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CHARLOTTE— On Friday morning, Charlotte city leaders got into the Halloween spirit to try to drum up last minute support for the bond questions on this fall’s ballot.
Calling themselves “Trick or Treating Traffic Teams,” council members and supporters greeted rush hour commuters at intersections around the city, handing out candy and asking residents to vote “yes” on the three ballot items that would issue $146 million in bonds to fund city road improvement, affordable housing and neighborhood projects.
“We will do anything to get people to get out and vote, and so we’re standing here on these street corners encouraging people to vote, specifically for the bonds,” said Charlotte City Council member Patsy Kinsey.
“If somebody is crazy enough to get out in the cold in 42 degree weather, it must be important” said council member David Howard.
Council members say they’re they’re hoping the unconventional approach will get voters’ attention and remind them to vote until the end of the ballot to get to the three questions approved—measures they say will make a big difference in the city.
“I think everybody understands we have to make investment in roads. They sit in traffic everyday. They understand our neighborhood infrastructure is eroded,” said Howard.
“What the city is able to do with bonds is borrow money very cheaply and do things that quite frankly we couldn’t do through the general fund” said Kinsey.
To see a sample ballot for your community, including the three city bonds questions, visit http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/BOE/voter/Pages/Voting-Info-Lookup.aspx.
CHARLOTTE — Most people only think about ghosts around Halloween, but the Carolina Paranormal Society says they’re everywhere, all year round.
The group investigates reports of paranormal activity in homes, businesses and government buildings throughout the Carolinas.
“Our main purpose is to help people,” said Jason Porter, founder of the Carolina Paranormal Society. “We want to confirm a presence or debunk it, so that way the client has the ability to stay in their homes, to feel safe. A lot of times they just want acknowledgment that they’re not crazy.”
Porter said often the strange noises or shadows have a reasonable explanation. The group tries to capture the paranormal activity on a voice recorder or video camera, and through a variety of equipment – like an electro-magnetic field detection device.
They know many people don’t believe in ghosts or paranormal activity, but they say the evidence they’ve collected through more than 200 investigations help convince skeptics.
“I challenge anyone who says it doesn’t exist to come and sit down with me and show them what we’ve collected, and I think I can change their perspective,” said Mat Owens, another founding member of the society.
Porter and Owens believe most ghosts are friendly.
“In the 10 plus years that I’ve been investigating, I’ve never come across anything that has been evil or malicious,” Owens said. “Our mantra is ghosts are people, they’re just out to communicate.”
There are 15 members of the paranormal investigation team right now, and the group is looking to expand. They don’t charge clients to look into their claims.
For more information on the society, visit: http://www.carolinaparanormal.com/.
ROBESON COUNTY — An 83-year-old Robeson County woman has died after being mauled by four pit bulls. Alemeaner Dial was attacked by the dogs in her front yard last Saturday. She was taken off life support Friday morning.
The dogs belonged to Dial’s granddaughter who had been living with her since the summer.
“As I pulled into the driveway I could see three dogs on my grandmother and I just did everything I could getting here as quick as possible,” said the woman’s grandson, Johnathan Dial.
Johnathan Dial was the first to arrive last Saturday night after neighbors heard screams coming from his grandmother. She was being attacked by four pit bull dogs. When Dial got there he said his grandmother Alemeaner Dial was on her back crying for help, all four dogs surrounding her.
“I’m glad I got to her when I did. Lord knows I wish I had gotten to her long before…the dogs had to have been on her for a long time,” said Dial.
Dial says the dogs quickly ran off after he yelled and clapped his hands together. He says his grandmother’s scalp had been removed and all of her limbs were severely mauled.
Dial shot and killed one of the dogs, the other three had run off and were soon caught by animal control. They have now been euthanized.
Dial says the family had made efforts to have these dogs removed from where his grandmother was living but nothing ever happened. The Robeson County Health Department says the owners were not in any violation.
“What you have to realize is animal control looks at are the animals vaccinated and are they confined? And in this case they were. And the fact that the house is inside the confinement is no different than the dog being inside the house,” said Bill Smith,
Robeson County Health Department director.
Dial says this incident with his grandmother should be a warning sign for everyone.
“Everybody knows pit bulls are dangerous, whether they are around a little child or a young man or an elderly person. Pit bulls, they ought to be watched,” said Dial.
The family is mourning a loss they feel like could have been prevented.
HILLSBOROUGH—Part of Interstate-85 is closed in orange county for a wreck involving a tractor trailer.
The wreck happened just before 9 a.m. on northbound I-85 near Hillsborough. There’s no word yet on what caused the wreck, or if anyone is injured.
Traffic is being diverted onto i-40..
On Capital Tonight: The Bow Tie Caucus convenes to wrap up the last week of campaigning for the midterm elections. Profs. Scott Huffmon and Michael Bitzer take a look at the polls, the ads, and have a little Halloween fun as well.
CORNELIUS, N.C.–Thom Tillis has received the endorsement of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in North Carolina’s close U.S. Senate race.
Tillis’ campaign released a statement Friday quoting Rice in which she calls the state House speaker “an effective leader who can work across the aisle to solve problems and make our government more accountable to the people.”
The Rice endorsement comes in the final days before Tillis’ election with Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.
Rice worked in President George W. Bush’s administration, also serving as national security adviser. Rice’s backing comes as national security issues, including the Islamic State and Ebola, have taken a larger role in the campaign debate.
Former President Bill Clinton was scheduled to campaign with Hagan later Friday in Raleigh.
RALEIGH—Bill Clinton came to North Carolina last month to quietly raise money for Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate campaign. Now the former president is returning to rally the faithful publicly for the Democratic incumbent.
North Carolina’s Senate race is now the most expensive in the country.
According to the non-partisian Sunlight Foundation, as of Wednesday, more than $100 million had been spent on it.
Clinton is scheduled to keynote a Hagan campaign stop Friday at Broughton High School in Raleigh. His campaign stop comes the day before early voting ends Saturday. The president’s wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, campaigned for Hagan last Saturday in Charlotte.
The ex-president attended a closed fundraiser Sept. 30 in Chapel Hill. He’s scheduled to be in Georgia earlier Friday to campaign with Senate Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn.
Meanwhile Hagan’s Republican challenger, state House speaker Thom Tillis will be taking his campaign to the western part of the state on Friday.
He is visiting Winston-Salem, Salisbury, Hickory, Aasheville and Cornelius.
Tillis is also getting campaign support from some national political figures after former presidential nominee Mitt Romney was in Raleigh earlier this week to throw his support behind Tillis.
ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. — An 83-year-old Robeson County woman is on life support at UNC Hospital after being attack by a pack of pit bulls.
Alemeaner Dial was attacked by two adult dogs and two puppies on Saturday.The dogs belonged to her granddaughter.
One dog was shot by her grandson. The others were caught and euthanized by animal control.
Information from The Fayetteville Observer
CHARLOTTE–Drew Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South.
The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to snap a seven-game losing streak on the road that dated back to last November.
Brees finished 24 of 34 for 297 yards and Mark Ingram turned in another solid performance with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Brees threw an interception and fumbled in the first quarter before settling down late in the second quarter and leading touchdown drives on four out of five possessions.
The Saints’ defense sacked Cam Newton four times and forced two turnovers.
Newton, who spent much of the night under heavy duress playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters, was limited to 151 yards passing.
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CHARLOTTE — Someone broke into the Humane Society of Charlotte Wednesday night, smashing the front door and stealing two laptop computers.
But that’s not all.
Workers say the thieves also smashed a computer used by volunteers.
They pulled the electrical box from the wall and stole a donation box with a small amount of cash inside.
The burglar alarm inside the Toomey Avenue shelter went off while the thieves were inside which might have kept them from doing more damage.
Workers say all the animals are safe.