Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday Odds and Ends
Seven Days Seven Candidates
With only seven days left before election day, Cedar Posts presents the local seven names that will save taxpayers money, make our life safer and in many cases help keep the tax collector out of our pocket.
VOTE IT MAKES AMERICA!
Michael Harvey Indicted
No real surprise news here, but to make the murder charge formal, a Mecklenburg grand jury charged Harvey for murder in connection with the September death of Valerie Hamilton the daughter of Concord's police chief.
Harvey, 34, was also indicted on a charge of larceny of a motor vehicle - a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. The vehicle belonged to an acquaintance of Harvey's and was used in his escape to Western New York.
Cedar Posts has learned that the toxicology report has been in the hands of officials for two weeks but that they are not yet ready to make the contents public.
Firebird Feels The Love
According to Mark Washburn, more than 50 sturdy, mirrored tiles around the base of "Firebird," the official greeter of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, are busted.
"Lower ones, maybe from accidental collisions with skateboards.
Upper ones, including a hand-sized tile six feet off the ground, are a mystery."
Unless you consider kids who are Michael Jordon wannabes. "watch me smack this dude where it hurts"
Kudos to CMPD's Rodney Monroe
Cedar Posts has been an advocate for the guys on the street, but seldom have I found joy in some idea that comes down from the white porcelain throne. But here's an idea that makes sense, the return of the Paddy Wagon or in CMPD parlance "transport".
So props to Chief Monroe for this idea!
The idea is simple rather than have arresting officers take those in custody all the way downtown to the the intake center they simply call for transport. This is a great idea because in allows the arresting officer to hit the streets and catch more bad guys.
Of course a good idea with bad execution is just a bad idea. While in concept this is great thinking, but Charlotte/Mecklenburg has only three "transport" vans, one which is broken and currently out of service.
According to one officer assigned to "transport" their instructions are to deliver as many prisoners from the streets to the intake center as they can. This often leaves officers in South and North divisions sitting on the side of the road for an hour or more.
So how about some funding for a couple of new prisoner transport vans?