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News for the Month of December 2010
  December 21, 2010:

CMPD Explorers Christmas Project

Deputy Chief Medlock addresses the troops
 
 

It was an early wake up call for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers and the dozens of volunteers who pitched in to help with the CMPD Explorers Christmas Project.  CMPD delivered food packages and gifts to more than 630 needy families in Mecklenburg County.

The Christmas Project started more than 30 years ago and seems to be gaining momentum every year.  Thanks to all who participated. RT



December 20, 2010:

Metro Division officers arrest armed robber
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     Antonio Bing 
 

Metro Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Antonio Bing, DOB: 03/13/1979, for an armed robbery he committed on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  At approximately 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Metro Division officers were dispatched to the Mighty Midget Market located at 2201 Beatties Ford Road after the clerk called and stated she was robbed at gunpoint.

 

 A short time later a Metro Division officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle involved in the robbery parked outside of an apartment complex at 3108 Southwest Blvd.  The woman who owned the car stated that Bing and her boyfriend used the vehicle earlier that morning.  The woman gave officers consent to search her residence.  Officers recovered a brown coat and face mask from the woman’s home.  The victim later positively identified the clothing as the apparel the suspect wore in the robbery.  Antonio Bing was arrested and charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. 

 

Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/  RT


 

December 16, 2010:

Officers nab trio attempting a home B&E

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   Jarod Pearson              Keith Byers          Christopher Henry


Hickory Grove Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Jarod Pearson, DOB: 08/24/1991, Keith Byers, DOB: 07/26/1993 and Christopher Henry, DOB: 04/14/1994 for Attempted Breaking and Entering and Conspiracy. 

 

On December 8, 2010, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Hickory Grove Division officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Stillwell Oaks Circle after the victim called 911 to report someone tried to break into his home.  The victim stated three young men rang the doorbell. When the victim didn’t answer the front door, the trio proceeded to go behind the home and began to kick in the back door.  The victim heard them trying to break in and went upstairs to retrieve a samurai sword for protection.  The victim confronted the suspects with the sword and they ran from the location.   The victim called 911 and gave a detailed description of the suspects. 

 

A Hickory Grove Division officer working an undercover operation in the area observed three young men who matched the description of the suspects a short distance from the home.  The officer detained the suspects who were positively identified by the victim a short time later.   Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT




December 14, 2010:
 
New program to keep drunk drivers off the road
 

Deputy Chief Kerr Putney addresses media
 
   

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief Kerr Putney and CMPD’s Traffic Unit met in Center City with AAA of the Carolinas and Budweiser.  It was all part of a new program kickoff called “Tow to Go.” The free service provides private party goers and licensed establishments a way to get people home safely.

 

Adults in need of a ride can call 1-800-AAA-HELP. AAA will dispatch a tow truck and will take both the driver and the vehicle home, free of charge. This service is available to both AAA members and non-members.

 

Tow to Go removes the number one excuse for drunk driving - the intoxicated motorist not wanting to leave their car - by not only taking the driver home safely, but also their vehicle home safely too.

 

The CMPD conducted 30 DWI checkpoints in 2010 and those checkpoints netted more than 200 drunk drivers.  RT

 



December 13, 2010:
 
Westover Division apprehend two Robbery suspects
 
     

 
McDonald
 

 

One of the goals for the Westover for the 4th Qtr was 15% reduction in robberies.  The Westover Division officers have been working hard to exceed this goal (currently at 44% reduction for the quarter) through proactive work and some outstanding arrests. This past week, Westover officers, D. McClain, B. Crum J. Walker, T. Kiefer, and K. Schwartz detained 2 suspects, Qkanza McDonald and David Long after they robbed a gentleman that was walking home from work.

 

The victim had gotten off the light rail when the suspects followed him and then assaulted him and stole his wallet.  Officer McClain was close by and observed the suspects running.  He kept a visual on them until responding officers arrived to apprehend them.  A concerned citizen who witnessed the robbery assisted officers in chasing the suspects.  After they were detained, a show up was completed and the suspects were subsequently arrested.  McDonald is still in custody under $50,000 secured bond and Long under $30,000.  Officer McClain took the extra time to drive the victim home, stand by with him since he was visibly shaken by the incident, and explain the prosecution process to calm his concerns.
 

This was great work by the witness, Westover Officers, and all other participants. RH
 

 


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December 13, 2010:
 
Eastway Division make key arrests in Burglary cases

Division-level Breaking and Entering Detectives along with the officers of the Eastway Division were able to apprehend 3 suspects that had a major impact on the crime stats in the response areas.

 

 
Jamal Labar Floyd

  On December 3, 2010, Jamal Labar Floyd was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a 2008 Breaking and Entering case. Mr. Floyd was on Electronic Monitoring (EM) for Armed Robbery. 
 

 
Ronnie Dew

 

Detectives apprehended Ronni Dew on December 3, 2010 as well. Mr. Dew was taken into custody for copper thefts. There has been a recent spike in copper thefts in the area and detectives and officers were able to apprehend him.

 

 
With the persistence of the officers and detectives in the Eastway Division, they all have made great strides in apprehending suspects for Breaking and Entering throughout the division. Remember to always protect your home and belongings with our safety tips that are located on our website, www.cmpd.org, click on the tab, For Your Safey.

RH



 

December 13, 2010
 
PUBLIC NOTICE from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

 
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve re-accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.
 
Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
 
Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 704-432-2652 on Monday January 10, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Comments will be taken by the Assessment team.
 
Also, as part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday January 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  The session will be held in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Headquarters, 1st Floor Conference Room 1A/1B, 601 East 4th Street in Charlotte, N.C.
 
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards for accreditation.  A copy of the standards is available at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Please contact Sergeant Fish at 704-589-7715 with questions.
 Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.  

 
 

 
  December 10, 2010

Chief Monroe Speaks to Prep Students
 
  

Chief Monroe and students at Southwest Middle
 
 

Eighth grade students at Southwest Middle School got a special message from Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
The Chief emphasized the importance of an education and character as he addressed students who are enrolled in the school's AVID program. 

AVID is a college preparatory program for middle school and high school students.  All students in the AVID class have specific responsibilities to uphold. First and foremost, they are determined to become independent learners and take individual responsibility for their own successes. 

They learn how to consistently come to class prepared, routinely share their work for the purpose of improving it, and willingly participate in collaborative groups.  The AVID class provides academic preparation for college, organizational skills and study skills, continuous writing curriculum, motivational activities and speakers, awareness of career possibilities and encouragement in setting and reaching goals. RT 
 

 
 
December 8, 2010

CMPD Remembers Victims of Domestic Violence

 

   Chief Monroe participates in the annual event

 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department participated in the annual tree decorating ceremony honoring victims who were killed during domestic violence related crimes this year.

65 people lost their lives in North Carolina this year due to domestic violence. Eight of those victims lived here in Mecklenburg County .   Chief Rodney Monroe, who also has lost a loved one to domestic violence, was on hand at the domestic violence memorial tree lighting at police headquarters on Wednesday.

Experts say 85% of domestic violence homicides happen when the victim tries to leave. They recommend having a safety plan in place before you try to go anywhere.

For more information on domestic violence in North Carolina, go to www.nccadv.org  RT

 

 
 
 

CMPD Detective recipient of City Manager's Award

 
Det. Daniel Hernandez and City Manager Curt Walton
  Detective Daniel Hernandez was honored on Wednesday by City Manager Curt Walton. Hernandez was one of the recipients in the Third Annual City Managers Awards. 

Hernandez works tirelessly to help the CMPD gain trust and build positive relationships within the Latino community.  He appears on three Latino radio shows each week, serves as a liaison with five newspapers, conducts monthly meetings with Latino groups throughout the city, and works with Latino victims and suspects.  

Detective Hernandez’s rapport with the Latino community has helped foster a trusting relationship between the community and CMPD.


Hernandez is currently assigned to the CMPD's Independence Division.  If you run across Detective Hernandez please thank him for the hard work.  RT

 

 

  December 3, 2010

Fugitive Arrested

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Marsalle Edwynn Mitchell

  Marsalle Edwynn Mitchell was arrested by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) on December 3, 2010 hiding inside a vacant house on Cox Avenue in Charlotte.  After a short standoff with police, Mitchell was arrested without incident.  Mitchell is facing multiple breaking and entering related charges as well as new charges for assaulting his girlfriend and cutting off the electronic monitor.

Mitchell was wanted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) on outstanding warrants for assault on a female, breaking and entering, and interfering with an electronic monitoring device.  Mitchell was on CMPD Electronic Monitoring while out on bond for pending burglary charges.  On November 30, 2010 Mitchell cut off his court ordered monitor.  He is in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.  To learn more about the CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team please visit VCAT's home page. RT  
 


 

 
CMPD Gear for the Public

For the first time, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police merchandise is being made available to the public. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Benevolent Fund has opened an online gift shop at www.charmeckpoliceGiftShop.com. The site sells clothing, baseball caps, desk accessories and other items with the CMPD logo.

The Benevolent Fund, a non-profit organization completely separate from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, has operated a gift shop inside the police department since the early 1990s. One hundred percent of proceeds are used to provide financial assistance to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police employees during times of personal crisis or hardship.

Merchandise for sale on the website includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts, sweatpants and hats for men, women and children; glasses, cups, mugs, bags and model police cars. More items will be added in the future.

 The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Benevolent Fund dates back to the early 1950s. All employees, sworn and non-sworn, are members of the Benevolent Fund, which is led by a volunteer Board of Trustees.

 The Benevolent Fund has helped 44 CMPD families this year. In addition to financial assistance to employees, the Benevolent Fund co-sponsors an annual CMPD Retirement Banquet, and provides watches and plaques to every employee who retires from the Department. Each year, during National Police Week, the Benevolent Fund sponsors a barbecue get-together for current and retired employees. RT

 

  

CMPD and MADD Team Up

 
Deputy Chief Harold Medlock
 

  Mothers Against Drunk Driving of North Carolina and State Farm Insurance Agencies and law enforcement agencies across the Mecklenburg County area are joining forces on December 2nd to kick off the 2010 holiday crackdown on drunk driving with a message of deterrence for drivers across North Carolina.  This is MADD’s 30th anniversary celebrating its lifesaving mission. 

MADD urges individuals to Give the Gift of a Designated Driver ™ to their friends and family this holiday season, and also Tie One On For Safety®, displaying a red ribbon on their cars in support of law enforcement holiday crackdown efforts between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as a pledge to drive safe and sober.

 

During the time of year when drunk driving crashes are most prevalent, MADD is partnering with State Farm & Law Enforcement to deter individuals from driving drunk and encourage them to plan ahead to designate a sober driver, or arrange another safe ride home, before embarking on their holiday festivities.  The CMPD conducted 30 sobriety checkpoints in 2010 and made more than 200 arrests for DWI.  RT

 

 
CMPD Homicide Detectives seeking public assistance in identifying club patrons

On 09/10/2010 at 0152 hours, the victim Nicolas Mahone was shot and killed inside the Breakfast Club located at 225 N. Caldwell Street.  Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying club patrons the night of the murder.  View the photographs from the club...