Lunch Break (1/21/16): State of emergency declared in NC as winter storm approaches

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Charlotte residents are hoarding all the bread and milk in the lead-up to a winter storm that's expected to bring anywhere from a quarter-inch to a half-inch of ice with 1-3 inches of snow, The storm is expected to start as early as 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. The ice – expected to be a bit heavier in Salisbury, Hickory and Lincolnton – could cause power outages and down trees. (Fox46 Staff) At a 10:30 a.m. press conference, Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in North Carolina in anticipation of the storm. 

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization gave its final affirmation of a plan to use controversial "managed lanes" to expand highways in the Charlotte area, including the controversial toll lanes on I-77, at its meeting last night. The vote was 14-7 among representatives, but the weighted totals that give Charlotte representatives a much higher representation on CRTPO than other representatives equaled 50-12 (Charlotte's vote counts for 31 votes, while all other towns count for one or two). (David Boraks, WFAE)  

CMPD has announced that the NFC Championship game at bank of America Stadium on Sunday between the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals will be an "extraordinary event." An ordinance adopted by city council in the lead-up to the DNC stated that labeling an event as "extraordinary" gave police more power to search people and prohibit more items from the area around the event. The city and CMPD have increased the amount of events deemed extraordinary since the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A man has been arrested in connection to multiple break-ins at gun stores in the Charlotte area. Tiree Waymer was arrested following a break-in at a Statesville gun shop during which Waymer allegedly threw a rock through the window of Sportsman's Hangout and, along with a masked accomplice, made off with 26 guns. Following an investigation, police say Waymer now faces charges in Rock Hill for a similar break-in. He faces charges of second-degree burglary, grand larceny and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime in Rock Hill. He also faces felony breaking-and-entering, larceny of firearms and other charges in connection with the Statesville case, in which police are still looking fopr the second suspect. Waymer is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County jail on unrelated charges. (WSOC Staff) 

Murder charges were dropped yesterday in the case of Deanna Watson, who made national headlines in July 2015 when she killed her mother's boyfriend, who was allegedly being abusive toward her mother and younger siblings. Watson reportedly confessed to stabbing Omar Dunbar after he assaulted her two younger brothers, ages 11 and 13. An investigation revealed a pattern of abuse and neglect, including multiple visits from DSS and reports that Dunbar had repeatedly poured beer and hot sauce into the mouth of a 3-year-old girl living in the home. The children living in the home, including Watson, are now in the care of DSS. (WCNC Staff) 


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