Crime

A riot at Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville resulted in the deaths of seven inmates.
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A civil rights organization is accusing South Carolina prison officials of using inmate cell phones as a scapegoat for the violent riot at Lee Correctional Institution this week. Officials with the local state chapter of the National Action Network are calling for an FBI investigation into the incident and for the prison’s warden to resign.

Jeff Athey was fired from his job as a Davidson County Sheriff's Department after being arrested and charged with robbery.
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A Davidson County sheriff's deputy was arrested after being accused of robbing a bank in neighboring Rowan County Tuesday afternoon.  Jeff Athey is charged with robbery with dangerous weapons. 

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney speaking at a town hall in June 2017.
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CMPD Chief Kerr Putney painted a mixed picture Wednesday of how his department did in terms of reducing crime in 2017. Putney says overall crime was down by more than 5 percent, but homicides were up 25 percent and rapes increased by 12 percent.

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A York law enforcement officer is in critical condition and three others are being treated in the hospital after being shot early today by a man who was being sought in a domestic violence incident.

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Four people were murdered in Charlotte in separate incidents over the Memorial Day weekend, bringing the total number of homicides in Charlotte so far this year up to 36, compared to 17 at this same time last year.

The state House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would end the state's practice of automatically charging 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.  The 104-8 vote Wednesday sends the so-called "raise the age" bill on to the Senate.  

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The deaths of man and a woman at a southeast Charlotte apartment complex are believed to be a murder-suicide, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Wednesday.

Officers were called to the apartment complex on the 1800 block of Charleston Place Lane on Wednesday afternoon around 1:40 p.m. Upon arriving, officers found the bodies of 29-year-old Tiara Clark and 31-year-old Byron Howington. Both were dead with apparent gunshot wounds.

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Thirteen North Carolinians had their sentences commuted and  one other was granted a pardon by President Barack Obama on Tuesday as part of 273 acts of clemency issued by the White House. All fourteen North Carolinians were imprisoned on nonviolent drug convictions.

Heavy fog was responsible for numerous flight delays out of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration issued the order to begin delaying flights around 11 a.m. citing fog and low visibility. Around that time, the National Weather Service said visibility at the airport was .25 miles.

Delays for departing flights ranged from about 20 minutes to more than two hours. Arrivals, meanwhile, experienced minor airborne delays of around 15 minutes or less, according to the FAA.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a possible homicide that may have occurred in a small neighborhood behind Independence Shopping Center late Sunday night.

Police say they received a call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon just after midnight. Officers arrived at the 6500 block of Monroe Road where they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, where he later died.

The man's identity has not been released. Detectives are searching for witnesses.

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