crime

Charlotte man wanted for armed robbery at Matthews restaurant

Police said the suspect robbed an employee at Steady Eddy’s Pumphouse for their car keys at knifepoint before speeding away from the scene. MATTHEWS, N.C. — The Matthews Police Department is asking for the public’s help finding a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Steady Eddy’s Pumphouse on East John Street last week. …
coronavirus

CMS to begin testing unvaccinated staffers

Charlotte Mecklenburg School employees not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be tested regularly in a program beginning Sept. 27. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Starting Monday, Sept. 27, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will begin regular COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated staff members as part of North Carolina’s testing policy.…
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New NC law eases restrictions on alcohol

The new bill would allow cities to create “social districts,” where people can buy, carry and drink liquor outside bars and restaurants. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently signed a bill into law that loosens some restrictions on alcohol in the state. …
coronavirus

Over 100 Novant Health employees fired for not getting COVID-19 vaccine

More than 100 Novant Health employees were terminated for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, violating the company’s mandate. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than 100 Novant Health employees were fired for violating the company’s COVID-19 vaccine policy, Novant announced Monday.  The firings come a week after Novant said hundreds of employees were suspended for not meeting the company’s deadline to receive their first dose of the vaccine.…
Education

Soft lockdown at Table Rock Middle School

More law enforcement is on hand due to the concern. MORGANTON, N.C. — Table Rock Middle School in Morgantown, North Carolina, is on a soft lockdown Monday morning, according to school officials. Principal Rich Linens sent the following message to parents regarding the lockdown: The health and safety of our students and staff is always a top priority.…
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Monroe police officer struck by vehicle outside school

MONROE, N.C. — A Monroe Police Department officer is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries Monday morning after being struck by a vehicle. The officer, who has not been publicly identified, was directing traffic outside Apprentice Academy High School when the officer was struck by a vehicle, according to the city spokesperson. …
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Verify: How Charlotte traffic compares to before the pandemic

According to the Charlotte Department of Transportation, Uptown is still at half of the traffic it was pre-pandemic. Other areas around the city are down 10% to 20% CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With more people logging off Zoom and heading back to the office, traffic in Charlotte has steadily picked up over the last few months. …
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Automation entering service industry to overcome human labor shortage

Life was already becoming more automated, but now thanks to the labor shortage, robots are working in new places, like restaurants and grocery stores. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just about everything is automated in 2020, and while life was already heading that way, the COVID-19 pandemic essentially pushed the fast forward button on the need for better technology. …
community

Suspect arrested in Georgia after shooting at Walmart in Mooresville

The department said officers responded to the incident at a Mooresville Walmart around noon Sunday. MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A Georgia man is now facing a charge of attempted murder after investigators say he shot a man in Mooresville at Walmart.  According to a news release from the Mooresville Police Department, evidence gathered from store, located at 169 Norman Station Blvd.,…