News In Brief

A midday news roundup. 

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC and one of North Carolina's loudest opponents of House Bill 2, is leaving his organization later this month.

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright Dies

May 11, 2017
Mayor Rudy Wright
www.HickoryNC.gov

The city of Hickory announced that Mayor Rudy Wright was found dead in his home Thursday afternoon. 

City Manager Warren Wood expressed his condolences in a statement and added, "While the Hickory Police Department is conducting an investigation, at this time there are no indications of suspicious circumstances."

The Catawba Indian Nation has closed its bingo hall in Rock Hill, S.C., citing a downturn in sales, particularly "historical sluggish summer sales," and competition from the South Carolina and North Carolina lotteries.

Swiss bank Credit Suisse will add 1,200 jobs at its technology hub in the Research Triangle, representing North Carolina's largest corporate expansion since MetLife Inc. said in 2013 that it could move 2,600 jobs from other states.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was arrested early Friday morning for communicating a threat toward other officers while acting drunk and disorderly.

A man accused of bringing a knife into a west Charlotte charter school was arrested and taken into custody Wednesday morning.

Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager is pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of an unarmed black motorist he shot and killed as he ran from a 2015 traffic stop.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they've charged 51-year-old Antonio Gaines for his involvement in a sexual assault that occurred 24 years ago near uptown Charlotte.

Police say the assault took place on April 23, 1993. A woman was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by several men in the 400 block of Caldwell Street. The police department collected and analyzed evidence of the crime, but were unable to identify any suspects.

The CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit reopened the investigation and re-examined DNA evidence, leading to confirmation of Gaines as a suspect in Jan. 2017.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney speaks at a press conference on April 27, 2017. Putney addressed the use of force shown in bodycam footage from a March 2016 arrest.
Molly Mathis / Charlotte Observer

CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney says he will not defend the actions of a police officer who tackled a suspect, pressed a gun to his head, and said "I will kill you," while making an arrest last year. Still, Putney says the officer's actions were legal.

At Wednesday's annual shareholder meeting, Bank of America investors rejected a series of stockholder proposals, including one to keep the jobs of chairman and CEO separate, and another that required the bank to prepare a gender pay gap report.

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