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Night Media Update for September 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2012
10:30 p.m.
  
CMPD Update
Two arrests were reported during this afternoon’s parade.
  • A female, Anna Marie Wright (female, DOB 8/9/89), was arrested for wearing a mask and carrying a concealed weapon (knife) at 4th and College around 2:25. Arrest number is 1547120. 
  • Chris Wright Stephens (male, DOB 12/28/79) was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault on a government official and resisting arrest at the 200 block of South College.  Arrest number is 1547119.

For further information – visit the Mecklenburg County jail website www.mecksheriff.com
 
CMPD also continues reminding the public to call 9-1-1 if they see or hear anything suspicious.
  

Public Transit
  • Reminder: Starting Monday, September 3, CATS will begin operating from the temporary transit center at Third and Mint Streets.
  • Also on Monday, September 3, the LYNX Blue Line will stop at the Stonewall Street Station. 
    • Two-car trains operating all day
    • 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.  30 minutes (2 trains per hour)
    • 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  20 minutes (3 trains per hour)
    • 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  10 minutes (6 trains per hour)
    • 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  15 minutes (4 trains per hour)
    • Last train departs from Stonewall at 1:00 a.m.
  • LYNX riders can transfer from the train to other bus routes at the Carson Street Station.  Buses will connect riders to the temporary transit center.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Customer Service Center at the temporary transit center or at a ticket vending machine.
  • For your safety, never cross in front of a bus or train.

Public Health & Safety
Medic responded to eight heat related calls today (Sunday, September 2nd).  Only one call resulted in a transport – one patient was treated, with potentially life threatening injuries and transported to CMC main. To protect you from heat related illnesses, the community is reminded to:

  • Drink plenty of fluids; remember alcoholic beverages will only increase your chances of becoming dehydrated; you need to drink plenty of water and/or other non-alcoholic beverages.  
  • Do not overexert yourself in the heat, especially for long periods of time.
  • Avoid strenuous activity in the mid-day sun. 

Remember, if you feel yourself cramping up, nauseous, light headed, or have stopped sweating, try to get to a cool place immediately and replenish your lost fluids.   
 

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department provided water stations during the Coalition Parade in Uptown Charlotte. Water stations will also be provided in the free speech area located in Marshall Park and other areas throughout the week.

 
Airport Update

  • Operations continue to run smoothly at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Airlines report no delays in arrivals and departures and passenger traffic is moving at a steady pace.
  • CLT experienced normal traffic numbers for a Sunday afternoon.
  • Alternative traffic patterns are running smoothly and will remain in place through Monday, September 3.
    • The Cell Phone Lot is temporarily relocated to 5535 Wilkinson Boulevard and is accessible through Harlee Avenue.
    • The Airport Overlook will remain closed through Monday, September 3.
    • There continues to be an increase in security presence.

  • Passengers are reminded to:
          -  Read the temporary directional signs when they are activated. Trust what they say and follow them.
          -  Tune in to Airport Radio 1610 AM for the latest Airport traffic information.
          -  Passengers should allow extra time to arrive and get settled before a flight and prepare as they would for holiday travel.
          -  Be patient, plan ahead. Click here for the latest parking status.
          -  To save time, travelers are encouraged to print boarding passes before leaving for the Airport.  

Reminder: Media parking is temporarily located to the Cell Phone Lot off Rental Car Road through Monday, September 3. Unless you are working on a story, please don't park at the temporary Cell Phone Lot (which is located at 5535 Wilkinson Boulevard). For the latest airport updates visit the  newsroom and sign up for CLT’s twitter feed (@CLTAirport).
 
General Information for Residents and Visitors

  • The City’s specially-created web site (dncinfo.charlottenc.gov) continues to see an increase in traffic as site visitors access information related to City and County services. The public is encouraged to continue to visit the site for regular updates related to City and County operations.
  • The DNC Call Center (704-391-4760) is open and available to answer questions about DNC-specific events and activities.
  • Call 311 for information about City and County operations and services. 311 has extended its hours and is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Remember to visit DNCinfo.CharlotteNC.gov for the latest updates on City and County operations and services. Recent updates include a full listing of public parking options in uptown, new access maps for the Ballantyne area, public transit information for Labor Day and convention week and more.