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News for the Month of August 2011
August 26, 2011

Development in the theft of CMUD Water Meters
On August 16, 2011, representatives from CMUD notified CMPD that they were having an issue with water meters being stolen in the Metro and Eastway Divisions.  Metro officers quickly gathered information from talking to Scrap Yard representatives that operated in the Metro Division and community members where the thefts were occurring.
 
Based on this information officers identified two individuals that were possibly involved in the theft of the water meters.  Metro officers and members of the CMPD POST Unit initiated an investigation focusing on Paul Littlejohn and Pater Payne.  During surveillance officers observed both subjects discarding conduit in the woods near the home of Mr. Payne’s daughter.  Pieces of multiple stolen CMUD water meters were also recovered during this investigation.  Both Mr. Littlejohn and Mr. Payne were arrested and have been charged with the following offenses.  This investigation is ongoing and we request that anyone who has information regarding the theft of stolen CMUD water meters call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  RF
 
Paul Littlejohn:
Open Container Ordinance
Littering 15 – 500lbs
Possession of stolen goods
 
Pater Payne:
Possession of cocaine
Possession of stolen goods
Littering 15-500 lbs 




August 26, 2011

Arrest made in 2006 Homicide
On August 23, 2011, Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit and Susanville, California Police Department arrested Danuel Shauntel Smith, DOB: 06/25/1978, for the murder of Ronal Bonilla-Bustillo, DOB: 01/13/1975.  Mr. Smith is currently in custody in Lesson County, California, awaiting extradition to Charlotte.   
 
On November 17, 2006, at 2:01 am, officers responded to a call for service in the 4800 Block of Henderson Circle reference a subject shot.  Upon arrival, officers located Mr. Ronal Bonilla-Bustillo in the street suffering from several gunshot wounds.  Mr. Bonilla-Bustillo was transported to the hospital where he later died.   The investigation determined that Mr. Bonilla-Bustillo arrived in Charlotte by bus on November 17, 2006.  Detectives were unable to determine why Mr. Bonilla-Bustillo came to Charlotte.  Mr. Smith was identified as a suspect after a review of DNA evidence found at the scene.  Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steve Furr at 704-336-7689. 
 
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Cold Case unit was formed in 2003, and this case is the 31st case cleared since the unit was formed.  For additional information, please reference CMPD complaint number 2006-1117-020101.  RF




Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Eastway Division officers were working when they were dispatched to a breaking/entering call for service. The complainant advised there were 3 black males seen entering the rear of a residence and leaving with items from the home. Officer quickly converged on the location and were able to locate all three suspects, without incident, and recover all of the items taken from the residence.




Laverne Johnson             Jamal Johnson          Zerrell Fuentes   


RH



Explorers Program Informational Session
On Monday, August 29, 2011, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will welcome young adults interested in becoming a new member to the department’s Explorers program.  The Police Exploring program introduces students to the world of law enforcement at the local, state, and national levels. Explorers are trained in several aspects of police work and have the opportunities to compete with other posts in state, region, and national conferences.  
 
This meeting is for young adults ages 14 to 20 and are at least in  the 9th grade who are considering a career in law enforcement.  Exploring allows the students to see firsthand what a career in police work is all about.  Explorers will get the chance to do ride a longs, receive training and take part in various activities that support the community and the CMPD.  

The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at the Police Training Academy located at 1770 Shopton Road.  The CMPD will present several displays which  include SWAT, K-9, Aviation, the Bomb Squad. The Explorers interest meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m.  For additional information please contact Officer Tom Allen at 704-301-8931 tallen1@cmpd.org





August 18, 2011
Citizens Academy and Community Education Workshops
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for fall 2011 workshops which begin on September 13, 2011.  Workshops are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings either at CMPD Headquarters 601 East Trade Street or the Training Academy located at 1770 Shopton Road, from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.  Last year the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Training Academy redesigned our Citizens Academy Program to include Community Education Workshops.
 
Community Education Workshops
 
We are offering many of the Citizens Academy classes as Community Education Workshops which are open to Mecklenburg County Residents 18 years or older upon registration.  During the Community Education Workshops you will learn about the police department’s history, our mission, recruitment process, training of recruits and officers, crime prevention techniques you can use, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, gangs, volunteer opportunities and our community policing philosophy.  You will participate in open discussions designed to foster an understanding of how the CMPD works with the community and for the community.  You do not have to complete an application however registration for each workshop is required.
 
Citizens Academy Program
 
All residents of Mecklenburg County 18 years and older are encouraged to apply for the Citizens Academy Program. Efforts are made to include members of the business and religious community, as well as, local community leaders, elected officials and media representatives.  Each applicant is subject to a general background check. After approval of your application to the Citizens Academy Program, you will be able attend Citizens Academy Only Workshops, which include practical exercises and demonstrations that will enhance your understanding of police operations.  Maximum enrollment is 40 per workshop/class. 
 
For more information about application to the Citizens Academy Program and registration for the Community Education Workshops please complete the online forms at www.cmpd.org (Look for Citizens Academy under quick links) or call 704-432-1655.  RF



August 15, 2011

Detectives make an arrest in Sex Assault case
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Sexual Assault Unit are conducting an investigation into a sexual assault which took place at the Motel 6, located at 131 Red Roof Drive in the Steele Creek Division.  The call for service was reported at 11:31 a.m., on Monday, August 15, 2011. 
 
Steele Creek Division officers responded to the Motel 6 to investigate the report of a rape.  The incident was reported by the motel manager.  When officers arrived on scene, they were taken to a room inside the motel where they met the victim.  Medic was called to the scene and the victim was transported to Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.  The suspect fled the motel in a Ford Mustang, which Steel Creek Division officers located a short distance from the scene.  The suspect, Damon Vernard Simpson, DOB: 01/30/1974, was taken into custody and has been charged with the following offenses:
2nd Degree Rape (two counts)
1st Degree Kidnapping
Assault by Strangulation
Assault on a Female
 
ADW/Law Enforcement Officer
Reckless Driving
Felony Flee to Elude Arrest
Resist Public Officer
Speeding
Open Container
Injury to Real Property
 
Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  
 
Detective Banner is the lead detective assigned to the case.  If you have information regarding this incident please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  For additional information, reference CMPD complaint number 2011-0815-113101.  RF
 




August 3, 2011

Chief Monroe visits Freedom School


Chief Monroe speaks to a room full of future leaders

Chief Monroe spent the morning with dozens of eyed children who attend the Freedom School Partners summer program.  Freedom School Partners is dedicated to serving at-risk students and families living in poverty in Charlotte. Their mission is to engage, educate and empower children to succeed in school and in life through quality, year-round educational enrichment programs.  

 They work with community partners, offering Children Defense Fund's Freedom Schools® programs in the summer and afterschool, to improve academic achievement, reduce dropout rates, and inspire the love of reading.  Chief Monroe had a conversation with the children about leadership and the importance of education. 

For additional information on Freedom School Partners and how you can help please visit their website at http://www.freedomschoolpartners.org/ RT


August 2, 2011

CMPD and Community get together for NNO 2011


Officer Ken Schul attends Hidden Valley event

As part of the nation-wide National Night Out celebration, the CMPD participated in dozens of events this year. National Night Out is an event that brings together communities and Police Departments across the country in an effort to improve relationships and to let criminals know they are not welcome.

2011 boasted large turnouts across the city.  Each community had a little something different to offer during this year's event, but their message of unity was heard loud and clear. RT



August 2, 2011

Police smoke firefighters in Chief's Cup matchup



Chief Rodney Monroe and the Blue Hornets celebrate the victory

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Blue Hornets baseball club won the inaugural Chiefs Cup on Saturday at Ardrey Kell High School.  Both teams battled very good pitching and the heat, but in the end the Blue Hornets blew it open with a 13-1 victory. 

More importantly, the club was able to raise $1688.00 that was generously provided by the 200 fans who attended.  We will split this with the CFD.  Our proceeds will be given to Officers Brian Lambe and J.D. Guard who were both recently injured in the line of duty. 

To for more information on Blue Hornets baseball please visit their website at http://www.charlottebluehornets.com/    RT



August 2, 2011

CMPD August Officers of the Month

    
         Officer Jared Porter   
                         
The N. Tryon St Corridor, including the Uptown Men’s Shelter and Urban Ministries, had been plagued with drug distribution and usage for years. The area had been littered with trash from drug usage and alcohol consumption and many surrounding businesses have had false hope for improvement due to the declining properties surrounding the area. This had resulted in properties becoming overgrown with vegetation furthering the drug haven in the area. In an effort to target drug usage Metro Division Officers Jared Porter and his partner Kelly Murphy decided to initiate a buy/bust campaign targeting street level drugs in the open air market surrounding the Men’s Shelter and the Soup Kitchen.
 
Porter helped launch an operation that enabled the department to get indictments on 19 suspects in the corridor who were operating this open air drug market.  The cases included 146 felony charges and 44 misdemeanor charges. After the DA’s Office reviewed the cases, 89 felony charges and 4 misdemeanor charges were accepted, indicting 19 total suspects.  Are residents and business owners say they already see a difference in the quality of life in the corridor as a result of the operation. RT


 
 
         Officer Bob Yanacsek


Providence Division Officer Yanacsek was instrumental in the arrests of several suspects this summer.  In June Officer Yanacsek responded to a report of a B&E of a storage building at 4929 Monroe Rd. Officer Yanacsek located a suspect in the area who was positively identified and arrested. 
 
On a separate occasion Officer Yanacsek responded to a residential B&E in progress on Nancy Dr.  Officers observed a suspect come out of a rear bedroom window and run from the scene.  Several officers chased the suspect on foot and Officer Yanacsek used his vehicle to cut off the suspect’s escape route.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  
 
On July 6, Officer Yanacsek located a suspect who had just committed a common law robbery at a Mental Health facility on Billingsley Rd.  The suspect had been a patient of the facility and he was being held on an involuntary commitment order.  The suspect assaulted a nurse and stole her ID and access card in order to escape from the secured facility.  Officer Yanacsek spotted the suspect in the area and took him into custody without incident.  The suspect was returned to Mental Health and he was subsequently charged with common law robbery. 
 
Officer Yanacsek's work ethic and can do attitude has helped to maintain a high level of morale in the Providence division.  He shows great leadership qualities.  RT



August 1, 2011
Robbery suspect apprehended in Eastway Division

On July 26, 2011 Eastway Division Focused Mission Team (FMT) Officers apprehended and arrested Gregory Jeter Brewton, B/M, DOB: 10/23/1981 for 2 counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, Larceny of Firearm, and Possession of Stolen Firearm and Possession of Firearm by Felon.

 

Eastway’s FMT members were conducting routine patrol when they came upon two subjects running from a vehicle. Upon further investigation, Mr. Brewton was seen getting out of the vehicle as well. The previous subjects advised officers they were just robbed by Mr. Brewton. All three subjects were taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning and Mr. Brewton was charged and taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where he will remain in their custody.

Great job goes out to the Eastway Division’s FMT’s for their diligence in the apprehension of criminals and making the streets of Charlotte safer. RH

August 1, 2011: 
2011 Justice Assistance Grant

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice under its Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.  The funds are to be used for improvements to law enforcement and correctional agencies.  The grant is for $714,123; the City of Charlotte’s share is $535,592.
 
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department plans to spend the City funds as follows:

  • $400,903 for overtime for officers to address emerging crime trends and enablers of crime at the neighborhood level    
       
  • $123,329 for equipment for the thirteen patrol division offices
  • $11,360 for police officer participation in youth programs at the neighborhood level.

The Justice Department requires a 30-day public comment period on the expenditure of JAG funds.  Please direct any questions or comments on Charlotte’s proposed spending plan to Darrellyn Kiser at 704-336-7736 or dkiser@cmpd.org