CMPD To Fence In Thugs and Ghetto Rats - Friday afternoon, police emailed statistics and paperwork to the Charlotte Department of Transportation asking that a large perimeter fence to surround the Charlotte Inn on Independence Blvd.
According to a report aired by WSOC, residents in the Commonwealth Park neighborhood that backs up to the hotel say they fear for their safety and are glad that police are trying to come up with new ways to fight the growing drug and prostitution problem.
On Wednesday, suspected drug dealers exchanged gunfire in the nearby parking lot of a barbershop. On Thursday night, a man assaulted two police officers as they tried to arrest him for dealing drugs near the Charlotte Inn.
Police officers want CDOT to install a fence to protect the neighborhood from what they call mid-level drug dealers.
CMPD said there were 57 calls for service in the area in 2010. In 2011, that number more than doubled, to 121 calls for service.
Cedar's Take - Why don't we just turn the Charlotte Inn into the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Inn and Jail?
Foundry Cycles - Among cyclists Foundry is a recognized marker of a top of the line carbon bikes. To Cedar Posts, Foundry Cycles named Auger, Broadaxe, and Ratchet and a rather dark and serious website screams serious bike.
However, beyond Cannondale, Trek and Specialized names that I know, I wouldn't know a crank from a cassette, or a roadie from a cross. After all I still ride a 30 pound steel frame Schwinn mountain bike dating from the late 80's.
But I do know a couple of serious riders, guys like Patrick Harrington who ride for a living, dogging Charlotte's traffic and enduring our famous humid and hot Summers on two wheels.
Turns out Patrick is in the running for a year long sponsorship and a free ride on one of Foundry Cycle's products. This ain't your Walmart Huffy, these bikes start at $3,000.00 and top out at over $5,000.00.
Patrick will get to ride some serious hardware if he continues to hold his very slim lead over Asheville's Stephen Janes.
Let's help push a local guy over the top, log in with your Facebook account and Vote for Patrick here. Votes must be in by April 30, 2012. And I a guessing it will take 1000 votes to lock the deal up for Patrick.
Scammers Target The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center - File this under "is nothing of limits" Seems the scum of the earth have figured out people are paying big buck for prime seats at Charlotte most upscale performance venue.