Mr. Bill - Long time WRFX radio personality Bill Summerville aka Mr. Bill was booted from his FM radio gig back in December. The facts flew wild and crazy for days but once it was all sorted out, another Charlotte radio voice was silenced.
Mr. Bill tells Cedar Posts he's landed a sweet gig on Florida's Gulf Coast and is very grateful for all the support and encouragement he's received from fans in Charlotte.
Which brings the thought that you can't keep a good man down and Chumbawamba's Tubthumping
The Great Beaver Hunt - They're killing Beavers over at Park Road Park and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James wants to know what they are going to do with the beaver pelts.
“What are you all going to do with the pelts of the ones [beavers] you ‘take down’?” Commissioner Bill James queried of county officials. “They are worth some money.”
Responded Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges: “Yes, but this is not a fur trapping expedition. We only have a few problem animals.”
Later James was overheard asking Vilam Leake how to cook the "damn things".
Girl Scout Cookie Rip Off - As you already know Girl Scout Cookies are pure scam, a complete rip off. As if the $4.00 per box price isn't bad enough, they down sized the cookies in 2008 and recently shrunk the contents to 8 ounces. Which means a box of Do-si-dos peanut butter cookies only yield 20 cookies. They might as well shrink the box again rather than packaging air.
Cedar Posts is a baby boomer, and doesn't understand the concept of shorting the buyer, and remembers fondly the concept of a "Baker's Dozen". Ask someone under thirty what a "baker's dozen" is and they come up with some pretty wild answers including that it has something to do with 4:20. But back in the day if you bought a dozen cookies at a "real bakery" you always received a "baker's dozen" which is 13 cookies.
Texting May Have Caused Death - Charlie Butterworth a well liked 20-year Charlotte man may have crashed his SUV into a tree while sending a text message.
Cedar Posts has learned that Butterworth sent at least one text message very close to the time when his SUV struck a tree along the 4000 block of Quail View Road, near the intersection of Lindstrom Drive.
Butterworth's Toyota was traveling northwest on Quail View Road where the road makes a slight curve to the left but the vehicle continued straight and ran off the road to the right. The Toyota struck a large tree in the front yard of 5131 Lindstrom Drive.
Tire tracks show that there no attempt was made to avoid the tree which left friends and neighbors baffled as to the cause of the accident.
Police say Butterworth was unrestrained and was pronounced deceased by Medic at the scene.
Rodney Monroe Charlotte's Saviour? - The Charlotte Observer has been working on a piece about the Charlotte Police Chief for months. The story has been passed around the Observer newsroom long enough, so Cedar Posts expects that a feature article will show up in Sunday's paper if not at least by the "Ides of March".
Veteran reporter Elizabeth Leland seems to have taken over where other staff have stalled and has recently been attending events where the Chief is speaking as well as interviewing other sources. Cedar Posts suspects that she was brought in to pull the work together.
When Cedar Posts spoke with Leland earlier this week but she wasn't willing to give away what angle the story would take. But you can suspect it will have some softball questions tossed at the Chief and most of the story will land as fluff that says everyone loves Rodney Monroe.
Lelanded pointed out that the Chief has done what he was hired to do, and that crime in Charlotte is down dramatically. Whether CMPD is cooking the books or not, lower crime stats are a national phenomena and it is wrong to give Chief Monroe full credit for the recent slump in criminal adventures.
However the fact is as long as the crime numbers keep going down folks will be willing to over look Chief Monroe's shady dealing.
Cedar Posts offered Leland as well as prior Observer reporters, several observations about Chief Monroe. We'll see how it shakes out but reporters while objective also have to appease editors.
The truth is Rodney Monroe is a man of poor judgement and questionable moral character. It doesn't matter if its padding his expense account, accepting a set of golf clubs from Quail Hollow Country Club or taking a trip to DC at taxpayers expense, Chief Monroe has had multiple chances to prove he was made of the right stuff by doing the right thing yet he has consistently failed.
Case in point, if Rodney Monroe was an intelligent and honorable man he would have insisted that he be cited for an "unsafe movement" when he caused an accident two weeks ago. He didn't and he isn't and he's not.