Another Felon On The Loose After Cutting Off Electronic Monitoring Device

Man has extensive  felony arrest record in Mecklenburg County dating back to 1970’s

By MEGHAN COOKE / Charlotte Observer – August 28, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man with a long criminal record is on the run, police say, after he cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring device Saturday.

Police: Felon on run after cutting off bracelet  
If you see this man, contact the CMPD immediately via 911

Police are searching for Reginald Edward Martin, 51. He’s wanted on outstanding warrants for interfering with an electronic monitoring device, damage to property, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
On Saturday, Martin cut off his monitor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say. He was last seen near the Charlotte Transportation Center in uptown.

Arrest records show Martin was arrested May 3 and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from jail on May 17, police say, and placed on electronic monitoring.

Records show he was arrested again on June 17, charged with assault on a female, and then released from jail days later.

Police say Martin is a habitual felon “with an extensive arrest history in Mecklenburg County.”

Martin’s criminal record dates back to the 1970s. He’s been convicted of drug charges, breaking and entering, larceny, robbery and assault on a female, according to the N.C. Department of Correction. He was last released from state prison in 2008.

Martin is the year’s 16th offender to cut off his Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department ankle bracelet. Each of the other men has been recaptured.

Police say Martin is 5-feet-8 and weighs 240 pounds.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at 704-336-8228.

Published in: on August 29, 2011 at 8:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Hickory Murder Suspect Captured in Charlotte

From, August 26, 2011

HICKORY, N.C. — A man accused of murdering a Hickory cab driver was arrested in Charlotte Thursday evening.

Camyron Johnson, 22, is accused of stabbing 32-year old cab driver Adam Williams to death in Hickory last Tuesday.


Hickory murder suspect arrested in Charlotte

Police tracked down Johnson in Charlotte around 7 p.m. Thursday night.

“Our investigation led to information that Johnson was going to be at a location in Charlotte,” said Capt. Gary Lee of the Hickory Police Department. “Charlotte-Mecklenburg police met him there and took him into custody without incident.”

Williams tried to seek help at a Longhorn Steakhouse off of Highway 70 after suffering lacerations to the face and neck areas at 10:35 p.m. on Tuesday, according to police.

Authorities arrived and transported Williams to Dyre Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Williams was an employee of Yellow Cab Company.  The investigation indicates he had responded to the area to pick up a fare.

Police  later located an abandoned and unsecured cab belonging to Yellow Cab Company backed onto the sidewalk area of the former Fuddruckers Restaurant located beside Longhorn. 

Johnson is being held without bond. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday.

Published in: on August 26, 2011 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Soldier’s Best Friend Mourns His Death

By Claudine Zap | The Lookout, a Yahoo! News Blog

August 25, 2011

The photo showing the bond between felled Navy SEAL Jon Tomlinsonand his dog Hawkeye has captured the attention of the Web.

 The soldier was one of 38 killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a U.S. Chinook helicopter. He was mourned at a service in Rockford, Iowa, attended by 1,500 family members and friends, and Tomlinson’s loyal canine companion.

(Getty Images)

The Labrador retriever was such an important part of Tomlinson’s life that the San Diego resident called his dog “son.”

When Tomlinson’s friend Scott Nichols walked to the front of the room to give his eulogy, Hawkeye followed. As Nichols spoke, Hawkeye dropped to the ground at the foot of the casket and, according to observers, heaved a big sigh. The loyal pooch would not leave his owner’s casket during the funeral.

The heart-breaking photo above was taken by Tomlinson’s cousin and posted on Facebook, where it quickly went viral. She wrote on her Facebook page, “To say that he was an amazing man doesn’t do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family, and friends is immeasurable.”

Published in: on August 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Registered Sex Offender on Pineburr Road

Offender Information:
 Race: B Sex: M
Height: 6′ 01″ Weight: 240 lbs.
Birth Date: 04-04-1972
Registration Type:  Regular
Scars, Marks, Tattoos:
Last Address Verified: 06-16-2011
Registration Status: Registered
Registration Date: 06-03-2005
Violations: None Reported
Conviction Information:
Offense 1: 2/28/2004; Cabarrus County, NC
Convicted: 5/24/2005; Released: 5/24/2005
Probation: 36 Months; Confinement: 16 – 20 Months
Statute: NCGS 14-202.1.A.1: Indecent Liberty With a Child – Sex Arousal With a Child
Victim’s Age at Time of Offense: 11; 
Offender’s Age at Time of Offense: 31
Published in: on August 25, 2011 at 10:27 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Charges Three Men in Killing of 4 Year-Old Girl, Parents

Father, Mother, Child Lived near One of Three Men Accused in Their Deaths

From the Charlotte Observer of August 25, 2011

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Meghan Cooke and Gary L. Wright

Lorenzo and Cheryl Graves were found shot to death in front of their downstairs TV. The body of their 4-year-old daughter, Oznola, was near her parents’ bed, where family members think she was hiding before she was stabbed to death.

On Wednesday, less than a day after police discovered the family slain in their south Charlotte apartment, police officers arrested three men in connection with the killings. One lived within shouting distance of the victims, in the same apartment complex.

Family photo of  4 year-old Oznola Graves

Police say robbery was the motive in the killings, but people at the Quail Run apartments struggled to come to terms with the gruesome slayings.

“Someone that kills a child doesn’t have a heart,” said Janice Nicholson, a next-door neighbor who said the Graves family brought food to her when she was sick this summer.

Lorenzo Tyrone White, 27, Joseph Louis Amous, 25, and Linny Marquise Barcliff, 20, were apprehended by police by Wednesday afternoon.

White is charged with three counts of murder, two counts of robbery, three counts of kidnapping and conspiracy. He’s being held without bond. Amous is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and was being held late Wednesday on $50,000 bond.

Barcliff’s charges weren’t immediately available.

Family members said one of the men was a suspect in a break-in at the family’s apartment two months ago. Lorenzo Graves decided not to pursue charges, and the charges were dropped, relatives said.

Lorenzo Graves had given money to at least one of the men.

Police said they had White and Amous in custody shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Barcliff eluded searchers by moving between apartments via the rafters of a shared roof in the Quail Run complex, police said.

At one point, he crashed through the ceiling into a woman’s bedroom and was eventually arrested.

Later Wednesday, relatives of the Graves family gathered at their apartment, where a memorial of stuffed animals, pink heart-shaped balloons and scented candles grew by the front door.

“To kill a baby…,” said the couple’s brother-in-law, Philip Sarpong, shaking his head and wiping tears. “Terrible. I really want to ask them why.”

He said the girl may have recognized one of the suspects.

Remembering victims

Lorenzo Graves had New Jersey roots and several other children. His Facebook page said he loved gospel music, fishing and “being me.”

Cheryl Graves’ profile said she enjoyed working and taking care of her family.

Lorenzo Graves’ mother, Mary Williams, said her son always did the cooking at family barbecues. He recently took his wife and daughter on a fishing trip.

Kenneth Graves said his brother, who had a criminal record, was trying to turn his life around, singing in the choir at his church and severing ties with previous associates.

They had lived at the Quail Run apartments for less than a year, Nicholson said. Lorenzo Graves collected government disability and had a fledgling business selling hot dogs and cheese steaks from a trailer he kept parked in front of the apartment, she said.

Fun-loving Sweetie Pie

Oznola, who went by “Ozzie,” could often be seen outside riding her bike or eating her favorite summertime treat, watermelon.

The girl, whose grandmother called her “Sweetie Pie,” was supposed to begin Head Start prekindergarten classes this week.

Nicholson, the neighbor, said she last saw Lorenzo Graves early Monday. Graves was outside working on his car, something he often did when he couldn’t sleep.

On Tuesday, a concerned family member asked police to check on the family. The door was locked, so an apartment complex manager let officers in.

Police didn’t confirm the causes of death or say whether a suspect was on the loose shortly after the bodies were discovered. But that night, they began making arrests.

Investigators also refused to give more information about the nature of the robbery, or describe any connection between the Graveses and the men who were arrested.

Lorenzo Tyrone White was convicted last year of felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction, court records show. He was given credit for being locked up for 88 days and placed on probation for three years.

In 2004, White was convicted of felony possession with intent to sell cocaine and placed on probation for two years.

White also was charged last year with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by felon, possession with intent to sell cocaine, according to court records. Those charges were dismissed.

Joseph Louis Amous was charged in June with felony breaking and entering and larceny, according to court records. Those charges were dismissed. He was charged last year with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. That charge is pending.

Barcliff was convicted last year of possession of marijuana.

King Funeral Home in Charlotte is handing funeral arrangements, which were incomplete late Wednesday.

Staff researcher Marion Paynter contributed.

Published in: on August 25, 2011 at 9:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Federal Gov. Plans to Spend at Least $4.25 Billion to Create More Section 8 Housing


The Obama administration, in a major shift on housing policy, is abandoning George W. Bush’s vision of creating an “ownership society’’ and instead plans to pump $4.25 billion of economic stimulus money into creating tens of thousands of federally subsidized rental units in American cities.

The idea is to pay for the construction of low-rise rental apartment buildings and town houses, as well as the purchase of foreclosed homes that can be refurbished and rented to low- and moderate-income families at affordable rates.

Analysts say the approach takes a wrecking ball to Bush’s heavy emphasis on encouraging homeownership as a way to create national wealth and provide upward mobility for low- and working-class families, especially minorities. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan’s recalibration of federal housing policy, they said, shows that the Obama White House has acknowledged that not everyone can or should own a home.

In addition to an ideological shift, the move is a practical response to skyrocketing foreclosure rates, tight credit, and the economic crisis.

“I’ve always said the American dream should be a home – not homeownership,’’ said Representative Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and one of the earliest critics of the Bush administration’s push to put mortgages in the hands of low- and moderate-income people.

Conservatives, however, believe that President Obama and HUD shouldn’t head too far in the other direction; in some cases, rent can be more expensive than a mortgage payment.

Done properly, they say, homeownership can bolster the tax base and bring stability to neighborhoods and families, reducing crime and helping people achieve financial independence.
The $4.25 billion set aside for the creation of rental housing will come from $14 billion that HUD has received from the federal economic stimulus package. Another $4 billion of the money will be used to fix up the nation’s existing public housing stock of 1.2 million units.

The funds for new units will be available under competitive grants, and officials in Massachusetts said they will be among the states aggressively competing for the money.

In Boston, more than 20,000 households are on a waiting list for affordable rental housing, said Lydia Agro, a spokeswoman for the Boston Housing Authority. “There’s definitely a need out there,’’ she said.

City, state, and federal officials said they could not yet estimate how many new rental units will be created with stimulus money, but HUD said the “tens of thousands’’ of apartments and town houses it will produce nationwide will ease an increase in homelessness that has resulted from the foreclosure crisis.

Carol Galante, HUD’s assistant secretary for multifamily housing, said HUD will still be in the business of helping people buy homes using existing lending subsidies.

The difference from the Bush administration, she said, is “we’re trying to have a balanced policy. We’re not trying to say homeownership isn’t important, because it is. But we have to be sure we’re helping people get into homes that are sustainable for them.’’

RealtyTrac, a private company that follows homeownership trends, reported Thursday that the number of foreclosure notices issued to homeowners nationwide increased 9 percent during the first half of 2009. At the same time, the US Census Bureau reported that the vacancy rates for homeowner housing nationwide crept up for the second consecutive quarter, further signs of the ongoing mortgage crisis. The foreclosures are displacing large numbers of families, who will need new housing.

“People who were owners are going to be renting for a while,’’ said Margery Turner, vice president for research for The Urban Institute, a Washington think tank that studies social and economic policy.

“There is a housing stock that is sitting vacant. There is a real opportunity here’’ to use those homes as rental property and solve both problems, she said.
In addition to the stimulus money, Obama’s budget also seeks $1.8 billion for the construction of rental housing, the same amount that Congress approved in the last year.

David John, a senior analyst at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy center, said it remains to be seen whether the Obama administration’s decision to step away from the Republican administration’s “ownership society’’ will have a positive effect on minorities and the working class.

John said the benefits of homeownership are greater than just building equity in a house.

For example, he said, children of parents who own homes do better in school.

“There’s more stability in the family and overall an improvement in society,’’ he said.

“Usually, homeownership brings with it a sense of building towards the future, rather than living day to day.’’

Still, he said, renting is better than putting a family in a house that it cannot afford. “It’s a mixed bag,’’ he said.

In the past few weeks, Donovan, the former housing commissioner in New York City, has embarked on a series of cross-country trips to cities like Seattle and Anchorage to highlight the federal stimulus money being used to build low- and moderate-income rental housing units. Donovan was unavailable for an interview.

Bush made homeownership a signature issue of his tenure.

In remarks before a panel discussion on promoting minority homeownership in 2002, Bush said America is “a nation of owners. Owning something is freedom, as far as I’m concerned.’’

But that vision disappeared over the last two years as the housing market plunged, leaving homeowners struggling under mortgages they could no longer afford for a home that was no longer worth what they paid.

As mortgage defaults piled up, banks that made the risky loans imploded, helping trigger the global financial crisis.

“This notion that a home was your source of wealth was a recent one,’’ Frank said. “People thought that prices would go up, and up, and up, and up.’’

Frank said he never bought the idea that Americans could keep borrowing to support higher and higher home prices.

“My answer was, I wish I could eat more and not gain weight,’’ he said.

Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

England: What a Disarmed Country Looks Like

From The United States Concealed Carry Association

By Buckeye Firearms Association(08/19/2011)

How would you feel if your city erupted into violent chaos and all you had to defend yourself was … an aluminum baseball bat? 

That’s been the unfortunate reality for citizens of England in recent weeks. Here’s how an NRA report described the situation:

London and other UK cities look like war zones and their citizens are afraid to venture out, because the danger is very real …

… it was reported this week that sales of one type of aluminum baseball bat on Amazon UK rose 6,541 percent. In many places, it was reported that police were unable to stop the mayhem. As a result, panicked, defenseless law-abiding citizens were forced to flee their homes, while others watched as their businesses were destroyed …

An August 11 Herald Sun article reported one resident as saying, “its absolute bedlam on the street.  People have been openly looting for an hour, two hours, and the police have been ineffectual. They’ve done nothing.” Another victim, who was trapped in her hair salon in Clapham Junction while a mob smashed its way in and trashed it, said, “They were mocking us, [saying] ‘look, look, they look scared’.  Where is the police? I want protection. This is what they’re here for . . . I’m not secure at my workplace. I’m not secure at my home place. Will they be there to protect us tonight? They weren’t here to protect us last night.”

The reported on Tuesday that mobs were forcing hapless victims to strip off their clothes while being robbed, and described a shocking video that shows a bleeding, already-pummeled teenager being robbed in broad daylight by lawless thugs who pretend to help him to his feet, and then steal the contents of his backpack while he can barely remain standing, much less defend himself.

This is what a disarmed country looks like. This is how little is left when free men and women surrender their right to own a firearm.

We’re fortunate to be citizens of the United States, where we have the Second Amendment to protect our right to bear arms and enable us to be prepared for situations like this. But just as our Constitution is unique, so is our tradition of firearm ownership. The rest of the world looks upon us as barbarians clinging to our guns while they, supposedly, have evolved beyond such primitive ideas.

Will this calamity convince English lawmakers to change their position on guns? Not likely. Nor will it sway the rest of the world where guns are harshly regulated or banned.

English leaders won’t learn a lesson from this senseless situation. But we can. We can see what a disarmed country looks like. And we can keep fighting any attempt to make the U.S. more like England or other countries, with helpless citizens desperately placing orders for aluminum baseball bats while buildings burn and gangs rule the streets.

Published in: on August 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Finding Felon On the Run


Travores Montford, 30, also known as Tavaris or Tavories Montford. (CMPD photo.)

From The Charlotte Observer, By Meghan Cooke – August 19, 2011

Police are looking for a man with a long criminal record who is on the run after cutting off his electronic monitoring device.

Travores Montford, also known as Tavaris or Tavories, cut off his ankle bracelet Friday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. He was last seen in the area of Mill Road, near Johnson C. Smith University.

The 30-year-old is wanted on outstanding warrants for interfering with an electronic monitoring device, damage to property and armed robbery.

Jail records show Montford was placed on electronic monitoring in May when he was released from jail on bond for pending armed robbery charges.

Montford is a felon with convictions on charges of auto theft, assault on a female, selling drugs and carrying a concealed weapon, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.

He is the 15th offender to cut off a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department electronic monitor so far this year, police said. Each of the previous 14 has been recaptured.

Police said Montford is 5-feet-8 and weighs 150 pounds.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Daylight Armed Robbery at McDonald’s at Independence Blvd. & Idlewild Rd.

From – Aug 19, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested two men following an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant in east Charlotte Wednesday afternoon.

The robbery occurred at the McDonalds at 5600 E. Independence Boulevard.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they were called to the restaurant around 2:54 p.m. after a 24-year-old man said he was robbed in the bathroom.

When officers arrived, they spotted two men similar to the description provided by the victim.

The suspects were running away, but officers apprehended them.

When police searched the men, they found knives concealed in their clothing. One of the suspects also had multiple baggies of heroin.

William Burkart, 26, and Michael Parker, 26, were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to robbery with a dangerous weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon.

William Burkart and Michael Parker (Photos courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Jail)

William Burkart and Michael Parker (Photos courtesy of the Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

Parker faces additional charges for resisting a public officer, and trafficking in heroin.

Both are being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail. Parker received a $251,500 secured bond, and Bukart is being held on a $51,000 bond.

Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Elizabeth, Myers Park Areas Could Get More Low-Income Housing

From – August 19, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two of Charlotte’s most exclusive ZIP codes could get more low-income housing.

 One option is along Hawthorne Lane, near Presbyterian Hospital. The other is along Queens Road. But the Housing Authority isn’t giving exact addresses, saying it’s premature and that the sellers still have a right to privacy.

 There’s already low-income housing near Myers Park and Elizabeth, but Erin Ocheltree said, “I think it would probably ruin the integrity of the neighborhood. (I) probably wouldn’t want to live around low-income housing, definitely not as a single 24-year-old.”

 Housing Authority spokeswoman Deborah Clark said this is far from a done deal and that the authority is constantly looking at lots of properties. And it’s always looking for neighborhoods that are stable and can absorb low-income housing, she said.

 “We look at the quality of life for the residents,” she said. “Is there transportation? Are there jobs in the area? Schools? Child care?”

 She said there is no timeframe for making a decision.

Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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