First Drip (7/22/15): Kerrick attorneys release statement attacking Ferrell, family

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Randall Kerrick's attorneys released a statement yesterday in response to a statement made Monday morning by shooting victim Jonathan Ferrell's family and their attorney, Chris Chestnut. In the statement, the attorneys take issue with the comments made by the family and Chestnut, who has represented the family but is not prosecuting the Kerrick case. The attorneys repeatedly misspell both Chestnut's name and Jonathan Ferrell's name in the statement, and shed light on what will most likely be their defense: attacking Ferrell's character because he drank that night, although it was less than the legal limit to drive, and he may have expressed a desire to smoke marijuana. 

A development company was given approval for rezoning of a 1.5-acre property in the heart of NoDa where they plan to build a five-story, 147-unit apartment complex. There will also be 8,900 square feet of commercial space in the development that will include the leasing office, a fitness center, and 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of retail that could accommodate a small coffee shop or a deli. 

At a press conference yesterday, CATS Interim CEO John Muth walked reporters through a four-minute video of the Saturday morning crash between a Gold Line trolley and an SUV that injured two. Muth blamed the driver of the streetcar for the wreck, saying he made a series of mistakes that sent the trolley rolling down Elizabeth Avenue and into the back of the SUV. 

Former University of North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough signed with the Charlotte Hornets late last night, according to sources. Hansbrough was one of UNC's most decorated players during his collegiate career, but has struggled to find a consistent spot on an NBA roster since going pro. 

Wilmington City Council unanimously voted to reject offshore drilling at its meeting last night, approving a resolution opposing any seismic testing or offshore drilling activities off the Wilmington coast. Hundreds reportedly showed up to the meeting to speak or show support for the resolution. The resolution gives Wilmington an official stance to show the federal government, which has asked for input from cities along the Atlantic coast that would be affected by offshore drilling. 


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