CMPD Updates Information on Independence Division Triple Murder

Tue, March 30, 2010 5:33:04 PM

Case Update:

The Medical Examiners Office has determined the cause of death to each victim in the homicide investigation in the Independence Division which occurred on March 29, 2010:

 Nateesha Ward Chapman (wife), DOB: 12/20/1975 – suffocation

Na’Jhae Parker (daughter) DOB: 12/10/1996 – stab wounds

Nakyiah Jael Chapman (daughter) DOB: 02/27/2009 – suffocation

 The Medical Examiners Office has determined that the only person who suffered gunshot wounds was the suspect, Mr. Kenneth Jermaine Chapman; his injury was self-inflicted.

Published in: on March 31, 2010 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Issues Traffic Advisory For Independence Blvd. & Monroe Road For Tuesday March 31, 2010

From: www.crimeincharlotte.com

Traffic Advisory for March 31, 2010

This is just a reminder that Wednesday, March 31, 2010 we are expecting over 8000 patrons for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at Bojangles Coliseum. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

 Traffic to the Coliseum for the event will impact rush hour traffic on both Independence Boulevard and Monroe Road . The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will be utilizing traffic control signs along Independence Boulevard as well as the assistance of Secondary Employment to bring traffic in at the lower side of the Park, formally known as, The Merchandise Mart on the Chantilly Elementary School side, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  We are also utilizing The Park’s 6 acre lot, all nearby hotels and parking deck, and on street parking which will be at maximum capacity.

 Ofc. R.D. Harrington

Public Affairs Officer

601 East Trade Street

Charlotte NC 28202

Office: 704-336-2338

Mobile: 980-225-4050

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm  Comments (1)  

CMPD Issues Update on Independence Division Triple Murder

From: www.crimeincharlotte.com

Case Update: Tuesday, March, 30, 2010 10:08 a.m.

 The victims have been identified as Nateesha Ward Chapman (wife), B/F, DOB: 12/20/1975, Nakyiah Jael Chapman (daughter), B/F, DOB: 02/27/2009, and Na’Jhae Parker (daughter), B/F, DOB: 12/10/1996.  The suspect in this case has been identified as Kenneth Jermaine Chapman (father), B/M, 12/23/1976.

 The manners of deaths are three homicides and a suicide. The cause of death has yet to be established in reference to the homicides. The male suffered from a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office will make the determination upon the conclusion of their investigation.

Ofc. R.D. Harrington

Public Affairs Officer

601 East Trade Street

Charlotte NC 28202

Office: 704-336-2338

Mobile: 980-225-4050

rharrington2@cmpd.org

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Investigating Independence Division Triple Murder

From www.crimeincharlotte.com

Tue, March 30, 2010 10:07:53 AM

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit and ADW Unit Detectives are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three people found deceased at 6930 Providence Square Drive, Apartment 179 .  The call for service came in at 11:13 p.m., on Monday, March 29, 2010.  The identities of the victims in this case will be released upon family notification. 

 Independence Division officers responded to a call for service to check the welfare placed by a relative (an uncle) of an adult female who resides at the apartment along with her husband and four children.  The uncle called 911 tonight to have officers respond to the scene to assist him in making contact with his niece.  When officers arrived on scene, the front door to the apartment was open.  Officers noticed the husband standing on the stairs inside the apartment.  Shortly after officers called out to him, they heard two gunshots from inside the apartment.  After the gunshots, two young children ran unharmed outside of the apartment.

 When officers entered the apartment to investigate, they located the husband suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  Upon a search of the apartment, officers located two deceased children who resided at the apartment.  At this initial stage of the investigation, it is believed that the victims are a one year old and twelve year old child.  Medic pronounced the children and adult male deceased on scene.  It appears that the children have been deceased for several days before tonight’s incident.  Their manner of death has yet to be determined.  The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office will be responsible for determining the cause of death. 

 Based on information gathered from family members, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, detectives responded to 5638 G, Via Romano Drive to search for the adult female.  When detectives entered the apartment, they found her deceased.  It appears that she has been deceased for some time.  She is a lease holder of the apartment in which she was found deceased.  Her manner of death has yet to be determined.  The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office will be responsible for determining the cause of death. 

 Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to photograph it and collect physical evidence. Detectives with the Youth Crime and Domestic Violence Unit also responded to assist with the investigation.

 Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective K. Martin is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

 Robert P. Fey | Public Affairs Officer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department                                                                                

601 East Trade Street |  Charlotte, NC 28202

rfey@cmpd.org

704.336.2338 o | 704.619.4169 c 

Ofc. R.D. Harrington

Public Affairs Officer

601 East Trade Street

Charlotte NC 28202

Office: 704-336-2338

Mobile: 980-225-4050

 rharrington2@cmpd.org

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Report: Mecklenburg Home to 160 Street Gangs

The state’s annual gang report released this week shows Mecklenburg County has 160 gangs, the most of any North Carolina county.

Click here to read the report.

The second-highest county was Wake, with 97 gangs.

According to the Associated Press, the report “reflects a fuller picture of gang activity by relying more on hard data from police and prison officials.”

AP reports the Governor’s Crime Commission gave its annual gang report to a legislative panel on Thursday.

The report shows there are nearly 13,700 confirmed gang members and their associates, compared to 10,050 in last year’s report.

A hard copy of the report can be obtained from:

Governor’s Crime Commission

North Carolina Department of Crime Control & Public Safety

1201 Front Street, Suite 200

Raleigh, NC 27609

919-733-4564

Also, anyone interested in gang activities in North Carolina should visit www.ncgangcops.com.

Read more: http://obspapertrail.blogspot.com/2010/03/report-mecklenburg-has-most-gangs.html#ixzz0jPuarxWE

Published in: on March 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

SCP Receives & Answers Request for Patrol Check

At approximately 7:30 PM on Tuesday March 23, 2010 the Stonehaven Community Patrol received a request from a female resident from Tuxedo Court to perform patrol checks of her residence whenever possible.

The woman reported that she recently became separated from her husband and that, despite her having changed the locks, he gained entry into the house on at least one occasion causing her to have the locks changed again.

As a result, the resident is fearful that the husband may again gain entry(or at least try to) to the home which scares her greatly.

SCP Officers will check her residence when patrols are carried out.

Anyone else wanting patrol checks of their homes or properties should request them by contacting the SCP via telephone @ 98o-297-8446 or by e-mail at contactscp@yahoo.com.

Published in: on March 26, 2010 at 2:05 am  Leave a Comment  

SCP Responds to Reported Burglary In Progress

Stonehaven Community Patrol Officer Brian Lutes responded to report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 6500 block of Charter Place on Tuesday March 23, 2010 at approximately 8:30 PM.

The resident of the home reported that she returned home from work and noticed that the welcome mat on her front porch was askew and that there were foot prints from what appeared to be men’s boots on the porch as well.

The resident further reported that the welcome mat at her side door, near her driveway, was also askew and that the handle on the storm door was turned in the opposite direction from what it should have been.

The resident also reported that when she exited her vehicle to enter the home she heard a “rustling sound”, like someone jumping over her fence, coming from her backyard.

The home was burglarized in early March and the resident was fearful that the burglar(s) had returned.

Lutes checked the backyard and outbuilding, but found no one. He also did not find the ground at the base of the fence do be disturbed as if someone had jumped over the fence.

Lutes then entered the house and checked each room for any intruders, but found none.

The resident was also advised to call the SCP without hesitation should she hear or see anything that alarmed her.

Published in: on March 26, 2010 at 1:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Utah, Florida Help Non-Residents Pack Guns

Why Two States’ Permits Are Such Hot Tickets For Concealed-Carry Crowd
By Mike Stuckey
Senior news editor
msnbc.com
updated 9:17 a.m. ET, Thurs., March. 25, 2010
 
Mike Stuckey
Senior news editor

 

The one-third or so of American adults who can’t obtain permits to carry concealed weapons from their home states need only look to Florida and Utah — and their mailboxes — to legally carry hidden guns.

Because both states grant concealed-carry permits to non-residents and have reciprocal agreements with other states under which their permits are recognized, possession of a Utah or Florida permit gives non-residents the right to carry hidden firearms in as many as 32 other states — though often not the one in which they live.

Tens of thousands of gun owners have obtained the non-resident permits, and their numbers are surging.

Utah firearms expert W. Clark Aposhian: “We don’t just deny a permit based on a subjective line in the dirt where a border is.”

 

Winston Armani / KSL-TV

That has helped fuel the larger debate over concealed-carry permits. Gun-rights activists say Americans who pack heat to defend themselves are exercising a legitimate right and have helped reduce the nation’s crime rate. Gun-control advocates say that there’s no proof that gun-toting civilians make the streets any safer and that looser concealed-carry laws are a recipe for disaster.

As the debate continues, the Utah and Florida permits are becoming ever-hotter tickets for out-of-state gun owners.

“Protect your family when traveling!” shouts a headline on one of dozens of Web sites that offer training and help with the paperwork to obtain the Utah and Florida permits. “You don’t have to be a resident of Utah or Florida!”

The non-resident permits are roundly criticized by gun-control advocates, who see the states that issue them as tools of groups like the National Rifle Association.

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“I think the reason states are doing this, especially Florida, is the sheer power of the gun lobby in those state legislatures,” said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, which seeks a ban on private ownership of all handguns. “It’s not a question of what is in a state’s interest, but what is in the gun lobby and gun industry’s interest.”

But NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam called non-resident permits an “organic” solution to needlessly restrictive state gun laws.

“There are people in all these states that are trying to get right-to-carry permits and are not able to,” he said. “As a result, they’re forced to explore other avenues. The solution to that would be for as many states as possible to have a ‘shall-issue’ permit system,” which allows most adults to obtain concealed-carry permits on demand.

Big increases in two states
The popularity of non-resident licenses with gun owners from heavily populated states like California and New York, which do not have “shall-issue” systems, has helped fuel big increases in both Utah and Florida’s concealed-carry permit numbers. That in turn has contributed to the nation’s fivefold increase in concealed-weapons permits, from fewer than 1 million in the 1980s to an estimated 6 million today.

In Florida, the number of new and renewal applicants for concealed-carry permits from out of state increased 529 percent — from 2,703 to 17,003 — from 1999 to 2009, compared with a 145 percent increase in applications from residents of the Sunshine State over the same period.

Florida is on a pace to grant new and renewed permits to about 25,000 out-of-state residents in the current fiscal year. Of 692,621 current Florida concealed-carry license holders, 71,059, or more than one in 10, are not state residents.

Over the past 10 years, the number of concealed-carry permits issued by Utah has surged 431 percent, from 40,363 to 214,403, a figure that would represent nearly 8 percent of the state’s population. But more than half the permits now go to non-Utah residents, up from just 12 percent a decade ago. Of the 1,011 instructors authorized by Utah to teach its concealed-carry license class, 641 live out of state — 100 in California alone — while 370 are Utah residents.

Both states require applicants to undergo background checks and submit to fingerprinting. Florida requires proof of firearms training that can be satisfied in a number of ways; Utah requires applicants to take a four-hour class on gun-safety and legal issues taught by a state-certified instructor. The Florida license costs $117 and is good for seven years. Utah charges $65.25 for a five-year permit.

The time and expense are well worth it to gun owners who want to pack their pistols in as many places as they legally can. Non-resident Florida licenses are good in 30 other states and non-resident Utah licenses are honored in 29 other states. The reciprocating states largely overlap, but there are a few differences. By obtaining both, for example, a resident of Illinois, which does not grant concealed-gun licenses to civilians, could legally carry in 32 states outside of his or her own, including the neighboring states of Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky.

Gun-rights activists say states that unnecessarily restrict concealed-carry gave rise to the practice of licensing non-residents.

“It’s not Utah that has made the permit so valuable,” said W. Clark Aposhian, chairman of the state’s Concealed Weapons Review Board. “It’s other states that have made it so valuable.”

But the permit’s surge in popularity with out-of-state gun owners has given pause to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who last September expressed fears that his state could become known as a “wholesale clearinghouse” for concealed-carry licenses.

Aposhian, a firearms instructor who has taught firearms classes to Herbert and dozens of members of the Utah Legislature and helped them obtain concealed-carry permits, said Utah had some issues with “rogue instructors” in other states who were more interested in making money from the process than in providing good instruction. But he said that those issues have since been resolved and that he doesn’t expect any changes to Utah’s policy on non-resident licenses.

As to why Utah appears almost eager to help non-residents get concealed-weapons permits, Aposhian said, “I’d look at it from another way. We don’t just deny a permit based on a subjective line in the dirt where a border is. If you fit the requirements to possess a firearm legally and pass a background check on that, you’re entitled to the permit.”

When it comes to background checks, he said, “I’ll put Utah’s process up against any other state’s.” He said residents with concealed-carry licenses are checked for run-ins with the law on a daily basis. Out-of-state permit holders are checked quarterly, Aposhian said, but he expects the state to implement a daily check within 18 months.

“If we find out you’ve been convicted of drunken driving or a felony, we ask you to immediately send your permit in.”

Last year, Utah revoked 409 concealed-carry licenses, less than 0.2 percent of the total. More than half the revocations were for permit holders who had alcohol-related issues or a protective order lodged against them. Utah does not report how many revoked permits were held by non-residents.

Florida, meanwhile, revoked 643 concealed-carry permits in 2009, less than 0.1 percent of its total. Only 11 of those were held by non-residents.

Gun-rights activists say the low revocation rates are evidence that the permits are overwhelmingly given to solid, law-abiding citizens. Aposhian said if there was any evidence of a problem with Utah’s non-resident system, it would be fixed. “We have a very intelligent legislature regarding guns,” he said.

But gun-control advocates say it’s likely that non-resident permit holders aren’t checked as thoroughly or as often as they should be.

Gun-control group: ‘Bad policy’
“We think that states issuing (permits) to non-residents is bad policy,” Rand said. “It’s a way for people to get (permits) despite not being able to qualify in their own state, sometimes because of a criminal history.” For instance, some states count only criminal convictions against an applicant, while others may take arrest records into account.

She pointed to a current situation in Philadelphia, where authorities are fuming because residents who have been denied permits or had them revoked in Pennsylvania have been able to obtain Florida concealed-carry licenses that Philadelphia police are required to honor under reciprocity agreements.

The “Florida loophole,” touted at Pennsylvania gun shows by firearms trainers, exists because Florida has a lower bar for denying and revoking permits than Pennsylvania. Florida does not check to see if non-resident applicants have been denied permits by their home states, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture, which issues the concealed-carry permits.

The loophole is “a sick trick of the gun dealers in gun shows to circumvent the laws of Pennsylvania,” Philadelphia Police Lt. Lisa King, who oversees concealed-carry permits for the city, told the Philadelphia Daily News last month. Some lawmakers have vowed to close it.

But Aposhian, the Utah firearms trainer who also lobbies lawmakers on gun issues, said there’s no evidence that the soaring number of concealed weapons being legally carried across the nation causes problems, regardless of how permits are obtained. In fact, even though it would cost him business, he would like to see Utah and other states allow concealed-carry with no permits required.

 “It seems to work in Vermont and it seems to work in Alaska,” he said, pointing to two states where firearms homicide rates are lower than the national average. “We don’t have a pattern of problems. It is probably time to start it in more populous states and see how that goes.”

But gun-control groups are vehemently opposed to abandoning the permit system.

“The gun rights folks really are trying to push the envelope even further all the time,” said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to end Handgun Violence, which advocates rescinding all “shall issue” concealed-carry laws and letting police decide who should get a license to pack heat.

Published in: on March 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking 4 in Uptown Shooting

Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Suspect On The Run Has Nearly 20 Arrests, 91 Charges

From: www.wcnc.com via www.ten8.wordpress.com

by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Michelle: MBoudin@WCNC.com Posted on March 23, 2010 at 9:25 AM

 Updated today at 9:25 AM

 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The sheer numbers are shocking. So are some of the things he’s accused of.  That’s why police are hoping you can help find Lawrence Black.

 Arrest photos are almost like school pictures, documenting Black over the years.

 
“He’s been committing crimes and getting locked up since 1995 here in Mecklenburg County,” said Sergeant Steve Winterhalter, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Apprehension Team.
 
They are actually mug shots that police say document a life of crime. So many he’s now charged as a habitual felon.
 
“You can see it from when he was small, younger just kind of getting into his criminal career to where he is now, you can see that progression, see him aging. It’s really sad,” Winterhalter said.
 
Black is just 32.
 
“He has almost 20 arrests, spanning 91 different charges.  If you look back through his arrest history, when the police have tried to arrest him in the past, he’s either escaped arrest or tried to allude arrest and was caught,” Winterhalter said.
 
So how will they finally nab him?
 
“We think it’s gonna take that phone call from someone who knows him, seen him at work, seen him in the neighborhood to just to give us that one piece of information,” Winterhalter said.
 
Police say Black is likely in the area – either Concord or somewhere in north Charlotte.  They say he has relatives in the area.  He is 6′, 315 pounds.
 
If you know where he is call VCAT 704-336-8228. You could get cash for turning him in.
Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm  Leave a Comment