Forum will take up post-election views
Will the end of a hard-fought election season bring unity or bitterness to Charlotte?
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Mecklenburg Ministries and the Community-Building Initiative will hold a forum Thursday exploring that question. The title: “Can we talk to each other after the election?”
The session starts at 7 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-336-2424.
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Central Piedmont Community College's Center for Sustainability will host a panel discussion tonight on the needs of a growing city, including smart growth, transportation choices, educational programs and sustainable development.
Panelists will include: Helene Hilger, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UNC Charlotte; Mecklenburg County environmental policy administrator Heidi Pruess; Matt Miller, CPCC's program administrator for geomatics and sustainability; and Edwin Peacock, chair of Charlotte City Council's environmental cabinet. The event is at Tate Hall in the Overcash Building on CPCC's central campus. It's from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is free to the public. Parking is available in CPCC's faculty/theater parking deck off East 4th Street.
Caldwell County Lenoir
The fourth-highest vote-getter in the Caldwell County commissioner race has been granted a recount.
Friday's canvass of provisional ballots showed Democrat Randy Church was eligible to request the recount. The canvass showed Church just 208 votes behind Republican Ben Griffin. The three highest vote-getters will fill the commissioner seats.
After thinking about it over the weekend, Church requested the recount shortly before Monday's 5 p.m. deadline. Caldwell's elections board set the recount for Thursday.
North Carolina Statesville
An autopsy has concluded that a North Carolina man who was shocked with a Taser died of excited delirium.
The Statesville Record & Landmark reported Monday the autopsy report also revealed that 29-year-old Anthony Davidson had traces of cocaine in his system. Davidson died in July after being arrested for shoplifting at a Statesville grocery store. Authorities have said officers used Tasers after Davidson became uncooperative in jail and tried to run.
South Carolina Columbia
University of South Carolina officials say a new partnership with Chinese educators will allow more residents to benefit from the state's growing trade with that country.
Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the program – called the Confucius Institute – will provide education about Chinese language, culture and traditions for college students and other residents statewide.
Mecklenburg County Charlotte
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested a man Monday in connection with a Nov. 1 double shooting on Remount Road.
Jartavous Bernard Gaither, 23, was taken into custody in the shootings of Demetrius Adams and Anitra Hampton in the driveway of Adams' house. Gaither is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, and two counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property, said police spokeswoman Jean Wassenaar.
Police have warrants for two more suspects in the incident: Dewan Antonio Polk, 21, and Channon Eallen Bethea, 26. Anyone having information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.