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A Charlotte man pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in a tech support scam that defrauded hundreds of victims — including many seniors — of more than $3 million.

Police have charged a 24-year-old man with murder in the death of a carjacking suspect who was shot in uptown Charlotte early Saturday. 

Police say a 20-year-old man was shot and killed in uptown Charlotte moments after he allegedly stole a car at gunpoint.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the 300 block of West Trade Street.

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North Carolina voters will not be required to use photo ID to vote in 2019, according to a bill Gov. Cooper signed into law Thursday. The new law delays the implementation of voter IDs until 2020, bypassing the special elections in the state’s 3rd and 9th Congressional districts and the scheduled municipal elections.

Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary.
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Public universities in North Carolina are working to meet a Friday deadline to get student IDs approved as an acceptable form of voter ID.

Authorities say a fire that occurred at an east Charlotte apartment complex early Monday morning was set intentionally.

Police in Mount Holly say a man with a sword was shot and killed by an officer early Saturday after he set a fire in an upstairs bedroom, jumped out a second-story window and attempted to escape. 

CMS school bus crashed into a condominium building off Statesville Ave. Thursday.
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The driver of a CMS school bus that crashed into a condominium Thursday morning in north Charlotte has been cited by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. CMS says there were 15 students on the bus at the time, but only minor injuries were reported.

Mecklenburg Detention Officer Vanquez Petty was fired after being charged with sexual assault.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A detention officer with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has been fired after he was charged with second-degree rape. According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Vanquez DeVonte Petty, 31, met the 19-year-old woman the morning of February 28 and exchanged phone numbers.

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Only two months into 2019, the number of homicides to date is outpacing that of the last two years. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police data, there have been 25 homicides in Charlotte so far this year. There were six at this point last year, and 15 at this point in 2017.

CMS school bus crashed into a condominium building off Statesville Ave. Thursday.
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Updated: 1:12 p.m.

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school bus crash in north Charlotte early Thursday morning. CMS says the 15 students and driver of the bus bound for Ransom Middle School are OK, and that only minor injuries were reported.

Map shows the proposed route of the Lynx Silver Line light rail (purple) from uptown to the airport and Gaston County.
Charlotte Area Transit System

The board that oversees Charlotte Area Transit System has given formal approval to a revised 2030 System Plan, including a rail line to the airport.  

President Trump chats with North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.
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The Michael Cohen hearing got off to a rocky start, with North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows asking to postpone the meeting because of a late submission of Cohen’s prepared remarks.

North Carolina legislators have taken a small first step toward regulating electric scooters as Charlotte and other cities wrestle with managing scooters and the companies that offer them to the public.

A House transportation panel voted Tuesday to define "electric stand up scooters" in state law, and make clear they're exempt from registration requirements for mopeds and other vehicles.

A 15-year-old girl and 51-year-old man were shot and killed early Sunday morning in a south Charlotte home. A third person was also shot and has life-threatening injuries.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line is closed in both directions because of a rockslide. 

Bennett College on Friday lost an appeal to have its accreditation restored, but then got it back after filing a lawsuit against its accrediting agency - the Southern Association of Schools Commission on Colleges.

A federal judge in Atlanta granted Bennett a temporary straining order while Bennett's lawsuit proceeds.

"The court's decision reflects an agreement reached earlier between the college and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to preserve college accreditation during legal proceedings," said Bennett President Phyllis Worthy Dawkins.

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Prosecutors said Monday that Rayquan Borum was actually aiming at police when he shot and killed 26-year-old Justin Carr.

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WFAE is tracking Charlotte's homicides in 2019.

Mecklenburg Co. Websites Down

Feb 13, 2019

Mecklenburg County websites are down Wednesday morning. The county says a downed power line from last night's storms is what's causing the disruption.

It's not clear when the websites might be back up and running. County offices are open. The county says residents can call 311 if they need immediate assistance or use Twitter to communicate with county staff.

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