Lunch Break (3/23/16): Local residents release video calling to keep amendment to nondiscrimination ordinance

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State lawmakers are meeting in a special session this morning to discuss Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance, slated to go into effect on April 1st. The special session, which will cost taxpayers $42,000 per day, comes after opponents of the Charlotte ordinance appealed to the General Assembly, demanding that it be overturned. Opponents argue that provisions made in the ordinance regarding bathroom access for transgendered people poses “an imminent threat to public safety.” Lara Americo is among those traveling to Raleigh today to lobby lawmakers before their session to leave the ordinance as it was amended by city council in February. She spoke out on the special session in a video featuring Charlotteans that was posted to YouTube yesterday: 

Two West Mecklenburg High School students, both aged 15, required hospital treatment for minor injuries following an attempted armed robbery Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred in a wooded area that separates the school campus from the Westerwood neighborhood. A student was walking through the woods when the suspect student approached him at gunpoint and demanded he empty his pockets. The victim initially complied, then attempted to disarm the suspect. In the struggle, the suspect struck the victim’s head with the gun. The victim was able to break free and ran to alert an officer stationed on campus. Police were able to locate the suspect in the area and take him into custody. The armed robbery charges come just a week after Westerwood residents were among those calling for an emergency meeting with police regarding safety concerns about students roaming their neighborhood streets during school hours. (Fox46 Staff) 

CMPD is investigating two attempted burglaries Charlotte-area gun shops early this morning. The first incident occurred at Gun Outlet and Pawn on North Tryon Street when a Jeep Cherokee drove into the back of the store at around 2 a.m. The vehicle was left at the scene. A second gun store was targeted at around 3 a.m., this time in west Charlotte. Thieves attempted to drive a car into the rear entrance of the Hyatt Coin & Gun store on Wilkinson Boulevard. They failed to gain entry but did sever a gas line. Police say the thieves then unsuccessfully targeted a nearby Family Dollar store. No items were stolen in the three attempted burglaries. CMPD hasn’t confirmed a connection between the incidents, but they have stated that they are looking for a Chrysler Sebring. (WSOC Staff)

Police have identified the man killed in west Charlotte last night as 26-year-old Shawn Harbin. Police responded to an assault call on Westridge Drive at about 8:53 p.m. last night and found Harbin suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene. CMPD officials have not yet announced any arrests in the case. (Ryan Pitkin) 

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