Belmont

Local News
8:36 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Seven Years Later, A 'Successful' Whitewater Center (With Taxpayer Help)

An athlete practices at the U.S. National Whitewater Center before the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials.
Michael Tomsic

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting races this weekend that'll determine who represents the U.S. Canoe and Kayak team at this year’s world championships. It's a key event for a facility in Mecklenburg County that's had its share of financial troubles since opening in 2006 but has emerged from those troubles with the help of taxpayer money. Mecklenburg County and other local governments agreed to contribute up to $12 million to help the Whitewater Center get through its first seven years of business. Now Mecklenburg County officials say the facility is doing well enough that they shouldn't have to make their final payment.


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Charlotte Observer
10:15 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Belmont Standoff Ends Without Injury, SWAT Team Takes Gunman Into Custody

Belmont police have arrested a 46-year-old man after an attempted robbery turned standoff at the CVS in the 6700 block of Wilkinson Boulevard.
Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

BELMONT The standoff between law enforcement and a gunman at a Belmont CVS has ended without injury and all lanes of Wilkinson Boulevard have been reopened.

Edward Scott Russ, 46, of the Gastonia area, was taken into custody without incident shortly after 7 a.m., according to Police Chief Charlie Franklin.

Specific charges are still pending, but Franklin said Russ does have a prior criminal record.

Law enforcement agencies from Gaston and Charlotte-Mecklenburg were on the scene in Belmont Friday morning “and came together as one,” Franklin said.

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