Freezing rain in the Charlotte area caused an absolute shit show on the roads last night
, with freeway conditions causing multiple-car pileups and bucking first-responders as they tried to respond. Incidents included a complete shutdown of the I-485 outer loop near Huntersville following an eight-car pileup. An ambulance overturned on I-85 in Gastonia while responding to a call about a wreck involving a police vehicle. Conditions also forced the closure of Brookshire Boulevard near the Gaston County line and one man, our winner for the night, slammed into a home in Denver after sliding off the road. (David Sentendrey, Fox46)
Authorities announced this morning that a woman shot during a domestic dispute in Hickory on Monday morning has died
. Tammy Cloninger was reportedly shot in her home at around 10:40 a.m. yesterday by her boyfriend, James Thacker, and transported to the hospital in critical condition. She passed away last night. Thacker was arrested shortly after the shooting on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury, but will probably face murder charges following Cloninger's death. (WBTV Web Staff)
CMPD officers in the Central Division held their first ever "Cops on the Corner" roll call this morning
, meeting for their morning briefing in front of a corner store in an area where drug activity and loitering has been an issue. The department hopes the roll calls will help reinforce their presence in troubled communities and make officers more approachable to residents. Another roll call is scheduled for an Uptown transit station next week. (Angela Hong, WSOC)
At last night's Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift won the Best Album of the Year award for the second time in her career and took the opportunity to throw shade at Kanye West during her acceptance speech
. In her speech, seen below, Swift encouraged young girls and women to focus on their work and ignore the fact that people will try to take credit for their work and undercut their success. She was clearly referring to a lyric in a newly released Kanye song that said he believes he might still have sex with Swift because he "made that bitch famous." This claim is probably based on the infamous incident during which he drunkenly interrupted Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards seven years ago, well after Swift was already famous. (Cara Kelly, USA Today via WCNC) Editor's note: Kendrick Lamar probably should have won Best Album last night but Swift certainly made one hell of a record.