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MONROE NC AUG 19 2009 5:30PM EST

For the past 90 minutes officers in Monroe have been involved in an active search for a fugitive that they say ran from a traffic stop.

The officers pursued the vehicle on Old Charlotte Hwy to the Haynes-Sunset area of Monroe before the driver crashed and fled on foot.

K-9 teams are tracking the man who police say is a fugitive and wanted on numerous felony charges.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

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AUGUST 17 2009
A serious accident on N.Rocky River near Unionville -Indian Trail Rd. has critically injured one person.
The injured person was airlifted to Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte.
We have been told that a deputy sheriff may have been involved in the accident but we have not confirmed that.
Additional information on this story will be updated as soon as it becomes available.

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We are being told that this is a suicide and that an elderly man has died at the scene. no other details are available.






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Monroe police traveled to Columbia South Carolina on Thursday with an arrest warrant in hand for James C Boshers, 43 charging him with first degree murder.

On Sunday, Boshers allegedly killed his girlfriend of two weeks in a house in Monroe and then fled the state driving the victim’s vehicle.

After running out of gas and becoming distraught, police transported Boshers to a local hospital where he confessed to the murder to a doctor.

Monroe police investigators say that Boshers killed Sandra Wengert, 47 at 4106 Rocky River Rd.

Boshers is now awaiting trial and is being held without bond in the Union County jail.

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Power is currently out in a limited area of Monroe due to a traffic accident.

Right now the area of Houston St. and parts of Old Charlotte Hwy are without power and the power company workers on on the way to the area.

Monroe police said that a truck slammed into a power pole on Houston St at around 10:30 this morning.

Police have also closed off the area to traffic due to repairs of the pole and power lines.

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By: Rick McCann/staff

A Good Samaritan helped police nab a hit and run suspect Friday night after he hit a vehicle in Monroe and then took off.

Police said that Efran Loera, 35, Monroe is accused of being behind the wheel while intoxicated and causing an accident that injured the driver of the other car.

The Good Samaritan kept police informed of where Loera was and gave a detailed account of what happened including the description of the vehicle and license plate number. Loera was able to dodge the Samaritan but police caught up with him at 58 Jerry St. in Monroe and placed him under arrest.

Loera is now charged with Driving While Impaired, Leaving The Scene of an Injury Accident and Operating With No Drivers License.

He is currently being held at the Union County jail on a $3,000 secured bond.

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MONROE, N.C. July 18 200901ThomasJames– City police have arrested Thomas James, 40,  for shooting into Tumbleweeds Bar and Grill in Monroe on Thursday.

Police were called to the restaurant after someone fired several rounds into the building. Shortly after the shooting, officers pulled over a car matching descriptions by witnesses.

Officers took the driver into custody and found two M4 rifles inside the car .

 Police have charged James with assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an occupied property and going armed to the terror of the people.

No one was hurt inside the bar.

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Police and rescue workers are on the scene of two very serious accidents right now in Union County.

A vehicle roll over accident on Unionville Rd near Ridge Rd pinned the driver in. Rescue workers have now freed him and the  man is being treated and transported to Carolina Medical Center.

A second, more critical accident on Old Pageland Highway has injured several people including one person who was ejected from the vehicle.

That person is in critical condition and is being flown by helicopter to Carolina Medical Center trauma center in downtown Charlotte.

No names have been released and Highway Patrol are currently investigating both accidents.

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Wingate, NC  July 17 2009Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation while educating consumers on the importance of dryer exhaust maintenance. DVW recently awarded a franchise to Jim and Sue Evans who service the Union County area of North Carolina and parts of South Carolina. “We have found our new career to be very rewarding,” said Sue Evans. “I enjoy spending time with my customers to explain how to properly maintain their dryer vent system and the warning signs to watch for.”

Over 15,000 house fires resulting in deaths, injuries and millions of dollars in damages occur each year as a result of clogged dryer vent systems. In joining efforts with the NFPA, Dryer Vent Wizard provides tips and advice to consumers to minimize the risk of dryer fires. See Jim and Sue Evans blog at

In addition to fire safety, proper dryer vent maintenance ensures clothes dryers are operating efficiently to reduce energy cost. When dryer exhaust ducts are clogged with lint, heat and moisture are unable to escape from the dryer; therefore, laundry takes more than one cycle to dry. Inferior dryer vent systems can also allow mold and mildew growth in the exhaust ducts and into your home. If you have a gas dryer, inadequate venting can be a carbon monoxide hazard.

Jim and Sue Evans own Dryer Vent Wizard, specialized, trained and certified dryer vent technicians. They provide professional dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation while educating their customers on the importance of proper dryer exhaust venting to prevent fires and keep your clothes dryer operating efficiently. Visit for more information.


Jim and Sue Evans
5511 Carmel Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28226
704-830-4112 NC
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MONROE NC JULY 17 200983455878

By: Brett Davis/staff

Workers at an area business said that they spotted smoke coming from the roof area of their building and called 911.

Monroe fire department responded to Omnova Solutions Inc – Printing Services at 2011 N. Rocky River Rd. and found a fire in a duct system near the roof area and a heavy smoke condition. Firefighters had to cut a hole into the roof to help ventilate the building as they continued to investigate.

Firefighters worked for over an hour to extinguish the blaze which was hard to reach and caused minor smoke, water and fire damage to the business.

Union County EMS also was on scene but reported no injuries during the incident.

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Police were called regarding an incident involving a grown man and a teenager and conducted an investigation into the offense.

Authorities say that they found that the man had sexual relations with a girl under the age of 15 and charged the man, ANDRES AGUILAR APARICIO ,24, Monroe with numerous felony charges including:



Aparicio was booked into the Union County jail and is being held under a total bond amount of $15,000.00.

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MONROE NC July 17 2009

By: Rick McCann/staff

Detectives with the Monroe Police Criminal Investigations Division raided a home Wednesday and arrested one person on drug offenses.

Investigators said that they have charged Tabitha L. McClain with manufacturing narcotics after they served a search warrant at her residence at 502 Miller Street Monroe.

Few other details were released but authorities said that more arrests could be made in this case.

McClain was booked into the county jail pending a bond release. It is unknown if she has an attorney in this matter.

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MONROE, N.C. July 16 2009– Jurors found a Union County man not guilty of murder in the death of his friend. .

They didn’t think Bobby Hines, 26, shot and killed Willis McLendon. McLendon’s body was found along railroad tracks in Union County in January 2007.

Jurors told Eyewitness News that the evidence was just wasn’t solid. But the jury did find Hines guilty on a weapons charge. He’s already serving 20 years in a robbery case, so now he’ll have to serve at least 20 more months.

Both sides left court emotional. Hines’s mother was thrilled with the verdict but didn’t want to go on camera. Hines’s lawyer, Richard Culler, said he was surprised, but he said Hines never had any doubts.

“Somehow, he always felt he was going to be exonerated, I’m not trying to say that I think somehow he felt like he was always going to come out on top of this thing,” Culler said.

But McLendon’s family and friends hoped this case would bring them closure, not more disappointment. One woman sitting with them in court left the building and cried on a bench outside. Afriend of the family, Donna Franklin, said, “We just thought it was going to be different, but I guess, it didn’t turn out right like that.”

Pamela Locklear was stunned, too. Her boyfriend, Stafford Locklear, was Hines’s co-defendant at one point, but he struck a deal with the state and testified against Hines.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. July 16 2009 — Police in Charlotte have arrest warrants for a camp worker they said crashed a van with children inside.

Officers are looking for 30-year old Joseph Wayne Brown.

Stuart Anderson lives a few houses down and said parents were always dropping off their children at this home on David Earl Drive. Parents told Eyewitness News the Explorer Summer Camp was being run out of his house.

Police said Monday afternoon; five of those campers were in a van, driven by Brown, when he crashed on Harris Boulevard.

Officers said Brown got out of the van and ran away. Witnesses told officers Brown appeared drunk. Officers said that might be hard to prove because he left the scene.

Police now have a felony hit and run warrant out for his arrest.

Neighbors said no one is staying at the house, that they packed up and left Tuesday night.

The summer camp could have easily been kept under the radar. Eyewitness News discovered for these types of camps, directors don’t even need a license.

According to the American Camp Association, North Carolina is one of only six states in the country that doesn’t require summer camps to be licensed.

Mecklenburg County Park and Rec coordinator Brenda Tengel said that’s why they create their own strict rules and regulations.

“We have a very extensive contract of things that we require for ourselves and our contractors,”

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By: Brett Davis/staff

An early morning robbery in Monroe set police scrambling looking for suspects who fled the scene.

Officers responded to Hudson Street on a report of an armed robbery of a person and when police arrived they began searching for the robbers.

Police said an officer spotted possible suspects and the men took off with officers behind them.

City police were able to nab the men involved in the robbery and arrested:

Darius D Threatt, Antwone T Clyburn, Kevin Hubbard, Damien L Allen, and Marques J Allen.

All five men have been charged with armed robbery and fleeing to elude police.

Several of the men were also served with other outstanding warrants. The men are currently lodged at the county jail on $20,000 bond each.

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1620199599CHARLOTTE, N.C. July 16 2009– The success of a temporary gang unit in Charlotte led authorities to create a permanent unit for the region.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have a full-time anti-gang unit in Charlotte by the end of the summer. U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick sent a letter to ICE Assistant Secretary John T. Morton in late-May asking for a temporary unit to become permanent.

“The temporary ICE gang unit that has worked with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to dismantle violent street gangs like MS-13 has been a great success. I’m hopeful that a permanent presence will build on this success to further disrupt the violent gang activities that threaten the safety of our citizens,” Myrick said.

Morton said that 70 trans-national gang members have been arrested on civil immigration and criminal violations this year in Charlotte.

CMPD’s gang unit has been working with ICE since 2005. It also has a working relationship with two dozen Federal Bureau of Investigation gang unit agents.

Officers said the federal assistance means more resources.

“ICE has immigration and custom laws they may be able to enforce that maybe the FBI can’t,” said Capt. Stephen Willis of CMPD’s gang unit.

ICE said due to security concerns, it’s not able say how many agents will be in Charlotte permanently, but the money for the unit will be coming from ICE’s federal budget.

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MONROE NC July 16 2009

By: Rick McCann/staff3660ca96f0cdef28 – A sport utility vehicle ran into a gas pump off of West Franklin Street causing an explosion that hurled the pump forward and ignited a fire.

According to police reports, Carol Courtney, 56, of 3108 Helen Drive, Mineral Springs, was traveling east on Franklin Street when she turned her Kia Sorento left on to Dale Street. She told police a vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction on Franklin Street, causing her to panic and accelerate over the median into the Texaco convenience store parking lot. Courtney then continued into pump No. 2 and the pole supporting the awning on the west side of the building. The impact sent the gas pump lurching forward 46 feet and caused the gas to ignite.

Monroe fire and emergency workers responded to the accident with a full response of equipment including the hazardous materials unit.

An off-duty Monroe firefighter who was in a nearby Food Lion grocery store at the time of the incident also responded and used fire extinguisher from his utility truck to help extinguish the blaze.
Monroe Police Sgt. David Morton said the men who pulled Courtney from the vehicle did an excellent job.

Assistant Fire Chief Danny Smith said when the electrical wiring in the pump came unsheathed, causing it to spark the fire. But, he said, the Fire Department had contained the pump and controlled the spilled gasoline.

According to police reports, damages are estimated at $30,000 for the gas station and $15,000 for the car.

Police said alcohol was not involved and the wreck is still under investigation. Courtney received only minor injuries.


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MONROE NC July 16 2009
By: Brett Davis/staff

The Parkwood high School has decided to continue using the “Rebel” nickname and the school board and most county residents are fine with that. But local NAACP President Nathel Hailey is not one of those people and this week stated publicly that the fight is not over.

“I have not told anybody that I have backed off,” Hailey said Wednesday, adding that he will “absolutely” keep up the pressure on Union County school administrators.

Union County leaders with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People want to scuttle the nickname for its association with Confederate Civil War soldiers but  hundreds of locals are backing the school’s longtime moniker. Residents have been outspoken on the dispute since it was raised several weeks ago. In late June, nearly 900 people joined a group on social networking Web site Facebook dedicated to defending the nickname.

Area residents are not happy that the issue continues. Stephanie Cole a longtime Monroe resident said that it’s just a name and that some are trying to make something more of it. Cole is black.

But Hailey said the NAACP is “talking with some people” about the group’s strategy, although he declined to elaborate on its plans or advisers.

Hailey said he hasn’t spoken with Parkwood principal Jan Hollis, although he rejected statements from Board of Education members that the site-based committee must decide the nickname.

“That’s not exactly the truth,” Hailey said Wednesday. “Because the person that made the decision to change the solder was a principal, and that was his own decision.”

The “Rebel” name remained with the school after administrators dispatched its mascot, a Confederate soldier, several years ago and changed school colors from blue, gray and white — colors that could be associated with the Confederate uniform — for a simple blue and white scheme.

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A police officer on patrol Saturday evening thought that his patrol car was running a bit hot. He could feel the heat and soon realized that his patrol vehicle was actually on fire.

Monroe firefighters responded to the area of Ingleside and McDonald and quickly estinguished the blaze.

There was moderate damage done to the car. No one was injured in the incident.

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MONROE, N.C.July 14 2009Car03 – Monroe police said that two people were injured when a car slammed into a house Monday evening.

Authorities sadi that they were called to 2800 block of Foxworth Drive just after 5:30 p.m. Monday after a car crashed through a home there.

The car, driven by Cheryl Turner, was traveling south on Stevens Road and tried to turn into a driveway when the car accelerated suddenly, went through the front yard and into the house on Foxworth Drive.

Police said that he home owner, Harold Carver, and his wife and two sons were home at the time of the accident and Mr. Carver was injured by falling debris. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Union County. Turner was also taken to an area hospital.

Monroe police are still investigating but said that it appears speed may have been a factor in the accident

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