Law enforcement agencies from all over the nation descended upon Mooresville over the weekend as reports of a crime that occurred on Friday. Various news outlets and members of the media and press have learned that someone contacted WFNZs own Travis ‘T-Bone’ Hancock on Friday morning to inform him that he won $50,000 on a lottery scratch off card. Hancock, who is a producer and on air talent for the WFNZ morning sports talk show ‘The Mac Attack’, was on location at Olde Sycamore Golf Course for the radio stations annual golf tournament. Co-workers said the young man, 29, celebrated in the parking lot thinking about how he could use the money to help plan a wedding and honeymoon with his fiancée April Troutman. Moments later tragedy struck as Hancock received another call learning the scratch off card was fake and his impending payday had been fabricated as part of sadistic and shocking joke. Officials in Mooresville believe someone placed a fake winning scratch off card in the parking lot in front of his residence. Travis quickly contacted Americas Most Wanted, Rescue 911, and Cops in effort to find the perpetrator. Agents from the FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security were scouring the area looking for clues that could lead to a potential suspect and fielded thousands of phone calls on their tip line. A spokesperson for the Counter Terrorism Unit has confirmed Jack Bauer is on his way to North Carolina at the time of this writing. The next 24 hours could be hell for both Bauer and Hancock. As the events unfolded Friday morning T-Bone, a favorite to win the WFNZ Golf Classic, was forced to withdraw himself from the golf tournament due to the significance of the distraction. Rumors are running rampant that he will also pull out of this weeks Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament at Quail Hollow. A source familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said officials are looking for a 30-year-old redheaded female believed to be a person of interest last seen in the Fountains of Mooresville subdivision. He could not confirm she is a suspect and did not reveal her name but there is widespread speculation in the media and internet that it could be someone T-Bone knows.
I texted T-Bone on Friday to get his thoughts and he wrote back “I have no comment and I ask everyone to respect my privacy as I go through this horrible time.”
A few of T-Bones co-workers and friends were interviewed regarding the situation:
“The Panthers got some hog mollies in the draft. I love big guys.” Chris McClain.
“I don’t know what happened Friday, I’ve been here at the Applebees all weekend drinking my face off and this bartender wants me.” Cameron Sito.
“When Travis gets home he better clean up this dog pee.” April Troutman.
“Can you please tell him to stop texting me?” Chris Paul.
“The Bobcats have already been assessed their first shot clock violation of the 2013-2014 season.” Rick Bonnell.
“Last night I was drinking Coors Light and watching The Big Bang Theory. It was the episode where Sheldon wears ear muffs to try and keep himself from hearing Penny and Leonard having sex. Great stuff.” Jim Celania.
If you have any information that can help authorities find this criminal mastermind, please call the tip line at WFNZ at 704-570-9610.
–Bruce Wilson is the owner of Superior Car Service and blogs here and at www.BruceDogg.Wordpress.com You can follow him on Twitter @BruceRWilson