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Elizabeth City gets ready for upcoming winter weather

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina.

Crews are already gearing up for the possibility of more snow this week.

Click here to find out how much snow you can expect in your neighborhood.

Record number of meth lab busts last year in NC, report says

Raleigh, N.C. – New numbers have been released about meth busts in North Carolina.

Last year, authorities busted more than 560 meth labs. That is 100 more than in 2012, according to a report from MyFox8.com and WTVD.

Eight counties saw the most meth lab busts in 2013, including 22 in Johnston County, the report says.

In 2012, authorities were able to track down 460 meth labs as opposed to 561 meth labs that were shut down in 2013.

Click here to read the complete report from MyFox8.com.

All-electric vehicles in NC to begin paying special fee

Beginning in January, approximately 1,600 all-electric vehicles registered in North Carolina and newly-registered all-electrics are required to pay a $100 annual fee in addition to other required registration fees.

Registration renewals due during January are expected to affect the first 146 vehicles in this group.

All-electric vehicles are being billed because they do not otherwise pay taxes for road use and maintenance.

Vehicles fueled by gasoline pay for road upkeep through gas taxes metered at each fill-up.

According to legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly in July, owners of “a plug-in electric vehicle that is not a low-speed vehicle and that does not rely on a nonelectric source of power” are required to pay the new fee when they are titled and registered or renewing their registration.

Freezing rain causes slick roadways in North Carolina

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain until 10 a.m. this morning for parts of central North Carolina, mainly along and north of U.S. 64.

The N.C. Department of Transportation called in crews shortly after the advisory was issued this morning.

Crews are out treating icy spots with a salt and sand mixture.

Motorists should use extra caution this morning, especially on bridges and overpasses, which freeze first, officials say.

NCDOT encourages motorists to check conditions before you go.

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The Good News: NewsChannel 3 helps Salvation Army in Elizabeth City buy toys for kids

Elizabeth City, N.C. – At a warehouse in Elizabeth City, people are working hard to make Christmas wishes come true.

It’s where the Salvation Army is organizing all the toys and clothes they’ve collected for kids in several area counties – a mission close to their hearts.

“For a parent to tell their child, ‘Well, we weren’t able to get you anything for Christmas,’ really, really gets to you,” said Major Butch Mallard.

Unfortunately, with just a few days left to collect, they only have half the toys they need.

“In northeastern North Carolina, we are in a depressed economy.  We haven’t caught up with the rest of the country as far as unemployment,” said Mallard.

More than 1,500 families turned to them for help this year. Of those, there are still about 700 kids who need someone to pick up one of their tags on trees at area businesses.

1984 ECSU student murder among cold cases to be re-examined

Elizabeth City, NC – Unlocking the past. A new unit within the Elizabeth City Police Department will be doing just that.

Boxes piled high, stacked inside a climate-controlled storage shed behind headquarters. They’re full of evidence from homicides; many have sat there for decades.

Several weeks ago, a cold case unit was organized to dust off seven of the city’s most infamous unsolved murders.

“We’re going to bounce back and forth between all of them,” says Sgt. Arthur Owen, who is in charge of the unit. “They’ll all get equal attention.”

Owen says he decided to start with the oldest case, which dates back nearly 30 years.

In 1984, 21-year-old Sharon Jones was strangled to death inside her ECSU dorm room. Sgt. Owen says her murder was re-examined in 2005 when someone came forward with new information, but that soon fizzled, closing her box once again. However, Owen says time may prove to be on their side.

Grandy EMT allegedly hid camera in bunk room, Radio Shack tanning booth

Grandy, N.C. – An EMT at a local fire station in Grandy, N.C. has been arrested after allegedly hiding a camera in the fire station’s women’s bunk room and in a tanning booth at a Radio Shack where he previously worked.

Detectives continue to identify victims from the camera.

“I was like I’ve been there, I know some of my family members been there, their friends – it’s very disturbing,” a Currituck County woman said. She didn’t want to be identified, but told NewsChannel 3 she used the tanning bed inside Radio Shack several times. She doesn’t know if any videos of her were taken.

The Currituck Sheriff’s Office received a report of secret peeping at the volunteer fire station on November 20th after fire department personnel found a recording device in the women’s bunk room.