Tasnim Shamma

Reporter

Tasnim Shamma joined WFAE as a reporter in August 2012. Before that, she spent a year as a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered and the National Desk in Washington, D.C. She also spent three months at NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom. She graduated from Princeton's Class of 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian. She worked as a video intern, copy editor and reporter at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek in New York City and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She grew up in Queens, New York and looks forward to new adventures in Charlotte.

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Crime
3:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

CMPD Officer Arrested For Secretly Taking Photos Of Teen Girls

CMPD Officer Thomas E. Allen was last assigned to the Recruiting Division of the Police Training Academy. He was arrested on Wednesday with four counts of secretly using a photographic imaging device to view another’s body or undergarments GS. 14-202 (E) and four counts of possessing photographic images in violation of the peeping statute GS.14-202(G).
Credit Mecklenburg County Sherriff's Office

  A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly taking inappropriate photos of four teenage girls who were in CMPD's High School Academy. After a five month investigation, CMPD charged Officer Thomas Allen with four counts of secretly using a camera to view another's body or undergarments and four counts of possessing photos in violation of the state's peeping statute. 

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe says the department is working aggressively. Eleven detectives were assigned to this investigation, which began in October of 2013.

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A Trifling Place
3:58 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Charlotte Area: An Attractive Place To Retire?

Five of the top ten places to retire in North Carolina, according to a real estate site, are in the Charlotte area. Only one, Sanford, is on North Carolina's certified retirement community list.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The online real estate research site Movoto says five cities/towns in the Charlotte-area are among the top 10 places in North Carolina to retire. That's half the list! 

Top 10 Places To Retire In N.C.

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Economics
3:22 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Snow In Charlotte Leaves Florists Scrambling

Mignon Long, a floral designer at Gallery of Flowers in Charlotte, counts to make sure there are 36 roses in the bouquet on a Valentine's Day order.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory says he expects this week's winter storm will hit the state's wallet pretty hard.  


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Crime
1:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Four Pounds Of Heroin Seized In Lancaster Co.

The Lancaster County Sherrif's office seized 4 pounds of heroin valued at up to $500,000 from the vehicle of Joseph Chasteen and Cody Howard.
Credit Courtesy of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office

A tip from Charlotte police to Lancaster authorities led to the seizure of four pounds of heroin valued at half a million dollars.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division chief Mark Keel says the high price of opiate-based prescription painkillers like oxycotin is making heroin more popular.

"Unfortunately heroin is coming back. We're starting to see more heroin today. And a lot of that has to do with narcotic drugs or prescription drugs that people are getting taking place for those drugs because prescription drugs can be very expensive."

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Environment
5:08 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Tega Cay Considers Purchasing Private S.C. Utility

A photo of a sewer system overflow on January 11, 2014 at one of Tega Cay Water Service's wastewater treatment facilities. On Saturday, February 8, an additional 500 gallons of sewage burst from a manhole because of grease and roots blockage.
Credit Courtesy of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council

The Tega Cay city council will meet Monday night to discuss whether to purchase a private sewage-treatment company and bring it under the city's control.

Last week, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control fined the Tega Cay Water Service $136,000 for repeated sewage leaks.


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Environment
6:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Charlotte's Tree Canopy Cover Increases To 47 Percent

Charlotte's tree canopy cover increased by one percent from 2008. City council set a goal of having a tree canopy cover of 50 percent by the year 2050.
Credit Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

  A new report on tree canopy cover shows that Charlotte and Mecklenburg County both saw an increase in the percentage of land shaded by trees between 2008 and 2012.

Engineers will present the full results of the latest study before city council Monday night.


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Local News
6:57 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Sharks, Rays Arrive At SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

Kids in the aquarium watched as black nose sharks, cow nose rays, jewel damselfish, French angelfish, upside down jellyfish and venomous lion fish were unloaded and brought inside the aquarium.
Credit Courtesy of SEA LIFE

  A truckload of sharks just got to the Charlotte area. The delivery from the Florida Keys pulled up to a soon-to-be open aquarium at Concord Mills Thursday morning.

The creature transport truck had three black nose sharks, cow nose rays, jewel damselfish, French angelfish, upside down jellyfish and venomous lion fish. They were among more than 30 species of fish and invertebrates on this trip.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium's marketing director, Jack Stevenson, says the animals are very happy. 

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Environment
5:54 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

S.C. Fines Tega Cay Water Services $136K For Sewage Spills

A photo of a sewer system overflow on January 11, 2014 at one of Tega Cay Water Service's wastewater treatment facilities.
Credit Courtesy of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council

UPDATE: The city manager of Tega Cay says the city received an offer from the Tega Cay Water Service to acquire its assets for $7.86 million, according to a letter obtained by the Fort Mill Times. On Thursday, the city said it will propose a counter offer in the upcoming weeks. 

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control has fined a sewage-treatment company $136,000 for repeated sewage leaks, many of them, into Lake Wylie.


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A Trifling Place
6:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Plaza Midwood And NoDa Tie For 'Most Hipster Neighborhood'

The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte’s NoDa.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Plaza Midwood and NoDa tied for the most hipster neighborhood in Charlotte, according to Gawker.

They were trying to figure out "where the self-consciously arty creative-class would-be bohemians congregate" in America's cities. 

So they were looking for the equivalent of two hipster neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Local News
4:05 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

FBI Offers $25K Reward To Help Find Missing Teen Erica Parsons

Erica Lynn Parsons was reported missing on July 30, 2013 by her stepbrother -- more than two years after she was last seen.
Credit Courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Office

The FBI says it is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that helps them find missing teen Erica Parsons.

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