Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lunch Break (12/23/15): CMPD releases picture of car involved in early morning murder on Brookshire

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Homicide detectives are looking for help in solving an early morning murder that took place on Brookshire Boulevard this morning. Police responded to an assault call in the parking lot of a gas station and found Benny Edward Bennett Jr. laying in the lot suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Medic. Police believe the victim was involved in an altercation with the suspect before the shooting. The suspect is believed to have fled the scene in a burgundy or maroon four-door vehicle with a blue front left quarter panel and a “donut” spare on the front left tire (see picture on right). The vehicle was last seen traveling on Brookshire Boulevard towards I-85. Investigators are asking that anyone with information call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Isenhour is the lead detective assigned to the case. (Ryan Pitkin) 

One man was reportedly killed in an accident involving a Greyhound bus in Uptown this morning. Witnesses said the bus was going the wrong way on W Trade Street when it hit light pole, which fell and hit a bystander, killing him. None of the 15 passengers on the bus were injured. Police have not released the name of the victim. W Trade Street was closed for nearly four hours following the accident, and reopened around 7:30 a.m. (WBTV Web Staff) 

The Union County Sheriff's Office has charged 24-year-old Kristin Lea in the death of a Union County man who died of a heroin overdose in June. Investigators said they finally compiled enough evidence to prove that Lea gave Justin Tarlton the heroin that would later kill him. She was picked up by Wilmington police in Southport, North Carolina, where she recently moved. She faces charges of selling heroin and involuntary manslaughter. The UCSO is fighting back against a surge in heroin overdoses and arrests. Deputies recently arrested 24-year-old Farrell Glaser in relation to the overdose death of Trenton Phillips. (Fox46) Creative Loafing recently published a story about the surge in heroin overdoses in Charlotte and surrounding areas. 

Ten Carolina Panthers players were named to this season's Pro Bowl last night, a record high for the franchise. The list includes five first-timers and five players who will be returning to Hawaii, although everyone anticipates they'll be bypassing that earned vacation, as players participating in the Super Bowl to not make the trip to the Pro Bowl. Among the first-time honorees is Thomas Davis, long thought to be deserving of a Pro Bowl trip. (WSOC Staff) 

Mayor Jennifer Roberts has formed a five-person committee of city council members to research whether Ron Carlee should remain Charlotte's city manager. Carlee's contract expires in April, and the committee will likely suggest to either renew the contract, let it expire, or keep Carlee on as an "at-will" employee who could be fired at any time. The committee will be chaired by Republican council member Ed Driggs and also includes Democrats Vi Lyles, Patsy Kinsey, Al Austin and James Mitchell. (Steve Harrison, Charlotte Observer) 

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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 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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Opening This Week

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The Hateful Eight


The Big Short - Christian Bale, Steve Carell


Carol - Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

Concussion - Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Daddy's Home - Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg

The Danish Girl - Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

The Hateful Eight - Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell


Joy - Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

Point Break - Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramírez

Youth - Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

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Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 22, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Charlotte Comedy Awards at Crown Station Coffeehouse & Pub

Bingo at Hattie's Tap & Tavern

• Dubbel Bottle Release Party at Sugar Creek Brewing Company

Player Made Tuesday at Snug Harbor

Trivia at Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant

Monday, December 21, 2015

Lunch Break (12/21/15): Lindsey Graham drops out of presidential race via YouTube

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina representative in the Senate for more than decade, announced on a video released through YouTube this morning that he is suspending his presidential campaign, effectively dropping him out of the race. The most surprising part of this news in the Creative Loafing news room was that, until this morning, Lindsey Graham was still running for president. (Ryan Pitkin) 

A fatal wreck this morning closed a part of Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, and it will reportedly remain closed until at least 1 p.m. The wreck, which involved multiple vehicles, happened after 6 a.m. between Hambright Road and Reese Boulevard. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials. It's unclear what caused the accident, which involved a car being pinned under a tractor-trailer, or how many people were involved. (WSOC Staff)

A much-anticipated showdown between Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not disappoint yesterday, and the bickering and fighting was highlighted throughout the game by dirty plays, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and what appeared to be some serious head-hunting from Beckham Jr. on one specific play that may earn him a fine or suspension in coming days. In the end, Norman came out on top, as the Panthers handed the Giants a loss (see Norman's gleeful retweet below) despite the Giants tying the record for biggest regular season comeback in NFL history after fighting back from a 35-7 deficit to tie the game in the final minutes. A field goal from Panthers kicker Graham Gano in the final seconds sealed the win and let the Panthers continue a perfect season thus far. The Panthers are now 14-0 with two games remaining in the regular season. (Ryan Pitkin) 

Lincoln County Animal Services has reportedly been fined $7,500 after hundreds of dogs and cats died at the facilities, possibly as a result of the outbreak of disease, in 2015. The outbreak reportedly peaked in September, when 56 animals were found dead in their kennels. According to reports, $5,000 of the fine is the result of the facility's lack of a plan for dealing with a disease problem. (Cleve Wootson Jr., Charlotte Observer) 

Authorities are saying that a woman who drove onto a sidewalk and struck 37 people, killing one, in Las Vegas last night did so intentionally. Police said the woman, who had a three-year-old child in the car, drove onto the sidewalk at least three times. Police also said the incident is not being linked to terrorism. Six of the victims were transported to local hospitals in critical conditions following the incident, which occurred just after 6:30 p.m. Before midnight, all of those victims were reportedly listed as stable. Eleven others were reportedly brought to a local trauma center and were all in good condition. The suspect is in custody but has not yet been named. (Cox Media Group National Content Desk) 

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Dec 20, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 20, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Bitchy Sundays at The Dirty Hippie

• 42 Anniversary Party f. Federal Bureau of Rock 'n' Roll at Double Door Inn

A Service of Lessons & Carols at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church

Scrooge the Musical at Matthews Community Center

Hip Hop Showcase at The Rabbit Hole

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Dec 19, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 19, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Arcs at Amos' Southend

The Stand-Up Get Down Comedy Show: Christmas Roast at Evening Muse

2nd Annual Chili Cookoff at Unknown Brewery

• Parranda Navidena at Neighborhood Theatre

Saturday Night Cine Club screens A Borrowed Identity at Theatre Charlotte

Friday, December 18, 2015

Lunch Break (12/18/15): Victim shot in knee during morning robbery in west Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM

One person was reportedly shot during an armed robbery in west Charlotte this morning. Police had the area around a home on Lumia Avenue in the Ashley Park neighborhood taped off. The victim was reportedly shot in the knee and transported to the hospital. It's unclear whether anyone has been taken into custody. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A meeting between management, student tenants and their parents at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte that's seen multiple recent shootings on the property became heated last night, ending with students storming out after feeling like their concerns were not being met. Many of the students who attended the meeting at University House apartment complex were reportedly requesting to have their leases terminated after two recent shootings and dozens of criminal complaints over the span of five months. University House management said they would be contacting students individually about their concerns. (Scott Wickersham, WSOC) 

Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker stepped up in the absence of a couple starters last night to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 10-point overtime win. With Al Jefferson serving a suspension and Andrew Batum at home sick, Lin and Walker combined for 62 points in a 109-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors. The Hornets improved to 15-10 on the season, and are seen as a viable playoff contender. (Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer) 

Former Chesterfield County deputy David Rainwater has been arrested on misconduct charges after allegedly paying for sex from prostitutes while on the job multiple times between December 2014 and August 2015. Rainwater reportedly has admitted to these acts and has been booked into the Chesterfield County Detention Center. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. (Fox46 Staff) 

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 18, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

A Soulful Noel at McGlohon Theater

Holiday Market: Mingle & Music at SalvagedBeauty NoDa

• Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night at Mint Museum Uptown

All Arts Market at CenterStage@NoDa

Junior Astronomers at Tremont Music Hall

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 17, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Delighted Tobehere: Home for the Holidays at Chaser's

Rising Appalachia at Neighborhood Theatre

History & Holiday Lights Tour at Levine Museum of the New South

Between the Buried and Me at The Fillmore

Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Phillips Place

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