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Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the 20th most populous in the United States. Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. It is located in the south-central part of North Carolina, near the South Carolina border. As it is a center of finance,... (More Info and Source) Charlotte Real Estate

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Officials: ‘Security issue’ onboard U.S. Airway flight in Charlotte

Officials said they interviewed passengers Friday onboard a U.S. Airway flight after a 'security issue.'

Flight 744 from Dallas to Charlotte landed safely around 5 p.m.

Chopper 9 was at the scene where the plane was at the gate, surrounded by some emergency vehicles.

By 7 p.m., passengers were off the plane.

Stay with and watch Eyewitness News at 10 and 11 p.m. for more on this story.

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Gaston Co. EMS: Teenage boy in critical condition after struck by car

Deputies investigate double homicide at Lake Wylie home

Students, parents stage sit-in protest at Gaston Co. charter

Firefighters criticize fire chief for working 2 full-time positions

NCDOT delays completion of I-485 final leg due to cold temps

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:57:22 -0400

Student: Lunch lady heroically stopped the shooter

A shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday afternoon left one victim and the gunman himself dead. Four other victims are hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

The student shooter was allegedly motivated by a spoiled romance

Erick Cervantes is a student at the school who witnessed the shootings, from the events beforehand until the moment the gunman shot himself — after being confronted by a heroic woman, he told KIRO-TV.

Cervantes thought the woman was a "lunch lady" who worked at the school, but she was later identified as a first-year social studies teacher.

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“I believe she’s actuality the real hero. She’s the one that intercepted him with the gun. He tried either reloading or tried aiming at her. She tried moving his hand away and he tried shooting and shot himself in the neck,” Cervantes said.

He said the gunshots followed a verbal altercation.

“It started off with an argument, but then I looked back and there was just gunshots and just people falling down,” Cervantes recalled. And immediately after the gunshots, the (woman) intervened, he said.

“She heard the gunshots first and she came in running through the door, right next to it,” he recalled.

Cervantes said there was no prolonged struggle between the woman and the gunman.

“It wasn’t (a) wrestle. She just grabbed his arm, and it lasted like two seconds, and I heard another shot. He said it was the shot that killed the gunman with his own weapon.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:38:38 -0400

Parents question fundraiser money going to schools

Several area parents contacted Eyewitness News expressing concern over how much money donated at school fundraisers actually goes to the schools.
The parents were critical of "Boosterthon." The company bills itself as much more than an average fundraiser.
Boosterthon includes pep rallies, character building events, as well as a fun run.
"I know how much time and effort schools, parents and teachers spend on fundraising when really the job is education" said Boosterthon founder, Chris Carneal.
However, the extra help fundraising comes at a price.
Boosterthon charges $2,000 upfront and can take up to nearly 50 percent of donations. Carneal insisted much of the money goes back to the schools as part of its programs.
"We have to plan months and months in advance to staff the school with our incredible trained team," said Carneal.
Charity Navigator, a watchdog group, said organizations should put at least 75 percent of donations toward the mission.

"Obviously you want to see the bulk of your money going to the charity and your mission programs," said Sandra Miniutti, vice-president of marketing and CFO for Charity Navigator.
Miniutti said the best way to get the most bang for your buck is to avoid a middle-man organization altogether.
"When the middle man gets between the charity and the donor, there is going to be a lack of efficiency," she said.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:10:22 -0400

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