One Person Killed in Overnight Charlotte Shooting

From charlotte.news14.com by Elise Roberts, September 27, 2013

Charlotte police are investigating a deadly overnight shooting that could be tied to popular nightclub.

Early Friday morning, family members confirmed that Terrell Jones, 23, was shot and killed at South Oaks Crossing Apartments on Kings Ridge Drive near East Arrowood Road in Charlotte.

Family members believe Jones was shot and killed by someone who was involved in an altercation earlier on Thursday at Club 935. But they said no matter how it started, it didn’t have to end this way.

One person killed in overnight Charlotte shooting

“If anybody does know, they need to come up and tell something. Seriously, there is too much killing going on and when is it going to stop. That is all I want to know,” said victim’s cousin Loravia Miller.

At this point in time no arrests have been made. Authorities are asking anyone with any information on the case to call police.

Earlier this week a community meeting was held about the noise and crime coming from Club 935. Some people living in Wesley Heights neighborhood want the club to be shut down.

The owner of the club told News 14 Carolina he is doing the best he can and has hired more off-duty police officers.

This year there have been three shootings outside Club 935, one of which was fatal. None of those cases have been solved.

Published in: on September 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Officers Arrest Men for Robbing Retail Employees Making Bank Deposits

 

From The Charlotte Observer by Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., September 26, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested two men who investigators say targeted retail employees making deposits at Charlotte banks.

Kelvin Graham, 28, and Tony Lamont Caldwell, 44, were both in jail on Thursday. They face several felony charges: robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, common law robbery and conspiracy to commit common law robbery.

Alleged repeat robbers arrested in Charlotte

Graham, Caldwell- Photos from http://www.wcnc.com

Police say robbers hit the BB&T Bank at 325 E. Woodlawn Road on July 1 and Sept. 23. On Sept. 24. they also struck the Walls Fargo Bank on John J. Delaney Drive in northern Charlotte.

The robberies had similar characteristics. In each case an employee — of Rack Room Shoes, the Arthritis Foundation and the Terrace Cafe — was approached while making a business deposit at a bank. The suspect demanded the deposit bag, then fled in a vehicle driven by a second suspect. In two instances, the suspect was armed.

Detectives say they apprehended Graham first. He agreed to voluntarily talk to them, police say, and was arrested following the interview. The police department’s violent criminal apprehension team arrested Caldwell on Thursday in the Belmont community just northeast of uptown.

Police encourage anyone with more information about the case or the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters are eligible for a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/09/26/4344673/police-arrest-serial-bank-robbers.html#storylink=cpy
Published in: on September 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

1 Shot in West Charlotte Wednesday Night

From http://www.wcnc.com, September 26, 2013

One person was shot in west Charlotte Wednesday night.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said one person was shot at home in the 2800 block of Fordwood Drive.

Police: 1 shot in west Charlotte

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

Police have not made an arrest in the shooting, or said what led to the shooting.

Published in: on September 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Falsifying Car Inspections in Pineville

From http://www.wsoctv.com, September 26, 2013

A judge sentenced a Charlotte man to one year in prison for falsifying emissions inspections.

Prosecutors say Jose Cabrera conducted more than 150 illegal vehicle inspections while working at Carolina Tire in Pineville in 2011 and 2012.

Jose Cabrera

They say he entered information for one car, but had the testing equipment hooked up to another car.

Published in: on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Man Shot, Killed by NC Central University Police After Firing Shotgun at Officers

In 2008, Bost was found guilty of assault and theft of firearms and sentenced to a maximum of eight months in N.C. prison. In 2009 he was found guilty of felony breaking and entering and of resisting an officer.

By CLEVE R. WOOTSON, Jr. / The Charlotte Observer, September 25, 2013

Police have identified a man shot and killed by campus police at N.C. Central University as Tracy Daquan Bost, a 22-year-old from Charlotte.

Authorities say Bost was shot after he fired a shotgun blast at officers who were approaching him. Police said he matched the description of a man wanted by Durham police in connection with a burglary and armed robbery.

Charlotte man shot, killed by NC Central police

Tracy Bost

Campus police received a report from Durham Police that one of the suspects had gotten off a public bus near campus. They ordered a lockdown because the man was thought to be armed.

They found Bost near the corner of Cecil and Lincoln streets, and he drew a shotgun from the waist of his pants when they began talking to him, according to an account released by NCCU officials Tuesday.

The man fired toward police, and they shot back, according to the university, and the man ran into a wooded area.

The police dog tracked the man to an area near the School of Education, and police again demanded he surrender. He fired again, and police shot him, the university said.

The three NCCU police officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave and the investigation has been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation — standard steps in officer-involved shootings.

Little seems to be known about Bost besides his lengthy criminal record. Mary Ines, who identified herself as his adoptive grandmother, said he was adopted as a child, and that his biological father lived in Charlotte. But she said she hadn’t talked to him in years. Other family members couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

In 2008, Bost was found guilty of assault and theft of firearms and sentenced to a maximum of eight months in N.C. prison. In 2009 he was found guilty of felony breaking and entering and of resisting an officer.

Published in: on September 26, 2013 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  

5 Charged After Tuesday’s Pursuit in Charlotte

 

From The Charlotte Observer By Steve Lyttle, September 25, 2013

Five men have been charged in connection with a police pursuit Tuesday afternoon that ended in a south Charlotte neighborhood.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police allege the suspects were involved in several burglaries around the city.

The pursuit began when officers spotted a black SUV that was reported by police to have been seen near breaking-and-entering cases. The vehicle refused to stop for Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers, and the N.C. Highway Patrol joined the pursuit.

Police say several passengers in the vehicle jumped and ran during various times in the pursuit, which ended in the Colony Acres subdivision off Nations Ford Road.

These suspects were charged, according to CMPD:

• Nico Benn, 18; four felony counts, breaking and entering; three counts, conspiracy; four counts, larceny after breaking and entering; four counts, possession of stolen goods; possession of burglary tools; resisting a public officer.

Nico Benn, 18

• Tyrell Brace, 16; three counts, felony breaking and entering; three counts, conspiracy; three counts, larceny after breaking and entering; three counts, possession of stolen goods; resisting a public officer.

Tyrell Brace, 16

• Milton Dunlap, 18; assault on a government official; three counts, felony breaking and entering; three counts, conspiracy; felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle; hit and run; three counts, larceny after breaking and entering; three counts, possession of stolen goods; reckless driving; resisting a public officer.

Milton Dunlap, 18

• Marlow Johnson, 26; three counts, felony breaking and entering; three counts, conspiracy.

Marlow Johnson, 26

• Larry Thomas, 17; four counts, felony breaking and entering; three counts, conspiracy; four counts, larceny after breaking and entering; driving with a revoked license; three counts, possession of stolen goods; possession of a firearm by a felon; resisting a public officer.

Larry Thomas, 17

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/09/25/4341696/5-charged-after-tuesdays-pursuit.html#storylink=cpy
Published in: on September 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Toxicology Report Sheds New Light on Infant’s Death

From http://www.wcnc.com, September 25, 2013

The probable cause affidavit released by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reveals new details in the overdose death of a 9-month-old.

On July 22, infant Kaleb Lowery was found unresponsive in his home in the 9500 block of Lina Ardrey Lane. MEDIC responded to the home, administered CPR on the infant, and transported him to CMC Pineville, where he was later pronounced deceased.

The probable cause affidavit released Wednesday by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department shows Kaleb had two prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death: Amitriptyline and Diphenhydramine.

Authorities say Kaleb’s grandmother, 49-year-old Charlene Workman, who had legal custody of Kaleb, had a prescription for at least one of the medications found in his system.

Toxicology report sheds new light on infant's death

It’s not yet clear how the medications got into the infant’s system.

The doctor at the Medical Examiner’s Office who performed the toxicology report on the infant classified Kaleb’s death as a homicide.

Workman is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Workman appeared in court on last Tuesday afternoon, and was given no bond. A bond hearing has been set for October 2. A public defender was appointed to her during Wednesday’s court proceedings.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Amitriptyline is used to treat eating disorders, post-herpetic neuralgia and to prevent migrane headaches. Diphenhydramine is used to relieve red, irritated, itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; runny nose caused by hay feverm allergies or the common cold.

Published in: on September 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Drug Operation Busted; Nearly 4 lbs. of Marijuana Seized

From http://www.wcnc.com, September 25, 2013

Two Charlotte men have been arrested and charged in connection with a marijuana growing-operation discovered on Monday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested 29-year-old Brandon Ross and 28-year-old Everett Roberts on Monday evening at a residence in the 4500 block of Biesterfield Drive in Charlotte.

Drug operation busted; nearly 4 lbs. of weed seized

Credit: Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

(L) Brandon Ross; (R) Everett Roberts

According to the police report, CMPD found and seized jugs, a heat lamp, digital scales, food preserver used to seal processed marijuana, chemical nutrients, 3.29 pounds of marijuana bud, one marijuana plant, and 280 grams of marijuana shake.

The total value of the materials and drugs seized is more than $5000, police say.

Ross is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Roberts is charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both men have bonded out of the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Published in: on September 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Investigating Two Copper Wire Thefts

From http://www.wcnc.com, September 25, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are tracking down suspects in two separate copper wire thefts within the last week.

Thieves hit the CSX Railroad location in the 100 block of Ramsey Street at some point between Friday and Tuesday. The burglars made off with about $15,000 worth of copper cables in that incident.

In the same time frame, police say someone stole $2,000 worth of copper wires from an AC unit at the Salvation Army location on Belmont Avenue.

Investigators have not said the incidents are related.

Anyone with information should call police.

Published in: on September 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

How Guns Stop Crimes

Cato Institute Policy Report – March / April 2012

http://www.cato.org/policy-report/marchapril-2012/how-guns-stop-crimes

The media rarely make a point of reporting stories involving defensive gun use.

“In this milieu,” the authors of a new White Paper write, “where criminal gun use makes the evening news, but self-defense cases get little to no coverage, it is understandable why many people would develop negative opinions concerning guns.” But in “Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens,” scholars Clayton E. Cramer and David Burnett present their case for reconsidering this stance.

They begin by giving an overview of the academic studies of defensive gun use — showing that “the survey data has severe limitations” — before supplementing it with thousands of news reports gathered over an eight-year period. These data offer a distinct advantage in that they provide “a rich set of information about motives, circumstances, victims, and criminals.”

The authors go on to examine recent legal trends surrounding self-defense, before exploring the specific manner in which people use guns to fend off criminal attacks. “The overwhelming majority of defensive gun use stories,” they find, “involve ordinary and decent people defending themselves against criminals.” Cramer and Burnett offer dozens of case studies in which everyday citizens exercise judgment and competency when handling a gun.

In the end, they acknowledge that bearing arms is clearly not always the solution in criminal confrontations. However, it is impossible to deny that “a great number of tragedies — murders, rapes, assaults, robberies — have been thwarted by self-defense gun uses.” They conclude that, despite the fears of many gun-control advocates, “gun owners stop a lot of criminal mayhem.” Please visit http://www.cato.org for an interactive map displaying scores of documented stories of defensive gun use.

Published in: on September 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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