CMS student has whooping cough
A Metro School student has whooping cough, and students and staff who have been exposed will be treated with antibiotics, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said Monday.
The Mecklenburg Health Department is working with CMS to inform staff and families at the uptown school for severely disabled students. N.C. law requires students to be vaccinated against the disease, also known as pertussis, unless they have a medical or religious waiver.
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The Charlotte Civil Service Board began a hearing Monday to determine whether Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Maj. Chuck Johnson, accused of excessive use of force, will be demoted.
Johnson, a 26-year police veteran, was working off-duty during the Food Lion Speed Street festival uptown in May when the incident happened. He was placed on administrative duty, and Chief Rodney Monroe recommended to the board that Johnson be suspended and demoted. Johnson, who was working in internal affairs, has been reassigned to the watch commander's office, said Internal Affairs Director Capt. Chuck Adkins.
The board may reach a decision today, Adkins said. The hearing is closed. Johnson could have requested it be open to the public but did not.
Four Caldwell County men recently won $200,000 playing Powerball.
James Absher and Klaus, Richard and Jerry Hadschin, all of Granite Falls, bought a Powerball ticket at PD Grocery & Deli on Sawmills School Road for a Sept. 27 drawing.
The men – a father, his two sons and a friend – had played the lottery together multiple times, picking random numbers in the beginning and sticking with them, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.
They claimed their prize Monday and told lottery officials they plan to spend the winnings on home remodeling and everyday needs.
South Carolina Greenville
Furman University has announced receiving a $17 million gift it will use mostly for out-of-state scholarships.
The private, liberal arts college announced Monday that The Duke Endowment grant is the largest single cash award in Furman's history.
The school said more than 80 percent of the grant will create a scholarship program for out-of-state students. The first 10 scholarships will be awarded next year. An additional 10 will be added each consecutive year until the program funds 40 students on campus annually.
The program will be named after Furman alumnus Charles Townes, who received the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics.
A North Carolina motorcycle rider died in a wreck as the fall Myrtle Beach bike rally wound up on the Grand Strand.
Officials say 59-year-old Clarence Thomas Potter of Kenansville died early Sunday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after being flown there following a wreck.
Myrtle Beach Police Sgt. John Bertang said Potter appeared to turn in front of a car about 8 p.m. Saturday.
The fall Harley-Davidson rally known as The Pilgrimage, ended Sunday. Law enforcement officials told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach the event that started Oct. 1 ran smoothly, otherwise. The rally was the first since the city enacted ordinances designed to minimize the impact of bikers in the city.
N.C. Mountains Fletcher
Dry gas tanks at stations are causing some contamination problems when fuel is available, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported Monday.
Jose Ortiz of Fletcher says five gallons he obtained from a convenience store “looked like root beer” and ended up with his wife's car being towed in for repairs.
AAA Carolinas says there is no widespread problem with contaminated fuel, but it says it is more likely when tanks run low.
AAA spokesman Tom Crosby says gas stations that pump all their fuel increase the possibility of debris of water contamination.
Art Rupard with the North Carolina Agriculture Department says the agency has received 395 complaints about gasoline through September, up from 367 complaints in all of 2007.
Cabarrus County Concord
The man charged in the shooting deaths of two Concord women made his first appearance Monday in Cabarrus County Superior Court.
Christopher Joseph Willard, 28, of Highland Avenue, faces two counts of first-degree murder. He was being held without bond Monday in the Cabarrus County jail.
Concord police said the shooting, which took place at 314 Highland Ave., “appears to have a domestic motive.”
One of the women killed, Melissa Renee Jones, 27, reportedly had broken up with Willard. The other victim, Joyce Diane Fink, 57, was a friend and neighbor. Fink, who was disabled, was shot while sitting in her chair in her backyard on Highland Avenue, family members said.
Willard's next appearance in Cabarrus County court is scheduled for Oct. 28.
Union County Waxhaw
A federal judge sentenced a former Union County sheriff's deputy Monday to 18 months in prison for selling drugs.
Louis Balducci, 36, of Waxhaw pleaded guilty in April to unlawful possession of silencers and two counts of selling the prescription painkiller Oxycodone. The government accused him of selling a total of 240 pills four separate times to FBI sources over a month beginning in mid-January and carrying a silencer-equipped handgun during the transactions.
Balducci was a deputy from July 2006 to January 2008 but was on medical leave after he was injured in a car wreck in spring 2007.