Charlotte Observer

The granting of political favors is nothing new in government, but it can take a lot of work to connect the dots in uncovering it. An investigation by the News and Observer of Raleigh and the Charlotte Observer found that a Charlotte businessman got a contract extended to continue private maintenance services for some state prisons over the objections of the head of the department that oversees prisons.

No Leads In Child's Killing At Charlotte Birthday Party

Sep 8, 2015
Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

The shooting started when the piñata broke. A purple piñata with a princess theme, the big moment for a 2-year-old girl’s birthday party.

Candy had just rained down on the small front yard of the house at the dead end of Fieldvale Drive in the Springfield subdivision off Nation’s Ford Road, and children were scrambling for treats when several men suddenly opened fire Saturday night.

Streetcar Driver 'Could Not Control The Trolley'

Jul 21, 2015
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

Questions remained Monday, two days after a Charlotte streetcar collided with an SUV after the trolley driver “tried to stop but could not control the trolley,” according to a police report.

Mecklenburg County Jail

A sex trafficker who lured two girls to Charlotte by promising them food, shelter and security, and then turned them into prostitutes, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years and six months in prison, Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said.

Tony Lee Drum, 32, of Charlotte, was sentenced on two counts each of sex trafficking of minors and transporting minors across state lines for the purposes of prostitution.

Drum met one of the girls on a telephone chat service and the other girl on social media, according to court records.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Wednesday they have identified the suspects responsible for the 1979 murders of five people in an Outlaw gang clubhouse on Allen Road in northeast Mecklenburg County.

The July 4, 1979, massacre was the worst mass killing in Charlotte’s history.

The shootings prompted police to beef up investigations of the bikers, and agencies across the state began sharing information.

Uber Expanding North Of Charlotte This Weekend

Jun 4, 2015
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Starting at 2 p.m. Friday, people who need a ride in Concord, Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville will have another option: Uber. The ride-sharing company is rolling out expanded service in the surrounding Charlotte area this weekend.

Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Mecklenburg County commissioners resoundingly approved a resolution Tuesday urging Gov. Pat McCrory and the state’s transportation department to delay by 90 days next week’s closing of a financial contract to build toll lanes on Interstate 77.

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s contract with a private developer to build toll lanes on Interstate 77 includes a controversial noncompete clause that could hinder plans to build new free lanes on the highway for 50 years.

The clause has long been part of the proposed contract. But it was changed in late 2013 or early 2014 to also include two new free lanes around Lake Norman – an important $431 million project supported by local transportation planners.

President Obama To Visit Charlotte On Wednesday

Apr 11, 2015

The White House announced Saturday that President Barack Obama will return to Charlotte next week. Specific details are to come, but White House officials said Obama will travel to the Charlotte area on April 15 for an event on the economy.

The Charlotte visit appears to be a continuation of a tour to select cities to promote the administration's work on the economy. The visits come following a March jobs report that fell short of expectations. Employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, according to the Labor Department. That's the weakest showing in more than a year.

The Ritz-Carlton in uptown Charlotte issued an apology Friday to anyone offended by the 15 percent service charge the hotel billed patrons in its lounge during the CIAA basketball tournament Feb. 24-28.

“We would like to apologize to any guests we may have offended by the addition of a service charge we implemented at a recent event in our lobby lounge,” the apology said.