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That ancient Greek statue does not have a laptop

The Greek marble carving "Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant" sits in the Getty Museum in Malibu, California.

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The grave marker, dated 100 B.C., is intricate and features a woman opening what could be a shallow chest, according to its description at the museum.

But The Daily Mail reported that internet conspiracy theorists thought the chest looked like something else: A laptop with USB ports.

The theory first appeared in December and picked up steam in recent months.

But some experts found the theory to be ridiculous.

Classical archaeologist Dorothy Lobel King told Discovery News, “The claim is ridiculous as it is clearly a box."

Janet Burnett Grossman, author of “Greek Funerary Sculpture: Catalogue of the Collections at the Getty Villa,” said the sculpture is of a woman reaching for "the lid of an open flat box or mirror, held by a girl standing in front of her."

It seems like the experts don't buy internet conspiracists' theories.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:38:58 -0500

Official: Man shot in groin, drives to Walmart parking lot in west Charlotte

A man was shot at Tuckaseegee Park Friday night during an altercation and tried to drive himself to the hospital but ended up in the parking lot of the Walmart on Wilkinson Boulevard, officials said.

Paramedics and authorities responded to the Walmart and the victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries with a gunshot wound to the groin, officials said.

No further information has been released.

Watch Eyewitness News and return to this story for updates.

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:08:27 -0500

Magnitude-6.4 earthquake hits Taiwan, collapses buildings

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.4 earthquake has hit southern Taiwan. CNN, citing the country's Disaster Response Center, says at least two people have been killed and at least 115 injured. 

The USGS says the earthquake originated from a pretty shallow spot –– just 6 miles underground — making the damage a bit worse than normal for an earthquake this size. (Video via CNN / EBC) 

An American teacher living in the country told the Los Angeles Times, "It was not a rolling, gentle earthquake, but a violent jerking motion. The walls were shaking and you could hear the building and windows moving. It lasted at least a minute, with swaying afterwards."

It's been reported that at least one building has fallen in the city of Tainan, and according to CNN, 221 people had to be rescued from damaged buildings. (Video via CNN / EBC) 

Taiwan is no stranger to earthquakes — it's located between two tectonic plates. In 1999, a magnitude-7.6 quake killed more than 2,300 people in the country. (Video via CNN

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:50:15 -0500

Family gives away dog that saved them from fire

Snickers, a 1-year-old shar pei mix, saved her family last August.

A fire broke out in their RV, and she woke up a family member, who then woke up the rest of the family.

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But when the family moved and couldn't keep her, they gave her away.

Glen Rose Animal Shelter shared photos of Snickers and told her story on their Facebook page.

"She’s a brave girl that saved her family, and I don’t understand how nobody would want a dog like that," Animal Control Officer Loretta Adams told CBS11. "She could potentially save your life."

Interest swelled, and by Friday afternoon, Snickers was adopted, according to an update by the animal shelter and KXAN.

Had she not been adopted, she would have been euthanized.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:49:46 -0500

Woman with Asperger's syndrome who released viral video is shot, killed by police

A woman behind a viral video over the summer was shot and killed by police Thursday morning.

Danielle Jacobs, 24, has Asperger's syndrome. The Mesa, Arizona woman posted a video that went viral last year of her dog calming her down while she was having what she called a self-harm meltdown. She trained her Rottweiler, Sampson, to pat her and lick her until she calmed down.

Jacobs said she shared the video to show what it’s like to live with Asperger’s and raise awareness about the disorder, according to KPHO.

Authorities say they received several phone calls Thursday saying that Jacobs was going to hurt herself. 

“She had one knife that we know of, she had something else we’re not sure what it was, the officers said it was dark inside the room,” Detective Esteban Flores with the Mesa Police Department said. “When she made contact with them, she approached them with the knife, extended it out, and they felt threatened.”

An investigation is on-going.

KPHO reports Jacobs’ family is now caring for her dog.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:41:05 -0500

Michigan father dives into icy lake to save son, both die

A Michigan family is mourning the loss of two family members this week.

WJBK reported that David Lyons and his son Jackson were fishing Monday morning on what they thought was a frozen solid lake.

The icy water gave way and the father and son went under.

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 Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said he thinks the pair were walking back toward land when the ice broke around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

"The ice was thinner near the shore and there's a lot of open water," Highland Township Fire Chief Richard Cole told People. "When you get water movement, you don't have good ice."

A dive team pulled the pair up 20 minutes later and they were rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.

David Lyons and his son Jackson died at the hospital hours later.

"Their snowsuits were like a dead sponge and it just took them under in a very short time," Cole said.

He also said they were not wearing life preservers.

Jackson Lyon's' stepfather Steve Strasz said he spoke with a friend who was fishing with David Lyons.

The friend, who was fishing a distance away from the father and son, said he saw David Lyons' head reemerge from the water for a brief period.

Straz said the friend "knows that David could have escaped and save himself, but instead he dove back in to save his boy."

Christina Podvin, Jackson Lyons' mother and David Lyons' fiance said, "David wouldn't leave our son and he went in for him."

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:19:50 -0500

Deputies: Robbery suspect dies after shots exchanged

Sheriff deputies in Iredell County used deadly force after they said a suspect in a bank robbery fired at them.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom was over the area in northern Iredell County near Union Grove where the manhunt unfolded Friday night.

Shortly after the call for “shots fired” rang out, first responders and law enforcement headed into a field not far from the Capital Bank around closing time.

"(He) told the clerk he had a weapon, produced a note and padded his waistband," Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

Deputies used dogs to track the robber across fields, creeks and woods behind the bank.  
As it got dark, Highway Patrol and sheriff deputies spread out on several roads including the one near Scott Burr's house. Burr wasn't worried with so many police nearby. 

"He would be pretty dumb to come up here to one of these houses,” resident Scott Burr said. “Just because there is so many out here, all of them looking around."
Channel 9 learned the manhunt ended when deputies said the suspect fired at them forcing three offices to return fire striking and killing the man.
Sheriff Campbell said the suspect was in a creek bank when he opened fire first.   
They found a gun and the money taken from the bank nearby. 

"Deputies were verbally giving him commands, giving him repeated commands,” Campbell said. “At that time, at least one shot was fired (at the officers.)"

The three officers who were involved in all this were placed on paid administrative leave which is what they typically do after a situation like this.  The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate. 

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:51:40 -0500

'Blind Side' mom's life mission is to help children in need of love

Leigh Anne Touhy can talk, which is good because her message needs to be heard

“Everyone in this whole world, this whole universe has a story, everyone does. You have a story. The guy on the bus has a story. Everyone does and ours is the one that God just plucked out and happened to tell,” Touhy said.

Her story is well-known and the basis for the 2009 Academy Award best picture nominee "The Blind Side" that follows a high-school-aged Michael Oher as he bounces from foster home to foster home before finally getting adopted by the Touhys.

There he flourished, earning a scholarship and a degree from Ole Miss before becoming a first round NFL draft pick in 2009 and winning a Super Bowl three years ago with the Baltimore Ravens. Oher is the starting left tackle for the Carolina Panthers.

“What did you see in him that no one else saw?” WSOC-TV's sports anchor Phil Orban asked her.

“That he just wanted to be loved. That he just wanted what everyone else has. That he just wanted stability. He wanted a family. He wanted the opportunity to have three meals a day and just to be like everyone else,” she said.

Touhy and her husband Sean remain champions of adoption starting the Making it Happen foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life of children who are invisible to most -- those in foster care in need of adoption.

“You can do something to change a kid’s life. It's just ridiculous that these kids go through life and that they're unloved and that society deems them worthless because that's just the furthest thing from the truth when given an opportunity,” Touhy said.

Even now, seven years later, the Touhys receive messages constantly, letters, emails, Twitter messages from people that connect personally with the movie.

“Whether it’s from a kid that’s been adopted that validates where he is in his life or its the kid that ages out of foster care that says, ‘No one wants me. I'm not worthy. I'm not valuable. No one loves me.’ That always makes me cry that they are valuable and that someone needs to step up for these kids. All they need is an opportunity and you can change their lives," Touhy said getting choked up.

And that's all she said she gave to Oher, love and an opportunity.

“We just allowed Michael to become the person he was supposed to be and the truth of the matter is there are Michael Ohers everywhere and they just need a chance,” she said.

And Oher needed another chance this offseason after signing a free agent deal with Tennessee. He battled injuries last year and was released by the Titans labeled a bust.

Not 12 months later he's the anchor of the NFC champion Panthers offensive line protecting Cam Newton’s blindside.

“The fact that he was labeled like he was last year just goes to show you don't ever give up on someone. Don’t ever think that you know they're finished and down and out and that they're done and it’s the end of the story because that’s not always the case. Just pull yourself up do the very best you can do be the best person you can be and look, look what happens,” Touhy said.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:43:04 -0500

Child hit by falling tree limb has passed away

A 6-year-old has passed away after being hit in the head with a tree branch in her backyard south of Boston, the child's family told WFXT.

Laurie, the child's aunt, said the girl and her father were playing in the backyard in the snow when the branch fell. Her father screamed for help and a neighbor called 911.

When an ambulance arrived to the home, she was still unconscious. She had a pulse, but her aunt said it was "shallow."

The girl was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, Massachusetts where she later died.

Heavy wet snow was causing tree limbs to break all over Massachusetts. Canton police asked that people stay inside away from falling trees, branches and power lines. They are especially urging parents to keep children away from trees.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:17:45 -0500

Man scuffles with teen accused of breaking into car, police say

When Glen Bonin woke up Tuesday morning, he didn’t expect to find trouble, but he did. 

“My car alarm woke me up about 5 a.m.,” Bonin said.

He looked out the window of his home near the Plaza and saw his driver’s side window smashed, and a young man with a backpack across the street, walking away.

He got dressed and walked outside, while his wife called 911.  What followed, he never saw coming.

“At the time, I really didn't think about it, it just kind of happened,” Bonin said. 

When he heard another car window smashed, Bonin walked toward the sound and saw the same young man breaking into a neighbor’s car. After that, it was all instinct.

“Sure enough, the guy was digging into his car. I just yelled, ‘What are you doing?’ He ran at me, and I ran at him, and we tackled at each other, and we were in a fight at that point,” Bonin said.

He said the two tussled for what seemed like 20 minutes, but was probably closer to five until the first officers got there.

“We arrived and the witness, the gentleman had the suspect detained on the ground,” said Lt. Luke Sell, who supervises the North Davidson area for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Sell said he would never suggest that neighbors do what Bonin did, but without him, they might still be looking for that suspect, Garamond Hixson-Rozear, 18.

Hixson-Rozear is facing more than two dozen charges and could be looking at more charges in the next several days.

As for Bonin, he is looking at some time off from work. During the scuffle, he broke a bone in his right hand.

“I'll be out of work for the next six to eight weeks. It's a real bummer and certainly a loss of income for me and my family, but we'll make do. We'll adjust,” he said.

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:14:09 -0500

Plaza Midwood restaurant owner plans for development

The Plaza Midwood neighborhood has gone through many changes recently. There are new apartment buildings that are going up along Central Avenue and construction equipment isn't hard to find.

There may be more development also coming to the corner of Heath Court and Central Avenue. The owner of the popular Kickstand Burger-n-Bar wants to build a parking area, storage space and retail shops behind his building.

The one-acre lot is currently a gravel parking lot and owner, Michael Adams said they need more space.

"We will require that this project has adequate parking to satisfy the future value and continued value of the building the restaurant sits in," Adams said.

The president of the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association told Eyewitness News he's glad that a different project is going into a space because residents have been concerned about the amount of large new apartments in the area.

Adams said the project will fit in with the character of the neighborhood and provide some much needed parking with 140 spaces.

"We have great ties to the community and we want to bring a great project to the area and neighborhood that fits everything that Plaza Midwood, Elizabeth and Belmont are all about," he said.

Adams has submitted his project for rezoning approval and if the request is granted, construction on the mixed-use development could be completed sometime in 2018.

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:11:49 -0500

Mother confronts man accused of killing son: ‘I’ll never forgive you’

Brenda Watson could not control her emotions in court as she faced the man who killed her youngest child Charles Thompson.

"They didn't have to kill my baby,” she said.

Anthony Sanders needed a cane to get into court. Last November, Sanders used a wheel chair.

Thompson and Sanders were drinking with friends when Thompson slapped him.

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As Thompson walked away, Sanders followed in his wheelchair  and shot Thompson in the back.

"If he is walking away from you why didn't you let him just walk?” Watson asked.

Prosecutors said Sanders didn't help Thompson, who was dying in the street. A passerby called 911.

Once police arrived, Sanders lied about what happened.

"He actually point police in the wrong direction and says, 'oh the people who did it went the other way,’” prosecutor Beth Stockwell said.

Thompson's mother came to court hoping for answers.

“That's all I want to know is why. If you can't give me that answer. I have mother else to say to you,” Watson said.

Sanders’ attorney said it was an accident, but Sanders never spoke.

"I'll never forgive you,” Watson said.

The family has one more chance to get answers in court.

Travis Davis, the man accused of giving Sanders the gun and hiding it after the shooting, still has to be heard on charges of accessory after the fact.

A trial date hasn't been set.

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:08:43 -0500

10 things we learned from's singles survey

Dating website announced the results of its 6th annual Singles in America survey Monday.

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The survey polled over 5,000 singles across the U.S. on their thoughts on first and second dates, sex, politics, exes and general trends. 

Here are some of the most surprising stats from the survey.

  1. Talking about politics on the first date increases chances of a second date by 91 percent.

  2. A 2 1/2 hour first date gives the highest chance of a second date.

  3. Using the phrase "on fleek" decreases chances of a second date by 26 percent.

  4. Using "LOL" or "haha" increases chances of a second date by 255 percent.

  5. Austin, Texas, has the most expensive dates in the country, with an average cost of $81.42.

  6. The least expensive place in the country for a date is in Portland, Oregon, costing $45.53.

  7. Over 70 percent of those on a date with a man prefer he be clean-shaven, regardless of age or sexuality.

  8. Forty percent of singles surveyed are Democrats, compared to 19 percent Republicans. Twenty-four percent are not affiliated with any party.

  9. Drinking cocktails on a first-date increases second date odds by 137 percent.

  10. Thirty-six percent of women would "ghost" Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, meaning they would avoid contact with him until he didn't contact them any more.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:23:10 -0500

Bus overturns on Monroe Road in Matthews, officials say

A bus overturned Friday afternoon in Matthews, according to officials.

It happened around 3 p.m. in the 10400 block of Monroe Road. The road was shut down in both directions due to the crash. It reopened around 4:25 p.m.

Mecklenburg EMS said there were no serious injuries but several minor injuries.

The bus was from Matthews Country Day.

Channel 9 spoke with two day care workers who rushed to the scene to help the children.

"I was terrified,” Allene Robinson said. “I walked up and (saw) their faces, crying and shaken up, that kind of got to me because I'm a mother and all I could think about you know, that could've been my child on that bus."

Robinson said she spoke with the mother of the child taken to the hospital and he is doing fine.

"They were pretty shaken up but they were OK," Matthews Country Day employee Melissa Davis said.

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:13:12 -0500

Group engages parents to gain CMS survey participation

A local group was outside an east Charlotte Wal-Mart greeting members of the community and helping to shape the future for thousands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students and families.

The group CMS community partnership and family engagement were outside the Wal-Mart on Albemarle Road in east Charlotte engaging parents hoping that they will complete the CMS student assignment survey.

 The group were concerned all voices weren't being heard in a controversial plan to reassign students.

“This will give you all the information you need as we do the CMS student assignment survey,” a member of the group said.  

Shoppers were greeted by members of the group and asked to take just seven minutes to fill out the CMS student assignment survey.

LaShanda Miller has a fourth- grader at Cross Creek elementary. She had already filled out the survey.

“I like to give my input. I like to feel like I'm involved when it comes to my son and his school and assignments.  So that's why I took it,” Miller said.

The survey is for anyone to fill out to help CMS decide how to improve diversity in the district.

But volunteers say not 'everyone' is filling out the survey.

This week's Tuesday morning breakfast forum newsletter implied only wealthy families have completed it so far, so that's why they're at Wal-Mart.

“They see us sitting here and they want to know what's going on, what are you giving away.  We're not giving away anything.  We are here to get your opinions and hear your voice,” Dr. Yolonda Holmes, CMS community partnerships coordinator.

Willie Fussell, didn't know about the survey, but he sat in front of a computer today to take the survey.

“The children today are not getting the full education they need and to better their education they need it all,” former CMS parent Fussell said.

That's the input the district wants and this parent said the method of getting more participation may be one of the best ways.

“If you're in their face, they'll do it like that,” Miller said.

The group CMS community partnership and family engagement may be out in a neighborhood in your area soon they tell channel 9 they'll set up more computers outside other stores across the city in the next few days. The deadline to fill it out is Feb. 22.

Link to the survey.

The 2015 Education Choice and Competition Index

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:51:19 -0500

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies at 85

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, who was part of the Apollo 14 space crew that flew to the moon in 1971, died late Thursday in West Palm Beach, according to his family.

Mitchell, 85, lived in suburban Lake Worth and died at a local hospice at about 10 p.m. Thursday, his daughter, former West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell told The Palm Beach Post.

Mitchell’s ex-wife, Anita Mitchell, is a former Republican Party chairman for Palm Beach County and is currently former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Palm Beach County campaign chairman.

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Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon. He was part of a three-man crew, with Alan Shepard Jr. and Stuart Roosa, who took part in the Apollo 14 space mission. It was the eighth manned mission in the United States Apollo program and they became the third ever to land on the moon. Mitchell was the lunar module pilot on the mission.

Apollo 14 launched just over 45 years ago, on Jan. 31, 1971. The nine-day mission ended Feb. 9 when the crew landed in the South Pacific Ocean.

Unlike other astronauts who tend to live reclusive lives, Mitchell remained in the public eye.

In 2011, he turned over the camera he took to the moon to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against him in that same year, saying he stole the camera. Mitchell denied the allegations and said if it wasn’t for him, the camera would have never made it back to Earth.

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Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas, on Sept. 17, 1930 but considered his hometown Artesia, N.M., near Roswell. Mitchell was open about his views on the paranormal and psychic, and he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which sponsors research into the nature of consciousness, or studying the unexplained. In his 1996 memoir, “The Way of the Explorer,” he described the experience on his return to Earth as life-changing.

“What I experienced during that three-day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness. I actually felt what has been described as an ecstasy of unity,” he said.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:22:57 -0500

Woman charged after boyfriend shot to death, deputies say

A woman was arrested and charged in the death of her boyfriend in Anson County, according to officials.

Deputies were called to Powe Lane around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. When deputies arrived, they found Kim Leon Campbell, 37, was dead on a neighbor’s porch steps.

Officials said Campbell was shot during an argument with his girlfriend, Christa Colson, 44. Colson was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. It is the first homicide in Anson County for 2016.

Officials said there was no history of domestic violence with the couple.

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:43:16 -0500

CDC: Expect to see more Zika cases in U.S.

The United States will see an increasing number of travel-related cases of the Zika virus, as the epidemic that is ravaging Brazil continues to spread, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Among them will likely be pregnant women, the population most vulnerable to the devastating affects of the virus.

>>Related: The CDC says pregnant women should not travel to these countries

“I wish we knew more about Zika today, I wish we could do more about Zika today,” said CDC Directer Tom Frieden in a morning press conference. “It’s a new phenomenon.”

Frieden said the U.S. should “expect a lot more travel related cases” as the weeks and months go by. This of particular concern as mosquito season approaches across the Deep South. The virus is spread by two kinds of mosquitoes typically found in the region.

Frieden offered his strongest comments yet about the link between the insect-borne virus and the birth defect, microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and cognitive problems. He said tests on fetal brain tissue have showed the presence of the virus, but it’s unclear at what point in a pregnancy a fetus can be infected with Zika.

In the coming months, as children are born to women who may have traveled to the affected Caribbean and South American regions early in their pregnancies, more cases of microcephaly will likely appear in other countries, he said.

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“We’re not aware of any other mosquito-borne disease with such devastating outcomes” of birth defects, Frieden said. “It’s scary for women who are pregnant or are considering pregnancy.”

As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Thursday, the CDC is now advising any man who has travel to one of the affected countries, to use condoms during all sexual encounters with their pregnant partner for the duration of the pregnancy. Either wear a latex condom during vaginal, oral or anal sex, or abstain from sex completely, the new guidelines suggest.

On Friday the agency recommended any pregnant woman who has traveled to one if the affected countries be tested for the presence of the virus between two to 12 weeks of her return home. And no pregnant woman should travel to any of the affected countries while she is pregnant.

While women who think they may have been exposed to the virus should get tested, Frieden admitted that testing kits for the virus are in short supply and will not be available at the offices of most health care providers.

“Not everyone who wants a test will be able to get it but we’re working as fast as we can,” Frieden said. “We’re rolling out test kits to distribute.”

Pregnant women will be first to receive them.

The CDC already has teams of epidemiologists in Brazil working with doctors there. More CDC teams are going next week and will be deployed to other areas where the disease is taking hold.

Several news outlets reported on Friday that Brazilian researchers, where the outbreak began, have found traces of the virus not only in semen, but urine and saliva. Frieden said he had not yet seen that research and was cautious about the report.

“We have no data to support urine or saliva,” transmission at this point, Frieden said.

The virus departs the blood within a week leaving antibodies to the virus. Because only one in five people have symptoms of the virus, tests try to detect those antibodies to determine exposure. Researchers have yet to determine how long it persists in semen.

Apart from condoms and abstinence, Frieden said the best way to protect against the disease is to avoid mosquito bites. And as temperatures and mosquito populations rise, municipalities will have to examine their mosquito abatement policies, he added.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:05:27 -0500

Community leaders hoping to get more involved in new CMS survey

Parents are being asked to share their thoughts on a controversial plan to re-assign thousands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students.

The district sent out a survey weeks ago but so far, most of the feedback is from wealthier families.

Friday marked the second day Community Partnerships and Family Engagements was set up to bring the student assignment survey to the community, instead of relying on people to go the CMS website on their own.

Channel 9 found the group at Walmart on Albemarle Road with computers ready to go so people could fill out the survey on the spot. The group is making sure all voices, including minorities, are heard.

The initiative comes after this week's Tuesday morning breakfast forum newsletter implied only wealthy families have completed the survey.

The CMS board will use results of the survey to help determine how to improve academics and diversity within the district for thousands of students for the 2017-18 school year. Some think many people don't know this survey push is even happening.

The survey isn't just for parents. It's for any member of the community, CMS parent or not, to get a pulse of what should be important to the district.

According to Community Partnerships and Family Engagement, it only takes about seven minutes to get people to finish the survey online and plan to target stores like Walmart where they'll get a lot of foot traffic.

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:25:00 -0500

Sheriff: Lonzie Barton drowned after mom, boyfriend turned him away

The man who pleaded guilty the death of Lonzie Barton said he found the toddler dead in a tub of water.

Ruben Ebron told officials that Lonzie died accidentally when and he drowned in a bathtub. Ebron said he then dumped the boy's body off Philips Highway and staged an abduction. 

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Tom Hackney said Lonzie had been turned away by his mother, Lonna Lauramore Barton, and Ebron around the time of his death.

Ebron said in a statement that he and Lauramore Barton turned Lonzie away, closed the door to Lonzie because they were involved in sexual relations.

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Hackney said according to what officials learned the water was drawn for him in the bathtub.

Ebron told officials Lauramore Barton knew about her son's death when when she left for work. 

Lonzie disappeared on July 24. The body believed to be Lonzie’s was found in January.

An autopsy was completed, though the cause of death was not determined.

A judge sentenced Ebron on Friday to 20 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter.

Lauramore Barton pleaded guilty in January to charges of giving false information to police and child neglect. She hasn’t been sentenced.

Ebron said in a statement to the court on Friday that Lauramore Barton was involved in what happened to her son. However, the judge said only Ebron knows how much truth is in that statement.

Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:49:03 -0500