First Drip (7/8/15): Developer files petition to rezone and replace Jackalope Jack's


A developer has finally filed a petition to rezone the property on which Jackalope Jack's and Hare of the Dog dog bar (formerly Philosopher's Stone) currently sit and replace them with apartments and retail spaces. According to a petition filed Tuesday, the 1.7-acre site would include a 200-unit apartment complex and 15,00 square feet of non-residential space, which would include uses such as a restaurant, a barber shop and office space. The rezoning request is scheduled for a public hearing in September. 

Police arrested a 38-year-old man who volunteers with the Charlotte chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters after a 16-year-old he was mentoring told police he had sexually abused him for the last two years. The boy told investigators he was matched with Ryan Hill when he was 12 years old, and Hill began molesting him when he was 14. Investigators searched Hill's home, where many of the assaults are believed to have taken place, on Tuesday and seized evidence. Hill was charged with committing sex crimes against a child. 

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners debated options for possibly removing a Confederate monument on Kings Drive at its meeting on Tuesday night, but no action was taken. The monument honors Confederate soldiers for their efforts to "preserve the Anglo-Saxon civilization of the South." The county would need to apply to remove the monument, said Dan Morrill, director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, who believes the monument should be removed. The commissioners did not take action last night and may debate the issue further in the future. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it has solved a mass murder that happened in a north Charlotte home 36 years ago, almost to the day. Charlotte police found five people dead in the home on July 4, 1979 and never made any arrests, although they did find and question both men they now say were responsible for the murders. Both Gregory Scott Lindaman and Randy Allen Pigg were identified as persons of interest in the case and interviewed, but police did not have enough evidence to try them. CMPD has now named both men as suspects based on testimony collected over the years. Both men have since died and the case has been cleared.

All United Airlines flights across the country have reportedly come to a stop this morning due to a computer glitch. Federal Aviation Administration officials said United Airlines has requested a full ground stoppage for all of its planes. 

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