CMPD Investigating Death of Man Found in Vehicle Early Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013


From The Charlotte Observer By Joe DePriest, November 30, 2013

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a man found in a vehicle at the 2200 block of Finchley Drive early Saturday.

Police responded to a 2:33 a.m. call that shots were fired and found Esteban Leon, 46, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, authorities said.

Leon was pronounced dead on the scene by Medic.

Police are canvassing the area to determine whether there are any witnesses to the incident.

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

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Published in: on November 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Increasing Patrols for Holiday Shopping

By RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte, November 28, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police plan to ramp up patrols at malls and stores during the upcoming holiday season.

“It’s all hands on deck,” said Major Jeff Estes, CMPD.

The department released part of its effort to ensure shopping safety. The plan includes having additional patrol officers in cars, on foot, bicycles and dual motorcycles.

CMPD will also use recruits from the training academy class who will be teamed with officers to have even more officers on the streets to assist patrol divisions on Black Friday.

The Real Time Crime Center will also be in full operations during the next few days.

CMPD reserve officers and Citizens on Patrol groups will also assist during Black Friday Operations.

With all of these moves the department said it is still vital that everyone be vigilant.

“Many times people are so wrapped up the shopping and they’re not paying attention to what’s going on around them,” said Estes. “If they feel unsure, unsafe about something leave that area. If they see something suspicious call us.” he said.

Published in: on November 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thanksgiving and the Blessings of Liberty

From The New American by Charles Scaliger, November 27, 2013

Although many holidays have broad international appeal, Thanksgiving — arguably America’s second-favorite holiday after Christmas — is celebrated only in the United States and Canada (Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October). What originated as a sort of harvest festival among British colonists in the New World has taken on a life of its own. No longer is Thanksgiving a mere celebration of the harvest (a ritual found in many cultures); it has become a symbol of the oft-neglected virtue of gratitude.

In hindsight, it is not surprising that a day consecrated to gratitude for the blessings of Providence should have arisen among the predominantly pious, hard-pressed early American colonists. Most of them had chosen the austerities of life in the American colonies over the drab certainties of the stratified Old World. Here there were no manorial lords to provide lodging, substance, and protection, and no ossified aristocracy to perpetuate the feudalism of their ancestors.

Compared with much of Europe, the climate in the northern colonies was severe and the risks great. Many of the people who chose the hazards of the New World did so because they wanted freedom — religious, economic, and political — more than they wanted the security afforded by European governments.

Such people, bereft of material things, were more apt than others to rely on Providence and to express gratitude for every harvest, hunt, and fishing haul. On the frontier, there were neither safety nets nor other contrivances of government that tend to obscure man’s dependence on powers higher than himself.

Centuries later, many of us have become more akin to the Old World urbanites our ancestors left behind than we would care to admit. Like the citizens of the great cities of old Europe — London, Amsterdam, Paris, Florence, and all the rest — we are surrounded by luxuries, wealth, and modes of entertainment unimaginable to the old frontiersmen, and even to millions of the world’s poor who even now have never seen a DVD player or a BMW. Many of us have only a vague notion of where many of the things that sustain us — the food that crams our grocery stores, for example — even come from.

Fewer still comprehend the reason for the abundance we now enjoy. The wellspring of our prosperity is our freedom, which a gracious Creator has permitted us to enjoy for a season. Our miraculous technological advances, our ability to produce a superabundance of food, our constantly rising standard of living, our medicine, and our ever-lengthening lifespan, among many other things, stem from the freedom that we have to make our own choices and develop our talents as we see fit.

It is no accident that the nations where liberty was first discovered in the modern era — Great Britain, Holland, parts of Italy, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States — were also the first to discover the principle of progress. Innovation in finance and investment in Italy and Holland created the conditions for the modern growth of capital investment. Innovation in mechanized and large-scale production — the Industrial Revolution — started in Holland and England and was improved many fold in the early American republic. The great discoveries in science and medicine all came from the freer portions of Europe and from America. And all of it happened because of the gift of liberty that our forefathers gave us.

Among the many things for which we should be thankful, then, liberty is one of the very most important. It is liberty that allows us to live lifestyles unimagined a few centuries or even decades ago. Without liberty, our lives would be pallid and impoverished, our growth stunted, our existence truly “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” This Thanksgiving Day, amid the concerns of our time (and they are many), let us give thanks for our liberty, and pray that our children’s children will be able to do the same.

Published in: on November 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Finding Man Wanted in 2 Charlotte Robberies

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for a man wanted in two robberies in the last month.

Police said Gerico Dontae Alexander is wanted for a November 5th robbery in which the victim was shot and a second robbery at the Circle K on Little Rock Road on October 23.

Police: Man wanted in 2 Charlotte robberies

Gerico Dontae Alexander

In the November 5th robbery, the victim told officers that Alexander entered the store and approached him demanding money.  An argument ensued and Alexander shot the victim and took money from the business, according to police.

In the Circle K robbery, Alexander entered the store and demanded money.  During the robbery the suspect moved the victims into a back storage office and locked them inside before fleeing the scene, police said.

The victims were not injured during that robbery.

Detectives were able to identify Alexander as a suspect in both cases and obtained warrants for his arrest. Alexander should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of  Alexander is asked to contact the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at (704) 336-VCAT or call the Crime Stopper’s tip-line at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on November 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD ID’s Victim in Deadly East Charlotte Shooting

The victim in Monday’s fatal shooting has been identified as Micah Christopher Atkinson.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting Monday as a 29-year-old man from Charlotte.

From The Charlotte Observer by Steve Lyttle, November 26, 2013

The latest homicide was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Monday at an apartment in the 4900 block of Endolwood Road. That is off Kimmerly Glen Drive, between Sharon Amity Road and East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Police say officers responded to a call and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

One man, identified as Micah Christopher Atkinson, was rushed by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center, where he died. The other victim suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Investigators say they believe the victims and the shooter knew each other, and that Monday’s shooting was not a random act of violence.

Mecklenburg County court records show Atkinson had been arrested five times in recent years, on a variety of charges.

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Published in: on November 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gunmen Ring Doorbell, Fire Shots Into Home

From, November 25, 2013

Police say they are investigating a shooting after someone fired six bullets into a home in East Charlotte.

Gunmen ring doorbell, fire shots into home photo

It happened on William Reynolds Drive early Sunday morning.

Police say two suspects rang the doorbell then began shooting into the home.

There were no injuries and police are still looking for the gunmen.

Published in: on November 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Investigating Deadly East Charlotte Shooting

From, November 25, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead Monday afternoon.

The shooting happened in the 4900 block of Endolwood Road around 3:58 p.m.  When officers arrived on scene, they found two men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

One of the victims was pronounced dead at Carolina Medical Center, police said.

Authorities said both victims and the suspects knew one another and the shooting is not a random act of violence.

The victim’s identities have not yet been released.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on November 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

2 Arrested in South Charlotte Home Invasion, Assault

From, November 22, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested two men who they said pistol-whipped a teen during a south Charlotte home invasion Friday morning.

2 arrested in south Charlotte home invasion, assault

Dimitri Hayes, 21 and Chauncey Concepcion, 20.

Officers were called to the house on Peyton Randolf Drive around 10:30 a.m. after a teenager who was home at the time said two men with guns entered the house and held him at gun point, according to police.

One of the suspects hit the teen while the other burglarized the house, stealing an iPad, cellphone and bank card, police said. The victim was able to give a description of the two men and the car they sped off in.

Patrol officers who were conducting surveillance in another part of the neighborhood said they saw a suspicious vehicle and ran the tag information.  Robbery detectives were notified and the suspects — Chauncey Concepcion, 20 and Dimitri Hayes, 21 –were positively identified by the teen.

They have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and were booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail Friday night.

The victim is OK.

Published in: on November 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Searching for Another Teen Who Cut Off Electronic Monitoring Device

From, November 23, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are searching for a teenager that is on the run after chopping off his electronic monitor.

Teen wanted after chopping off ankle monitor

Emilio Argueta-Fontanez, 19, was ordered to wear his monitor last week after an armed robbery, police said.

According to officials, he was last seen in the 1200 block of North Tryon Street.  Anyone with information on Fontanez’s whereabouts is encouraged to call 704-336-VCAT.

Published in: on November 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man Charged in Deadly East Charlotte Hit and Run

From, November 24, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged the driver of a white pick-up truck who hit and killed a woman crossing a street in east Charlotte Thursday night.

Police said Lola Williams was crossing 3100 block of Eastway Drive near Eastway Crossing Drive around 6:30 p.m. when she was hit and killed by a white truck.

Roger Danilo Villanueva, 50.

The driver of the truck, Roger Danilo Villanueva, 50, fled the scene after hitting Williams, police said.

Villanueva is now charged with felony hit and run causing death.

Published in: on November 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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