First Drip (6/1/15): Police searching for shooting suspect



CMPD officers are still searching for a man who shot at a police officer early this morning in the University area. An officer responded to a suspicious person call on Minglewood Drive, and when he arrived the suspect shot a him and fled the scene. Police said the suspect was a black male, 15 to 18 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall with short hair, an orange hooded sweatshirt and a white backpack. 

Charlotte City Council will hold a special meeting this afternoon to discuss budget options after a straw vote last week found most supporting budget proposal "B", but some in disagreement. The proposal would raise property taxes 2 percent and change trash fees. The council is trying to cover a $22 million shortfall in this year's budget. 

Three people, including a federal agent, were injured in a car accident that shut down I-485 near the Providence Road exchange this morning. The accident, which involved a Federal Protection vehicle and two other vehicles, happened around 8:30 a.m. and authorities she the road down until about 10 a.m. 

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham will reportedly announce his candidacy for presidency from his hometown of Central, South Carolina today. Graham will run on a hawkish platform that includes plans to increase U.S. troop presence in Iraq by more than 300 percent. 

Sources say Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are close to finalizing a long-term contract extension that would keep Newton in Charlotte at least through 2020. Newton has led the Panthers to their first back-to-back playoff appearances in franchise history over the past two years, and won his first playoff game last season. 

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