Lauren Dugan, FOX 46 Charlotte

Lauren Dugan

FOX 46 Charlotte

Charlotte, NC, United States

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Past articles by Lauren:

Charlotte man admits to killing mother, 5-year-old

Police in Sumter South Carolina say a five year old girl is dead and her body was put in a dumpster. Now a Charlotte man is accused of killing her and her mother. → Read More

18-year-old arson suspect burned down 'wrong house', investigators say

An 18-year-old is behind bars for trying to burn down a house in Shelby, but investigators say the victims were not his intended target. → Read More

7-year-old girl praised for fighting off attempted kidnapper

DISCLAIMER: As of 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 the Gaston County Police Department said the person of interest shown in surveillance photos from a local gas station has been interviewed and cleared of any involvement. → Read More

Crook breaks into cupcake shop wearing ankle monitor; doesn't get away with any 'dough'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A cupcake crook is caught on camera breaking into a South Park shop. Police Say he is a repeat offender for breaking and entering and was wearing an ankle monitor. → Read More

Vigil held for ‘hero' Darnell Harris, killed in Steak ‘n Shake shooting

Dozens of people gathered to remember the life of a Steak ‘n Shake employee shot and killed while working last week. → Read More

Gastonia police host basketball tournament for youth

Gastonia police are shooting their shot, coming up with a new way to fight crime in their neighborhoods. Friday night they put on a three-on-three basketball tournament from middle school students and high school students at Erwin Park. → Read More

Heartbroken community mourns loss of store clerk killed in attempted robbery

Police are searching for the gunman that shot and killed a gas station clerk Monday in West Charlotte. Customers organized a vigil to honor the man they say served the community for almost twenty years. → Read More

Gastonia pastor to robber who stole equipment: Come to service Sunday

A Gastonia pastor has a message for the person who robbed his church: come to service Sunday. → Read More

Caught on camera: Police searching for suspect in Boost Mobile robbery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Police are looking for the man that broke into a Boost Mobile in west Charlotte with a gun. It was all caught on camera. → Read More

South Charlotte jewelry store owner fights back against armed robbers

A south Charlotte jewelry store owner turned the tables on a would-be armed robber, hitting the person from behind on the back with a hammer. → Read More

Following New Zealand Mosque Shooting, NC bill would strengthen punishment for hate crimes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) -- Charlotte Muslims and state lawmakers are calling for an end to attacks in all houses of worship following the New Zealand mosque mass shooting. → Read More

"There is no guarantee": CMPD official says employee retirement fund could go away

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department employees are worried about getting retirement money in the volunteer Police Pledge Fund. → Read More

Flu outbreak hits students in Ashe County

A flu outbreak is Ashe County Schools has district leaders warning parents. Plus a local hospital is closing their doors to vistors. → Read More

Cause of fire at athletic facility in Cotswold under investigation

Crews battled a 3-alarm fire at an athletics facility in southeast Charlotte Thursday night. The cause of the fire is under investigation. → Read More

Officers recovering after knife attack outside York Walmart

Two York Police officers are recovering after they were hurt New Years' Day when they busted four people having drugs and shoplifting at a Wal-Mart. → Read More

Couple wanted in Gastonia Circle K robbery

Have you seen these suspects? That’s the question Gastonia Police are asking the public as they try to track down the thieves. → Read More

NC National Guard returns from overseas with special gift for Gastonia mother

Friday marked a happy homecoming for members of the North Carolina National Guard. Over 170 soldiers returned from overseas, deployed in places like Dubai, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. → Read More

Affidavits: Possible illegal handling of ballots in NC District 9 race

More than three weeks following election Tuesday, there's more drama unfolding in the NC District 9 congressional race. → Read More

Gaston County man tries to kidnap 10-year-old, mom says

A man accused of trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl is in jail after neighbors helped take him down before police got him. Timothy Varner is now charged with attempted kidnapping in Gaston County. → Read More

Mother fights off would-be kidnapper with 5-year-old in car

Scary moments for a mother in east Charlotte after a man tries to steal her car and kidnap her child. CMPD has arrested 24 year old Brandon Jones Crandell charged with robbery and two counts kidnapping. → Read More