Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Lunch Break (12/22/15): Heavy rains bring flooding and fog, causes morning accidents

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Heavy rains overnight caused flooding in some parts of Charlotte, and a dense fog advisory is in effect for much of the city until 1 p.m. Camp Greene Street, Masonic Drive and Sam Newell Road were among the streets closed for at least parts of this morning. A flash flood warning for much of south and southeast Charlotte expired at 11:15 a.m. Emergency crews responded to multiple crashes throughout the city this morning, and wetness is believed to have played a part in an early morning accident in NoDa in which a car flipped before hitting a pole. The driver was not injured in that crash. (WSOC) 

Tickets for the Carolina Panthers' first playoff game will go on sale this evening through Ticketmaster. The team will be playing in the divisional round (they have already secured a bye in the wild card round) on January 16 or 17 against an opponent still to be determined. Between 6,000 and 7,000 tickets will go on sale at 6 p.m. at Charlotte Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or over the phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets going on sale tonight will range in price from $58 to $450. (WCNC Staff) 

Police are reviewing surveillance footage of an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven on Freedom Drive this morning. Two men reportedly went into the convenience store at 3:45 a.m. with guns and demanded money. No shots were fired or injuries reported in the incident. Police have not yet released stills from the footage or descriptions of the suspects. (WBTV Web Staff) 

Timothy Leonard, the man who allegedly killed his wife and left her body in a Cornelius motel room, will appear in court today for a bond hearing. Leonard was arrested in Cleveland County after someone found Danielle Newell's body in a bathtub in a motel on Torrence Chapel Road. Police have not yet released a motive in the case. (TWC News Staff) 

The NFL announced yesterday that it will suspend Odell Beckham Jr. for one game for his on-field behavior against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The announcement comes following a game in which Beckham fought with Panthers cornerback Josh Norman throughout all four quarters. Many speculated Beckham would be suspended and/or fined for a specific play in which he targeted Norman away from the ball and blindsided him in the head with his helmet (see below). Beckham will have the option to appeal the suspension, and if he doesn't do so, will be out for Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings, a game that's crucial to the Giants' playoff hopes. (Fox46) 

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