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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lunch Break (10/19/16): Charlotte Uprising organizer turns self in after press conference in Uptown

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Ashley Williams addresses media at a Charlotte Uprising press conference this morning. - RYAN PITKIN
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  • Ashley Williams addresses media at a Charlotte Uprising press conference this morning.

Gloria Merriweather, a core organizer with the Charlotte Uprising, turned themself in at the Mecklenburg County Jail this morning on charges of felony inciting a riot and misdemeanor assault on a government official stemming from their involvement in protests following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in September by a CMPD officer. 

Merriweather called the charges "ridiculous," but said they look forward to exonerating themself in court. 

"We have to show them that there are elements that we do control in this, that we will not just be persecuted, that we’re not just here making all this noise for nothing, that we’re actually standing for something," Merriweather said. "If that means I have to turn myself in to an unjust system to start a trial to exonerate myself, that’s exactly what I’m going to do." 

Merriweather said protesters have been searching themselves on warrant databases since some other protesters were taken by surprise by police at home or, in one protester's experience, while finishing a hiking trip. Merriweather became aware of the new charges against them on Friday, and spent the weekend preparing for this morning. 

"I can’t tell how hard it was over the weekend to prepare myself to go into what really for us is the lion’s den," Merriweather said. "The police department doesn’t protect our interests, it doesn’t protect our people, so willingly choosing to walk into this space to get a process started that will free us, that was a really tough thing to come to terms with. I’m 24 years old. A lot of people think we’re these seasoned veterans, but we’re just people who imagine a world that’s different than what we’re living in." 

Other speakers addressed those in attendance outside of the jail this morning, including Charlotte Uprising organizer Ashley Williams, who reiterated the group's list of demands, including the immediate demilitarization of the police department and its eventual defunding, as well as the release of all those arrested in connection with the protests. 

Protesters also continued to pledge their support to Rayquan Borum, who has been charged with the murder of Justin Carr, killed during protests in Uptown on September 21. Most within the Charlotte Uprising, including those like Merriweather who were standing within feet of Carr, believe Borum is being framed for Carr's murder and that the police are responsible for his death. In court, prosecutors have stated that Borum has confessed to the crime. 

Speakers at this morning's press conference included other protesters who have been arrested during or since the protests and have since been released. Michael Johnson spoke about her experience since being released from jail. 

"The trauma that I still face after has impacted my life, it’s impacted my job, it’s impacted every aspect of who I am," Johnson said. "Since then, every time I see an officer, there’s just this bubbling feeling, there’s a feeling of fear. I have a flight reflex, I want to run. I shouldn’t have to fear for my life, when you have an institution of people who are supposed to protect you." 

Following the press conference, Merriweather approached the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office Arrest Processing Center while still addressing the media, as can be seen in the video below, before entering the building with their lawyer. 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 18, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Henry Rollins at McGlohon Theatre
Henry Rollins (Photo by Heidi May)
  • Henry Rollins (Photo by Heidi May)

• Slinging Mud: Bumper Stickers as Political Weapons at The Charlotte Museum of History

Bingo at Killington's

Open Mic at Puckett's Farm Equipment

Karaoke at Petra's

Monday, October 17, 2016

Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 17, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Women’s Entrepreneurs in Arts and Business Series: Selling Your Strongest Self: Cut The Bullsh*t at Charlotte Art League

• Lucero w/ Cory Branan at Neighborhood Theatre

• Ben Rector w/ Jacob Whitesides at The Fillmore

The Monday Night Allstars at Double Door Inn

Knocturnal at Snug Harbor

Lunch Break (10/17/16): Police release photos of west Charlotte robbers, investigate Plaza Midwood killing; McCrory gets a slice in newspaper ad

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Police are looking for two teenagers they say robbed a convenience store in west Charlotte on Friday. According to report released this morning by CMPD, the two men pictured below brandished firearms in LaVilla on Freedom Drive on Friday afternoon and demanded money. Investigators ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


Katherine Jones
  • Katherine Jones
Investigators are still searching for answers in the murder of Katherine Memory Jones in Plaza Midwood on Saturday morning. Jones was reportedly walking home from her job at Midwood Smokehouse at around 2:47 a.m. when she was shot dead on the 1300 block of The Plaza. It's unclear if there was any motive in the killing or whether it was a random act of violence. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS. 


A group calling itself Writers for a Progressive America took out a full page ad in Raleigh's News & Observer this morning to wish Pat McCrory a happy 60th birthday, although it wasn't what one would call a sincere pat on the back. The ad makes light of House Bill 2, which has been a huge failure of McCrory's administration on all accounts, and goes on to say, "Governor, we send you our best wishes today as you celebrate your 60th birthday. But the real celebration will begin November 8th when North Carolina votes to move in a more progressive direction." Ouch. 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 14, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Eden at Visulite Theatre 

Truckstop Preachers, Tele Novella and Toleman Randall at Petra's

Charlotte Contemporary at Park Expo & Conference Center  


Paint & Play at Industry Charlotte 

Tom Segura at The Comedy Zone

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Today's Top Five: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 13, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Shiprocked with Abdu Ali and Joy Postell at Snug Harbor  

• Sordid Lives at McGlohon Theater 

Second Thursday Blues w/ Al Jasper & Friends at Carolina Hall  

She Who Watches at The Frock Shop 


The Wood Brothers w/ Patrick Sweany at Neighborhood Theatre

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Lunch Break (10/13/16): Details on two officer-involved shootings on Wednesday; Rep. Adams calls for voter registration deadline extension

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM

CMPD officers were involved in a second officer-involved shooting in one day yesterday when they responded to an armed robbery call at Cash America Pawn on Wilkinson Boulevard. When officers entered the business to confront the two suspects involved in the robbery, one allegedly fired a handgun at an officer. An officer returned fire, and the suspect was taken into custody shortly thereafter. The second suspect fled the scene. The suspect in custody reportedly suffered a "very minor" injury, according to a report, and police did not initially know whether it was caused by being grazed by the officer's bullet or something else. The second suspect is still on the loose. No names have been released in connection with this incident. The video below was taken by witnesses directly following the incident: 


Alonzo Edwin Castro
  • Alonzo Edwin Castro
The first officer-involved shooting to happen yesterday happened in southwest Charlotte in the early morning hours. Officer Francine Delano was reportedly traveling along Woodlawn Avenue near the I-77 interchange when she heard gunshots coming from the parking lot of the Days Inn motel. When she pulled into the parking lot, according to the most recent CMPD report, "she observed two men in the alley, later identified as Alonzo Castro and Isidro Albarran. Officer Delano perceived an imminent threat and fired her service weapon striking Castro in the leg."

Further investigation found that Castro had allegedly carried out an armed robbery against Albarran, and that Albarran had fired the original shots as Castro tried to flee the scene. Following the incident with Officer Delano, Castro was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released into the custody of CMPD. Following an interview, he was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. 


U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of Charlotte has called on the North Carolina State Board of Elections to extend the voter registration deadline after flooding from Hurricane Matthews has shut down public offices throughout eastern North Carolina and made it harder for some to register before tomorrow's deadline. 

In a statement from Adams, she says, "The right to vote is the most fundamental right in our democracy. That is why I am asking the State Board of Elections to reconsider and extend the voter registration deadline for counties affected by Hurricane Matthew … Tens of thousands of voters could be impacted if the State Board of Elections does not act. Our neighbors shouldn't have to fight floods to be able to vote. I hope leaders across the state will join me in calling for an extension to the deadline. Protecting our right to vote is the right thing to do."

A judge in Florida has extended the voter registration deadline in that state to Oct. 18. It was originally extended from this Tuesday to Wednesday in order to give time for a hearing, but the judge announced yesterday it would be extended a full week from the original deadline. 


The CMPD's Animal Care & Control (ACC) Emergency Response Team deployed this morning to Edgecomb County to help deal with an influx of animals in the shelter there. Edgecomb County's Animal Control shelter is currently dealing with between 150 and 200 animals, significantly higher than their normal capacity, according to a CMPD release.

The seven-member team heading to Edgecomb includes four ACC officers trained in large animal rescue and one supervisor with equine experience, as more equine rescues are expected to be necessary once flood waters fully recede. 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 12, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Joe Smothers and Jack Lawrence w/ Four Days Gone at Double Door Inn 

• The Temperance Movement w/ The Sheepdogs at The Underground

The Worlds of Hunt Slonem at New Gallery of Modern Art 

Shake.Stir.Sip.Socialize: Halloween-inspired Cocktail Class at NoCA Uptown

Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl King at Knight Theater

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones do a "Grab Your P***y" diddy

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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Anthony Hamilton and his group The Hamiltones have responded to the release of tapes that caught Donald Trump's candid 2005 comments admitting to sexual assault — in which he brags to Billy Bush about his penchant to just "Grab [women] by the pussy" and they let him do it because he's a star — with an impromptu music video shoot from the group's tour bus. 

The video comes in at just under a minute long, and has already garnered more than 3,300,000 views on Facebook since being posted to Hamilton's page on Sunday. It's just enough to get the chorus stuck in your head, but we wouldn't recommend walking around the office singing it. 

Hamilton, who hails from Charlotte, and the guys appear outside the bus for a short PSA preceding the song, ensuring fans that they don't aim to degrade or offend women with the repetition of Trump's comments. They just want to bring awareness to the vulgarity of the phrase, it seems, in quite a beautiful way. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the short video. 

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Oct. 11, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Finish Ticket w/ Run River North at The Underground

• Heritage and History - The Family Collage at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

First Date at Booth Playhouse

Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door Inn

Trivia at Big Ben British Pub and Restaurant

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