Northwest Charlotte gas station robbed at gunpoint
A man with a T-shirt wrapped around his face robbed a northwest Charlotte convenience store and gas station at gunpoint late Thursday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they don’t believe the man is connected to a string of gas station robberies across the city since May.
Thursday’s robbery happened just after 11 p.m. at a gas station on Brookshire Boulevard near its intersection with Hovis Road. The suspect came into the store and showed a handgun, demanding money from the clerk, police said. Then he fled on foot.
Police have not yet released surveillance images from the store but said the suspect was described as a black man who is about 30 years old and 6 feet tall with a slim build. He wore a bright orange T-shirt, dark pants and a Baltimore Orioles baseball cap. Police said the man had wrapped a black T-shirt around his face.
Alcohol, speed involved in fatal wrong-way crash
A 24-year-old woman involved in a head-on wrong-way wreck early Sunday in northern Charlotte has died. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Friday that Ashley Louise Bowser, who attended S.C. State University, died this week as a result of her injuries.
The crash happened just before 4 a.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of Mallard Creek Church Road, located between Interstate 85 and Mallard Creek Road. Police said Bowser was driving her 2007 Lexus IS250 east in westbound lanes on Mallard Creek Church Road.
When she approached a Chevrolet SUV, both drivers tried to swerve to avoid a collision, but they struck head on, investigators said. The other driver, a 36-year-old man, suffered serious injuries.
Police said alcohol and speed appeared to be factors in the crash, and investigators charged Bowser with driving while impaired and reckless driving. But on Tuesday, she died. The crash remains under investigation. Any witnesses are asked to call Detective Kevin Allred at 704-336-8862. Meghan Cooke
Officers find meth lab, child in Gold Hill home
A 10-year-old was removed from a Rowan County home Friday, authorities said, after officers discovered a methamphetamine lab inside a bedroom there.
Wesley Eugene Linker, 36, is charged with two counts of trafficking meth and one count of manufacturing meth. He was being held in Rowan County jail Friday under $300,000 bond.
On Friday, investigators from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Linker’s home on Hill Road in Gold Hill, about 12 miles southeast of Salisbury.
Inside a bedroom in the home, authorities found Linker and the child, as well as what they described as two “one pot” meth labs, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Officers also discovered 300 grams of liquid meth and other drug manufacturing materials, authorities said.
The relationship between Linker and the child is unclear. Authorities said the child was placed in the care of a relative who wasn’t involved in the drug crimes. Meghan Cooke
Statesville moped driver hits parked boat, dies
Police say the driver of a moped slammed into a parked boat Wednesday afternoon in Statesville and was killed.
Police say it happened about 4 p.m. on the bend that connects Reynolda Drive and East Sharpe Street. As the moped reached the bend in the road, it struck the boat.
Police identified the victim as Christopher Dwayne Moser, 53. They say he was not wearing a helmet. Staff reports