Mint Hill Police Seeking Man Reportedly Photographing Girls

By Steve Lyttle / Charlotte Observer Courtesy of

Mint Hill police are asking for the public’s help in catching a man who allegedly took photos of a young girl while she was playing near her home Sunday afternoon.

Investigators suspect the case is related two a pair of reports last month of a man photographing girls in their Mint Hill neighborhoods.

Sunday’s incident happened about 4:30 p.m. on Atchinson Drive, in a neighborhood off Lawyers Road. An 8-year-old girl told her mother than a man sitting in the passenger seat of a pickup truck tried taking photos of her while she was playing in the snow.

Another man was driving the truck, the girl said. The suspect taking the photos was described as a white male, between 40 and 50 years old, with a beard and black hair with some gray in it.

A man fitting the same description was reported to have tried talking a 6-year-old girl into getting into his truck Nov. 19, about 2 miles from the scene of Sunday’s incident. And on Nov. 22, several young girls told police a man took photos of them while they were playing. In all three cases, the person of interest was driving a red pickup truck with rust spots.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Mint Hill police, 704-889-2231.

Published in: on December 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Barbecue Fundraiser To Benefit Injured North Carolina Trooper

December 22, 2010 by ten8 (


A barbecue fundraiser for Trooper M.J. “Curly” Hastings will be held Wednesday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $8, with additional donations accepted.

One barbecue will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cramer Mountain Country Club. A second barbecue will be on the same day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gastonia City Club on South New Hope Road.

Tickets will be available from Cramer Mountain Country Club, Gastonia City Club, Cramerton Town Hall, N.C. State Highway Patrol office at 2560 W. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, or at the event.

Barbecue can be eaten at the two venues or taken out.

34-year-old Hastings suffered a severe brain injury from a fall while walking down a stairwell December 10th in New York City while attending a social function with other law enforcement officers.

Hastings, a father of two young children who also coaches baseball at Cramerton Middle School, remains on life support and had not regained consciousness as of a week ago. Doctors list his condition as critical and he remains in the intensive care unit at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens.

Published in: on December 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Protecting Your Home During The Holidays


(ARA) – The holidays provide a great opportunity to connect with friends and family and to celebrate the joys of the season. Unfortunately, they are also viewed as a time of opportunity for would-be burglars.

“Taking steps to protect your home during the holidays isn’t radically different from what most people should be doing the rest of the year,” says Thomas Leman, a retired 27-year veteran of the police force and criminal justice professor at Argosy University Online. Yet, according to the FBI, victims of burglaries suffered a loss of $4.6 billion in property in 2009 alone. “The problem,” says Leman, “is that most people get lured into a false sense of security and tend to let their guard down thinking that crime won’t happen to them.”

Just as the holidays seem to start with the change in your home decor, so should your view on safety. When it comes to holiday decorations, modesty is definitely the best policy, says Leman. “While you may love the look of a Christmas tree in your front window, expensive decorations on display can be a signal that there are valuables inside your home worth a criminal’s time. Gifts under the tree are the most blatant of these displays and are a welcome invitation for thieves.” Leaving gifts tucked away until the last possible minute is a quick and easy safety precaution.

Whether you are home or out and about, take care to close and lock all doors and windows and set alarms. “Given that most people have extra valuables and gifts in their homes during this time, it’s a good idea to practice home safety whether you’re there or not,” says Leman. USAA, a leading provider of banking, insurance and investment services to the military community, advises customers to install tapered inch-long deadbolt locks on exterior doors to make it harder for a wrench to twist the door open. Leman adds that a simple dowel placed in a sliding glass door or window can be an inexpensive way to secure those entrance points as well.

“Alarms or closed circuit video surveillance systems are a great and inexpensive way to protect your home,” says Leman.

A well-lit and well-groomed home not only shows well, but provides an important measure of safety. “The better the lighting in your home and yard, the fewer places there are for criminals to lurk,” says Leman. USAA recommends homeowners use the “3 foot/6 foot rule,” trimming branches to 6 feet off the ground and shrubs down to 3 feet to minimize hiding places for burglars.

While leaving the box for your new 55-inch flat screen on the curb will win you cool points with the neighborhood and the title of host of the next big football party, it could land you in trouble with potential burglars. “When it comes to big ticket items and valuables, boxes on the curb can be an advertisement for the new valuables in your home,” cautions Leman. “Take the time to break down boxes and recycle them or put them on the curb over time and inconspicuously,” he advises.

If you plan on traveling for the holidays, you need to plan ahead for home safety. Whether you opt to have a neighbor collect mail and newspapers or have your service stopped by calling the post office and your neighborhood delivery person, be sure neither piles up at home. “Set your lights and television on timers,” suggests Leman, who also advises homeowners to have a neighbor park their car in your driveway intermittently to keep up the appearance someone is home.

While keeping your home safe may not top the list of your holiday “to dos,” taking a few extra precautions can go a long way to make sure your season stays merry and bright. //

Published in: on December 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Credits Alert Neighbor For Break-In Arrests

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By Joe Marusak
Police credit an alert neighbor with helping them arrest two suspects and detain two others for questioning after a house break-in in the 2700 block of Daffodil Drive, off Statesville Road in north Charlotte.

The home was broken into at 10:15 today, and police quickly arrived after the neighbor called 911, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Robert Fey said.

Officers from the department’s North Division also recovered the property stolen from the home and have returned it to the owner, Fey said.

The suspects’ names weren’t immediately available this morning.

Published in: on December 18, 2010 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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