You likely never gave the house at 2001 The Plaza much thought. As with many homes in Charlotte it has clearly seen better days. Unremarkable, so much so that only the "Rehab Addict" girl - Nicole Curtis -on HGTV would get excited about the house and say something positive like, it has "good bones'.
But the fun stops there, 2001 The Plaza it seems has a much more troubling history that just neglect. Seems what's cooking isn't home style meals but rather something more along the lines of Walter White.
You might recall the case of Kendra Bagwell who was run down by her boyfriend Jason Mosley and his Kia Soul killing her and in the process becoming Charlotte's first homicide of 2021.
From (WBTV) - A man is facing multiple charges after police say he intentionally struck two pedestrians, killing one, in east Charlotte Monday.
The incident happened just before 2 p.m. on The Plaza near Belvedere Avenue. Police say two people were struck by a Kia Soul being driven by 32-year-old Jason Mosley.
One of the victims, identified Tuesday as 26-year-old Kendra Bagwell, later died at the hospital from her injuries. As of Tuesday morning the second victim was still listed in critical condition.
During the investigation, detectives say they determined Mosley “intentionally caused the collision to harm to the victim(s).” After his interview with those detectives, Mosley was arrested and charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries and driving while impaired.
Mosley is no stranger to CMPD or the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
The crime scene The Plaza at Belvedere is just 100 yards from the home at 2001 The Plaza.
According to neighbors and a couple of sources Mosley may have been at 2001 The Plaza with Bagwell to buy drugs, just moments before he ran down Bagwell who was fleeing north on The Plaza on foot.
Betty and Richard Leone have owned the home for several decades according tax records, but the property was put in a trust in 2020. Not unusual for seniors to place their home of forty plus years into a trust.
But beyond Betty and her husband of 60 years there's a Joseph R Leone, Age 55 (NC DPS Offender Public Information (state.nc.us) ) associated with the same address, pretty interesting back story, drugs, weapons and Prison Escape. Last arrest by CMPD was in 2018 and of course the charges are drug related.
So as the rumor goes, Mosley and Bagwell drove to The Plaza to score some drugs, but rather than share, apparently Bagwell elected to take the money drugs or both and run. She unfortunately didn't get far when Mosley ran her over and in the process also hit and seriously injured a bicyclist..
Mosley remains behind bars awaiting trial for her murder. But neighbors say this isn't the first suspicious death connected to 2000 Block of the The Plaza. In both 2019 and 2018 two overdose deaths are given with a 2000 Block of The Plaza Block address.
Yet CMPD apparently refuses to address the situation because the department has been told by Charlotte leadership including Vi Lyles and City Council to stand down on drug crimes. Mecklenburg DA, Spencer Merriweather has openly stated he will not prosecute any drug case regardless of the severity, so even if 2001 The Plaza is a known drug house, neighbors have very few options.
Many have told CP that Charlotte City Council has refused to help or even discuss the problem.
CP reached out to Larken Egleston (Charlotte City Council member for District One) who neighbors had said is totally unresponsive. Surprisingly, Egleston was quick to reply to CP's tweet, offering that last he'd heard the problem had been removed from the house.
Liberals are hell bent on de-criminalizing drug crimes and giving people like Mosley and Leone a free pass.
The lives these people ruin, and in this case end, are apparently expendable. Had CMPD followed up on complaints about the drug activity, had Mosley been in jail while awaiting trial, had Leone been convicted and sentenced to life under the 3 strikes law, Kendra Ann Bagell would still be alive.