Lunch Break (3/18/16): Damn kids settin' fires, skippin' school


Walter G. Byers School was evacuated this morning after a fire was intentionally set in a bathroom. The suspects were detained, according to police, and elementary and middle school students got an unexpected day off. Parents were contacted and asked to come to the school to pick their children up. No injuries were reported. (WBTV Web Staff) 

Transportation officials will meet with Lane Construction representatives next week to discuss when Lane, the new company selected to resume construction work on Independence Boulevard, can get to work on the road. In easy February, Devere Construction crews walked off the job following a dispute over money with NCDOT. Officials with NCDOT still say they expect the project to be finished by October 2016. (Rad Berky, WCNC) 

Residents from neighborhoods surrounding West Mecklenburg High School met with CMPD and school officials Thursday night per their own request, sharing complaints that they had observed an increase in teenagers roaming their streets during school hours. Residents claim that students will often get off the school bus at West Meck, then congregate in the neighborhood instead of going to class. There have even been claims of students breaking into houses. Homeowners are concerned that the school isn’t taking their complaints seriously, and needs to be held accountable. (Fox46 Staff) 

One man is in police custody after allegedly attempting to carjack a woman in her driveway this morning in Hickory. The woman was in her car when an armed man approached her and shouted at her to get out of the car at gunpoint. When the man tried to get into her car, she locked the doors and sped out of her driveway and down the street. The woman spotted her daughter’s school bus down the street, and ran onto the bus for help. The suspect fled the scene was unlucky; a SWAT team training nearby was called in to assist with a manhunt. The unarmed suspect was located within an hour and police were later able to retrieve his weapon, which a WSOC reporter on the scene speculated was an “airsoft pistol.” (Dave Faherty, WSOC) 

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