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Suspect wanted in Charlotte found near Rio Grande

Footprints discovered off the Rio Grande in Fort Hancock, Texas, led federal authorities to a suspected MS-13 gang member wanted in Charlotte.

Jose Amilcar Garcia-Bonilla is wanted in connection with charges pending from a federal indictment earlier this year.

In June, authorities indicted 26 suspected members of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang – an effort to shut down a culture of intimidation operating in 42 states and five countries.

The gang, which has more than 10,000 members, has been linked to four homicides, drug trafficking and extortion in the Carolinas.

Border Patrol agents conducting routine searches near the Rio Grande discovered Bonilla hiding in some brush, the FBI said Monday.

He later told authorities he waded across the river to get to Texas where he'd been hiding, the FBI said.

Two suspects listed in the June indictment also are still at large. One is believed to be in Miami, and the other was deported to Honduras, officials said

. Victoria Cherrie

Meck briefs


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' top administrators and the school board will spend another day discussing magnet changes Oct. 2.

Superintendent Peter Gorman has said his staff still needs to talk to the board about how possible changes to the specialized programs, where all students are there by choice, will affect busing, boundaries and enrollment at various schools, including crowded neighborhood schools that could see a surge of students if some magnets are eliminated.

Board members, who spent eight hours discussing magnets Sept. 4, still haven't agreed on what changes they want to make, or even what their overall goals are. Changes to virtually all of the district's 14 magnet programs have been proposed or discussed.

The Oct. 2 meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CMS's Leadership Academy, 7920 Neal Road (near the “governor's village” schools in northeast Charlotte). It is open to the public. Ann Doss Helms

Regional briefs

Cabarrus County Concord

David Olah was installed on Saturday as the 17th president of Barber-Scotia College.

Olah, 64, a past superintendent of North Hills Christian School in Salisbury, is the first white president of the historically black college since 1932, college officials said. He had served as acting president over the summer after the June retirement of Carl Flamer.

Barber-Scotia, which founded in 1867, lost accreditation in 2004 and has struggled to pay off debt. In fall 2007, Olah joined the college to help it regain accreditation.

In recent years, Barber-Scotia has had as few as 15 students. This semester, it has 46 students, with most of those concentrating on a religious studies curriculum.

“The most important thing is to put the institution back on the road to accreditation, so we can achieve the mission we feel is so important in training and equipping young men and women for service to their community and for lifelong living skills,” Olah said Monday.

Gail Smith-Arrants

Police digest

Alexander County

A maintenance man was shot in the face and arm during a dispute at an Alexander County motel late Sunday or early Monday, and a Taylorsville man was charged, the Taylorsville Police Department said.

Anthony Gregory, 37, was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony possession of cocaine, a department news release said.

The incident began about midnight Sunday, when police were called to an unidentified Taylorsville motel. The motel manager went to one of the rooms because of a disturbance and found the occupants of the room and their guest trying to force the door open, the release said. The manager argued with the occupants and then called the maintenance man to fix the door. Another argument ensued, and the maintenance man was shot.

Gregory left the motel but was arrested later, the release said.

The victim, who was not identified, was in fair condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the release said. He was jailed on $300,000 bond. Another man, Jerry Leon Flowers, 45, of Taylorsville, was charged with accessory after the fact and felony possession of cocaine and was jailed on $78,000 bond. Dan Duffey