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Sun. Headlines: What Happened to Adam Smith?

Adam Kent Smith
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What happened to Adam Smith? The 24-year-old man died last week after apparently being hit with a blunt object. With little information to go on, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are looking for anyone who may have seen him before his death.

Officers were directing traffic on West Morehead Street near downtown Wednesday when Smith approached saying he was hurt. He died later at the hospital, the medical examiner says as a result of blunt force trauma. 

Smith stood a little over 4 feet tall and was wearing grey sweatpants and a pullover with red, yellow, green and blue stripes. He was last seen in the area of Mint and Morehead streets. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR SUIT OVER TOBACCO RESERVE

North Carolina's Supreme Court on Monday will consider how many current and former tobacco growers in the Southeast are entitled to payments from a $340 million reserve. The money is held by the nonprofit Flue Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation, set up in the 1940s during an era of taxpayer subsidies.

Those subsidies ended in 2004, and the Raleigh-based cooperative says the millions of dollars it's holding are a reasonable reserve, though it's lost 99 percent of its membership since taxpayers quit underwriting crop prices.  The court has to sort out claims from about 800,000 current and former tobacco farmers and their families in the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia and Virginia. 

TEEN DRIVER CHARGED WITH TARGETING CYCLISTS

Greenville County South Carolina authorities say at least 11 cyclists have been threatened or hurt in recent months by a teenaged driver who was seeking revenge for his friends' deaths.  The Greenville County Sheriff's Office says the 16-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after he ran bicyclists off the road or tried to hit them, tossed fireworks and taunted them. His name hasn’t been released because of his age. Investigators say the boy blamed bicyclists for causing a wreck that killed 19-year-old and 17-year-old friends in December. Authorities say the cyclists did not cause that wreck.

MECK MAYORS AND LAWMAKERS OPPOSE SALES TAX CHANGE

The mayors of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County’s six towns and two local legislators are speaking out against a bill that would change the way state sales tax revenues are distributed. The proposal by Republican lawmakers from rural areas would shift revenues from urban to rural counties. Our news partner DavidsonNews.net reports that the mayors say the plan would hinder growth and “create a welfare system for some counties.”  Local Republican legislators disagree with their rural-dwelling colleagues. State Representative Charles Jeter of Huntersville and Senator Jeff Tarte of Cornelius said at a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce meeting Friday they also strongly oppose the bill.

POT SUSPECT CALLED THE WRONG CUSTOMER

Authorities say a man was arrested after accidentally sending an undercover officer a text message about a marijuana deal. The Bladen County Sheriff's office says 23-year-old Brendon Ward of Elizabethtown thought he was sending a text to someone who wanted to buy drugs.

NCDOT SPRING SWEEP CLEANS ROADWAYS

The N.C. Department of Transportation is kicking off its spring cleaning alongside the state's roadways. NCDOT's Spring Litter Sweep is scheduled to get under way yesterday and continue through May 2.

WARHOL EXHIBIT COMING TO COLUMBIA

Portraits by famed pop artist Andy Warhol are coming to the Columbia Museum of Art this summer. "From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces" is scheduled to run from June 12 through Sept. 13. The State newspaper in Columbia reports the exhibition features 45 of the artist's most famous portraits including Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Theodore Roosevelt.  Most of the pieces are on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.  Portraits of Mao Zedong will stay for good after being donated to the Columbia Museum of Art as part of an anonymous gift.