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News for the Month of June 2011
June 28, 2011

CMPD celebrates the newest graduates of its Citizen's Academy
On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department introduced the 22 graduating members of its Citizens Academy.  During the course of the program the graduates attended workshops that gave them the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the services of the CMPD from a diverse group of police department personnel.  Topics that were discussed ranged from the history of the CMPD to Traffic Stops.  It also included tours of our Training Academy, Command Center, Crime Lab and 911 Communications Room.  This was a golden opportunity for citizens to gain a greater understanding and perspective of CMPD’s mission and service to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community.  Deputy Chief Graue was joined by Major Pearsall, Maria Williams and William Butch Simmons with the Community Relations Committee to offer the department's thanks and congratulations.  The ceremony took place at the CMPD Training Academy.  Congratulations to the graduates!  RF




June 28, 2011

Providence Division Officers Arrest B&E Suspect


Denzell Devon Flowers

Providence Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Denzell Devon Flowers, DOB: 05/18/1992.  On Monday, June 27,2011, at approximately 10:30 a.m. officers responded to a report of a home break-in with a suspect still on the scene.  A witness called to report seeing a suspicious person enter the backyard of the victim’s home located in the 1100 block of Nancy Drive. 
 
When officers arrived they set up a perimeter around the home while additional officers knocked on the front door and identified themselves. A short time later the suspect jumped from a window of the home and ran from officers.  A Providence Division Officer chased the subject on foot for approximately one block before apprehending the suspect.  The witness was transported to the location and positively identified Denzell Devon Flowers as the man he witnessed enter the victim’s yard. 
 
A search of the suspect incident to arrest resulted in officers recovering jewelry and other property belonging to the victim.  Denzell Devon Flowers has been charged with Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny and Resisting Arrest. 
 
Excellent coordination by Providence Division Officers with the assistance of an engaged citizen were critical in apprehending this individual before he was able to victimize any other members of our community.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com RT


June 28, 2011

Annual Do The Right Thing Recipient Honored


East Mecklenburg High School Student Kate Speice

Kate Speice, a rising senior at East Mecklenburg High School was honored on June 27, 2011, as the 2011 DTRT award recipient.  This past November, as Kate entered the Target in Matthews, NC, she witnessed a gentleman suddenly collapse on the ground in front of the store. 

Kate quickly knelt down to check the man's condition.  Finding no pulse or respirations, she began administering life-saving chest compressions.  Kate continued to provide this crucial care until paramedics arrived on scene.  Kate demonstrated incredible maturity and strength of character during this incident. 

Her quick and unselfish actions saved the man's life.  Congratulations Kate!  RF


June 27, 2011


CMPD's Civilian Employees of the Month





  
Investigative Technician’s Danielle Maresca and Mary Montgomery
 
Investigative Tech Montgomery was dispatched to the BP gas station located 3521 Brookshire Blvd to  process a suspect's vehicle from which three subjects were taken into custody regarding an armed robbery from person. Officers had seized two weapons that matched descriptions of those used by suspects in the robbery.

Mary photographed those weapons. In her processing of the vehicle, her search led her to find in the trunk a purse containing a checkbook with ID to a subject. She brought that information to an officer on the scene who indicated it likely belonged to a friend of suspects and was not of interest to the investigation. Montgomery proceeded to complete her investigation.
 
Investigative Tech Danielle Maresca was dispatched to 3320 Eastwood Dr in Eastway Div reference to a larceny in which she learned weapons were among items taken.  After both Maresca and Montgomery had completed their on-scene work, they both returned to headquarters to complete evidence processing. As is not uncommon, they discussed their cases.  Montgomery's  professional curiosity led her to check the subject information in the department’s computer system  and learned that the person was the victim of an earlier Larceny from Auto on Brookshire Blvd  in which her purse had been taken and the suspects were similar in description to robbery suspects. Maresca, learning that Mary had photographed weapons seized by officers, contacted her reporting officer and made him aware of what had been recovered.
 
Their actions directly led to associating the robbery suspects with two other cases in which the suspects are likely responsible, This would not have would not have been accomplished so quickly without their diligence and professionalism. RT
 

June 27, 2011

CMPD's Officers of the Month



    Officer Jonathan Gompers
 
Providence Division Officer Jonathan Gompers
was called to assist the Eastway Division in the early morning hours of June 12, 2011, with a fight in progress call on Independence Boulevard at the Charlotte Inn.  Officer Gompers was the first to arrive and observed a chaotic scene, with several people motioning to him and yelling regarding the fight near the median.  Officer Gompers drew his attention to the fight, and observed a male subject stand up and walk away from another male who was left motionless on the ground.  The witnesses advised Officer Gompers that the suspect had a knife and used it against the victim.  Officer Gompers, without regard for his own safety, gave chase on foot to the male suspect while calling for MEDIC and other officers to assist the victim.
 
  The suspect ran in and out of traffic along Independence which further created a dangerous situation.  As Officer Gompers closed the distance with the suspect, he began to give clear verbal commands to the suspect to stop and to get on the ground.  With his weapon drawn, Officer Gompers observed the suspect turn and drop his knife.  Officer Gompers then directed another arriving officer to check the victim.  Officer Gompers observed a large bleeding cut on the suspect’s wrist and kept him covered at gunpoint until additional officers arrived.  The suspect was then handcuffed and taken into custody. 
 
Officer Gompers’ actions are commendable due to his quick thinking and selfless call to action to pursue an armed suspect and to bring him into custody. Officer Gompers exemplifies courage under pressure and is one of CMPD’s Officers of the Month for July 2011.  

Eastway Division Officer Peter Carbonaro  In April, the Eastway Division received numerous complaints from residents of the Clearmont Avenue/Girard Court community in reference to drug activity related to a subject named Matthew Patterson. Mr. Patterson was no stranger to the officers of the Eastway Division as he had been involved in an aggravated assault with firearm, a robbery and had also attempted to hit a Sgt. with a vehicle when he was an officer in Eastway Division.
 
The division had information that the suspect was connected to several robberies in the area as well. Officer Peter Carbonaro of the Eastway Division Focus Mission Team volunteered to take the lead on an investigation of this subject. He along with other FMT members conducted surveillance on this individual.
 
On June 3rd Officer Carbonaro was able to develop probable cause for a search warrant on Patterson and his residence. The execution of the search warrant resulted in the confiscation of 10.8 grams of crack cocaine and a Glock .45 caliber pistol. Patterson is a convicted felon and was charged for possession of the firearm, PWISD-Cocaine, Maintaining a Dwelling and PDP.
 
This investigation is just one of the many examples of the fantastic work that Officer Carbonaro and the FMT do within the Eastway Division. Most of their investigations are extremely time consuming and require a great deal of expertise. Officer Carbonaro should be recognized for his ability to take the lead on an investigation and see it through to a felony arrest. RT



 
June 27, 2011

Metro Division Officers Arrest Robbery Duo



     
   Derrick Hamilton                           Joshua Oliphant


Metro Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Derrick Hamilton, DOB: 03/19/1988 and Joshua Oliphant, DOB: 07/28/1983.  On Monday, June 27, 2011, at approximately 1:30 a.m. an officer was flagged down by a woman in the 1900 block of Beatties Ford Road.   The woman stated she was walking to a friend’s home when the two suspects approached her in the 2200 block of Hildebrand Street.  She stated the one of the suspects pointed a gun at her while the other suspect removed her pocketbook and cell phone.
 
The officer relayed the suspects descriptions to communications and the descriptions were broadcast over the radio.  Additional Metro Division Officers arrived on the scene and searched the area.  A short time later an officer discovered an unoccupied vehicle that was running parked on Hildebrand Street.  The officer observed a pocketbook and a gun inside the vehicle in plain sight.  The officer relayed this information to communications advising the vehicle may be related to the robbery and that the suspects may still be in the area. 
 
Another officer circulating the area at the time observed two men matching the description of the suspects on LaSalle Street.  The suspects were detained and the victim was transported to the scene.  The victim positively identified the men as the suspects who robbed her at gunpoint.  Both Hamilton and Oliphant were taken into custody and charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy. 
 
Excellent communication and coordination between patrol officers in the field and dispatch were critical elements in apprehending these two dangerous individuals.
Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com RT




June 27, 2011

Crime Spree comes to an end for robbery suspects

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) has located and apprehended Kristie Allison Welch for the robberies of cell phone businesses and Bryan Gale for the tanning bed robberies.  These two had been on a robbery spree around Charlotte for most of the month in June.  RH




Kristen Welch                                Bryan Welch




 June 24, 2011

Citizen assists officers in apprehension of burglary suspect



     Jeremy Moore
 
Freedom Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Jeremy Moore, DOB: 02/23/1978.  On Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at approximately 12:00 a.m. officers responded to a breaking and entering call for service at a home in the 4200 block of Hovis Road. 
 
A citizen called 911 and stated he witnessed a person crawling through the window of a residence and was loading items into a van.   When officers arrived they observed a broken window on the side entrance of the residence and a van parked out front.   Officers observed Jeremy Moore walking near the van and approached the suspect.
 
Jeremy Moore indicated he was just visiting the neighborhood and gave officers verbal consent to search his vehicle.  A search of the van resulted in officers recovering credit cards a wallet and other property belonging to the victim.  The witness was brought to the location and positively identified the suspect as the man he observed crawling through the window.  Jeremy Moore was arrested and charged with Second Degree Burglary and Felony Larceny. 
 
This case is a classic example of how important it is for community members to report suspicious activity.  The information the witness provided was a critical element in this case and no doubt assisted in the quick apprehension of an individual preying on a fellow citizen.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT




June 24, 2011

North Tryon Officers Arrest Armed Robbery Trio

   
   Devontae Springs                Terrell McCreary                Larry Cooper


North Tryon Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested  Devontae Springs, DOB 10/01/1992, Terrell McCreary, DOB: 07/18/1992 and Larry Cooper, DOB: 07/11/1993.  On Thursday, June 23, 2011, at approximately 10:00 p.m. officers responded to the 1900 block of Milton Road concerning a report of an armed robbery.  
 
The 49 year old male victim stated he was walking home from the store when he was approached from behind by the suspects and struck in the back of the head with an unknown object. The three suspects proceeded to go through the victims pockets and removed his wallet.  The victim immediately called 911 and gave dispatch a description of  the suspects and their direction of travel. 
 
Officers began circulating the area and a short time later observed two men matching the suspects descriptions on Barrington Drive.  The victim was transported to the scene and positively identified the men as the suspects who robbed him earlier.  Moments later another officer advised dispatch he had a person matching the description of the third suspect on Ruth Drive.  The victim also positively identified the third suspect who was apprehended.
 
Excellent communication between dispatch and patrol officers were critical in apprehending these three dangerous individuals. All three suspects were arrested and charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/  RT



June 23, 2011

The Computer Technology Services (CTS) Unit were nominated to participate in the Computer World Awards this year. The event and gala was held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, where 700 nominations were received. The awards were divided into eleven categories and our project was one of 22 Laureates in the Safety and Security category. Of the 22 Laureates in the Safety and Security category, CMPD were selected as one of five finalist.

The other finalists were Auburn University, Clemson University, Justice Network and U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, Electronic Warfare Systems Ground Branch.

We are very proud of the work at CMPD and continue to stay on the cutting edge of technology! RH



June 22, 2011

Greenville Neighborhood Center Reopening



On Friday, June 17, 2011, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Gang of One will be hosted a re-opening ceremony of the Greenville Neighborhood Center. The Center was closed by Mecklenburg County, due to budget cuts, in September 2010.  This facility served the Greenville community and surrounding neighborhoods by providing a facility that included a gymnasium, meeting rooms, multi-purpose rooms, and a kitchen.  
 
In January of 2011, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Gang of One received a $339,765  grant from the NC Department of Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  This grant allows Gang of One the opportunity to re-open the facility with the primary purpose of providing gang-involved juveniles job readiness skills. The center also affords these individuals  the opportunity for team building and leadership initiatives, and implement a culinary arts program, while providing a safe environment for learning and maturing.  
 
The secondary purpose is to prepare the Center for use by other youth-serving agencies.  The Police Activities League will move their administrative offices into the Center and begin summer camp programming for youth at the Center in June 2011.   Staff with Johnson & Wales University (JWU) have agreed to assist Gang of One and city engineers in redesigning the kitchens located in the Greenville Center in anticipation of the culinary program.  JWU is also assisting Gang of One in the creation of a standardized curriculum for clients and will implement the curriculum.  This program will operate as a Saturday academy.  
 
For additional details and information concerning Gang of One please contact Fran Cook at 704- 336-7331 or visit http://www.charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CMPD/organization/Support/Pages/Gang%20of%20One.aspx RT
 


June 22, 2011

Thieves arrested after stealing police bait car


  
Deashay Laquan Walker             Jarvis Alston



Auto Theft Unit Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Deashay Laquan Walker, DOB: 05/19/1994 and Jarvis Alston, DOB: 09/19/1991. On June 21, 2011, at approximately 6:10 p.m. one of the CMPD Auto Theft Unit’s bait cars was deployed on Weyland Avenue in the Metro Division. 
 
A surveillance recording of the incident revealed Walker enter the car and remove a bag containing a laptop computer.  A short time later Jarvis Alston and two juveniles also enter the car, start the vehicle, and all four begin to drive from the location in the stolen bait car.  Dispatch began tracking the their movement.  Metro Division Officers located the vehicle traveling in the 2800 block of Freedom Drive and advised dispatch disable the vehicle at that time.  Officers detained all four occupants of the vehicle and transported them to CMPD Headquarters for questioning.
 
All of the suspects stated they were walking when they saw the unoccupied car and decided to use it for transportation.  Devashay Walker confessed to taking the laptop out of the car to “sell on the street” to get some cash.  The suspects were charged with Larceny of Auto, Possession of Stolen Vehicle and felony Conspiracy.  Devashay Walker was charged with an additional Larceny from Auto, and B&E to motor vehicle for the first activation where the laptop was taken from the car.
 
Secure custody orders were obtained on the juvenile offenders and their names will not be publicly released because of their ages. 
 
These recent arrests mark the 8th apprehension of suspects stealing bait cars so far this year.  Year to date auto theft incidents are down 17 % meaning 191 fewer vehicles were reported stolen this year compared to the same time last.  For more information on what you can do to safeguard your vehicle visit http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CMPD/organization/investigative/PropertyCrimes/AutoTheft/Pages/Auto%20Theft%20Layered%20Approach.aspx
 
Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT
 





June 22, 2011

Suspect charged with robbing deliverymen


   Gordon Eugene White


University City Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Gordon Eugene White, DOB: 08/19/1985.   On Monday, June 20, 2011,  at approximately 1:30 a.m. officers responded to a robbery call in the 400 block of Collins-Aikman Drive.  The victim, a pizza delivery driver for Topper’s stated he was dispatched to the location to deliver food when he was approached by the suspect who took the victims cash and pizza without permission or authority by force and left the scene in a small black SUV.
 
The victim was able to provide officers the partial tag number and description of the suspect’s vehicle.   The information was broadcast by communications to officers in the field immediately.  Approximately twenty minutes later a University City Division officer observed the suspect’s vehicle at a gas pump at the Sam’s Mart located at 9608 University City Blvd.  The victim was transported to the location and was able to positively identify Gordon Eugene White as the man who robbed him.  Officers were also able to determine that White fit the description of a suspect who robbed another food deliveryman approximately an hour earlier. In that case a Jimmy John’s driver was robbed at knifepoint on Michelle Linnea Drive.  The victim was transported to the suspects location and also positively identified White as the man who robbed him.
 
Information and evidence gathered by officers also connected the suspect to a third robbery. On Saturday, June 18, 2011, at approximately 3:15 a.m. the suspect robbed a Jimmy John’s deliveryman of cash and his cell phone after threatening him with a pipe in the 1100 block of Gold Rush Blvd. 
 
Eugene Gordon White has been charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts conspiracy.  Excellent communication and investigative efforts by officers in the field played a critical role in apprehending this suspect and removing this dangerous individual from society.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT



June 21, 2011

Two taken into custody after a pursuit on Tyvola Road


  
Steele Creek Division Officers took two suspects into custody this afternoon after a brief pursuit along South Tryon Street and Tyvola Road.  Shortly after 4 p.m., on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, the victim of a recent robbery called 911 to report that he had just seen the man who robbed him on June 10, 2011.  For additional information on the robbery from June 10th, see 20110610-2116-02.  The victim called from the Wal-Mart at 8180 South Tryon Street to report that he had just seen the man who robbed him and described the vehicle in which the suspect left the scene.  The victim described the vehicle as a Saturn, provided a NC tag and stated that it was occupied by two black males.  A BOLO (Be on the Lookout) for the vehicle was put out to officers in the division and it was located minutes later by patrol officers circulating the area.   

Officers encountered the vehicle at 8010 South Tryon Street in a gas station parking lot and as they attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle fled the scene.  A pursuit ensued, as the vehicle fled onto Tryon Street and then Onto Tyvola Road.  Shortly after the vehicle crossed Cascade Point Boulevard, it collided with a dump truck on Tyvola Road.  The force of the collision caused the Saturn to leave the roadway, causing the driver to be ejected as the vehicle came to a rest in dense vegetation.
Officers immediately requested Medic when the collision with the dump truck occurred.  Both the driver and the passenger have been transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  The driver of the dump truck was not injured; the truck has minor damage as a result of the crash.  The Saturn was stolen in an armed robbery on June 19, 2011, from Kennesaw Drive.  The victim of that robbery, a delivery driver for  Domino’s Pizza, was robbed at gunpoint but was not injured.  For additional information on that report, see 20110619-1537-01. 

CMPD Robbery Unit Detectives have been notified and are investigating this incident.  The CMPD Major Crash Investigations Unit is on scene conducting the accident investigation.  No CMPD officers were injured during this incident.  The names and charges of the two occupants of the Saturn will be updated as that information becomes available.  RF



June 20, 2011

Suspect in Polk Street Murder turns himself in to authorities in South Carolina
Sidney Mays turned himself in this morning at the Hampton County Sherriff’s Department in South Carolina.  The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team has been actively searching for Mr. Mays and has been working closely with the authorities in SC.  Homicide Unit Detectives are en-route to the Hampton County Jail to conduct an interview.  Once Mr. Mays clears extradition, he will be brought back to North Carolina and will remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.  Mr. Mays was wanted for the April 30, 2011, murder of Clarence James Carter.  RF


June 20 2011

Public helps CMPD nab prolific car thief



Maurice B. Redmond

  
Maurice Redmond was arrested today with the help of a concerned citizen, who called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle in the area.  The caller requested that police respond to the 7200 block of Sterling Haven Road in the Hickory Grove Division to check on an occupied/stationary vehicle that had been in the area for about an hour.  When officers arrived on scene, they located Mr. Redmond asleep inside of a stolen Lincoln Continental.  The Lincoln was stolen on June 15, 2011, at about 7 p.m., from a Circle K gas station, located at 7301 The Plaza Road.  The driver of the Lincoln did leave its keys in the ignition while he went inside the store. 
 
Mr. Redmond was transported to police headquarters to be interviewed and will be transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office shortly.  At the time of his arrest, Mr. Redmond lied to officers about his identity.  A total of 18 warrants were outstanding on Mr. Redmond at the time of his arrest; 17 of these were related to auto theft charges and one was for a probation violation.  He is now facing an additional charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.  RF


 


June 17, 2011

Arrests made in UNCC robbery from June 2, 2011

    
 
Gerald Antonio Stanley        Demarice Deon Terrell


Earlier today, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team took Gerald Antonio Stanley III, DOB: 11/15/1991 and Demarice Deon Terrell, DOB: 01/31/1992, into custody on warrants for their arrest for the June 2, 2011, robbery at a UNCC parking deck.  The third suspect, Gregory Dabray Deas, DOB: 09/19/1989, was arrested yesterday by VCAT.  All three suspects were arrested without incident.  The vehicle which was stolen during the robbery, a 2008 Ford Escape, was located by the Aviation Unit in a remote wooded area, within the vicinity of where Mr. Deas was located and apprehended.

Detectives with CMPD’s Electronic Monitoring Unit assisted in the investigation, as Mr. Deas was on EM at the time of the robbery.  This joint investigation between the CMPD and UNCC is ongoing.  Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, if they have information regarding the robbery.  All three suspects have been charged with Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Financial Transaction Card Theft.  All three suspects are currently in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.  RF



June 17, 2011

Information requested in Felony Hit & Run
On June 16,  2011 at 9:32 p.m.,  a 3 year old male child was crossing Monroe Road with his mother after getting off a CATS bus.  The child broke away from his mother as they crossed Monroe Road and ran across the inbound lanes.  A white Cadillac 4-door passenger car was traveling inbound and struck the child in the left inbound lane.  The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene, exited the vehicle along with two female passengers.  As the mother and several witnesses were assisting the child, the occupants of the Cadillac left the scene with the vehicle.  The child was transported to CMC-Main by Medic with serious injuries.  Officers circulated the area for the vehicle but have not yet located it, the driver, or passengers.   The CMPD Major Crash investigation Unit responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation.    Anyone with information about this crash are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or the Major Crash Investigation Unit at 704-336-8862.  The child is listed in critical  condition at this time.   

The suspect vehicle is described as a pearl white 4-door Cadillac passenger car last seen traveling inbound on Monroe Road.  The driver is a black male in his 20’s  around  6 feet tall, 185 lbs with short hair wearing a white t-shirt and jean shorts .  The passengers are both black females.  RF          


June 15, 2011

Home Burglary Duo Arrested


       
  Akee Isaac Williams          Jacob Quartez Montgomery


University City Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Akee Isaac Williams, DOB: 12/15/1993 and Jacob Quartez Montgomery, DOB: 09/16/1993. On June 14, 2011, at approximately 12:45 p.m. officers responded to a residential breaking and entering call in progress at a home in the 2300 block of  Carved Tree Lane.  A neighbor called 911 stating several young men forced their way into his neighbors home which was unoccupied at the time.
 
Moments after the suspects descriptions were broadcast over the radio, patrol officers located individuals matching the description of the suspects in the 6400 block of Rumple Road.  The reporting witness was transported to Rumple Road and positively identified the suspects as the men he witnessed breaking into the home.  The victim later arrived and reported several pieces of jewelry and a debit card were stolen during the B&E.  Both Akee Isaac Williams and Jacob Quartez Montgomery were charged with Breaking and Entering with Force and Felony Larceny.
 
This case illustrates the importance of community involvement.  With the help of an engaged neighbor who took the time to report this activity, police were able to able to arrest these two property thieves.  The CMPD continues to urge the community to report any and all suspicious activity they see by calling 911.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call  Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. RT


June 14, 2011

Witness Helps CMPD Nab Property Thief


       Terrance Jarrell Lea

 
South Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Terrance Jarrell Lea, DOB: 03/30/1994.  On June 8, 2011, at approximately 9:00 p.m. a witness called 911 and reported seeing the suspect break into a car and steal a woman’s purse in a parking lot located in the 4700 block of Waterford Square Drive.
 
An off duty CMPD Officer was in the area and heard the call and suspect’s description come out over the radio.  The off duty officer detained the suspect until on duty patrol officers were able to transport the witness to the area where the suspect was detained.  The witness positively identified Terrance Jarrell Lea as the man he witnessed break into the car and remove the property.  The purse was recovered and the suspect was arrested.  Terrance Jarrell Lea has been charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. 
 
There’s a good possibility this thief would still be trolling neighborhoods looking to victimize others in the community had it not been for the alert witness who took the time to call 911 and report this suspicious activity.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  RT



June 14, 2011

Prolific Property Thief Arrested


Jordan Bernard Gilbert


Hickory Grove Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Jordan Bernard Gilbert, DOB: 08/09/1988.  On June 10, 2011, at approximately 10:00 a.m. a concerned neighbor called 911 and stated someone was breaking into a vacant house in the 10000 block of Battle Court.  The witness stated the suspect smashed the back door and entered the house. 
 
Officers arrived and entered the house, they located the suspect in the attic. After a brief negotiation with the suspect,  he came down from the attic and was taken into custody without incident.  Officers climbed into the attic and discovered gloves, burglary tools and evidence indicating the suspect was attempting to steal copper piping from the air handler unit in the attic. The suspect was arrested and charged with breaking and entering with force, attempted larceny and possession of burglary tools. 
 
Gilbert is a prolific property thief and his arrest history dates back to 2008 in Mecklenburg County.  The CMPD will continue to remove these individuals from society who continually prey on our community.  This case illustrates the importance of police-community relationships.  Had it not been for an engaged neighbor who observed something out of place and called 911,  this prolific thief may have continued to victimize.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. RT


June 14, 2011

Residential Burglar Arrested


Prentice Ignatious Allen

Officers from the Hickory Grove Division with the charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Prentice Ignatious Allen, DOB: 08/14/1994.  On June 12, 2011, at approximately 11:30 p.m. officers responded to a breaking and entering call at a home in the 6200 block of Woodthrush Drive.  Officers met with the victim outside of his home.
 
The victim stated  he returned home to discover someone had taken his flat screen television, computer game console, assorted jewelry and other items without permission or authority.   A short time later the victim observed the suspect walking up the street carrying what appeared to be a backpack that looked similar to the one that was also stolen from his home during the b&e
 
The victim stated he chased and lost the suspect.  He gave officers a detailed description of the thief.  A short time later an officer detained an individual matching the description of the suspect who he encountered on Trysting Road.  The victim positively identified Prentice Ignatious Allen as the man he earlier observed in possession of his property. The backpack was recovered and the suspect was arrested and charged with breaking and entering with force, felony larceny and misdemeanor drug charges.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. RT


June 14, 2011

Greenville Neighborhood Center re-opening


Greenville Neighborhood Center on Spring Street


On Friday, June 17, 2011, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Gang of One will be hosting a re-opening ceremony of the Greenville Neighborhood Center. The Center was closed by Mecklenburg County, due to budget cuts, in September 2010.  This facility served the Greenville community and surrounding neighborhoods by providing a facility that included a gymnasium, meeting rooms, multi-purpose rooms, and a kitchen.  
 
In January of 2011, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Gang of One received a $339,765  grant from the NC Department of Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  This grant allows Gang of One the opportunity to re-open the facility with the primary purpose of providing gang-involved juveniles job readiness skills. The center also affords these individuals  the opportunity for team building and leadership initiatives, and implement a culinary arts program, while providing a safe environment for learning and maturing.  
 
The secondary purpose is to prepare the Center for use by other youth-serving agencies.  The Police Activities League will move their administrative offices into the Center and begin summer camp programming for youth at the Center in June 2011.   Staff with Johnson & Wales University (JWU) have agreed to assist Gang of One and city engineers in redesigning the kitchens located in the Greenville Center in anticipation of the culinary program.  JWU is also assisting Gang of One in the creation of a standardized curriculum for clients and will implement the curriculum.  This program will operate as a Saturday academy. 
 
Please join us for this exciting event on Friday, June, 17, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenville Neighborhood Center located at 1330 Spring Street.   Featured guests will include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe, and Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson.  For additional details and information concerning Gang of One please contact Fran Cook at 704- 336-7331 or visit http://www.charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CMPD/organization/Support/Pages/Gang%20of%20One.aspx RT


June 14, 2011

Charlotte Department of Transportation
Road Closure Notice
                           
Runnymede Lane
 
Closure dates: June 15, 2011 to July 1, 2011
                                                      
Runnymede Lane between Barclay Downs Drive and Michael Baker Place will close on Wednesday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. and will re-open on Friday, July 1 at 6:00 a.m. This closure is necessary for replacement of the roadway damaged by last week’s water main break and roadway washout.  NCDOT maintains Runnymede Lane and has agreed to the closure to expedite repairs.  Traffic can detour around the closure using Park Road, Fairview Road and Sharon Road.  The detour route will be posted.
 
No through access will be allowed.  Myers Park High School access will be from the Colony Road entrance only.
 
CATS buses WILL BE affected.
 
Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled, and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned.  When this occurs, City traffic engineers work directly with other City staff and contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.
 
Motorists traveling through work zone areas should be alert and extra cautious.  Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone.  Drivers should double their following distance.
 
Questions?
 
For additional information about this closure contact Angela Berry at aberry@charlottenc.gov or 704-363-4271.
 
For more information about CDOT, contact Linda Durrett, CDOT Communications and Public Relations Manager at 704-336-3902.

RH 


 

 June 13, 2011

Suspects rob and assault woman with taser


            
    Norman Hutchinson                        Ivan Moore
                                                     
Westover Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg  Police Department have arrested Norman Hutchinson, DOB: 07/19/1983 and Oven Moore, DOB: 05/21/1987.  On Sunday, June 7, 2011, at approximately 3:30 a.m. officers responded to an armed robbery call which had occurred  at the Motel 6 located at 3430 St.Variedly Lane.
 
The 21 year old female victim stated she met two men and arranged to have sex with the men in exchange for money.  Once the arrangement had been completed the suspects proceeded to rob and assault the victim repeatedly with a taser.   Officers were able to obtain information concerning where the suspects were staying at the time.  Officers responded to the Arlington Suites located at 44126 S. Tryon Street.  Officers located the two suspects inside a hotel room and the victim positively identified the duo as the suspects who assaulted and robbed  her.
 
Both Norman Hutchinson and Ivan Moore were placed under arrest and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.  If anyone has additional information concerning this case they’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  All calls remain confidential and the callers identity will remain anonymous. RT




June 11, 2011

Metro Division hosts First Annual Youth Day

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, the communities of response area one of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Metro Division hosted their “First Annual Youth Day” in Greenville Park located  at 1330 Spring Street.
 
These communities included: Druid Hills, Graham Heights, Lockwood, Tryon Meadows, Dillehay Court, JT Williams, Park at Oaklawn, Greenville, JT Williams Middle School and Druid Hills Elementary.  A parade got the day kicked off, followed by motivational speakers and LIVE music.  The event was organized in an effort to expose young people to positive influences and lead them in a direction to keep them out of trouble. RT


June 11, 2011

South Division officers save elderly couple from CO poisoning
Three officers from the South Division responded to a call on Cypress Creek Lane this morning and saved the lives of an elderly couple.  The nurse who checks on the couple daily arrived this morning shortly after 7 a.m., and heard that the CO detector was activated.  When she ran inside to check on the welfare of the elderly couple, she saw that they were both unconscious.  The nurse then ran back outside and called 911.  South Division officers Hovis, Lineberger and Kierce responded to the scene within 2-3 minutes and entered the residence.  Officers Hovis and Kierce carried the elderly male from the bedroom, while Officer Lineberger carried out the female.  Once outside the residence, the Charlotte Fire Department arrived on scene and began emergency care.  The male was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in downtown Charlotte by Medic; his wife was transported to Presbyterian Hospital, where she remains in Intensive Care.  Her husband will be transported to Duke Medical Center for further treatment.
 
All three CMPD officers were transported to CMC for CO exposure.  Officers Hovis and Lineberger have since been released, while Officer Kierce remains hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery.  RF



June 8, 2011

River Gate Elementary School Graduation


                       Graduating Students from River Gate Elementary

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe called it “an honor” to address the fifth grade graduating class from River Gate Elementary School on Wednesday June 8, 2011. 

More than one hundred rising middle school students listened to encouraging words from CMPD’s Top Cop.  The Chief stressed the importance of persistence and education. 

Chief Monroe was also impressed with the “group’s energy and eagerness to learn.”  Expect this group to make some big contributions to society.  RT



June 6, 2011

June CMPD Officers of the Month


                                 Officers Ottelin and Bartsch

Officer Brandon Ottelin of the Steele Creek Division was acknowledged on Monday June 6, 2011, for his outstanding work. In a one month period, Officer Ottelin has participated in the arrests of eight suspects wanted for two separate armed robberies, two separate larceny from vehicle incidents and one larceny of a motor vehicle incident.  Officer Ottelin always does an outstanding job, but has performed over and above what is expected of him during this past month. 

In addition to this great work, he also plays on the CMPD Blue Hornets baseball team http://www.charlottebluehornets.com/ He has demonstrated all of the attributes one would expect to be a recipient of the Officer of the Month.

Officer Kirsten Bartsch
is assigned to the University City Division and played a critical role in apprehending two priority offender’s who were committing several  breaking and entering offenses.   It was due to the dedication, hard work, communication and team work between 3rd and 4th shifts and the instincts of Officer Kirsten Bartsch that these suspects were taken into custody . If they hadn’t been apprehended the suspects would have continued to victimize the community. 

Officer Bartsch continues to demonstrate a strong work ethic, excellent instincts when dealing with suspects, and leadership even as a young Officer with the CMPD. RT

June 6, 2011

CMPD's Civilian Employee of the Month of June


 

Ron Horton has a heavy workload given his demanding assignment in managing the Computer Technology Division, which he satisfies admirably.  Additionally, Ron is the heart and soul of the Bike to DC event http://bikewashington.org/ that he started 5 years ago. 

This year, Ron was integral in meshing the Charlotte’s Finest Legacy Foundation http://myvirtualtest.com/ with the Bike to DC event, which raised approximately $20,000 for the cause.  His organizational skills were phenomenal and ultimately he created an event that included 70 cyclists and 12 volunteers who will long have a memory to cherish.  Well done Ron!!  RT
 
 
June 3, 2011

Suspect in deadly uptown shooting turns himself in
Accompanied by family members, Antonio Thompkins turned himself in to detectives tonight at police headquarters at 6:00 p.m.  Once detectives with the Homicide Unit have finished the interview process, he will be transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where he will remain in their custody.  CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team had been looking for Mr. Thompkins since the murder warrant was obtained on June 1.  We would like to thank the members of the community who came forward with information regarding Mr. Thompkin’s possible whereabouts.   Please advise the public that this investigation remains active and the detectives would still like to talk to anyone who may have information that will aid this investigation.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Rainwater is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 
RF





June 3, 2011

Earlier this morning, CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and officers from the University City Division were able to locate and apprehend Martin Diamond. VCAT and University Division officers were able to locate Mr. Diamond based on a Crime Stoppers Tip. Once the information was verified, Mr. Diamond was apprehended without incident at 10004 Graduate Lane.
 
Mr. Diamond has been transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where he will remain in their custody.

RH


June 2, 2011



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June 2, 2011

District 4 Free Document Shredding and Safety Fair

WHO/WHAT:

Michael Barnes, Charlotte City Council District 4 representative, will host a document shredding and safety fair to provide citizens with the opportunity to properly destroy and dispose of sensitive information free of charge, as well as connect with members of the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) and the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (CABA) on fire prevention and bicycle safety, respectively.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 4, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill Parking Lot – University location
8760 J.M. Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

WHY:
To educate the community on crucial public safety issues to reduce the chances of citizens experiencing the loss of public and personal property and, most importantly, a loss of life.
Citizens should limit their material to three banker/printer boxes (about 17"l x 11"w x 10"h) of material so the shred vendor can accommodate everyone. The vendor, Shred-It, can shred compact discs, paper, file folders, staples and floppy disks. It is very important that people bring the material in bags, boxes or totes that are in good shape. Old boxes/trash bags can break easily. CFD will be distributing fire and/or carbon monoxide alarms while supplies last.

CONTACT:
Kim Pearson, Executive Assistant to the City Manager
(704) 336-2180 or kpearson@charlottenc.gov

RH



June 1, 2011

Right Moves for Youth Dave Scheppegrell Award winner announced
Please join us in congratulating Officer Chris Walters of the University City Division for his selection as this year's winner of the Right Moves for Youth Dave Scheppegrell Award.  Officer Walters serves as the School Resource Officer and the Right Moves for Youth group leader for Northridge Middle School. 
 
The Dave Scheppegrell award honors a CMPD Officer who has gone above and beyond in their effort to lead a successful Right Moves for Youth group.  Officer Walters has supported the boys and girls groups at Northridge Middle School and is an exemplary Right Moves for Youth Club Leader. 
 
The Right Moves for Youth club members at Northridge meet five days a week.  They have gone on numerous fieldtrips including visiting the jail and participating in the MLK Day Program at Queens University.  Officer Walters truly has gone above and beyond, even chaperoning a “Girls Night Out” at Elevation Church, one of Right Moves for Youth’s partner agencies.
 
We are proud of Officer Walters commitment and dedication to his students and Right Moves for Youth.
 
Please contact Captain Bannerman if you would like more information about the Right Moves for Youth organization and how you may become involved (cbannerman@cmpd.org and 704-432-2006) RF