Lunch Break (1/20/16): Arrest made in murder of 19-year-old Talisha Crowder


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Police made an arrest in the shooting death of Talisha Crowder just a day after the 19-year old Pfeiffer University student’s body was discovered in a parked car in Salisbury on Monday night. Crowder, a pre-med/biology major at Pfeiffer, was reported missing by her mother on Monday morning, and found hours later shot to death and left in a car parked in front of an apartment complex. Police were able to identify the car as belonging to Crowder’s ex-boyfriend, 20-year old Brandon Jerron Hawkins, and arrested the Salisbury man on first-degree murder charges. (Rad Berky, WCNC) 

A teenaged girl and her dog were rescued Wednesday morning in northeast Charlotte after a house fire left them trapped on the second floor. The 16-year-old, who was home alone when the fire broke out at around 6:45 AM, was saved along with her pitbull when fire officials responded to a call that someone was trapped in the house on Pickering Drive. Fire officials haven’t disclosed what caused the fire, and there were no reported injuries at the time of the rescue. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A Statesville man died Tuesday after being shot by deputies delivering a final eviction notice. The fatal shot was fired after the man charged at the deputies with a knife, a sheriff told reporters yesterday afternoon. A neighbor on the scene told reporters that the man struggled with mental health problems, and may have been trying to defend his home when he drew a knife on deputies. The Virginia Avenue house had been repossessed and recently sold to a new owner by the bank. (Fox46 Staff) 

A Rock Hill woman charged with criminal domestic violence after violently attacking her husband with nunchucks was released on $15,000 bond this morning. Police responding to a domestic assault call on Sunday found the woman’s husband battered, and their home covered in blood. The victim later explained to police that his wife, Sondra Earle-Kelly, was enraged when he declined to go to bed with her, and began “assaulting him with whatever she could pick up.” The attacks escalated when Kelly began striking her husband in the face and head with a pair of nunchucks. Kelly had reportedly taken Xanax before the attack, and told police she had no recollection of the events. She declined medical treatment and was taken into police custody overnight. (Teddy Kulmala, Rock Hill Herald via Charlotte Observer) 

The Cabarrus County Health Department has opened an investigation in response to weekend reports of a Concord Chinese restaurant bringing roadkill into their kitchen. The reports came when a woman recognized the restaurant’s delivery car stopping to pick up a dead deer on the side of the road, and watched as the carcass was loaded into the vehicle and transported to the China Fun restaurant on Concord Parkway. The county health director later visited the restaurant and confirmed “they had slaughtered a deer, or were cutting up a dead deer in the back of the parking lot and had already brought parts inside, into the sink.” He added that because there wasn’t evidence of cross-contamination, the restaurant wouldn’t be shut down, but would be subject to ongoing inspections and surprise visits. (Liz Foster, WSOC) 


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