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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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Family honors loved one, fights for change 1 year after homicide

Soft music played as loved ones released balloons at a Rowan County cemetery in memory of Shirley Pierce.

Pierce was a mother, grandmother and sister who police said was stabbed to death in her Kannapolis home one year ago, on July 23, 2013.

“She smiled all of the time,” said Tracy Brown, Pierce’s daughter. “I miss her calling me every morning on her way to work.”

For the past year, the family has reflected upon Shirley’s work and how her troubles began there.

Channel 9 reported in July 2013 when Marlene Johnson was arrested for Shirley’s murder.

Johnson was the estranged wife of Shirley’s co-worker and suspected the two were having an affair.

Following her arrest, Channel 9 found documents that showed Pierce had a series of restraining orders against Johnson over the years and Johnson had been convicted of assaulting Pierce.

During the memorial service Wednesday a dear friend and woman who worked with Pierce said she feared for her life.

She plans to go to local lawmakers and push for stricter enforcement and penalties on restraining orders.

“We will present all of our notes and documents to lawmakers,” said Elizabeth Roscoe, who worked with Pierce. “We need to see what we can do. Do we need a new law? Do we need to better enforce current ones? Something needs to change.”

A trial date has not yet been set for Marlene Johnson.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:20:08 -0400

Crime concerns arise with new airport valet company

There are still major concerns about crime with Charlotte-Douglas Airport's valet parking even after a new company took over.
Eyewitness News obtained a police report that said a man called Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Tuesday and reported his gun had been stolen from his vehicle while he was parked in the valet deck.
Detectives wouldn’t say who stole the gun but they did confirm that it was in the deck run by the new parking company Ameri-Park.
Channel 9 has talked to Ameri-Park several times in the past and they said they would make valet parking safer, but they would not give a comment Wednesday night.

Employees at the previous valet service Park Inc. have been accused of taking customer cars on joy rides, stealing gift cards from inside cars and guns.
The airport ended its contract with Park Inc. and brought on Ameri-Park in June.

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Salisbury community bands together to stop crime

Neighbors in Salisbury took a major step Wednesday night to stop crime to discuss their community at a meeting.

This after someone fired nine shots into a home Tuesday night.

Homeowners said violence has been on the rise in the West End and all over the area.

They said it's their responsibility to ban together to end it, not the city's and not the police's, even though officers increased patrols and plan to open a substation.

“We don't need a substation," said Kenneth Hardin, community organizer. “But no one in the community wasasked if it's a viable option. So what we hope the city takes away is that we have to be involved in the process as well.”

Organizers of the community meeting asked residents to fill out a survey.
They plan to take the top three items that show up as priorities to the city to start working with the city on solutions.
City officials were invited to attend the meeting.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:33:00 -0400

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