Matthews Police Dept. Hosting “Community Protection Event”

Matthews Police Department
Citizen Alert
Community Protection Event

The Matthews Police Department is hosting an important event that is designed to help you protect yourself, your family and your environment. On Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can bring in unused and expired medications, documents to be shredded and old cell phones to be reused. The location will be in front of Harris Teeter at the Matthews Festival shopping center 1811 Matthews Township Parkway.

Poisoning from prescription and over the counter medications is one of the leading causes of death nationwide. Help protect your family and the environment. Bring unused or expired medications to Operation Medicine Drop where they will be collected and disposed of properly. Help protect your family from accidental overdoses and protect the environment by not contaminating water supplies by improper disposal.

Bring your personal and important documents for secure destruction and recycling. Each year more than 300,000 North Carolinians and 10 million U.S. Citizens have their identity stolen. Protect against fraud and identity theft by having all documents that contain personal information, credit and financial records shredded on site at this event. Waste materials will be recycled to prevent unnecessary landfill disposal.

Recycling your cell phone will help the 911 Cell Phone Bank provide emergency communications to seniors and victims of abuse in our community. Bring in old cell phones and chargers so they can be refurbished and given to a person in need of a critical link to law enforcement and emergency services.

Attachment:
Protection Event Flyer.doc

Contact Information
Contact Name: Officer Stason Tyrrell Contact Name:
Contact Email: communitysafety@matthewspolice.org Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 704-847-4069 Contact Phone:

Published in: on April 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

2 Charlotte Delivery Drivers Robbed

Posted: 5:45 am EDT April 20, 2010
Updated: 8:55 am EDT April 20, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police investigated two robberies involving food delivery drivers Monday night.

Officers said a delivery driver from the Cherry House Restaurant was robbed by two armed men on North Davidson Street at about 10 p.m.

A delivery driver from Pizza Hut was also robbed by two armed men on Corktree Court at 11:21 p.m.

Neither delivery driver was injured.

Police did not immediately release a description of the thieves and have not said if the two robberies were connected.

Published in: on April 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Women Assaulted at Gunpoint During Home Invasion

Posted: Apr 20, 2010 2:42 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 20, 2010 2:42 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Police are looking for at least two suspects who were involved in a home invasion at an apartment complex in west Charlotte late Sunday night.

The incident occurred at 3624 Hashem Drive (Apt. 7) around 10:51 p.m.

According to the police report, the suspects forced their way inside the apartment and assaulted Pamela Smith and Shaquana Williams at gunpoint.

The robbers stole several items including a wallet, bank card, more than $80 in cash, and a Dell laptop.

The victims were not injured during the incident.

Police did not have any information listed in the report about the suspects.

Published in: on April 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Police Warn Residents About Copper Thieves

by NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are warning east Charlotte residents to be on the lookout for a pair of copper thieves who are stripping houses and air conditioning units for the metal.

Officers in the Eastway Division say the thieves are taking air-conditioning components and wiring from homes.

The crooks are also targeting empty homes with “For Sale” or “For Rent” signs in front of them. At those homes, police say the thieves have gone inside the houses, pulled out all the copper plumbing, hot water heater and copper HVAC components, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Witnesses have reported seeing some suspicious vehicles. One was described as a black pickup truck with a South Carolina license plate with the last three letters “ST3.”

Witnesses also saw a white van with no side windows and some blue block lettering on the side, and a Black Ford Ranger in poor condition with the words “scrap metal” on the side.

Investigators also released descriptions of two suspects. One is a white man with a reddish-brown beard, about 30 years old, thin, 6-foot, wearing a dark shirt and black pants. He told a witness his name was “Randy.”

The other suspect is a white man between 20 and 30, about 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and wearing a white hat, white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You can report suspicious activity to 911.

The Eastway Division currently encompasses nearly 10.2 square miles of historic and older communities like Plaza-Midwood, one of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods.

Published in: on April 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

SCP Responds to Suspicious Vehicle Report

Stonehaven Community Patrol Officer Brian Lutes responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence in the 1100 block of Redcoat Drive on Monday April 19, 2010 at approximately 12 noon.
At 11:46 AM an anonymous female caller reported to the SCP that she observed a plain white “construction type” truck with no lettering of any kind displayed parked in front of the residence and that she was afraid that the home was being burglarized.
Lutes checked the property owner information for the home thorugh the Mecklenburg County Real Estate Property Tax Office’s web-site and responded to the address reported.
Upon arriving at the home Lutes observed a plain white Chevrolet construction type box truck without any lettering or insignia displaying a North Carolina registration plate.
Lutes also observed that there was an Oldsmobile sedan, also displaying a North Carolina registration plate, parked in the driveway of the home.
In addition, Lutes observed that there were several wood columns, the kind that are used to support a porch roof, stacked along the side of the house next to the driveway.
After checking the home for signs of forced entry and finding none, Lutes made contact with an older white female inside the home who reported that the truck belonged to a work crew that was performing repairs at the residence.
In addition, the woman was able to verify the home’s ownership information Lutes had gathered from the Mecklenburg County Real Estate Tax Office web-site prior to investigating the circumstances surrounding the suspicious vehicle report.
Anyone observing any suspicious persons or vehicles in the Greater Stonehaven Area, especially construction type vans or trucks parked in front of residences in which they aren’t sure that legitimate repairs are being conducted, should report the situation to the Stonehaven Community Patrol for investigation at 980-297-8446.

Published in: on April 20, 2010 at 10:36 am  Leave a Comment  

SCP Responds to Home Alarm

The Stonehaven Community Patrol responded to an audible home alarm in the 5900 block of Gate Post Road on Saturday April 17, 2010 at 2:11 PM.
Officer Brian Lutes was on patrol along Rama Rd. near the intersection with Gate Post Rd. when he heard an alarm sounding. Upon investigation, Lutes found the home from which the alarm was sounding and began checking the house for signs of forced entry.
At the rear of the house Lutes observed that a new deck was being constructed and that there were saws & various tools about in the backyard.
Lutes found the front door of the house was not completely closed and a neighbor reported that the home’s owner had left just minutes before the alarm began sounding.
The neighbor also reported that the home’s owner, a Dentist, frequently fails to completely close the front door of the home after setting the alarm when leaving to run errands.
Within a few minutes the home’s owner arrived at the residence as the alarm company had notified him of the alarm’s activation.
The home’s owner checked the house and found nothing out of place from the way he had left it just minutes before.

Published in: on April 20, 2010 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment  

End is Near for Charlotte’s Eastland Mall

by Charlotte Observer Staff
Posted on April 19, 2010 at 7:31 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– The remaining tenants at beleaguered Eastland Mall in Charlotte have been told to get out by June 30 by the landlord, who says that the mall is headed for closure.

A letter hand-delivered to tenants on Friday said that the mall’s owners had hit a dead end in their longtime efforts to find a buyer to operate or redevelop the mall, and that the property was now in foreclosure.

“It is understood,” said the letter from Miami Beach-based LNR Partners, a lender that took over principal ownership of the mall last fall, “that the lender or any other party that acquires title to Eastland Mall at foreclosure will close the mall.”

A regional showplace when it opened in 1975, with a skating rink and the first food court in the state, Eastland Mall has struggled for more than a decade to remain viable as it lost customers to other malls, such as SouthPark and Northlake. It’s also been hurt by the exodus of its anchor stores: Belk, Dillard’s, J.C. Penny and Sears.

The City of Charlotte had considered buying the entire 90-acre site – the mall itself measures 1.1 million square feet – in hopes of revitalizing east Charlotte. City staff came up with several future possibilities for the location, including everything from a YMCA to a VA hospital, from a 911/311 call center to a “town center” with stores, offices and houses.

But by the time the tenants got their letters Friday, the city was “not at the table,” said Charlotte City Council member Nancy Carter, whose district includes the mall, at the corner of Central Avenue and North Sharon Amity Road.

Carter said Sunday that she expects the mall the close. And though the councilwoman said she continues to work behind-the-scenes to help answer “what now?” for the site, she was disappointed that the city had not acted more aggressively to buy the property when owners seemed interested in selling it for $22 million.

Instead, the city council voted 9-1 late last year – Carter was the lone holdout – to offer $7.4 million.

Published in: on April 19, 2010 at 8:34 am  Leave a Comment  

One Arrested for Beating, Robbery at North Sharon Amity & Independence

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April 17, 2010 by ten8
by NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:42 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Police say an ALE officer witnessed three men beating and robbing a man in east Charlotte early Friday morning and was able to arrest one of them.

According to officers, the victim was walking home with his puppy when he was attacked around 1:15 a.m. on North Sharon Amity Road near Independence Boulevard and robbed of his cell phone.
The ALE officer happened to be driving through the area in an unmarked car when he saw the crime unfolding, police say. The victim positively identified the suspect that the officer was able to catch. Other officers responded to the scene and set up a perimeter, but they were unable to locate the other two robbers.

The victim in this case was not badly hurt in the attack and was not taken to the hospital.

Published in: on April 17, 2010 at 11:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

End Domestic-Violence Event Tonight (April 16, 2010)

Observer Staff Reports
Posted: Friday, Apr. 16, 2010

Several Charlotte-area bands are scheduled to appear tonight in the Charlotte Rock for Peace at Home, scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Evening Muse in the NoDa area.

The event is a fund raiser to help the United Family Services’ Domestic Violence programs and the Shelter for Battered Women.

Suggested admission cost is $5, and donations will be accepted during the evening. The Evening Muse is at 3227 North Davidson Street.

Bands scheduled to perform are Hunter’s Travesty, The Gallery, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, and Lamb Handler. Last year’s concert and proceeds from a road race raised more than $10,000 for the cause.

United Family Services last fall launched a $10 million capital campaign to build a large shelter in Charlotte for battered women. The new shelter will have 80 beds, replacing the 29-bed shelter currently in use.

“Music can lend a voice to the unspoken suffering of a variety of victims,” said Natalie Lunsford, organizer of the Charlotte Rock for Peace. “There’s no easy or comfortable way to discuss domestic violence. It’s often not discussed at all.

“Our goal is to spread a message of awareness to our community, in a format in which people will listen.”

Published in: on April 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

SCP Officer Makes Dean’s List at SPCC

The Stonehaven Community Patrol (SCP) is pleased to announce that Officer Brian K. Lutes was named to the Dean’s List at the South Piedmont Community College for the 2009 Fall Semester.
Lutes earned a Grade Point Average of 3.8 while carrying 18 credits during the term and is working toward earning certification to serve as a Paralegal specializing in Criminal Justice issues. After graduating Lutes hopes to gain employment with a Charlotte Area District Attorney’s Office.
Prior to founding the SCP in the Spring of 2009, Lutes served as a Police Officer and Deputy State Constable for six years in Pennsylvania after graduating from the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer’s Academy earning certification from the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer’s Education & Training Commission through the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed the training with an overall final score of 90.82%. On the firing range Lutes earned an overall final score of 98%.
Lutes has earned certification in the use of lethal weapons under PA Acts 235 & 120. He has also earned certificates and diplomas in numerous law enforcement / police officer training courses.
In addition, Lutes completed several Paralegal courses through the Pennsylvania State University and has been certified as an Emergency Medical First Responder as well as in the use of CPR.
Anyone wishing to review Lutes’ training / education record should contact the SCP at 980-297-8446.
Lutes, his wife Michelle, and their Dalmatian became residents of Stonehaven in 2006.

Published in: on April 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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