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Gastonia is a city located in Gaston County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 66,277. It is the county seat of Gaston County. It is considered part of the greater Metrolina area, a region of population, of which... (More Info and Source) Gastonia Real Estate

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One handcuffed, released during Moral Monday protest

Supporters held a Moral Monday protest for higher wages in Marshall Park on Monday.

They held signs and wore colorful shirts, trying to stand out in their cry for better workers’ rights.

Danielle Hilton rallied with the Moral Monday movement. This Labor Day, their message was about raising wages for labor workers and more inclusions of unions in the workplace.

“We have them to thank for the weekend, for the 40 hour week, overtime protections and so many other laws,” Hilton said.

Protesters quickly changed from rallying for workers’ rights to marching to get a man out of jail.

Witnesses said Ty Turner was putting campaign material on cars when he was handcuffed. Bike patrol officers told Turner he was violating a city ordinance.

Brandy Hamilton shot video of the incident and said Turner asked to see the ordinance when police put him in a cruiser.

“He was just standing strong with his feet planted and they were still forcing him to the police car,” Hamilton said.

About 30 people from the protest marched to the Mecklenburg County Jail, asking for Turner to be released.

Hamilton said the group’s goal was to show unity for rights and for justice, and to let their voices be heard.

Reporter Jenna Deery was told Turner was released from jail and was not charged. Leaders with the NAACP said they are going to be calling on the city’s citizens review board to look over the officers’ actions.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:22:05 -0400

3 in custody after shooting outside of York Co. store

A gunman opened fire outside a busy store in the middle of the afternoon on Labor Day. It happened around 1:30 p.m. at J and K County Store off Gordon Road in York County. One man is in the hospital and three others are in custody.

"There was a lot of children out here, a lot of people could have been hurt," Owner Karen Starkey said. "It was just crazy to open fire on one person when you got a parking lot full of people."

Karen and Jaime Starkey run the small country store near Gordon Road and Highway 322. The clerk and witnesses told them what they saw. 

"They told us that a Mercedes was coming down the road, and turned around in the yard -- had three people in it," Jaime said. "And one of them got out, and was waiting for the boy to come out of the store and started firing on him."

Bullets flew. The victim was hit by one of those bullets and had to be taken to CMC, but is expected to recover. The three men took off.

"One of them started running up the road, and the other two in the Mercedes left," Jaime said.

But deputies quickly caught up to them, and now all three are in custody.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:17:08 -0400

Students grieve loss of classmate after Hickory crash

As students and community members entered the First Presbyterian Church in Hickory Monday afternoon, there was scripture taped to the door. Organizers were hoping to do everything they could to comfort a community in mourning. 

"Grief is a very real thing but hope exists," said the Rev. Heather Wood Davis.

Jay Robertson, 17, was killed in a car crash Sunday evening. Police say he was riding down 6th Street with his friend, 17-year-old David Engelmann, when Engelmann lost control and the car flipped.

Teens gathered at the scene of the crash, and left flowers at Robertson’s parking spot at Hickory High School. They're in disbelief their friend is gone. Grief counselors will be at school Tuesday to help students sort this all out.

"He was crazy but we loved him," said Connor Stirewalt. "He was our boy. He made us laugh all the time."

"He was invincible," said Dylan Tashjian. "We all thought nothing like this would ever happen to him."

Dominique Canahai happened to be driving by Sunday night and was one of the first on scene. She says Robertson was lying on the ground but Engelmann was still inside the car and she was able to help him out. She took this picture of him at the scene.

"And I told him 'Are you OK?' and I was like praying to myself like God please help this kid," Canahai said.

Police say speed and alcohol caused the crash. Engelmann is charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired among other charges.  We're told he is an Eagle Scout with a good reputation. Some believe the charges are too much.

"The punishment with him having to live the rest of his life with his friend being gone because of him is just unbearable in my opinion," Tashjian said.

Engelmann is out of jail on $10,000 bond.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:09:33 -0400

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