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Pilot relives moments leading up to Hickory plane crash

For the first time, the pilot involved in a crash near the Hickory Regional Airport is talking about the ordeal.  

"I heard the ka-pow and then the engine just quit,” said Jay Jarvis.

Jarvis has undergone several surgeries since that accident three weeks ago. 

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Jarvis said the engine failure couldn't have happened at a worse time just a few hundred feet up near the end of the runway.  

Jarvis showed Channel 9 some of the injuries he got during the crash about a half a mile from the airport.  

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He said he doesn't remember much after his Beechcraft Bonanza crashed, striking a tree, but he does recall the moments leading up to the accident.

The plane had just taken off and had climbed to only a few hundred feet.  

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"We heard a big bang, just like a small explosion in the engine compartment. It wasn't spitting or sputtering just a ka-bam. I knew deep down it was just some kind of catastrophic failure of the engine,” Jarvis said.  

Jarvis and his three passengers were going to Greenville, South Carolina.  

After the engine quit, he had only 15-20 seconds to get the plane down.   

His first instinct was to keep the plane from stalling, hoping to buy time to find a place to land.   

As he searched, all he saw were trees and homes that he desperately wanted to avoid.

"Not many options. There were no options. The last memory I have is getting by one of the houses and thinking, '
I don't know if we are going to clear this,' and then all of the sudden we just got around one of the houses, and then breathing a sigh of relief and realizing there is a tree lined up right on my nose," Jarvis said.

Jarvis used his rudder at the very last second to keep him and his passengers from feeling the full impact of the tree by slightly turning the plane.    

The tree struck the wing instead.  

Out of the four people inside the plane he was injured the worst and will have a lengthy recovery but has already been helped by the people he was flying with that day.

"I didn't truly feel better until after I talked to everybody, my passengers, and when I found out they were all OK then I started feeling better.  Then I started getting confidence from folks saying, 'Hey you did the best in a bad situation,'” Jarvis said.

Already the National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report has come out supporting what Jarvis told Channel 9. They found a hole in the engine case near the No. 1 cylinder.


FAA, NTSB investigate after 4 hurt in plane crash on takeoff from Hickory

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:16:12 -0500

Action 9: Unused utility poles removed after 1 year

A utility company left unused utility poles in place next to a new one installed on a Mount Holly man’s property.

Both sets sat there for more than a year until he turned to Action 9’s Jason Stoogenke, who got the old poles removed in one business day.
"It's terrible,” Rodney Eppes said before any action was taken. “I mean, it's just not acceptable that you got to have poles stuck in your yard like that."
He said it started in 2013. 
Duke Energy put in two new poles and transferred its lines but couldn't finish because it needed AT&T to switch its lines before it could remove the old poles.
Eppes lived with this situation -- two poles side-by-side in two places in his yard. 
He said he called AT&T and didn’t get a good response.
“That's like, the situation: How do we get rid of the old poles?" he asked Stoogenke.
Action 9 got in touch with AT&T on a Friday, and crews were in Eppes's yard Monday switching the lines and removing the old poles.
"I believe there (were) still lines on the pole that (did) not belong to AT&T," an AT&T official said, but the official did not explain what took so long.

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Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:48:47 -0500

Felony traffic stop prompts Belmont day care lockdown

A felony traffic stop briefly put a day care on lockdown in Belmont Wednesday.

Police said they were searching for Justin Upton, who was wanted for several felony warrants from multiple states.

Officials spotted Upton’s Dodge Caravan at a gas station at Interstate 85 and McAdenville Road.

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Police stopped the van in front of the Newbridge Children’s Academy, on South Central Avenue in Belmont.

Police found Upton inside the vehicle along with four children.

Troopers said they had guns drawn, which is standard procedure due to the charges involved.

The warrants included larceny of firearms, obtaining property by false pretenses and theft of property over $10,000 in value.

The day care center sent the following letter to parents:

“The safety of your child is always our top priority. We do have lockdown procedures at NewBridge and I want to make you aware of them. When this type of situation occurs, the children are locked in the building and the blinds are closed. We try to operate as usual so not to cause alarm to the children. If needed, we will turn the lights off and have the children sit as far away from doors and windows as possible. We did encounter the need to have a lockdown today at approximately 12:45 PM. An arrest was made outside of NewBridge Children's Academy today. It will be on the news tonight as news helicopters and vans begin to arrive.

The staff did an incredible job getting the children in lockdown. I could not be more proud of how everyone came together to protect our children, our staff, and our school. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions regarding this matter,”
wrote the director of the day care Amanda Hommell.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:21:52 -0500

CMS Superintendent Clark reveals top priority for district

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark revealed her top priority today for the district while she is the leader.

The school board elected her Tuesday to replace Heath Morrison, who suddenly resigned in November.

Clark told Channel 9 transparency will be a top priority moving forward.

As for specifics, she said she'll outline her vision for the district during Thursday’s state of our school address.

“I'm going to talk about where we are in terms of our strategic plan and identify a North Star I believe we need to focus on in the next couple of years,” Clark said.

Clark will serve as superintendent through July 2016.


Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:55:05 -0500

This chilling Super Bowl ad may leave living rooms quiet on game day

While most of the commercials that air during the Super Bowl are funny or flashy, the NFL is going to shake things up this year by airing a powerful anti-domestic violence and sexual assault PSA.

The 60-second ad, which is based on a real 911 call, is for the NFL's 'No More' campaign. Adweek reports that the NFL donated the airtime and production costs for the ad from Grey New York after 2014 was riddled with scandals for the league involving players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

The video shows a messy house with items thrown around. The audio is of a woman calling 911 pretending to order a pizza because she isn't able to talk to the dispatcher at that time. The operator is able to hear her hidden cry for help and assures her that police will be there soon.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:44:29 -0500

Caught on video: Masked man terrorizes family

A masked man has been terrorizing one Nebraska family for months, and now the family is going public with their story in hopes of capturing the suspect.

Homeowner Jim Coplin says that a man wearing a mask has repeatedly vandalized his home and car since July, KETV reports. The perpetrator has broken out windows on his car and his home, and spray-painted obscene messages about a woman who is dating Coplin’s son.

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The woman and her toddler live at the Coplin residence. On New Year’s Eve, two large rocks were thrown through one of the home’s windows while the child was in the room.

Some of the acts of vandalism have been captured on surveillance video.

While no one has been physically harmed during the incidents, Coplin says his family is scared to death and they all have trouble sleeping at night.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:28:40 -0500

Boston bartender shovels Boston Marathon finish line during blizzard

The man who was photographed Tuesday shoveling the Boston Marathon finish line Tuesday was identified Wednesday afternoon.

While the blizzard continued and historic amounts of snow blanketed the city in Boston Tuesday, Boylston Street in Boston was quiet as a travel ban kept cars off the major street. Then Tuesday afternoon a ribbon of bright yellow and blue emerged as a man uncovered the finish line, hidden underneath inches of snow. 

Kelsey Karkos, a local woman who snapped a close-up picture of the man as he shoveled, said she walked up to him while he was shoveling the sidewalk nearby. 

"He saw she me looking for the finish line while he was shoveling the sidewalk," Karkos said in a comment online. "He knew exactly what I was looking for and came over to help me! Such a great person with Boston spirit during the blizzard!"

She said she did not know the man, nor know his name. 

Karkos posted the photo to Instagram, and wrote that the man shoveled the finish line "to remind us why we go out there and run every day even in the blizzard!"

Another person, Philip Hillman, took a photo of the unknown man from out a window of a building overlooking the finish line as he finished shoveling.

As people tried to identify the man, people began retweeting Hillman's photos of him in the act, sparking a hashtag on Twitter - #WhoShoveledTheFinishLine.

After FOX 25 posted this story online Wednesday, a manager at Back Bay Social Club, a restaurant and bar located on Boylston near the finish line, contacted us and said one of their bartenders, a man named Chris Laudani, was responsible for the shoveling. 

Updates can be found HERE

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:26:14 -0500

Nissan recalls 768K SUVs for risk of fires, hoods flying open

Nissan is recalling 768,000 SUVs because of the risk of vehicle fires and hoods flying open.
One recall covers half a million Rogues from 2008 through 2013 and select Rogue SUVs from 2014.

The automaker said snow and salt water can cause electrical shorts.

The other recall covers Pathfinder, Infiniti JX35 and QX60 models.

The hood latch can open during driving.


Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:20:58 -0500

WATCH: Firefighter's helmet cam captures dramatic rescue

A dramatic rescue of three children has a happy ending and it's all caught on the hero firefighter's helmet camera. 

The Fresno Bee reports that three children, ages 1, 3 and 4 years old, were alone in the apartment when the fire broke out Sunday in Fresno, California. 

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One neighbor who spoke to the Bee's reporter said bystanders had no idea that there were children home alone.  The mother, officials told the newspaper, returned after the fire started and told neighbors where the children would be found.  They then started breaking windows trying to get them out. 

When rescue crews arrived, one firefighter entered the burning building, with little to no visibility, and found first the baby, then a second child, and eventually a third child, racing to get them into fresh air. 

In the video, it is difficult to see through the smoke, but at one point you can see flames and hear the sound of glass breaking.  When the firefighters got the children outside, they were unconscious, covered in soot, due to the smoke KABC reported, 

The three children are in critical condition with a few burns and smoke inhalation, KMPH reported.

Child Protective Services has custody of the three children, according to KMPH, while an investigation as to why and how long the children were alone continues.  

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:06:00 -0500

Toddler falls into vat of grease outside restaurant

What started out as a routine family meal turned into a nightmare for one Wisconsin family.

The Scharenbroch family were heading into a Denny’s restaurant when their son stepped on a green cover in the parking lot. The cover was loose, flipped up, and Wyatt Scharenbroch, 3, fell inside the approximately eight-foot-deep hole, according to the WITI report.

The hole was actually a vat full of cold grease.

Father Dan Scharenbroch quickly reacted to his wife’s screams and was able to grab a hold of the boy’s jacket as he was bobbing up and down in the slippery substance.

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The boy was safely removed from the grease vat and brought inside the restaurant until emergency responders arrived. The parents stripped off the boy’s clothes and tried to clean him off. The boy was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but other than a few minor cuts and bruises suffered during the fall, he did not suffer any serious injuries.

The city said it is the restaurant’s responsibility to make sure the grease pits are secure.

Denny’s said in a public statement that the maintenance of the vats is contracted out to a vendor and that Denny’s is working with that company to make sure the vat lids remain secure at all times.

The family has not decided yet whether they will take legal action.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:40:09 -0500

Student forced to wear jacket at dance for surprising reason

Several Utah high school students got a strange demand from school administrators ahead of an annual dance.

KUTV reports Gabi Finlayson was one of the four Lone Peak High students asked to cover her shoulders at the school’s Preference Dance.

The staffer said, "'Would you mind putting on a shawl?' I didn’t want to make a big scene, so I said, yes," Finlayson told KUTV. "I had a coat in the car, so I had to go back and get it.” 

Finlayson picked up the wide-strapped dress while in Paris. She told KUTV the dress reminded her of her idol, the late actress Audrey Hepburn. She said she was insulted and embarrassed by the request that left her wearing a winter coat for the rest of the night.

The school’s dress code stipulates that backless dresses can’t extend beyond the top of the shoulder blades and that all straps must be at least two inches wide, according to the KUTV report.

Finlayson’s mother is angry, however, telling KUTV it sends the wrong message to girls.

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Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:06:30 -0500

Charlotte City Council takes bus tour during annual retreat

Charlotte City Council members are taking bus tours throughout the city on their annual retreat.
They'll discuss projects they want to focus on in different areas of the city.
Channel 9 reporter Jenna Deery is along for the ride.
She will have the latest on what city council members said during their ride. See her full report on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m.

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Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:38:28 -0500

Governor to create task force on underage drinking

North Carolina leaders are fighting back against what they call an unacceptable trend of underage drinking.
The ABC Commission launched a statewide initiative Wednesday in south Charlotte, saying that two young people die every week in the state from underage drinking incidents.
They said the average underage drinker in the state is just 14 years old.
"This initiative is all about starting the conversation and not having it one sided. It's supposed to be between the parents and the children,” parent Peggy Bennett said.
The governor said the problem is so big that he's creating a task force to protect children across the state.
Eyewitness News is taking a look into the announcement and will have the latest details on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m.

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Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:25:39 -0500

York Co. deputies say clerk robbed at Fort Mill store

York County deputies are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store.
A man demanded money from a clerk at the Sam’s Mart on Gold Hill Road before 5 a.m. Wednesday in Fort Mill, deputies said.
The clerk told police the man said he had a weapon, but didn't show it.
Deputies have not released a description of the robber.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:05:10 -0500

NAACP-led protests to resume at North Carolina Legislature

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is leading the resumption of protests targeting policies backed by the GOP-led Legislature.

Ministers and activists are gathering Wednesday morning before marching to the Legislative Building to hold a demonstration on the day lawmakers will reconvene this year's session.

State NAACP leader the Rev. William Barber has said reversing restrictive policies on voting rights, expanding Medicaid and raising minimum wage remain among the groups' key issues.

At their peak, the demonstrations that started during the 2013 legislative session drew thousands. About 1,000 people were arrested in previous years.

Barber has said the protesters are undeterred by elections in the fall that gave Republicans veto-proof majorities in both legislative chambers.

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Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:22:51 -0500

Woman marries herself after failing to find 'the one'

When Yasmin Eleby approached her 40th birthday, she decided a typical party would not suffice. She would also being getting married, but not to a longtime love or beloved companion -- to herself. 

She'd hit four decades and still hadn't found "the one," so why should that stop her from having a beautiful wedding? In a ceremony attended by family and friends, Eleby wore an extravagant purple gown, walked down the aisle, sang "I Believe I Can Fly" and wed herself.

There were bridesmaids, flowers and speeches, but no groom.

After the celebration, earlier this month, Eleby took to Facebook to thank attendees and talk about what the event meant to her.

"I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support that was shown to me during my celebration of love and life," she wrote. "I couldn’t imagine the ceremony being any more poignant and meaningful."

She ended with a message of inspiration to her friends and family.

"I want to encourage each of you to spread your wings and fly! You are not too old, and it’s not too late to try something different, learn a new skill, travel to exciting places...Don’t be afraid to take risks."

Though the ceremony had many of the traditions of a typical wedding, it was not legally binding. 

According to the Daily Mail, Eleby is not the first to take her own hand in marriage. Last summer, an Australian woman married a life-sized cutout of herself for her 50th birthday.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:15:14 -0500

CMPD searches for man accused of pepper-spraying dog

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are requesting help in identifying a man accused of pepper-spraying a dog.
On Jan. 13, while at the 7-11 gas station at 12710 S. Tryon Street, the man walked up to the victim’s vehicle that was parked in the parking lot occupied by the victim’s dog, police said. 
 The man then sprayed pepper spray inside the vehicle through the small opening in the window that the victim left for the dog.  This caused pain and irritation to the dog but no permanent injury, according to CMPD.
The suspect is described as a 40-year-old man, about 6 feet 2 inches tall with an average build. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants and a blue shirt.  
The man is believed to have been driving a dark blue minivan, police said.
Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  To learn more about the CrimeStoppers mobile app, visit

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:55:11 -0500

Drone maker will prevent drones from flying near White House

Drone maker DJI has announced that it will prevent all of its drones from flying over air space near the White House.

This statement comes after a Phantom drone was crashed onto the White House’s lawn, causing a stir about security there, by a pilot who had been drinking.

The Chinese drone maker had previously stated that it had programmed its drones to stop flying when they fly too close to airports.

The company can also track each of its drone’s positions through GPS and configure which areas are off-limits.

The drone industry has agreed with the Obama administration that more regulations on drones are needed, but has been held back by the FAA, which has moved slowly to establish new rules.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:35:46 -0500

January 28th marks the 29th anniversary of Challenger disaster

Wednesday marks the 29th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. The shuttle exploded 73 seconds into flight, at about 11:40 am Eastern Time, on January 28th, 1986.

The explosion killed seven crew members: Commander Francis R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Greg Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe were mission specialists. McAuliffe would have been the first teacher in space.

The explosion was caused by a rocket booster failure, which ignited the fuel tank.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:33:50 -0500

Social Media Updates - Friendship 9

A judge is expected to give justice to the black-men known as the Friendship Nine on Wednesday.
Police arrested the nine men more than 50 years ago when they sat at a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill.

Scroll down for social media updates from the hearing.

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:29:18 -0500