Lunch Break (2/9/16): Panthers met by hundreds of fans at last night's homecoming

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The Carolina Panthers arrived home last night to hundreds of cheering fans, despite the team's Super Bowl loss on Sunday night. The team buses rolled into Bank of America Stadium at around 7:15 p.m., and head coach Ron Rivera gave high fives to some fans lined up along a metal barriers while some players waved to the crowd. About 30 minutes earlier, the Charlotte Fire Department met the Panthers on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with water cannons at full blast to salute the team. (Alex Giles, WBTV) According to multiple media members at Bank of America Stadium this morning, Cam made no apologies for walking out of a post game conference on Sunday night, stating that he is known to be a sore loser and if you "show me a good loser I will show you a loser." 

The Department of Environmental Quality announced this morning that Duke Energy will be fined $6.6 million for its role in the Dan River coal ash spill in 2014. The fine from state regulators will only add to the $102 million in fines and restitution that Duke was ordered to pay in 2015 for violation of federal pollution laws. In a statement, Duke Energy representatives wrote that the company is deciding whether to challenge this newest fine from the state. (WSOC Staff) 

One student was sent to the hospital this morning after two school buses collided at Coulwood Middle School in northwest Charlotte. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg spokesperson said the student wasn't seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. About 40 students in all were aboard the buses at about 8 a.m. when the accident happened. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. (Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer) 

Tin Thi Nguyen - COURTESY OF CMPD
  • Courtesy of CMPD
  • Tin Thi Nguyen
Police were able to find an elderly woman who went missing for hours yesterday afternoon while taking a walk around her neighborhood. CMPD sent out a release asking for the public's help in finding 74-year-old Tin Thi Nguyen just before 9 p.m. saying that she hadn't been seen since 3:45 p.m. Just after midnight this morning, another release was sent out stating that Nguyen had been found, but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries resulting from exposure to the cold weather. It's unclear the circumstances of Nguyen's disappearance, but the CMPD release credited the Union County Sheriff's Office with helping in the search, despite their offices (and jurisdiction) being far from the west Charlotte home at which Nguyen was last seen. (Ryan Pitkin) 

Rock Hill police are searching for a 23-year-old man they believe stabbed another man during an altercation in the town just south of the Charlotte border last night. Investigators believe Denzel Boozer stabbed a victim in the abdomen resulting in serious injuries last night around 7 p.m. He is currently wanted on attempted murder charges, among other things. Boozer has descriptive tattoos on his face, including an alligator under his right eye and what looks to be a polo player on horseback under his right eye. (WCNC Staff) 

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