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Teen falls from 3rd floor balcony at home on NC beach and dies, officials say | Charlotte Observer Teen falls from 3rd floor balcony at home on NC beach and dies, officials say
In what has become a deadly summer ritual, yet another teen has died after falling from balcony at one of the Carolinas beaches. The victim, a 19-year-old, has not been … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 26, 2017
Trump backers hold sit-in at Starbucks after staff mocks woman in Trump tee-shirt | Charlotte Observer Trump backers hold sit-in at Starbucks after staff mocks woman in Trump tee-shirt
A group of Republicans turned the tables on a Charlotte Starbucks Saturday, after its staff was accused of mocking a customer for wearing a Donald Trump tee-shirt. Several dozen tee-shirt … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 26, 2017
Fatbacks or Fly Traps? Fayetteville ponders odd names for new minor league team | Charlotte Observer Fatbacks or Fly Traps? Fayetteville ponders odd names for new minor league team
North Carolina has long been home to strange minor league team names, with the Carolina Mudcats and the Hickory Crawdads. But it looks like Fayetteville is about to take the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 26, 2017
Rock Hill police investigating homicide; one wounded | Charlotte Observer Rock Hill police investigating homicide; one wounded
Rock Hill police are investigating a homicide Sunday after a gunshot victim was driven to Piedmont Medical Center and died, according to police. Police have not arrested a suspect and … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 26, 2017
Two injured, two being sought in Statesville home invasion | Charlotte Observer Two injured, two being sought in Statesville home invasion
A Statesville resident stabbed an intruder after being shot in their home early Monday morning. Statesville police say a total of three people tried to break into a home on … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 26, 2017
Olivia Archer becomes a game-changer on the tennis court | Charlotte Observer Olivia Archer becomes a game-changer on the tennis court
Olivia Archer’s tennis career started by accident. Archer, who hadn’t turned 10 years old, admits she was indifferent about playing the sport as she tagged along with her older sister, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 26, 2017
They came as grad students. Now they want their kids to know what China has to offer | Charlotte Observer They came as grad students. Now they want their kids to know what China has to offer
As south Charlotte’s Chinese community has grown, so has interest in children learning Mandarin and about Chinese culture. The interest isn’t only from Chinese parents with American-born children hoping to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 25, 2017
As killings rise, community mourns a recent victim – ‘a bright light’ | Charlotte Observer As killings rise, community mourns a recent victim – ‘a bright light’
Men rarely call each other beautiful. But in the days since Charlotte barber David Lindsay died, that’s what Damian Johnson, who co-owns the barbershop where Lindsay worked, has heard over … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 25, 2017
Thousands of local Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr Sunday to mark the end of Ramadan | Charlotte Observer Thousands of local Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr Sunday to mark the end of Ramadan
Organizers estimate that 8,000 people gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in Concord Sunday. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and reflection. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 25, 2017
Missing teen from Ballantyne found in Georgia, man in custody | Charlotte Observer Missing teen from Ballantyne found in Georgia, man in custody
A 17-year-old girl who went missing from the Ballantyne area more than a year ago was found alive in Georgia. Hailey Burns vanished from her home in Ballantyne in May … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 25, 2017
Pay attention while you cook: Gastonia apartment fire injures one firefighter | Charlotte Observer Pay attention while you cook: Gastonia apartment fire injures one firefighter
One firefighter was taken to the hospital after extinguishing a fire in a Gastonia apartment building Saturday night. The fire started when food was left unattended in an oven, the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 25, 2017
Someone was shot and killed inside a Charlotte bar Saturday night | Charlotte Observer Someone was shot and killed inside a Charlotte bar Saturday night
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating Charlotte’s 47th homicide after a man was shot inside a Tuckaseegee Road bar on Saturday night. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 25, 2017
Rapper accused of uptown shooting returning to Charlotte for concert | Charlotte Observer Rapper accused of uptown shooting returning to Charlotte for concert
Blac Youngsta, the rapper who was one of three men accused of firing 100 shots in uptown Charlotte during the CIAA tournament in February, will be back in Charlotte Sunday. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 24, 2017
Chomp, chomp — it’s feeding time for plants at UNCC festival | Charlotte Observer Chomp, chomp — it’s feeding time for plants at UNCC festival
UNC Charlotte held its second annual “Carnivorous Plant Carnival” Saturday at the McMillan Greenhouse. Paula Gross, associate director of the UNCC Botanical Gardens, said school officials knew there was an … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 24, 2017
Man accused of sexually assaulting teen in 2 NC counties | Charlotte Observer Man accused of sexually assaulting teen in 2 NC counties
Authorities in Rowan County have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor over a two-week period in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said Ricky … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 24, 2017
S.C. police chief accused of stealing - from other cops | Charlotte Observer S.C. police chief accused of stealing - from other cops
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division on Friday arrested the police chief of the small town of Springfield on a charge of misconduct in office. Lacra Sherod Jenkins, 39, is accused … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Senator secures $200,000 for program that helps inner city Charlotte kids | Charlotte Observer Senator secures $200,000 for program that helps inner city Charlotte kids
N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Cornelius, has secured $200,000 in discretionary money from the state’s general fund for Charlotte-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas. Tarte presented the check to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Leon Levine Foundation matching grant to help Charlotte nonprofit expand services | Charlotte Observer Leon Levine Foundation matching grant to help Charlotte nonprofit expand services
Charlotte’s Leon Levine Foundation has awarded Communities In Schools a $350,000 matching grant to expand the services of the program, which helps students succeed in school. Over a two-year period, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Charlotte spa offers unconventional treatment – breast milk | Charlotte Observer Charlotte spa offers unconventional treatment – breast milk
Mud. Facial Bar prides itself on not being the typical spa. Customers to the south Charlotte business can expect quicker service and the use of all organic products when they … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
American Airlines worker accused of brawling with police | Charlotte Observer American Airlines worker accused of brawling with police
An American Airlines worker is accused of fighting with officers at Charlotte’s airport after the airlines kept him off a flight because he’d cussed at and threatened a federal Transportation … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Video of boy without legs pitching ball for Myrtle Beach Pelicans thrills fans | Charlotte Observer Video of boy without legs pitching ball for Myrtle Beach Pelicans thrills fans
It’s intimidating enough for any boy to be invited to handle the ceremonial first pitch at a professional game, but the internet has taken notice of 9-year-old Gabe Davis’ stellar … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
‘Facebook drama’ leads to assault at Rock Hill apartment, woman tells police | Charlotte Observer ‘Facebook drama’ leads to assault at Rock Hill apartment, woman tells police
A woman told police she was assaulted in her Rock Hill apartment Thursday after “Facebook drama” escalated into violence. The victim reported that two people knocked on the door of … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
College and 4th street intersection closed, police presence in area | Charlotte Observer College and 4th street intersection closed, police presence in area
The intersection of College and 4th streets was closed shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, due to police investigation. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers and seven squad cars were seen scattered across lanes … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Rock Hill man follows morning coffee with $250K lottery win | Charlotte Observer Rock Hill man follows morning coffee with $250K lottery win
A Rock Hill man scratched off a $250,000 lottery win while sipping his morning coffee at Mr. Express Mart at 2316 Ebenezer Road. “I thought I was still dreaming,” he … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Electrical issue with neon sign causes south Charlotte shopping center fire | Charlotte Observer Electrical issue with neon sign causes south Charlotte shopping center fire
No injuries were reported in a fire at a south Charlotte shopping center Friday morning. The fire occurred at the Carolina Pavilion Shopping Center on South Boulevard. The Charlotte Fire … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
The streetcar is turning 2. When will the promised development boom happen? | Charlotte Observer The streetcar is turning 2. When will the promised development boom happen?
Two years ago, Charlotte’s streetcar carried its first passengers and brought the hope that it would eventually spark new development in areas that had been overlooked, particularly near Johnson C. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Second man arrested in fatal Charlotte gas station shooting case | Charlotte Observer Second man arrested in fatal Charlotte gas station shooting case
Police have arrested a second man in connection with a fatal shooting during a botched drug deal at a west Charlotte gas station this month. Cornelius Chambers, 32, of Chester, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
One kitten got stuck in a utility pole. Two Union County agencies came to save it. | Charlotte Observer One kitten got stuck in a utility pole. Two Union County agencies came to save it.
An adorable 7-week-old kitten got stuck “inside” a utility pole Thursday in Indian Trail. In the hours that followed, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Hemby Bridge Volunteer Fire Department … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Extradition hearing pending for accused killers of Uber driver | Charlotte Observer Extradition hearing pending for accused killers of Uber driver
Two men accused of kidnapping and murdering a Charlotte Uber driver have a court hearing Friday to determine if they’ll be extradited from Maryland. In May, police in Marlyand stopped … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Movie theater fire near Pineville | Charlotte Observer Movie theater fire near Pineville
Charlotte firefighters battled a fire at the AMC theater in the Carolina Pavilion shopping center Friday morning. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
He raped a woman on Thanksgiving in 1985. Now he’s going to prison for 100 years. | Charlotte Observer He raped a woman on Thanksgiving in 1985. Now he’s going to prison for 100 years.
A man who raped a Charlotte woman on Thanksgiving back in 1985 will spend the next 100 years in prison, based on a jury’s decision this week in Superior Court. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
You could buy a Ferrari for what a bidder just spent on a used Michael Jordan jersey | Charlotte Observer You could buy a Ferrari for what a bidder just spent on a used Michael Jordan jersey
NBA icon and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has yet again rocked the sports memorabilia world with news that one of his jerseys sold this week for a stunning $273,904, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Charlotte man stepped off curb into the path of Jeep and died minutes later | Charlotte Observer Charlotte man stepped off curb into the path of Jeep and died minutes later
A pedestrian was struck and killed not far from Carolina Golf Club in south Charlotte late Thursday. Joe Lee Stinson, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Amid street musicians and restaurants, Asheville food buskers cook for tips | Charlotte Observer Amid street musicians and restaurants, Asheville food buskers cook for tips
Touristy Asheville, which is known for its sidewalk musicians and restaurants, has spawned a mashup of both: food busking. “It's food talent for tips,” Teau Frederic, known locally as the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Busy intersection set to close in Mint Hill, business owners concerned | Charlotte Observer Busy intersection set to close in Mint Hill, business owners concerned
Starting around 9 a.m. Friday, the intersection of U.S. 51 and Idlewild Road will close for the construction of a new roundabout. “Roundabouts are one way we work to increase … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 23, 2017
Flight from Las Vegas to Charlotte postponed due to ‘non-credible threat’ Thursday | Charlotte Observer Flight from Las Vegas to Charlotte postponed due to ‘non-credible threat’ Thursday
A flight from Las Vegas to Charlotte was delayed Thursday due to a threat officials said was “non-credible.” American Airlines Flight 1704 received the non-credible threat before departure, according to … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
Preacher who wrote ‘Please Don’t Repo My Car’ indicted on tax charges | Charlotte Observer Preacher who wrote ‘Please Don’t Repo My Car’ indicted on tax charges
A former Charlotte preacher who wrote the book “Please Don’t Repo My Car” was indicted on tax charges Thursday. William Todd Coontz enjoyed a life of luxury, federal prosecutors contend, … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
Westboro Baptist plans to take its controversial protest to NC soldier’s funeral | Charlotte Observer Westboro Baptist plans to take its controversial protest to NC soldier’s funeral
Westboro Baptist Church has issued a statement saying it will protest the funeral of slain Sgt. Dillon Baldridge in Ashe County on Friday. Baldridge, of Youngsville, was one of three … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
Former longtime funeral director admits to misusing clients’ money | Charlotte Observer Former longtime funeral director admits to misusing clients’ money
Former longtime Gaston County commissioner and funeral director David Ward Jr. pled guilty to seven felonies this week for taking money customers had pre-paid for services at his Gastonia funeral … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
With Mom in labor, this Charlotte family rushed to the hospital. They didn’t quite make it. | Charlotte Observer With Mom in labor, this Charlotte family rushed to the hospital. They didn’t quite make it.
The birth of their second child, Wilkes, wasn’t supposed to be full of surprises for Charlie and Alexandra Vroon of Charlotte. After all, they’d done this before. Evelyn, 2, took … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
Here are the names of Charlotte’s homicide victims | Charlotte Observer Here are the names of Charlotte’s homicide victims
Of the 46 homicides reported in Charlotte this year, 16 cases remain unsolved, with no arrests made in those as of June 22, 2017. The list of victims below includes … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
‘The optics are horrible.’ Was hiring of interim health director a conflict of interest? | Charlotte Observer ‘The optics are horrible.’ Was hiring of interim health director a conflict of interest?
Earlier this year, Mecklenburg County paid $25,000 to an outside consulting firm to recommend management changes and other reforms for its troubled health department. Less than four months later, the … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
Deer hit by car gives birth, then dies. What an NC trooper did next was surprising. | Charlotte Observer Deer hit by car gives birth, then dies. What an NC trooper did next was surprising.
A trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol is winning hearts on social media for refusing to abandon a fawn that was born seconds after its mother was hit by … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
How a former undocumented immigrant uses his experiences to be a better police officer | Charlotte Observer How a former undocumented immigrant uses his experiences to be a better police officer
Yency Contreras entered the United States illegally when he was 17 from Honduras and spent more than four months in a juvenile detention center – but today he is an … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
A drone took this epic mountaintop proposal to new heights | Charlotte Observer A drone took this epic mountaintop proposal to new heights
They were alone on a mountaintop, and he still managed to capture this special moment. … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
Pageland, SC, murder suspect is believed to be hiding in Charlotte area | Charlotte Observer Pageland, SC, murder suspect is believed to be hiding in Charlotte area
The chief suspect in a Chesterfield County, S.C., killing is believed to be in the Charlotte area, and help is being sought to find him. Investigators with the Chesterfield County … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
An officer pulled gun on Charlotte woman buying a car. Police find no wrongdoing | Charlotte Observer An officer pulled gun on Charlotte woman buying a car. Police find no wrongdoing
Police in Knoxville, Tenn., have ruled that an off-duty officer acted appropriately when he pulled a gun on a Charlotte woman who was picking up a used SUV she bought … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
As studies of a rare eye cancer in a small town continue, the number of cases grows | Charlotte Observer As studies of a rare eye cancer in a small town continue, the number of cases grows
Reported cases of a rare eye cancer in Huntersville continue to rise as studies continue to learn more about what’s afflicting the small town north of Charlotte. In April, when … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
Deputies: NC men had $500,000 of ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Turbo Diesel’ and ‘Berry Bomb’ | Charlotte Observer Deputies: NC men had $500,000 of ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Turbo Diesel’ and ‘Berry Bomb’
Wayne County is not known as one of the nation’s drug capitals, but Carolinians may have to rethink that after deputies arrested two men there with a rolling convenience store … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017
Young bear who won hearts in downtown Hickory is back home in the woods | Charlotte Observer Young bear who won hearts in downtown Hickory is back home in the woods
The 80-pound bear cub that won the state’s heart Wednesday for getting lost in downtown Hickory is safely back in the woods. Tired, and probably hungry, the bear wandered back … Click to Continue »
Charlotte Observer | June 22, 2017