Across the Region

The Vue condo tower continues climbing uptown

While construction at its competitors for “Tallest Condo Tower in Charlotte” remains stalled, The Vue in Fourth Ward recently began vertical construction.

Scheduled to open in late summer or early fall 2010, the 50-story tower's construction hasn't slowed much.

The 210 Trade tower – planned to have 50-plus stories at the EpiCentre – is mired in lawsuits between the developer and contractor. The development of One Charlotte and 300 South Tryon, two other condo towers, has also been postponed.

Dan Tierney

Regional briefs

Cabarrus County Harrisburg

The North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue is having its best year – more dog rescues, adult dog adoptions and volunteer support. But its best year could also be its last.

The rescue, which moved from Charlotte to Harrisburg in 2004, has lost its major source of funding, which contributed about $2,000 monthly.

“The property will be going up for sale this fall,” said the nonprofit's founder, Beth Phillips.

Karen Sullivan

Iredell County Mooresville

After a national search, town commissioners on Friday voted unanimously to hire a town manager who has run communities in Ohio for 30 years.

Steven Husemann, 57, begins work in Mooresville on Sept. 2.

He is executive director of the Miami Valley (Ohio) Communications Council, an organization of eight cities and 16 affiliates that monitors and regulates common cable TV franchise agreements and government cable channels.

Mooresville has been in the cable TV business since December, when the town and Davidson bought the former local Adelphia system and created MI-Connection.

Joe Marusak

Union County Monroe

An effort is under way to turn the 122-year-old courthouse on Monroe's town square into a museum that enshrines Union County's history.

The distinctive red-brick courthouse would anchor the proposed Union County Heritage Center and Museum, which would incorporate the Marshville museum in the old Town Hall and the Union County Heritage Room.

The Union County Board of Commissioners on July 21 unanimously approved a $50,000 contract with a Cleveland-based consultant.

Mike Torralba

Police digest

Mecklenburg County Charlotte

An argument over a home-improvement project left one man stabbed in the chest and the other jailed on assault charges, police say.

It happened on Eastway Drive Friday evening. Police say Sterling Jerome Watson, 45, and Edward Lee Douglas, 40, argued over payment for the home project. Watson was stabbed in the chest several times. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was in critical but stable condition.

Police charged Douglas, who lives at 3345 Autumn Ridge Drive, with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. He remains in the Mecklenburg County jail today on $75,000 bond.

Ann Doss Helms

Mecklenburg County Charlotte

An undercover prostitution sting in west Charlotte netted 24 arrests Thursday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police announced Saturday.

The eight-hour operation took place primarily in the Lockwood, Druid Hills, Enderly Park and Lakewood communities. One man and 23 women were arrested on prostitution and drug charges.

Cleve Wootson and WCNC-TV

Union County Wingate

The pilot of a small Cessna that crashed near Wingate Saturday morning survived with only minor injuries, Union County dispatchers say.

The plane went down around 9:15 a.m. off Austin Chaney Road, north of U.S. 74, said Susan Myers of the dispatch office. She had few other details, including the pilot's name.

A cow was injured in the crash landing, she said.

Ann Doss Helms