Friday, April 11, 2008

News Roundup, 4/11/08

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New options for fighting N.C. gangs?: The governor's task force on gangs says the number of gang member across the state is 14,5000. Warren Turner, Charlotte City Council member, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have identified more than 150 gangs in the city with approximately 1,800 members. Bills now linger in the N.C. House and Senate that would increase the severity of punishment of gang-related crimes, especially ones involving guns or other deadly weapons.

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Suspected in pregnant Marine's death in custody: FBI agents and police apprehended 21-year-old suspect, Cpl. Cesar Laurean in the killing of pregnant Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, in the small town of Tacambaro, Mexico on April 10. Her cremated remains were found in Laurean's backyard in January near his home in Camp Lejeune, N.C. The FBI said he is waiting to be extradited back to the United States. Local North Carolina prosecutors say that if he choses to fight the case the process could take a year or more.

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Uptown EpiCentre stage to open in May: In the heart of uptown Charlotte is the newest addition to Charlotte's entertainment scene. The Pavilion at EpiCentre is a 25,000-square-foot open-air concert and event venue that holds up to 2,000 people and has a covered bar, said partner and manager of the Pavilion, Shiela Fletcher. It is located on College Street, just south of Trade and is set to open in early May.

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