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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Meeting set to address public safety concerns in Plaza Midwood tonight

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Katherine Jones' death has led to public safety concerns in Plaza Midwood.
  • Katherine Jones' death has led to public safety concerns in Plaza Midwood.

The Vine United Methodist Church in the Plaza Midwood is sure to be packed full tonight following a heated debate on the neighborhood's private Facebook page following the shooting death of Katherine Jones in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 15. 

Shortly after the seemingly random shooting, neighbors took to the Facebook page to discuss public safety. On Oct. 19, a man named Scott Yamanashi posted about his desire to create an "armed neighborhood watch/bike patrol" to cruise the neighborhood during late nights between Thursday night and Saturday morning. 

The post — especially the "armed" part — created an uproar among some and led to a debate consisting of hundreds of comments. His follow-up post responding to the criticism and other posts about the issue led to more offshoot debates, topics of which ranged from race to treatment of women to gun control. 

The debate will continue in person this evening at the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association (PMNA) meeting at Vine United Methodist Church, located at 2101 Belvedere Ave. at 6 p.m. (note the change from the normal 6:30 p.m. start time) and members of the PMNA have asked for anyone who works, lives or plays in the neighborhood who would like to learn more to come out. 

As clarified by a PMNA member who posted to the page this afternoon, there is no armed bike patrol currently working the neighborhood, and Yamanashi's original idea is still just that, an idea. CMPD officers, including one from the Homicide division, are expected to attend tonight's meeting and give their insights. 

As far as Jones' death, detectives are still actively investigating the case. CMPD says it has stepped up bike, foot and car patrols in the area since the shooting. 

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Lunch Break (10/27/16): One Charlotte coalition kicks off 'healing process,' Charlotte Uprising denounces claims of partnership

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Charlotte Uprising members have denounced claims during a press conference this morning that the organization would be working with a new coalition of local business and government leaders to address inequity in Charlotte following unrest last month. This morning, representatives of Novant Health, Carolinas HealthCare System, Bank of America, CMPD and other local government officials announced the formation of One Charlotte, a coalition aimed at increasing economic opportunity and beginning "a healing process" after last week's protests. 

Members of Charlotte Uprising, many of whom were at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse this morning showing support for protesters still facing trials related to last month's unrest, released a short statement on Facebook following reports that One Charlotte representatives claimed they've been in communication with Charlotte Uprising. 

"This morning, representatives of One Charlotte held a press conference in which they claimed they have the support and endorsement of Charlotte Uprising. This is untrue. Charlotte Uprising has endorsed neither One Charlotte nor the 'symbolic march' planned for November 6th," the statement read. 

Charlotte Uprising is expected to call a press conference later disavowing One Charlotte. A stream of this morning's press conference, recorded live on Facebook by Braxton Miller, can be seen below.  


Police have identified the woman killed near Uptown yesterday afternoon as 27-year-old Brittany Carelock. Officers responded to an assault call in the 900 block of North Tryon Street at about 3:33 p.m. and found Carelock suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead on the scene. No arrests have yet been made in this case. 


Police have arrested two adults and two juveniles in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred in the Independence Division over the last week. Investigators say the four men were behind multiple robberies on Pineburr Road, during which they would allegedly make calls for service from delivery drivers and taxi drivers then rob them upon arrival. 

The first robbery, pulled on a Papa John's delivery driver, occurred on October 16, and the last one,
Marques Addison
  • Marques Addison
 involving a Chopstick delivery driver, happened this past Tuesday. Police now say one of the suspects, 18-year-old Marques Addison, was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet during the robberies, making it easy to identify him as a suspect. He agreed to come in for an interview, and the investigation then led police to 17-year-old Davonte Carter and two juvenile suspects, both 14 years old.  

Addison has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and one count of armed robbery. Carter was charged with one count of accessory after the fact. Both juvenile suspects were charged with varying amounts of armed robbery and conspiracy charges. 


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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 27, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Saint Motel w/ Hippo Campus at The Fillmore

• Raising Spirits: Doc Porter's Exclusive Bourbon Launch at Doc Porter's

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall 

• Uptown Haunted Ghost Tours

• Shiprocked w/ Mndsgn, Dirty Drummer at Snug Harbor

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 26, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Beer Release + Red, White, & Blue Blaze Trivia at Blue Blaze Brewing

• Dollar Signs, The Decline, MakeWar at Milestone

• The Urban Death Project - Compost Your Corpse  at Freedom Park Pavilion

Growl-O-Ween at Bulldog Beer and Wine

Bonnie Raitt at Ovens Auditorium

Lunch Break (10/26/16): Local man a finalist for CNN Heroes of 2016; Urban League holds 'State of Black America' event

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:31 AM

A local man was recognized this morning on Anderson Cooper's "New Day" program as one of CNN's Top 10 Heroes of 2016. For 10 years now, CNN has been recognizing "ordinary" people who have dedicated their lives to changing the world. Harry Swimmer, who runs a horse farm for young people with disabilities in Weddington, just south of Charlotte, is one of 10 finalists who could be named CNN's Hero of the Year. 

Swimmer will receive a $10,000 cash prize as one of the finalists and his efforts will be highlighted during the global broadcast of "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" on December 11. Until then, online voting will decide who becomes the Hero of the Year. The winner will receive an extra $100,000 toward their cause. 

In 1994, Swimmer turned his for-profit horse farm into Mitey Riders, dedicating it to providing free, certified equine-assisted therapy to young people with a range of disabilities, including muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome and autism. 

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This morning, a group calling itself Allied Progress sent a letter to North Carolina State Board of Elections Chairman A. Grant Whitney, Jr. calling on state election officials "to root out those motivated by partisanship and/or racial animus in the administration of state elections," according to a release. 

The letter comes on the heels of a report titled “Something’s Rotten: North Carolina’s Shameful Record of Voter Suppression and the Partisan and Sometimes Racially Charged Motivations of Those Administering Its Elections," released after a months-long investigation into North Carolina's election administration. 

“The partisan efforts by some North Carolina politicians to reduce the participation of minority, senior citizen, disabled, and low-income voters in our democratic process should worry us all," Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress, wrote in a release. "This report shows in chilling detail how so many of those responsible for administering North Carolina’s elections are motivated by partisanship and in too many cases, make disturbing racially charged and conspiratorial comments on social media.”

The Urban League of Central Carolinas is hosting a "State of Black America 40th Anniversary" event throughout the day today at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Beatties Ford Road. The event will coincide with the annual event of the same name held in Washington D.C., with this year marking the first time simultaneous events will be held in other markets in order to have more localized solution-based discussions about social mobility. 

Speakers at today's event include CNN analyst Bakari Sellers and Donald Cravins, Jr., executive director of the Policy Institute for the National Urban League. There will also be a press conference at 12:30 held by The Patriotic Millionaires, a group of high-net worth Americans who are committed to building a more prosperous, stable and inclusive nation. The group originally formed in 2010 to call for an end to tax cuts for millionaires. Below is an itinerary of panels to be held throughout the day, according to a press release about the event.  


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 25, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Beartooth at The Underground

• Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop at Pura Vida Worldly Art

Shonen Knife at Snug Harbor

• Clean Air Clean Water Film Festival at CPCC

Die Antwoord at The Fillmore

Monday, October 24, 2016

Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 24, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Loreena McKennitt at Knight Theater

• From Page to Screen: Frankenstein (1931) - Community Read at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Plaza Midwood branch)

The Monday Night Allstars at Double Door Inn

Retro Horror Series screening Evil Dead at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas

Knocturnal at Snug Harbor

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 23, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Open Streets 704

Geek Gala at Hilton Executive Park

• 7th Annual Dilworth/South End Chili Cook-Off at Atherton Mill

Carolina Renaissance Festival

• Lisa Leake to sign 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous at Passion8

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 22, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Speedbumps at The Evening Muse

Muggles Market at Hilton Executive Park

Carolina BalloonFest at Statesville Regional Airport

• Global Table Culinary Walking Tour at Compare Foods

• Breast Fest at Haylo Healing Arts Lounge

Friday, October 21, 2016

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 21, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Sept./Oct. Residency Showcase at Goodyear Arts

• 403 Fest: Halloween Edition at The Dirty Hippie

• Nightmare in Elmwood Walking Tour at Elmwood Cemetery

Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Neighborhood Theatre

SCarowinds at Carowinds

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