Rutledge as Cedar Posts noted two weeks ago was noticeably absent from the promotion ceremony that was to see him promoted to Major. His promotion had been circulated to the press, and via email from both CMPD's Public Information Officer and Deputy Chief Katrina Graue.
|CMPD Captain Allan Rutledge|
Details about what lead to the suspension were scant but Cedar Posts has learned that Steele Creek Division Lt. Casey Carver was driving his take home car, a marked CMPD patrol car, when he hit a deer on his way home in Union County. Fearing a formal investigation by either the SHP or Union County Sheriff's Office Carver elected to sleep on it.
|CMPD Lt. Casey Carver|
Rutledge apparently advised Carver to drive the patrol car into Mecklenburg County and report the deer vs patrol car collision as if it had just happened in Mecklenburg County.
It is not clear at what point the scheme fell apart, but once the facts made the rounds, and the Deer Tale became more than water cooler conversation Rutledge and Carver were offered a couple of sad options; resign or be terminated.
CP Update: Both CMPD Officers will keep their jobs. Rutledge was given a 30 day active suspension, Carver was given a 60 day active suspension. No word as to Rutledge's promotion to major at this time.
Basketball Drones - Cedar Posts didn't even get a honorable meantion in Kevin Siers' you write the caption contest this week.
|Click to hear Basketball Jones by Tyrone Shoelaces|
I proably dated myself as well with my play on the 1973 song by Tyrone Shoelaces aka Cheech and Chong. What you have no idea what "Basketball Jones" is? Well click on the Kevin Siers image above.
Cedar Update: CP Operative Agent Bill Fehr is reporting just before 12 noon, a "with his own eyes" sighting of a pilotless drone near Charlotte. Flying on a west southwest to east flight path just south of uptown. No shit!
Idiots In The Road - The Charlotte Observer is reporting another fatal pedestrian vs. vehicle encounter on Thursday night.
"A man died after he was hit by a truck on West Boulevard in Charlotte around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Matthew White Jr. was driving his pick-up truck westbound on West Boulevard when Johnny Tisdale stepped in front of the truck. Tisdale died at the scene, according to Medic.
West Boulevard was briefly shut down while police investigated the incident. The road reopened a few hours later."
Cedar's Take: CMPD needs to step up and address this issue. Start citing people who insist crossing streets mid block rather than at intersections on streets with more than two travel lanes. Cedar also like the idea of the SFS "Signs for Stupids" campaign, a sample is posted above.
More CMPD - Cedar Posts understands that big changes are underway among patrol divisions.
Cedar hears that Captain Bannerman taken command of Providence Division and effectively tossed the poker table end over end, telling every one that changes are coming. Bannerman future reportedly stated that anyone with a special assignment job, would be required to re-apply for his/her position and that formal interviews would be held to determine if that officer gets to keep his special assignment or is sent back to patrol.
Cedar's Take: "Real nice moral booster"! Maybe Bannerman should ask Deer Abby for some basic guidance for interaction with subordinates.