The Charlotte Fire Department responded to a house fire at Aubreywood Drive and Carrington Hill Drive Sunday night.
According to officials, heavy fire and smoke was showing from the structure.
Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:39:55 -0400
(Associated Press) General Motors is recalling 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans because the brake pads can stay partially engaged even when they're not needed, increasing the risk of a fire.
The recall involves Cadillacs from the 2013-2015 model years and Impalas from the 2014 and 2015 model years. There are 205,309 vehicles affected in the U.S.; the rest of the vehicles are in Canada and elsewhere.
GM says the electronic parking brake arm that applies pressure to the back of the brake pads may not fully retract after use. If the brake pads stay partially engaged with the rotor, excessive brake heat may result in a fire.
GM says it knows of no accidents or injuries related to the defect.
GM will notify owners and repair the vehicles for free.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:35:17 -0400
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has rescheduled a traffic shift on the Independence Boulevard widening project in east Charlotte.
Beginning at midnight on Sept. 23, crews will open a new bridge taking over Conference Drive over U.S. 74. This is one of three bridges under construction between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.
Once the Conference Drive bridge is open, the contractor will continue construction on a new bridge taking Idlewild Road over Independence Boulevard. This work will require closing Idlewild Road between Monroe Road and Electra Lane. Motorists will be detoured around the area along Monroe Road and Conference Drive through 2016.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511 or visit the NCDOT website. You can also follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:31:24 -0400
Toolmaking has been a defining characteristic in human evolution. And now we're bringing the practice to space.
A SpaceX cargo ship launched toward the International Space Station overnight carrying a 3-D Printer in its cargo marking the first time that technology has left the Earth's atmosphere. (Video viaNASA)
California-based company Made In Space was contracted by NASA to manufacture the 3-D printer capable of functioning in zero gravity. And it isn't just for show.
In a press release CEO Aaron Kemmer said the technology "will fundamentally change how the supply and development of space missions is looked at."
That's because at the moment, tools and replacement parts needed in space must be manufactured here on Earth and then delivered by rocket. (Video via NASA).
The capability to build those parts on the spot with a 3-D printer would only require the blueprints to be transmitted, essentially by email. And the printer launched Sunday is a step in that direction.
Its task is to build sample parts that will be returned to earth and subjected to quality tests. But as CBS reports, building reliable items from plastic is only the current goal.
SUMI DAS FOR CBS: "The next challenge is to print objects using materials found in space. Regolith that covers the moon could hold the key."
MICHAEL SNYDER VIA CBS: "Imagine you could just go up to the moon and build your habitat."
And while inhabiting other planets still seems a distant aspiration, manufacturing will allow us to live long and prosper once we get there.
This video includes images from Quinn Dombrowski / CC BY-SA 2.0; Wendy / CC BY-SA 2.0; and Flavio~ / CC BY 2.0.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:15:33 -0400
Just because the Scottish referendum is over doesn’t mean the punditry is. The leader of the Scottish “yes” campaign is now accusing British leaders of going back on their word.
ALEX SALMOND VIA STV: "I suppose I feel sorry for those in the 'no' side who were tricked by Westminster into believing there would be an immediate offer of extra powers.”
Alex Salmond’s referring to when, late in the game, Westminster’s three main political parties promised more powers to Scotland if it voted against splitting up the union.
Salmond attributes that pledge – otherwise known as “Devo Max” or maximum devolution — to the 'no' campaign’s success.
Prime Minister David Cameron and his counterparts in the Liberal Democrats and Labour parties have not yet agreed on what those powers will look like — only that they’ll have a draft of the laws done by January. (Video via Euronews)
ED MILIBAND, LABOUR LEADER VIA BBC: "We're going to deliver. No ifs, no buts. We're going to deliver on that promise.”
CAMERON VIA ODN: "We have delivered on devolution under this government, and we will do so again in the next Parliament."
Despite comments like those from U.K. party leaders, Salmond is still accusing them is reneging on their promise. But for UK leaders to do so would represent for a broken promise at the highest level and make little sense politically. Instead, here's where the confusion is coming from.
To appease his own party, Cameron suggested that if Scotland get extra powers, Scottish lawmakers should be barred Scottish lawmakers from voting on matters that apply only to England. (Video via U.K. Parliament)
Unsurprisingly, Cameron’s announcement was met with skepticism from the Labour party, which holds 41 of Scotland's 59 seats in the House of Commons which means it’d have less of a say under a system of English votes for English laws. (Via BBC)
Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for a constitutional convention to discuss Cameron's English voting plan and devolution in Scotland.
This video includes images from Getty Images.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:13:16 -0400
Thirty-thousand people turned out for a climate change rally in Melbourne, Australia. It's part of a global day of protests ahead of the United Nations' summit in New York Tuesday.
The protests are part of a movement called People's Climate Change March, which aims to push leaders at the summit to make a meaningful agreement on capping emissions.
A number of world leaders are expected to attend the U.N. summit, including President Obama, who has often urged action on climate change.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE: "Climate change is a fact, and when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did."
Nevertheless, The Guardian reports the president won't be pledging any U.S. money to a fund the U.N. has put together to help developing countries cope with the effects of climate change.
One project that is expected to be agreed upon is the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, which aims to develop renewable energy across Eastern and Southern Africa. (Video via International Renewable Energy Agency)
But, as with climate treaties in the past, some are skeptical about the effectiveness a potential agreement could have in making a meaningful dent in greenhouse gas emissions.
The New York Times argues that ineffectiveness comes down the wealth gap between rich countries producing those emissions, and the poorer countries facing the brunt of the consequences. "The rich countries of the world will say how concerned they are about the damage their emissions of heat-trapping gases are causing. The poor countries ... will point out that this professed concern never seems to translate into sufficient action."
The march in New York, which organizers have promised to make the biggest in history, will be bolstered by the presence of U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, who pledged to link arms and march alongside the demonstrators. (Video via Democracy Now!)
More than 2,500 events were planned for Sunday, including that march in Melbourne and London's climate march which drew close to 30,000 people. (Video via YouTube / Matthew Bell)
The New York march was reportedly planned over the course of eight months. The U.N. summit starts Tuesday.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:44:55 -0400
The NFL is in crisis mode. Commissioner Roger Goodell took a pounding from the media Friday during and following a press conference in which he announced league-wide changes to handle domestic violence incidents involving NFL players.
But some feel U.S. Soccer should share a bit of the NFL's scrutiny. While football stars like Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson have been punished for violent off-the-field incidents, perhaps the biggest star in women's soccer — Hope Solo — continues to prosper despite being arrested for domestic assault earlier this year.
Solo extended her career shutout record to 73 — surpassing the previous record — during a U.S. Women's National Team win against Mexico Thursday. That's an impressive feat, but many writers say Solo doesn't deserve to be on the pitch at all.
Cindy Boren at The Washington Post called Solo's domestic violence case the one that "no one is talking about" and asked, "While U.S. Soccer doesn’t have the same high profile as the NFL, how do the cases differ? Aren't women's soccer players just as much role models as male football players?"
So why is Solo being allowed to play? Of course, the words double standard comes to mind. Solo is a woman and an overwhelming majority of domestic violence incidents reported are perpetrated by men.
Solo's case is more rare — she's accused of assaulting her 17-year-old nephew and half sister.
A New York Times writer says, "Maybe everyone is just too busy calling out the NFL for its ineptitude, but a light needs to shine on Solo's legal problems, too. It shows that domestic violence isn't committed only by men."
ESPN W's Kate Fagan takes it a step further and says nobody's been talking about Solo because nobody pays attention to women's athletics: "Female athletes mostly fly below the radar — for better and for worse."
Neil Buethe, U.S. Soccer spokesman, probably stoked the fire even more when he told USA Today he knows Solo has some legal issues but that we should also remember she had a chance to set a career shutouts record.
The NFL's domestic violence woes are putting the spotlight on Solo. And if the NFL's situation is any gauge, it's unlikely U.S. Soccer officials and Solo's sponsors will be able to stay quiet on this issue. In the time between Goodell's Sept. 9 interview and Friday's press conference, people began calling for him to come out of hiding and say something.
Solo has pleaded not guilty against those domestic assault charges. Her trial is set for November.
This video includes images from Getty Images.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:49:18 -0400
Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and Gabrielle Union are among the latest victims of a celebrity nude photo hack, entertainment news site TMZ reported Saturday.
The images, which reportedly were posted to Reddit and 4chan late Friday, have been removed.
Union and her husband, Dwayne Wade, spoke out against the leak Saturday in a statement to TMZ.
"It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures," Union said. "I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."
Union added that she has contacted the FBI.
Additionally, the Huffington Post reported that more photos were posted of "Hunger Games" actress Jennifer Lawrence and "Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco, who were victims of another nude photo leak last month when the stars' iCloud accounts were hacked.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:54:06 -0400
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had a surprise waiting for him when he walked onto the field Saturday for warmups.
Throwing the football and in full uniform was suspended quarterback Jameis Winston. Fisher, looking not too pleased, said something to Winston who then headed for the locker room, reappearing later in black sweat pants and his game jersey.
Winston then spent the game talking with his replacement, Sean Maguire, who made his first collegiate start, and getting involved in the offensive huddle on the sidelines.
And just like it had for Winston during his 2013 Heisman Trophy winning season and against The Citadel in the first home game of this season, the fans in the sold-out stadium got behind Maguire. The third-year sophomore from Sparta, N.J., received the loudest cheer during the pregame introductions.
Florida State overcame a shaky first half to defeat Clemson, 23-17, in overtime. Maguire finished 21-of-39 for 305 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked five times.
Winston, who is expected to return next week at N.C. State, originally was suspended for the first half of top-ranked Florida State’s game with No. 22 Clemson for standing on a table and shouting a profane, sexually-explicit phrase Tuesday on campus near the student union.
The penalty, announced Wednesday in a statement from FSU interim president Garnett Stokes and Athletic Director Stan Wilcox, was lengthened late Friday after FSU administrators determined Winston was not totally forthcoming about the incident. Winston reportedly told administrators he was not standing on a table when he shouted. Witnesses confirmed otherwise.
Winston, a third-year sophomore, arrived on the team bus wearing gold headphones and a BCS Championship game backpack. After one fan shouted, “here he comes,” Winston stared straight ahead, ignoring the cameras.
Winston appears to have run out of chances with alumni, boosters and former players. Already weary of his litany of missteps that included being investigated but not charged in a sexual assault accusation of an FSU student and being cited by police for shoplifting more than $32 worth of crab legs, the latest hit to the program’s – and university’s – reputation has been met with criticism from Florida State supporters across the board.
Lee Corso, the ESPN analyst who played for FSU in the mid ’50s, said on the GameDay set Saturday that “as a former player at Florida State, I am embarrassed.”
Deion Sanders said on SiriusXM radio he is among several former Seminoles, including Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Corey Fuller, who have attempted to reach out to Winston.
“All of us have spoken (to) him and tried to lead him in the right direction,” Sanders said. “But he’s a grown man. You can’t make a grown man do what he don’t want to do. He’s already walking around campus with a Heisman Trophy. Why do you need more attention?”
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 03:19:26 -0400
As users update their iPhone software to iOS 8 or update their hardware to the latest iPhone, they'll find a few more prompts and notifications in reference to privacy and security.
And that's because Apple is doubling down on efforts to make its devices and services all the more focused on protecting your information. Updating to iOS 8 brings a new level of encryption for user data; Apple says it "has no way to decrypt iMessage and FaceTime data when it’s in transit between devices," and "wouldn’t be able to comply with a wiretap order even if [it] wanted to." (Video via Apple)
But while the efforts are certainly there, one security analysts suggests Apple's built-in protection might not be as secure as you're thinking.
One analyst details the process by which law enforcement could access your iOS 8 device in this blog post.
"I dumped all of my third party application data, as well as my camera reel and other media … all within a few minutes and from my locked iPhone running iOS 8 GM." GM, by the way, stands for Golden Master, a developer version of software identical to the version later released to the public.
Turns out, when you sync your phone with a computer, Apple makes it possible to access data without having to unlock the phone — that's where the vulnerability lies. Using specialized software, the researcher was able to access data on the phone by pulling information from the computer called "pairing records," which store keys to access your phone.
So despite Apple's efforts to lock down the device, it's still possible to get at media files like photos, videos, books, podcasts, etc., as well as third-party app data.
But before we can get up-in-arms, a writer for Wired points out you've really got to look closely at Apple's language in announcing the new encryption practices. "Apple didn't claimed [sic] in its new privacy statement that its phone was impervious to law enforcement data extraction—only that the company wouldn't unlock iPhones and iPads on the government’s behalf."
And there are ways to protect yourself from even this vulnerability. The researcher says powering down your phone and computer when not in use and encrypting data on your computer's hard drive will keep you protected.
That's because "pairing records" can't be used to access your phone until you've typed in your passcode at least once since it's been powered down.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:03:08 -0400
One doesn't need to look far to see backlash against The New York Times over a profile published Wednesday of writer and producer Shonda Rhimes. There were plenty of critical headlines.
The article itself, penned by TV critic Alessandra Stanley, praises Rhimes’ work on “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder." But that's been largely overlooked, mainly because Stanley led the piece by suggesting Rhimes call her autobiography “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.”
Rhimes herself took issue with the article's description of her as "angry" and a romance writer. On Twitter, she seemed, well, pretty annoyed with it.
And Vulture’s Margaret Lyons calls the Times story “inaccurate, tone-deaf, muddled and racist,” then tears into Stanley's article paragraph by paragraph.
A key argument for many of the articles written in response to Stanley’s piece is that Rhimes' characters, “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope, “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Dr. Bailey and “Murder’s” Annalise Keating aren’t all just angry black women. While they get angry at some points, just as any television character does, that's not the emotion that defines them.
Slate describes Pope as “conflicted, tortured, in a self-destructive relationship — but she is never anything but ultra-competent.” Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. Bailey is described as having “a kind of faux-anger, behaving like a grump and a curmudgeon to cover up her huge heart.”
The Washington Post says, by defining all of Rhimes’ characters as “angry black women,” Stanley is doing them a disservice: “There is something dangerous and political about defining down ‘angry’ in this way. When a person is characterized as ‘angry,’ we weigh their arguments and behavior differently than we would if we see them as generally calm and measured.”
Stanley has responded to the backlash to her article, telling TheWrap, “The whole point of the piece — once you read past the first 140 characters — is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype.”
As for general advice on how The New York Times can avoid stirring up such a ruckus in the future, The Huffington Post had this suggestion:
"From now on, when trying to take down a beloved and powerful producer, it may be best to not totally associate the creator — or executive producer — with their shows' characters, or more specifically, with characters of one race."
This video includes images from Getty Images.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:14:23 -0400
North Carolina Highway Patrol reviewed laws in place to protect construction workers on the job after three workers were struck while working on I-40 in Morgantown early Friday morning.
Investigators said a driver was tired and not paying attention when he veered into a closed lane within the construction zone and struck Flavio Jaimes, Mitchell Brinkley and David Coble.
All three men were rushed to the hospital.
Jaimes, who was 43, and a husband and father of three, died as result of his injuries.
Troopers said inattention is one of the most common causes of accidents in work zones.
“We write a significant number of traffic citations, mostly speeding citations in work zones,” said Trooper Scott Johnston, with NC HWY Patrol. “In my experience it is not uncommon to clock vehicles traveling 70 mph.”
Troopers said by law when there are construction drivers are required to drop their speed to 55 mph when in a 65 mph zone.
“There can be a difference of 80 feet when stopping from 65 MPH compared to stopping from 55 mph,” said Johnston.
Troopers said that extra time could prevent an accident or at least save a life.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, 13 people were killed and 1700 were injured in accidents that happened in work zones in North Carolina in 2013. This includes both motorists and construction workers.
“It’s important that drivers drop their speed and be extra vigilant,” said Trooper Johnston. “Something like what happened to the construction workers in Morganton is tragic for everyone involved.”
Troopers told Channel 9 they’ve written 100 tickets in just one week at the work zone where Jaimes was killed early Friday. Violating the law can cost up to $250 plus court costs.
The other two construction workers involved in the crash continue to heal from their injuries, said investigators.
Coble had to be flown to CMC in Charlotte and according to hospital officials remains stable as of Saturday evening.
Brinkley was treated and released Friday.
Investigators said the driver in the case has not yet been charged and the accident remains under investigation.
Troopers added another way drivers can help reduce accidents on interstates is by adhering to the “Move Over” law.
The law requires drivers to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the shoulder of the highway. This includes Department of Transportation workers and public service vehicles with amber lights. Violating the law could result in a $500 fine.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:01:29 -0400
A Charlotte man is facing charges after investigators discovered emails and texts that they say proves a "cycle of extortion" against a young victim.
John Michael Fowler, 50, was arrested shortly after landing at an airport near New Orleans Wednesday. The FBI said the arrest came after a "sting" operation.
Fowler started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl who posted to the Tokyo Craigslist in 2011, according to court records reviewed by Eyewitness News.
Investigators claim the pair exchanged more than 100 explicit photos and messages and even met for sex at a Tokyo hotel.
Court records state that Fowler threatened the girl and tried to blackmail her when she wanted to end the relationship. The FBI said one message said the girl needed to rekindle the relationship or “get out of school.”
Investigators say the girl gave in and the cycle of sex and extortion continued even after she moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University.
The threats escalated, according to court records.
At one point, the records show Fowler threatened people close to the victim by threatening to sexually assault them and texting "If you care about them, you will stop this by communicating with me."
The FBI said the victim turned her phone over to agents which set up a sting operation where Fowler would meet the victim at a bar called The Boot near the Tulane campus. Agents arrested him after landing at the airport.
Fowler made an initial appearance the federal courthouse in New Orleans on Thursday. He remains in custody of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
His next court date is Tuesday.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:07:21 -0400
Passengers who survived the Miracle on the Hudson took on the Ice Bucket Challenge in Charlotte on Saturday.
Their plane, which was bound for Charlotte, landed on the Hudson River in 2009 after a bird flew into an engine. One of the survivors nominated his fellow passengers and crew for the challenge.
“And it was definitely a challenge to think ‘Can I sit there in a bunch of really, really cold water again?” said Beth McHugh. “But this was clean water and it wasn’t the Hudson River in January so it was doable.”
The passengers agreed the Ice Bucket Challenge paled in comparison to the traumatic experience that bonded them together.
“That day was the coldest day of my life. I went under, I sank all the way under to the top of my head. I was so cold I didn’t feel any arms and I thought I was drowning,” said Laurie Crane.
Passengers said because they were the beneficiaries of a miracle, coming to the Carolinas Aviation Museum and taking the challenge in front of the ill-fated jetliner was the least they could do.
“We obviously have a big reason to want to pay it forward,” said Ben Bostic.
Those who took the Ice Bucket Challenge also said they are donating money for ALS research.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:03:11 -0400
Officials closed the Brookshire Freeway ramp on Interstate 77 southbound following an accident on Saturday afternoon.
Two patients were taken to Carolinas Medical Center after the accident; one with life-threatening injuries and the other with potentially life-threatening injuries.
The ramp reopened around 6:45 p.m.
Officials have not said what caused the accident.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:52:32 -0400
A fun-filled family event in Dallas Saturday raised money for a young girl battling a rare disorder.
Nine-year-old Abby Ferguson suffers from Sanflippo syndrome.
The rare, incurable disorder impacts brain development and has a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years.
Saturday’s Carnival for a Cure featured live music, games, raffles and a silent auction.
“I think when it affects a child people respond so differently. With there being no cure, no treatment and Abby is such a special child, every(one) just loves her and takes to her. They've just been so supportive,” said her parents, Wendy Ferguson and John Ferguson.
The money raised will go to help fund gene therapy clinical trials set to start in late 2014 or early 2015 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:21:20 -0400
Earlier this year, the handsome mug shot of Jeremy Meeks became a viral hit, earning him the nickname of “hot felon.”
This week, the mug shot of Angela Coates has taken Twitter by storm.
Jet confirmed on Twitter that Coates, 22, is a former Jet Beauty of the Week. Coates was allegedly arrested in Georgia on a disorderly conduct charge on Aug 26, with bail set at $360.
Clutch magazine reports that a Twitter account believed to belong to Coates indicates that she was released from jail the same day she was booked.
That didn’t stop admirers on Twitter offering to pay her bail.
Her Jet profile lists her hobbies as ballet, baking and designing shoes.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:06:28 -0400
You might just need one of these to treat depression, at least according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology.
The researchers scanned the brains of 22 healthy people who had never taken antidepressants and randomly chose some to take an SSRI, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
SSRIs boost the mood of someone suffering from depression by changing the balance of serotonin in the brain.
Hours after the participants were given the medication, their brains were scanned again, and researchers found a dramatic change had already occurred in the brain's connectivity.
This is big news. Before this discovery, researchers thought it could take days, weeks, even months for antidepressants to kick in.
“We were not expecting the SSRI to have such a prominent effect on such a short time-scale and the resulting signal to encompass the entire brain.”
Researchers are saying they hope these findings will eventually help them predict who would benefit the most from antidepressant medication.
But there are some holes in this study. For one, they focused only on healthy patients instead of people suffering from depression.
People with depression have brains that are chemically different from someone who is healthy, so it's possible they would react differently if given the drug.
Also, the study does not touch on how effective taking a single dose will be. Most antidepressants require time to build up in the body to take full effect.
Although the brain scan showed changes quickly, we don't know if it would actually make people feel better.
The authors of the study do say they plan to continue researching the topic.
This video includes images from Steve Snodgrass / CC BY 2.0, Wyglif / CC BY SA 3.0, epSos.de / CC BY 2.0, Nils Geylen / CC BY NC SA 2.0 and Sander van der Wel / CC BY-SA 2.0.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:44:20 -0400
Firefighters said Saturday that a fire that started late Friday night may have been caused by an electric appliance.
The Fourth Ward Bread Company caught fire Friday before midnight. Investigators said the amount of smoke and flames made it hard to fight the fire. At one point, 70 firefighters worked to get it under control. Eventually they did, before it was able to spread to surrounding businesses.
Investigators said an electrical failure in a kitchen appliance may have started the fire.
Dozens of customers who came expecting to eat said the locally owned business was one of very few places for breakfast in the area.
"Charlotte's gotten so into eating local and drinking local lately I feel like that's going to be a huge loss for the Fourth Ward area," said Callie Olive.
Crews worked all day to board up the restaurant. Investigators estimate $500,000 in damages. No word on if the owners will rebuild.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:42:37 -0400
Gregg Brafford’s life may never fully return to normal since he was shot outside his southwest Charlotte house in an attempted robbery on Aug. 21.
Read our past coverage: Popular bar owner shot, police investigation launched
Brafford, who owns The Woodshed Lounge, had to be hospitalized for three weeks and will continue to be bound to a wheelchair for at least the next two months. He’s still unable to work. And to make matters more frustrating the suspect who shot him has yet to be identified or arrested.
“I now have a steel rod in my upper leg after one bullet shattered my femur,” said Brafford. “But I was actually shot twice in the leg, once in the elbow and once in the hand.”
Brafford told Channel 9 he believes he was set up even though he didn’t recognize the shooter. He described the suspect to police as a black male in his teens standing at approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with shoulder-length dreadlocks.
“That is the only night I work at my bar and would have had any money on me,” said Brafford. “Someone knew my schedule in order to set him up to look for me.”
On that early morning of Aug. 21, Brafford said a friend had just dropped him off at his home.
He said the shooter immediately approached him but didn’t say a word and began firing at him.
“I had my money bag in one hand and my pistol in the other because I’ve actually been robbed before this incident,” said Brafford. “I guess that’s why he ran away without trying to get my money. But I’m lucky to be alive.”
Brafford asked for anyone in the community with information on his case to come forward.
“I’d appreciate it if someone could help us,” said Brafford.
Anyone with any information concerning this case or the assailant is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:56:00 -0400