Sun. Headlines: CMPD Officer Shoots Teen
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot a teen Saturday night after a party on North Tryon Street turned violent. Police were called to the 1400 block of North Tryon Street around 8:30pm, where they found a group of teens. A short time later, a 911 call reported gunshots a couple of blocks away, in 1200 block of N. Tryon.
Officers were trying to disperse a crowd when they found a teenaged male with a gun. They ordered him to drop the weapon, and when he refused, Officer Paul Quinichett shot the man. Police said the teen was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Quinichett has been on the police force since 2013. He was put on administrative leave while the department investigates.
HOUSE OKs TAX BREAK CHANGES
The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved changing the way state taxes are calculated. That gives Governor Pat McCrory more flexibility in offering tax breaks and other incentives to companies. The move comes as politicians across the South compete to land a big auto plant, which could bring thousands of jobs to the state.
6 CHARGED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING CRACKDOWN
Six men have been arrested on charges of prostituting minors after an investigation of human trafficking in Cumberland County, around Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Thursday that detectives are canvassing areas throughout the county following the recent publication of national statistics saying children as young as 12 are being targeted by sexual predators.
ANSWER FOR HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES: ALUMNI GIVING?
Financial troubles at the historically black South Carolina State University have been in the news in recent weeks. It’s not alone - historically black colleges nationwide are struggling to survive amid sharp drops in enrollment and revenue. Advocates say more alumni donations may be the best answer for their futures. SC State’s endowment is less than 5 million dollars, a tiny sum compared, for example, to the 600 million dollar endowment at the University of South Carolina. Lew Berry, a 1966 graduate, said the school’s biggest problem has been its revolving door of presidents over the past three decades. He's "disappointed" by his status as the school's most prolific donor. South Carolina State is seeking a commitment of $2 million from alumni over the next three years.
BODY FOUND IN SALISBURY
Police in Salisbury who responded to a report of an automobile wreck Saturday morning found a body in the car. Police and firefighters were called to Hawkinstown and Old Mocksville roads around 6:45am, where they found a black Chrysler sedan in a ditch. Police said the man didn't die as a result of the accident, and they are investigating his death as a homicide. The Salisbury Post reports he was 27 year old Miguel Urrutia of Salisbury. The paper says another man was seen getting out of the car and leaving in a second vehicle.
TEENS CHARGED WITH VANDALIZING HORN OF THE WEST
In Boone, two Appalachian State University students have been charged with vandalizing the Horn of the West outdoor theater. The Winston-Salem Journal reports someone used spray paint to vandalize the theater's property last month, causing about $3,000 in damage. Police said the vandals also entered several buildings and damaged them. A 19-year old sophomore from Charlotte and an 18-year-old freshman from Florida were charged. They were being held in Watauga County jail.
DUKE BEATS CAROLINA, DAVIDSON WINS A-10
Saturday was a big day in college basketball. In the annual battle for basketball supremacy in North Carolina, No. 3 ranked Duke beat No. 19 North Caroina 84 to 77. Tyus Jones scored 17 of his career-high 24 in the second half to lead the Blue Devils. Both teams now move on to the ACC tournament this week in Greensboro.
Davidson proved the pre-season polls badly wrong. Tyler Kalinoski scored a career-best 32 points as the Wildcats beat Duquesne in Pittsburgh Saturday night, 107 to 88, to win the Atlantic 10 regular season title. Davidson had been picked to finished near the bottom of its new league. Instead, Coach Bob McKillop’s team finished with 23 wins and six losses overall, 14 and 4 in the A-10.
NASCAR IN VEGAS, GORDON KNOCKED OFF POLL
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series is in Las Vegas today. Jeff Gordon won the pole position, but a wreck with Danica Patrick late in the practice session could force him to a backup a car, meaning he'd have to start at the back. That would give Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano the pole. The race starts at 3:30 Eastern time.