Armored Truck Robbery - Yesterday's Robbery and Shooting follows a pattern that Atlanta has been dealing with since early September 2010.
ATLANTA -- Police in Georgia are searching for at least two gunmen wanted in a string of robberies targeting Garda Cash Logistic armored trucks in the Atlanta area. They say the suspects, who killed their last victim, are becoming increasingly violent.
More details here.
While the FBI and Police won't give amounts stolen, it doesn't take an insider to know the haul can be pretty big. A weekend's worth of cash can be nearly 50,000 dollars. No dye packs, no doors to go through, no customers as witnesses, no silent alarms.
Loomis Fargo services the free standing ATM's when needed, often when the cash is completely out. ATM's flag when they are out of cash, all the crooks need to do is hang around. Plus the Loomis Fargo ATM Trucks are pretty easy to spot. So all that is left is for the thugs to neutralize the guards and grab the cash.
I would expect this thug and his get away car driver will strike again. To be sure these crooks are violent and will not hesitate to kill as many people as needed to get the money and get away.
Homicide Rate Down More Than 18% - Not in Charlotte but in Washington for the year 2011, with 108 homicides at year end, the District of Columbia which has seen an 18 .2 percent decline in homicides over last year’s total of 132. DC Metro's homicide case-closure rate is currently 94 percent, which is well above the national average and an increase over the year before.
As with the national trend, crime is down everywhere, even in Charlotte but Chief Monroe's numbers with a reduction of only 6.8 percent pale in comparison to his former employer the City of Washington DC which last year reported the lowest homicide rate in 48 years.
Occupy Charlotte - Finally Charlotte City Council passed a few new city ordinances that make it easier to give the campers the boot. It is sad that council didn't have the vision to pass these rules when the DNC selected Charlotte nearly a year ago.
Here's one occupy protester they didn't write the rules for, watch as the NYPD think about what to do with a rather pissed off Marine.
The National Anthem - Steven Tyler gave the nation's worst performance on the National Anthem since Rosanne Barr, while Kristin Chenoweth sang with 49ers fans booing because of images of NY Giants players were flashed on several television screens.
Cedar's Take: Stop asking idiots to sing the national anthem, if you can't sing it without embellishment, or adding a couple of extra riffs don't sing it. There are some people who should not sing it solo, Cedar Posts is one of those, and some who should be banned from singing it ever, Steven Tyler is on that list.
Other Bad Performances - Speaking of gaffes at the microphone did you happen to see Deputy Chief Harold Medlock and Chief Rodney Monroe addressing Charlotte City Council last night? Well it was pretty sad, I've know for a number of years that Chief Monroe doesn't have a command presence. I didn't know the DC Medlock suffered from the same ailment.
DC Medlock is at about 42.20 and Chief Monroe at 1:10 and link is here.
An Example of "Command Presence"
It is backwards to fight off the copyright goon squad. (Something Cedar Posts has done to this iconic film)
Friday Promotions Ceremony - Chief Monroe has sent out an email announcing a promotion ceremony on Friday. Noticeably absent are the names of who is being promoted. I'll give you one guess and then you can be excused to go vomit. Cedar Posts would ask Rob Tufano but he would just claim it is all "bogus".
The Final Word - Yesterday WBTV aired a follow-up to the murder of Danielle Watson that story is here. Cedar Posts received word of a CMPD Dispatch Screw Up early on the Saturday Morning while off the Florida Coast. As it turns out while CMPD clearly blew it - it is doubtful that having dispatched officers to the correct location would have saved Danielle Watson.
WBTV's Sharon Smith turned up court record and convictions regarding Mark Cox's past and it was pretty clear he's one sick individual. What is surprising is that the owners of Flying Biscuit are unwilling to talk about Danielle's death or to address the issue of hiring Mark Cox.
It seems unlikely that Flying Biscuit did any sort of background check. They simply hired him for walking though the door.
It doesn't take a lot of effort to check out the person you are considering hiring. In fact Mark Cox is easy to spot on the North Carolina Department of Corrections web site and there is no charge to search the records.