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Monroe NC June 6 2009g0dc0005d7145734ead32f725ac6feb270a1142ac5022f5

By: Rick McCann

A hit and run accident on Highway 74 Friday ended up with four men under arrest on drug charges.

Monroe police were called to Hwy 74 near the mall at around 5pm Friday by a person who had been sideswiped by another vehicle and that vehicle continued east on 74  without stopping. In the meantime, a Good Samaritan who had witnessed the accident followed the fleeing vehicle and dialed 911 giving police their whereabouts.

Police stopped the hit and run car at Highway 74 and Sutherland Ave near the Express Lube and during their investigation found illegal narcotics. The police K-9 unit was called and officers arrested all of the vehicle’s occupants.

Police charged Matthew Corrigan Kearns with possession of drug paraphernalia

David Mohammadd Faris was charged with possession of Schedule VI narcotics

Zachary Steven Cook was charged with Possession of Marijuana

Zachary Orsino Lars was charged with drug paraphernalia

All four men were transported to the Union County jail and later released.

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Indian Land SC June 6 2009

A middle school teacher in Lancaster County faces sex charges involving a student.

Jonathan Jens, 36, of Fort Mill, was arrested Monday at Indian Land Middle School, where he teacher social studies and is coach of the boys’ basketball team. Lancaster County authorities say he has been charged with three felony counts of lewd act upon a child under 16.

Sheriff’s Major David Belk said the arrest stemmed from a call received Saturday about a runaway teenage girl. Authorities found the girl, an Indian Land Middle student, and she told them she ran away because she was distraught over a relationship with Jens.

According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report, the girl ran away after her parents questioned her about “some possible inappropriate activities between (the girl) and a teacher at Indian Land Middle School.”

Information about the alleged relationship between the girl and the teacher surfaced in notes the girl passed to a friend at church, the sheriff’s report said.

The report cited a May 27 incident in which the girl said Jens kissed her on the mouth, kissed her neck, removed her shirt, and fondled her and placed his hands insider her pants while lying on a sleeping bag in a wooded area near her home, between 12:30 and 4:30 a.m.

Police say there is no indication of an involvement between Jens and other students.

“At this point, no one else has come forward,” Belk said. “The investigation is still ongoing

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Monroe NC. June 6 2009

By: Rick McCann

Monroe police responded to a burglary in progress on John St. Friday at around 3:30pm.and was told by the homeowner that when they arrived home, they saw a man fleeing with some of their items.

City police circulated through out the area and quickly found a man they said matched the description of the burglary suspect walking down Winchester Ave..

Upon investigation, officers said that Craven Collins, 61 was identified as the burglary suspect and he was arrested and charged him with felony breaking and entering. He was booked into the Union County Detention Center and was being held on a bond release.

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MARSHVILLE NC June 6 2009

Marshville Councilwoman Denise Whitley was arrested Monday and charged with forging an elderly relative’s will on an estate worth more than $1.2 million.

Whitley is accused of presenting a will to the Union County Clerk of Court that left all of Ethel Julia Whitley’s real and personal property to Denise Whitley and Denise Whitley’s husband, Jimmy Whitley.

According to the arrest warrant, Denise Whitley knew the will was forged. She was also charged with a felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. She did not return messages left at her home or cell phones.

Marshville Police Chief Mike Gaddy said he was first alerted to the forgery by Denise Whitley’s stepdaughters.

Gaddy passed the information to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, which handled the investigation. The SBI had been investigating Denise Whitley since late March, but an SBI information officer did not comment further.

Marshville Mayor Frank Deese said he knew little of the situation and did not know there was an investigation until after the arrest.

“It is my understanding that the incidents were not done under the color of her office or her duties as a Town Council member, but that she was acting as an individual,” he said in a prepared statement. “I feel sure that the legal system will handle the situation in due course.”

Denise Whitley was elected mayor in 2003 but was defeated by Deese in 2005; in that election, Deese earned more than 85 percent of the vote. Denise Whitley was then elected to the council in 2007.

Denise Whitley was released without bond. Her first court date is scheduled for July 1.

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Indian Trail NC June 6 2009fc097

One person was killed in an overnight traffic accident in Indian Trail according to authorities.

The accident happened on Secrest Short Cut Rd. near Haywood Lane at around 1am. and involved two vehicles.

According to reports, one person was ejected from the vehicle.

Union County EMS, fire personnel, the sheriff’s office and the Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Police have not released the name of the person yet.

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Union County NC May 26 2009

Week-end Arrest Log

 

INDIAN TRAIL

05/22/2009 17:55: ROBERT AUSTIN BUMGARNER

Charge: UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MOTOR VEHICLE  2003 TRIGGER DR 

05/22/2009 23:33 ONDRA BERNARD MCCOY

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  US 74 AND INDIAN TRAIL RD 

05/23/2009 14:35 CODY BROOKS DAVIS

Charge: OBTAIN CS BY FRAUD/FORGERY  1006 LESTER MULLIS RD 

05/23/2009 15:14 ANTHONY EUGENE GREEN

Charge: FAIL TO APPEAR/COMPL  3001 ALICE FLAGG LN 

05/23/2009 19:30 ROBBIE DEAN STOGNER

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  8621 ELMSWORTH LN 

05/23/2009 23:41 FINNIS MICKEY MOORE

Charge: OBTAINING PROPERTY BY FALSE PRETENSES  2020 TWILIGHT LN 

05/24/2009 19:38  KAREN DENISE GILES

Charge: COMMUNICATING THREATS  3010 FAIRCROFT WAY 

05/24/2009 23:00 MATTHEW GERALD BLACK

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  3613 DENISE DR 

Charge: VIOLATION OF COURT ORDER 

 

MARSHVILLE

05/22/2009 17:55  TIMOTHY LEARY COLSTON

Charge: TRAFFICKING IN COCAINE  1528 ACME RD 

 05/22/2009 17:55  ELTON HARRELL

Charge: TRAFFICKING IN COCAINE  1528 ACME RD 

TIMOTHY LEARY COLSTON

Charge: TRAFFICKING IN COCAINE  1528 ACME RD

STALLINGS

05/22/2009 21:36 KAYLA MARIE JENNINGS

Charge: FAIL TO APPEAR/COMPL  407 MEADOWBROOK DR 

Charge: FTA (ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON) 

05/22/2009 22:00 NATALIE ELAINE TESTA

Charge: WORTHLESS CHECK  15809 FAIRFIELD DR 

05/22/2009 22:00  JERRY WAYNE BLAKENEY

Charge: FTA DOG/CATVACCINATION& ALLOW ANIMALDAMAGE  301 SPRINGHILL DR 

05/23/2009 01:07 MICHELLE LYNN ALEXANDER

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  700 BLK OF WHITE OAK 

05/23/2009 02:25   WILLIAM JAMES GROGAN

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  POTTER RD 

05/23/2009 16:00  LOUIS PAUL GEORGE

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  100 AZTECA DR 

05/24/2009 21:10  JASON WYATT CRAGETT

Charge: FTA (DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED)  401 COBBLERS DR

UNIONVILLE

05/22/2009 12:01 JULIE PRESSLEY DRAKE

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  4505 CONCORD HWY

 

 

WAXHAW PD

 

05/23/2009 09:24  MELISSA MARRS WILLIAMS

Charge: FTA (DWI, DWLR, LEFT OF CENTER)  6806 REHOBETH RD 

05/24/2009 19:55 SHERRY LYNN MCDOUGALL

Charge: SIMPLE ASSAULT  6809 PLEASANT GROVE RD 

05/25/2009 22:13 JOSEPH HOWARD ROGERS

Charge: POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA  HOWIE MINE RD

 

WEDDINGTON

5/22/2009 20:24  CHARLES SCOTT HILL

Charge: OBTAINING PROPERTY BY FALSE PRETENSES  UNION COUNTY AND MECK COUNTY LINE

 

WINGATE

05/22/2009 21:41  STEVEN EDWARD STEVENS

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  114 COLONIAL CIRCLE 

05/24/2009 05:28  SAUL ZAMBRANO AYALA

Charge: DWLR  3300 WHITE STORE RD 

05/24/2009 08:45  SAMANTHA DENISE HAYES

Charge: INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY  1022 CRESCENT WAY 

05/25/2009 15:40  MAURICE Z GILLESPIE

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  2811 OLD PAGELAND MARSHVILLE RD 

05/25/2009 17:27 DORIS REESE ROBINSON

Charge: COMMUNICATING THREATS  305 BOOKER ST

 

MONROE

 

05/22/2009 01:01  JAMES YOUNG

Charge: FTA(SECOND DEGREE TRESPASSING)  307 S BRANCH ST 

05/22/2009 03:24  RANDOLPH TAYLOR MANGUM

Charge: DWI – PROVISIONAL LICENSE  NC 218 AND NC 200 

05/22/2009 04:00 JAZZMINE CHANTE HEATH

Charge: POSSESS COCAINE FEL  307 RICHARDSON ST 

05/22/2009 08:00 JOSEPH GEARLD SAXON

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  OLD MONROE RD & RADIATOR 

05/22/2009 09:45  JAMES BERNARD BENNETT

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  230 E EAST AV 

05/22/2009 09:54  RODNEY ALAN MASSEY

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  724 MAURICE STREET 

05/22/2009 10:20  MICHAEL RYAN CRUMP

Charge: HIT & RUN – PD  400 N MAIN ST 

05/22/2009 10:49 JERMICA CALVIN LOWERY

Charge: P/W/I/S/D SCHED II  200 S SECREST AV 

  05/22/2009 10:50 ABDUL MUTA WADSWORTH

Charge: HABITUAL FELONS  1103 FAIRLEY AV

 

05/22/2009 10:59 RICHARD JOHN ROLLMAN

Charge: FUGITIVE  3344 PRESSON RD 

05/22/2009 11:10 DON CORNELIUS EDDIE

Charge: HABITUAL FELONS  713 ENGLESIDE ST 

05/22/2009 11:25  ANTONIO JEROME BLOUNT

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  707 ANDREW ST 

05/22/2009 11:50  CHRISTOPHER JEROME MILLS

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  243 E EAST AV 

05/22/2009 12:15  DWAYNE LEE PRICE

Charge: HABITUAL FELONS  711 CARR ST 

05/22/2009 13:20 SAMUEL LEON NIXON

Charge: COUNTERFEIT SCHED II  101 E SUNSET DR 

  05/22/2009 13:32 KEYTIONADA EDDIE

Charge: SIMPLE ASSAULT  2105 SANDDOLLAR CT 

05/22/2009 14:00 ANTHONY LAVON HANCOCK

Charge: HABITUAL FELONS  3344 PRESSON ROAD 

05/22/2009 14:05 PATRICK JEROME MCCLAIN

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  1200 ICEMAN ST

 

05/22/2009 15:45  SAMANTHA DENISE HAYES

Charge: INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY  3344 PRESSON RD 

  05/22/2009 16:15 ANTONIO OTIS MCCLAIN

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  3344 PRESSON ROAD 

05/22/2009 16:15 VICTOR OBRIEN DUBOSE

Charge: HABITUAL FELONS  3344 PRESSON ROAD 

05/22/2009 17:40 RICHARD CORBIN CASHWELL

Charge: RECKLESS DRIVING TO ENDANGER  US 74 AND FOWLER SECREST RD 

05/22/2009 18:47 DAN AARON

Charge: POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA UP TO 1/2 OZ  5710 GRIFFITH RD 

 

05/22/2009 20:21 MILBURN BLACKMON

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  MORGAN MILL AND FAIRLEY RD 

05/22/2009 21:10 CORY D-SHANE PETERSON

Charge: DRUNK & DISRUPTIVE  711 CASTLE RD 

05/22/2009 22:51 LOUIS FRANSICO USMEJA

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  WALKUPAND ALEXANDER 

05/22/2009 23:01 DAIMEO TARBIS SHINE

Charge: ASSAULT ON GOVT OFFICER/EMPLOYEE  3344 PRESSON RD 

05/22/2009 23:19 RANDOLPH TAYLOR MANGUM

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  3527 LOVE MILL RD 

05/23/2009 00:41 GARY PHILIP BOONE

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  US 74 

05/23/2009 02:45 LAYLA INGRID SARMIENO HERNANDEZ

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  HWY 74 AND SECREST SHORTCUT 

05/23/2009 03:06 STEVEN BRIAN WOLFE

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  1499 BLOCK OF SKYWAY DR

 

05/23/2009 08:25 BRIAN LYNN WALSH

Charge: BREAKING/ENTERING-FELONY  3344 PRESSON ROAD 

05/23/2009 12:30 MICHAEL ALAN POPOWICZ

Charge: ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION  1502 HELMS SHORT CUT RD 

05/23/2009 19:05 ANDREW JACKSON COFFEY

Charge: DRUNK & DISRUPTIVE  717 ENGLISH ST 

05/23/2009 20:45 GEORGINA LUNA GARCIA

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  MORGAN MILL AND WINDSOR 

05/23/2009 21:41 RAY HONEYCUTT

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  1520 MILL CREEK CHURCH RD 

05/23/2009 23:40 MICKEY FINNIS MOORE

Charge: OBTAINING PROPERTY BY FALSE PRETENSES  2020 TWILIGHT LN 

05/23/2009 23:45 ELIAZAR SANCHEZ CORTEZ

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  HWY 74 AND HANOVER 

05/24/2009 01:30 TIMIAS DONTREZ NIXON,

Charge: COUNTERFEIT SCHED II  467 E HUDSON ST

 

05/24/2009 02:14: SHONTEL LYNETTE MOBLEY

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  1000 WEST ROOSEVELT BLVD (RED`S) 

05/24/2009 02:45 MARSHA LYNETTE MOBLEY

Charge: DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED  1000 WEST ROOSEVELT BLVD (RED`S) 

05/24/2009 17:56 SEMAJ TREVOSE MASSEY

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  401 EASTSUNSET DRIVE 

05/24/2009 22:52 DUPREE KE`EDSEL HAMILTON

Charge: P/W/I/S/D COCAINE  812 OLD CHARLOTTE AVE 

05/24/2009 23:38 DANDRE CAPRICE HAMILTON

Charge: DISORDERLY CONDUCT  I.B. SHIVE AND CHARLOTTE AVE 

05/25/2009 03:30 TIMOTHY ROBERT DANIELS

Charge: KIDNAPPING  392 QUARRY RD 

05/25/2009 05:24 ANGIE DAWN HARRELL

Charge: POSSESS SCHED II  412 W ROOSEVELT BLVD 

05/25/2009 09:45 JOHN JUNIOR BENNETT

Charge: BREAKING/ENTERING-MISD  100 E PHIFER ST/SKYWAY DR 

05/25/2009 11:16 GREGORY THOMAS

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  916 MAURICE ST

05/25/2009 13:55 MICHAEL ANTHONY MOTT

Charge: DWLR  4324 ROGERS RD 

05/25/2009 21:19 ROY ROBERT LOCKLEAR

Charge: ASSAULT ON FEMALE  3601 STACK RD

 

05/26/2009 00:03 KRISTIN LEE THOMAS

Charge: POSSESS/RECEIVE STOLEN MV  531 W ROOSEVELT BLVD 

05/26/2009 00:05  CHRISTOPHER LAVANDER WILLIAMS

Charge: COMMUNICATING THREATS  W ROOSEVELT BLVD 

05/26/2009 01:06  RICKY GAYLAND CROCKER

Charge: DWLR  4013 PARKWOOD SCHOOL RD 

05/26/2009 01:52 EVANDER RASHED HEATH

Charge: ASSAULT DEADLY WEAPON INTENT TO KILL SUTHERLAND AVE 

05/26/2009 03:30 DONNARD MONTELLES COVINGTON

Charge: ASSAULT DEADLY WEAPON INTENT TO KILL SUTHERLAND  AVE

05/26/2009 03:30 RICHARD JAMES RICHARDSON

Charge: DISCHARGE FIREARM INTO OCCUPIED DWELLING  HWY 74/ SUTHERLAND AVE 

05/26/2009 03:30 JARVIS DAKOTA MILLER

Charge: ASSAULT DEADLY WEAPON INTENT TO KILL HWY 74/ SUTHERLAND 

05/26/2009 03:40 RAYMOND LOUIS NIEVES

Charge: CONSUME ALCOHOL < 21  3000 US 74 W 

05/26/2009 03:40 DYLAN SCOTT MCINNIS

Charge: CONSUME ALCOHOL < 21  3000 US 74 HWY

05/26/2009 08:45 JOE CEPHUS CAUDLE

Charge: COMMUNICATING THREATS  1015 PARKER ST 

05/26/2009 12:58 TYLER VAUGHN TALBERT

Charge: BREAKING/ENTERING-FELONY  2908 APRILIA LN

 

 

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Monroe NC. May 26 2009329181003

By: Rick McCann

City police officers responded to assist an assault victim late Monday night but soon found out that there was more to the call than first appeared.

Police said that they were called to 531 W. Roosevelt Blvd. by a female who stated that she had been assaulted. When officers arrived on scene the male suspect took off and tried to flee but was rapidly apprehended.

While police were investigating the alleged assault, officers checked the vehicle that the pair had been driving and found that it had been reported stolen in Lancaster South Carolina.

Police arrested Kristin Lee Thomas, 27, and  Christopher Lavander Williams,  34,  and charged both with Possession of Stolen Goods. Williams was additionally charged with communicating threats. 

The owner of the vehicle was notified that their vehicle had been recovered and police booked the two suspects into the county jail.

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RALEIGH NC May 26 20097d483816ffaf238a  If you’re one of hundreds of Union County residents who love riding ATV’s, you may soon have to pay for that pleasure.

State lawmakers are considering a bill to register all off-road vehicles, and the bill could soon pass.

 Sen. Eddie Goodall, R-Union. said that “it’s just ridiculous,”  . “That’s just adding a burden.”

But,  Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin doesn’t see it that way and he has authored the bill.  

The bill, Senate Bill 642, would require any all-terrain vehicle like a four-wheeler or dirt bike manufactured in 2005 or later be registered like any on-road car. The license plates would look different, but the registration process would be the same. The Division of Motor Vehicles estimates there are 100,000 vehicles that would be registered in the first year, and about 25,000 more in each of the following four years.

One of the reasons for the bill, according to Goodall, was to stop riders, especially minors, from trespassing on neighboring properties and damaging the land. Goodall understood that, but said it was unrealistic to think that a small license tag would end that.

Area law enforcment said they do get calls of ATV’ss trespassing and going places that they shouldn’t but wouldn’t weigh in on the bill debate.

During a Senate discussion on the bill, Goodall brought in a sample license plate to demonstrate how hard it would be to read the letters or numbers; to him, it was far more likely that the rider would be recognized first.

“How in the world, if you can’t see and recognize the person riding it, are you going to see and remember a four-by-seven license tag?” he said.

Goodall also pointed to the cost as a deterrent to passing the law. According to a financial impact report by the fiscal research department, the law would add $98,527 in spending the first year and $118,082 by the fifth year. Goodall then added the impact cost; 100,000 people spending two hours at the DMV losing $15 in average wages equals $3 million lost, he reasoned.

“That’s just a huge cost,” said Goodall.

The bill was referred to a Senate Finance Committee last week. It was not yet scheduled to be heard on the floor.

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Monroe NC May 26 2009073107kmart

Is it a bird, a plane no it’s a helicopter! If you were on Highway 74 Sunday afternoon and thought that you saw a helicopter crashing or landing or coming down near the K-Mart, well you did.

At around 2pm police began receiving calls of a chopper down near K-Mart and officers responded to investigate. Officers quickly determined that it was not a crash landing and soon located the pilot at the Bojangle’s.

Police tell us that the pilot saw a storm brewing ahead and decided to set the aircraft down and wait out the storm. This was not only unusual but possibly a violation of federal law and local police notified the FAA.

Monroe officers did not charge the pilot with any crimes and after about thirty minutes the helicopter took off for destinations unknown.

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Monroe NC May 26 2009

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The window for public comment is still open, but it’s apparent the N.C. Turnpike Authority is now moving briskly with its plan for the Monroe Connector/Bypass.

The Turnpike Authority held a series of open houses and public hearings this month in Charlotte’s southern suburbs and Union County to hear public input on a recommended route for the $755 million bypass. The window for public input will be open until June 15.

But Steven DeWitt, the Turnpike Authority’s chief engineer, told a crowd at a public hearing May 21 that he hopes this is the last time officials will need to review the plans.

“We’re one year away from financing and we hope to be ready,” he said at Wingate University.

The Turnpike Authority will select a final route late this year, after all the public comments have been received, analyzed and adjustments made. That selected route will go to the Federal Highway Administration. The goal is to get federal approval by next March with work starting in summer 2010.

There still are details to be worked out. But turnpike officials said they’ve heard one consistent message: get it done.

“People have waited a long time,” said Jennifer Harris, also an engineer with the Turnpike Authority.

The road has been talked about in Union County for decades.

After an extensive environmental study was finished this spring, the Turnpike Authority recommended a route. That route starts near the Mecklenburg-Union County border and follows the path of U.S. 74 for about a mile. Then the bypass veers northeast, crosses Union County and ends at an interchange that takes cars back onto U.S. 74 just west of Marshville.

Turnpike officials emphasize that input now is crucial because they will make some adjustments.

The bypass is designed to take traffic off heavily-used U.S. 74, which is one of the state’s few roads that extends from the mountains to the coast. U.S. 74 is used by holiday drivers, beach traffic, and daily by commercial traffic and thousands of commuters.

The Monroe Connector/Bypass would be a 21-mile, four-lane toll road. However, it would be a toll road only until it’s paid for, DeWitt said. That could take up 40 years.

The toll cost would be 15-20 cents per mile. Larger vehicles would pay more in toll fees than smaller vehicles. However, those details are being worked out. Harris said the authority is designing the road so people pay for the miles they drive.

Much of the focus of two public hearings was what the bypass would look like near the Mecklenburg-Union border. The authority recommends a ramp that leads to a 25-foot-tall bridge through the middle of Stallings, a town of close to 4,000 east of Charlotte.

The ramp would take drivers onto the bypass. A network of frontage roads would be used to access businesses.

Stallings’ leaders don’t particularly like the route, but are working with the Turnpike Authority to make it more palatable.

That discussion, like many others related to interchange sites and road closures, are ongoing

 

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83455878Monroe NC May 26 2009

A fire Sunday caused a considerable amount of damage to the home at 7016 Gus Eubank Rd.

Fire crews were called out for a structure fire at around 8:00p and several departments responded to bring the blaze under control.

Fire officials said the cause is being investigated by the Union County fire marsshal’s office.

Authorities with the sheriff’s office reported no injuries in the fire.

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Monroe NC May 26 20093652650825

Police investigating a trespassing call Monday found themselves in a foot chase after the suspect decided that he didn’t want to go to jail over the holiday week-end.

John Bennett , 27 of Monroe , resisted the officers as he was being questioned and took off on foot from E PhiferStreet and led officers up on Skyway where he was captured by numerous officers.

Police charged Bennett with Breaking and Entering, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Resisting, Delaying Law Enforcement and Obstruction.

Bennett was taken to the Union County detention center where is currently awaiting trial on his charges.

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10390502_BG2CHARLOTTE, NC May 19 2009/UPDATE Firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement from several agencies are on the scene of a fatal crash on I-485 near Idlewild Road. 

Police reported that a convertible crashed into the cables located in the interstate median.

According to a MEDIC spokesman, the driver, identified as Lee Roy Gunar, 71, of Lake Wylie died at the scene. Troopers say that he had been speeding and lost control of his vehicle as he merged onto the highway and crashed into the median.

No other vehicles or passengers were involved in the accident.

The highway was closed down for a short time adding a heavy build up of traffic on both the inbound and outbound sides of the Interstate during the afternoon rush hour.

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The Unionville Volunteer Fire Department held an open house Saturday and showed off their new station.

Many residents came out to take a look and thank the members for their dedication to the community.

 

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39c4133ad8689fb6Stallings NC May 17 2009

A Stallings officer on patrol Sunday evening spotted several teenagers driving an off-road vehicle in a suspicious manner.

When the officer went to stop the driver both teens fled the vehicle in the Spring Hill subdivision and headed for some woods.

Additional officers responded to assist and a search of the community including some heavy wooded areas and vacant homes did not turn up any suspects.

Police recovered a John Deere “Gator” vehicle that had possibly been stolen by a construction site nearby.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Monroe NC May 17 2009c8a56ff395280b5a

Police and fire personnel responded to the Compare Foods on Skyway Blvd Friday evening to assist a person having a heart attack. But this rescue was a bit more unique than most medical calls.

The victim was a service technician working on equipment on top of the roof at the time of the emergency and rescuers had to make their way up a small narrow interior ladder to the rooftop to aid the patient. It was impossible to bring the person on a stretcher down those stairs so a fire truck was called in.

Monroe Fire dispatched their bucket truck and assisted in the rescue of the victim who was then transported by Union EMS to CMC.

There was no word late Friday on the man’s condition.

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spencerstandoffsh01_w300SPENCER NC May 17 2009 — An armed standoff involving a former Spencer mayor ended without serious injury in the woman’s backyard Friday afternoon.

Alicia Bean, 42, who served as mayor from 2005-2007, held law enforcement officers at bay for about an hour before officers tackled her in a storage building behind her house at 218 N. Yadkin Ave.

The incident ended shortly after 3:30 p.m.

“It all ended good,” said Spencer Police Officer A.C. Hinson as he returned to his patrol car.

Spencer Police initially went to the scene in response to a reported suicide threat.

Transmissions heard across a police scanner indicated a woman had called 911 threatening to shoot herself, then threatening to kill any police officer who came to her house. Bean’s name was eventually mentioned on the scanner, then the fact that she was in her backyard holding police at bay with an assault rifle.

Numerous officers — both uniformed and in plain clothes — rushed to the scene wearing bullet-resistant vests.

During the standoff, Bean had what appeared to be an assault rifle slung across her shoulders. She periodically shook the weapon in the air and in the direction of officers, then alternated between screaming, throwing her hands above her head and moving in and out of the storage building.

Officers sneaked around the corner of the building, then rushed and tackled Bean inside the structure. She could be heard screaming above the crash of bodies hitting the floor of the small building.

Traffic across the police scanner indicated officers in front of the building were talking to officers who were sneaking around its side. They told the officers on the side of the building to rush Bean after she was seen with a cigarette in one hand and a cell phone in the other.

Bean, her arms behind her, was led by officers from the building within minutes.

Sgt. Eric Ennis of the Spencer Police Department said Friday night that no charges have been filed, though they may be forthcoming.

“Luckily, it turned out good for everyone,” Ennis said. “Hopefully, she’ll get the help she needs.”

He said officers responded to the call after receiving a suicide threat. Ennis said the first officers to arrive didn’t get a response at the front door, then went to the back of the house where they encountered Bean holding an assault-type rifle. Ennis said he was told the gun was “an AR-15 type,” similar to that used by police.

Ennis said numerous officers conversed with Bean, trying to get her to drop the gun. He said she alternated between screaming at officers and asking them to kill her.

“I don’t think she was making a lot of sense,” Ennis said.

He said several of the responding officers were acquaintances of Bean’s, and tried to talk sensibly to her about the situation.

Ennis said officers eventually determined by the way Bean was holding the rifle that she wasn’t familiar with its use. He said officers rushed Bean when they saw her distracted with a cell phone conversation.

“They were able to take her to the ground and into custody,” Ennis said.

He said Bean was taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center for an evaluation. Ennis said her only injuries were minor, nothing more than scrapes and bruises.

Told that several people who witnessed the incident said it could easily have ended far worse after Bean leveled the rifle at officers, Ennis said he was thankful no shots were fired.

“I think the officers handled it very well,” he said. “I’ve heard from several people who said we did a really good job.”

Spencer’s current mayor, Jody Everhart, arrived just after Bean was taken into custody.

“Whatever happened, I’m just glad it ended peacefully,” he said.

As the situation unfolded, Yadkin Avenue between Harrison and Newton streets was blocked. Officers from the Spencer Police Department, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the East Spencer Police Department responded.

School buses rumbled along Harrison Street during the midst of the standoff, stopping to let off children less than a block away. The scene of the standoff is only a couple of blocks from North Rowan High School.

In addition to serving a two-year stint as mayor, Bean also served on the town’s Board of Aldermen from 2001-2005. From 2003-2005, she served as mayor pro tem, an honor bestowed upon the top vote-getter in the aldermen’s race.

 

 

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UNIONVILLE, N.C May 15 2009.- The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly accident in Union County that resulted from a police chase Friday at 3:15.

According to several reports, the pursuit began on U.S. 74 (Roosevelt Boulevard) in Monroe. Police tried to stop the vehicle because an officer observed it operating reacklessly. The driver refused to pulll over and police began to follow it.

The driver then turned north on U.S. 601, with Monroe police and then the N.C. Highway Patrol in pursuit.

Troopers say the driver of the vehicle identified as Michael Farr, 48, tried to turn right on Sikes Mill Road, heading toward Unionville. But the driver hit a median in U.S. 601, and his car flipped before landing in a culvert nearby. Farr died at the scene.

Police have also said that the vehicle that Farr was driving had been reported stolen.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. May 15 20093383982367Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Thursday it’s eliminating 60 of its campus security positions for the upcoming school year.

CMS officials said the number of campus security associates will go from 177 to 119 in 2009-2010. That number includes two new positions for middle schools opening next school year.

School officials said most high schools will have two security officers, and middle schools will have one.

The cuts will hit harder at some schools than others. Hopewell High School and Independence High School will drop from five security officers to two, and that’s raising some concerns.

“There’s too much going on right now–we need security to let everybody know that everything’s good,” said Reagan Etheridge, who graduated from Independence in 2007.

The school district said the move is part of $51.1 million in budget reductions. It’s requiring all campus security personnel to reapply for the 119 budgeted positions.

“We just don’t have a lot of choice,” said School Board Chairwoman Molly Griffin on Thursday.

Griffin said school principals may be able to use money budgeted for other positions to hire security officers.

CMS said campus security associates are not sworn police officers. No cuts are planned for CMS’ School Law Enforcement team, which is made up of police officers and detectives.

In addition to the 60 security positions, CMS is cutting 474 other jobs to meet budget constraints. Another 782 jobs, all at the school level, are on the line if more budget cuts are made.

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5e384daef9d6a4e0NEWTON, N.C. May 15 2009 – Authorities in Newton have arrested a high school teacher and charged him with stalking a male student.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Michael Donadio and charged him with stalking a male student at school.

Neighbors say they don’t believe Donadio would ever do anything inappropriate. But the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations that Donadio stalked a student at Fred T. Foard High School.

Administrators at the school say the minute they heard of the allegations they took Donadio out of the classroom and suspended him with pay.

The superintendent is being very tight-lipped and would not discuss the arrest or the teacher.

We do know that Donadio has taught special education at the school for several years.

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