Good morning, it's David. Today is Wednesday April 14th.
We really prefer to focus on the good things happening in Gaston County. Unfortunately, we have two stories today about men with apparent mental health issues that were known before violence occurred. I used to work in mental health, and I don't have any answers, but surely there is a way to intervene when a person is obviously a danger to themselves and others, before these tragedies occur.
Today will be partly sunny with a thunderstorm in spots late in the afternoon, with a high of 81. Tonight there will be a couple of evening showers, otherwise cloudy, with a low of 57.
Roger Self sentencing hearing begins at 9:30 this morning
Roger Self plead guilty pursuant to Alford to two counts of second -degree murder Monday afternoon. In May 2018 Self drove his car into a Bessemer City restaurant and killed his daughter and daughter-in-law.
According to sources and family members Self had been dealing with psychiatric issues prior to the incident, although those issues may not have been enough to warrant an insanity plea, according to Self's attorney Rick Beam. However, those issues may be enough to lighten Self's sentence, which could be between 12 to 70 years.
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Changes at Wells Fargo Championship this year
There are actually several changes this year at the Wells Fargo-including higher ticket prices. All daily tickets will now be $75, up from $55 and $65. Weekly passes increased from $175 to $225. Children 15 and under still get in free. There are a multitude of changes having to do with covid-masks will be required, there will be no grandstands, and many more Covid related changes. Tix and more
MerleFest will be held Sept. 16-19 at Wilkes County Community College in Wilkesboro, organizers announced Monday. The 2021 lineup will be announced June 10th during a 7P.M. livestream. Tickets also go on sale June 10th.
Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article250605189.html#storylink=cpy
The Carolina Thread Trail is bringing back it's National Trails Day Saturday June 5th.
Tons going on! Group yoga, guided bike rides, guided stand up paddle boarding, Eco tour kayak trip, and much much more!
Where: Tuckaseegee Park, 165 Broome St, Mount Holly, NC 28120, Mount Holly
When: June 5th-10a-2p.
13 kid friendly activities for kids, courtesy of our friends at Gaston Outside.
Carolina Panthers sign 2 DL and a FB
ESPN reported that the Panthers have signed former Dakota State Jackrabbit fullback Mikey Daniel.The six-foot, 235-pounder averaged 4.7 per carry and scored 30 touchdowns over his four-year collegiate career.
The team also signed defensive linemen Frank Herron and P.J. Johnson.
Old timey organ donated to ballpark
Fans of the Honey Hunters will be able to cheer with the help of a 1949 Hammond organ, donated by Brain Miller. Miller, who has ties to the area, will also play the organ-how cool!
NC pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to blood clots
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that they are temporarily pausing vaccinations of the J&J vaccine at the urging of the Federal Government.
Officials say that if it has been at least two weeks since you received the vaccine, you are at low risk. If you were scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, you will be switched to one of the other vaccines.
Nationwide there have been 6 cases of women between 18-48 developing rare and severe blood clots. “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” the CDC and FDA said in a joint press release. “COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously.”
Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article250628134.html?#storylink=cpy
Nearly a third of North Carolinians over 18 have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Statewide, 12,305 people have died since March of 2020 from the virus.
Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/article249717018.html#storylink=cpy
7 Gaston County people have died of Covid since last Tuesday
7 families have lost loved ones since last Tuesday to Covid. So far Gaston County has lost 416 people to the virus. Right now we have 1 person on a vent, 26 people hospitalized, and have had 25,386 total cases.
The largest number of cases are in the 25-49 age range.
Keith Hawthorne shooting suspect faces 8 attempted murder charges
Dustin Jennings Hoffman, 45, of Gastonia has been charged with multiple charges after an armed conflict at Keith Hawthorne Ford in Belmont. In addition to the eight murder charges, Hoffman is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault on a government official, going armed to the terror of the public, and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. Additional charges are pending.
Police records show that police had been to Hoffman's home several times in the last nine months, and twice in February on involuntary commitment calls.
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