Crime

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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.

Defense lawyers have told a federal judge they'd like to present more evidence about Dylann Roof's personality and state of mind. The lawyers filed the motion Friday in connection with the federal death penalty trial, where Roof faces 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, in the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in June of last year.

Gas prices are slightly higher in the Carolinas and other Southeastern states this week after a massive leak in a gas pipeline in Alabama. Colonial Pipeline says it’s building a temporary pipeline around the spill to restore the flow. But with gas shipments interrupted, prices are going up.

UNC Charlotte

CMS officials have begun drafting guidelines for how the district will draw new school attendance zones. The 

student assignment process will be designed to address several goals, including reducing the number of schools that have high concentrations of poor and high-needs children. A new study could give CMS leaders another point to consider. 

Justin Sullivan leaves court in a file photo from February 2016.
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Federal and state indictments announced Monday shed more light on a case involving a 19-year-old Morganton man arrested last on summer on terrorism-related charges. The mass attack that Justin Sullivan planned never occurred, but state and federal authorities say Sullivan had already killed and robbed an elderly neighbor several months earlier to help finance his plans.


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