Residents held a vigil Saturday night in Harrisburg, northeast of Charlotte, to remember two neighbors who died in a shooting Friday in the Windsor Forest neighborhood. They gathered to remember 42-year-old Dan Kirchner and 64-year-old Gary Stocks. The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s office says the pair were shot to death in a backyard on a cul-de-sac on Coachman Court by neighbor Anthony Hardy. The 50-year-old Hardy later killed himself after a standoff with police that lasted several hours. Police have not offered a motive in the shootings. The two victims were on the neighborhood association board. The Charlotte Observer reported that neighbors said Hardy was angry that the board had approved cutting down pine trees behind his house. But other neighbors denied there was a dispute.
BIG DAY FOR BLUE DEVILS
March Madness is peaking for Duke fans. This afternoon in Indianapolis the Number 2 seeded Blue Devils face top-seeded Louisville in a game that’s being described as a long-awaited rematch. Back in 1992, it was Christian Laettner’s improbable last second shot that helped Duke beat Louisville 104 to 103 in that year’s East Regional final. Now, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Louisville Coach Rick Pitino are back for an encore. Tipoff today is at 5:05, and the winner gets a trip to the Final Four. Michigan faces Florida in today’s other game, 2:20pm.
REVALUATION BILL ADVANCES
A bill to require Mecklenburg County to re-do the flawed 2011 property revaluation advanced at the state legislature in Raleigh last week. Our news partner CorneliusNews.net reports that the state Senate voted 48-0 to approve the bill, which would require the county to correct problems with the revaluation, and issue refunds or new bills to affected property owners. State Senator Jeff Tarte of Cornelius, who introduce the Senate bill, said the passage is “fantastic news for everyone in Mecklenburg County who is suffering from their overvalued property revaluations.” The issue now moves on to the House of Representatives, where House Bill 200 awaits committee action.
DEADLINE FOR SC RESIDENTS
Time is running out for South Carolina taxpayers to take advantage of free credit monitoring the state is offering after a massive hack of state taxpayer data last year. Taxpayers have until today (Sunday, March 31) to enroll in Experian's ProtectMyID service. More than 1.4 million people have signed up for the services. People can go online to www.protectmyid.com/scdor and enter the activation code SCDOR123, or call 1-866-578-5422.