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News for the Month of April 2011
April 29, 2011

Mecklenburg County Peace Officer's Memorial Motorcycle Ride
The ride will begin at 10:00 a.m., at the Charlotte Museum of History and end at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Family Day event at the University City YMCA.  The event is for law enforcement, fire fighters and medic only.  Participation is free of charge, but donations will be accepted with proceeds going to the family of Officer Fred Thornton.  On site registration will begin at 9:00 a.m., at the Charlotte Museum of History.  You can also register online at https://motorcycleride.questionpro.com  RF

CMPD Goes to Stoney Creek Elementary to Present Smokey, the Canine Unit's Newest Edition

Do the Right Thing (DTRT) recognizes CMS students each quarter for actions that demonstrate good character, sound moral and ethical behavior. DTRT brings CMPD, CFD, and CMS together to honor those winning students. Jalen Ferguson, a 5th grader at Stoney Creek Elementary School was honored today April 29, 2011 for his bravery. A synopsis is below:   
    “Jalen was home in bed asleep when he was awakened by someone knocking on the door. He looked out the window and saw a man outside his house that he did not know. He started down the stairs when he heard glass breaking. He ran back upstairs, woke his older brother, and told him that someone was breaking in. Jalen followed his brother’s instructions and hid under the covers until the burglar left the house. Jalen remained calm and was able to give the responding officers a good description of the criminal. When the suspect was apprehended by CMPD Officers, Jalen was able to positively identify the man.”

CMPD began to search for a potential name for the department’s new blood hound. The CMPD Canine Unit brought the blood hound to the school to introduce Smokey to the winning students and to recognize Jalen Ferguson. The school received a plaque to hang in the school.       
 
                    
Jalon receiving the award                 Smokey's Debut                             Smokey, her trainer, and the kids

RH


    

April 26, 2011

2011 Volunteer Banquet
The CMPD honored its volunteers with a banquet in which 75 volunteers received awards and South Division volunteer Larry Robinson received the coveted Volunteer of the Year Award for 2011.  A total of 13 volunteers were nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award.  A total of 75 Presidential Service Awards were given out as well.

The breakdown of that category is as follows:
1.      Silver – 250 to 499 hrs of Service in 2010                            51 Volunteers awarded
2.      Gold – 500+ hrs of Service in 2010                                      19 Volunteers Awarded
3.      Lifetime Achievement – 4,000 hrs or more since 2004         5 Volunteers Awarded
RF



April 25, 2011

CMS students honored during essay contest




 
Chief Monroe honored essay winners at a ceremony Monday, April 25, at the Charlotte Museum of History 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. “The Do the Write Thing Challenge” is part of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, that aims to reduce violence and its impacts in the lives of youth.

The primary initiative of the campaign is the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” Program. The challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives in classroom discussions and in written form by communicating what they have seen to be the causes of youth violence as well as solutions to help decrease the violence in their communities.

RT
 




April 21, 2011


Right Moves for Youth is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Twilight 5K Road Race and Walk presented by CPI Security! Please come out to support Right Moves for Youth by running or walking in the RMFY 15th Annual Twilight 5K!  This is the agency’s biggest overall fundraising event each year.

Race Date:  Friday, May 13, 2011
Time: On-site registration and chip pick-up is 5:30PM - 6:30PM
5K run/walk begins at 7:00PM (Registration on race day is $30)
Kids’ Fun Run with Mascots begins at 8:00PM
Location:  Wachovia Atrium and Plaza, 301 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
Team Registrations:  Due by Wednesday, April 27, 2011
For More Information:  (704) 377-4425 ext. 103 (Shannon Hames, RMFY Development Director)
RH


April 20, 2011

Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Games Start Next Week

Kick off for our local Mecklenburg County Special Olympics athletes next Tuesday morning, April 26th at the Bojangles Arena on Independence Boulevard.  Come out at 10:00am to enjoy the ceremony and celebration that includes the lighting of the torch and caldron as well as some dancing and camaraderie.  On Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and April 28; Track and Field events will take place at Charlotte Country Day School at Fairview and Carmel Roads starting each morning at 9:00am.  Swimming events will be held at the Uptown Aquatic Center on Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 10:00am.  Volunteers are always welcome. Enthusiastic cheerleaders are too.
RH


April 20, 2011


RH



April 20, 2011

Three arrested in murder on Woodstone Drive
Detectives with the Homicide Unit signed warrants on three suspects last night charging them with the robbery and murder of Mr. Wallace.  All three suspects were taken into custody without incident late last night by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.  The following three suspects have been charged with Murder, Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery:
Ngai Yarre Sutton, DOB: 07/07/1973
Robert Lee McPhail, DOB: 09/02/1972
Damon Kenneth Grimes, DOB: 12/13/1973
 
The incident occurred at the residence of Mr. Grimes, where he along with Mr. McPhail and Mr. Sutton conspired to rob Mr. Wallace during a transaction to purchase a large quantity of marijuana.  Mr. Wallace was shot during the robbery and succumbed to his injuries hours later at CMC.  This incident was not a random act of violence, as Mr. Wallace and Mr. Grimes were known associates.  This incident remains under active investigation and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Ward is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  RF


April 19, 2011
Local Law Enforcement Agencies Prep for the Bicycle Ride to DC

On Tuesday May 10, 2011, members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, and law enforcement officers from other agencies in Mecklenburg County and beyond will embark on a four day bicycle ride from Charlotte to the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington DC. The 420+ mile trek has become a local tradition in law enforcement to honor the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty.

In the early morning hours of April 1, 2007, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark were killed protecting the community.  When Officers Clark and Shelton were killed, there were funerals and grieving and collections of funds to benefit the families of those officers. Yet, some people in the law enforcement community still wanted to do more. They wanted to do something physical in their honor – something they could do to honor Officers Shelton and Clark.

So on May 9, 2007, four cyclists from CMPD, Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, and Charlotte Airport Police got on bicycles and headed out from the CMPD Headquarters to make the four day journey.  Four years later and the event has become a tremendous draw, attracting riders from Law Enforcement agencies as far away as New Jersey.  This year seventy riders are expected to participate in the ride; the tragic loss of Officer Fred Thornton this past February 25 has given a renewed sense of purpose to every cyclist.

For additional information on the ride and how the public could get involved, please visit their website at www.biketodc.com. RH 


April 17, 2011

Charlotte Cobras move to 2-1 as they jump out to an early lead 
This past weekend, the Cobras traveled to Roanoke, Virginia to take on the Roanoke Rampage and rolled to a 49 – 0 victory.  The Cobras opened the season in Atlanta on March 19th with a 42 – 13 victory over the Atlanta Defenders. The Cobras traveled to Los Angeles for their second game and fell short to the seasoned LAPD Centurions 26 – 20. 
 
There are two games left in our regular season and they will both be played at Hough High School in Cornelius. Both games will kickoff at 1pm. Admission will be $5 for adults and children 12 and under enter for free. All proceeds from tickets and concessions sales will be donated to April Five and public safety professionals who are in need. Stay tuned for ticket information and we look forward to seeing you there.
 
South Carolina Commanders vs. Charlotte Cobras
Saturday, May 14th
1pm
12420 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
Admission $5
 
Columbus Marauders vs. Charlotte Cobras
Saturday, May 28th
1pm
12420 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
Admission $5
 
The Charlotte Cobras are a semi-professional football team comprised of public safety professionals. The Cobras compete in the National Public Safety Football League to raise money for charity. The Charlotte Cobras have donated approximately $15,000 to charity since their inaugural season in 2006. To learn more about the Charlotte Cobras please visit their website at:
 
www.charlottecobrasfootball.org
 
You can also visit the league’s website at www.npsfl.com
RF




April 16, 2011
DWI Checking Station Information
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, along with the NC SHP, Cornelius PD, Pineville PD and Mint Hill PD conducted a DWI checking station in the 10200 block of South Tryon Street, from 11 p.m., on Thursday until 3 a.m. on Friday morning.

Here are results from checking station:
DWI Charges: 9
DWLR: 5
No Operator's License: 20
Open Container: 5
Other citations (tags, insurance, etc...): 32
Drug charges: 2
 
Total arrests: 13  (9 DWI, 3 DWLR, 1 resist, obstruct and delay)
Total charges: 73 
RF





April 15, 2011

DWI Checking Station Information
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, along with other Mecklenburg County LE agencies conducted a DWI checking station in the 6100 block of Brookshire Boulevard, from 11 p.m., on Thursday until 3 a.m. on Friday morning.    
 
Here are results from checking station:
DWI Charges: 11
DWLR: 17
No Operator's License: 26
Open Container: 1
Other citations (tags, insurance, etc...): 30
Violation of .00 alcohol restriction: 1
Felony possession of Schedule IV drugs: 1
Warrants: 1
 
Total arrests: 16  (11 DWI, 4 DWLR, 1 warrant)
Total charges: 87 
RF




April 13, 2011

Blake Helms named as the CMPD Telecommunicator of the year for 2011
Blake Helms has been with the Communications Unit since May 11, 2009.  Though his time as a Telecommunicator has been short he has made great strides that usually take many years to accomplish. 
Blake’s consistent positive attitude is “contagious” and immediately improves the environment and morale within the Communications center.  Blake’s dedication to the job is not only evident by his hard work but also by his attendance record with only one sick day used in the entire year.  Blake works one of the busiest police channels in Communications. He is well liked and respected by his supervisors, co-workers and the patrol personnel on his assigned channel. Blake volunteers to work any channel and is always willing to complete any task given by his supervisors.  RF






April 7, 2011

Home B&E suspects arrested

 
               Julian Gill                                 Eric Purnell Hill
 
North Tryon Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Julian Gill, DOB: 12/13/1990 and Eric Purnell Hill, DOB: 12/29/1991.  On March 29, 2011, officers responded to a breaking and entering call in progress at a home in the 6600 block of Water Mill Court.
 
A citizen called 911 to report seeing a vehicle backed into his neighbor’s driveway and two suspects who appeared to be attempting to break in.  The caller gave the dispatcher a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle and direction of travel.  A short time later an officer located the vehicle and the suspects on McBride Street.  The witness was transported to McBride Street for a show up where he positively identified Gill and Hill as the men he witnessed breaking into the home.  Both men have been charged with Breaking and Entering with Force. 
 
This case exemplifies community involvement.  The CMPD continues to urge the public to get involved and call 911 when they see or hear anything suspicious.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case or any other cases may forward anonymous tips to our Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/  RT



April  7, 2011


University City armed robbery arrests

 
        Danny Ray Little                              Nathaniel Allen
 
 
University City Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Danny Ray Little, DOB: 04/19/1990 and Nathaniel  Allen, DOB: 04/28/1990.  On Friday, April 1, 2011, officers responded to an armed robbery call in the 9500 block of University Terrace Drive. 
 
The victim called 911 and stated he was just robbed by two men at gunpoint and that the suspects were attempting to leave in a gray Pontiac Grand Am.  When officers arrived they observed the vehicle attempting to turn around in the parking lot, officers stopped the vehicle and detained the occupants.   The victim was transported  to the scene for a show up and positively identified Little and Allen as the suspects who robbed him earlier.  While searching one of the suspects officers recovered the victims car keys, which were stolen during the commission of the robbery. 
 
Both suspects have been charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case or any other cases may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or  http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/  RT



April 7, 2011

B&E suspect nabbed in Independence Division


   Anthony Quashawn Walker

Independence Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Anthony Quashawn Walker, DOB: 08/26/1992.  On April 1, 2011, at approximately 1:30 p.m. officers responded to a breaking and entering call at a home in the 8400 block of Big Creek Court. 
 
When officers arrived they observed the rear door of the residence was forced open and Walker  running away from the rear of the home.  Walker was apprehended a short time later. Mr. Walker was on electronic monitoring for unrelated  property crimes at the time of the April 1st  breaking and entering incident.   
 
Mr. Walker has been charged with Breaking and Entering with Force and Larceny.  Anyone with additional information on this case or any other cases may forward anonymous tips to our Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or  http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/  RT



April 7, 2011

Robbery Suspects Arrested

   
          Todd Snow                         Rashad Rose

Eastway Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Todd Snow, DOB: 10/30/1990 and Rashad Rose, DOB: 11/14/1994.  On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at approximately 9:30 p.m. officers responded to an armed robbery call that occurred in the 3600 block of North Sharon Amity Road. 
 
The victim stated he was walking  home from the store when he was approached by the suspect who displayed a handgun and demanded his property.  The victim complied and observed the suspect run and get into a dark colored vehicle occupied by another male who was in the driver’s seat.  The victim gave a detailed description of the vehicle and suspects to officers.  A short time later, officers located the vehicle on Spanish Quarter Circle.  The victim responded to the scene for a show up and positively identified the two men as the individuals involved in the robbery. 
 
Both Snow and Rose have been charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case or any other cases may forward anonymous tips to our Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/  RT


 April 6, 2011

Arrests made in double homicide in Metro Division from March 21, 2011
Earlier this evening, Detectives with the CMPDs Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), with the assistance of the FBI, ICE and local and state authorities in Shorter Alabama, arrested two subjects charged with the murders of Omar Mendez De La Cruz, DOB: 7-31-92 and Luis Alberto Aguilar-Amezcua, DOB: 4-10-90.  CMPD Homicide Unit Detectives recently obtained warrants charging Luis Mendez, DOB: 10/03/1987, and Ismael Mendoza, DOB: 8/26/1984, with the murders of Mr. De La Cruz and Mr. Aguilar-Amezcua.  Detectives with VCAT landed in Alabama today at 2 p.m. east coast time, and by 6 p.m., both suspects were in custody, arrested without incident at a local hotel.  Shortly after VCAT Detectives were notified that warrants had been obtained they developed information that Luis Mendez was in the Shorter, Alabama area.  VCAT Detectives then flew to Alabama and coordinated with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to bring the pair into custody.  A detective with the North Carolina SBI assisted in the investigation as well.
 
Both suspects are being held in the Montgomery City Jail, awaiting a court date and extradition proceedings.  Detectives with the CMPD Homicide Unit will fly to Alabama early tomorrow morning to continue their investigation.  A special thanks goes out to Independence Division Officer Danny Hernandez, who used his relationship with Charlotte’s Hispanic community to request any information that would assist detectives with the investigation.  Information from a caller who was listening to Officer Hernandez on the radio proved crucial to the resolution of this case.  This case remains an active investigation and we continue to urge anyone with information to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Manassah is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  RF




April 1, 2011
 
Towing Ordinance Amended
The new towing ordinance has been amended. The changes to the ordinance can viewed in the attached pdf.