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region this morning. it is 56 in statesville, 59 gastonia, 46 currently in boone and 49 in wadesboro as we flop over to power doppler network, the cloud cover ban stretching from charlotte and thickening out to the east. then up to the north and west we've got a little bit of clearing toward morganton and boone this morning, the storm track well down to our south, rain showers in charleston this morning, all of this begins to edge our way as we head in the weekend, we have a few rain showers in the forecast for saturday and sunday, we'll get to that in full weather. today, 66 degrees for lunch hour, 70 this afternoon. highs today across the piedmont in the upper 60s and low 70s. cooler than we were yesterday where we topped out at 78 degrees, we'll look at seven day forecast and talk about colder temperatures coming in for the weekend in a few minutes. john. >> john: this morning, a
with saving his family from a burning home. wbtv's sky 3 was the first on the scene in belmont yesterday evening as firefighters worked to put out the massive fire. you can see the house gutted by the flames. wbtv's alex giles talked with the little boy who is a real hero. >> reporter: this family credits the smallest member of the household with saving everyone's lives. if he hadn't been alert this could have ended much worse. carter englert has a few of his favorite things after the fire ripped his home apart. >> toys, my ipad. >> most of them gone, the family also lost two of their cats. but thanks to cart the people who were inside are safe. >> i was in the bathtub, my mom asleep and he came and told us there was a fire and he got us to get up and get out. >> while the family relaxing, carter was the only one that
>> a crashing window. >> reporter: he grabbed family members and led them outside, a narrow escape. >> 30 seconds the roof started collapsing, i'm glad we got out when we did. >> i was scared because i never seen a fire before. >> firefighters say the six-year-old handled the situation well. >> he's my hero, my baby. >> the red cross is now assisting those who lost their home. at the will be temporary staying in a hotel until they find permanent living arrangements. alex giles, wbtv on your side. >> john: a teen accused of shooting a man is back in jail after first court appearance. dajour smith shot reakwon lee yesterday. a judge appointed a public defender, in jail on $28 5,000 bond, if he gets out he has to
one of two teens accused of shooting at police has been released to his parents. two officers chased after 13 and 14-year-old on milton road near barrington drive, when one of the teens opened fire. no one was hurt. people who live in the area say it is easy for anyone, including kids, to get a gun on the street. >> you make a couple calls, you save up money, you can find you a gun. >> officers haven't released the names of the teens because they are minors. the 14-year-old who police say pulled the trigger was also released to his parents. people living near west mecklenburg high school call an emergency meeting over concerns that students are causing trouble when they are supposed to be in school. wbtv's coleen harry investigates. >> people in this west meck community will tell you they are sick and tired of kids skipping school, roaming the streets, hanging out in neighbor's yards,
tonight they wanted to hear what simmscms plans to do. minds. >> when these kids walk, they are walking all day long, kids fighting. happen. children. >> a neighborhood meeting those tell wbtv that some students from west mecklenburg high school are are skipping school and breaking the laws. >> stole my tv, broke in a car and got my gps. >> residents, older neighbors, are worried, they never know who will be in their yards. tonight, they had words for cms. >> i want it stopped. i want to know what you will do to stop it. >> it is a challenge, has been and will continue to be a challenge. you have nine building campus, 2100 students, staff is adequate but we could use more staff. >> school officials point out not every student is skipping
some are from a new academy that opened nearby for older students. still, cms leaders say they are working on solutions. >> i'm not saying that it is impossible for a youngster to sneak off campus. >> officers say so far this year, they are seeing more calls for truancy, compared to the same time last year. >> we'll partner with the school system because we didn't have an sro at west meck. >> some left wondering if change will ever come. >> we feel like there is no one in charge. they are not accountable, no one is held accountable for these children. >> coleen harry, wbtv on your side. >> john: a lincoln county employee accused of stealing thousands of gallons of gas is scheduled to be in court today, deputies say joseph gibson used his government-issued fuel card to buy $9,000 gallons of gas. caught on video with a truck
in all the gas was worth $18,000. charged with felony embezzlement and fraud. the trial delayed for man accused of ordering the killings of this couple from lake wylie. jamell cureton is a high-ranging member of the bloods bloods gang. the trial is being delayed because the u.s. attorney general has not decided whether or not to seek the death penalty. authorities say a man shot and killed by deputy in anson county may have been the suspects in kidnapping and police chase a few years ago. we brought you this as breaking news on wbtv news this morning. dennis penny, jr., shot during a shoot-out thursday night. he died yesterday afternoon. chesterfield county deputies believe he may have abducted his children in 2012, the sbi is now assisting in the investigation. lgbt activists fighting hard to keep charlotte's new
members of the equality nc spoke outside the general assembly in raleigh urging law makers to allow the non-discrimination ordinance to stay on the book. gives people in the lgbt community additional protections from discrimination including which bathroom they use. there are plenty of people who are are strongly against the idea. >> i, for one, am tired of being denied -- being told i can't use the female dressing room. i for one am sick of getting my food spit in. it is time for a change. >> allowing men in womens bathrooms or locker rooms puts people in grave danger. >> a special session costs too much money the state house would need a three-fifths majority of members to agree to a special
more than 100 gambling machines confiscated in gaston county. wbtv was there as some were hauled back to the gaston county police department. the business owners who operated these machines will face misdemeanor charges. the money will go to the local school system. investigators now say an electrical issue caused a fire that ripped through a gas station in uptown charlotte. the fire happened february 26th at the circle k on north graham, caused $800,000 in damage. a renewed push to keep donald trump from becoming the republican presidential nominee. who party leaders want to see as
4:39, 21 minutes before 5:00. >> 18 minutes before 5:00. wbtv is always on your side bringing you the latest headlines and breaking news from around the world. our kristen miranda is in the alert center dedicated to finding those stories throughout the show this morning and will have those stories before you head out the door. we'll check in with her in a few minutes. in campaign 2016, a close race in the democratic missouri primary is going to hillary clinton. bernie sanders conceding the race yesterday. they were separated by 1500 votes. sanders announcement means clinton swept all five states that voted in tuesday's
a man accused of purposefully crashing in a donald trump campaign sign then posting the video to facebook is in trouble this morning. the 20-year-old man is from wilmington, charged with hit and run and reckless driving. video posted tuesday, watched millions of times. a move movement to take on trump is picking up steam. politicians on both sides of the aisle are crafting ways to stop him before he reaches the white house. jamie boll explains. >> reporter: in his first comment since suspending his presidential campaign, marco rubio went after donald trump. >> hopefully there is time to prevent a trump nomination i think would fracture the party, be damaging to the conservative movement. >> rubbishing rubio dropped out of the race after trump won florida. hehe has half of the delegates to
>> we have to bring our party together. >> trump warns any plans to derail his candidacy could lead to voter riots. on thursday, a group of conservative activists and lawmakers met behind closed doors to discuss alternatives to the gop front runner. senator lindsey graham threw support behind ted cruz. >> i think the best alternative to donald trump to stop him from getting to 1237 is ted cruz i'll help ted in every way i can. alarm. the leaders of two dozen liberal groups signing a letter urging trump. something that would likely help hillary clinton. >> if he gets nominated we're going to have a very vigorous general election if i'm the nominee. >> if trump doesn't reach the
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>> john: 12 minutes before 5:00. the ncaa tournament kick in full gear, the state attorney general is alerting fans about ticket scams. some of the tournaments being played at pnc arena in raleigh. avoid suspicious sellers who offer deals that sound too to be true, or they want you to pay by cash, money order or wire transfer. some final four tickets are selling for $35,000 each. up to 100 people in pineville will lose their jobs soon. the kohl's in carolina pavilion one of 18 stores nationwide closing. the department store announcing it would shut down under-performing stores in february. they will be closed on june 19th. incredible damage in texas after golf ball size hail
along roads. piles slowing traffic in fort worth, huge chunks damaged cars. >> boom, that happened. >> when i came out this morning, it was covered and the only thing i saw was the golf ball size hail. >> boy, i tell you what, that would hurt a lot if you were walking underneath it and got hit. neighbors raked hail stones and clearing out downed tree branches and firefighters used a hose to clear the piles away from trains. that is one heck of a mess. nothing like that here in our area this morning, here is a live look at the charlotte skyline from scott clark nissan honda hd tower cam, decent start to the day, meterologist chris larson has the details. >> chris: john, first alert forecast, cooler temperatures, much cooler as we head in the weekend. really severe weather threat is minimal, we will see rain showers heading through the weekend, saturday and again coming up early on sunday morning.
look from scott clark nissan honda camera, camera. charlotte area neighborhoods with the cloud cover, 50 mountain island lake, 58 in ballantyne, 53 arboretum, 58 in indian trail. mid-50s around hickory, 59 gastonia, 46 this morning in boone, 58 in monroe but we're talking about highs only in the 50s for saturday and sunday. so we have a line of cloud cover, it is thickest from charlotte and out to our east, thinning as you move back to the west and we will see more breaks of sunshine in the carolina mountains for this afternoon. the storm track for today well down to our south, we're going to see all this begin to roll our way, more moisture coming in the carolinas over the next 24-48 hours and a digging trough of low pressure aloft bringing in the cooler temperatures saturday and sunday. again, you can see the clouds
turnersburg, statesville in the hickory-lenoir area, partly cloudy, boone and blowing rock. highs in the low 60s this afternoon, mid 50s on the top of beech mountain. for the foothills, 70 in wilkesboro this afternoon, upper 60s and low 70s across the piedmont, 70 charlotte, 70 monroe, 73 in wadesboro this afternoon. out in the sand hills, low to mid 70s, 70 lancaster and 73 for pageland. let's look at latest computer model run, as we head through the day today, a good deal of sunshine mixed in with a few high clouds in the afternoon and evening. but the clouds increased as high pressure builds to the north. we have a mini wedge setting up for saturday afternoon, a few rain showers 10:00 a.m., charlotte, back to our west, lenoir, hickory in the boone blowing rock area. then we get breaks and more showers moving in, overnight and
so say from midnight saturday into 5:00 sunday morning, we have a few showers. about a 50/50 shot for saturday afternoon and evening. then on in to sunday. by sunday afternoon, clearing out nicely. seven day forecast looks like this. here come the cooler temperature, 58 on saturday afternoon, 39 to 53 on sunday. but as we clear things out, we'll see lighter winds, clear skies and look at morning lows, 33 monday morning, 32 on tuesday morning. afternoon highs in the mid 50s and middle of the work week warming trend, 72 on wednesday afternoon. that is a check of the first alert forecast. john, over to you. >> john: coming up at 5:00, hawks are causing major problems for people living in hickory. what people are doing to protect themselves from attacks. wbtv always on your side in
eight minutes before 5:00. >> john: some people in neighborhood in hickory being held hostage by these two hawks. the birds have a nest in a tree, swooping down and attacking anyone who gets too close. some neighbors have started wearing protective gear when they go outside putting on helmet, some carrying bats. >> they come up from behind and get you in the back of the head. >> i thought i got hit by a basketball. >> steve ohnesorge put on an army helmet working on this story. last year he was attacked and has the scratch to prove it.
have been nesting there. neighbors put up spikes and trees but they find other spots. the hawks are protected species you can't shoot them. neighbors have to wait until the hawks leave which last year wasn't until june. the city of charlotte is going green this weekend, charlotte st. patrick's day parade is tomorrow, will be the 20th anniversary of the parade. the charlotte goes green festival is the same day in uptown, free, open to everyone. the parade kicks off at 11:00 tomorrow morning, starts at 9th street, marchs south on tryon street. the spot where it ends is where the festival is held, music, dancing, food, drinking all sort of things going on, a great time, get out and try it. coming up at the top of the hour, the fight continues over charlotte's controversial non-discrimination ordinance, the push one lgbt group is making in raleigh, chris? >> chris: we could be looking at rain showers for the st.
police coming up, wbtv news t this broadcast sponsored by subaru concord and subaru south boulevard. wbtv on your sigh. wbtv news starts right now. >> john: now at 5:00, a family escapes a huge fire that destroyed a home in gaston county, how the youngest member of the family helped everyone make it out safely. >> christine: the trial is put on hold for one of the men charged in connection to the deaths of this lake wylie couple, why a judge is granting the delay. >> john: welcome to wbtv news this morning on this friday, march 18th, good to have you with us, i'm john carter. >> christine: i'm christine sperow.
miranda getting details from headlines overnight. >> kristen: developing investigation in houston. officers in a shoot out with five guys trying to rob a furniture store, two suspects dead, the latest from the alert center. >> john: feels a little cool this morning, get things started with meterologist chris larson in for al conklin this morning. >> chris: not bad this morning, we're looking at temperatures in the mid-50s, thanks in large part to mid and high level clouds across the charlotte area. currently in the low 50s. 52 degrees down from 55 earlier this morning. north winds at 3-miles-per-hour. boone, 46, 57 hickory, 49 in wadesboro, 58 monroe this morning, power doppler is quiet. you can see heavier cloud cover charlotte south and east of us this morning. so we do have the storm track heading our way and we have showers in the forecast as we head in the weekend on saturday and sunday. we'll take a broader look at that coming up but for today,
skies, mid-60s for the lunch hour, 70 upper 60s to low 70s this afternoon. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. first alert traffic brought to you by toyota of north charlotte. >> john: let's give you a live look at current conditions map, traffic is flowing smoothly. there is an incident reported disabled vehicle in the road at south tryon, and sandy porter road. that happened within the last ten minutes. disabled vehicle there. here is a live look at i-77 at tyvola, traffic there is moving very smoothly, no significant issues to let you know about if there are, we'll let you know. >> john: this morning, a six-year-old in gaston county is being credited with saving his family from a burning home. wbtv's sky 3 was the first on the scene in belmont yesterday evening as firefighters worked to put out this massive fire. you can see the house just