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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 28, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Lost Dog Street Band, Dead Cat, and Outlaw Ritual at Hattie's Tap and Tavern

• Save OurSelves: A Visual Commentary at Studio 1212

• Moonwalk: Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson through Jazz w/ The Harvey Cummings Project at Neighborhood Theatre

• National Kidney Foundation Kidney Bowl-A-Thon at AMF Carolina Lanes

• Anderson Valley Brewing & Wild Turkey Whiskey Six-Course Dinner at The Cellar at Duckworth's

Friday, August 26, 2016

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM

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

Goodyear Artist Residency Showcase at Goodyear Arts

The 48 Hour Film Project Collection at Booth Playhouse

• The Kyle Perkins Band, Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves & The Bleeps at Milestone

Chatham County Line at McGlohon Theater

Silent Disco at Rooftop 210

Lunch Break (8/26/16): CMPD needs help solving 2015 Labor Day murders; Greenpeace collecting flood relief for Baton Rouge

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM

The CMPD held a press conference this morning to ask for the community's help in solving four murders that took place nearly a year ago. Deputy Chief Doug Gallant told reporters that last Labor Day weekend, during which 12 people were shot in Charlotte and five murdered, was the most violent weekend of his 26-year career and possibly the most violent in Charlotte's history. All but one of the murders remains unsolved and Gallant asked for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. "People were there. People know what happened. They need to come forward," he said. 


Organizers with Greenpeace Charlotte and the Trans and Queer People of Color Collective will be collecting supplies at the local Greenpeace offices to be sent to Baton Rouge to aid flood victims there through September 20. According to a release, needed supplies include children's clothes, portable skillets and bottled water, among other things. The offices are located in Area 15, at 516 E. 15th St., just off North Davidson Street. If you have any questions, contact Gloria Merriweather at 513-628-9870 or Hanna Mitchell at 207-475-8418. 


Charlotte Pride has announced its estimates for its yearly parade and festival, held last weekend, and if the numbers are true, it would make for a record-setting weekend in Charlotte. The local nonprofit organization announced in a press release yesterday that early indications show that they did meet the expected attendance figures of 130,000 people, a 10-percent increase from 2015. Final attendance figures will be estimated after the organization completes its annual event attendee survey in the next several weeks.

"Since moving to Uptown in 2011, our festival and parade has continued to reach new heights and records," Craig Hopkins, president of the Charlotte Pride Board of Directors, said in the release. "Initial attendee survey results, on-site sales and other data point to another record year for our largest annual fundraiser, which makes our year-round community programming and activities possible."


A Charlotte man surrendered to federal authorities this morning as an indictment was unsealed explaining how he and two others cheated investors out of $2.5 million by falsely representing a Charlotte-based manufacturing company. Robert Leslie Stencil, 59, of Charlotte; Daniel Thomas Broyles Sr., 59, of Beverly Hills, California; and Kristian Francis Sierp, 45, of Costa Rica, all U.S. citizens, were charged in an indictment returned on Aug. 18, 2016, in the Western District of North Carolina.

The indictment alleges that since January 2012, Stencil, Broyles and Sierp worked to sell stock in Niyato Industries Inc., a Nevada corporation that Stencil owned and operated from Charlotte. Through various publications and sales pitches, Stencil, Broyles and Sierp allegedly marketed Niyato as a manufacturer of compressed natural gas (CNG) automobiles and a distributor of CNG fuel that had patented technology, valuable contracts and high-profile executives. Stencil, Broyles and Sierp are alleged to have known that, in reality, Niyato had no facilities, products, patents or plans for an imminent IPO, but rather was merely a vehicle for inducing investor funds. In addition, Broyles and Sierp are alleged to have used high-pressure sales tactics to encourage investments from their victims, many of whom were elderly. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:43 AM

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

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead at Duke Energy Theater

Jeezy at The Fillmore

Extreme Midget Wrestling at Amos' Southend

• Centennial Beer Release & #instabeerupclt at Blue Blaze Brewing

• River Jam Series w/ Accomplices at U.S. National Whitewater Center

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 12:48 PM

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

• Cara Truitt: In Flight exhibit at CPCC's Pease Gallery

Potions & Pixels at The Underground

Film screening, hosted by the Frederick Sisters at Legion Brewing Company

• The Beautiful Opportunity of Sustainable Food Systems at Freedom Park Pavilion

• Stuck Lucky, The Emotron, Whatever Whatever & The Not Likelys at Milestone

Lunch Break (8/24/16): Mayor Roberts to offer up rebuttal to Pence appearance in Charlotte

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Mayor Jennifer Roberts will hold a press conference this afternoon that will serve as a rebuttal to Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence's speech at Charlotte Pipe & Foundry this morning. Roberts will be appearing alongside Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Matt Newton at the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party headquarters in east Charlotte. 

According to a press release announcing the press conference, the speakers "will​ ​​focus on the contrasting visions for the American economy offered by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as call on Donald Trump and Mike Pence to release their tax returns to the American public​. They will also underline the importance of voter registration and access to early voting for all North Carolinians." 


Police released the details this morning of two deaths that occurred as a result of unrelated traffic accidents. First, a CMPD release confirmed that 39-year-old Brian Bartlett succumbed to injuries suffered in an accident that happened on August 18. Bartlett struck a dump truck head-on at around 3:18 p.m. that day after crossing the yellow line. Police believe Bartlett was impaired. He was pronounced dead last night at 8:09 p.m.

Second, a woman was killed in a wreck that happened in south Charlotte at about 5:06 p.m. yesterday. Police say Jacqueline Lookabill, 80, pulled her Ford Explorer into the path of a Freightliner truck on Quail Hollow Road at Gleneagles Road. The truck struck the Explorer's front end. Lookabill was transported to CMC, where she was pronounced dead about two hours later. The driver and passenger in the truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


Kedar Muhammad
  • Kedar Muhammad
Police made an arrest yesterday evening in the case of Rechard Mickle's murder on Saturday. Detectives arrested Kedar Muhammad, 22, in Union County and charged him with murder. He's now in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. Mickle was shot on South Tryon Street in the Steele Creek area on Saturday night and later dropped off at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Mount Holly, where he was pronounced dead. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:36 PM

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

• Oscar “Buddy” Folk : Expressionism “Sacred Geometry Collection exhibit at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
Hard Working Americans at Neighborhood Theatre

• Cocktails & Gardens at The Duke Mansion

• Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls at BB&T Ballpark

Trivia at Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant

Lunch Break (8/23/16): Friends and family gather to remember Daniel Harris, killed by state trooper

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 11:30 AM

  • Ryan Pitkin
Family and friends of Daniel Harris held a candlelight vigil last night on the street near his home in northeast Charlotte where the 29-year-old man was killed by a North Carolina State Trooper last Thursday. 

Harris' brother, Sam (right, red shirt) addressed the crowd before asking for a moment of silence. - RYAN PITKIN
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  • Harris' brother, Sam (right, red shirt) addressed the crowd before asking for a moment of silence.
The circumstances of Harris' death are still unclear, but the incident began as an attempted traffic stop for speeding on I-485. Family members say Harris, who is deaf, may not have known the police were following him. It has been reported that the state trooper's vehicle was involved in some sort of accident before Harris finally stopped on Seven Oaks Drive, where he lived. Police have said there was an "encounter" between Harris and the trooper trying to take him into custody, but haven't explained any other details. 

At last night's vigil, Daniel's brother, Sam Harris, spoke about how things could have been different
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 had police known his brother was deaf. He also said there will be a memorial for Daniel at First Baptist Church in Uptown this evening at 5 p.m. The family is raising money to pay for the memorial and cremation expenses on a YouCaring page. 

"Any monies left over will be used to set up a foundation in his name to educate and provide law enforcement proper training on how to confront Deaf people," the family wrote on the page. "Subsequently, we hope to change the DMV registration system by requiring states to set up a 'DEAF' alert to appear when law enforcement look up a car's license plate. With this change, Daniel will be a hero in our Deaf community." 


Police have arrested a man for the murder of a 20-year-old woman in south Charlotte yesterday morning. Police have charged 23-year-old Jalen Anderson with murder, attempted murder and shooting into an occupied property causing serious injury. The victim, Mary Tarr, was shot in a home on Baybrook Lane and Pineville-Matthews Road at around 3 a.m. yesterday. A second female victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, but it's unclear what condition she is now in. 


Sandy Le
  • Sandy Le
Police yesterday confirmed that a body found in the Cabarrus County woods last Wednesday during the search for Truc Quan "Sandy" Le was, in fact, Le's body. Police are still searching for Alexandro Castillo and Ahmia Feaster, Le's coworkers who are believed to be involved in her murder. Castillo and Feaster are believed to have driven Le's car across the country, dumping it in Phoenix, Arizona, and crossing the border into Mexico. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 20, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Charlotte Pride in Uptown
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Elizardi Castro at Booth Playhouse

• Open Occupancy: Artists Respond to HB2 exhibit at McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Dirty Dancing Festival at Morse Park Meadows

• The Aftermath w/ Delighted ToBeHere, Dixie Crystal, Bethann Phetamine, and Malachi at Visulite Theatre

Friday, August 19, 2016

Lunch Break (8/19/16): SLIDESHOW: Peaceful protesters gather for street action outside Trump/McCrory fundraiser, march outside of convention center

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Protesters sweep coal under Gov. McCrory's rug outside of the Westin on Thursday afternoon. - RYAN PITKIN
  • Ryan Pitkin
  • Protesters sweep coal under Gov. McCrory's rug outside of the Westin on Thursday afternoon.

Trump supporters were met with a relatively tame group of protesters outside of his Charlotte appearances yesterday. A group of protesters, a mixture of environmentalist organizers with Greenpeace and the Durham-based NC United Front Against Racism and Fascism, gathered in front of The Westin, where Trump was enjoying a fundraiser dinner with state leaders like Gov. Pat McCrory, Sen. Thom Thillis and Sen. Richard Burr. The protesters, some of which wearing hazmat suits, poured out buckets of coal on the sidewalk in front of the hotel, then swept it under the rugs, symbolizing McCrory's continuous cover-ups regarding coal ash and the health risks it poses. 

After the coal clean-up, protesters marched next door to the Charlotte Convention Center, where Trump was scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. A small group of protesters gathered at the entrance and chanted slogans like "Black Lives Matter" and "Let's be clear, immigrants are welcome here" for an hour or so, with not much engagement coming from Trump supporters. The group disbanded before Trump's speech with promises of meeting Trump supporters to protest his policies at any appearance he makes in Charlotte. 

The following photos were taken at The Westin and Charlotte Convention Center between 4:30 and about 6:30 p.m.
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