CMPD Arrests Teen in School Bus Attack

Driver was Threatened, Police Say, to Retaliate for an Earlier Incident

From The Charlotte Observer by Meghan Cooke, April 18, 2012

Police said they’ve taken a 15-year-old into custody in connection with the attack on a school bus carrying dozens of students Monday afternoon in a northern Charlotte neighborhood.

The teen is one of four people who allegedly wore red bandanas over their faces as they surrounded a Martin Middle School bus and threatened the driver – an apparent act of retaliation after a dispute between the driver and students days earlier, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

On Tuesday, police told the Observer they were seeking a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools high school student who goes by “Bam Bam.” On Wednesday, police said the teen in custody is the “main suspect” in the case, but they wouldn’t identify him because he is a juvenile. It’s unclear what charges he might face.

About 4:40 p.m. Monday, bus 112 was taking students home from Martin Middle when an SUV pulled in front of it at Dalecrest Drive and Woodstone Lane, off North Graham Street.

Four men wearing bandanas got out, and one tried to get on the bus by kicking in the glass door, causing about $100 in damage. He threatened to kill the driver, police said.

The driver maneuvered around the SUV and drove away, police said, preventing the men from boarding the bus.

Police said the incident apparently stemmed from allegations that the 23-year-old male bus driver had shoved students last week.

On April 13, several female students complained to school administrators that the driver had shoved them and forced them off the bus, said Officer Kay Rivera, the resource officer for Martin Middle School. She said the driver had stopped the bus that afternoon after students began getting out of their seats, screaming and cursing. The bus driver went to the back of the bus to try to regain control.

The bus does not have a video camera, but a student used a cellphone to record the incident. It did not show the driver pushing students, Rivera said.

“The allegations were proven to be false, but investigators believe that the four subjects attempting to board the bus were doing so out of retaliation,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a statement Wednesday.

No one was injured in Monday’s incident, and the bus driver has been moved to another route.

Police have not identified the other three suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on April 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Four Masked Robbers Attempt to Hold-Up CMS School Bus

From, April 16, 2012

At 4:40 pm, four people with red bandannas over their faces, jumped out of a white Chevy Yukon SUV and beat on the hood of bus #112 from CMS’ James Martin Middle School. The incident occurred in the 2700 block of Dalecrest Drive, according to CMPD.

One of the suspects smashed a window on the bus during the incident and a second man attempted to force his way on the school bus to get to the 23-year-old bus driver.  The bus driver was able to maneuver around the SUV and drive off without further incident.  There were no students on the bus.




Published in: on April 18, 2012 at 9:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Man Gets Life for 2010 Robbery Death

From, April 17, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man accused in the shooting death of a Mecklenburg County man more than two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Charlotte Observer reported  21-year-old Michael Leon King was convicted Tuesday after a six-day trial in Charlotte.

Police say 25-year-old Jared Bolli was shot during a robbery attempt at his apartment in Pineville in January 2010.

Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans sentenced King to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Published in: on April 18, 2012 at 8:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Woman Charged With Killing Ex-Husband, a Retired New York City Police Officer, Out of Jail

From, April 17, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —A Charlotte woman charged with killing a former New York police officer is out of jail on bond.

Carole Larossa got out of jail this weekend.  She is on house arrest and has to wear an electronic monitor.

Carole Larossa photo
Carole Larossa

Larossa is accused of stabbing her estranged husband, James Larossa, a retired New York City Police Officer, in his home near Ballantyne.

Published in: on April 17, 2012 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Ballantyne Residents Discuss Possible Secession From City of Charlotte

From News 14 Carolina by David Kernodle, April 14, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Ballantyne residents, business owners, and politicians still want to know more about spiting from the city of Charlotte.

Hundreds of people attended the Ballantyne Breakfast Club’s monthly meeting to talk about it. The group started discussing the idea late last year.

Charlotte city councilman Warren Cooksey said the possibility to split from Charlotte is being considered because of stress over reevaluations, higher tax bills due to a down economy, and neglect of services in the south Charlotte area.

“There have been lots of questions and very little action, so i view this club meeting as an opportunity to get information out so people can get their questions answered and have fewer rumors going around,” said Cooksey.

Residents say there is no timetable for any formal action. They say they need to gather more information before seriously considering a split from Charlotte.

Published in: on April 16, 2012 at 9:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Another Offender Accused of Cutting and Running

From by Sharon Smith, Weekend Anchor, Reporter, April 15, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Police say they’re looking for a man who cut off his electronic monitor.

In addition to stealing and car break-in charges, Jamarious Sherrill will be charged with cutting off his electronic monitor once he is found.

Sherrill is the 8th offender to cut and run this year. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department says so far everyone has been caught.

Around 400 accused criminals are on electronic monitoring.

Published in: on April 16, 2012 at 9:10 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Ballantyne CVS Robbery Suspect

From The Charlotte Observer, April 16, 2012

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have released surveillance photos of a man wanted in connection with the robbery of a CVS last Friday in the Ballantyne area.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have released this surveillance photo of a man who allegedly robbed a Ballantyne-area CVS at gunpoint last Friday.

Police say the robbery happened at the store in the 13800 block of Conlan Circle, off John J. Delaney Road near Johnston Road. The man robbed the store at gunpoint and ran off.

According to police, the gunman was wearing a skin-colored stocking over his face, sunglasses and a black toboggan hat. Police say the man was wearing a jacket that appeared to be a Carhartt or an imitation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police detectives at 704-432-TIPS, or contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on April 16, 2012 at 9:03 am  Leave a Comment  

NC Teen in Hospital After Throat Slashed at School


BAILEY, N.C. — Authorities in Nash County say a 16-year-old high school student is hospitalized after her throat was slashed with a scalpel by a 15-year-old as they changed classes.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office says the younger student approached Jasmine Barnes from behind around 9:25 a.m. Tuesday at Southern Nash High School. The school resource officer who witnessed the incident took the 15-year-old girl into custody.

Barnes was taken to Wilson Medical Center before being transferred to Vidant Health in Greenville.

Deputies went to Southern Nash last week after a report that two people were fighting with a broken bottle and a gun. When deputies arrived at the school, they discovered a 17-year-old was trying to harm himself with a piece of glass.

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 8:28 am  Leave a Comment  

More Bank Robberies This Week Than In All Of 2011, Police Search For Suspects

By Jeff Smith,, April 14, 2012

There have been more bank robberies in Charlotte this week than in all of 2011.

Four suspects are still on the run, and FBI agents and Charlotte police detectives are working around the clock to make arrests.

There have been four bank robberies in the Queen City between Tuesday and Friday. The most recent one was Friday afternoon, when two men with a gun robbed the PNC bank on East Boulevard.

The men wore disguises during the robbery—Jamaican wigs and sunglasses.

Police said the suspects fired a shot inside the bank during the robbery. No one was injured.

There are three elementary schools within a mile of the PNC Bank. CMS put Dilworth Elementary on lockdown for an hour.

“It’s just frightening to know that this could happen in a neighborhood like this,” said Maryann Wyatt, who lives a few houses away from the bank. Her two grandchildren were inside Dilworth Elementary during the lockdown.

The FBI says there were three Charlotte bank robberies in 2011.

The first bank robbery of the week was Tuesday at 4pm at the Wells Fargo on JM Keynes Drive.

Then, a different man robbed the BB&T on South Tryon Wednesday at 3 pm.

Thursday at 2:30 pm, yet another robber held up the First Citizens Bank in Myers Park.

The PNC Bank was hit at 2 pm Friday afternoon.

Police made one arrest, arresting Todd Foreman in Oklahoma for Tuesday’s robbery.

Neighbors are stunned to see so many bank robberies in the middle of the afternoon in residential neighborhoods.

“There’s runners and joggers and walkers. Bicyclists. Mothers with babies. It’s a very active neighborhood outside,” said Maryann Wyatt.

Police found the getaway car used in Friday’s robbery down the street from the bank, with the wigs inside.

Officers also recovered the gun and the stolen money. Detectives are processing the evidence for fingerprints and for DNA.

Eyewitness News asked police if any of the bank robberies in connected. Police said they are not related.

However, detectives think think the same man who robbed the BB&T Bank on Wednesday may have also robbed the Mac’s Speed Shop restaurant a few days earlier. The locations are just a few blocks apart.

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 8:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Teen Arrested in Shooting of UNCC Student

From The Charlotte Observer by April Bethea, April 14, 2012

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting of a UNC Charlotte student last weekend. Authorities said the shooting occurred after the pair met for a drug deal.

Davahughn Lamar Johnson is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill/inflict serious injury, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a handgun by a minor, police said.


 Johnson was arrested Friday morning as he got off a school bus at Mallard Creek High School, according to NewsChannel 36, the Observer’s news partner. He remained in custody at the Mecklenburg County jail early Saturday.

Johnson is charged in the shooting of 20-year-old John Borek.

Police have said Borek was shot on the left side of his neck around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of The Flatts at Mallard Creek Apartments, near Mallard Creek Church Road. They said he was visiting friends at the time of the shooting.

Borek was taken to the hospital with what were described as life-threatening injuries.

A police spokesman said earlier this week that authorities believed the suspect was with another person at the time of the shooting, and did not believe it was a “random act of violence.”

On Friday, police said their investigation showed that Borek and Johnson were meeting each other for a “illegal drug transaction” when Johnson allegedly shot Borek.

Police asked anyone with additional information about the case to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a detective or CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 8:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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