Police said Thursday that they have no new leads in the case of a newborn baby boy abandoned Wednesday in the restroom of a McDonald's in southwest Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Robert Fey said the baby is under the supervision of the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services. “At a time they see fit, the child will be placed in foster care,” Fey said.
The boy, thought to be two or three hours old, was found about 9:15 a.m. in the restaurant. Witnesses told police a man carried an infant wrapped in blankets into the women's restroom.
Police ask that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.
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A Charlotte teen participated in TV's “Jeopardy!” teen tournament, which aired Thursday night.
Haley Batz, 17, a senior at Providence High School, finished third. She was tripped up in the final round on a question about Washington, D.C.
The question was: “Unveiled in 1923, this statue seen here of this man is located on the south side of the Treasury building.” (A photo of a statue of Alexander Hamilton was shown along with the question.)
Batz, who had $8,000 going into the final round, answered “Who is Madison?” and it cost her $2,000.
A deer burst into Maiden High School on Thursday, injuring itself and damaging a door before staff guided it back outside.
While students were in class, the young buck ran through a glass door between classroom wings and made its way to the front lobby, said Assistant Principal Jeff Price.
Upon its entry and failed attempts to escape through windows, the deer injured its mouth and a hoof, which were bleeding, Price said. The animal tired and lay down on the floor. Then staff used trash cans to slide it toward the front door. The deer stood up and ran outside.
Mooresville resident Walter Coons is $400,000 richer, thanks to matching all five white balls in the Nov. 5 Powerball drawing, the N.C. Lottery said Thursday.
Coons bought the winning ticket at the Food Lion on North Main Street in Mooresville. Odds of matching all five white balls are 1 in 3.56 million.
It's been a lucky month for people in the region. George Baker of Hickory won $587,361 playing the lottery's “Carolina Cash 5” game Nov. 5, the lottery said this week.
A former president of the Monroe-Union County Fraternal Order of Police was arrested Thursday on two counts of embezzling from the organization.
Richard Taylor Davis of Waxhaw turned himself in to the Union County Sheriff's Office and was later released on $10,000 bond.
The investigation into Davis began in late May when he was president of the organization. FOP representatives alerted the Union County Sheriff's Office that Davis might have used chapter funds for personal use. Davis is accused of using more than $59,000 of chapter money for personal expenses. Davis' court date is set for Dec. 3.
U.S. Sen.-elect Kay Hagan dismissed her lawsuit Thursday against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, over an advertisement that Hagan said attacked her personal faith.
Dole, a Republican, had launched an ad in the last week of the campaign tying Hagan to a political action group called “Godless Americans” that promotes the separation of church and state. The advertisement ended with a photo of Hagan and another woman's voice saying, “There is no God.”
Hagan, a Democrat, attended a fundraiser in August at the Boston home of a couple who is active in the group.
The fundraiser also was hosted by U.S. Sen. John Kerry.
Dole's campaign staff later said the advertisement was meant to highlight Hagan's judgment. Hagan accused Dole of attacking her Christian faith, and she filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court.
A Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him “constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.”
The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said she had not heard of other churches taking this position in reaction to Obama's win. A Boston-based group that supports Catholic Democrats questioned the move, saying it was too extreme.
“Father Newman is off base,” said Steve Krueger, national director of Catholic Democrats. “He is acting beyond the authority of a parish priest to say what he did. … Unfortunately, he is doing so in a manner that will be of great cost to those parishioners who did vote for Sens. Obama and Biden. There will be a spiritual cost to them for his words.”
Police have charged an employee of an east Charlotte business, saying she recruited two friends to stage a phony robbery from the company where she worked. Patricia Warlick, 26, of Charlotte, was charged with embezzlement and filing a false police report, police say.
Police say Warlick was working at Rent A Center, in the 3200 block of Eastway Drive, and was in charge of making bank deposits for the company. Officers were called to the company and say Warlick told them she was robbed at gunpoint by a man while she was getting into her vehicle and driving to the bank. She said the robber took bags of money from the company.
According to police, Warlick eventually told them that she had set up the theft from the business, with the help of two friends.
Police say an investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.