Boyfriend of Bianca Tanner says “I’m just sorry” as he’s taken to jail

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Blogged By Rebecca Booker Police in Charlotte arrested the boyfriend of missing Charlotte teacher Bianca Tanner Thursday morning and charged him with her murder after a...

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Tiny and Floyd Mayweather

By TMZ Staff

Blogged By Rebecca

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. tried to re-connect with rapper T.I.‘s wife on the red carpet of the BET Awards, but she was having none of it … possibly to avoid another Floyd/T.I. brawl.

Tiny was doing an interview on the red carpet Sunday night when Floyd came rolling by with his girl. He tried to get her attention — calling her name and trying to grab her elbow — but she ignored him and just hightailed it out of there.


It’s amazing that Floyd would do this, since … as TMZ previously reported … it was Floyd’s relationship with Tiny that set off the Floyd/T.I. fight at Fatburger in Las Vegas last month.

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Angelo Smith

by WCNC.com Staff & WFMY

Blogged By Rebecca Booker

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The US Marshal’s Office tells NBC Charlotte Angelo Smith, Jr. has been apprehended in Chicago.

Authorities say Smith was taken into custody Homewood, Illinois, a suburb on the south side of Chicago Thursday afternoon.

Officials tell NBC Charlotte’s Glenn Counts that the 30-year-old did not surrender; U.S. Marshals actively sought him out, and were able to arrest him without incident. Charlotte investigators are also in Chicago dealing with the case.

Additionally, authorities say the charges against Smith have not been upgraded. He is only charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.

An arrest warrant was issued for Smith earlier this week for contributing to delinquency of a juvenile, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, which involves Bianca’s 3-year-old son. Smith’s attorney Kenneth Snow spoke to the media after his client’s arrest. Snow said he was surprised as anyone and learned of the arrest while in court.

“He was made aware of a warrant at some point, and his indictations to me were he was going to come back. And that was what we were planning to do,” he said.

Smith is the boyfriend of missing school teacher, Bianca Tanner. He reported her missing on June 8 about 12 hours after the two had an argument.

Tanner’s sister, Cerise Richardson, told WFMY News 2’s Morgan Hightower she was shocked when she learned Smith was arrested near Chicago.

“I really didn’t think that he would one, leave Charlotte, being that his girlfriend is missing in Charlotte and two, that that authorities still wanted to question him,” explained Richardson.

“When I heard the news I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh’.”

Richardson says when Tanner disappeared, her family was empathetic towards Smith. She said they reached out to him to make sure he was doing ‘OK’, but she says, that compassion was never shared.

“At this point, no I don’t feel empathy, because at this point, [Smith has] brought it on [himself] as far as people having suspicious and doubts about [him].”

“[Smith] kind of brought that on [himself] because [he] is not cooperating, [he is] not searching for her, [he isn’t] trying to put the family’s mind at ease.”

Richardson says despite the trouble with Smith, her family is staying focused on finding her sister.

“At this point, it’s not about pointing fingers or accusing people, it’s about finding Bianca and bringing her home to us safely.”

Tanner had moved to Charlotte from Greensboro with her 3-year-old son.

Last Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released search warrants related to Tanner’s case, revealing more information about what may have happened before the 31-year-old teacher disappeared.

Among the information released by police last week, the warrants stated Tanner’s 3-year-old son told investigators “Mommy got a spanking with a belt;” “Angelo kicked mommy’s butt and made her cry;” and “Angelo is mean to mommy and hurt mommy in the face.”

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Alysia Montano

By Katherine foreman – People.com

Blogged By Rebecca Booker

 

When it comes to keeping her first child active, Olympian Alysia Montaño is off to a running start.

On Thursday, the former University of California track star, 28, ran the 800-meter race during the U.S. Track and Field Championships — at 8 months pregnant.

“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” Montaño told ESPN following her prenatal dash. “I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800.”

Though the five-time national champion didn’t beat her 2010 personal record of 1:57.34, the mom-to-be wasn’t that far behind. While maintaining a steady pace and hauling an extra 30 pounds, she still managed to clock in at 2:32.13, with a roaring audience ovation to carry her to the finish line.

 

Holding onto her winning title may not have been the goal, but Montaño still made sure to plan the run out with her physician prior to the race.

“That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,” she explained. “What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby.”

This time around she won’t be able to share a medal with her newborn, but the experience will make for a great bedtime story.

“I did all the things I normally do … I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.”

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Bobby Womack Dies at 70

 

By Holly Yan CNN

Blogged By Rebecca Booker

(CNN) — The raspy, gruff voice behind some of the most soulful songs of the past six decades is now gone.

Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack died Friday, Womack’s publicist said. He was 70.

“I am sadly able to confirm but I have no details at this time,” said Sonya Kolowrat, his publicist with XL Recordings.

Womack, whose career started befo Photos: People we lost in 2014e he was 10, wrote and performed hits such as “That’s the Way I feel About Cha” and “Across 110th Street.”

He also wrote The Rolling Stones’ first U.S. No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now.”

Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Last year, he revealed to BBC 6 music that he had early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

“With the support of many good doctors, my family, and all of my wonderful fans, I will continue to write and perform and bring the good music to the people for as long as I can,” Womack told CNN after his diagnosis.

He thanked his fans for their prayers and well wishes, adding, “I truly appreciate and can feel your love.”

Womack’s diagnosis came after several other health issues including pneumonia, diabetes, and colon cancer.

The evolution of a legend

Bobby Dwayne Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1944. His father, a steelworker, also sang gospel — and young Bobby followed in his father’s musical footsteps.

“We came up very poor. My kids have had a much better life than I’d ever thought of livin’,” Womack said on his website.

By age 10, Womack and his four brothers — Friendly Jr., Cecil, Harry and Curtis — formed The Womack Brothers. They started touring the gospel circuit.

Then came an encounter that would change the course of the group. In 1953, The Womack Brothers met Soul Stirrers lead singer Sam Cooke.

Bobby Womack

After The Womack Brothers changed their name to the Valentinos, Cooke signed them to his SAR Records label, and the Valentinos’ success took off with the hit “Lookin’ for a Love.”

“Sam had charisma and a very special way to get into people’s hearts through his songs and his music,” Womack said in the book “Midnight Mover.”

“But Sam wasn’t just a singer, he was a leader, and he was getting ready to shake things up, to raise the consciousness of the world and stop prejudice.”

But in 1964, Cooke was shot to death at a Los Angeles motel. Four months later, Womack married Cooke’s widow.

That same year, The Rolling Stones covered Womack’s “It’s All Over Now” — and scored their first No. 1 hit in the United States. And Womack became rich.

He broke off into a solo career, which took off in 1967 with his first song “Trust Me.”

His song “Across 110th Street” became a hit in 1972 and rode a new wave of popularity in 1997 when it was featured in the opening credits of Quentin Tarantino’s film “Jackie Brown.”

Bobby Womack Dies at 70

Mourning an icon

Decades after The Rolling Stones made it big with Womack’s song, guitarist Ronnie Wood recalled his friend’s ability to captivate his audiences.

“I’m so sad to hear about my friend Bobby Womack — the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing,” Wood tweeted.

“My heart goes out to his family & friends and everyone who loved his music. Bobby you will be greatly missed.”

Singer Darius Rucker also remembered Womack’s renowned baritone voice.

“To the great Bobby Womack. Rest In Peace u legend,” Rucker tweeted. “Heaven just got another great singer for its choir.”

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Rainfall causes waterways to rise in Charlotte

Charlotte sky cam

by WSOC.com

Blogged By Rebecca

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Nearly 3 inches of rain fell in two hours and caused flooding across Charlotte.

Mecklenburg County was under a flash flood warning Friday until 9:30 p.m. and Stanly County is still under a warning until 11:15 p.m.

The weather caused officials with the Charlotte Knights to cancel the night game.

One fan said the sky turned dark over BB&T Stadium before the storm started.

Traffic delays happened all over the city because of water on the roads.

Waterways, including McMullen and McAlpine creeks, rose as the rain came down across the area.

Live interactive radar: http://www.wsoctv.co

 

‘Sexy’ mugshot goes viral on Facebook: He is too fine to go to jail!

By Scott Wise Blogged by Rebecca STOCKTON, Calif. – A mugshot posted by police on Facebook has gone viral. Police in  Stockton, California arrested four men during a gun sweep...

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