CMPD: 2 Arrested in Home Break-ins

From http://www.wcnc.com, September 25, 2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested two men accused of trying to break into homes in the Dilworth area.

Police responded to a reported residential break-in in the 400 block of Ideal Way. Upon arrival officers observed two men near the residence that matched the suspect description. The officers attempted to make contact with the individuals but they began to flee on foot.

After a short chase, both men were taken in to custody.

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Police charged Ahkeem Hardwrich with breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and resisiting arrest.

Tevin Faulkner was charged with breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

Published in: on September 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gangs Infiltrate Many Charlotte Neighborhoods

From http://www.wsoctv.com, July 27, 2015

Gangs in the Charlotte area have been linked to a slew of violent crimes.

Channel 9 has uncovered new information about a gang network’s reach and a specific group of gang members on the rise.

Channel 9 spent weeks studying the backgrounds of 12 suspected members of the United Blood Nation gang.

They were rounded up months after Doug and Debbie London were slain in their Lake Wylie home.

Federal investigators said Nana Adoma, Jamell Cureton and David Lee Fudge robbed the couple’s mattress store in 2014, then Cureton orchestrated a plan from behind jail walls to kill the Londons to keep them from testifying.

In Eyewitness News’ research of court records, one thing stood out: Those suspects have lived all over the city.

Daquan Everett is accused of participating in meetings to plan the Londons’ murders.

Timeline of events:

Court records show four addresses for Everett over the past four years from North Charlotte to south of the city near Pineville.

Channel 9 showed our findings to Capt. Mike Harris, who leads the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Special Investigations Bureau, which tracks gangs across the city.

“Mobility has always been an issue for us,” Harris said. “To move around from one side of the city to another, to commit a crime on the west side but live on the east side is not uncommon.”

Channel 9 also discovered many of the suspects faced their first criminal charges as young as 16 but Harris says detectives investigate gang suspects even younger, some as young as 12 or 13.

Records from the state Department of Safety show the number of children in the justice system who claim gang affiliations in Mecklenburg County has climbed steadily over the past three years and now tops 10 percent.

Harris said young recruits often start out committing less aggressive crimes but escalate over time.

“As they get older, they’re more tasked with the violent crime like robberies, drug-related narcotic sales, assault with a deadly weapon situations that we have, even human trafficking,” he said.

Since 2010, Randall Avery Hankins, who’s accused of helping plan the Londons’ murders, has been charged more than a dozen times, including numerous drug and weapons charges.

Eyewitness News learned all those cases were dismissed.

Court records cite reasons like insufficient evidence but last year a gun charge was dropped because Hankins completed a firearms safety course.

Channel 9 found this post on his Facebook page in April about that dismissal.

“Hashtag clean record, 14 charges, 14 thrown out,” he wrote.

Weeks later, federal authorities arrested Hankins in the Londons’ case.

Officers said violent gang activity spans the entire Charlotte region.

“We’ve seen drug-related crimes, we’ve seen homicides, we’ve seen identity fraud,” Gastonia police Capt. Ed Tura said.

Turas told Channel 9 that in 17 years of police work he has seen gangs evolving to use technology and social media to communicate, coordinate crimes and stay under police radar.

His officers and others said the arrests that make the news show just a fraction of their work.

“It’s a danger dealing with people who are operating on (a) sophisticated level,” Turas said.

Police want innocent, law-abiding citizens to know they’re doing everything they can to keep gang members in check.

The United Blood Nation is only one of the many gangs in Charlotte.

In May, federal investigators arrested more than 30 suspected members of the MS-13 gang, accusing them of violent crimes like murder and armed robbery.

Jill Westmoreland Rose, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, spoke exclusively to Channel 9 about Charlotte’s gang problem.

Published in: on September 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Local Pastor Closer to Carrying Gun at Church

From http://www.wcnc.com by Xavier Walton, September 25, 2015

A local pastor is one step closer to ‘legally’ carrying a firearm inside her church. Pastor Brenda Stevenson is in the final stage of getting her conceal carry permit.

New Outreach Christian Center is known for preaching the gospel.

“We’ll still preach the gospel. Now we’re just welcoming two new members smith and Wesson,” said Pastor Brenda Stevenson, New Outreach Christian Center.

For months Pastor Brenda Stevenson has been exploring the idea of putting a pistol behind her pulpit.

“You need protection,” said Pastor Stevenson.

In August, two men were arrested after bringing guns into a Charlotte church. More than three months ago, a gunman opened fire at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. Nine people were killed in the mass shooting.

“Since the Charleston shooting we’ve had a lot more churches,” said Irwin Carmichael, a Mecklenburg County Sheriff.

“Tension is ready to explode like a piece of dynamite,” said Pastor Stevenson.

Pastor Stevenson isn’t the only church leader planning to pack heat. In August a pastor in Salisbury announced his plans to turn 10 parishioners into trained security guards.

“Everywhere you can think there’s been a crime,” said Pastor Stevenson.

In recent weeks there’s been a rise in gun violence, which is why Pastor Stevenson is preparing for the worst. If something does happen, Pastor Stevenson says she’ll be locked and loaded.

Six members of New Outreach, including Pastor Stevenson are applying for their concealed carry permits. Following the eight hour course, it’ll take between 90 and 120 days for final paperwork to be processed.

Published in: on September 26, 2015 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Arrests Made in Charlotte Car Break-ins

From http://www.wcnc.com, September 25, 2015

Numerous vehicles were broken into overnight in a community that straddles the North and South Carolina state line.

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book– with a new twist. It happened in the BridgeHampton Community in Ballantyne.

Residents say the thief was after things like weapons, computers, debit cards, but keys and garage door openers were also stolen and used.

“We heard the garage door– it is creaky and our bedroom is above the garage,” said Ginny Kunik.

Kunik and her family were startled by the sound at 4 a.m.

“We didnt see anyone– our dog was barking, I think that helped a lot to deter them from going any further.”

The garage door was wide open. And someone had clearly been there.

“They took the garage door remote, the car doors were ajar, and took maybe some cash.”

They regrettably didn’t call the police, and then found out in the morning, they weren’t the only victims overnight.

“When I came back from running errands there was a cop car here; he said at least five homes were hit. I really feel violated [that] someone was so close to being in our house. And stupid– for leaving the car unlocked.

You feel so safe in your neighborhood and that was a wake-up call. If they had a weapon they could’ve been in the house in two seconds; we will be more careful.”

This neighborhood is split between North Carolina and South Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they’ve also had a handful of complaints.

On Friday, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said they’d arrested three people in connection with the crimes. Tony Eugene Maynard, 21, of Fort Mill, Nora-Logan Duncan, 19, of Rock Hill, and 20-year-old Tyler Mitchell Fesperman are each charged with six counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. Fesperman is also charged with financial transaction card fraud while Duncan and Fesperman are charged with use of vehicle without permission.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Sheriff’s Office says further charges are possible.

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20 Violent Criminals Taken Off the Streets After 3-month Operation

From http://www.wsoctv.com by Alexa Ashwell, September 23, 2015

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit arrested 20 suspects following a three-month operation aimed at combating violent crime in the city.

“They were part of this community and we hope by taking them out of this community it’s going to put an end to the violence,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Mike Harris said.

The department made the announcement Wednesday in a north Charlotte neighborhood off Statesville Road where police said some of the violence between two warring groups has unfolded since early 2014.

“These individuals were part or affiliated with two different groups that had the intent of hurting each other,” Harris said. “They didn’t care if innocent victims were in the way or not.”

The 20 arrested are all men between 17 and 30 years old with the bulk of them in their early-to-mid-20s.

The suspects are facing various charges, including murder, shooting into homes or vehicles, robbery, fraud, possession of a firearm as a felon and/or probation violations.

Channel 9 spoke with residents who live in the violence-plagued neighborhoods. One man who didn’t want to be identified showed Channel 9 crews several bullet holes that remain in his vehicle following a shooting around Thanksgiving last year.

“There are too many children around here,” the man said. “We’ve been fortunate no one was been shot and killed in the neighborhood.”

Investigators said they determined four of the 20 men arrested were responsible for firing into a home on Sunstone Drive last year, including Antonio Rollins who was also later charged for the killing of a man at a car wash on Sunset Road.

CMPD said cooperation from the community help the task force make these arrests, as well as get nearly a dozen firearms off the streets.

Officials and community advocates continue to ask for the public’s help in solving violent crimes, especially after a rash of shootings over Labor Day weekend that remain unsolved.

“We’ve got to do a better job of coming together and speaking up,” said Rickey Hall, who is a community advocate in Charlotte.

Published in: on September 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Searching for Man Who Robbed Wells Fargo Bank

From http://www.wcnc.com, September 24, 2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank earlier this week.

Police said the Wells Fargo branch on West Sugar Creek Road was robbed on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, around 2 p.m.

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The suspect approached a bank employee and demanded money. Once the suspect received money he then fled the scene, according to police.

The suspect is described as a black man, 25-30 years of age, and was last seen wearing a black zip up hoodie and sunglasses.

Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.

Published in: on September 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thieves Targeting Keys, Garage Door Openers in Car Break-Ins

From http://www.wcnc.com by Sarah Hagen, September 24, 2015

Numerous vehicles were broken into overnight in a community that straddles the North and South Carolina state line.

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book– with a new twist. It happened in the BridgeHampton Community in Ballantyne.

Residents say the thief wasn’t after things like weapons, computers, or debit cards, but keys and garage door openers were also stolen and used.

“We heard the garage door– it is creaky and our bedroom is above the garage,” said Ginny Kunik.

Kunik and her family were startled by the sound at 4 a.m.

“We didnt see anyone– our dog was barking, I think that helped a lot to deter them from going any further.”

The garage door was wide open. And someone had clearly been there.

“They took the garage door remote, the car doors were ajar, and took maybe some cash.”

They regrettably didn’t call the police, and then found out in the morning, they weren’t the only victims overnight.

“When I came back from running errands there was a police car here; he said at least five homes were hit. I really feel violated [that] someone was so close to being in our house. And stupid– for leaving the car unlocked.

You feel so safe in your neighborhood and that was a wake-up call. If they had a weapon they could’ve been in the house in two seconds; we will be more careful.”

This neighborhood is split between North Carolina and South Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they’ve also had a handful of complaints.

Published in: on September 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sheriffs, Police Chiefs and Gun Control

From The New American by Larry Pratt, September 16, 2015

It’s 2 a.m. and you awaken to the sound of shattering glass. You are about to be the victim of a home invasion/rape/robbery. Do you do the politically correct thing and dial 911 — then simply hope that the police arrive in the next 90 seconds, before the invader(s) gets to you and your family? On the other hand, do you dial 911 (if you have time) or have a family member do so, and pick up your pistol or shotgun and let the thugs learn a Constitutionalism 101 lesson on the Second Amendment?

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The calculation and recording of police “response time” varies widely from one jurisdiction to the next, but various studies show it may be anywhere from four minutes to an hour before police come to the rescue. When every second counts, depending on 911 as your lifeline could leave you (and your family) as a chalk outline and a crime victim statistic.

There are plenty of actual, real-life 911 recordings you can listen to on the Internet of crime victims being brutalized and murdered while on the phone with 911, waiting for police help. There are calls such as the one last year from a man in New Port Richey, Florida, who called 911 when his home was invaded by four thugs. On the call’s recording, a woman screams in the background as the 911 voicemail states “If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911. Thank you for calling”! The invaders viciously beat the homeowner and his wife and mother-in-law, and even threatened to shoot the couple’s baby. Fortunately, the homeowner was able to get to his gun and shoot one of the attackers, putting the criminals to flight. The thugs were caught later by police, but it was the victim’s decision to fight that kept him and his family from becoming crime fatality statistics.

“Progressive” commentators went into full apoplexy mode in 2013 when Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. ran a radio advertisement that warned county residents that “simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.” “You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back,” Clarke said. The outspoken sheriff, who is black, urged listeners to take a firearm safety course and get a firearm “so you can defend yourself until we get there.”

“You have a duty to protect yourself and your family,” Sheriff Clarke advised.

Yes, you have a duty, as well as a natural right, to defend yourself and your family. Depending solely on uniformed agents of the collective (police officers or sheriff’s deputies of the city, county, or state governments) is not only dangerous to one’s immediate safety, but is also antithetical to the philosophical foundations of the natural rights of the individual upon which our constitutional government is based. By creating a police force to protect you and your family, you are by no means surrendering your right to self-defense.

The simple fact of the matter is this: When criminals decide to strike you, you’re on your own. The police may arrive in time to prevent harm — or, as is more often the case, in time to preserve the crime scene and take notes from survivors or neighborhood witnesses.

Like Sheriff Clarke, Detroit Police Chief James Craig has liberaldom up in arms (pardon the pun) over his calls urging more law-abiding citizens to take up arms in self-defense. “The message should be,” he told WDIV Channel 4 News in a March 2014 interview, “that people are going to protect themselves. They’re tired, they’ve been dealing with this epidemic of violence, they’re afraid, and they have a right to protect themselves.”

As a general matter, police chiefs tend to be rather more supportive of gun control and less sympathetic to the Second Amendment than are sheriffs. This is especially true of the big-city police chiefs of cities dominated by Democratic Party politicians. Police chiefs are appointed, whereas sheriffs are elected by the people, which often explains the differences among them.

In January of 2013, President Obama was pushing a range of gun-control measures, from banning semi-automatic firearms, to banning magazines over 10 rounds, to background checks for all sales. The president wanted to prohibit access to firearms “that aren’t necessary for hunters and sportsmen.”

Obama was hoping to lay down a definition of the Second Amendment totally excluding its main purpose, which is to ensure that the people retain the means to resist tyranny in government.

The president was hopeful that he could mobilize police and sheriffs to support his gun-control agenda. He had cherry-picked law-enforcement officials to attend a January 28, 2013 meeting at the White House for the purpose of getting behind his agenda.

But it turns out the two national groups representing police and sheriffs at the 2013 White House meeting — the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association — disagreed on the initiative. The chiefs backed it, while the sheriffs opposed it.

There was a lack of support for banning semi-automatic firearms and magazines, so the focus among the law-enforcement officers tended to move toward mental health issues as a supposed justification for doing background checks of gun buyers.

The good news is that significant opposition has sprung up in Connecticut and New York to the draconian gun-control laws passed in 2013. Sheriffs, some police chiefs, and many gun owners have simply said they will not enforce or comply with these laws. The good news to take away from this is that in addition to elected sheriffs in New York, many police chiefs in Connecticut and New York also indicated they would not enforce their states’ new gun-control laws; New York’s law is known as the SAFE Act.

It is estimated that upwards of 300,000 owners of semi-automatic firearms in Connecticut have refused to re-register their guns. Refusal to comply with the New York SAFE Act seems also widespread. So far there has been no effort by police or sheriffs to pursue those not complying.

With the exception of a few police officers and officials, it has been sheriffs engaging in interposition. For example, Wicomico County, Maryland, Sheriff Mike Lewis warned the feds that there would be serious consequences if they attempted to violate the Second Amendment in his county. Gun-control advocates heads’ exploded when Sheriff Lewis said this: “As long as I’m the sheriff in this county, I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of their right to bear arms. I can tell you this, if they attempt to do that, it would be an all-out civil war, no question about it.”

The vast majority of rank-and-file cops do not support the gun-control agendas of their political overlords. In a March 2013 survey of more than 16,000 current and former police officers by Police One, some interesting results were obtained. Over 91 percent of those surveyed favored citizens carrying firearms. Nearly half said that if they were to become chief or sheriff, they would not enforce more restrictive gun-control laws. Seventy percent of the respondents opposed a national registry of firearms owners.

In the same 2013 survey by Police One, well over 40 percent did not support requiring training to carry a gun — a key feature of the laws in seven states that do not require a government permit to carry a concealed firearm. The survey also found that about 85 percent of officers say the passage of the White House’s 2013 proposed legislation would have a zero or negative effect on their safety, with just over 10 percent saying it would have a moderate or significantly positive effect.

A survey of police officers by the National Association of Chiefs of Police in 2011 found that 98 percent of those polled think “any law-abiding citizen [should] be able to purchase a firearm for sport and self-defense.”

In summary, a significant number of police officers are supportive of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in very specific ways. Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who once accepted the “progressive” dogma on restricting civilian access to firearms, now urges citizens to arm themselves. With encouragement from voters, more police chiefs and sheriffs are likely move in that direction. They may even adopt the attitude of Sheriff Clarke, who said in his address to the NRA in 2014: “If you’re going to stand with me, you have to be willing to resist any attempt by government to disarm law-abiding people by fighting with the ferociousness of a junkyard dog.”

Larry Pratt is the executive director of Gun Owners of America.

Published in: on September 16, 2015 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Offering $10K Reward for Info in Labor Day 2015 Shootings

From http://www.wcnc.com, September 15, 2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are still offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in several shootings over Labor Day weekend 2015.

Officers held a press conference Tuesday morning where they announced they haven’t made any arrests so far, but they have made progress.

“The community still needs to know, we’re not going to stop until we bring a resolution to these cases. Again, we have a 7-year-old who was shot. We have four other innocent victims– a lady standing on her porch doing nothing but enjoying an evening,” CMPD Deputy Chief Doug Gallant said. “This is unacceptable to us.”

Since the violent weekend, the department has stepped up patrols, with more officers on the streets and more investigators trying to track down the suspects.

While they haven’t made any arrests in relation to those cases, they have arrested 95 people in just 10 days for crimes ranging from armed robbery to assault. They’ve also confiscated 56 weapons, including assault rifles.

Deputy Chief Gallant credited the recent heightened awareness for the department’s quick response time to Friday night’s shootings at the NC Music Factory.

“We have to react to what’s going on right now. Like this area, for example, is still receiving more patrols than normal, and some of our other areas also.”

Neighbors say they’ve noticed a much bigger police presence, and it makes them feel safer.

Police say they’re still counting on the public to come forward with information.

“I think people sometimes need some time to really think about, let their conscience get to them about what’s happened, and maybe be willing to come forward.”

If you know anything about any of these shooting incidents, call CMPD or Crime Stoppers.

Published in: on September 15, 2015 at 10:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spate of Deadly Shootings in Charlotte Continues

From wcnc.com, September 10, 2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Northwest Charlotte on September 10, 2015.

Thursday afternoon around 3:45, officers were called to a shooting in the 300 block of Oregon Street.

When officers arrived on the scene, one man was found deceased of a gunshot wound. The victim has been identified as Anthony Tyrone Barbour, 42.

CMPD says their preliminary investigation indicates the shooter and the Barbour were involved in an altercation that led to the shooting.

Police say this shooting does not appear to be connected to any of the multiple shootings that occurred over Labor Day weekend, despite the fact that the scene is just a mile away from where the shooting on Hoskins Road occurred.

NBC Charlotte’s crew on scene says investigators are searching for a red Chevy Impala in connection with this case.

Published in: on September 12, 2015 at 12:17 pm  Leave a Comment