By Collin Cunningham
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Good morning, Charlotte residents! Bracketed by a rainy Tuesday and Thursday, readers are encouraged to get out and enjoy today's 80-degree high before thunderstorms kick in around midnight and release rain until around noon tomorrow.
In today's news, six people walked away alive but hurt following a bus crash near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in the early hours of Wednesday, around the same time that police officers shot and injured someone near a southwest Charlotte apartment complex. Today's Roundup yells about a few more events at the Charlotte SHOUT! culture festival as it continues through April 17 and clues readers into ongoing environmental concerns at a local paper plant.
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1. Late arrival: 6 injured in bus crash near CLT
Charlotte EMTs say six people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after an airport shuttle bus and passenger vehicles collided with one another near the intersection of Harlee Avenue and the Josh Birmingham Parkway around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Police and MEDIC, Mecklenburg County's designated emergency medical services agency, have released few details on the accident, but it occurred near the CLT Express Deck parking garage, roughly two miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The six people involved in the accident all went to a nearby hospital to be treated for their wounds.
Speaking of buses, a federal agency has recently started patrolling Charlotte Area Transit System routes, but not everyone is on board. Learn more Below the Fold.
While responding to a report of an armed person in the Pringle Homes apartment community in southwest Charlotte, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer shot an unnamed person in the leg around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The CMPD has been tight on details related to the incident but it did state that the wounded individual was transported to the hospital with nonfatal injuries. Police also recovered a gun from the Brown Grier Road residential complex, which is located around one mile from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Olympic High School.
Per CBS17, the officer who fired the gunshot will go on administrative leave as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and its Internal Affairs division investigate whether they followed department policy. The news comes within a month of another CMPD officer opening fire while responding to a report, with a Charlotte cop missing a shot aimed at a driver accused of running them over at a motel on Nations Ford Road on March 9.
3. More to SHOUT! about: Taking another look at Charlotte's ongoing arts and culture festival before this weekend's Charlotte AutoFair
Despite this week's rainy repertoire, it's safe to say the weather has broken and festival season is in full swing as an onslaught of events prepares to hit Charlotte. Friday's Roundup previewed a few weekend events at Charlotte SHOUT!, the Uptown arts and culture festival running through April 17, and today's selects some worthwhile features occurring this week.
Wednesday, April 6:
- A Conversation on Changing Landscapes and Public Memories at SHOUT! Lounge & ArtPop Gallery — noon
This seminar from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte focuses on efforts to preserve the past, partly through the lenses of race and gender, and how protecting knowledge for prosperity has shaped the Queen City's physical landscape. Representatives from the Charlotte Museum of History, cemetery restoration organization Save Cedar Grove and the local Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will be on hand to distribute discourse.
Thursday, April 7:
- William Close & the Earth Harp Collective at Gateway Village — 7 p.m.
Musical instrument master William Close looks to wow audiences at the offices of Charlotte property manager Gateway Village when he arrives with his Earth Harp in tow. One of over 100 sonic implements created by the installation artist and musician, the earth harp bridges audiences to the stage with 1,000-foot strings that extend to the back of the room.
- History Before Us Presents An Evening of Discovery Through Film at SHOUT! Lounge & ArtPop Gallery — 7 p.m.
In keeping with its goal of presenting an unabashed portrait of American canon, History Before Us will host an evening of eye-opening films, including the short-length "Sweet Home Alabama: A Cheif and His Protege" and the debut trailer for "Lawrence Orr: Chronicle of a Life Fulfilled."
Friday, April 8:
- The Charlotte Center Festival of Ideas at various locations — runs through April 10
Community nonprofit The Charlotte Center hopes to give SHOUT! attendees something to chew on this weekend with three days of music and public forums this weekend. From 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Charlotte's Guerilla Poets will converge at the Levine Avenue of the Arts for a free performance.
TED Talk speaker Eric Liu then speaks on the spiritual nature of citizenship during a forum from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. Saturday events include an African drum circle and a lecture on the future of education.
4. Paper plant problems: SC residents urge for local, federal intervention against New Indy mill
Approaching the one-year anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency's emergency citation against the New-Indy Catawba Mill in May of 2021, York County residents are continuing calls for someone to fix the issue that led to environmental concern in the first place: a rotten egg smell emanating from the South Carolina paper plant.
York County Council members have deferred the matter to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control and the EPA, the latter of which proposed a $1.1 million fine and a consent decree against New Indy Containerboard in December.
Over three months have passed since the reprimands were announced, but the agency has yet to take concrete action against the paper producer. Speaking to the council on Monday, county resident Kerri Bishop, who started a GoFundMe to urge action against the mill last year, complained that the yolk-like odor coming from the plant has caused her to miss physical therapy appointments.
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Buses, continued: Queen City Nerve reported that a trio of law enforcement agencies are looking to improve safety along Charlotte Area Transit System bus routes following the fatal shooting of CATS driver Ethan Rivera on Feb. 11.
The Department of Homeland Security's regional Visible Intermodal Prevention Response team joined the CMPD on March 3 in patrolling routes in response to outcry from community members and CATS workers. The outlet reports that some experts worry too many cooks could spoil the stew, especially after CATS hired a private security contractor called Allied Universal to monitor city bus stops.