First Drip (8/26/15): Troubled club in Wesley Heights shut down, owner to serve prison time

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A club in Wesley Heights that has upset some nearby residents after being the scene of multiple shootings and two murders has shut down and the owner will face jail time. Adolph Shiver, owner of Club 935, will serve nine months in prison and nine months of house arrest. He will also reportedly have to pay more than $50,000 in fines for tax crimes. According to federal documents, Shiver agreed to launder $50,000 through the club for an FBI source during a sting. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education formally approved a raise for the county's newest teachers last night, although there really wasn't any choice, considering the raise comes from the state. The salary raise – from $33,000 to $35,000 a year – for teachers with zero to four years experience is part of a stopgap budget from the state while negotiations continue in the General Assembly to pass a final budget. Until that happens, teachers with five or more years experience will be held at current pay. 

The first televised debate between Charlotte's mayoral candidates was held last night at the Ballantyne Hotel, with the four Democratic frontrunners squaring off to begin the evening and the two Republican candidates following up. As has been the case in previous forums over the last month, many of the Democrats agreed on a lot of issues, with small tweaks to how they would like to handle things like mass transit and recruiting companies. Scott Stone and Edwin Peacock are running on the Republican ticket. A Republican has not served as Mayor of Charlotte since now-Governor Pat McCrory left office in 2007. 

According to preliminary reports from Charlotte Area Transit System released yesterday, ridership on the new Gold Line streetcar has been 67 percent higher than expected since opening in July. While the first projected numbers given to the federal government during the funding process estimated a daily ridership of 1,100 people, the average number through July stood at 1,507 people. 

A reporter and cameraman for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia were killed on-air during a live interview this morning, sending shockwaves through the national media industry on social media. The channel confirmed through Twitter that reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed in the shooting. The woman being interviewed by Parker was reportedly injured and is in surgery. Creative Loafing's thoughts are with the friends, family and coworkers of Parker and Ward. 

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