CMPD Officer Hurt in January 31, 2014 Crash

A CMPD officer was taken to a hospital following a crash with another vehicle.

It happened Friday evening at Poplar and West Trade.

Charlotte officer hurt in crash

The officer was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

Police closed the intersection until the scene could be cleared.

A witness tells NBC Charlotte both vehicles involved were towed from the scene.

No word yet on what caused the crash.

Published in: on January 31, 2014 at 11:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

$119K in Cash, 30 Pounds of Pot Seized in January 31, 2014 Sting Culminating in Charlotte

From http://www.wcnc.com, January 31, 2014

Three people are behind bars, each accused of participation in a marijuana trafficking scheme.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe Police arrested three men Thursday morning at the apex of an undercover investigation.

In the Monroe Lowe’s parking lot, officers seized about 21 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $25,000, following the arrests of three men.

Arrested in the operation were 47-year-old David Timothy Harris, 41-year-old Jesus Roberto Teran Valdivia and 30-year-old Tomas Ramirez.

$119K in cash, 30 pounds of pot seized in sting

(L) Tomas Ramirez; (C) David Timothy Harris; (R) Jesus Roberto Teran Valdivia

Photo Credit: Union County Sheriff’s Office

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police assisted in the operation by conducting additional searches within Mecklenburg County. At Harris’ home in Charlotte, authorities say CMPD officers seized $119,000 in cash.

CMPD officers also seized another 10 pounds of pot, with an estimated street value of $16,000, from a search of another, undisclosed location.

Harris is charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, maintain a vehicle to store controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $115,000.

Valdivia is charged with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana; his bond was set at $25,000.

Lastly, Ramirez is charged with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; his bond was set at $100,000.

All three men are held in the Union County Jail.

Published in: on January 31, 2014 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mecklenburg Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty in CMS Guidance Counselor’s October 4, 2013 Killing

From http://www.wsoctv.com, January 30, 2014

Mecklenburg Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a Charlotte man charged with killing his estranged wife. David Fields is accused of murdering Marcia Winningham on October 4, 2013.

David Fields

Winningham was a guidance counselor at Hopewell High School, and was found dead in her house from gunshot wounds. There were two additional victims, but both survived.

Several days after the suspected murder, police arrested Fields in Virginia. He was charged with murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill. Fields was in court today and prosecutors will seek the death penalty if he is accused of first-degree murder.

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Changes Sentencing for Underage Killers

From http://www.wsoctv.com by Allison Latos, January 30, 2014

Eighty-five convicted murderers in North Carolina could get a chance at freedom. A Supreme Court decision in 2012 ruled that if someone commits a murder when they’re under 18, they should not be required to spend life in prison.

In a wsoctv investigation, Anchor Allison Latos uncovered some Charlotte murderers are already aiming for a shorter sentence, while their victims’ families fight to keep them behind bars.

Behind the barbed-wire fences of an Anson County prison sit two men from Mecklenburg County convicted of murder.

Donovan Johnston has been locked up for 18 years.

He was convicted in the 1995 murder of Dennis Clark on Beatties Ford Road when Johnston was 15.

“Somebody stole my jacket. I didn’t know who did it. I think he sort of like snarled at me, and I just killed him. I don’t know why I killed him,” Johnston said.

Johnston got life in prison but may not serve that sentence.

“I know I lived, but I’m wondering if I lived enough,” he said.

In the summer of 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles convicted of murder should not be mandated to life without parole.

Johnston has filed for re-sentencing and, Channel 9 learned, so has Montrez Williams.

“I asked the Lord for an opportunity for my voice to be heard, and he showed me that through this new ruling,” Williams said.

Williams was convicted in a 2008 double murder in west Charlotte.

Police said a month and half shy of his 18th birthday, Williams pulled the trigger, killing Joshua Davis and Terry Long.

After two years in prison, Williams wants his sentence reduced under the Supreme Court ruling, but he also claims he shouldn’t be in prison to start with.

“My whole interrogation was a lie. I was trying to protect my family,” he said.

Andrea Long doesn’t believe Williams. The victims were her sons.

“He’s a murderer and he’s a liar, and he just can’t come to terms with being in prison,” Long said.

Long vowed to fight Williams’ request for less time.

“To go and shoot in cold blood who was only carrying an ink pen and a cigarette lighter and to want to use the Supreme Court to become a free man, I think that’s really using the system,” Long said.

Many child advocates believe the Supreme Court decision is fair, including attorney Chris Fialko, who has defended young murder suspects.

“Kids shouldn’t be treated like adults,” Fialko said. “They just don’t seem to understand as well as an adult the whole process. Another is they don’t have a developed sense of responsibility for what they’ve done.”

Williams has a resentencing hearing in late February. Johnston had already exhausted all of his legal appeals. North Carolina’s Court of Appeals is debating whether inmates in that situation are entitled to new sentencing hearings.

Published in: on January 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

2 Arrested in Connection with January 29, 2014 Charlotte 7-11 Robberies

From http://www.wbtv.com, January 29, 2014

CMPD Officers have arrested two people they say are responsible for two armed robberies.

Tajae Rashawn Robinson, 21, and Devekico Wright, 21, are were arrested on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 according to the release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Tajae Rashawn Robinson and Devekico Wright (Mecklenburg County Jail)

Tajae Rashawn Robinson and Devekico Wright (Mecklenburg County Jail)

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at  6:56 a.m., officers responded to the 9000 block of Mallard Creek Road in reference to an armed robbery from the 7-Eleven.

The two men entered the business and demanded money from the store clerk.

During the robbery the suspects forced employees and occupants of the store to lie down on the floor, according to the release.

The suspects then took one of the victim’s vehicle keys and left in the victim’s vehicle.

Police say no one at the 7-Eleven was injured.

Shortly after that, police say the two men entered the 7-Eleven store on the 8100 block of Old Concord Road. 

The suspects pointed a firearm at the clerk and demanded several items.

Once the suspects took the items, they left the store and left in a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle stolen in the first robbery.

Police tracked the stolen vehicle to the 9100 block of Exbury Court where they found Robinson and Wright. 

Both suspects were in possession of the stolen vehicle and items taken in the robberies.     

Robinson was charged with seven counts of Kidnapping, six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, flee and elude in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. 

Wright was charged with seven counts of kidnapping, six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle. 

Anyone with additional information concerning these cases and or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on January 30, 2014 at 11:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Pineville Police Seeking Public’s Help in Finding Missing Man Last Seen in Charlotte on Jan. 16, 2014

From http://www.wcnc.com, January 29, 2014

Pineville police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing man.

Bryant Isaiah Allen, 25, was reported missing on Jan. 26. His family last spoke to him almost ten days before that.

Pineville PD searches for missing man

Allen was last seen at a business in the 500 block of Central Avenue in Charlotte.

He is 5-foot-5 and about 145 pounds.

Anyone with information should call 704-889-2231.

Published in: on January 30, 2014 at 11:21 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Armed Robbery Suspects

From http://www.wbtv.com, January 28, 2014

Police in Charlotte are asking for the public’s help in identifying several people wanted in the robbery of a University City cell phone store.

The incident was reported on Jan. 14, 2014 at 2:55 p.m. at the One of Two Wireless on the 2400 W. Sugar Creek Road, according to the news release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Police say two people walked into the store.

The first person took a cell phone from inside the business and left the store.  The clerk followed the suspect outside and that is when they pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the clerk. 

The person then jumped in the back of the pick-up truck being driven by someone else.

The suspects left in an unknown direction of travel.  There were no injuries reported during this robbery.

The first person is described as an Asian or Hispanic male, in his late teens or early 20’s, and was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket. 

The second suspect is described as a white male, in his late teens or early 20’s, dressed in all camouflage. 

The vehicle is described as late 1980’s to early 1990’s regular cab white Chevrolet pick-up truck.

Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on January 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

FBI Offering $20,000 Reward for Fairview Rd. Robbery Suspect

From http://www.wcnc.com, January 24, 2014

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a robbery suspect.

$20K reward offered for tips on Charlotte robber

Photo Credit: CMPD

Police say the man pictured above robbed and shot a Loomis employee outside of an ATM on Fairview Road on Thursday, January 22, 2014

Witnesses describe the suspect as being 20-25 years old with a small build. He was heavily disguised with baggy sweats and a hat.

Anyone with information should call FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100 or the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on January 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

27 Charged in Charlotte Area Financial Crime Bust on January 23, 2014

From http://www.wcnc.com, January 24, 2014

More than two dozen people have been charged in a check fraud scheme that operated for years across the Charlotte area.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the suspects stole more than $1 million from financial institutions since 2007.  Investigators say they tricked the system by stealing or purchasing fraudulent checks from legitimate bank account holders. They would then deposit the worthless checks into various accounts, and the bank would credit the money. The suspects would withdraw the money in the time it took to process the checks and determine they were fake.

The suspects allegedly operated in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell and Cabarrus counties.

The U.S. Secret Service worked with CMPD in the investigation.

“Financial frauds have been on the rise both on a national and on a local level,” said Chief Rodney Monroe, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. “With this recent check fraud conspiracy, I am so proud that our respective agencies were able to work together. Only through our partnerships are we able to bring about large indictments as this.”

Each of the 27 defendants allegedly involved in the scheme are charged with one count of bank fraud conspiracy. They face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. All but one suspect is also charged with bank fraud.

27 charged in local financial crime bust

Damarcus Shankle, Elija Grant, Travis Gabriel. These suspects have not yet been arrested.

Seventeen of them were arrested Friday, three are expected to turn themselves into police, four are already in state custody and three have not yet been arrested.

  • Phillip Gregory Harris, Sr., aka “Cash P,” 30, of Charlotte. (arrested) >> Also charged with aggravated identity theft.
  • Olwin Brown, aka “Juice” and “OJ,” 22, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Kevin Smith, 33, of Charlotte. (arrested) >>Also charged with possession of counterfeit securities, one count of possession of stolen mail and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
  • Renardo Perry, aka “S-Dub,” 28, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Jerry McDuffie, aka “J,” 31, of Whiteville, N.C. (arrested)
  • Craig McInnis, 24, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Yarral Wilson, 26, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Kalif Wilson, aka “Scrap,” 28, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Jarral Thompson, 28, of Clover, S.C. (arrested)
  • Jakari Rutledge, 24, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Martell Mackey, aka “Telly,” 26, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Jade Brown, 24, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Christopher Moat, 28, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Rashad Johnson, 26, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Quillie Smith, 29, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Keosha Mack, aka “Kiki,” 28, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Stanley Rutledge, Jr., 27, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Jordan Forster, aka “2-3,” 26, of Charlotte. (pending)
  • Pamela Kerns, 26, of Davidson, N.C. (pending)
  • Tierra Love, 22, of Charlotte. (pending)
  • Anthony Woods, aka “Gerod,” 30, of Charlotte. (in state custody)
  • Tomonta Simmons, aka “Montay,” 21, of Charlotte. (in state custody) >> Not charged with bank fraud, also charged with two counts of theft of firearms
  • Christian Robertson, 20, of Charlotte. (in state custody)
  • Walter Boyd, aka “Web,” 26, of Chester, S.C. (in state custody)
  • Elijah Grant, aka “Box,” 28, of Charlotte. (not in custody)
  • Travis Gabriel, aka “Gangster,” 27, of Charlotte. (not in custody)
  • Demarcus Shankle, 25, of Charlotte. (not in custody)
Published in: on January 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

2 Arrested for Robbery with Dangerous Weapon at Charlotte ATM

 CMPD: Monitoring Device Places Suspect at Crime Scene

From http://www.wcnc.com, January 23, 2014

Police say a suspect in an armed robbery of a victim at an ATM was wearing an electronic-monitoring device which officers were able to use to place him at the scene.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested 23-year-old Anthony Lord Byrd and 16-year-old Laderious Lockhart and charged them with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

CMPD: Monitoring device places suspect at crime scene

(L) Anthony Byrd; (R) Laderious Lockhart –

Photo Credit: Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

Police say Byrd and Lockhard robbed a man withdrawing funds from an ATM in the 9600 block of University City Boulevard and then fled the scene on foot.

Detectives with the robbery department were able to identify both suspects through surveillance footage. Additionally, a search using the electronic monitoring system also confirmed that Boyd, who had been placed on an electronic-monitoring device, was at the scene at the time of the armed robbery.

Both Byrd and Lockhart were located and arrested without incident.

Published in: on January 24, 2014 at 10:34 am  Leave a Comment