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9:46 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Why Are There So Many Ponzi Scheme Cases In Charlotte?

Mugshot of person #5247 better known as Charles Ponzi. Although the scheme existed long before Ponzi, his version of the scheme became so infamous we now know these as Ponzi scheme.
Credit Public Document

It’s a scheme that goes by many names like the Pyramid and the Matrix. Historically, it was called the “Peter-to-Paul.” We know it best as a Ponzi scheme. And a surprising number of these cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office here in Charlotte.

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Crime
8:22 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

S.C. Trooper Fires Four Bullets At A Traffic Stop For Seatbelt Violation

A dash-cam video shows former state trooper Sean Groubert firing at Levar Jones in front of a Shell Gas station.
Credit The Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office

A former South Carolina Highway Patrol officer was arrested on Wednesday. The trooper was charged with assault for shooting at a man four times during a routine traffic stop.

The man was pulled over in front of a gas station in Columbia, South Carolina earlier this month for not wearing his seatbelt.

A three-minute dash-cam video of the shooting was released by prosecutors late Wednesday night.


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Crime
4:05 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Fire Captain Resigns After Admitting To Stealing Patient's Pain Pills

Charlotte Fire Department captain Charlie Morris has resigned after admitting to stealing prescription drugs from a patient last week.


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Crime
9:32 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Federal Sex Trafficking Case To Begin In Charlotte

The federal courthouse in Charlotte.
Credit www.ncwd.uscourts.gov

 A large sex-trafficking case goes to trial this week. Federal prosecutors say a Charlotte man ran a prostitution ring that involved at least a dozen girls between the ages of 16 and 25. The girls didn’t walk the streets. Instead, prosecutors say they were marketed through the web site Backpage.com.


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Local News
10:24 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Doctor, Teacher Charged With Prescription Fraud

Credit calliope / Flickr

A Rowan County doctor and his wife turned themselves in Wednesday morning after being indicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain the prescription pain killer hydrocodone. Overall, police have charged eight people, most of whom are teachers or teacher assistants.

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Crime
5:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Man Shot By Stray Bullet On July 4 Is In Fair Condition

Sopheap Kim and her husband Brandon Yam with three of their children - Randy, Kelli and Christian.
Credit Courtesy of Chanda Yam Wilson

The family of Brandon Yam, the man who was shot in the head by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, says he may be released from the hospital this week.

Family members are asking for any information that will help them identify the kind of bullet that struck him.


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Charlotte Observer
11:34 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Angelo Smith Arrives In Charlotte, Held By CMPD

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr.

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., the boyfriend of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the last one to see her before she disappeared, arrived at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters early Tuesday and was questioned by detectives, authorities say.

Smith will be taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.

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Courts
5:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Judge Orders Hold On Civil Lawsuit Against CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick

Jonathan Ferrell was shot ten times on September 14, 2013 by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Police were responding to a report of an early morning break-in, but apparently Ferrell was seeking help after wrecking his car.
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

A civil lawsuit against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is on hold for sixty days while his criminal trial proceeds. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen made that decision Tuesday in response to a request by the city of Charlotte. The civil suit was filed by the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was fatally shot ten times by Kerrick in September. Ferrell was unarmed. 

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Local News
5:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Man Accused Of Killing Rock Hill Veteran At Bar: 'I'm extremely sorry'

Eric Cobb
Credit JMCFADDEN

The man accused of killing a Vietnam War veteran and grandfather of eight after an assault at a Rock Hill restaurant over the weekend lowered his head in court, cried and apologized to the dead man’s family, swearing he “did not mean for this to happen the way it did.”

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Local News
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Child Abuse Bill In Memory of Union County Girl Passes Senate

A photo of Kilah Davenport after she was discharged from the hospital on July 19, 2012.
Credit Courtesy of Leslie Davenport

The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act passed the U.S. Senate unanimously on Wednesday night. It's a bill that asks Attorney General Eric Holder to issue a state-by-state report on child abuse prevention laws within 6 months. The goal is to get states to increase punishment for child abuse offenders.

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