A team of Charlotte lawyers filed a lawsuit this morning challenging a new state law that allows North Carolina magistrates and other officials to opt out of issuing same-sex marriage
licenses on religious grounds. The team of lawyers is the same that filed a lawsuit that led to the end of North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. The group says the new law is unconstitutional. The lawyers, representing three North Carolina couples listed as plaintiffs in the case, held a press conference at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center this morning to discuss the 20-page federal complaint. (Michael Gordon, Charlotte Observer)
Police are looking for clues that could lead them to three men who shot a man after knocking on the door of his home early this morning
. Police said three masked men knocked on the man's door at about 12:30 a.m. and opened fire when he answered. He was struck multiple times in the doorway and driveway of the home, but amazingly only suffered minor injuries and is expected to recover. Police said the shooting may be drug-related, but that has not been confirmed. (Ashton Pellom, WBTV)
Police are investigating yet another shooting near UNC Charlotte that took place this morning, the third shooting near campus in less than three weeks.
Police said a man was shot during a robbery in the parking lot of the University Walk apartments. The victim, 23-year-old Brandon Shevlin, is expected to survive. A man was shot in the University House apartments parking lot on Nov. 28 and a woman was shot on Pavilion Boulevard two days later following a road rage incident.
Mecklenburg County employees will begin proactively training for active shooter situations
, according to an email sent from county manager Dena Diorio to the nearly 5,000 county employees. Employees will learn how to deal with different scenarios, ranging from domestic violence to domestic terrorism. The non-mandatory training will teach employees about good hiding places and exit strategies in the case of active shooters, bomb threats and suspicious persons. (Neima Abdulahi, Fox46)
Residents attempting to get a Montessori high school in Charlotte got one step further at last night CMS Board of Education meeting, as the board approved an expansion of Sedgefield Middle School's Montessori program to ninth grade
. Parents still hope to cover the final three years of their children's education by building a new montessori high school somewhere in Charlotte, which would be the first of a kind, but were happy to get approval for last night's proposal. (WCCB)