Bomb Threats, NC Billionaires: Charlotte’s Top News Of The Week

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CHARLOTTE, NC — There’s been no shortage of news around Charlotte and the Lake Norman region this week. There were bomb and shooting threats targeting area schools, health inspections in dirty kitchens and, in brighter news, Forbes named four North Carolinians to its elite list of billionaires.

Here’s a look at the top stories in and around Charlotte this week:

Juvenile Arrested For Making Threats Against Charlotte Schools
A juvenile was arrested Thursday for threatening gun violence at three Charlotte-area middle schools over social media. The threat, made over SnapChat on Feb. 28, said "Imma shoot up southwest tmrw, be ready," WCNC reported. Southwest Middle, Community House Middle and Kennedy Middle schools were all targeted in the threats.

Trump’s Visit Friday Could Cause Delays At Charlotte Airport
If you’re traveling through Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday, you will need to keep watch over your flight status, airport officials are warning. Delays are expected throughout the day of March 2, as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence travel to Charlotte to attend the midday funeral of evangelist Rev. Billy Graham.

Bomb Threat Made Against Charlotte-Area High School
Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg was evacuated Tuesday morning after a written threat was found in a girl’s bathroom. Scrawled across the crumpled paper in blue marker, it read, "Let’s make another Parkland High School."

4 North Carolina Billionaires Make Forbes’ 2018 List
Jeff Bezos is at the top of Forbes’ billionaires list for 2018, dethroning fellow Seattle-area billionaire Bill Gates, who has lost the top spot for only the sixth time since 1995. Among the elite club of billionaires on the 32nd annual list, four of them have North Carolina ties.

Here’s The Number Of Firearms Deaths In North Carolina
Following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, many Americans and news organizations have tried to shine a light on the AR-15 assault-style rifle. An analysis by The New York Times found the weapon was used to slaughter at least 173 people in mass shootings since 2007. Included were mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; Las Vegas and San Bernardino, California.

Half-Eaten Pizza On A Prep Table: Charlotte Kitchen Inspections
A Charlotte-area restaurant had its health score downgraded recently after health inspections found a range of infractions, from employee drinks and a partially eaten piece of pizza in a prep area to dirty gear in the kitchen.

These 5 North Carolina Cities Named Hardest Working
Congratulations Charlotte — you’re the 63rd hardest working city in America, according to a report released earlier this week. The personal finance site WalletHub ranked 116 cities based on what it calls direct work factors and indirect work factors.

Assault, Fraud And 2 Arrests: This Week’s Davidson Police Blotter
Davidson police made two arrests on behalf of other jurisdictions and wrote 33 tickets for driving violations, according to the town’s police blotter.

Huntersville Man Charged With Threatening School Shooting
Huntersville police arrested and charged a man Thursday they say threatened to carry out a school shooting Feb. 16, just two days after the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 dead.

Charlotte Students Plan Walkout In Call For Stricter Gun Laws
Students from at least three Charlotte area schools are planning to join a national movement and partake in a walkout in March to protest recent gun violence in schools and call for stricter laws. The March 14 walkout, set to coordinate with the National School Walkout day, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., according to an event posting on the main campaign website.

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