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Charlotte Observer | February 23, 2019
A rock slide closed Interstate 40 in the North Carolina mountains on Friday night, and the highway will stay shut for a week as crews stabilize the mountainside, N.C. Department … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 23, 2019
A man found dead beside a road in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood early Saturday had been shot, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a news release. Police found the man after responding to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 22, 2019
A sheriff’s deputy in Union County was charged on Friday in connection with an assault on his estranged wife. Christopher Scott Horne, 49, was served a criminal summons charging him … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 22, 2019
The death of North Carolina school teacher Brenda Hamilton in a mysterious animal attack last week has been linked to an unknown animal with canine DNA. That includes the possibilities … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 22, 2019
North Carolina paid prison officers more than $45 million in overtime last year, about 10 times more than it did in 2011, data show. The increase comes as the state … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 22, 2019
Despite an emergency fundraising campaign that brought in $9.5 million in two months, Bennett College lost its appeal to hang on to its accreditation. In a news release posted to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 22, 2019
As the rule-making body of the United Methodist Church gathers in St. Louis to decide whether the church will officially bless same-sex marriage and ordain openly gay clergy, members of … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 22, 2019
A South Carolina woman died late Thursday after being attacked in her front yard by her two dogs, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say 52-year-old Nancy Cherryl … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
Facing calls to rein in public spending for private school tuition, North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger came to Charlotte on Thursday to celebrate school choice and advocate for the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
Community activists, including some teachers, are urging the Wake County school system to do more to reassure families of undocumented students who are worried about increased ICE arrests of illegal … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
Ashley Weidner was surprised to find a big hole recently in the cement floor of her basement. Historic records and news clippings indicate the hole in her basement is probably part of an old mine tunnel. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
At Starmount elementary school, the trauma of immigration raids isn’t theoretical. It hit hard when an 8-year-old got home from school earlier this month to find his father missing, detained … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
This is a three-part look at the state of bail reform in North Carolina. Here’s how the system works. And here are some ideas for how the system could change. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
A Charlotte couple’s investigation of a possible abandoned gold mine under their home began with a shocking discovery in their basement last year as they prepared to decorate their home … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
UNC Charlotte trustees won’t change their decision last year to keep the name of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on its football stadium. UNCC’s Student Senate passed a resolution … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
One of the most historic roads in North Carolina is slowly disappearing into a bay off the Outer Banks, but environmentalists believe they have found a unique way to save … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
A former North Carolina doctor who admitted giving powerful prescription drugs to female patients in exchange for sex was sentenced on Thursday to three years in federal prison. Dr. Michael … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
A rare 1997 Michael Jordan NBA trading card has set a record as the most expensive basketball card ever sold on eBay, according to the national online sports card auctioneer … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 21, 2019
A small yet mighty new dinosaur was recently discovered thanks to the work of a Raleigh paleontologist and her team. The new dinosaur — Moros intrepidus, which means “harbinger of … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
Margaret Spellings, who recently stepped down as the UNC system president, is working for a Texas public policy group devising a strategy for the state’s future. Spellings is a consultant … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
When west Charlotte homeowner Greg Jarrell got a letter purportedly from “Code Violation Fines & Review” this month, he was immediately suspicious. The return address was for a northeast Charlotte … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
A marble statue memorializing the founder of the U.S. Army Airborne was set on fire Thursday in North Carolina, and museum officials believe it happened because vandals confused it for … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are probing the death of a man who was held down by employees of a cell phone store after a reported robbery last week. Officers responding to a … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
The North Carolina man who made headlines on Sunday for allegedly slithering out the back window of a deputy’s patrol car apparently had less luck getting out of his handcuffs, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
Wake County school board member Keith Sutton has joined the growing list of candidates who want to lead the state’s public schools. Sutton announced on the Feb. 16 episode of … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
In 2017, Kanautica Zayre-Brown had the last of several surgeries changing from male to female, a final and irreversible step on her long-desired path to becoming a woman. That same … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
The intern who died during a lion attack at a North Carolina wildlife center in December was dragged by her neck inside the animal’s cage. Alex Black, a recent college … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
A photographer captured the rarely publicized violent side of North Carolina’s beloved wild horses Sunday, as she watched two stallions on their hind legs, punching, kicking and biting each other … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
A federal inmate will testify in Rayquan Borum’s first-degree murder trial that he was in uptown during the September 2016 riots and watched Borum twice fire his gun at police, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 20, 2019
A man was found shot to death in a Charlotte home early Wednesday in a neighborhood off Freedom Drive, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. Detectives say they got a 911 at … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 19, 2019
Sleet was falling Tuesday in the Charlotte region, despite predictions to the contrary on Monday. The National Weather Service says no accumulation is expected for the Charlotte area, and continues … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 19, 2019
Teacher salaries are rising in North Carolina, State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson said Tuesday, but more needs to be done to make the profession desirable for the next generation of … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 19, 2019
A student was caught with a gun at South Mecklenburg High on Tuesday - less than three weeks after Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools conducted a random gun screening at the school. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 19, 2019
While uptown Charlotte roiled around him, Rayquan Borum twice aimed his gun at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on the night of Sept. 21, 2016, a prosecutor said Tuesday in Borum’s first-degree murder … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 19, 2019
Two former Benedictine monks who once worked at Belmont Abbey College and St. Michael Catholic Church in Gastonia appear on a list released by the Diocese of Richmond, Va., of … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 19, 2019
Police on Tuesday released surveillance photos of a person of interest in Sunday’s stabbing and attempted kidnapping of a woman at a CATS bus stop in south Charlotte, near the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 19, 2019
Police are warning shoppers in one North Carolina town to be wary of all shopping carts after razor blades were found fastened to cart handles at a Walmart. At least … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 19, 2019
A stabbing, crash and house fire that happened early Tuesday morning are believed to be connected. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a man was stabbed at the Shell Station on W. Sugar … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
A mysterious and vicious animal left a 77-year-old North Carolina teacher in critical condition in the small Beaufort County town of Pantego, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
A homicide investigation is underway after a person was killed in west Charlotte Monday morning. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police announced the investigation was taking place on Wilkinson Boulevard near Josh Birmingham Parkway … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
Police are investigating a kidnapping attempt in south Charlotte Sunday night. According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, detectives are conducting an attempted kidnapping investigation which occurred in the 9500 block … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for western North Carolina’s mountains and foothills, with freezing rain expected late Tuesday into Wednesday. Forecasters believe the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
Colin Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos suggested over the weekend that Kaepernick could one day play for the Carolina Panthers. Geragos spoke with CNN’s Ana Cabrera Saturday, a day after the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
A crowd of several hundred took to the streets Monday to protest increased immigration enforcement in North Carolina — and the paralyzing fear they said it had instilled in Charlotte’s … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
Six alleged members of a powerful Mexican drug cartel are in federal custody, accused of trafficking large sums of drugs and money through the Charlotte area for the past six … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
A man was arrested in Texas on Monday for an armed robbery that left a business owner dead at a cellphone store in southeast Charlotte on Jan 14. According to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
Five days after a humpback whale washed ashore at North Carolina’s Oregon Inlet, two more appeared over the weekend on the barrier islands that line the Virginia-North Carolina coast, according … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 18, 2019
Prosecutors said Monday that Rayquan Borum was trying to kill a police officer in 2016 when he fired the bullet that fatally struck Justin Carr. Assistant District Attorney Glenn Cole … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 17, 2019
Complaints streamed into the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Saturday afternoon as about 70 dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles traveled through the city’s streets, according to a CMPD news release. The vehicles … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 17, 2019
Word spread quickly that Lebron James had arrived on Saturday night, and that Kendall Jenner and her boyfriend Ben Simmons were there, and that maybe — just maybe — Beyoncé … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 17, 2019
A man suspected of stealing cellphones from a Charlotte business nearly died after he was caught by employees, who beat him within inches of his life, according to tweet from … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 17, 2019
A naked man was getting ready to have sex with a woman he’d just met, while his understanding girlfriend waited downstairs, he told police in North Carolina, but things went … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 16, 2019
A gunshot victim was found in an SUV that smashed into a parked car in Charlotte on Saturday, police said. The victim died at Carolinas Medical Center, according to police. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 16, 2019
A driver in north Charlotte shot a stranger who jumped on his car hood and broke a window, police said. The man who was shot, 21-year-old Robert Demarcus McManus, had … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
Student government leaders at UNC Charlotte want trustees and administrators to reconsider their decision last year to keep the name of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on the school’s … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
Friday's 2019 Rookie USA Kids Fashion show at Founders Hall featured the kids of athletes and celebrities such as Chris Paul, Thomas Davis, Carlos Beltran, Greg Olsen, Thomas Davis, Captain Munnerlyn, P. Diddy and Kurt Coleman. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
The site leader of an after-school program in Winston-Salem is accused of leading a double life as a drug dealer who used the elementary school’s campus to handle clients, reports … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
A Florida financial adviser with offices in High Point will serve more than two years in federal prison for bilking clients, including several NFL players, out of $1.4 million. A … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
You can buy edible products containing a cousin of marijuana all over Charlotte — but selling them is actually illegal, according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
Charlotte City Council at-large member Braxton Winston was served with divorce papers Friday morning, after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said it appeared Winston was avoiding service in the case. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
A new battle is shaping up in the long-running fight between North Carolina’s public schools and the tourism industry over who should be responsible for determining when the school year … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
The biggest rivalry in college basketball has spawned a healthy competition — and collaboration — among two college newspapers. The Daily Tar Heel at UNC-Chapel Hill and The Chronicle at … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
A southern white rhinoceros named Stanley who lived at the N.C. Zoo for the past 30 years died on Friday, a few weeks after suffering from an apparent stroke. Stanley … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
If the NBA All-Star Game is a celebration of basketball, having the game in Charlotte is in large part a celebration of Michael Jordan. And Jordan’s eponymous sneaker line that … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
The man charged in the shooting of three women, one fatally and assaulting three others was using a shotgun stolen from the home of one of the victims, according to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
The largest American Indian tribe east of the Mississippi, North Carolina’s Lumbee, counts 55,000 members and has called the state’s southern coastal plain home for centuries. But to the federal … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
West Charlotte High got a big present for NBA All-Star Weekend. The Lions got their boys and girls locker rooms refurbished by NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | February 15, 2019
Rock Hill police say a woman, 21, was sexually assaulted by a man with a gun Friday morning near Winthrop University. Police are still looking for the suspect. Rock Hill … Click to Continue »