Latest on Epicentre sale + City of Concord, police officer sued over shooting

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1. Epicentre sale draws one bid at $95 million. Here’s what to know.

The sale of Epicentre at 210 East Trade Street in Charlotte is Aug. 9, following two foreclosure live auction postponements.
The sale of Epicentre at 210 East Trade Street in Charlotte is Aug. 9, following two foreclosure live auction postponements.

After two postponements over the last three months, the Epicentre may finally be sold.

The hefty $95 million bid was made by creditor Deutsche Bank this morning. The entire sale process took about 10 minutes and the bidding itself was over in less than a minute.

Following Tuesday’s sale, there is a 10-day period to accept “upset bids.” The last day for upset bids is Aug. 19 and the earliest Deutsche Bank could take ownership of the uptown property is Aug. 22, court documents showed.

Catherine Muccigrosso and Gordon Rago have more.

2. Mother of NC man shot 5 times behind the wheel of police SUV sues officer, city

Brandon Combs rides around a Charlotte-area amusement park with his daughter, Allison, last summer. Combs was shot and killed by Concord police officers in February 2022 during a suspected theft at an auto dealership.
Brandon Combs rides around a Charlotte-area amusement park with his daughter, Allison, last summer. Combs was shot and killed by Concord police officers in February 2022 during a suspected theft at an auto dealership.

The mother of a Gastonia man shot to death by a police officer during an attempted car theft has sued the officer and the City of Concord in federal court.

The complaint alleges the officer broke the law when he shot 29-year-old Brandon Combs multiple times, called in the incident, then opened fire again. It accuses them of excessive force, assault and battery, wrongful and intentional death and gross negligence.

Atlanta attorney Harry Daniels told The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday that the complaint seeks “some form of justice for the Combs family.” Combs’ death still remains under investigation by the Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office.

Michael Gordon and Jonathan Limehouse have the full story.

3. NC lottery winner hits mega-jackpot and shrugs it off: ‘I’m down to earth.’

Even hitting a multi-million dollar jackpot isn’t enough in today’s economy, a North Carolina lottery winner told The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.
Even hitting a multi-million dollar jackpot isn’t enough in today’s economy, a North Carolina lottery winner told The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.

Would you rather have $1,000 a day for life or over $4 million in your pocket right now?

Gastonia resident Jimmie Shindler sounded a bit humble and none-too-impressed when he won big on a $2 lottery ticket. Which of the two options did he choose? The lump sum of $4.08 million after taxes, officials said.

“Just going to save the money,” Shindler said of what’s next for him. “$4 million is not much these days, my friend.”

“I’m down to earth,” he added. “I cut my grass. Just simple. Just (going to) relax.”

Joe Marusak has the story.

4. The Hornets’ G League affiliate coach is returning. Here’s why that matters for Charlotte.

Jordan Surenkamp, head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, points to his players during the game against Wisconsin Herd on February 4, 2022 at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jordan Surenkamp, head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, points to his players during the game against Wisconsin Herd on February 4, 2022 at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jordan Surenkamp is returning for a second season as the head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets’ G League affiliate.

Surenkamp began his coaching career with the Hornets cutting up videos in 2018. Greensboro, like most G League teams, is used as a teaching ground, where the likes of Kai Jones, James Bouknight and JT Thor were shuffled back-and-forth in their rookie years.

“I think it’s a huge benefit,” Surenkamp said Tuesday. “Obviously, I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to get to do it again. But any time you can have some consistency in that position, I think it’s’ always important. From an organizational standpoint, I’m very clear understanding the goals that the organization has for Greensboro. What the expectations are, how they want things done.”

Rod Boone has the details.

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KJ Edelman is an Audience Growth Producer for The Charlotte Observer & Rock Hill Herald
KJ Edelman is an Audience Growth Producer for The Charlotte Observer & Rock Hill Herald