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Bobbi Kristina Brown's relatives at odds over her condition

Bobbi Kristina Brown remains hospitalized following a Jan. 31 medical emergency – that, everyone agrees on.

But some of her relatives have issued differing statements regarding her condition and prognosis.

>> RELATED: Bobbi Kristina Brown still 'unresponsive,' grandmother says

Her dad Bobby Brown announced during a concert Saturday night that she was “awake.” A subsequent statement issued through his lawyer said “there has been improvement” in her condition but notes she has a long journey to recovery “and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”

Bobby Brown’s wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, said in a statement that her husband’s announcement during the concert was “an attempt to correct the negative comments he must endure on a daily basis from both family and the public regarding his daughter’s medical condition.”

>> RELATED: Is Bobbi Kristina Brown awake?

“He is encouraged by the steps that Bobbi Kristina has made since her hospitalization on January 31, 2015,” Etheredge-Brown said. “She has made it out of ICU, opened her eyes, and started a rehabilitation that will be long and hard.”

Last month, Bobbi Kristina's grandmother, Cissy Houston, told a New York radio station that while she was still praying, there’s “not a great deal of hope.”

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“She’s the same,” Houston said during an interview with WBLS. “We’ve moved her now to a place for rehabilitation. There’s still not a great deal of hope. We’re praying.”

Houston reiterated her position in recent comments to TMZ:

“I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive.”

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:30:48 -0400

See which fan favorite got the boot on 'Dancing With the Stars'

There was another big elimination on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday, and sadly, one big fan favorite had to say goodbye.

"On this sixth week of competition, the couple leaving right now is ... Patti and Artem," said Tom Bergeron on "Dancing With the Stars."

The looks on the faces in the crowd said it all — NOOO! Not Patti LaBelle!

But hey, at least Patti was a good sport about getting the boot.

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"I'm honored to be here as long as I've been, I've learned so much," said LaBelle.

As The Wall Street Journal pointed out, many fans at home were also “hugely disappointed” with the elimination.

But not everyone was too surprised by the cut. BuddyTV said the judges were “being way too nice to Patti” this week with their scores. Ouch.

Still, elimination sadness aside, a writer for TVLine was quick to point out the WTF-ness of the episode’s theme: Spring Break.

“I’m struggling to figure out the exact components that made up this week’s Spring Break theme, other than the obvious climb in temperature that we’ve seen since Punxsutawney Phil poked his head out in February and reminded us he’s useless.”

Sorry, Punxsutawney Phil. You win some, you lose some, something Patti LaBelle knows all too well at this point. Womp, womp… (Video via ABC)

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:39:15 -0400

4 accused in shooting of JCSU student to appear in court

Four men are due in court Tuesday after police said they opened fire on a Johnson S. Smith University student at a campus party over the weekend.

CMPD: 4 arrested after JCSU student shot on campus

Officers told Channel 9 the shooting happened after witnesses said the men were forced to leave that party. After they were turned away, a witness said there was a lot of commotion and that's when he heard about 10 gunshots.

Investigators said Terry Hartley was shot in the chest while sitting in his car. He's now recovering after being released from the hospital.

When police arrived on campus, they briefly chased the suspects before arresting them.

Shalique Edmond, Juan Leon, Elijah Craig and Everett Phifer -- who police believe shot the victim -- are all facing charges, including possession of a gun.

Johnson C. Smith University officials hold press conference after shooting

Police said when they searched the suspect’s vehicle they found three guns and marijuana inside.

Antonio James was on his way to the party when he said he heard the gunfire.

“Everything was going nice, everybody was having fun, it was a good time,” he said.

Channel 9 discovered while checking the suspects’ history that two have felony criminal records.

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:32:58 -0400

Bobbi Kristina Brown still 'unresponsive,' grandmother says

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s grandmother has clarified comments Bobby Brown made about his daughter’s condition Sunday night.

Cissy Houston said in a statement to People on Monday, “I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter … and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma … according to the doctors, she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive.”

>> RELATED: Is Bobbi Kristina Brown awake?

Houston’s statement comes barely a day after Bobby Brown announced to the audience at his Dallas concert that Bobbi Kristina was “awake.”

“My baby’s awake. She’s watching me.” (Video via TMZ)

>> RELATED: Bobby Brown performs for first time since daughter’s hospitalization

And soon after, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt echoed that same sentiment with a message on her Facebook page, which read, in part, “Yes, she woke up and is no longer on life support! God is good!”

But Bobby Brown’s attorney said Monday the 22-year-old has “opened her eyes,” but “the quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”

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Bobbi Kristina was first hospitalized on Jan. 31 after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in her Georgia home. (Video via Lifetime / "The Houstons: On Our Own")

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:09:17 -0400

Big loss: Burglar hits casino hotel room, takes off with BMW, woman claims

Jennifer Decker said she left her purse inside her hotel room at the Tulalip Resort and Casino in Washington state to join friends for dinner Saturday.

When she returned, her purse was gone, along with thousands of dollars in valuables, including jewelry, the valet ticket inside her purse and her car

"It was supposed to be a really great, wonderful experience. It turned into a huge nightmare,” Decker said.

The casino claims she left the door slightly open and somebody got in.

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Decker said there’s no way she left the door open when she left.

As for her BMW, it was gone from the valet lot.

Decker posted to Facebook to be on the lookout for the car, but police recovered it outside a Best Western on Sunday.

Decker also claimed a Tulalip officer who spoke to her mentioned thefts have happened multiple times recently.

Ken Kettler, president of Tulalip Resort and Casino, said that’s not true.

Decker thinks it’s an inside job – which Kettler denied.

Kettler says his staff investigated, and they believe she left her hotel door ajar.

"I just feel violated and mistreated and I don't wanna go back ever again,” Decker said.

Kettler said the casino doesn’t have any usable surveillance from the valet lot.

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:30:06 -0400

Man uses large rock to break into Rock Hill Islamic Center

Newly released surveillance video shows the man police said broke into Rock Hill's Islamic Center last week.

Police said the video shows the man throwing a large rock at the door on Friday – the camera actually shakes from the impact.

In the video, the man later uses his elbow to break the door's glass. Investigators said the man stole a chop saw from the center.

If you know anything about the crime you are asked to call police.

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:27:31 -0400

CMPD: Man dead after shot in leg in north Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were looking for the person who shot and killed a man in north Charlotte late Monday night.

The shooting happened in the 2300 block of Julia Avenue, off Statesville Road just before 11 p.m.

Officers told Channel 9 Tuesday morning that don't have any leads, any suspects, or even a motive in the crime. Detectives were going through the neighborhood to see if someone may have seen what happened.

When police initially arrived on the scene, they found 33-year-old Dalton Dion Hopkins suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Although a tourniquet was applied to his leg, Hopkins was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

Officials said they believe the shooting was an isolated incident.

Channel 9 found that within a 1-mile radius of the neighborhood, 20 crimes were reported in the last week alone -- ranging from larcenies to assault to burglary.

Police are asking anyone with any information to call Crimestoppers.

Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this story.

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:15:04 -0400

WATCH: Chris Pratt tames velociraptors, hunts dinos in 'Jurassic World' trailer

The latest "Jurassic World" trailer dropped Monday, offering a peek at star Chris Pratt's dinosaur taming and hunting skills.

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Fans of the dino drama took to social media to weigh in on the film, which hits theaters June 12. Click here or scroll down to see what they had to say.

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:52:31 -0400

Disturbing #KylieJennerChallenge to pump lips leaves teens' faces bruised, swollen

Some people will do almost anything to get reality star Kylie Jenner's pouty look.

In a dangerous new beauty ritual, teens are sucking on shot glasses to pump their lips, then posting photos of the disastrous results on social media with the hashtag #KylieJennerChallenge.

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Dermatologist Dendy Engelman told Seventeen.com that the trend "is quite concerning. Not only can significant pain, swelling and bruising result from these suction techniques, but there is potential risk for scarring and permanent disfigurement with repeated attempts."

Click here or scroll down to learn more. (WARNING: Graphic images.)

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:33:20 -0400

Pulitzer Prize winning reporter left journalism to make more money

Los Angeles writer Rob Kuznia won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, along with two other people "for their inquiry into widespread corruption in a small, cash-strapped school district, including impressive use of the paper’s website."

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The reporting was done in the Daily Breeze

Kuznia, however, has since left not just the Daily Breeze but all of journalism, taking a job instead as a publicist for the USC Shoah Foundation. 

Kuznia told LA Observed it was just too hard to support himself on his newspaper salary in the Los Angeles area.

Staff at the Daily Breeze celebrates winning the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local News Reporting with champagne and lots of...

Posted by Daily Breeze on Monday, April 20, 2015

Published: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:49:26 -0400

Man who escaped NC prison 40 years ago turns himself in

Sheriff’s deputies in Kentucky said a man who escaped from a North Carolina prison 40 years ago turned himself in Monday.

David Edward Moore called the sheriff’s office around 4 p.m. He told deputies he “needs to make this right and get through this.”

According to North Carolina Department of Public Safety prison records, Moore had been convicted of larceny in July 1967 and was 23 at the time of the reported escape from the former Polk Youth Institute in Butner, North Carolina on June 10, 1972.

The records show he was originally scheduled to be released from the facility June 1, 1978.

Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.

Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:00:26 -0400

Investigators: Woman dead after fire at retirement community

A woman died Monday night after a fire at a retirement community in Lincoln County, according to Boger City fire investigators.

Firefighters were called to the Bailey Springs Drive around 10 p.m.

Investigators have not yet said how the fire started, and the victim's name has not been released.

Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this story.

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Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:51:16 -0400

All Blue Bell products recalled due to possible health risk

Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is now voluntarily recalling all its products currently on the market “including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. “

Blue Bell said in a news release Monday they were taking no chances.

“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president. “We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers. Our entire history has been about making the very best and highest quality ice cream and we intend to fix this problem. We want enjoying our ice cream to be a source of joy and pleasure, never a cause for concern, so we are committed to getting this right.” (Source: Bluebell.com

The products are sold in many states, including “Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma,  South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and international locations.”

Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:36:38 -0400

Local food blogger pushed Kraft to eliminate dyes before decision

According to ABC News, this is the last year the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the United States will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

In January, Kraft says its macaroni and cheese will be colored using paprika, annatto and turmeric.

There has been a huge shift away from processed foods in the states and larger food producers are trying to follow their customers in that direction.

Natalie Pasquarella interviewed a Charlotte woman two years ago who wanted a popular food company to quit using food dye in its products.

Vani Hari, creator of the popular blog foodbabe.com, pushed against Kraft foods to have two food dyes taken out of mac and cheese products.

She started a petition to dump the dyes and received more than 365,000 signatures.

Her efforts put her in the national spotlight on GMA and Doctor Oz.

Already the company is selling a version in the U.S., called Kraft Mac & Cheese Boxed Shapes, which has no artificial flavors, preservatives or synthetic colors.

Kraft said that its other macaroni and cheese varieties sold in the U.S., such as Shapes Cups, Original Cups, Premium Flavors and Easy Mac will have no artificial flavors, preservatives or synthetic colors later next year.

Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:56:37 -0400

Stolen gold bar from NC heist found in Florida

A gold bar stolen during an armored truck robbery in North Carolina was found in Florida.
 
The FBI released a photo of the 26-pound gold bar worth up to a half-million dollars.
 
Robbers stole nearly $5 million worth of gold from the truck last month on Interstate 95 in Wilson County.
 
The truck was traveling from Miami to Boston.

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Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:01:53 -0400

Iredell County drug bust rounds up 18 arrests

Deputies arrested more than a dozen people during a drug roundup in Iredell County.
 
Authorities issued warrants to arrest 32 people in the sale of drugs,  including heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication.
 
They arrested 18 Monday in a drug roundup in an attempt to get some criminals off the streets, deputies said.

Those arrested are facing several charges, including possession with intent to sell. More arrests are expected over the next few days.

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Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:50:24 -0400

Video: Bombing survivor crosses Boston Marathon finish line

“This is the day… I take my life back,” Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory DiMartino wrote on her Facebook page  before she ran part of the race Monday. (Source: MyFoxBoston.com

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DiMartino, alongside her trainer, who is also an amputee, ran the last few miles of the race and crossed the finish line. Injured after the first blast in 2013, DiMartino had her leg amputated last November, a year and a half after the bombings. 

As she crossed the finish line, the Texas native knelt down and embraced the ground just after the painted line, crying.

Gregory also testified during the first phase of the trial against now-convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and wrote a letter to him on her Facebook page after her day in court was finished. 

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Even though security was tight  throughout the course of the race, particularly at the finish line, spirits were high among runners and spectators -- view photos from the day here

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."2 Timothy 4:7

Posted by Rebekah Gregory DiMartino's New Day New Hope on Monday, April 20, 2015

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Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:38:29 -0400

SC health officials ask for help to monitor West Nile virus

Birds play an important role in maintaining and spreading West Nile virus, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control. Mosquitoes become infected with WNV when they feed on infected birds that carry the virus in their blood.

After 1½ to 2 weeks, infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and other animals.

Tracking the virus in birds that have a high death rate from WNV alerts SCDEC to virus activity in a certain area of the state, the SCDEC said.

Signs of WNV illness in birds include weakness, sluggishness, shaking, seizures, inability to walk, fly, or perch, blindness or lack of fear of humans.

The DHEC is asking the public for help to monitor WNV virus activity in South Carolina. Between mid-March through the end of November, report or submit freshly dead, non-injured, non-decayed crows, Blue jays, House Finches and House Sparrows. 

For more information on this, visit the SCDEC website.

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Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:32:19 -0400

CMPD: 1 shot, 1 stabbed in west Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department detectives are searching for those responsible after a shooting and stabbing in west Charlotte.
 
Police were called to a parking lot on Freedom Drive just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
 
They found a 19-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh and a 17-year-old who had been stabbed in the stomach.
 
They were taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main and there is no word on their conditions.
 
Police have not released a suspect description.

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Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:21:23 -0400

3 arrested in drowning death of Chesterfield Co. toddler

Three people have been arrested in the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy, the Chesterfield County sheriff told reporter Greg Suskin.

Weldon McElveen drowned in Chesterfield County two weeks ago.

STORY: Family: 3-year-old boy, rescuer drown in pond

Investigators said Michael Crowley and Teddy Gainey Jr. took Weldon fishing out in a canoe on a little pond behind the boy's house off Patrick Society Hill Road.

At some point, the small canoe flipped over.  Crowley told deputies when they all went into the water, he put the boy on Teddy Gainey's back so Gainey could swim to shore with him.
 
Instead, they both went under.  When the 3-year-old briefly surfaced, Crowley grabbed him and carried him to shore.  He ran to the child's parents who were next door, and they drove to a convenience store where EMTs met them and started CPR. They were not able to resuscitate the child.

Weldon’s mother, Jessica Anderson, and her boyfriend, Joshua Cook, are charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.

Crowley was also arrested. Deputies said Crowley was drunk while in the boat with the toddler.

 He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide by operation of a boat.

Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:50:48 -0400