Man killed at east Charlotte party
A 20-year-old man was shot and killed at an east Charlotte house party early Saturday and police were looking for the shooter – a man seen leaving Montezuma Trail in a dark vehicle.
The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Guests at the party say they heard gunfire from upstairs.
When officers responded, they found Larry Antonio Gaither of Charlotte inside with at least one gunshot wound in his side. He was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spent much of the morning interviewing about seven people at headquarters to try to get more information.
Investigators say the shooting doesn't appear to be a random act, but they have not said why they believe that.
A suspect has not been named, but police described him as a bearded, dark-skinned black man in his 30s. He was bald, between 170 and 200 pounds and wearing a light-colored button down shirt and blue jeans.
The homicide was the 62nd Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have investigated so far this year.
Anyone with information can speak directly to a homicide detective by calling 704-432-TIPS or can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
UNC Charlotte has taken reservations for more than 3,100 personal seat licenses for a proposed football program.
Last month, UNCC Chancellor Phil Dubois recommended the school suit up a team by 2013 -- if boosters and football fans demonstrated support by raising $5 million in six months to help build a $45.3 million stadium complex.
He suggested selling 5,000 personal seat licenses – or “Forty-Niner Seat Licenses” – for $1,000 each, just for the right to buy tickets.
Three weeks later, the school is 60 percent toward its goal.
UNCC is taking no money until trustees vote on Dubois' recommendation. That's scheduled for Nov. 13. Still, the response is well beyond expectations, athletic director Judy Rose said.
“We're talking three weeks with really no push or effort on our part,” Rose said last week. “We can't roll out a plan until it is endorsed by trustees.
Eighty Beanie Babies are being shipped around the world and 20 more are headed to a local children's hospital, thanks to a group from the Mint Hill Women's Club.
As a summer project, members scoured garage sales and poked through attics, closets and garages to collect as many of the small stuffed animals as possible.
Thirty-one will be shipped to a local Air Force airman who's stationed in Iraq. They will be distributed to other soldiers who will, in turn, give them to Iraqi children when the opportunity arises.
Another 20 will go to the Levine Children's Hospital to provide cheer for sick children.
Fifty more will fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for children in foreign countries who may never have received a present before.
Among the haul collected by more than 700 volunteers during Mecklenburg's annual Big Sweep on Oct. 4: Four rollout trash bins. A picnic bench. And a set of dentures.
The nine cleanup locations included three in southern Mecklenburg: McMullen and Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway, off Pineville-Matthews Road; Walker Branch Greenway, which runs behind RiverGate shopping center near N.C. 49 and N.C. 160; and Campbell Creek Greenway off Margaret Wallace Road.
Volunteers hauled away a total of 16,200 pounds of trash. That included 55 tires, two bicycles, a go-cart and two wicker chairs. Next year's cleanup may include a newbie: the Four Mile Creek Greenway between Rea Road and Johnston Road, which celebrated its grand opening this weekend.
The search to fill a key job at the North Carolina Research Campus could last until year's end, even as the Kannapolis complex prepares for its grand opening this month.
The job involves running the Core Lab. Its speciality equipment and research space have always been touted as a major draw for the $1.5 billion campus developed by billionaire Dole Food owner David Murdock, in collaboration with eight N.C. universities.
The foundation that owns and runs the lab, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, is close to selecting two to four finalists for the job of chief scientific officer, institute President Steve Leath said last week.
At one point this year, Leath said he had hoped the foundation would name its choice by July. But he said coordinating schedules between foundation board members and job candidates has drawn out the process.
The lab, along with the UNC Nutrition Research Building and the N.C. State Fruit and Vegetable Science Institute Building, will be the first three structures dedicated at the 350-acre campus. The ceremony is set for Oct. 20.
South Carolina's first public alligator hunting season in almost a half-century is wrapping up.
Saturday was the last day this season gator hunters could head into the state's marshes and swamps. It won't be known for a while exactly how many of the state's estimated 100,000 gators were harvested.
Hunters had to have one of 1,000 available permits and could take only one gator.
Sam Chappelear of the state Department of Natural Resources says hunters must report to DNR by Dec. 1 whether they got a gator..
Department officials have estimated only about 400 hunters would be successful. The last public hunt in the state was in 1964.
Another North Carolina-grown tree from Ashe County will be displayed in the White House during Christmas holidays this year.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture said Friday that a Fraser fir grown by River Ridge Farms of Crumpler will grace the White House Blue Room this year. It's the third time in four years a North Carolina fir has been selected.
River Ridge Farms' tree was selected after the farm won the top grower award from the National Christmas Tree Association.
White House staff will visit the North Carolina portion of the farm Oct. 21 to select a tree.
Authorities in Darlington County say two people have been killed and a third wounded after a shooting at a party.
Deputies told WPDE that a fight at a lounge at Juniors Body Shop around 2:30 a.m. Saturday ended in gunfire.
The Coroner's Office says 27-year-old James Muldrow and 29-year-old Andre Berry were killed. Authorities say a third man was shot but survived.
Deputies say they have made no arrests, but think the shots were fired from the back of a car and that vehicle is likely missing its back windshield.
A 20-year-old mother has been sentenced to life in prison for setting up what prosecutors called the cold-blooded robbery and killing of a man for $120.
Authorities say Grady was a gang member who let Pervis Owens sleep in her house in January 2006, then had three men come over to rob the man who had once bought diapers for her children.