Lunch Break (10/7/15): Roberts will face Peacock in Charlotte's next mayoral race

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With 54 percent of the vote, Jennifer Roberts won the Democratic mayoral runoff election last night and will face Republican candidate Edwin Peacock in the upcoming mayoral election. Roberts beat current Mayor Dan Clodfelter yesterday's runoff. The two remaining candidates appeared on Good Day Charlotte this morning and discussed their platforms, with Roberts emphasizing equalizing opportunities in a time of growth and Peacock focusing on reducing crime in the Metro area. The general mayoral election will be on November 3. 
Robert Barringer
  • Robert Barringer

A 40-year-old man who may pose a significant threat to an ex-girlfriend he has threatened and assaulted in the past is wanted by police today after cutting off an electronic monitoring bracelet he was ordered to wear in September. Robert Barringer is wanted on outstanding warrants for six felonies, including discharging a firearm into an occupied property. Police said Barringer was arrested multiple times last month, and shot at his ex-girlfriend's house during one incident. Despite having a "lengthy" criminal record dating back to 1991, Barringer is continually allowed to bond out of jail, and his ex-girlfriend now says she fears for her life. UPDATE: Police announced at abut 2:30 p.m. today that Barringer was apprehended by the CMPD Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and SWAT. 


Recently released sketches of a new Dimensional Fund Advisors headquarters in South End show an eight-story building made up of wood and glass that will sit atop the site that currently hosts Common Market, Food Truck Friday, Black Sheep skate shop and other local businesses. The financial services firm has filed to rezone the site, and a city council hearing will be held in December. 

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds after allegedly carrying a handgun in his backpack for "a couple days" while attending Ardrey Kell High School. The school has not released the name of the student, nor have they said what kind of gun it was or whether it was loaded. Other students reportedly saw the gun and reported it to school administrators. 

South Carolina's Emergency Management Division has asked that residents in surrounding areas do not send any more water to help families affected by flooding following a week-long rainstorm caused by Hurricane Joaquin. Officials said that, while they appreciate the support, they have enough water resources at the time and are asking that people donate supplies instead. A list of supplies needed includes bedding, cleaning supplies and food. People can donate by calling (704) 329-3703 until 6:30 p.m. 

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