Marcus Jackson is set to appear in Mecklenburg Superior Court two weeks from today. No word as to a plea deal or other pretrial maneuvering. But stay turned.
DSS and The Giving Tree scandal is far from over, as the feds continue to look into how DSS employees spent thousands of dollars. What may be an even bigger scandal is why Mecklenburg County DSS spends millions of taxpayer dollars providing taxi cab rides when we have a struggling bus system. Read more about this at The Meck Deck.
You can't have a mixed drink without thinking about Parks Helms and the ABC Board fiasco. Still awaiting the fall out from that mess. Will the state ABC stores be privatized? Talk about a franchise opportunity. I'm lining up investors to resurrect the Park N Shop name for a chain of Charlotte liquor stores. Maybe Park N Drink or Parks N Shops?
The forecast calls for continued cloudy skies over Charlotte's Police Activities League. Cedar Posts emailed the usual suspects (Council Members) and PAL board members asking direct questions about Jeff Hood's connection to Rodney Monroe, the use of unauthorized van drivers, and the hiring of convicted drug dealers as supervisors in the PAL program. Nothing but crickets except from Council member Nancy Carter who was nice enough to say she "forwarded" my questions to Chief Monroe for a reply. I'll not hold my breath.
The Blue Angels are in Charleston Saturday April 17 and Sunday April 19, if you have never seen these guys in person you are really missing something and I can't think of a better reason to visit a true Southern City.
Burnette Nobles Golf Tournament has moved to Charlotte Links. On Monday April 19, 2010 you can play a tough Scottish Links style course for a great cause and you'll get to play golf with Chief Monroe and all of his cronies. Plus a chance to meet Cedar Posts.
Register by Monday, April 12 by e-mailing Officer Heidi Kimbell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fee includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, snacks/refreshments and a gift bag for each player.
The tournament format is captain's choice "Best Ball" with two shotgun starts (7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). Trophies will be awarded for both shotguns, to teams placing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Tournament proceeds benefit the CMPD HOPE Foundation, which provides emergency assistance for CMPD employees in crisis, and the Burnette Nobles Memorial Fund, which provides programs and activities for disadvantaged youth and seniors and assistance for youth projects.
Cedar Posts reported a few weeks ago about CMPD's foray into reality television after Chief Monroe inked a deal with "The First 48" producers from A&E. Filming starts April 1st, (How Appropriate) andrumors have it that Chief Monroe has hired a linguistics coach. Could a dancing with the stars gig be next? The rest of the story is on WCNC News here.
And finally Curt the Clown Walton and idiot of the week Warren Turner who has a "reputation with the ladies" (not the good kind) are in the cross hairs of Charlotte's main stream media. Last night council voted to proceed with conducting an "outside investigation" of the sexual harassment allegations against Councilman Turner. Curt the Clown admits mistakes were made regarding the handling of the issue. More at the Charlotte Observer here.
Warren has a number of things he has been dealing with, most recently being shot at by Derrick Daniels while Turner was working as a probation officer. Which brings about the most important question, does Turner's behavior as councilman reflect on his ability to do his job. Certainly his conduct is unbecoming an officer. Cedar Posts suspects his probation officer job is also on the line.