Photo By: Jeff Siner The Local Paper
The paper goes on to say: "The crash was similar to a 2009 wreck involving a speeding officer responding to a call for assistance.
Last April, former CMPD Officer Martray Proctor was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for a wreck that killed a woman as he sped to back up a fellow officer.
Shatona Robinson, 20, died at the scene of the crash in northern Charlotte in March 2009."
Cedar Posts take: I'm pretty hard on CMPD when it comes to screw-ups, but in this case the "Local Paper" comparing yesterday's traffic accident to the March 2009 death of Shatona Robinson is just all kinds of wrong.
I don't know Cory Milbourn, but what I've been told is that he is a top shelf guy, who is always ready to help and that this was nothing more than an accident.
Milbourn's K-9 Remo was not injured and the woman was speaking to reporters from her CMC hospital bed.
Bill James - Back in the day North Carolina had Jesse Helms, the extreme Republican Senator from North Carolina who was outspoken and would no doubt have sided with Bill James.
But times have changed and calling homosexuals "sexual predators" is just plain stupid.
Commissioner James is entitled to his opinions regarding the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy but stepping outside the bounds of sane and intelligent debate, a hallmark of some ultra conservatives like Jesse Helms and Pat Robertson, does little to promote a tolerant society.
At the same time giving Mr. James a platform and national attention by making an issue out of an email stating something stupid is insane.
As a citizen and tax payer of Mecklenburg County I'd like to know why in the world are we having a discussion about "DADT"? Why would Jennifer Roberts even consider sending a letter thanking anyone for supporting the repeal of "DADT"? It has nothing to do with Mecklenburg County as we don't have a dog in that hunt.
Ms. Roberts self serving notion along with Mr. James' help will end up costing tax payers about $140,000.00 give or take a couple $100.00 once all the time spent on this needless conflict is calculated.
By throwing gas on the fire, Roberts and Cogdell who drafted a resolution now on the agenda for tonight's board meeting.
Clearly the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners are out of control and I can't think of a better reason for City/County consolidation than Jennifer Roberts and Bill James.
And then there's Kevin Siers editorial cartoon:
Nothing like adding to the stereotypical "Old Dixie" vision of the South.
And the timing couldn't be better for those opposed to DNC 2012.
Garrett Alexander - Mecklenburg County's Tax Assessor went over the County's revaluation process with Charlotte City Council members yesterday.
Alexander's pronouncement; "Just because the value of your home increases doesn't mean your taxes will go up. The tax rate will be determined much later". Translation - bend over!
Alexander went on to say he expects the county to review 8,000 formal appeals compared with 3,600 in 2003.
Cedar Post's Take: Garrett Alexander is an idiot. The city's growth alone would give you an increase of 1000 appeals. Given the economy, I'd make a wild guess and say 20,000 or more. I'd expect a tsunami of appeals if I were Mr. Alexander. Bet you he doesn't live in Mecklenburg County. Any takers?
Bomb Scare at Greystone Restaurant - "Offender leaves tracking device at restaurant, sparks bomb scare" announced WBTV News this morning.
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Bomb Squad officers were called out in the early morning hours on Monday to check out a suspicious device found at a restaurant in the South End area of Charlotte.
CMPD closed down South Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. Monday after employees from the Greystone restaurant found something they couldn't identify.
The "Not" Bomb
First officers on scene said it looked like a cross between a GPS and a radar detector, but it was when it started beeping that they retreated across the street and called for help.
Members of the Charlotte Fire Department as well as the bomb squad were called to try to defuse the device. The CMPD said the unknown black box was taken apart, and determined to be harmless.
Harmless indeed Jeff Taylor's The Meck Deck points out that the device is actually a transponder/receiver to "track" parolees and probationers.
Cedar Post's Take: Just goes to show you how even creditable news organizations and people can get it wrong. The "beeping" by the way and the low battery indicator. And a little practical advise about terrorists and bombs, most IED's are crude devices. Duct tape, cell phone, metal pipes, wires, in a shoe box. If you see something like that run! Because they don't beep before they blow.