The Right to Keep & Bear Arms in Action: Woman Uses Her Gun To Ward Off Abduction

From The Daily Caller, August 30, 2014

A woman who is licensed to carry a gun but had only recently started carrying one for protection put it to good use earlier this week.

Dinah Burns was out walking her dog, Gracie, on a path near an elementary school on Monday, August 25, 2014 when two men approached her with a baseball bat and threatened to abduct her.

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“Two guys came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said ‘You’re coming with us,’” Burns told WBNS, adding that Gracie was little help in deterring the men.

Thankfully, Burns had something else for protection.

“I said, ‘Well, what do you want?,’ and as I was saying that I reached in to my pocket and slipped my gun out, slipped the safety off as I pulled it out,” Burns said.

“As I was doing that the other gentleman came toward me and raised the baseball bat. And, I pointed the gun at them and said, ‘I have this and I’m not afraid to use it.’”

The men backed off and left, Burns told the news station.

“I think if they’d gotten any closer, I probably would have fired,” she said, citing her concealed carry training which taught her “to get out of a situation, back out, get out of it as much as you can without having to discharge your firearm.”

“[I’m] very thankful that it turned out the way it did, and hope it doesn’t happen again, but I will be prepared,” Burns said.

The number of people obtaining concealed carry pistol permits has increased across the nation. For example, Ohio, which began issuing concealed carry permits in 2004, has experienced a massive surge of new concealed carry permit requests. According to an article from the Columbus Dispatch earlier this year, 96,972 new permits were issued in 2013 — a 50 percent increase from 2012. Permit renewals quadrupled over the same time span to 48,370.

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 11:26 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Investigates 2 Shootings, Home Invasion on August 28, 2014

From, August 29, 2014

It was a busy night for officers in Charlotte overnight Thursday, August 28, 2014 as Officers responded to two separate shootings and one violent home invasion.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say shots were fired into an apartment building on Griers Grove Road in north Charlotte. One person was struck in their side and is in the hospital with life threatening injuries. Another person was injured by shattered glass. There were five kids and four adults inside the unit, and officials say none of the kids sustained injuries.

Just a short distance away, officers responded to a violent home invasion on Hudson Graham Lane. Authorities say two men broke into the residence and badly beat the homeowner.

Shortly after midnight, police responded to another shooting in the 5700 block of Eastbrook Road in east Charlotte. One person was taken to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

All three cases remain under investigation, and police are searching for suspects in each incident. If you have any information that may help police, give them a call at (704) 334-7600

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 11:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Suspect Accused of Using Stun Gun on Charlotte Store Employee Arrested on August 29, 2014

From, August 29, 2014

A man wanted for using a stun gun on store employee has been arrested in Charlotte.

Joshua Ervin Bethea, 27, faces three counts each of armed robbery and assault on a female.


Detectives obtained warrants for Bethea during the investigation. He was located Friday, August 29, 2014 on Delham Drive and arrested without incident.

Police say this arrest illustrates the importance of the community and police working together.

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Apprehends Man Who Escaped Rowan Co. Custody

From, August 29, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police apprehended a man who escaped from custody in Rowan County last month.

Jameel Kenneth Stephens-Maddox, 21, escaped police custody while awaiting a bond hearing at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office on July 9.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police developed information on Stephens-Maddox’s location and acted upon it early Friday morning, August 29, 2014.

Around 7:30, the CMPD SWAT team surrounded a home on Sharview Circle in southwest Charlotte, established contact with Stephens-Maddox and talked him into surrendering peacefully, police say.

Stephens-Maddox was arrested in Rowan County on July 9 on seven outstanding warrants, but not before attempting to elude officers when they came to his home to serve the arrest warrant. Once in custody, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says Stephens-Maddox, who was handcuffed to a bar in the Magistrate’s Office, was able to free his hands from the cuffs, run out the door, jump onto a patrol car inside the fenced-in area of the Magistrate’s Office, and make his way over the razor wire fence.

Stephens-Maddox was served the original arrest warrant in Rowan County for three charges of resist, delay and obstruct, assault on a female, possession of a firearm by a felony and driving charges.

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 11:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Stonehaven Area Experiences Rash of Thefts August 8 through 12, 2014

The Stonhaven Area has experienced a rash of thefts from vehicles and out-buildings.

Below are the reported incidents. Anyone observing individuals or vehicles that seem to be the least bit suspicious should report them immediately to the CMPD via 911 and Brian Lutes with the Stonehaven Community Patrol by calling 980-297-8446.

Reported thefts from vehicles August 8, 2014:

5:50 AM: 800 block of Lynbrook Drive, CMPD report # 20140808-0550-02

6:53 AM: 6600 block of Pleasant Drive, CMPD report # 20140808-0653-00

7:11 AM: 6600 block of Pleasant Drive, CMPD report # 20140808-0711-00

7:50 AM: 5700 block of Doncaster Drive, CMPD report # 20140808-0750-03

10:43 AM: 1300 block of Rama Road, CMPD report # 20140808-1043-03

4:21 PM:  5700 block of Riviere Drive, CMPD report # 20140808-1621-05

7:45 PM: 6100 block of Wheeler Drive, CMPD report # 20140808-1945-04

Reported thefts from vehicles August 9, 2014:

7:04 PM: 6200 block of Wheeler Drive, CMPD report # 20140809-1904-02

8:29 PM: 6200 block of Wheeler Drive

Reported theft from building August 12, 2014:

2:03 PM: 6100 block of Brace Road, CMPD report # 20140812-1403-02



Published in: on August 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect in July 31, 2014 Pharmacy Armed Robbery

From, August 1, 2014

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is looking to identify a man who robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Police say Thursday just before 2 p.m., a man robbed Doc’s Pharmacy in the 2800 block of Freedom Drive at gunpoint.

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The suspect, who’s described as standing about 5-foot-10 and weighing 230 pounds, fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction of travel. The suspect was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with a white t-shirt underneath, jeans, dark shoes, a black hat and black sunglasses.

If you have any information on this crime you’re asked to call CrimeStoppers at (704) 334-1600.

Published in: on August 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hidden Valley Kings Injunction Near Expiration

From by Glenn Counts, August 1, 2014

On Wednesday night Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested two robbery suspects at a home in the 6100 block of Monteith Drive.

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But there was also a surprise; officers say four members of the Hidden Valley Kings, all of whome were named in an injunction banning them from hanging out, were also in the home.

“We didn’t see a lot of activity for a good portion of the year; as time got a little closer toward the expiration of the injunction, we have seen several violations,” said Captain Rob Dance of the North Tryon Division.

His officers have kept an eye on the Kings since the injunction, which is due to expire on August 17.

David Price was in the house during the arres; he was not locked up, and says he is not a gang member.

“It’s not a gang or anything like that. It’s family. It’s family. It’s none of that extra stuff that police say is going on,” he says.

In addition to the alleged robbers and gang members inside the home, authorities say there was also a man who had just gotten out of federal prison on weapons charges.

“It’s my hope that when they appear before the judge that the judge sends a very strong message to them,” said Dance.

Police have given every indication they will be pushing for a renewal of the injunction. While there is no guarantee a judge will go along, you can bet he’ll get an earful about this case.

Published in: on August 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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