Monday, August 29, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Tuesday afternoon police charged the mother's boyfriend, William Joseph McCullen, with first-degree murder of little Jordan Dumont.
Police believe the toddler was dead before she was put in the woods.
This afternoon police and the FBI remained at the home and in the woods behind the home collecting evidence. Volunteers who had gathered to help find the girl early in the day didn't want to leave hoping against hope that something would change. Perhaps they found comfort in their shared grief.
The mother Jaylene Dumont was no stranger to police, who have made a trip to the home that she shared with her boyfriend "Billy" 49 times over the past 3 years. Police say she is not a suspect at this time.
On Monday and Tuesday Gaston County police fire and medic as well as more than 100 volunteers searched for 3 year old Jordan before suspending the search over night. The search resumed at daybreak with police finding her body partially hidden in the woods behind her home just before 11 am.
The cops show up and they already know they are looking at a killer. They too hope otherwise, but they know.
You can dismiss a lot of the violence you see in the news, but this is hard to wipe away.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Five people were arrested Friday night after trying to break into an uptown Charlotte townhouse twice, but the second time police were inside investigating the first break-in.
Friday evening, a man reportedly came home to find people inside his townhouse on Garden District Drive, in the middle of a burglary. He was able to back out of his home, without them noticing he was there, and call 911, according to officers.
"I can just imagine him walking in there, not noticing that. It'd be a much different situation," said Kathryn Ruland, a neighbor concerned after this break-in.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived while the two were still in the house and arrested them. Police identified the two as 33-year-old Johnny Penny and 24-year-old Javonte Cathcart.
Without knowing that police were still inside the townhouse investigating the break-in, three more people returned to try to break into the home about two hours later. Officers said the three tried to run away, but were quickly apprehended.
Malik Long, 20, Khalil Wallace, 22, and Jamaka Culbreath, 16, face charges in the second attempted break-in.
Penny and Cathcart both face felony breaking and enter and attempted larceny charges. Long also faces felony breaking and entering charges as well as possession of stolen goods charges. Culbreath was charged with possession of stolen goods.
Wallace was charged with breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.
After hearing about this, neighbors say they're now going to be extra alert.
"You hear stuff like this, and you have to be more precautious even in a nice neighborhood like this," said Jhane Johnson, who also lives near the house where this break-in happened.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Dear Mr. Khan,
I want to preface this letter by stating that I respect your son’s sacrifice for this great nation. By all accounts, he is a true hero that sacrificed himself in service to our country. For that I am thankful.
As a veteran, I watched your comments at the Democratic National Convention with a mixture of sadness, and anger. The United States has a military comprised of volunteers. Every single member has made the conscious choice to join the military and serve. There is not a single service member who has been forced into service.
It is important for all service members (and apparently, their families) to understand that service to this great nation does not imbue one with special privileges or rights. I found your comments troubling when you said: “Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Does it matter whether Mr. Trump has sacrificed “…nothing and no one?”…has Ms. Clinton “..sacrificed” for this nation? How about Mr. Obama? Your comment stating that Mr. Trump “…has sacrifice no one” is alarming. Are you intimating that YOU sacrificed? Sir, your son willingly sacrificed himself. As a father I cannot imagine the pain you must feel but his sacrifice is his own. He was not forced to serve.
I am troubled that you would allow a party that has little more than contempt for the US Service Member to parade you into the DNC to denounce Donald Trump. Did you watch when protesters at the DNC booed and heckled Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Florent Groberg? Did you notice your party interrupting the moment of silence for slain police officers?
Your own hypocrisy in not denouncing these acts and instead using the DNC as a platform to make a political point is disgraceful. The simple fact is that whether one served or sacrificed does not give greater power to their statements. One vote is as valuable as another. That sir, is why our Country is great. Your condemnation of one person for a statement while standing idly as your party disparages veterans and police officers is the height of hypocrisy.
To conflate the need to prevent potential terrorists from entering our country with the belief that ‘all Muslims’ should be banned is simply wrong and disingenuous. As a reminder, Mr. Trump said: ” “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
The irony of your son’s own death at the hands of these very people in Iraq should not be ignored. I have little doubt that your son would have recognized the need to protect our country from these very people. In fact, he held is own troops back so that he could check on a suspicious car. Your son understood sacrifice and how to protect “his people”…’his soldiers’….’his fellow Americans’…
As you continue to make the media circuit and bask in the glow of affection cast upon you by a party that has little regard for your son’s own sacrifice, and veterans in general, I would ask you to consider your comments and your position more closely.
US Marine and Navy Veteran
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The video below was recorded by Gains during the traffic stop in March of this year. The traffic stop resulted in her arrest and release, with a court appearance she felt was unnecessary.
Cedar's Take: Mental illness is real, but put yourself behind the badge, this officer showed amazing restraint and patience. CP would have snatched her ass out of the car with "delegation of authority". Sadly this is what 8 years of Obama's "if I has a son he would look like Travon Martin" comments have created. CMPD Officers face this bullshit daily.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Costly and always limited parking at CDIA, long lines where airlines have replaced helpful counter staff with slow dimwitted computers, not to mention the TSA nightmare. Add to that baggage fees, computer outages and a coach cabin filled with, low life scum, screaming kids, breast feeding mothers and flight crew Nazis.
No wonder why private jets are no longer for just the ultra rich.
And along comes Michael Kerr:
|Micheal Kerr Source: MCSO|
From the Charlotte Observer - Three Jack Daniel’s on an hour-long flight to Charlotte will put Michael Kerr in federal court Wednesday, accused of striking several flight attendants before he was tackled by the pilots.
Kerr, 25, was a passenger Thursday night on an American Airlines flight from Lexington, Ky., to Charlotte.
According to an FBI affidavit, Kerr was served three whiskeys after takeoff – it’s not clear if he had been drinking before boarding.
As the plane taxied to a gate at Charlotte Douglas International, Kerr ignored flight crew orders and got out of his seat, the affidavit says.
When an attendant interceded, Kerr threatened to break her jaw. Matters deteriorated from there. Kerr, appearing intoxicated, walked quickly to the front of the plane and cursed at the flight crew.
He kicked one attendant in the leg and shoved another to the floor of the plane, the affidavit says. The pilot and co-pilot, listed only by their initials in the document, got Kerr on the ground and used a seat belt strap to restrain his legs and keep him from kicking.
When Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived, Kerr was handcuffed but kept kicking, requiring other police officers to be called to the scene before he could be removed from the plane.
Kerr faces charges of being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant.
Cedar Update: Kerr remains in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sherriff as a Federal prisoner being held without bond, this morning according to the somewhat timely MCSO website. So there might be more to this than just a probationary sentence over the horizon for the Lexington Kentucky resident.
Kerr a restaurant worker in Lexington Kentucky has a court date next week to determine if he should remain free pending his trial which could take more than a year. Kerr has been banned from using air travel although that ban may be lifted at a judges discretion.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Charlotte Observer has been pre-occupied with Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the continuing fall out from HB2 and the transgender bathroom uproar. Observer staff cuts have made chasing down the story impossible.
Earlier this month Amanda Fisher was murdered in the parking lot of the K&W Cafeteria in Myrtle Beach on a quiet Saturday morning. Her body left in the parking lot in a pool of blood a single gun shot to her head.
|Amanda "Mandy" Fisher Source MCSO|
Within a week two suspects Terrell Freeman and Nicholas McIver where apprehended by CMPD's VCAT unit.
|Nicholas McIver Source: MCS|
The connections to Charlotte, the victim and the killers are troubling. To make things interesting add the craziness of the "Moorish Nation" and a Mecklenburg County DA's Office that failed to convince a key witness to cooperate or apparently understand that by testifying her life was in danger.
As detailed below "Authorities have declined to comment on whether or not the two cases are connected". But it is clear that Fisher knew her killers, that they all have common connections to Gastonia, Charlotte and Fisher's former boyfriend Deonte Lanier.
|Deonte Lanier Source: MCSO|
Emily Weaver The Sun News:
A former Mount Holly, N.C., woman was not considered to be in danger when she was called to the stand against her wishes to testify in a Charlotte, N.C., courtroom against an old boyfriend, who was facing a murder charge in April.
But less than 10 weeks after that trial ended in a hung jury, that witness — Amanda Renee Fisher — was found shot to death in a North Myrtle Beach parking lot.
Authorities have declined to comment on whether or not the two cases are related.
“They’re investigating several directions, several paths,” city of North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling said of officers, who continue to look into Fisher’s death.
“They are aware of that event,” Dowling said of the recent trial.
Neither of the two men charged in Fisher’s killing were the April trial defendant, who has remained in North Carolina’s state prison system serving time for a number of convictions since December 2012. But all three, at one point or another, have spent time in a Charlotte jail.
Twenty-year-old Nicolas McIver and 29-year-old Terrell Freeman are in custody and still awaiting extradition from Charlotte to North Myrtle Beach to face murder charges in Fisher’s death.
“Freeman was picked up for having violated parole on another matter,” Dowling said, adding that his travel from North Carolina to South Carolina was a violation of that parole agreement. “McIver was picked up for having burned the victim’s car and possessing a stolen motor vehicle.”
Freeman was convicted in 2012 in Vance County, N.C., for a 2008 manslaughter, according to offender records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 5 years and 9 months in prison, but was released on parole Jan. 28. His parole was set to expire in October.
It is unclear if Freeman or McIver have any connection to 25-year-old Deonte Montez Lanier or the case of Johnny Peay, who was shot to death in Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 2012. Lanier, Fisher’s boyfriend, was charged with first-degree murder in Peay’s death and was facing a mandatory life sentence if he was convicted.
In a pre-trial hearing in October, Lanier declared to a Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge that he was a Moorish National — a faction of the sovereign citizen movement that has declared independence from many state and federal laws. Praising Allah and describing himself as a martyr, Lanier told the judge he had no authority in his case and the charges against him carried no meaning, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Anna Greene, an assistant district attorney for Mecklenburg County, N.C., who helped prosecute Lanier’s case in April, called the act more of a pre-trial delay tactic. That tactic didn’t work with the judge.
Greene said the Moorish National rhetoric and related court filings had died down by the time the trial rolled around.
The prosecutor declined to comment on any pending investigation regarding the North Myrtle Beach shooting, but she did say Fisher “was a reluctant witness” in their case. She was reluctant, Greene said, “because she had, had a relationship with Mr. Lanier, a romantic relationship. … She did not want to see anything bad happen to him.”
Prosecutors said they had recordings of calls in which Fisher promised she would never testify against Lanier, according to The Charlotte Observer. But Fisher was called to the stand on April 12.
Fisher told the jury she didn’t want to be in the witness chair and that she had moved to Myrtle Beach after being subpoenaed to testify, according to The Charlotte Observer. The trial judge arrested and jailed Fisher to ensure she showed up in court, but her testimony on the stand conflicted with what she initially told officers.
Lanier was facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy.
Fisher’s testimony wasn’t enough to secure a murder conviction and the jury was hung on all charges except the firearm possession, which they found him guilty of, but by the time the trial ended Lanier had agreed to plead guilty to attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Greene said they dropped the murder and conspiracy charges.
Prosecutors didn’t raise any safety risk of Fisher testifying in open court.
“There was never anything said in open court to the judge in terms of safety concerns we had for her,” Greene said.
Lanier was no stranger to the criminal justice system when his trial began in April.
He was serving time on convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering vehicles, larcenies and weapons offenses for crimes committed throughout 2011 and in 2012. Prior convictions included possessing a weapon of mass destruction, felonious break-ins, larcenies, auto theft and speeding to elude arrest dating back to Sept. 27, 2006, according to offender records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Lanier is currently serving time at the Lanesboro Correctional Institution, a high-security prison facility in Polkton, N.C. A total of 23 infractions are listed with the N.C. Department of Public Safety; they range from disobeying orders and lock tampering to the unauthorized use of a phone or email and gang involvement.
Keith Acree, communications officer with the adult correction division of NCDPS, said half of the state’s inmates have no infractions. The average number of infractions for inmates is usually one to two a year, he added. Twenty-three over a span of less than four years is not the norm, but Lanier does not appear to have the most serious infractions of assaults on staff or other inmates in his record.
Lanier’s projected release date is July 27, 2022
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sadly we must add "Tin Can Annie" to the list, her obituary (below) appeared in the Charlotte Observer yesterday.
As CP remembers, she lived in a section 8 apartment off Central Avenue and collected tin cans to support her "habit". Not drugs mind you but records, vinyl records hundreds of them. I can't say for certain but I read somewhere she liked Jazz and Swing, like Benny Goodman. But that her favorite was Andy Williams' Moon River.
Yes, she was a hoarder of records and a lover of music all types. There's even a post on reddit where someone says he put a Antiseen bumper sticker on her bicycle. I'm not sure if that is funny or cruel, considering that Annie was "Several fries short of a Happy Meal", and needed her world to be just so. Order was everything to Annie.
Rumor was that her family was well off, old Charlotte money, and with a name like Jetton I suspect it was somewhat true.
Annie disappeared from our lives a few years ago due to her declining health. Some people had said she had died. I guess in a way not being able to ride her bike along the streets and buy records would be like death to her.
She lived out the last of her days in a nursing home in Mooresville, a few miles from Jetton Road and Jetton Park. Names that will be familiar to Lake Norman residents. I will hope she was well cared for and treated to day trips to buy records every so often.
And I can't help but think that in that record collection there is this single by Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) Circa 1970
Dreamboat Annie By Heart
Heading out this morning into the sun
Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin' one
Warm wind caress her
Her lover it seems
Dreamboat Annie my little ship of dreams
Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd
No one knows the lonely one whose head's in the clouds
Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles
Heading out to somewhere won't be back for a while
Virginia Ann Jetton
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Now that the "new car smell" is gone the Knights are returning the Minor League playbook for attendance gimmicks. Star Wars jersey night, fireworks and kids run the bases Sunday all come into the picture.
Of course $7.00 for a bottle of Miller Lite is nutty, and while $3.00 a bottle for water is reasonable $1.00 for a plastic cup full of tap water is out of line.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
A 3 alarm fill the box twice fire, with 3 fire departments, a dozen pieces of equipment, nearly 100 firefighters, with 3 injured firefighters and one who was killed.
Nothing even on their Twitter Feed.
There were no staff photographer photos, no graphics created in house, no historical reflections on fires with LODD's in a follow through. Nothing but crickets!
This is unheard of, disturbing and more than anything else it simply reflects a major change in what the Observer does at its core. They've suddenly raised the white flag of surrender, yielding to the electronic media, relegating themselves to posting time lapse vines and Instagram posts of the sun setting over Charlotte from their new office windows. How totally ironic.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Of course Charlotte's Fire Department would reply saying their chiefs need to park there because they might need to respond a call. If that's the case maybe they shouldn't be attending a 3 hour political luncheon?
Shout out to CMPD Major Bruce Bellamey: I would have stayed to shake your hand but you were glued to your cellphone for better than 30 minutes. Come'on man tell your bookie you got a community to reach out to!