Five things you need to know Tuesday

1. Sex offenders and social media: What SCOTUS decision means to one family

 

Wiping the tears from her eyes, it is still hard for Renita Lefevers to talk about.

“He raped her on more than one occasion,” she said.

In 2012, her granddaughter Abigail was kidnapped and raped for two weeks, before police were able to track her down. She was 12 years old.

“She had been contacted through the media, through Facebook,” Renita said. Her granddaughter was contacted by a man named Timothy Newman, who had a history of sex convictions. He is now serving a 48 year sentence. But Renita and her husband, Michael, said their fight is far from over after learning on Monday the United States Supreme Court overturned the North Carolina law banning sex offenders from social media. Click here to continue reading.

2. College athlete murdered buying phone through app, no arrests made

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are still searching for the gunman who shot down a 21-year-old college baseball player on Father's Day.

Zack Finch, a star on and off the baseball field at the University of Cumberland, was shot and killed on Father's Day after what has been said was a deal set up online gone bad.

The murder, marking Charlotte's 43rd homicide of 2017, has left a community coping with a huge loss. NBC Charlotte spoke with Zack's mother, click here to see what she had to say.

3. Family of girl killed from 'brain-eating amoeba' sues Whitewater Center

An Ohio family has filed a lawsuit against the National Whitewater Center one year after their teenage daughter died from a brain-eating amoeba infection after visiting the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte last June.

The lawsuit filed against the National Whitewater Center is for negligence and wrongful death. Lauren Seitz, 18, died after contracting the amoeba, and her parents said their daughter did not swim in Columbus during the incubation period; she did, however, come to Charlotte for a trip and visited the Whitewater Center. Click here for more.

4. Widespread phone/internet outages reported along East Coast

Telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers are showing widespread outages that may be interrupting cell and internet service up and down the East Coast Monday afternoon.

One of the hardest hit areas for these companies seems to be in North Carolina. Click here to see where the thousands of complaints are coming in from.

5. Woman tried to suffocate infant at Levine Children's Hospital, police say

Police arrested a woman after investigators said she attempted to smother her 1-year-old son with a pillow at Levine Children’s Hospital.

Medical staff checked on the infant and then saw 32-year-old Maggie Dixon attempting to suffocate the child on video surveillance. Dixon was removed from the room and agreed to speak to detectives, according to CMPD. Click here to see Dixon's mugshot.

© 2017 WCNC.COM


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