Tuesday, June 30, 2015

First Drip (6/30/15): Neighbors rally for local artist hit by drunk driver

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Neighbors are rallying to support Charlotte artist Joe Borruso after he was struck by a drunk driver on Parkwood Avenue near Plaza Midwood on Sunday evening. Borruso was reportedly moving something across the street on a dolly when he was struck by Evan Hager, who was driving drunk. Borruso's friend said he has lost part of his left leg, suffered multiple spinal injuries and is in a medically induced coma. Friends have set up a fundraiser on YouCaring to donate to his recovery fund.

Kerr Putney was sworn in as Chief of CMPD in front of a packed house on Monday morning, surrounded by family members. Putney is replacing Rodney Monroe, who will retire tomorrow. Putney has been with the department from more than 20 years and is the first internally selected Chief in CMPD history. 

A group of residents and business leaders from Lake Norman are traveling to Raleigh by bus today to voice their opposition to the proposed toll lanes along Interstate 77. The group will meet with legislators and deliver petitions from hundreds of Lake Norman businesses and resolutions from the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. A press conference is scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Legislative Building.

A 26-year-old man was killed in a car accident that shut down Interstate 85 near Sugar Creek Road for hours last night. Police said Tramaine Walters blew a tire and ran into another car, causing it to overturn. Walters was reportedly killed when his car hit a barrier and the driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The wreck happened at about 7:30 p.m. and the interstate was shut down in that street until about 10 p.m. 

A Belmont woman who has been missing for nearly two weeks is reported to be fine after she contacted police and said she would be returning home today. Debra Pittman has reportedly been missing since June 18, and called authorities to say she was safe on Monday but refused to give them her location. Police said they will not cancel the missing person report until they interview her in person to make sure she is in good health. 

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