Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer
3:33 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

President Obama To Visit Charlotte On Wednesday

President Obama

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.

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Charlotte Observer
9:40 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Ritz-Carlton Apologizes To Guests For 15% CIAA Service Charge

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.

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Charlotte Observer
11:40 am
Thu February 19, 2015

CMPD: Officer Fatally Shot Woman Who Lunged At Police With A Knife

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe speaks at a news conference Thursday morning about an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night.
Credit Adam Bell / Charlotte Observer

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer responding to a domestic argument fatally shot a 20-year-old woman Wednesday night after she lunged at officers with a kitchen knife, authorities said Thursday.

CMPD identified the officer as Anthony Holzhauer, 27. This is the second time Holzhauer has fatally shot someone, and the third shooting he was involved in since 2012.

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Charlotte Observer
4:08 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Prosecutor: Lake Wylie Couple Murdered To Prevent Testimony In Robbery

Malcolm Hartley

CHARLOTTE A Lake Wylie couple was shot to death in their home in October to prevent one of them from testifying in court about the May robbery of their Charlotte mattress store, a North Carolina prosecutor said in court Thursday.

Monique Holman, a Mecklenburg County assistant district attorney, told District Court Judge Karen Eady-Williams during an extradition hearing that Doug and Debbie London were killed to keep Doug London from testifying against two men charged with the May 25 robbery of the couple's Wholesale Mattress Warehouse.

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Sports
10:39 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Charlie Sifford, First Black PGA Golfer, Dies At 92

Charlie Sifford, a Charlotte native who would become the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour, died Tuesday in Cleveland. He was 92.

Sifford had suffered a minor stroke three weeks ago, his son, Charlie Jr., said.

Born in 1922, Sifford grew up caddying on Charlotte’s whites-only golf courses for 60 cents a day. He often said he would give 50 cents to his mother and keep the remaining 10 cents to buy a cigar, which became his trademark look in later years.

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Charlotte Observer
11:20 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Charlotte Charter Removed Principal Amid Financial Problems

Hans Plotseneder

A Charlotte charter school has removed its founder and principal as the school struggles with low enrollment and significant financial shortfalls.

The board at Entrepreneur High School removed Hans Plotseneder as the school’s leader on Christmas Eve, according to documents from the state Department of Public Instruction.

Entrepreneur High opened in August and has been on probation with the state charter school office since September.

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Charlotte Observer
9:50 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Charlotte's United Way Hires Sean Garrett As New Head

Sean Garrett, newly hired executive director of United Way of Central Carolinas.
Credit United Way of Central Carolinas

Charlotte’s United Way has hired a new executive director who’s young, has worked for United Ways his entire career and will bring top-tier fundraising experience to an agency still rebuilding after an executive pay scandal rocked the community in 2008.

Sean Garrett, 32 and currently vice president of development for United Way Worldwide in New York City, will begin the job in Charlotte on March 1 – just after the end of the United Way’s 2014-15 fundraising campaign.

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Charlotte Observer
3:28 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Mecklenburg Social Worker Pleads Guilty To Selling Clients' Information

A social worker with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that she sold the identities of Medicaid patients in a fraudulent claims scheme, prosecutors said.

Ieshia Hicks Watkins, 33, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud conspiracy and one count of receiving illegal kickbacks.

Watkins faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for the health care fraud charge and five years for the kickback plea. She also faces a maximum fine of $500,000 for the two charges.

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Charlotte Observer
3:21 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

FBI Probes Embezzlement Claims At SouthLake Christian Academy

The FBI is now investigating embezzlement claims at a Huntersville private school, the agency’s Charlotte office said Wednesday.

The investigation follows news that the chief financial officer of SouthLake Christian Academy and the pastor who helped found the school 20 years ago had resigned amid a probe into financial mismanagement. The FBI will be joined by the Huntersville Police Department.

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Charlotte Observer
8:53 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Council Members Vow To Get Answers About CMPD Cell Phone Tracking

The StingRay tracking device is one of several ways the police can track your phone - without a warrant in some states - by using phony tower signals.
Credit Harris Corp.

Three Charlotte City Council members said Monday they want to know how CMPD uses a secret surveillance technology that gathers data from cellphones and other wireless devices belonging to crime suspects and innocent residents alike.

Two officials – council members Claire Fallon and John Autry – said they question whether it is legal for officers to collect information from citizens who are not suspected of committing crimes.

“You can’t make a move without someone watching you,” Fallon said. “It’s not American.”

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