Shalom Park Partially Evacuated After Phone Threat; Immigrant Activists To Confront City Council

Feb 27, 2017

The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte says portions of Shalom Park on Providence Road were temporarily evacuated Monday following an anonymous phone threat.

The federation's executive director, Sue Worrel, tells WFAE the threat was deemed not credible by law enforcement, but officers were still treating it with all seriousness. Staff members executed security protocols, and upon receiving an all clear from law enforcement, the park resumed normal business operations.

Monday's partial evacuation follows a series of bomb threats made to Jewish community centers around the country on Monday, including in Asheville, Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

Immigrant Activists To Confront Charlotte City Council With List Of Demands

Immigrant activists with the group Comunidad Colectiva are planning to confront the Charlotte City Council at its meeting Monday night with a list of demands.

The demands include asking the city to provide money for legal services for immigrants in deportation proceedings, and for the intensive training for both CMPD and the Sheriff's Department on racial profiling.

The group is planning a rally ahead of the city council meeting in Marshall Park at 5 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over NC Sex Offender Law

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday on the constitutionality of a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites.

At least five justices suggested during arguments that they may rule in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr., who was convicted of violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off of internet sites that children might use.

His arrest stemmed from a Facebook post in which he praised God for the dismissal of a traffic ticket.

Shelby Man Killed In Officer Shootout

Authorities in North Carolina say a 27-year-old man wanted on gun charges was killed in a shootout with Shelby police officers Monday morning.

Media outlets report Shelby officers were attempting to serve a warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon. Investigators say the suspect tried to hide behind the home, and when officers followed, he shot at them, and officers returned fire.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not yet released the names of the suspect or the officers involved. The officers were not injured.

More Than 100 Shots Fired In Uptown, Police Investigating

Police say more than 100 shots were fired in uptown Charlotte early Saturday about a half hour ahead of the CIAA men's championship game was set to tip off at Spectrum Center.

CMPD says it believes the shots were fired near the intersection of North Caldwell Street and 8th Street. Multiple apartments and vehicles were struck by the bullets. No injuries were reported.

Several national lifestyle websites report the target of the shooting may have been the rapper known as Young Dolph. Police are investigating.