New Officers Join the Ranks at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

From http://www.wcnc.com – October 7, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –New Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers joined the ranks of the police department Friday.

Men and women are part of the department’s 161st recruiting class.  Friday the recruits received their badges and were sworn in a morning ceremony.

Former marine and class president, Scottie Carson, shared with NewsChannel 36 the reason he decided to join the CMPD department.

“I was involved in the funeral for Officer Helton, It was an obvious choice…” said Carson.

There were 44 recruits total in this class.

Published in: on October 9, 2011 at 1:47 am  Leave a Comment  

FBI Warns Parents About Smart Phones

From http://www.wcnc.com By RAD BERKY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Most parents know to monitor what their children are doing on their home computers; but what about on their cell phones?

“Everyday these cell phones get more sophisticated, have better capabilities and you can basically use them just like a laptop,” said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Colleen Moss.

Moss oversees the Charlotte FBI office’s effort to eliminate cyber crime, including crimes involving pornography and children who predators will attempt to meet on-line.

“The child basically has full time, 24/7 access to the internet through their phones,” said Moss.

That means ready access to Facebook and all the other social networks where a predator could be lurking.

In the Charlotte area alone, Moss tells NewsChannel 36 the bureau is now working over 400 cases of child porn with other local police department.

“These cases never seem to go away because predators know it is the best, safest way to find a victim,” said Moss.

October has been named National Cyber Security Month by the Bureau and Moss hopes parents will sit down with their kids and go over what they are doing on their computers and smart phones.

She suggest parents ask their kids how many social network friends they have, and who they are.

Published in: on October 9, 2011 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Brazen Crook Uses a Big Gun to Rob Two Late-Night Charlotte Businesses

From www.wbtv.com By Paul Cameron, Anchor – October 6, 2011

A brazen crook uses a big gun to rob two late-night Charlotte businesses.

He started his crime at a Burger King drive-thru near Lawyers and Albemarle Roads at 11:30PM on a Tuesday night.

He demanded cash and got it from a clerk who remembered his description– black male, black clothes, black hat and driving a silver Pontiac.

“He drove off from the Burger King,” said CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson, “he drove approximately a mile and a half away, and did the same thing.”

15 minutes later, the same man is seen on surveillance video entering a Circkle-K with plenty of customers in the convenience store. But that was no matter. And neither were the surveillance cameras. He didn’t cover his face, but he did swing his hat around to face forward.

He’s also carrying a heavy-looking sawed off shotgun.

When he demands money from the cash register, the clerk obliges, and customers who had been unaware of the threat, suddenly make a hasty exit.

The robber also leaves quickly and gets in a silver Pontiac which had just pulled up to park. The car peels rubber leaving and the clerk calls police.

I asked Detective Cuthbertson if the two stick-ups were worth the risk? “No, not at all,” said Cuthbertson, “only a small amount of cash was stolen from each location, and that may have been the thing that enticed him to rob two locations.”

If you can help catch him, call Crimestoppers at (704) 334-1600– you may earn a reward up to one-thousand dollars.

Published in: on October 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man Charged After Woman Sexually Assaulted and Kidnapped

From www.wbtv.com – October 5, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Police have arrested the man they say sexually assaulted a Charlotte woman at her home and then kidnapped her and her daughter Tuesday afternoon.

21-year-old Daven Lorenzo Teeter was arrested early Wednesday morning on Vinton Street in west Charlotte, where he lives.

The suspect in a police photo.

“The brazen nature of this crime, I have no problem using the word ‘predator,'” said  Captain Mike Smathers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

He said police worked leads throughout the night to make the arrest.

Police were called at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday when police say Teeter broke into a woman’s home in a neighborhood near East WT Harris Road and Idlewild Road. The woman was then sexually assaulted in her home by Teeter, who had a knife, police said.

The woman’s small child was in the home at the time, police say she did not witness the assault and the girl was unharmed. However, she was kidnapped with her mother in the car and taken to the ATM.

The violent crime has neighbor’s in the victim’s neighborhood on high alert.

Even more concerning is the fact that a sexually assault was reported at the same house in April 2010. 

Police have not said if Teeter was able to get money from the account. “He then drove to a bank and attempted to withdraw funds from her account,” police said.

In photos, the suspect appears to be entering information into a drive-up ATM at 12:20 pm.

The woman was released from the car across town near the library on Beatties Ford Road, where she called for help, according to police.  

Teeter has a lengthy arrest record in North Carolina and has been convicted for carrying a concealed weapon, Driving with License Revoked and assault by pointing a gun.

Published in: on October 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Searching for Robbers Who Attacked South Park Area Man

From www.wsoctv.com – October 5, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are looking for two men who broke into an elderly man’s apartment Sunday morning and stole his cash, computer and car.

 Detectives on Wednesday released several surveillance pictures of one of the men.

 Police said the robbery happened early Sunday morning at the Waterford Square apartment complex near Carmel Road in South Charlotte.

 The apartment’s property manager said the two men knocked on the victim’s door at 6 a.m. and identified themselves as Charlotte police officers. The 69-year-old victim then unlocked his door.

 Police said the men stole his car, computer, television and ATM cards, and they forced him to give up his PIN.

 Neighbor Jareet Breeden said he would be more careful about opening his door to anyone in the future. “Yeah, especially if it’s that late at night. You want to make sure it’s someone you know,” said Breeden.

 The apartment manager said she’s been telling residents about the crime and reminding them not to open their doors to anyone unless they know them personally. She also said residents have been advised to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior.

 But Breeden wasn’t aware of the robbery until Eyewitness News showed him the police report. He said he doesn’t know how he would react in a similar situation.

 “You just never know. If somebody says it’s the police, and you can’t see out the peephole or something like that, you might have trusted them and opened the door, and then they force their way in, I guess,” Breeden said.

 Neighbors said they’ll be on the lookout for anything suspicious until detectives make an arrest.

 The two men stole the victim’s car. It’s a 2004 tan PT Cruiser, with North Carolina license plate No. ABW 7601.

 doesn’t appear the victim was injured when the thieves ransacked his apartment.

Published in: on October 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMS Says Fans Are Safe at Football Games

by CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR. / Charlotte Observer – October 6, 2011

As thousands of people prepare to attend football games at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools this week, a CMS official said the public has nothing to fear, despite a shooting during Garinger High’s homecoming game last week.

Games today and Friday will be the first CMS football games since a man was shot Friday outside Garinger. The man, who was hospitalized with internal bleeding, is expected to survive.

Garinger won’t host a home varsity game Friday, but other schools will. “We truly believe that our security procedures provide the maximum protection,” said CMS spokeswoman Tahira Stalberte.

“We follow procedures at the games. Everyone who enters is scanned by a metal detector. We have extra off-duty police officers to help deter misbehaving people.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they have met with school officials but won’t discuss details of their plan or say whether they’re beefing up security at games.

In an emailed statement, police spokesman Rob Tufano said police leaders “met this week and will continue to work with school officials to ensure these events remain safe. The community’s expectation of public safety is priority number one, they should expect nothing less.”

Last Friday, a few minutes after Garinger crowned its homecoming queen, a teenager was shot in the parking lot of the east Charlotte high school. It was the second year in a row that shots were fired at Garinger’s homecoming game, despite increased security at the school. Someone was also shot at the school in December.

Police and CMS leaders have repeatedly said the people identified in last week’s shooting were not Garinger students (although a suspect is still at-large).

But the shooting underscores the school’s continuing problems with safety, particularly at football games that draw significant numbers of people from the community.

Police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders have declined to give additional details about steps they will take to improve safety for football games at Garinger and other schools. And they won’t comment on the success of attempts to improve security at Garinger since last year’s shooting.

Joyce Waddell, the school board member whose district includes Garinger, says CMS needs to collaborate with people in the community surrounding Garinger.

“We need to have more communication – letting those persons coming on the campus know that this will not be tolerated,” Waddell said. “We will not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

Still, Waddell added that she believes “they’ll probably have to step security up a little bit.”

Garinger students contacted by the Observer said they feel safe at the school, but worry about the blow the school’s image has suffered.

Elexus White, who was crowned homecoming queen last week, said outside the halls of the school, the only mention she hears of Garinger is usually related to some sort of violence.

“We have Web designers and people that are good with technology. We have future leaders at this school,” she said. “People don’t see that. All they see is Garinger as an urban ghetto school on the east side,” she said.

Police are still looking for the gunman in the latest shooting, which happened in the parking lot off Eastway Drive near the front of the school.

An off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer at Friday’s game responded to the scene minutes after hearing the gunshot, said Randy Hagler, an officer with the CMS police department. Witnesses told police a man shot another man who was walking in the parking lot. Police found the victim shot in the abdomen, reports stated. Last October, the school’s homecoming game was stopped at the beginning of the fourth quarter when a brawl broke out in the stands.

Shots were fired as fans left the stadium; two adults and one 17-year-old Garinger student were arrested, according to police reports.

Published in: on October 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Issues Sex Crime Alert: Officers Investigating a Robbery and Sexual Assault

Incident is the Latest in Brazen Daylight Criminal Acts

October 4, 2011

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Robbery Unit and Sexual Assault Unit are conducting an investigation into a robbery and sexual assault of a woman at her residence on Mission Hills Road in the Independence Division. The victim’s identity is being withheld. The call for service came in at 1:13 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

Independence Division officers responded to a call for service placed by the victim after she was released. The victim advised that an unknown subject entered her residence and sexually assaulted her. He then drove to a bank and attempted to withdraw funds from her account. The victim was released near 2412 Beatties Ford Road, where she called 911.

The suspect is described as a black male with dreadlocks, wearing a white t-shirt and tan shorts.

Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to photograph it and collect physical evidence.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of the suspect is eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Detective Owens is the lead detective assigned to the case.

Published in: on October 5, 2011 at 9:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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