Uptown courthouse evacuated after bomb threat + Fourth Ward restaurant closing after 7 years

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1. No bomb found after threat, evacuation of uptown Charlotte courthouse

McDowell Street in Uptown Charlotte is blocked due to a bomb threat at the Mecklenburg County courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023. Khadejh Nikouyeh/knikouyeh@charlotteobserver.com
McDowell Street in Uptown Charlotte is blocked due to a bomb threat at the Mecklenburg County courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023. Khadejh Nikouyeh/knikouyeh@charlotteobserver.com

A scary scene at the Mecklenburg County courthouse earlier today.

The building has reopened after being evacuated and searched by authorities due to a bomb threat, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Ryan Oehrli continues to update this story.

2. Salisbury, Rowan settle suit with elderly woman who was pulled by hair at police stop

This image, which was attached to the federal lawsuit filed by Stephanie Bottom, shows the officers restraining Bottom on the ground. The image was taken from video footage captured by body worn cameras from the officers who pulled Bottom over on I-85 in 2019. Officer's body camera
This image, which was attached to the federal lawsuit filed by Stephanie Bottom, shows the officers restraining Bottom on the ground. The image was taken from video footage captured by body worn cameras from the officers who pulled Bottom over on I-85 in 2019. Officer's body camera

The city of Salisbury and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office will pay out $125,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a 71-year-old librarian.

Stephanie Bottom said officers pulled her by her hair from her car after she was stopped for speeding on Interstate 85 back in May 2019. Bottom suffered a torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder as a result from the rough handling.

Ames Alexander with more on the settlement.

3. In rural Idaho, a former Carolina Panthers star returns to coach his old high school team

Jordan Gross, a member of the Carolina Panthers’ Hall of Honor, in the team’s radio booth on Sept. 24, 2023, in Seattle. Gross used to call several games a year on the radio for the Panthers, but in 2023 has cut that number down to just one. He is busy coaching his high school alma mater in rural Idaho -- the Fruitland Grizzlies. Scott Fowler/sfowler@charlotteobserver.com

Former Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Jordan Gross went from the bright lights of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte to the solitude of his rural Idaho hometown.

Gross played 11 years in the NFL, all with Carolina. Now he coaches high school football at his alma mater in Fruitland, Idaho, population: 6,500.

Scott Fowler has the story.

4. After 7 years as a Charlotte staple, a Fourth Ward tapas restaurant will close

Poplar Tapas at 224 W. 10th St., is closing Saturday, Oct. 7. Alex Cason/CharlotteFive
Poplar Tapas at 224 W. 10th St., is closing Saturday, Oct. 7. Alex Cason/CharlotteFive

After 7 years, Poplar Tapas announced its closing permanently.

The Fourth Ward staple served as a Third Place for many in Charlotte offering good food, live music and more.

Melissa Oyler shares more details on what’s next for the owners.

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Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.
Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.