Our Blog Covers the CMPD STEEL CREEK DIVISION and posted By: Shane E. Simar

Monday, July 21, 2008

Recent Arests

Name : STUTTS, KEEFER DEVOE
DOB: 02/22/1958
Race/Sex: W/M
Height: 5'08"
Weight: 150
Arrested: 07/16/2008 At: 21:50
By:CMPD
Address: 241 DALTON AV CHARLOTTE NC 28217
MISDEMEANOR
SOLICIT - CRIME AGINST NATURE

Crime Blotter: 7/17/08-7/20/08

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Monday, July 14th
Tuesday, July 15th
Wednesday, July 16th
Thursday, July 17th
Friday, July 18th
Saturday, July 19th
Sunday, July 20th

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Man Arrested on Bank Robbery Charges

At approximately 1:30 this afternoon, a subject walked into the First Citizens Bank located at 4325 Randolph Road and demanded cash from the victim teller and implied having a gun.The subject obtained cash from the bank and fled in a red pick-up truck. Officers quickly responded to the area and a traffic stop was initiated involving a red pick-up truck, on Fairview Road, minutes after the robbery.The suspect, Alta RaVon Bost, Sr., was taken into custody without resistance and cash was recovered. Bost is charged with common law robbery of the First Citizens Bank.

3 NC teachers arrested, charged in sex sting


Associated Press
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Three North Carolina teachers have been arrested and charged with soliciting a minor for sex after a police sting.
Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes identified the teachers at a news conference Friday as David Brian Seus, 30, Kevin Samuel, 46, and David Frank Pace, 68.
Sheriff's Det. C.L. Overcash said in a telephone interview that two of the suspects contacted a deputy posing as a 13-year-old girl, and another deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl was contacted by the third suspect. Overcash didn't elaborate as to which suspects contacted the two deputies.
The 30-year old Seus is a teaching assistant and a lacrosse coach at Western Guilford High School. He was arrested Tuesday and was released after posting bond. He resigned Thursday.
Samuel, 46, teaches at The High School Ahead Academy. He was arrested Thursday and held on a $10,000 bond.
Pace, a 68-year-old teacher in Hendersonville, was being held on a $190,000 bond after he was arrested on Tuesday. Sheriff's deputies said he communicated with them on several occasions and that more charges against him are possible.
Barnes told reporters that the investigation did not target teachers.
"To come up with three teachers in a short period of time was a little unusual," he said.
Guilford County Schools is conducting its own internal investigation.
"The safety and welfare of children is the district's top priority, which is why GCS conducts stringent criminal background checks on all individuals recommended for employment and performs checks annually on a random sample of all employees, including substitutes," school officials said in a statement.

Crime crackdown in CMPD's South Division


By WCNC Staff
A jump in crime in Charlotte has many people worried. But the city's new police chief has a plan to make our streets safer by targeting hotspots for crime. Charlotte-Mecklenburg is divided into 13 police patrol divisions. The CMPD's South division is one area where Police Chief Rodney Monroe is revamping methods to fight crime.
This comes as the number of home burglaries and car break-ins in South Charlotte has increased dramatically. For example, there was a string of garage door opener thefts, where investigators say crooks were breaking into cars to steal the garage door openers, then getting easy access into homes. There was a recent home break-in at a Ballantyne Country Club house.
Chief Monroe has ordered a reshuffling of officers, which means more cops on the streets. Now there's two teams of six officers who are patrolling targeted areas in the South Division. Those officers are looking for suspicious activities in neighborhoods. Monroe says police welcome help from a watchful community. Monroe says police are on a mission in the neighborhoods, "to continue to let them know that they are a viable part of their own personal safety, and that we want them to continue to be our partners in trying to make every community safe."
Heeding that call, neighbors in the Steele Creek area will meet Sunday to form a neighborhood watch program.

Scout leader faces child porn charges


From: Johnell Johnson News 14 Carolina CHARLOTTE -- A former Boy Scout leader who was arrested and charged with having child pornography on his computer is expected to appear in court Tuesday.
Charles Franklin Knight, 62, was released from the Mecklenburg County jail around 5 a.m. Tuesday after posting bail. He is scheduled to be in court at 1 p.m. to face six counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor.
A neighbor whose apartment is below Knight’s says a repairman made the discovery after being called to Knight’s home to fix an air conditioner. The woman says her boyfriend’s mother called police after the air conditioning unit in Knight's apartment began to leak into theirs.
Investigators say Knight turned over some child pornography, which allegedly included inappropriate Internet images as well as a laptop computer.

Knight told police he's been involved with the Boy Scouts for 50 years and co-coordinated a home-based youth program at Christ Church in Gastonia. The church and the Boy Scouts have a rule of never leaving children alone with adults but none of that is comforting for neighbors.
“As a father-to-be, when I think of things like that, it just makes my blood boil,” said neighbor Tony Kamper. “It’s just so sick that you wonder how something like this happened in this neighborhood."To make sure they hire the right people to be leaders within the organization, the Boy Scouts perform background checks and they say they make sure there is no one-on-one contact between children and adults. Click HERE for News 14 Video

Reader Comments

From PAT: in reference to a WCNC report and an article here

This is sure getting a lot of press. I recently moved from the Steele Creek area after 19 years there. Have witnessed the changes. I now live near Ballentyne. There are problems here too but not as significant. Steele Creek is great. I left for personal reasons. Both my children grew up knowing everyone. It's almost it's own neighborhood. Although a very large neighborhood. I continue to travel through on my way to work and home each day. It's a shame that with amenities and growth these problems follow. It was just a sleepy community that not much happened in.

I'm glad that WCNC has latched onto this story. This is happening all over Charlotte. Steele Creek just seems to continue one of those pockets where there is history with the residents having grown up there. Where else can you pass cows on your way to work and never leave city limits?

My son was the latest victim on Markswood. A "kid" who just bought the house. Hate that he's having to go through this. It was an awesome turnout for the meeting. Hope they can make a difference! Now if they can catch them and not release them the next day on bail.

Thanks for your website. I am a regular on
Crimeincharlotte.com. Kelly does a really great job and I found your website there.

I was so glad to hear from one of my readers. I know how hard it can be growing up, let alone all the stress there is in Steele Creek. Working as a Security Officer in the area for several years I have seen hundreds of drug busts, prostitute arrests and accidents all due to poor economic situations and lack of support by business, police and residents. Tree Top is a perfect example. However it is, human nature to desire and attempt to change in order to adapt and overcome all the issues today. Pat, my heart goes out to you, having children in this area is a great responsibility, so kudos to you there. If we as people (no matter the race, religion) stand together, we all can see a great change. Feel free to read a older post I wrote on Hate. Kelly and her crime in charlotte page has inspired so many. I hope she knows how much great work she does for our community. Thank you for the comment Pat, I look foreward to hearing from you again.

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/stories/wcnc-071308-sjf-Steelecreekmeeting.520d2181.html

Sunday, July 13, 2008

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Monday, July 7th
Tuesday, July 8th
Wednesday, July 9th
Thursday, July 10th
Friday, July 11th
Saturday, July 12th
Sunday, July 13th



Saturday, July 12, 2008

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Steele Creek neighborhood hit by rash of break-ins

This came to me via email from a faithful reader.....
From By TONY BURBECK / WCNC E-mail Tony: TBurbeck@WCNC.com

WCNC CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Markswood residents in the Steele Creek area are banding together to fight a recent rash of home burglaries.
Three homes have been broken into on the same road in the last several weeks.
On Sunday, neighbors will work on a neighborhood watch, exchange numbers and see what else they can do to keep it from happening again.
"Just kicked it in, broke the door jamb and ransacked the house,” said burglary victim David Horak.
He got the call while working. Burglars hit the house he shares with roommates.
"TV's, laptops, iPods, surround sound. They took every single cord off every single electronic device we had,” he said.
No one was home when it happened.
Horak heard this story from neighbors about a burglary down the street a few weeks ago and the victim's relatives confirm it.
It works like this: Two women knock. If someone answers?
"Oh sorry, we have the wrong house,” Horak said, describing what happens.
Until now, neighbors didn't think much of it.
"You don't hesitate to open the door really and talk to them," he said.
But if no one answers, two men working with the two women pull up, kick in the door and steal from the home.
Neighbors say it appears burglars wait for the buzz to die down, and then come back in a different car.
A third victim who had money and jewelry stolen after someone broke into his house says he's getting the serial numbers off all of his electronics, removing valuables from his house and keeping a gun nearby.
This Sunday, neighbors are getting together to work on a neighborhood watch and see how they can better look out for one another -- something the police urge neighborhoods to do.
Steele Creek is one of 13 police divisions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Crime statistics show there were 231 residential burglaries at this time last year. There have been 305 so far this year -- a 32 percent increase.
Armed robberies have increased from 82 at this time last year to 99 so far this year -- more than a 20 percent increase.
Auto break-ins are up 33 percent from 672 last year to 896 this year.

Convicted Felon Arrested on Drug Charges

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Vice & Narcotics detectives along with agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation arrested 67-year old Roy Jack Coley on several drug-related charges.This arrest was the result of a lengthy undercover investigation of Coley for selling prescription drugs, including Oxycontin, Methadone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Darvocet, Xanax and Valium. During this investigation Coley sold Darvocet and Hydrocodone along with Xanax and Valium to undercover officers.Coley was at his residence when detectives served him with nine separate arrest warrants and took him into custody July 9, 2008. Three of the arrest warrants were for Trafficking in Opiates along with two for Sell Schedule IV C/S, two for Deliver Schedule IV, and two for Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Sch. IV. A handgun, $600.00 in cash and 59 Dolophine tablets (identical to Methadone) were seized from the residence.Coley is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under $186,000.00 bond. Additional arrests of others involved with Coley are forthcoming. Mr. Coley has priors of
C/S-SCH II- P/W/I/S/D COCAINE
C/S-SCH III- SELL SCHEDULE III CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

CMPD Seeking Two Fugitives

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team is seeking information from the public on the whereabouts of two robbery suspects:Terrance McBride-McBride is wanted in connection with a June 7th shooting that occurred at 4385 Central Avenue. Shortly after the shooting, McBride cut off his electronic monitor and has been on the run for several weeks. Terrance currently has several outstanding warrants including Assault With A Deadly Weapon-Serious Injury and Armed Robbery. McBride had been court ordered on the CMPD Electronic Monitoring Program since he was released from jail on March 13th, 2008 for armed robbery.
Antonio Cunningham-Cunningham was court ordered onto the CMPD Electronic Monitoring Program on May 17, 2008 when he was released from jail on bond for an armed robbery. Cunningham was involved in a domestic dispute on June 25, 2008. As police responded to the call for service, Cunningham cut off his electronic monitor and has been on the run for several weeks. Cunningham has outstanding orders for his arrest for several charges including Armed Robbery.Both electronic monitors were tracked and recovered within minutes of removal.Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cunningham or McBride is asked to contact CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at (704) 336- 8228 (VCAT) or 911.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Walking Pedestrian finds Body in Park

CMPD Homicide Detectives are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead in the Ramblewood Park, located on Nations Ford Road.Police say the body of 22-year old Michael Lewis Campbell was found at approximately 9:05 this morning by a park patron- who notified an off duty officer. Campbell was last seen in the Windsong Trail neighborhood by family members on Thursday.


CMPD is asking anyone with information to please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Recent Arrests


Name : JONES, MERLIN MAURICE* ROBBERY (COMMON LAW)* RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER

1 shot in face, 1 struck by vehicle

CHARLOTTE -- One person was shot and another hit by a car in southwest Charlotte on Sunday morning.
Police say a man was shot in the face at about 5:30 a.m. at Nations Ford Road and Arrowood Road. While he was trying to get away, a second person was hit by a car.
At last check police were still looking for that person Click HERE to watch video.

By: Kate Gaier NEWS 14

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Hidden Valley Slayer Arrested

Police arrested 41-year old William Daniel Thomas (Shown R) and charged him with murder after he shot and killed 35-year old Calvin Eugene Thompson in the Hidden Valley neighborhood. In addition, a second victim was injured during the shoot-out.Police say the shooting happened last night on Georgetown Drive around 11:00 pm. Based on witness reports, the victims were arguing before the shooting. Thompson died shortly after arriving at Carolinas Medical Center. Bobby Fluitt, 50, has non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive.

Recent Arrests


Name : ORELLANA, ERNESTO EDILBERTO
* PROSTITUTION - SOLICITING FOR

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CMPD Investigating Shooting Deaths of Two Brothers


Williams turned himself in. He is currently in the Mecklenburg County Jail.Police are searching for Montrez Benjamin Williams (Shown R) in relation to the shooting deaths of two brothers that occurred last night shortly before 10:30 pm. Police have issued two murder warrants for his arrest.Police say Terry Long, 18, and Joshua Davis, 17, of 3130 Hiram Drive, were shot and killed on Romare Bearden Drive- located off West Blvd.When police arrived, they found the two brothers lying on the sidewalk at the corner of Romare Bearden and Spring Forest Drive. Both sustained gunshot wounds and were pronounced deceased at the scene.Police say witnesses reported an ongoing dispute between two groups of teens which led up to the shooting. According to witness statements, several teens were standing at the corner arguing. After the shots were fired, two or three teens were seen fleeing the area and Williams was identified as the shooter.If you have any information about Montrez Williams, please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.