Local News
1:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

D.A. Clears CMPD Officer In Fatal Shooting

The shooting happened in the townhouse on the left in Dillehay Courts in north Charlotte.
Credit Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

A CMPD officer who shot and killed a woman in February will not face criminal charges.  

Two police officers were called to a north Charlotte apartment on the night of February 18th, to investigate a domestic dispute involving 20-year old Janisha Fonville. Before police entered the apartment her girlfriend Korneisha Banks told the officers Fonville was mentally ill, had a knife, and might hurt herself.  

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Sunday Headlines
9:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Duke Docks CEO's Pay

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of North Carolina’s Dan River in toxic sludge.   An annual statement released ahead of the Charlotte company's May shareholder meeting says Chief Executive Lynn Good's $8.3 million compensation in 20-14 was cut by about $600,000. Duke’s chief financial officer and three other executives saw similar 35 percent reductions in compensation tied to annual performance.

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Local News
12:30 am
Mon March 9, 2015

CMPD Officer Shoots Teen Reportedly Carrying A Gun

Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he shot a teenage boy Saturday night. Police say the teen had a gun.

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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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Local News
6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Police Body Cameras: Part 2 - A Question Of Access

A police body camera unit waiting to be picked up for a shift.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Next month the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will begin equipping every officer with a body camera. The deployment will be completed sometime this fall. Chief Rodney Monroe hopes the cameras will help build public trust in the city’s police force.

Building that trust, however, may depend on how and when the cameras are used. And who has access to the videos they record.

Yesterday, we reported on how body cameras are used on patrol by Greensboro police who have had the camera’s since 2013. In part two of our series, we focus on the issues of privacy, accountability and fears body cameras are just another form of police surveillance.  

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Local News
3:23 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

City Council To Vote For Police Body Cameras

CMPD emblem
Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Monday night the Charlotte City Council will vote on whether to equip every member of the city’s police force with a body camera.

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Local News
9:45 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Charlotte's Crime Rate Held Steady In 2014

Officers with CMPD's Independence Division line up to shake Police Chief Rodney Monroe's hand at Wednesday's crime statistics press conference. That division saw the biggest drop in crime last year.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Charlotte’s overall crime rate last year remained largely unchanged from 2013. But there were some categories of crimes that saw big increases and drops in their numbers. 

Property crimes were up about 0.6 percent from 2013 and violent crimes were down by the same amount. But some types of crimes increased.

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Local News
10:22 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Council Talks Civil Liberties, Body Cameras

Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Preventing police misconduct, protecting the rights of citizens, and body cameras were a major focus of the Charlotte City Council last night. The body is trying to work its way through a proposal to better enshrine civil liberties. WFAE’s Tom Bullock reports.

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Local News
9:49 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Panthers Move On In Playoffs After Defense Helps Beat Cardinals

The Carolina Panthers are headed to the NFC Divisional playoff next weekend thanks to a record-setting defensive performance Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  The Panthers held Arizona to just 78 yards of offense – an NFL playoff record – in the 27 to 16 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff game.

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Local News
9:44 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Charlotte Protesters: 'We Look At Ferguson And We See Our Backyard'

Protesters in Marshall Park
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Ferguson, Missouri is more than 700 miles away from Charlotte. But that doesn’t mean the events there aren’t resonating here.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Charlotte last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed black teen Michael Brown.

It was just after 6:00 p.m. when the crowd gathered in front of the fountain at Marshall Park, their arms raised as they yelled out "hands up...don't shoot!", a refrain now heard across the country.

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