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News for the Month of October 2011
October 31, 2011
The goal of the Police Activities League is to provide educational, programmatic, and structured support to youth housed within underserved communities, while aiding them in improving their decision-making skills and preparing them for a successful future, thus enhancing the quality of their lives and allowing them to make positive contributions to society.

By doing so, the Midget Team and the Junior Midget teams won their Championship games and brought home trophies. The Cheer Squad will be heading to regionals in Raleigh NC over Thanksgiving Weekend.



Murder suspect arrested in Poughkeepsie, NY
James Farris Hodges, DOB: 08/15/1983, wanted for the murder of Brooks Deangelo Crist on August 7, 2010, was arrested over the weekend by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Mr. Hodges is currently in the custody of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, where he will remain pending an extradition hearing.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective B. Fitch is the lead detective assigned to the case.   RF

October 30, 2011
Arrest made in traffic fatality
On October 30, 2011 at 1:00 a.m., Autumn Lynn Soyka was attempting to cross the 1900 block of E. 7th Street, when she was struck by the left front bumper of a 2004 Cadillac CTS being driven by Stephen Watts.  The collision occurred in the inbound right lane of E. 7th Street.  Ms. Soyka was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision due to injuries sustained during the crash.
Mr. Watts stopped and remained at the scene of the collision until police arrived.  Field sobriety tests indicated Mr. Watts was impaired and he was placed under arrest and charged with DWI, Involuntary Manslaughter and License Restriction Violation
The CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit responded to the scene and conducted the investigation.  Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Detective Sammis (704-336-8862), who is leading the investigation.  RF

October 29, 2011
Operation medicine Drop Results
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department conducted their 7th “Operation Medicine Drop” today.  The initiative is a program for citizens to turn in their unused/expired medication to four designated sites in Mecklenburg County.  As a result, the locations collected a total of 48,144 dosage units weighing at total of 100.6 lbs.  All of the medications collected were turned into CMPD Property Control for immediate and proper disposal.  RF
Participating Parties:   Harris Teeter Stores
                                    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)    
                                    Poison Control Center
                                    Levine Children’s Hospital
                                    Safe Kids
                                    Yadkin River Keeper
                                    The Child Fatality Prevention Team (CPT)

October 29, 2011
“Steps for Change” First Annual Domestic Violence Awareness March
The CMPD Domestic Violence Unit , the Charlotte School of Law, and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office hosted a Domestic Violence  awareness event today at Myers Park High School, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  

The first walk was a success and we look forward to increased numbers of participants next year.  The average battered woman leaves 7-8 times before permanently leaving a relationship involving domestic violence.  Thanks to all the supporters who helped us to raise awareness about this statistic and find out why women stay.   RF

October 28, 2011

CMPD along with other agencies in Mecklenburg County conducted a DWI checking station on Providence Road in the South Division.  
This checking station was being held in conjunction with the GHSP (Governor’s Highway Safety Program) Halloween Booze it and Lose it Campaign which started October 26, 2011 and runs through Sunday night ,October 30th at Midnight.

DWI charges -   6
Possession of alcohol underage-  2

DWLR-    3

NOL-     3

Open Container-   1

Drug Charges-    3

Other citations-   18

Total charges-    36
Total arrests made-   6 for DWI with other charges

agencies that participated:
Meck County ABC Law Enforcement


October 26, 2011

CMPD’s newest member has arrived, so please make welcome “Blue”.  Blue will be out and about around town this week, starting tonight at 5:30pm at the “Do the Right Thing” ceremony being held at Bank of America Stadium in the club level ballroom area.  On Sunday October 30th Blue will be an honorary official for the Mascot Bowl, which is being held during halftime of the Panthers-Vikings game at Bank of America stadium.  So come out and see him in action, he thrives on the attention! 


October 25, 2011


The Annual Awards Ceremony was held at Panther Stadium on Tues, October 25, 2011 for those students that have made right decisions and continue to be an inspiration to all. Mascots Blaze and Blue and some of the Carolina Panthers were on scene to congratulate the recipients as well.

For more information, please go to



October 25, 2011

On October 25, 2011, Eastway Division Officers White and Jones were dispatched to a convenience store along Eastway Drive in refere to an elderly woman who appeared stranded and disoriented. The two officers located the woman, who was from Greenville, SC. While speaking with the elderly woman, officers were able to determine that she intended to leave home and go to her local dentist office. However, she could not explain how she wound up in Charlotte and did not understand where she was. Officer were able to make successful communication with the woman's adult son who promptly left Greenville and responded to Charlotte.

The officers further learned that she had not eaten all day and took her to a local restaurant and purchased a meal for her while she waited for her son's arrival. Mobile Crisis was dispatched as well to assist with the elderly woman. Both Officers White and Jones are commended for their decency and willingness to protect and provide for a helpless visitor to the City of Charlotte.  Both officers represented themselves, the Eastway Division and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in an outstanding manner.


October 24, 2011


Poisoning from prescription medication is one of the leading causes of death nationwide. Help protect your family and the environment. Bring your unused or expired prescription medications to Operation Medicine Drop where law
enforcement will dispose of them properly

October 22nd 10am–2pm
Northcross Shopping Center
9759 Sam Furr Rd Huntersville
Sponsored by:Huntersville Police Dept.

Oct. 29th 9am–1pm
9202 Lawyers Rd
Sponsored by the Mint Hill Police Dept

October 29th 10am–2pm                                       October 29th 10am–2pm
Stonecrest Shopping Center
                                  Stumptown Park
7852 Rea Rd Charlotte                                           120 S. Trade Street, Matthews
Sponsored by:Alcohol Beverage Control Law         Sponsored by: Matthews Police Dept.

October 29th 10am–2pm
Sponsored by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept.
University City
8600 University City Blvd, Charlotte

6701 Morrison Blvd

Steele Croft
13000 South Tryon St Charlotte

Highland Creek
5810 Prosperity Church Rd

* All locations are in front of Harris Teeter except the Mint Hill location

October 21, 2011
Arrest made in ADW on CMPD Officer
Homicide Unit Detectives signed warrants on Ivory Chappell, DOB: 05/23/1983, for ADW on a Law Enforcement Officer and Felony Hit and Run.  Mr. Chappell struck CMPD Officer Chris Kunz with a Dodge Charger late on October 20, 2011, and then fled the scene.  The CMPD Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) began tracking Mr. Chappell and quickly determined that he was in Georgia, east of Atlanta.  VCAT contacted the FBI Task Force in Atlanta request their assistance.  Mr. Chappell was arrested at 4940 Tadmore Lane, Lithonia GA, by the DeKalb County Police Department.  The Georgia State Patrol assisted with the investigation as well.  Mr. Chappell will be housed at the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office until he clears extradition.  The Dodge Charger was recovered and will be towed to Charlotte for processing.  Mr. Chappell had an outstanding OFA (Order for Arrest) out of North Carolina at the time he fled the scene.
Officer Kunz was released from CMC earlier this morning.  He does not have any broken bones in his arms or legs, but may have broken ribs.  He will see a doctor today to follow up on treatment for soreness and bruising to his chest area.

Officer Charles Adkins is the officer who fired the shots at Mr. Chappell as he fled the scene last night.  He has been employed with the CMPD since January 22, 2007, and is currently assigned to the Westover Division as a patrol officer.  He has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation into the incident.  RF

October 19, 2011
Make-A-Wish® Raffle Ride set for October 29, 2011
The Make A Wish Raffle Ride is a charity event whose purpose is to generate money for the Make-A-Wish kids who are terminally ill and very sick. The money that is generated will give a child or children an opportunity to have their wish granted.
On October 29, 2011 at the Harley Davidson of Charlotte we will begin our third annual Make A Wish Raffle Ride. This year it will consist of three motorcycle stops.  Cars are also welcome. The ride begins at Harley Davidson of Charlotte, stopping at Frye’s Gym, then on to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Academy and concluding at McKoy’s restaurant, where the raffle will take place.   
The ride will be led by CMPD Officer Barry Williams, who is honoring his son who passed away after a two year battle with brain cancer.  Officer Williams sees this as an opportunity to give back and help others that are experiencing tough challenges.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation focuses on the child and seeks to bring them joy.   His goal is to help bring awareness to the needs out there and to show support for the organization by keeping it relevant and on the forefront of people’s minds, especially in a time when giving in any capacity might be a struggle.  RF

October 13, 2011
“Steps for Change” First Annual Domestic Violence Awareness March
The CMPD Domestic Violence Unit , the Charlotte School of Law, and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office will be hosting a DV awareness event Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The location for this event will be at the track field at Myers Park High School. 
We would like to see high numbers of attendance for this free family event. Therefore, please pass this flyer along to all and everyone, especially if you have a point-of-contact to any of the local colleges or universities.  The average battered woman leaves 7-8 times before permanently leaving a relationship involving domestic violence.  Join us for 8 laps around the track to raise awareness about this statistic and find out why women stay.   RF

October 13, 2011


October 5, 2011
K-9 Unit and Dogtopia of Charlotte
The CMPD K-9 Unit, today issued a plaque to Nicole Pennell, owner of Dogtopia of Charlotte, located at 616 Springbrook Road.  During a July fundraising event for the K-9 Unit, Dogtopia raised over $3,000, for the Unit to be used to help acquire special training devices that the unit otherwise would not be able to purchase.  K-9 handler, Officer Matt Yoder can be seen here with his dog Jacks doing a demonstration for the cameras of News 14.
The CMPD would like to thank Nicole and the staff at Dogtopia of Charlotte for their time and efforts in support of our K-9 Unit!  RF

October 4, 2011

Chief Monroe speaks with local Dads

Chief Monroe attended Smithfield Elementary School's Dads @ Smithfield breakfast early Tuesday morning.  CMPD's top cop talked about leadership and just how critical of a role fathers play in their children’s lives.  The event was well attended as the Chief played to a packed room.  RT

October 3, 2011

CMPD's Civilian Employee of the Month

Sharon Ensley CMPD's October Civilian Employee of the Month

Sharon Ensley works as a Property and Evidence Technician with the CMPD.  Several weeks ago Sharon was manning the property window and recognized an individual who was wanted on B&E warrants and had come into Police Headquarters.  Sharon stalled the wanted individual and called for an officer who took the wanted suspect into custody without incident.  Her attentiveness has deservedly earned her Civilian Employee of the Month.  RT

October 3, 2011

CMPD's October Officers of the Month

                Officer Cheng Kwo                                           Officer Jonathan Brito

Freedom Division Officer Cheng Kwo has worked this area since July of 2005, and over the last year has begun demonstrating leadership qualities that have made him an exceptional asset to the Division.
He has become a consistently productive officer and over the summer, when the Division knew they would be faced with strong challenges in maintaining our crime reductions with school out of session, Officer Kwo utilized his training and aptitude in traffic enforcement to focus on key target locations in his response area as a way to ensure a presence there, identify potential offenders and prevent possible criminal activity.  In addition, he has sought out opportunities to engage in a greater problem-solving role in his response area, volunteering to work directly with response area coordinators on multiple projects and volunteering for a specialized assignment to allow more direct action on specific problems.

Independence Division Officer Jonathan Brito has received several recent positive comments concerning his professionalism and work ethic from members the department and the community  He is to be commended for his observations, proactive policing, selfless acts and thorough police work.  For these actions and Officer Brito’s everyday actions Officer Brito has been awarded Officer of the Month for October 2011. RT