Huntersville

DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Researchers still don’t know what is causing cases of a rare eye cancer in Huntersville. This comes after a year-long study tracking where 23 patients in northern Mecklenburg County lived, worked and went to school.   

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
The Town Manager in Huntersville has resigned, after his arrest Sunday night on a misdemeanor assault charge.

No charges will be sought against two Huntersville police officers who shot and killed an armed hospital patient in September.

Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are close to resolving who will provide police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. Police departments in three towns would take over part of the job, while the county is negotiating a contract with CMPD for the rest. 

  The Cornelius Board of Commissioners has joined Huntersville in opposing the nearly $1 billion bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Cornelius board voted 4- 1 Monday night to oppose the bond.

A majority of commissioners say the bond does not provide sufficient new schools to accommodate growth in North Mecklenburg.

A few years before the Huntersville eye cancer cases started to pop up, on the other side of the country in Colorado, 34-year-old Gregg Stracks was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. His wife, Sara Selig, was in medical school at the University of Colorado.

Alex Olgin / WFAE News

There’s a lot of anxiety in Huntersville over eye cancer. Concerns have risen as 20 cases of ocular melanoma have been diagnosed since 2008 in patients with some connection to the area. Whether that qualifies as a cancer cluster is subject to debate, but the number is perplexing since it’s a rare form of cancer. 

Alexandra Olgin / WFAE

An ophthalmologist looking into eye cancer cases in northern Mecklenburg County says he has identified nearly two dozen people with the disease. That’s nearly double the cases identified in April.   

An ambulance leaves North Meck Rescue on one its final calls. The squad closes its doors Friday, June 30.
David Boraks / WFAE

An ambulance pulled out of North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad’s Huntersville headquarters on NC 115, siren wailing. It was one of the squad's final calls before the end of an era, as the squad prepared to close its doors Friday after 58 years.

The Target store on Sam Furr Road in Huntersville was evacuated Monday after a fire broke out in the store.   It happened around 5 p.m.. Three customers and a store employee were treated for smoke inhalation.  No one was seriously hurt.

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