First Drip (8/12/15): CMS police officer arrested for indecent liberties with a child

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A Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Police officer has been arrested by CMPD for taking indecent liberties with a child. An August 10 investigation reportedly found that William Stitt touched and fondled a victim on August 7, 2015. CMPD says the victim in this case was not someone that Stitt would have come in contact with at work. Stitt has worked as a CMS police officer since August 2005. He was previously a CMPD officer between 1977 and 2005. Stitt is currently on paid administration leave. 

Former Charlotte Mayor and current U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is being sued by the trustee of his former employer, DesignLine, and accused of not actually doing any work during his tenure there as deputy general counsel. Elaine Rudisill was named as the trustee of the company when it filed for bankruptcy in 2013. She is reportedly suing Foxx for $421,000. The lawsuit states that DesignLine paid firms millions of dollars to help with obtaining financing, board meetings, collection issues, contract negotiations and general legal counsel, while Foxx rarely showed up for work. 

The state rested its case against former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell yesterday, with CMPD Captain Mike Campagna testifying that Kerrick went against department policy when he killed the unarmed Ferrell. Campagna said that Kerrick was authorized to pull his weapon but not discharge it at Ferrell. Campagna said Ferrell represented a physical threat, but not a deadly threat. 

With eight business days left until classes begin in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, there are still 395 teacher vacancies to be filled, according to Superintendent Ann Clark. North Carolina's 2015 budget year began on July 1, but alas, no budget has been passed. Clark said although she has gained international reaction for her comments on teacher shortages last week, the CMS shortage accounts for less than 2 percent of the CMS total and is lower than the shortage at this time last school year. 

Congressman Robert Pittenger is reportedly the subject of an FBI inquiry, which focuses on Pittenger's real estate business. Pittenger says he separated himself from the firm when he was elected to Congress. The FBI's Charlotte office is handling the inquiry and questioning employee staffers and investors in the company. PIttenger said he has "no idea" what the inquiry is about. 

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