Charlotte Observer

David Boraks / WFAE

The Charlotte Observer is moving to a new office this spring - and that means saying goodbye to the current four-story newsroom and office building on South Tryon Street, which is expected to be redeveloped. On Thursday, a few hundred employees past and present reunited for a couple of hours to reminisce.  WFAE’s David Boraks once worked there as an editor and reporter, and joined the crowd.  

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

A relative of Crystal Gambino told a Gaston County 911 operator that Gambino told her family that she killed her husband Monday night after catching him with another woman.

The caller, who identified himself as Gambino’s brother-in-law, said in his 911 call that Gambino put the body of the other woman in a wheelbarrow and rolled her out to a “burn pile” in the backyard of the home she shared with her husband, Giovanni “Gio” Gambino.

Panthers' Growl Grows Louder in Other NFL Cities

Jan 24, 2016
Carolina Panthers

For 17 weeks, in distant NFL cities like New York, Denver and San Francisco, they’ve cheered on the Carolina Panthers behind enemy lines.

Amid whispers, open snickers and often the objects of bewildering curiosity, they audaciously wear anything Panthers blue, black, silver and white: T-shirts, jerseys, sweatshirts and lately toboggans – even when they’re relegated to the smallest TV in the back of the bar.

David Boraks / WFAE

Water use around the nation and in the Southeast is unsustainable, and it may already be too late to avoid long-term effects, says a NASA water scientist who spoke in Charlotte Tuesday night.

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.