Five things you need to know Wednesday

After two wet days to start the week, expect a mostly rain-free day across the Charlotte area with afternoon highs around 80 degrees.

1. CMPD issues 'urgent warning' for parents after CMS teacher arrested

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are issuing an urgent warning for parents to talk with their children after an elementary school teacher was accused of sex crimes with students. 

Taji Brown, 29, a fifth-grade teacher at Billingsville Elementary, was arrested Tuesday after detectives said he assaulted at least two young victims in his home under the guise of a summer mentoring camp for boys without fathers. Police said Brown has been conducting a summer camp out of his north Charlotte home and that at least six young boys stayed there overnight as part of the program. 

Warrants obtained by NBC Charlotte state that Brown touched at least two boys, ages 10 and 11, inappropriately in the shower. Detectives said one of the victims told his mother about the abuse, which launched a weeks-long investigation. CMS officials said Tuesday that Brown is suspended without pay during the investigation. 

2. Football is back: Panthers to host Houston in preseason opener Wednesday

Football fans, are you ready?! The Panthers officially start their quest to return to the Super Bowl with Wednesday night's preseason opener against the Houston Texans. 

While fans are excited to get their first look at rookie Christian McCaffrey, they won't get to see Cam Newton in action. The 2015 NFL MVP will sit out Wednesday's opener due to soreness in his throwing shoulder. In Newton's place will be veteran backup Derek Anderson. 

Newton was spotted tossing the ball to rookie Curtis Samuel at Tuesday's practice. 

3. Celebrity sightings expected across Charlotte during PGA Championship week

If you live in Charlotte, chances are you saw the pictures of pop star Justin Bieber at Quail Hollow Club Tuesday. If history is any indicator, we're in for many more celebrity sightings across Charlotte as the PGA's final major of the season tees off in the Queen City. 

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"I was going to wach some golf (and) drink some beers, then it was like Justin Bieber's here, now I"m interested," said one Bieber fan. 

The Biebs stole the show during Tuesday's practice rounds after he was seen with PGA pro Bubba Watson, but don't expect him to be the only star walking the course this week. Ron Rivera has been spotted at Quail Hollow, and Charlotte's own Steph Curry, a solid golfer in his own right, may be among the celebrities in attendance this weekend.  

4. Charlotte Walmart shopper beaten with metal weapon during robbery

A group of suspects is on the loose after a man was beaten with a metal weapon outside an east Charlotte Walmart. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Walmart stores in Charlotte take five of the top 15 address for calls for service. 

The latest incident happened in broad daylight, when police said a man was driving away from Walmart on East Independence Boulevard when he was attacked by three men. The 48-year-old victim was hospitalized with serious injuries. CMPD says they have been working with store management to curb crime at local businesses. 

Walmart Director of National Media Relations Ragan Dickens said the company is aware of the increased police calls at the East Independence Boulevard location and released a statement to NBC Charlotte. 

“No retailer is immune to the challenge of crime. We recognize the importance of this issue at the highest levels of the company, and we are investing in people and technology to support our stores. We’re encouraged by a 35% reduction in calls to law enforcement agencies nationwide, on average, since we began implementing Restorative Justice and other crime deterrence programs. We’ll continue our outreach to law enforcement across the country as part of our ongoing commitment to meet our customers’ and associates’ expectations of a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.”

5. Trump vows 'fire and fury' after North Korea threat

North Korea threatened a ballistic missile strike on the U.S. territory of Guam, the latest war mongering exchange between the rogue nation and President Trump, who vowed "fire and fury like the world has never seen."

Trump on Tuesday lashed out at North Korea in response to reports of a new milestone in its nuclear quest. North Korea's military said it is considering a missile launch aimed near the U.S. strategic military installations in Guam, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump said from the clubhouse at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before," he said. Click here to read more.

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