Armed robberies kept Charlotte-Mecklenburg police busy Wednesday afternoon in the uptown area and on the southwest side.
The Bank of America branch in the 100 block of South Tryon Street was struck by a robber about 2:30 p.m., police say. The suspect ran off after robbing the bank. Police released only a sketchy description of the suspect.
About 20 minutes earlier, two men robbed C&H Imports, in the 500 block of Clanton Road in southwest Charlotte.
Police say the suspects also robbed two customers who were at the dealership. The suspects, who ran off after the robbery, were described as black males – dark-skinned, medium build, wearing black bandanas across their faces. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call 911 or contact Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.
2nd student has whooping cough
A second Metro School student has whooping cough, and a third has a suspected case of the highly contagious disease, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said Wednesday.
The first case was reported Tuesday. Records for all three sick students indicate they have up-to-date vaccinations against pertussis, “but health professionals say infections such as pertussis can sometimes occur even after students have been immunized,” according to a note sent to school board members.
The Mecklenburg County Health Department is now requiring all students and staff at the uptown school for severely disabled students to take antibiotics to prevent further spread of the disease.
The outbreak comes as CMS, like districts across North Carolina, is trying to get all sixth-graders in compliance with a new state law requiring a booster shot against pertussis, diphtheria and typhoid. Students are also required to be immunized against those diseases before they enter school.
North Carolina Raleigh
A killer on North Carolina's death row who took $1 from a victim after shooting her in the head has died in prison.
The state Department of Correction said the 68-year-old Leroy McNeil died Wednesday of natural causes, which the agency did not specify.
McNeil was convicted in Wake County for the April 1983 murders of Deborah Jean Fore and Elizabeth Faye Stallings.
McNeil won a new trial after the U.S. Supreme Court found problems with North Carolina's instructions to jurors. He again pleaded guilty to killing the two women and a jury again recommended in 1996 he get the death penalty for each slaying.
Testimony at his trial indicated McNeil killed the two women while looking for victims he could rob. According to the testimony, McNeil got $1 after killing Fore.
Charleston City Council has approved Mayor Joe Riley's choice to head the city's fire department as it continues to recover from a blaze last year that killed nine firefighters.
Fifty-four-year-old Thomas Carr is chief of the Montgomery County, Md., Fire and Rescue Service. He plans to retire from that department after a 30-year career and start in Charleston next month.
Riley chose Carr following a national search that resulted in 141 applicants.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Carr's selection was unanimously confirmed.
Carr is a Charleston native and was not at the meeting. He replaces acting Fire Chief Ronald Classen, who is retiring. Classen took over from longtime Chief Rusty Thomas, who retired in June, a year after the deadly furniture store fire.
Mint Hill police say a man alleged to have shot another man during an argument Tuesday night later shot himself to death. Police had closed a portion of Mint Hill-Matthews Road during a manhunt for the suspect.
The original shooting took place about 10 p.m. at a residence on Rivendall Lane, police say. The victim was shot in the hand after an argument. The suspect then walked into a wooded area nearby, and police launched a manhunt. A short time later, police say, they heard a gunshot, and the suspect was found minutes later, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gastonia police spent much of Wednesday searching for a 74-year-old man who has not been seen since late last week.
Police say Nokomas “Nick” Franklin Haigler, who lives on Linwood Road in Gastonia, hasn't been seen since Thursday or Friday. At the time, he was seen walking south on Linwood Road, after leaving his pickup truck parked at the A&P Food Mart, at 1322 Linwood Road.
Police say Haigler has health problems, including dementia.
Haigler is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He has blue eyes, brown hair, wears glasses, and has a scar on the right side of his face. Anyone with information about the missing man is asked to call Gastonia police, at 704-866-6702.
A 40-year-old Lexington County man accused of raping and impregnating his 11-year-old stepdaughter has been denied bond.
Lexington County Sheriff's Major John Allard said a magistrate denied bond at a hearing.
Sheriff James Metts said the Pelion man was arrested Tuesday, the day the stepdaughter discovered at a hospital that she's pregnant. The suspect is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. An arrest warrant accuses him of raping his stepdaughter in their home in September. The sheriff said the girl has known him since she was 2.
The mother called police Monday.
The man's name is not being made public to protect the girl's identity.