Thursday, April 8, 2021

Tiger Woods and 2 Pickled Eggs - Reprise

The broken pavement is a mix of asphalt, gravel and pine needles. A warm spring breeze blows through hundred year old oaks and several dozen large pine trees. 

Two black boys drop their bicycles and scamper up the wood steps of the “Midway Grocery and Service Center”. 

They dash inside just as a pickup truck’s tires scratch away at the gravel and then bark as rubber meets the asphalt, that lies just beyond the pine needles. 

I have a good sense of direction most the time, and as long as I have a half tank of gas, I can eventually find my own way even when trying to take a short cut across the South Carolina Lowcountry. No need to ask for directions, it’s a man thing don’t you know? 

I purposefully park my new black SUV just to the right of the building, slightly out of eyesight of anyone inside the small country store. 

The other cars are at least ten years older; a faded blue rusting pickup dates from the 60’s, a Ford wagon and Chevy Nova sit around back. 

The only new car is a red Honda that is parked in the spot with a sign that says “Reserved for Bubba”. 

Midway Grocery is just that, midway between the last place I thought I was and the next place I thought I was going. 

I’m lost and without a good map or GPS, I’ve given in to the need to ask for directions. 

I negotiate my way around the bicycles, hot on the trail of the two young boys and before I know it the screen door has slammed shut behind me. 

The two boys fidget as if they are in need of a bathroom. They are trying their best to wait patiently in front of the counter, each holding on tightly to a single crumpled dollar bill. 

The man behind the counter looks to me and I look to the young boys. He nods, then looks at the two boys and asks: “What can I do for you two?”. 

“Sir, I want one of them there eggs”. The smaller of the two boys pleads. 

The eggs are floating in a gallon jar filled with a vinegar and brine solution, pickling spice and dotted with just the right number of large red pepper flakes. 

The jar has a red lid about six inches across, and it sounds like a dull cymbal dropped on the floor when turned. The jar is only half full of eggs but full of liquid so the man’s hand plunges in past his wrist, as he retrieves one of the eggs. 

No latex glove, no tongs, no fork just his bare hand. A hand that belongs to someone who knows hard work. His fingers are fat and they dwarf the glistening and slippery white egg. I watch as he places the egg in a paper towel and carefully hands it to the first boy. 

“That will be 35 cents” he says. The second boy steps to the counter. He’s a little taller and I suspect they are brothers. The man looks at the second boy and says “I’d supposed you want one too?” “Yes Sir” the older boy replies and the process is repeated. 

Then lid spins in a clockwise direction like a banker closing a safe after securing a large sum of money inside. The eggs adjust to fill the space of their recently departed comrades. 

But before taking his hand off the jar, the man who I assume is named Bubba looks my way and asks if I’d like a pickled egg too. “No sir, but thank you”. I reply. He smiles and offers that he wouldn’t eat one of those things either. 

I’ve said yes sir and yes ma’am all my life and I figure that if I want directions to the Augusta National Golf Club from Bubba at the Midway Grocery I’d better be polite. Truth is I can’t help but say yes sir and yes ma’am its just the way I was raised. 

I explain where I’m heading and Bubba laughs as he informs me that I’m so far out in the sticks that even the deer have maps. 

The screen door slams shut again, and I find the two boys taking up two thirds of the steps, both eyeing me copiously. “Mister did ya find out where you’re going?” The younger one asks. “Yes, I did. Thank you” I reply. 

The older boy offers that "Augusta ain't that far" and asks if I’m going to see Tiger Woods play golf. I’m surprised that these two boys are not only smart but they also have really good hearing. “Yes I suppose I’m going to see Tiger Woods” I offer. 

“We’ll you tell him that when I get old enough I’m going whip him good” The younger boy whose name is Cameron, jumps to his feet, and offers his best Bill Murray swing. 

It’s actually dead on, head still, shoulders, feet, with a full Tiger wrap around backswing. I don’t say anything and just smile, because the kid has a really good swing. 

"One day we’re going to build a golf course right here. This will be “Amen Corner” from this spot right here, all the way to the big old oak tree way down there”. Cameron adds. 

I guess the yardage to the big old oak tree at less than 25 yards. "A par 3?" I ask. “Heck NO! It’s a par 12” Cameron’s brother informs me. “You know it wouldn’t surprise me with all the pot holes in this driveway” I tell them both, while trying to keep from laughing too hard. 

I leave Cameron and his brother, both now swinging invisible clubs at invisible golf balls in the parking lot. 

Honestly Bubba might have given me directions to Greenbow, Mississippi for all I know. But somehow given the general direction of his gestures, I drive 3 miles turn left at the DeKalb corn sign, and then left again at the church with the cemetery and find a four lane that takes me right to Bobby Jones Expressway in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. 

The azaleas are in bloom and the dogwoods have come to life, and once again CBS Sports will carry the Masters with "limited commercial interruption" from emerald green fairways of Augusta National Golf Club. 

At the same time, just down the road at the Midway Grocery and Service Center, Cameron and his brother will be playing for pickled eggs on a short par three ... errrr, I mean par 12 that also serves as the parking lot. 

Tiger you better have your game on!

The above is a factual account of this day back in 2006, before WAZE and on board navigation became standard.  Tiger didn't win in 2006 Lefty did, but two kids in rural South Carolina stole the day. I hope you enjoyed this break from the madness as much as I did retelling this story. - CP

Monday, April 5, 2021

Citizens Review Board Wants Subpoena Power Charlotte FOP Lodge 9 Objects

From the FOP:

On 3/31/2021, CMPD Chief Jennings spoke with WSOC-TV reporter Glenn Counts regarding subpoena power for the Citizen’s Review Board (CRB). 

Chief Jennings supports the CRB having subpoena power to compel officers to testify. (Click Here For The WSOC Story)

This Bill has been introduced in the NC General Assembly under SENATE BILL DRS45115-ND-60A*. 

Particular interest is this bill states:

If a person fails or refuses to obey a subpoena issued pursuant to this subdivision, the Board may apply to the General Court of Justice, Superior Court Division, for an order requiring that the subpoena be obeyed, and the court shall have jurisdiction to issue the order after notice to all parties. 

The City of Charlotte describes the CRB as serving only in an advisory capacity to the Chief of Police, the City Manager and the City Council. The CRB itself cannot take disciplinary action against a police officer or award damages to an injured citizen. The CRB only can advise the Chief of Police and the City Manager when it becomes clear to the CRB that the disciplinary decision of the police department was a serious mistake.

Compelling officers and citizens to testify in non-criminal matters, especially to an "advisory" board sets a dangerous precedent. This Lodge, along with CMPD Officers, have continuously asked Chief Jennings to create morale-boosting improvements but requests are denied. This is an additional blow to officer welfare.

The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #9 has always been open to fairness and working to build trust in our communities. However, using courts to compel officers to testify in non-criminal matters is something we firmly oppose. It's time the department stands to protect officer’s civil rights, as they do to protect those of Charlotteans.

FOP Lodge 9 will meet tomorrow night to discuss this mater and other items.

But concerns with the CRB doesn't stop there. 

The board is hardly the non-partisan oversite advisory board it was originally supposed to be. It has become a legalized officer lynch mob filled with not citizens, but rather wackivists intent on defunding the police and punishing CMPD Officers with a vengeance.

A review of public voting records show every one currently serving on the board is a registered democrat. 

The majority of the board is African American. Hardly embracing diversity. Hispanic and Asian communities have zero representation.

But let's look deeper:

According to the following rules apply to all board members:

All applicants must be a registered voter in Mecklenburg County.

Current and former City employees, and the spouse, parents, and children of a current or former CMPD officer, shall not be eligible to serve on the board.

Nominees are subject to a state criminal background check.

Individuals with a felony conviction or Class A1 misdemeanor conviction shall not be eligible to serve. Individuals with a Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor conviction within 3 years of their nomination for appointment shall be ineligible to serve.

Members must be continually domiciled within Mecklenburg County and be registered to vote within the County.

All board members shall attend and successfully complete the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Citizens Academy and receive training on relevant legal and policy issues as required by the City Manager. This training must be completed prior to any board appointee serving as a member of the board.

Candidates for the board may be interviewed by a panel comprised of a representative from the Community Relations Committee, the Citizens Review Board and the City Manager's Office to assess core characteristics necessary to serve on the board.  Such panels shall provide their assessments to the relevant appointing authority.

Each member of the board shall participate in at least eight hours of training each calendar year, which training may include a four-hour "ride-along" with a CMPD officer.

Appointees are subject to City Council's Attendance and Anti-Harassment Policies.

Appointees are subject to the Code of Ethics, Gift Policy and Disclosure Requirements for members of boards and must file a Statement of Economic Interest by February 1st each year.

Appointees must sign and adhere to a confidentiality agreement.

Appointees serve on a voluntary basis without compensation.

Current Citizens Review Board Members:

Tonya Jameson (Chair) - appointed by Charlotte City Council
Term Expires July 31, 2021

E. Thomas Bowers - appointed by Charlotte City Council
Term Expires July 31, 2021

Faith Watson - appointed by the City Manager
Term Expires July 31, 2023

Removed By Request

Magaliz Giraud - appointed by the Mayor
Term Expires July 31, 2021

Marc  A. Jensen - appointed by the Charlotte City Manager 
Term Expires July 31, 2021

Robert Keene - appointed by the Mayor
Term Expires July 31, 2022

John Watkins (Vice-Chair) appointed by the Mayor
Term Expires July 31, 2023

Jeffrey Simpson - appointed by the Charlotte City Manager 
Term Expires July 31, 2022

Samuel Smith - appointed by Charlotte City Council
Term Expires July 31, 2022

La Becky Roe - appointed by Charlotte City Council
Term Expires July 31, 2023

Brittenay Causieestko-Lee - appointed by Charlotte City Council
Term Expires July 31, 2023

Cedar's Take:

At odds with common sense is the revised wording that allows the "chair" to  subpoena a witness or to "compel" production of evidence. Allowing one person, in this case Tonya Jameson the power to force a CMPD officer to produce his/her personal cell phone records as an example, is pretty troubling.   


In the conduct of evidentiary fact-finding proceedings, any of the following may 
subpoena witnesses and compel the production of evidence: (i) the chair, (ii) 
the vice-chair when acting in the absence of the chair, and (iii) a majority of 
the members of the Board. If a person fails or refuses to obey a subpoena 
issued pursuant to this subdivision, the Board may apply to the General 
Court of Justice, Superior Court Division, for an order requiring that the 
subpoena be obeyed, and the court shall have jurisdiction to issue the order 
after notice to all parties.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Once Again It Is Easter

Today Good Friday I'm offering up a strong dose of Southern Style Religion.

Originally posted back in 2007....

Once Again It Is Easter.... Please be seated.

Years back, when Charlotte was a lot smaller and the pace of life a lot slower, an Easter Sunrise Service was held at Providence High School.

As the headlights of two hundred or so cars streamed into the parking lot, the crimson and purple hues of the sun's first rays began to touch the far eastern corners of the Carolina horizon, while birds sang in wonderful orchestra we call nature.

It's not hard to see the hand of God on Easter Sunday in the Carolina's. Azaleas, Dogwoods, rainbow colors of flowers all in bloom and Carolina blue skies which might explain the large number of churches in the Carolinas. I think there are 87 on the Charleston Peninsula alone, I know there are twice that many in Charlotte and the biggest of which is Calvary.

Standing at the corner of Rea Road and Highway 51, Calvary is so big that it's pipe organ is second in size only to that of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. It is a big church, so big it has escalators to the two balconies.

The church was once painted a somewhat a dull shade of pink and, was nick-named by members and non-members as "The Pink Church" or the "Mary Kay Cathedral". Calvary was founded by Dr. Ross Rhodes who at the time of this Easter sunrise service was senior pastor.

Charlotte, is of course the well known home to the famous preacher Dr. Billy Graham, and a close second to Billy Graham is Dr. Rhodes. I think Ross Rhodes could make a believer out of Satan if given the chance.

My grandmother used to tell us to sit up straight in church so that God knew we were paying attention. On this Easter Sunday, the frosty cold aluminum bleachers of Providence High School Football Stadium made certain we were all sitting up straight and paying attention.

The hot coffee and warm biscuits from Bojangles, that the Calvary volunteers handed out, helped ease the chill but it was so cold, that I soon began to plot an early exit back to my car.

I'm a morning person, most of the time and I love to watch the sunrise. Cold on the other hand I'm not nearly as fond of, so I thanked my sister who was kind enough to bring an extra blanket to sit on.

Before the small choir had finished the second verse of the first hymn, my biscuit was cold and my coffee gone.

In the faint half light of the early dawn Dr. Rhodes rose from his seat and walked over to the podium, for all practical purposes it was still dark.

His sermon was simple….. his first words where.....

"He Has Risen!"

And with that voices came to life through the gathered crowd as these words were repeated and rose on wisps of steam from our breath which filled the cold morning air.

Dr. Rhodes continued….

"Now if this had just happened today, on this Sunday morning, we would have proof! There would be satellite trucks, and news media everywhere. Anderson Cooper would be live with eyewitnesses to interview, and there would be full page photo spreads in USA Today, the New York Times and the Charlotte Observer. There would be a "film at eleven" on television that would show the massive stone rolled aside and for the next forty days Jesus himself would hold press conferences right up until ascension.

And he would tell the world: "Hey, I'm back for I have risen!"

"But, because this single event occurred nearly 2000 years ago we don't have a film at eleven, but we do have eyewitness accounts and interviews with the Oprah of the day whose name is Mark, and his interview is right here".

And as he spoke those words, Dr. Rhodes held up his bible, the one he has carried for nearly 40 years and proclaimed.

"It says right here…" HE HAS RISEN!

With that a flock of Canada Geese flew over head no more than a dozen feet above the bleachers, winging their way no doubt to eternity and just as suddenly the sun rose above the horizon and bathed the bleachers in wonderful light and warmth that you could feel all the way through to your soul.

And I have got to tell ya ... I don't know how Ross Rhodes pulled it off but his timing was perfect. Within an instant the chill in the air was gone as a new day had begun.

Now years later Dr. Rhodes message, and that Easter sunrise service is still a very vivid memory.

Dr. Rhodes' message has always been simple… "Believe in the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved" Period!

No fancy church or nearly drowning style of baptism, pilgrimage to Mecca, or giving up a certain amount of your paycheck, no course of study, no special communion, no specific number of Sunday school sessions or bible study attendance required, just one simple thing.

"Believe in the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved" - Just Believe!

OK I'm done preaching now go color those chicks.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Tri-FuckDah of Stupid

Welcome to the new normal in Charlotte.

From left: Shiodon Shipp, Jarvis Short, Alvin Steele

Three people have been arrested after a 7-year-old girl was hurt in a shooting Tuesday night in northwest Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings. 

Officers say the crime is connected to a separate shooting that injured two teens earlier in the day, but no arrests have been made in that case. 

The first shooting took place on Hovis Road in the afternoon, and then the second on Marble Street later that evening, less than a mile away. 

During the Hovis Road shooting two juveniles were hurt in a drive-by shooting outside the Hope Mart which occurred shooting, around 3:30 p.m., detectives said someone in a car targeted two teens during a drive-by outside the Hope Mart. 

The kids ran to a nearby house to get help. The victims are 14 years old and 15 years old, according to Jennings. The teens were taken to a hospital where they are in stable condition. 

A few hours later, investigators said a 7-year-old girl playing outside was hit by a bullet when two groups started shooting at each other on Marble Street. 

The girl is in the hospital with her parents and doing OK, authorities said. The police said three people were arrested in connection with the girl’s shooting. 

Alvin Steele, 19, is accused of shooting the girl. Steele was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and other charges. 

Shiodon Shipp, 23, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and other charges

Jarvis Short Jr., 28, was inside the vehicle with Steele at the time of his arrest. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles continues to push for bail reform where those arrested are given "no bail get out of jail free" cards based on their skin color. 

Mecklenburg County DA Spencer Merriweather refuses to prosecute anything but major crimes and liberal judges are unwilling to incarcerate young offenders in some misguided believe they are really good boys that are just going through a phase

Steele has been arrested more than a dozen times, six times since turning 18:

Most recently on March 18th on weapons charges, yet zero convictions and zero bail, police do their job and the DA, Magistrates, Judges and Courts turn these violent thugs back loose on the streets.

Short has been arrested for assault on a female and communicating threats. 

Shipp was convicted of shooting into an occupied building but given a suspended sentence in 2019. He was arrested again last year in December for a shooting in which two people were critically injured and was released on an unsecured bond despite facing a dozen felony weapons charges. 

Coach Jim Oddo

Jim Oddo, the man who built the Charlotte Catholic football dynasty, died Wednesday morning.

Jim and his wife were my parents neighbors. Always friendly, he lived across from Mom and Dad. And he was as you might expect always in Coach mode.

Jim was a big guy, with a firm handshake. I can't remember a time when he didn't ask about me, Mrs. Cedar, our dogs or our kids. He'd ask about my parents if he hadn't seem them in a few days. He was just like that.

Wednesday I was with my mother helping her run errands when she got the news in a text message. "SHIT" was her reaction. Funny how old people lose their filter. 

The following from the local paper, but just so y'all know Jim was as genuine off the field as he was on. A good man who will be missed by all. 

Oddo started at Catholic in 1973 and won 358 games. He retired in 2014 after 14 consecutive winning seasons and four trips in a row to the N.C. Western Regional championship game. 

In his final four seasons, Oddo’s teams were 52-7. 

For his 41-year career, Catholic made 30 state playoff appearances and reached the state championship game six times, winning the title in 1977, 2004, 2005.

That’s an icon of Charlotte high school coaching,” said former Charlotte Latin football coach Larry McNulty, 74. 

McNulty retired after the 2017-18 school year. 

“Jim and I had a great relationship,” McNulty said. “I really respected the way he coached his kids. And I respected the toughness his teams always displayed. His kids were always very physical and that’s who we wanted to pattern ourselves after. We had some great games, and I always enjoyed him. He was a lot of fun. Win, lose or draw, he was a gentleman after every game. We got along great.” 

Oddo’s parents, Giuseppe and Josephine, emigrated to the United States from Italy and settled in Wilmington, Delaware, where Oddo became an all-state center in the 1950s. 

Oddo later became an All-ACC center during his junior and senior years at N.C. State. He was part of the 1957 Wolfpack ACC championship team and was later selected to the Blue-Gray All-Star game. 

After college, Oddo coached high school football in Florida but eventually settled at Charlotte Catholic, where he coached until he was 77. 

“He was a good man,” said current Catholic coach Mike Brodowicz, who worked under Oddo before taking his current position. “He is Charlotte Catholic football. He built this program, and I just tried to emulate what he has built and I have always joked with you that I didn’t want to mess this up. We still run his offense and coach the exact same way he instilled in all of us.”

Catholic, which has won three straight N.C. 3A state titles, does not play a game this week, but will play twice next week: at Cuthbertson on Monday and then Friday at home against Marvin Ridge. 

Brodowicz said the school will add a helmet sticker to honor Oddo. 

Catholic athletic director and assistant football coach Kevin Christmas said the school would plan some type of memorial to honor Oddo, perhaps during next week’s home game, which will be played on the field named for Oddo nine years ago. 

“We all owe him so much,” Christmas said. “Seeing the interactions he had with coaches and with families and with players, that just molded me. It has made me the coach that I am. And he was the most humble man that I’ve ever been around. If you ever listened to his press conferences, it was never about him, it was always about the team, and how everybody else did it. 

“He was special. He was one of a kind.” 

Funeral information was not yet available. 

Oddo is survived by his wife Lorraine, along with his five children and a host of grandchildren.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Concord Trailer Park Murders - Six Years Later

In 2015 Darryl Angelo Anderson, 37, pleaded guilty in the murder of Sheila Serrano, 45, Sharon Cox, 52, and her daughter, Jessica Cox, 25. 

Darryl Angelo Anderson Photo Courtesy of NC DOC

The triple homicide shook the rural Concord, North Carolina community with a level of rage and violence neighbors say they had never witnessed before. 

Anderson was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for each of the victims. The sentences were boxcar'd to be served consecutively. 

The afternoon of the murders, Anderson shot the women in three different trailers at Cedar Park Estates off Lower Rocky River Road in Concord during the height of a severe winter snowstorm. 

The killings were reportedly the result of a domestic argument. 

Jessica Cox was the daughter of Sharon Cox. Serrano was a neighbor. Jessica Cox left behind three young children, while Serrano left behind a husband and a son 

In a 911 tape, Serrano’s boyfriend told the operator he was in the back of the house and heard Serrano talking to a man. Then he heard gunshots. “He shot through her door and was able to open her door,” he said in the tape. The man said the gunman shot Serrano several times and left on foot. 

EMS personnel arrived to find Serrano lying on the kitchen floor with an apparent gunshot wound. She was later confirmed dead by Cabarrus County EMS units, who rushed to the scene despite snow-covered roads. 

The lone female survivor Veronica Cox told police her mother, Sharon Cox, ran into her bedroom and woke her up, saying she had been shot. 

Veronica ran from the bedroom to the kitchen to get her phone so she could call 911. When she returned to her bedroom, she told police her mother had fallen to the floor, and the gunman was standing over her mother holding a pistol. 

He fired two more shots into Sharon, then aimed the gun at Veronica’s face and said “get out of my way,” 

Anderson fled into the woods but surrendered when police arrived.

Anderson is now 44 and is currently being housed at the Bertie Correctional Institution in close supervision. The 1000 inmates are North Carolina's most violent felons. Violence in a way of life at Bertie those who cope spend their days in single occupant cells they are permitted a one hour exercise period each day and then return to their cells. 

Bertie Correctional Intuition 

Prisoners like Anderson "earn" their way to Bertie by breaking rules and committed acts of violence. The toll drives many to take their own lives.

Jessica Cox and Sharon Cox are buried in Ohio next to Sharon's mother who died in 2009. 

Sadly Veronica Cox died on April 9, 2015 just 2 months after Anderson's sentencing and a day shy of her 26th birthday.  

She was reportedly found at home unresponsive, rushed to CMC Main where she died of an apparent drug overdose. Veronica Cox is buried along side of her mother Sharon and sister Jessica in Ohio.

Darryl Anderson offered no apology at sentencing and has never publicly stated why he killed the women or why he spared Veronica on the fateful day.

From Cedar Posts Friday February 14, 2014:

Investigators say Darryl Anderson shot and killed three women in Concord during the Wednesday February 12, 2014 snow storm.
Darryl Anderson
Sharon McKenzie Cox
One of the victims Sharon McKenzie Cox age 52 was the mother of Jessica Cox age 25 the estranged girlfriend of Anderson who he also shot and killed.
Jessica Cox Courtesy Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Office
Jessica Cox was shot and killed inside her home at a Concord, North Carolina trailer park. She was the mother of 3 Anderson's children

According to WBTV and other sources Sharon Cox and Jessica Cox shared a trailer next door to one of Sharon's other daughters Veronica Cox. 
Veronica Cox Courtesy Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Office 
Apparently an altercation escalated and Anderson shot and killed Jessica Cox, and then turned his gun on Sharon Cox shooting her once. Sharon Cox, though wounded escaped and fled to her daughter Veronica's home next door.
Anderson apparently chased Sharon Cox into the second trailer home where he stood over her and fired his gun twice more.
At this point the second daughter ran from her bedroom to call 911.
Veronica Cox, told investigators she saw Anderson stand over her mom and shoot her twice. He then pointed the gun at her face and said "get out of my way".
The motive for the killings is unknown, as well as, why Anderson chose not to shoot Veronica Cox.
Veronica Cox survived the attack that killed her mother, sister and neighbor.
The third victim 45-year-old Sheila Serrano who lived across the street was also shot by Anderson and also died. Anderson apparently believed the Jessica Cox was having an affair with Serrano's ex husband and Anderson shot her in his fit of rage.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Danielle Holmes Update Ten Years Later

Danielle Alexandra Holmes was 17 when on Sunday August 22, 2010 she stabbed to death a Mexican drug dealer in broad daylight off Charlotte's Central Avenue.

Photo North Carolina Department of Corrections

Today the 28 year old blond looks decidedly heavier than her mugshot from the Cabarrus country sheriff's website back in 2011.

Cabarrus County Sheriff Department 

Her sentence on 2nd degree murder was a minimum of 13 years 1 month with a projected release date of April 2024, less than three years away. 

But Holmes did what many druggies do while out on bail, they just keep doing what they were doing before.

On July 15, 2011 while out on bail she again robbed a drug dealer.

On September 1, 2011 after pleading guilty Holmes was sentenced to prison first on the murder charge  to a minimum of 13 years 1 month, then the robbery with a dangerous weapon 5 years 4 months, then the armed robbery charge 2 years 1  month.  Then the judge did what everyone except Holmes saw coming, he box car'd the sentences.

Each sentence would run consecutively, so that her total time behind bars would exceed 26 years without any mercy from the parole board it could be more than 35 years.

As of March 20, 2021 her projected release date is September 3, 2033.

At the age of 17 she killed a man and traded her soul and her youth for a heroin high. 


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Retired CMPD Captain Michelle Hummel Takes on the AT as a Thru Hiker

Hiking the Appalachian Trail  - If you grew up in South or North Carolina chances are you've encountered the AT and perhaps even hiked it. 

So, Congratulations you're a "segment hiker".

But people just don't wake up one day and decide to take a hike from Springer Mountain Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine and become what is known as a "thru hiker".  

Rather, it is the sort of thing you think about over time, maybe years and then it really starts eating at you. After all if you don't do it this year you'll just be another year older when you do. 

Maybe that's what retired CMPD Capt Michelle Hummel decided, to become one of the elite 2000 milers who have hiked the entire length end to end in one go.

In her own words:

One Hello My Name is Michelle Hummel, I retired after 30 years of service to the Charlotte community as a First Responder. This next journey of my life is both personal and to help others. 

I am going to start a thru hike adventure of the Appalachian Trail to fulfill a personal goal and raise money to help charities that are near and dear to my heart. 

The hike is 2193 miles and I plan to make videos all along the way. Please follow me on my YouTube channel as I will make posts over the next six months while on this journey.

I hope to raise $25,000 to be equally split between 5 charities

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Warrior Jace Foundation

Salute to Heroes Charlotte Foundation

Charlotte Cobras Football

COPS 4 the CURE. 

I appreciate any support you can offer and thank you for taking the time and following along with me on my adventures on the Appalachian Trail. 

Here's the link to Michelle's page SHE HIKES TO HELP

CP's Take: Over the years I've covered about 200 miles of the AT the longest Springer to Fontana Dam. The highest to the summit of Katahdin. This is no easy hike, my idea of hiking is a day pack with lunch and a six pack and a hot shower before dinner.

(Good Gouge: Bill Bryson wrote a book titled A Walk In The Woods, that's all it took to convince me I was NOT a thru hiker. )

So yeah I'm envious, but happy with my role in Michelle's quest to "Thru Hike the AT" as cheerleader. 

You go girl!

Hate Filled "Stop Asian Hate" Signs

Stop Asian Hate signs sprang up over night in South Charlotte, obviously directed at "racist white people" living in Charlotte's more affluent neighborhoods. 

Those of us who have lived in South Charlotte all our lives have had enough of this self-righteous

The signs now litter Highway 51 know by transplants as Pineville - Matthews Road. Even though the signs are in violation of the city's sign ordinance they remain in place.

The liberal idiots who littered the streets with this garbage, claim they have an approved permit for the "Stop Asian Hate" signs. If the city gave these clowns an exemption they are complicit in this madness.

These signs are just another manifestation of Charlotte's decline into a shit hole city. 

In the last year we've been forced to stay home, keep our kids out of school and wear a mask everywhere we go. We've endured riots and endless protests, watched as panhandlers invaded our streets and homeless camps blanketed our once proud Uptown. 

Uptown Charlotte is now a ghost-town boarded up businesses never recovered from the summer's BLM Antifa riots.

We've watched not only our businesses close and not re-open, but our streets re-named, our schools and libraries re-named as well, all for the cause of diversity, community and inclusion.

Yet inclusion within our community is now further away than ever. 

Mecklenburg DA has refused to prosecute drug crimes, magistrates refuse to require bond for even the most violent offenders, so now our streets are a cesspool of drugs and violence with more than 80 shootings since January 1st.

Johnnie Jennings the Chief of CMPD has told officers to stand down and leave protestors alone, and to stop being pro-active. 

911 call response times have doubled, minor calls are referred to voice mail. 

Traffic enforcement is non-existent. CMPD Officers routinely spend their entire shift in their favorite "hidey hole" answering only the most serious calls for service.

Drug houses have flourished. Medic calls to Over Doses have jumped 70%

And the Mayor is MIA.

The streets are covered with garbage everywhere. Intersections if picked up would each fill a dozen 55 gallon bags. 

Street lights are out everywhere making it impossible at night to avoid rim busting potholes that are everywhere.

Even 485 lane markings are non-existent. 

Basic city services take days to respond to a request if they respond at all.

What once was Charlotte's most perfect four lane Rea Road has fallen on hard times. The additional blight of "Stop Asian Hate" signs along with "Free COVID Testing", " All Schools Matter" and "Abortion Info Hotline" signs certainly increase property values. 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Christine Englehardt Drugged, Raped, Robbed and Left to Die By Greensboro Thugs

Via: Fox News and Daily Mail

Loved ones of the 24-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was drugged and raped and was later found dead in a Miami Beach hotel room are remembering her as an "amazing human being" and a "beautiful girl."

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to determine Christine Englehardt’s cause of death after the young woman’s semi-nude body was discovered Thursday at the Albion Hotel in South Beach, according to reports.

Investigators determined she was drugged and sexually assaulted, the Miami Herald and the New York Post reported. The suspects then reportedly stole her credit cards and left less than an hour after arriving.

Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24 -- both from Greensboro, North Carolina -- have been arrested and charged with sexual battery, burglary with battery, petty theft and the fraudulent use of a credit card, the Herald reported. More charges could follow depending on the medical examiner’s determination, officials said.

Collier told investigators that Taylor allegedly gave Englehardt a "green pill," which he believed was Percocet, according to the Herald.

As the investigation continues, loved ones are mourning the loss of Englehardt, a young woman whose "life was taken from her," according to a GoFundMe created to raise money for her funeral and memorial costs.

"Anyone who knows this beautiful girl knows that she had the biggest heart there was and her laugh was nothing short of memorable," the fundraising page states. "She would do anything for a person in need and was always fun to be around no matter what."

The GoFundMe describes how Englehardt’s attackers don't deserve the spotlight, and "stole this woman's entire future in a very sickening way and put her mother and father in a great deal of heartbreak."

"I am not going to talk about what happened to her because this isn’t about that," the page continues. "This is about her life and how the family deserves to be helped out for raising such an amazing human being only to have her taken from us way too soon."

By Wednesday morning, the page had raised $29,332, more than $9,000 over the $20,000 goal.

Chillingly, in a post on her purported Facebook page from July 2019, Englehardt urged her followers "go with [their] gut" after she had a scary experience with what she believed was a "predator scheme."

"So if you ever feel unsafe in ANY way or have a feeling something isn’t right, DON’T hesitate to notify the police," she wrote at the time. "Please be on alert for any suspicious people or cars. This is a dangerous world now unfortunately and you never know what anyone’s true intentions are."

Meanwhile, Taylor and Collier were in Miami court on Monday, where Collier’s sister asked that he be released to the family, according to a broadcast shared by NBC Miami.

"I'm severely bewildered by these charges and accusations against him, but I can attest for his character and I can attest for responsibility of him standing trial for whatever charges," the woman told Judge Mindy S. Glazer. "If you please let my brother come home and let our family handle the situation appropriately we will do whatever is necessary that Miami-Dade County asks of us."

Glazer ultimately ordered both men held without bond, according to the Daily Mail.

After killing Englehardt Taylor and Collier returned to South Beach to stalk their next victim. 

Both remain held without bond on the rape charges.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Frankie "Pops" Jennings U.S. Marshals Shooting CMPD Update

CMPD gave an update on Tuesday’s deadly shooting involving a U.S. Marshal officials and a suspect who was being served warrants. 

CMPD said it worked into the night and said it is very early in this investigation and continues to interview witnesses and collect video. It is unclear at this time if video from the gas station where the shooting occurred has been reviewed by CMPD.

On Tuesday around 11 a.m. U.S. Marshals attempted to serve multiple warrants on a 32 year-old Frankie Jennings at a gas station in the Plaza Midwood area. One U.S. Marshal deputy perceived a threat and shot and killed Jennings. 

Jennings was celebrating his 32nd birthday on Wednesday.

CMPD later announced they’d be handling an investigation into the shooting.

During Wednesday’s news conference, CMPD was asked if they could conduct an independent investigation without interference from the U.S. Marshals office, and they said yes.

CMPD said they are not prepared to talk yet about the details of the investigation including where the gun was recovered.

According to several sources the shooting happened shortly after 11 a.m. in the 2200 block of The Plaza, at a Citgo station. The dead man was identified as Frankie Jennings, who was killed on his 32nd birthday. 

According to CMPD’s account of the shooting, one of the deputies who was attempting to serve the warrants “perceived a lethal threat and fired a service weapon, striking the man.” 

Jennings died at the scene. 

According to CMPD, a firearm owned by Jennings was recovered. 

The police department did not disclose the nature of the outstanding warrants or whether Jennings was holding a gun.

CMPD said marshals were serving over a dozen warrants on Jennings for assault, drugs, traffic violations, and property damage in multiple locations including Carolina Beach, York County, South Carolina, and Charlotte.

The name of the deputy involved has not yet been released.

Jennings had eight outstanding Mecklenburg County warrants, with additional warrants from Rock Hill and Carolina Beach.

The local paper in Charlotte reported that Jennings faced several warrants relating to an incident that happened in Carolina Beach, south of Wilmington, on March 4. The warrant alleged that Jennings committed three felonies stemming from a 4:30 a.m. confrontation that involved police responding to a dispute that apparently involved also a girlfriend.

The charges included assault with a deadly weapon against a government official, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and reckless driving to endanger. 

The Charlotte paper also cited federal Clerk of Court Frank Johns of Charlotte as its source relating to the warrant.

Cedar's Take:

Mr. Jennings had dozens of previous arrests and convictions for a dozen crimes since a teenager but most were not violent offenses such as B&E and drug charges. 

A conviction for Habitual Felon sent Mr. Jennings to prison in 2014. He was paroled and later released from parole in 2016.

I seemed as if Mr. Jennings had his life under control. At least Mecklenburg County shows no arrests during the 2016-2019 period. Nothing recent. 

Apparently that began to change in 2020 as the warrants piled up the Feds began to take notice. Crossing state lines to commit felonies will often get the attention of the U.S. Marshals as it did in this case. 

Fleeing from Police, (reports are that a vehicle pursuit was called off when New Hanover deputies were chasing Mr. Jennings at speeds in excess of 90 mph) and felon with a weapon charges called for "jump out  and grab" arrest tactic. 

Which led to a very unfortunate outcome.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Atlanta Area Shooting - Robert Aaron Long - Arrested

Eight people were killed and several others injured in a series of shootings at three Asian spas in the Atlanta area on Tuesday. The suspect, a man from Woodstock, Georgia, has been taken into custody in connection with all three incidents, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office announced Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old white man, was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. local time following a chase that led officers into Crisp County — about three hours away from where the first shootings at a massage parlor occurred, according to police who spoke during a brief press conference. Long was transported to the Crisp County Detention Center, police said.

Records searches into Long's background do not show any prior criminal history.

The FBI is assisting Cherokee County and Atlanta PD in this investigation, Kevin Rowson, a spokesman for FBI's Atlanta office stated.

The photo released by the sheriff's office of Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in the massage parlor shootings in Georgia. Photo Courtesy of Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said when officers arrived at Young's Asian Massage, two victims were already dead and another three were still alive. The wounded were taken to a local hospital, but two have since died. One of the victims was a man, as is one survivor, officials said.

The names of the four victims killed at Young's Asian Massage, as well as that of the person who was injured, have not been released by authorities.

About an hour after that shooting, Atlanta police officers were called to respond to a robbery in progress at Gold Spa. Once there, they discovered the bodies of three women who had been fatally shot. Moments later, officers were called to a another shooting across the street at a different spa — Aromatherapy Spa — one more woman was found dead of a gunshot wound.

Authorities said many of the victims appeared to be women of Asian descent. None of the names of the injured or deceased have been publicly released yet.

Police have not explained what Long's motive might be, but the killings come as violence against Asian Americans has spiked in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stop AAPI Hate tracks reports of violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since March 19, 2020, around the start of the pandemic, until Feb. 28 of this year, the organization received 3,795 incidents of "hate incidents" against the Asian American community, according to a report the organization released Tuesday.

It said that number represents a fraction of the true number of hate crimes committed against the community. These incidents range from verbal harassment and shunning to more extreme acts of physical attacks.

Following reports of the shootings in Atlanta, police in New York and Seattle said they are boosting law enforcement presence in Asian American communities.

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an Atlanta-based legal advocacy nonprofit, said late Tuesday that the organization is "shaken by the violence in our city."

Cedar's Take;

This is a developing story. Some things reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.

While it is clear the target of the attacks are "Asian Spas" it remains to be determined if this was actually a hate crime or some sort of sex trade related attack. The removal of escort ads on BackPage and Craig's List and the dead of other escort media outlets like big doggie has pushed the sex trade back into the shadows leaving "Asian Spas" as the only visible exception. 

CP has no idea why this blight is tolerated, but they are everywhere around Atlanta. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Stop Apologizing For Southern Culture


Matt James ended up handing out his final rose and, surprisingly, (NOT) it went to Rachael Kirkconnell, who has been in the headlines recently after photos of her at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal from 2018 resurfaced. 

But during the "After the Rose" ceremony, hosted by Emmanuel Acho, (Because host Chris Harrison stepped down as host of "The Bachelor" after defending Kirkconnell.) James said that he had broken up with Kirkconnell after the controversy. 

"When I questioned our relationship, it was in the context of you not fully understanding my Blackness and what it means to be a Black man in America," James told Kirkconnell during Monday's episode. 

"It broke my heart, because this is the last conversation I thought we'd be having. I didn't sign up to have this conversation." 

Kirkconnell then apologized, saying she had been "living in ignorance" and "never once asked myself what's the tradition behind this? What does this represent?" "I could have easily asked myself those questions. I never took the time to make that connection." 

Cedar's Take:

Stop apologizing for Southern Culture! More so stop expecting people to apologize for southern culture. 

As for Kirkconnell and James, seriously did they ever look like a couple? Did anyone buy into any of this shit show? Of course not, this entire mess was a contrived and plotted setup. Clearly producers scoured the social media universe before signing Kirkconnell to the show and when they discovered Kirkconnell's "Antebellum Plantation" themed party they sat on it, just in case.

Well, just in case came a long.

Matt James is from New York, rude, Mets, crazy, busy and Rachael is from Georgia. Polite, Bull Dogs, Sweet Tea, summers where the heat and humidity slows things down to a waltz. There was no way any of this was going to work out.

For James he needs to get over his "blackness" and what it means to be a Black Man in America. And Kirkconnell, she needs to get over his blackness as well. 

Unfortunately she's going to spend the rest of her life apologizing for her whiteness and he'll spend the rest of his life telling the world of his pride in his blackness. 

But if black mattered why didn't Matt James pick anyone of the very attractive black women on the show?

Have we came to the point in America where rap and hip hop and thug life is acceptable but hunting with "coon" dogs is not? If Southerners living in the rural south are deplorable and dim witted what are uneducated Yankee Thugs from the hood?

Miss Kirkconnell's tearful apology is cruel television, for which there is not market.

And if anyone needs to apologize it is Matt James.