K-9 helps find meth, Xanax
MONROE – Sammy the K-9 cop helped sheriff’s deputies seize 84 grams of methamphetamine, several Xanax pills and a handgun during a traffic stop.
Nicki Wayne Parker, 30, was pulled over Feb. 19 on Mountain Drive, south of Monroe. He was arrested on charges of two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of firearm by felon.
Two women charged with drug trafficking
INDIAN TRAIL – Narcotics detectives with the Union County sheriff’s office arrested two Indian Trail residents Feb. 18 following a month-long investigation into the trafficking of opioid pills.
Ayshia Danielle Bauldwin, 21, and Nekenge Netonya Black, 29, were arrested on charges of trafficking in opium or heroin.
The sheriff’s office said they had pills believed to be a “pressed” street version of Roxicodone containing a Fentanyl concentrate.
Woman’s Club organizing prom event
WAXHAW – The Waxhaw Woman’s Club is gearing up for its annual prom event, which helps girls find dresses, shoes and jewelry they could otherwise not afford.
The prom event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 at the Woman’s Club, 200 E. South Main St. No appointments are necessary.
NOMA Hair & Skin Studio will provide appropriate hair styles for the girls. The studio, located at 216 N. West Main St., also serves as a drop-off point for donations of gowns, evening shoes, bags and jewelry.
Some residents may notice changes in water
MONROE – Union County and Monroe will conduct a Water Quality Preventative Maintenance Program from Feb. 25 to March 31, which may prompt some customers to notice temporary taste, color or odor differences in their water.
This is part of the process. County officials assure that water quality is not affected and remains safe for drinking, bathing, cooking and other general uses. Most customers will notice no change.
The program will involve temporarily switching water disinfectants from chloramines to chlorine to optimize water quality within the distribution systems. The disinfection process will be switched back to chloramines March 31.
Three groups (kidney dialysis providers/patients; fish, pond, pool and aquarium owners/operators; and some businesses that use water in their production process) are encouraged to seek professional advice concerning the removal methods for chlorine and chloramines from their water supply.
Hamilton impresses All-Star crowd with anthem
CHARLOTTE – Anthony Hamilton, of Waxhaw, performed the national anthem for the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 17 at the Spectrum Center.
His soulful rendition drew comparisons to the version sung by Marvin Gaye at the same event 36 years prior. Others remarked how much better his version was compared to the one Fergie sang the previous year.
Van Newkirk II, of The Atlantic, tweeted, “Anthony Hamilton gonna transform into a pot of grits at the end.” Comedian Reese Waters wrote: “Watching Anthony Hamilton perform counts as church attendance.”
MLS striker signs with CLT Independence
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team has signed veteran striker Dominic Oduro.
The Ghanaian international has tallied 63 goals and 32 assists in his 16-year MLS career.
“I’m excited to be here and can’t wait to interact with the fans, and put my veteran leadership into the team to help the club grow and get better,” Oduro said. “I think with the qualities I have I’ll be able to help lead the team to a championship.”
Oduro’s MLS journey includes stops in FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes. In 2013, he recorded a career-high 13 goals with the Crew.
Oduro, 33, is notorious for his speed. He was marked as the eighth fastest player in FIFA 16 with a 94 pace rating.
He becomes the 10th player added to the 2019 roster, joining Independence stars Jorge Herrera and Enzo Martinez.
Novant Health staff pledges $1M to help those in need
CHARLOTTE – More than 3,000 Novant Health team members pledged $1.21 million to support patients, team members and their local communities through the giving campaign, Giving. Serving. Together.
The eight-week campaign allows team members across all Novant Health markets in four states to give back.
Donations to regional Novant Health foundations and local community agencies support employee assistance funds, services at free clinics, new and updated technology, patient programming, new facilities, research and assistance for people in need.