WFAE’s Lang selected for leadership initiative
CHARLOTTE – WFAE’s Jennifer Lang will participate in the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative for public media journalists.
Lang, of Matthews, was one of 100 editors chosen to take part in the six-month program that focuses on strengthening their ability to lead public media newsrooms and upholding the highest editorial standards.
“I have the great fortune to work in a newsroom full of talented journalists so this opportunity to learn more and better ways to make their work shine is very important to me,” Lang said.
Lang serves as WFAE’s senior editor, digital and product.
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University runs the initiative.
MPD launches Find’em Friday
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department has rolled out Find’em Friday, allowing internet-savvy citizens to help find wanted suspects.
MPD posted photos of five wanted suspects on YouTube on May 3. Three days later, the department thanked the public for tips leading to the Mint Hill Police Department arresting 19-year-old Jeremiah Elijah Harvey. He had warrants for armed robbery, possession of a firearm by felony, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and vehicle theft.
Other suspects in the video were as follows:
• Kyahjay Sharif Kirkpatrick, 20, has warrants for felony larceny and breaking/entering a vehicle.
• Mauricio Eduardo Lincopan Cedra, 20, has a warrant for financial card fraud.
• Dwight Laquelle Hallman, 35, has a warrant for uttering a forged instrument.
• Kenneth Taylor, 44, has warrants for armed robbery and assault on a female.
MPD started posting Find’em Friday on April 26. The department shares the YouTube videos on Facebook and Twitter.
Call 704-847-5555 with any information on these suspects.
Police investigate carjacking
MATTHEWS – A man walked over to a Matthews patrol officer at 3:30 a.m. May 4 saying his car was stolen at gunpoint.
The victim was sitting at the red light from the exit ramp of the I-485 outer loop to East John Street. He told police that a white man got out of the passenger side of a white pickup truck behind him, pointed a gun at him from his driver’s side window and demanded the victim get out of the car.
After the victim got out, the suspect drove the stolen vehicle through the light across East John Street and back onto the I-485 outer loop with the truck following behind.
The victim’s vehicle is a brown 2005 Jeep Liberty with a North Carolina registration plate number of PKJ-2427.
Contact Det. Lori Valdes at lvaldes@mat thewsnc.gov or 704-847-5555 with details about the case.
CATS offers free rides to bicyclists this week
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Area Transit System invites customers and their bicycles to “Rack and Ride” for free transit rides from May 5 to 11, on any CATS service as part of 2019 BIKE! Charlotte.
Customers can ride their bikes to any CATS bus stop, light rail station or park and ride location. They should notify the driver they intend to rack their bike. After loading their bike onto the rack, riders get a free trip to their destination.
All of CATS’ owned park and ride locations are equipped with bike lockers or racks.
Visit www.ridetransit.org for details.
Gas prices fluctuate across Carolinas
CHARLOTTE – For the first time in months, gas prices averages are down on the week across the Carolinas.
Gas prices in Charlotte averaged $2.66 on May 6, $2.67 on April 29 and $2.58 on April 6. Prices were $2.66 on May 6, 2018.
North Carolina’s $2.70 average is down three cents on the week, up nine cents on the month and is two cents more than it was this time last year.
“Motorists across the Carolinas are likely to continue to see prices fluctuate through this month, potentially going up and down as demand remains high and inventories work to catch up,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson.
Become a museum docent
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Heritage Museum is looking for docents or tour guides.
In addition to learning about Matthews history, volunteers learn about the history of Tank Town, which is a temporary exhibit on an African-American neighborhood. Occasionally, volunteers take trips to other historic sites of interest.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at 232 N. Trade St.
Each volunteer is asked to take one shift of three hours once a month. Shifts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m.
The museum is looking to recruit volunteers for specific shifts of the first, second and third Saturday afternoons of the month.
An initial training class of four days will orient new volunteers. A new training class will be offered beginning at 10 a.m. May 25. Ongoing training is held on the first Thursday of every month throughout the year from 10 a.m. to noon.
Call 704-708-4996 during operating hours for details.
Matthews begins study of downtown parking, mobility
MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews is studying downtown parking and mobility.
Citizens were asked to complete a survey and provide input through an online mapping tool for the Downtown Matthews Mobility Study. The survey seeks to gather input on how people travel to, from and around downtown.
Citizens could use the mapping tool to show where they’d like to see new or improved sidewalks, bike facilities, greenways and multi-use paths, transit routes, roadway connections, parking improvements or drop-off locations.
The town will hold a community meeting later this month.
Novant Health adds to increasing footprint
CHARLOTTE – Novant Health opened 12 clinics and added 15 physicians within the greater Charlotte market during the first quarter of 2019.
The new clinics include start-ups like Novant Health Occupational Medicine – Matthews, Novant Health Austin Village Family Medicine and Novant Health Urgent Care – Mint Hill.
New physicians include Dr. Harriet Davis of Novant Health Mint Hill Family Medicine and Dr. Sharien Mahtani of Novant Health Inpatient Care Specialists, Mint Hill.
“The addition of these new physicians and clinics do not merely represent an expanded footprint, they represent expanded access throughout Mecklenburg County to advanced, quality care,” said Saad Ehtisham, president of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.
Windstream expands fiber internet services
MATTHEWS – Kinetic Business Fiber Internet services, with speeds up to one gigabit per second, are available to 1,900 commercial locations in Matthews with the opportunity to expand further, Windstream announced April 23.
Windstream’s efforts help broaden the company’s penetration of fiber nationally from 2 percent of businesses in the coverage area to one-third of commercial locations. The roll-out will be completed this year.
3 high school students win National Merit Scholarships
CHARLOTTE – Three area high school seniors were among 19 students in North Carolina to win National Merit Scholarships announced April 17.
Emma Harrington, of Providence High, intends to study biomedical engineering. Liberty Mutual will fund her scholarship.
Alvin Dinh, of Harper Middle College, plans to study education and become a college professor. Northrop Grumman Corp. is funding his scholarship.
Veronica Leahy, of Charlotte Latin, hopes to study music. The PwC Charitable Foundation funded her scholarship.