CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte City Council member Dimple Ajmera drew the ire of the local Republican Party after she said that Republicans who support President Donald Trump should not be leading local government.

“Republicans that are supporting Trump, they should have no place on city council whatsoever or in the mayor’s race,” Ajmera said on the news show “Flashpoint” on WCNC, which aired Sunday.

Ajmera, a Democrat, was appointed to the council in January to replace John Autry, who left council to join the North Carolina General Assembly. Ajmera is running for one of four at-large seats this fall.

The Mecklenburg Republican Party posted a clip of Ajmera’s comment on its Facebook page. The party wrote: “Democrats don’t trust the people of this great County! Hear for yourself how Democrats continue to work to engineer results by excluding citizens from having a voice in OUR own government. We must stand up against this divisive agenda they offer and vote in November for common sense Republicans who focus on local issues!”

Ajmera stood by her comments Tuesday.

“(Charlotte) rejected Trump in the 2016 elections,” she said. “So people are upset by what he represents. He values divisiveness. We can’t let that divide us as we tackle important issues like economic mobility and as we address the issues of last September.”

—The Charlotte Observer


Police arrest man for punching his young son in the face at a Chuck E. Cheese

An Aventura, Fla., man was charged with battery and child abuse Monday afternoon for punching his child in the face at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, police said.

Officers responded to the restaurant at 20335 Biscayne Boulevard around 2:30 p.m., where four witnesses told them they had seen Peter Juris, 40, walking out of the restaurant carrying his child under his arm and hitting him on the head, according to an arrest report.

Witnesses then saw Juris put his child in the back seat of his blue Maserati and punch him multiple times in the face and chest, the report said. Juris attempted to then drive away, but one of the witnesses, Victor Castillo-Martinez, 23, put himself in front of the vehicle to stop him from leaving.

When officers arrived, they found the child with bruises around both his eyes and over his face. A pair of plastic green sunglasses the child was wearing had also had the right lens knocked out, according to the arrest report.

Officers arrested Juris and charged him with battery and child abuse with no great bodily harm.

Aventura police contacted the child’s mother, who told officers she was in Coral Springs picking up her other child, the report said. Officers then released the child into the custody of a family friend, who took the child to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to be checked for injuries.

Police redacted details about the child from the arrest report, but witnesses told WSVN that the child appeared to be about 3 years old.

The Department of Children and Families was notified and dispatched a child protective investigator, according to the arrest report.

Juris was booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Monday night, records show.

—Miami Herald


Syria: New European sanctions against regime members ‘unjustified’

BEIRUT — New sanctions imposed by the European Union against 16 members of the Syrian regime for their alleged role in a chemical weapons attack earlier this year are “unjustified,” said Syria on Tuesday.

“The new unjustified European sanctions that came before the end of the investigations into the incident of Khan Sheikhoun reflect the determination of European officials to support the crimes of terrorist groups in Syria and mislead the international public opinion,” the state-run Syrian news Agency (SANA) cited the Foreign Ministry as saying.

It added that Syria reiterates, as it did previously, “that it has absolutely no chemical weapons and has not used such weapons at any time under any circumstances and anywhere.”

On Monday, European Union foreign ministers agreed to put 16 further members of the Syrian regime on the bloc’s sanctions list for “their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against the civilian population.”

According to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the prohibited nerve agent sarin was used in an attack in April that killed dozens of people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

“The 16 individuals sanctioned include military officers and chemical specialists responsible for abhorrent chemical weapons attacks on innocent men, women and children,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement.


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