5 things you need to know Saturday

1. Air traffic controller received homemade pipe bomb from roommate, police say

An air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was one of two men arrested Friday after investigators alleged he was in possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 30-year-old Paul George Dandan was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction. He is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $45,000 bond. The FBI said they are assisting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police with their investigation and that they don't anticipate federal charges to be filed against  Dandan at this time.

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2. CMPD to have 400 officers in place for Charlotte Marathon

Police Chief Kerr Putney says there will be 400 officers at the race providing security. NBC Charlotte talked to people who are ready to run.

“I trust that we’ll be good to go,” says Carla Garrison Mattos, a marathon ambassador.

Mattos's faith is in police, while her focus is on the race. She’s one of the thousands running the marathon on Saturday.

“I always feel safe in every race, every time we turn a corner there’s a ton of officers helping to guide us and keeping a lookout,” she said.

“It’s best to put that stuff out of your mind, trust the Charlotte PD officers, and I’ve never felt unsafe,” said another runner. 

Putney says the 400 officers on hand is not a dramatic spike compared to previous years, but they are mindful of the recent national tragedies involving large crowds.

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3. Charlotte rated one of the best cities for veterans

The Queen City is one of the best cities in America for veterans, according to a recent survey. 

WalletHub ranked Charlotte No. 14 of the 100 best and worst places for veterans to live in the U.S. 

Arthur Rogers, 91, is a veteran of World War II and said he thinks Charlotte should have finished in first place.

“I’ve been living in North Carolina 10 years and I love it," beamed Rogers.

Rogers was at Richard’s Coffee Chop and Military Museum in Mooresville where he spent the eve of Veterans Day talking to kids and telling them his stories and memories of life in the military.

He says it is that kind of interactions that keep him going.

“I have a doctor that tells me I’ll probably see 100,” said the still spry Rogers.

4. Roy Moore vehemently denies sexual misconduct allegations

Alabama Republican Roy Moore is vehemently denying a Washington Post report alleging decades-old sexual misconduct with minors.

In a statement released Friday, Moore says he never provided alcohol to minors and "never engaged in sexual misconduct."

The Senate candidate says: "As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman."

He says he is strongly urging the Post, which published the report based on on-the-record statements, to "tell the truth."

More details here.

5. Scammers use threatening letters to get victims' cash

Chances are, you're likely to have received a postcard in the mail saying the person sending it needs to "urgently speak to you."

There's a new one that's making its way around Charlotte that's caught the attention of the Better Business Bureau. The mailer provides a phone number, telling its recipient this is the "third notice" they've received. 

The return address on the back of the card is a post office in northwest Charlotte, not a business. 

"The postcard, the mailings that they use are not as transparent as they should be," said Tom Bartholomy with the BBB. 

So who is the sender? Are they doing anything illegal? 

The BBB said it's a company called Real Estate Busters, and even though they aren't as straightforward as they should be, they're not breaking any laws. The company is looking for houses to flip, and are probably counting on the vaguely threatening language to get people to act.

Read more here.

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