5 things you need to know Thursday, November 16

1. CMPD: Woman awoke to stranger trying to sexually assault her

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are searching for a man who allegedly broke into a home early Thursday morning and attempted to sexually assault a woman who was asleep.

The incident occurred just before 1 a.m. on the 4500 block of Wynbrook Way in north Charlotte. The victim told police she awoke to a man attempting to sexually assault her after he broke into the home. Her and the suspect got into a physical altercation and he fled by foot from the residence.

The suspect is described as a black male, around 20 to 25 years old, with a thin build and standing around six feet tall. Anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

2. Two basketball coaches are suspended after getting into an altercation with a firearm

A coach at Charlotte Country Day School was arrested Wednesday after police said he threatened another coach with a firearm. 

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers responded to the south Charlotte school just before 6:30 p.m. Officers were notified by school security that an altercation occurred between two coaches.  Investigators determined that Tyrez Tarell Neal, 29, and a boys’ varsity basketball assistant coach got into an argument. CMPD said that Neal threatened the other coach with a firearm. No students were harmed during the incident. According to Charlotte Country Day School's website, Neal is the head coach of the junior varsity girls’ basketball team. 

Officers at the school found two firearms that belonged to Neal. He was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. Neal is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail. The school said they suspended both coaches. Click here to see their response.

3. Decision expected Thursday on death penalty for man accused of slaying wife's parents

The decision of whether Vurnel Smith Jr. will receive the death penalty is expected to be announced Thursday after it was initially delayed in September.

State prosecutors have been reviewing materials before determining if they'll seek the death penalty against Smith, the Charlotte man accused of torturing his wife and murdering her parents in their home in July. Smith was arrested on August 1 when he surrendered to CMPD, ending a nearly week-long man hunt. Click here to read more.

4. House Republicans move ahead with tax bill vote amid mounting concerns

House GOP leaders are expected to vote on their tax bill Thursday despite heavy opposition. Republicans have touted the bill as providing massive tax cuts for the middle class. Democratic leaders have slammed the measure as benefiting corporations and high-earners

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson became the first Republican to come out against the Senate Republican tax plan but held out the possibility that he could support a final tax package if his concerns are heeded. To get a closer look at how the GOP tax bill will affect you, here are 15 things to consider

5. Charlotte makes top 25 Amazon HQ2 contenders list

A new ranking of cities seeking Amazon’s second headquarters based on industry predictions from several sources put North Carolina sites Raleigh and Charlotte in the top 25. Raleigh was ranked 10th between New York City and Pittsburgh. Charlotte cracked the list at 24, just in front of Phoenix.

Best Places, which is set to publish its ranking Wednesday, analyzes data and ranks all sorts of places. Atlanta was ranked No. 1. 

"Trust us, it's going to be Atlanta," the ranking concluded, based on a study of the rankings and lists of 18 other sources, including Moody's, CNBC, CNN, Slate and the New York Times. The next two contenders on the list: Boston and Chicago. Click here to see the full list.

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