Lunch Break (12/30/15): Charlotteans prepare for a wet Fan Fest, Belk Bowl



Fans preparing for today's Belk Bowl will need to dress for wet weather, as rain and thunderstorms have already been pounding Charlotte since this morning and are expected to continue throughout Fan Fest, which begins at 1 p.m., and the football game at 3:30 p.m. between North Carolina State and Mississippi State universities. This morning, organizers said they didn't anticipate any delays or cancellations for the free Carrie Underwood concert at Fan Fest or the football game itself, but are watching the weather closely with fans' safety in mind. (Robin Kanady, Fox46) A flash flood warning is in effect for Mecklenburg County until 4 p.m. (Christine Rapp, WSOC) 

Police are searching for two men who robbed a McDonald's on South Tryon Street early this morning by producing handguns and forcing employees into a freezer. The fast food restaurant had closed to walk-in traffic, but the men forced their way in through the drive-thru window and gathered the employees. They fled the scene after taking money from the cash registers, and no one was hurt in the incident. Police are still looking for evidence of who the men were. (Mark Davenport, WBTV) 

One person was taken to the hospital after getting trapped in a vehicle following a wreck in east Charlotte this morning. Fire officials said a vehicle overturned after being t-boned on Kimmerly Glen Lane at Sharon Amity Road. The vehicle rolled over a fence at a nearby storage facility. The accident reportedly happened just before 7:30 a.m. The driver of the car that overturned had serious injuries but was reportedly alert when transported to Carolinas Medical Center. (WBTV Web Staff) 

At the end of a year in which more than 50 women came forward accusing comedian and actor Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them over the span of decades, authorities in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania announced this morning that they have charged Cosby in relation to one of those cases that involved a Temple University employee more than 10 years ago. The victim alleged that Cosby drugged and violated her in his Philadelphia home in 2004. Prosecutors declined to charge Cosby in relation to the case in 2005. Cosby is expected to be arraigned today. (Associated Press) 

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