Nick de la Canal

Mid-Day Newscaster

WFAE's Nick de la Canal can be heard on public radio airwaves across the Charlotte region, bringing listeners the latest in local and regional news updates. He's been a part of the WFAE newsroom since 2013, when he began as an intern. His reporting helped the station earn an Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage following the Keith Scott shooting and protests in Sept. 2016. He grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Myers Park High, and received his degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston. He tweets periodically: @nickdelacanal

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The estate of Richard Siskey went to auction Thursday. The late Charlotte businessman committed suicide in his prominent South Park mansion last December days after the FBI concluded he was running a Ponzi scheme. 

The items for sale include 22 pieces of fine jewelry, a 5.07 carat diamond, 11 luxury automobiles (modern and classic), 46 guitars (39 of them signed), 238 pieces of furniture, 14 paintings, 32 sculptures, a baby grand piano, and hundreds of lamps, urns, and other curios.

CMPD bodycam footage

An attorney for the family of Iaroslav Mosiiuk says police footage backs up the assertion that officers mishandled the situation leading to the shooting of the 25-year-old Ukrainian immigrant.

Courtesy of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, Duke University

WFAE has a new initiative to connect with our audience and get story suggestions. On our website, we ask you to tell us what you wonder about the Charlotte region, its life, and culture. We recently put three questions to a vote – letting you decide the story you wanted us to cover. The overwhelming winner was a question that came to us from Jennifer Lange, a resident of Charlotte’s Steele Creek area.

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New Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is drawing scrutiny for creating a new position in the school system and hiring the husband of his chief of staff to fill it. Both followed him to Charlotte from the Hagerstown, Md., school system.

In an interview with WSOC TV, Wilcox was asked whether the job had been posted, or if the school system had accepted applications from anyone else for the position.

Exiting the police station on Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte.
Nick de la Canal / WFAE-FM

CMPD is increasingly dedicating money and resources toward crime prevention efforts - that is, ways to stem violence before it happens, instead of merely reacting when it does. We take a look at one of the department's newest programs, called "Reach Out," which offers life skills and job training to young adults charged with first time felonies.

Charlotte Fire Department building
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Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan will retire at the end of August, capping off a tenure that saw both the expansion of the department and a number of scandals that nearly had him ousted.

The officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott last September might now face consequences. CMPD initially cleared officer Brentley Vinson of any wrongdoing, but now the city’s Citizens’ Review Board says CMPD may have erred. An attorney for the Scott family, Charles Monnett,  says Scott’s widow is pleased with the announcement, and that together they look forward to presenting their full case at a follow up hearing in August.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is standing by its internal investigation that found last year's shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was justified. That comes a day after the city's Citizen Review Board found the department may have been wrong.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the Republican-proposed state budget, though his veto will likely be swiftly overridden. Meanwhile, an 18-year-old has been charged with the Memorial Day shooting that left one person dead and another injured. And, a Morganton man has been sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

Jason Thrasher

The nationally-recognized Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) is holding its annual summer symposium in Charlotte this weekend. Over the course of the three-day event, participants will dive into an exploration of Latino influences on Southern cuisine. The group is collaborating with a number of local and Latino-run restaurants, primarily in east Charlotte along Central Avenue.

Writer and historian John T. Edge, who also leads the SFA, joined WFAE to talk about the weekend's events and why his organization picked Charlotte out of dozens of other southern cities to host.

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