Lunch Break (9/24/15): Two men looking for funding for new west Charlotte brewery

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Two Charlotte men have started a Kickstarter with a $25,000 goal to help open a new brewery in west Charlotte. Sven Giersmann and Craig Gunn are hoping to open Blue Blaze Brewing in the Savona Mill on the historic West End corridor in spring 2016. The men have already raised $2,100 for the campaign, which ends on October 29. 

Early voting in the Democratic mayoral primary run-off began this morning at Central Piedmont Community College to decide who will face Republican Edwin Peacock to become Charlotte's mayor. Current Mayor Dan Clodfelter and former county commissioner Jennifer Roberts are facing off in the primary. Early voting will be held until 5 p.m. today at CPCC's central campus on 7th Street between Elizabeth and Uptown. It will also be held tomorrow between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The actual voting day for the run-off is October 6. 

Mecklenburg County Districy Attorney Andrew Murray announced this morning that a jury has sentenced 27-year-old Jamel Whatley to nine years in prison for murdering a man with a brick on Central Avenue in August 2014. Police said the man repeatedly hit the victim with a brick while a 16-year-old girl fished an iPhone from the victim's pocket. Whatley was tracked down by his electronic monitoring bracelet and found in possession of the stolen iPhone. 

A video taken by cellphone of a brawl that recently erupted at a west Charlotte Walmart has gone viral. The video shows a fight that begins at the entrance, as loss prevention employees reportedly try to stop a young man accused of stealing a t-shirt, and then breaks out into a full-scale brawl, made up of multiple fights happening at different areas near the entrance. 

CMPD investigators are asking for help in identifying a man who they say robbed a Wells Fargo branch on West Sugar Creek Road at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Police ask that anyone with information about the man showed below call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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