elementary school Friday. 

FOUND: 92-year-old Salisbury man found in tunnel
A missing 92-year-old Salisbury man was found in a culvert (tunnel) Friday morning, according to Salisbury Police. John Brooker has been reported missing on Wednesday, April 27. He was found by a citizen who had been out searching the area behind residences in the 900 block of Lincolnton Rd.  Brooker had fallen into a culvert and was conscience and alert when he was found, according to police. He was taken to by EMS to Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries.

EMS: Man injured after boat crashes into woods...
One man is injured after a boat crashes into the woods from Mt. Island Lake, according to Gaston County EMS.

Gaston County EMS responded to a male patient near Steam Plant Road after a boat crashed into the woods.

There were multiple people on the boat, according to EMS.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

We will update the story as more information becomes available. 

Blind boy sees mom
Meet 12-year-old Chris. He's never been able to see his mother really well, as he was born with optic nerve hypoplasia which has riddled him legally blind. He can see things close up, as long as they're about five inches from his face. When it comes to school, he can't see the blackboard but is able to do his homework in Braille with a special typewriter.

Neighbors rally to rescue animals on flooded farm
A group of livestock animals is now safe after a severe thunder storm brought a massive downpour, which resulted in serious flooding Thursday.

Mother and daughter earn their MBA together
A mother-daughter duo will hit the commencement stage Saturday together to collect their MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. 

UPDATE: Chesterfield band teacher charged with...
A Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School band teacher has been charged with criminal sexual conduct of a student, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office. 

Anglers use late friend's ashes to catch huge carp
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state's controversial new LGBT law.

11 dead, 2 missing after helicopter crash off...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A rescue official says 11 bodies have been found after the crash of a helicopter on an island off the coast of western Norway. Two people are still missing. Jon Sjursoe, a spokesman for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Center, said there were 11 Norwegian nationals, one Briton and one Italian on the Eurocopter EC-225 helicopter that crashed Friday, but he didn't know which were among the confirmed victims. Norwegian broadcaster NRK said 11 of the 13 people on boar