Mecklenburg County Sheriff

David Boraks / WFAE

  After adding staff and installing new software, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office has nearly eliminated a backlog in pistol permit applications that followed a change in state law last December. Officials say they're ready for another wave of applications after last week's mass shooting in Orlando.

Mecklenburg County Superior Court has added staff and expanded overtime for existing employees to process a backlog of pistol permit background checks that came with a Dec. 1 change in state law. The new law requires authorities to check mental health records before issuing pistol purchase permits. But demand and a staff shortage in the clerk's office has brought wait times of up to four months. 

Deshaun Watson
Jeff Siner / The Charlote Observer

Police have named the victims and are continuing to investigate a triple murder Friday in Pineville. Meanwhile, a driver suspected in a fatal hit and run last week on Pineville-Matthews Road has been charged after turning himself in to police. And Heisman Trophy hopeful Deshaun Watson put on a show before a record crowd at Bank of America Stadium last night, as No. 1 ranked Clemson defeated North Carolina for the ACC football title.

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


Mug shots. We love them, don't we? Tell me you haven't gawked with glee at the unflattering police candid of a Hollywood starlet or fallen politician. Newspapers have whole sections of their websites dedicated to mug shots these days.

But mugging too much for a mug shot in Mecklenburg County can get you locked in a cell indefinitely.

I guess the first question is why someone would smile in a mug shot to begin with?

ACLU Questions Police Cameras

Jul 30, 2012

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office have both recently added cameras that take pictures of license plates. They help catch car thieves and tax evaders, but now the Americans Civil Liberties Union is asking if they’re capturing too much.