CMPD Investigating Weapons Case in West Charlotte

At about 2:30am Saturday, December 21, 2013 CMPD Officers were called to a shooting on Markland Drive in West Charlotte.

They say when they arrived, no one was shot, but Medic says one person was taken to the hospital.

Police say they are investigating a weapons case that started on Markland Drive, but ended up on Parkmont Drive.

Published in: on December 21, 2013 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  

One Person Shot to Death on West Charlotte’s Lucky Penny Street

From, December 21, 2013

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, a man was shot and killed at about 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

CMPD Officers say the homicide occurred on Lucky Penny Street in West Charlotte, just off Freedom Drive.

Police say they found the victim in a parking lot.

Medic pronounced the man dead on the scene.

So far, no one has been arrested.

Published in: on December 21, 2013 at 11:29 am  Leave a Comment  

3 Men Charged in December 19, 2013 Charlotte Armed Robbery

From, December 20, 2013

Men believed to be behind an armed robbery in a Charlotte parking lot have been arrested.

Officers responded to the call for service around 10 a.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013 in the 2900 block of Gibbon Road.

The victim told police two suspects approached him with a firearm and demanded his cell phone and money. They fled in a vehicle driven by a third man, according to investigators.

Police found the vehicle and the three men nearby.

Police: Men rob victim in Charlotte parking lot

Jamario Edwards, 23, Bryan Humphries, 22, and Terre Gray, 21, were taken into custody.

All three of them were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Edwards is also charged for possession of a firearm by a felon, and Humphries was charged with possession of marijuana.

Published in: on December 21, 2013 at 11:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Donor Replaces Stolen Christmas Tree for Charlotte Firefighters

From, December 20, 2013

A story that began with a Grinch now has a happy ending.

Thursday, as Charlotte firefighters from Station 23 battled a fire, someone stole the station’s Christmas tree.

Someone then came forward Friday and donated a fully decorated tree for the firefighters.

Of course, they say, this didn’t have to happen to begin with.

“If they needed a tree – if they would’ve rung the doorbell and asked, we would’ve given it to them,” one firefighter told NBC Charlotte.

The stolen tree was paid for with money out of the firefighters’ own pockets and they decorated it themselves. It’s a tradition they’ve had for years.

Published in: on December 21, 2013 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Arrest Made in December 18, 2013 Murder of Charlotte Teen

From, December 20, 2013

An arrest has been made for the murder of teen shot in a Charlotte parking lot on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Charlotte officers arrested Miguel Angel Zelaya, 19, on Friday, December 20, 2013.

Arrest made in Charlotte teen's murder

Police say evidence gathered during the investigation allowed them to identify Zelaya as the suspect in 17-year-old Jose Ibarra’s death. Investigators found him in an apartment on Lakemist Drive, where he was originally taken into custody for an unrelated robbery warrant.

Zelaya was charged following an interview with detectives.

Published in: on December 21, 2013 at 11:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Thieves Stealing Holiday Gifts From Local Porches

By Tony Burbeck / NBC Charlotte, December 18, 2013

Thieves are targeting holiday deliveries left on people’s porches and by their doors.

To some folks, a package delivered to a house this time of year is a sign of holiday cheer. To others, it is the temptation of a gift just sitting there, waiting to be stolen.

“Easy target,” said Kimberly Binford.

Her neighbor, a 66-year-old grandmother buying gifts for her grandkids, found out the hard way.

“She received an email confirmation that said the packages had been delivered. When she got home, they were not on her porch,” Binford said. “She did call and make a police report. She did mention it to me, so yeah she seemed very disappointed.”

The police report estimates the loss at the home in the Candlewyck neighborhood at $60.

Another report in the Chantilly neighborhood says someone stole a watch worth about $150 delivered to the front door of a home on Shenandoah Avenue.

In the Wessex Square neighborhood, Marsha Cohen is out $100. She put a gift card in the mail to a nephew but it never arrived.

“Someone did steal it. It was indeed stolen. It was registered under a name of someone I didn’t send it to,” Cohen said.

“Unfortunately, a lot of us have to think like a thief and be one step ahead of them, and require signatures on our packages and be home to get our packages. And it’s sad we have to do that.”

Thinking about how criminals see your house and the packages left there can help keep you safe, and the gifts you send or receive protected.

CMPD has holiday security tips, including:

–    Make sure your house is well lit.
–    Remove anything a burglar can climb on.
–    Don’t leave garage doors open.
–    Don’t advertise what you got by showing the boxes in the garbage.
–    Dispose of gift boxes the morning of your trash pick-up so they don’t sit out for days.
–    Engrave your driver’s license number on gifts, which can help recover them if they’re stolen.
–    Don’t open your door to strangers.

Published in: on December 20, 2013 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Murder Victim’s Brother Charged with Having Weapon of Mass Destruction

From, December 19, 2013

CMPD Officers are still searching for the person who shot and killed a teenager in south Charlotte, Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Police said someone shot into a vehicle Wednesday night in a parking lot on Sharon Lakes Road.

17 year-old Jose Ibarra and his brother, Steve Ibarra, were inside.

Jose was hit and Steve drove him to the hospital, where he died.
Steve Ibarra
A few hours later Steve Ibarra was arrested and charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction among other things.

Published in: on December 20, 2013 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Teen Shot, Killed in South Charlotte Parking Lot

From, December 18, 2013

A teen was shot and killed in a south Charlotte parking lot during an argument, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Several officers responded to the scene near South Boulevard and Sharon Lakes Drive just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Police say 17-year-old Jose Orlando Ibarra and the suspect had an altercation outside of a laundromat in the Sharon Lakes Business Center.

Jose Ibarra photo

A family member took Ibarra to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No one has been taken into custody. Witnesses and anyone else with information about the suspect is asked to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.

  CMPD Officers Swarm Apartment of Man Killed Wednesday Night

From by Trish Willford, December 19, 2013

The CMPD SWAT team and dozens of Detectives swarmed Elmsley Grove Apartments on Thursday afternoon — surrounding one apartment unit — for more than five hours.

Residents stood by and watched in disbelief.

Marisol Ibarra told Eyewitness News this is the same complex where her son Jose Ibarra lived with his girlfriend.

She’s heartbroken over the loss of her youngest son.

“I just can’t believe that he’s gone,” she said.

Marisol Ibarra believes her son Jose was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

She said just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, she received a grim phone call from her son’s friend.

Ibarra said Jose had just run to the store with her oldest son, Steve.

According to CMPD detectives, 17-year-old Jose Ibarra was shot as he sat in a car in a parking lot on Sharon Lakes Road.

Ibarra said her other son, 24-year-old Steve Ibarra was driving that car. Jose was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

“I never knew it would end up like this,” Marisol Ibarra said.

Eyewitness News learned Jose’s older brother Steve was arrested shortly after the shooting on a weapons of mass destruction charge. His mother said she believes her son tried to sell a gun to an undercover officer.

The charge is unrelated to the case of Jose Ibarra’s slaying.

“Whoever did this was wrong he didn’t deserve to be killed like that,” Marisol Ibarra said.

Ibarra said she has no idea who would want her son dead. Police have not released information about a possible suspect.

Published in: on December 20, 2013 at 9:20 am  Comments (1)  

Scammers Aim to Take Control of Your Computer, Then Your Money

From by Greg Suskin, December 19, 2013

Susan Grubb told Channel 9 she’s angry at herself following a bizarre phone call Wednesday morning.

“Last night, I was a wreck, a total wreck about it,” she said.

She runs a business from her home, and was in her home office when the phone rang.

She said a man called pretending to be from the Windows Care Department of Microsoft, and told her he needed access to her computer immediately to fix a dangerous virus on it.

“I feel ashamed that I let it happen to me. I feel embarrassed,” Grubb said.

Believing it was legitimate, she tapped a few keys and gave the caller control of her laptop. She noticed they appeared to be taking files.

She said she could hear background noise that sounded like a large call center, and it all felt very official.

However, after a few minutes the man asked for her credit card numbers, address and other personal information, and the red flag went up.

“I said, ‘Well, I’m not going to give it to you,’ and he said, ‘Well, you won’t have your computer back.’ I said, ‘I’ve got my computer. It’s right here.’ He said, ‘But you’ll never get back in it,'” Grubb said.

They argued, and she hung up the phone, but not before the crook had changed the password to her computer, locking her out.

Channel 9 called the number with an Alabama area code that Grubb was called from, but it had been disconnected.

“I’m angry is what I am, and I think people need to know that this could happen to them,” she said.

It took 10 hours on the phone Wednesday for Grubb to call her bank, credit card company and credit bureaus trying to minimize any damage.

She also contacted police. At this point, she doesn’t know what was compromised, but she’s watching her accounts.

Rock Hill police said a computer or software company like Microsoft will never call you if you haven’t called them first. They also will not ask for personal information.

Grubb just wanted to let others know to be careful.

“With computers now, everything you have is out there,” she said.

Published in: on December 20, 2013 at 9:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Charlotte Stabbing, Receives 13 Years in Prison

From, December 19, 2013

A man charged with stabbing someone to death will spend at least 13 years behind bars.

Jonathan Ervin pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder for killing Antoine Cureton in April, 2012.

Jonathan Ervin

Police said Ervin walked up to Cureton at the intersection of West Boulevard and Remount Road and stabbed him several times.

Published in: on December 20, 2013 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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