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A flier handed out by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is raising some questions. The flier addresses a proposed sales tax hike on the November ballot and how it could help the district.
Channel 9 spoke with a county commissioner who is upset about the flier, even calling it illegal.
“It’s pretty clear that their intent is to break North Carolina law,” said Commissioner Bill James. “You can’t use government resources to promote any side pro or con in a ballot initiative.”
The flier is on the CMS website, and James said it was handed out at the South Mecklenburg football game Friday night.
When questioned about the flier on Twitter, the district said it “Honestly had no idea, and was checking on it.”
Later, a spokesperson told Channel 9 the flier had been reviewed by their general counsel. The school system released a statement saying:
"The item referred to in your inquiry is a CMS informational item encouraging citizens to exercise [their] constitutional right to vote. It further shares information about how funding resources may be expended.”
In the top right hand corner of the flier it says Mecklenburg County will give 80 percent of the expected revenue from the tax increase to CMS.
“They want to sell it to people who supports schools or the arts or whatever by saying ‘Hey look, this is what you’re going to get’ when in reality you can't promise that,” James said.
After contacting CMS about the issue, the school system sent out a tweet with a link encouraging people to read the flier.
An attempted murder suspect who broke out of custody Friday posted to Facebook shortly after the incident, Eyewitness News confirmed with law enforcement.
Lancaster detectives said that a Facebook page Channel 9 found is believed to belong to Deqwon Blackmon.
Two posts were made after the escape. One is an expletive. The other said, "Just had to kiss my kids before I go so. Keep calm."
According to deputies, Blackmon escaped when a transporting deputy brought him into the Lancaster County Detention Center Friday afternoon. He fled into the woods, and personnel with the Sheriff's Office, K-9 tracking team, police department, State Law Enforcement Division and police helicopter were called to the area to aid in the manhunt.
Blackmon is still on the loose Friday night. He was unarmed at the time of his escape but should be considered dangerous.
He's charged with attempted murder following a shooting that happened on the Highway 9 Bypass on Aug. 23. Authorities said three people were shot, one critically, while driving in a car that left the scene of a disturbance at a Waffle House restaurant earlier in the evening.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding Blackmon's whereabouts to call the Sheriff's Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372 or email or text an anonymous tip to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.
According to our newspaper partner The Rock Hill Herald, a Rock Hill teenager died in a two-car accident in Richland County, South Carolina, on Friday afternoon.
Benjamin Elliott Owens, 17, of Rock Hill, was driving a 2002 Mustang that was struck in the side by a minivan. Owens died at the scene, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.
An autopsy showed Owens died from trauma associated with the crash. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said the Mustang failed to stop at a stop sign.
School official Elaine Baker confirmed that Owens was a senior at Northwestern High School.
“It’s tragic when a young person loses his life, and I know from experience that the students and staff at Northwestern are still in disbelief that they have lost (one) of their own,” Baker said.
The school tweeted about Owens' death on Saturday night, and said another student was injured in the accident with him.
Northwestern High School also retweeted Lori Owens, who said his visitation will be on Sunday at 4 p.m. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday.
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Counselors will be available for students on Tuesday.