Charlotte Sees Overall Drop In Crime In 2013

Jan 23, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe delivered the end of year crime statistics on Wednesday. Overall, the number of crimes dropped by 5.5 percent in 2013.

The number of burglaries and stolen vehicles reported decreased, but homicides and rapes increased.

CMPD's DNC Spending Details Revealed

Jun 12, 2013
Julie Rose

The DNC seems a distant memory, but we're just now getting details of how Charlotte police spent a $50 million grant federal grant for convention security. And, the Department of Justice has released an analysis of CMPD's work during the DNC, which it recommends future convention cities study closely.

DNC Host Committee Still $10 Million Short

Feb 1, 2013

The Charlotte host committee is still $10 million short of its fundraising goal for the convention and has had to tap a line of credit guaranteed by Duke Energy.

A new report shows the committee made little progress – barely a drop in the bucket -- with only half-a-dozen contributions in the past few months. So Duke Energy may just have to foot the bill after all.

Two years ago, DNC organizers were confident they wouldn't need to use Duke Energy's $10 million line of credit.

Here's the host committee's interim director Will Miller at the time.

Life is slowly getting back to normal in Tampa after the Republican National Convention concluded Thursday night. Some businesses, restaurants and schools there offered these tips for Charlotte residents about how to handle a national convention coming to town.   

The main events were in downtown Tampa, and that area turned into a secure zone on steroids, in the words of Marshall Rainey.

Food inspectors in Mecklenburg and neighboring counties have been busy in the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention.  Not only have they been checking out restaurants, hotels, and caterers, but they're also keeping tabs on barbecue. 

Food inspectors have long been gearing up for the DNC.  But in the two weeks leading up to the big event, the Food and Drug Administration told county health departments within a 30 mile radius of Charlotte to ramp up their restaurant and hotel inspections. 

Courtesy of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Charlotte businesses are gearing up for next week's Democratic National Convention. Grounds crews are sprucing up botanical gardens, machines are whirring away at printing shops, and caterers are preparing heaps of food. But even with tens of thousands of people traveling to Charlotte, there's only so much business to go around.

Nineteen-Year-Old Is One Of Youngest DNC Delegates

Aug 29, 2012
Tasnim Shamma

The oldest delegate representing North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention is Charles Johnson of Nash County. He's 90 years old. And one of the youngest delegates is Nick Carpenter of Cleveland County.  He's a 19-year-old college freshman.

His friends call him “Nick the Democrat”. That’s because most of them are Republican.

“I have a sense of humor so I can joke around and not get offended about it,” Carpenter says. 

Nick Carpenter first got involved with politics as a high school freshman, volunteering for the Obama campaign.

Courthouse Weddings Suspended During DNC

Aug 23, 2012

A courthouse wedding. Photo: JPott/Flickr

If you're planning to get married during the DNC, don't plan on a courthouse wedding. Mecklenburg County magistrates will not be performing marriage ceremonies or oversee small claims cases from September 2 through September 7. There are about 25 weddings per week at the Mecklenburg County courthouse. But no one will be able to tie the knot there during the DNC.

The United States Postal Service is removing 38 of its blue collection boxes and sealing up mail chutes within a three-block radius of Time Warner Cable Arena because of the Democratic National Convention.

The decision affects between 1,500 and 2,000 customers in uptown Charlotte. Those customers will have to go to the office on 201 North McDowell Street or the Charlotte Processing Facility at 2901 Scott Futrell Drive to pick up and send mail.

The Campaigns And The Economy

Aug 22, 2012

Everyone remembers the now famous phrase "it's the economy, stupid" that came out of Bill Clinton's first campaign for President. That phrase could be in full effect during the current Presidential campaign as well but the two candidates certainly see the issue from two different perspectives. Add to that the recent addition of congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential candidate. Ryan is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and has what some call "radical" views to reform the federal budget and revive the economy.