Huntersville police honor fellow officers

HUNTERSVILLE – Members of the Huntersville Police Department, in partnership with The Herald Weekly, recently chose three of their colleagues for the First-Quarter Coworker Recognition.

Detectives Marty London and Jennifer Sprague and Officer Todd Soderberg were selected for the first-quarter award.

Police Chief Phil Potter said London was selected for his work in the Support Services Bureau and his outstanding work in solving a string of pharmacy robberies.

Sprague was selected for her recent investigation of a first-degree statutory sex offense that occurred over a five-year period.

Potter said Soderberg’s work on a case of assault with a deadly weapon at a New Year’s Eve party earned him recognition.

To each of the honored officers, Potter said: “Your diligence, devotion to duty, and professionalism reflect great credit upon you and the Huntersville Police Department.”

State files suit against Duke Energy 

CHARLOTTE, NC – In response to a Notice of Intent to Sue filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, the State of North Carolina has filed suit against Duke Energy for its alleged coal ash pollution of Mountain Island Lake.

Mountain Island Lake is the source of drinking water for over 860,000 people in the greater Charlotte area.

The Riverkeeper foundation has accused Duke Energy of allowing toxic metals and other harmful substances from coal ash in unlined waste lagoons to pollute Mountain Island Lake, the Catawba River and groundwater at its Riverbend facility.

“Despite Duke Energy’s past claims that leaks of contaminated water are a sign of a healthy dam, there’s nothing healthy – or legal – about discharging unregulated amounts of toxic and harmful pollutants into the drinking water supply for almost a million people around Charlotte,” said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.  “It is dangerous and irresponsible to store toxic coal ash in leaking lagoons on the banks of Mountain Island Lake.”

North Carolina’s suit is filed under oath and states that Duke Energy’s “unpermitted seeps” at Mountain Island Lake violate North Carolina law and that Duke Energy’s pollution at Mountain Island Lake “poses a serious danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the people of North Carolina and serious harm to the water resources of the state.”

The Riverkeeper Foundation reported arsenic, cobalt, manganese, iron, boron and barium are some of the substances discharged into Mountain Island Lake. 


Region libraries launch summer reading clubs

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is now taking sign-ups for its summer reading program, which runs this year from June 11-Aug. 9.

Participants sign up online at

Readers will record the number of hours they read, and those who meet their required number of hours will be eligible to win prizes.

The library will also offer participants an opportunity to remove some of the fines from their library cards so they can keep reading all summer long.

For a complete list of library programs, visit


Novant plans Memorial Day ceremony

HUNTERSVILLE – Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, formerly Presbyterian Hospital, will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 3 p.m. May 23 to honor those who have provided military service.

The event will feature a posting of the colors and service flags by members of the U.S. Marine Corps and Hough High JROTC, a prayer from chaplain Tricia Lytle, and remarks from Col. Mike Puckett.

The event takes place on the front lawn of the Novant medical center, at 10030 Gilead Road.


Shirley’s Angels 5K raises $5,000

HUNTERSVILLE – More than 300 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural “Check Your Headlines” 5K held in Huntersville May 11.

The event raised nearly $5,000 to support men and women with breast cancer.

“Our inaugural ‘Check Your Headlights’ 5K was a huge success that exceeded our goals and expectations,” said Shannon Laatsch, founder of Shirley’s Angels. “We had such a great turnout at the race, a platform where we were able to share information and raise awareness about breast cancer. Getting checked early can save your life.”

Shirley’s Angels focuses on breast health and breast cancer awareness and helps to provide care and support through gift packages, milestone celebrations and encouragement.

Developers break ground on Cornelius Commerce Center

CORNELIUS – Kevin Mahl and Jamie Rolewicz, developers of the Cornelius Commerce Center, held a ground breaking on May 17 for the first of two buildings on the property.

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis participated in the ceremony.

The first site will be Hyde Park on Bailey, a 60,000-square-foot facility housing storage suites.

The storage suites will feature amenities including climate control and Wi-Fi, TV, phone and 50-amp service.

Units, which range in size from 880 square feet to 3,000 square feet will be deeded with an option for ownership, as opposed to leasing.

Paige Coleman, owner of White Lightning Tumble and Cheer, announced plans to expand and launch a second location. White Lightning’s studio will occupy half of a 20,000-square-foot building to be built adjacent to the Hyde Park project. Both facilities will open in the fall.