The 86th Mallard Creek Church BBQ is in full swing after beginning this morning at 10 a.m. The yearly event has become a political meet-and-greet thanks to its timing, with politicians hanging out throughout the day and meeting with residents waiting in the long lines at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church. Around 20,000 people are expected to attend this year, and organizers will prepare more than 14,000 pounds of barbecue, 2,500 gallons of Brunswick stew and two tons of coleslaw. Last week, the church posted vintage footage of old barbecues and stories from organizers over the years on YouTube:
Early voting has begun for local elections in the Charlotte area, as residents will be voting for a new mayor, city council and three at-large Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education seats. Early voting will continue through Halloween, and the general election will be on November 3.
The third floor of an office building at CMC Mercy was evacuated this morning after someone reported a suspicious package. Officials told employees the building was safe to return to at about 9:45 a.m. The large, locked box in question was reportedly filled with medical supplies.
A sixth person involved in the 2014 murders of Lake Wylie couple Doug and Deborah London pleaded guilty yesterday to multiple racketeering charges, including murder in the aid of racketeering. Nineteen-year-old Briana Johnson was the sixth to plead guilty yesterday, and is believed to be a local member of the United Blood Nation, along with the others who conspired to kill the Londons to prevent Doug from testifying against other gang members in the case of a robbery of the Londons' Pineville mattress store. Six other gang members named in a second indictment still have charges pending.
After mention of an early morning shooting on Carlyle Drive in yesterday's Lunch Break, another shooting took place on the same street that afternoon. The two victims were reportedly brothers living in the same house, shot just 15 hours apart. Both are expected to recover fully. Police have not announced any suspects or motives yet. Brannon Beckham, shot three times at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, was reportedly treated and released from the hospital, while his brother Chris reportedly suffered minor injuries after being grazed by a bullet.