The dull yellow ranch style house is somewhat run down, but still it might of enjoyed a well manicured yard at one time. Just a mile as the crow flies from the multi million dollar homes that line the fairways of Quail Hollow Country Club.
The built in the style once popular in the late 70's and early 80's when Charlotte Real Estate bubble burst and the spec builders scrambled to meet the demand for suddenly smaller homes. Yet another quarter mile to the south the homes are 3 times the size to the east 10 times is normal.
In the last five years the house caught the attention of many a passersby but it wasn't the "curb appeal" or lack thereof, it was the never ending cycle of traffic at all hours and the occasional CMPD Officers and Sherriff's deputies that was grabbing their attention.
According to a local television news report home owners in South Charlotte’s Brandon Forrest neighborhood say they have been calling police about the “problem house” in the small cul-de-sac for years.
Last weekend, 40 year old Janet Elizabeth Scronce, and 39 year-old Furahn Karren Woods Morrow were shot to death by 75 year old Caldwell Cole, after they answered the door in the early morning hours.
|Janet Elizabeth Scronce and Furahn Karren Woods Morrow|
|Caldwell Cole Courtesy MCSO|
A review of tax records show years of late or unpaid taxes. With taxes for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 still due.
The owners are listed as Shirley M. Martin and Timothy Scott.
Oddly enough this is the same residence listed for Timothy "Scott" Martin who has a long history of crimes dating back 30 years in Mecklenburg County.
|Timothy Scott Martin Courtesy MCSO|
Martin's convicted crimes include; AWDW, Rape, Kidnapping, Assault on Female, Indecent Exposure, Burglary, and the lost art of "Safe Cracking".
The registered sex offender Martin, who recently made the news after being arrested and charged for the crimes of indecent exposure and secret peeping aka "Peeping Tom" at a nearby apartment complex. Martin was a "guest resident" of Meck County Sherriff Garry McFadden at the time of the shootings, and remains behind bars.
One source tells CP that "the people (shot in the house) took it over when the owner went to jail. But they have been "running drugs and prostitutes out of that house" for years.
Adding: "The girls in that house preyed on that man (Caldwell Cole). They Set him up, and robbed him. They went to his house and stole his deceased wife's things and then beat him up.
Apparently Caldwell Cole is a retired school system employee and at one time worked for Celanese in the research campus that once occupied nearly 30 acres off Archdale Drive.
According to another source; after his wife died he began paying "women for company" with others adding that he was just lonely.
CMPD has responded to a suspicious death call at the house in recent years, as well as dozens of calls for service in the past. Some of those calls were for drug overdoses other calls included assault and domestic violence.
But in the early morning hours of Saturday November 9, Caldwell Cole came to the house not looking for "companionship" rather he was seeking revenge.
When Janet Scronce opened the door Cole immediately shot her in the neck. She would bleed out within minutes. He would keep shooting until the weapon was empty, killing Furahan Woods in the process and wounding one other individual.
Scronce had prior drug convictions in Mecklenburg and Wake Counties and served time in prison for both as recently as 2007. But friends say the mother of two was trying to get her life in order, yet she had struggled with drug addiction for years.
This morning, a week later, the scene is quiet as leaves blow across the driveway and a bright sun rises to warm the chilly November air. It would be hard to know what happened here just a week ago but the neighbors know and they say their battle to have those remaining in the house removed has met resistance from CMPD and local officials.
Updates: Janet Elizabeth Scrone MCSO Mug Shot Removed Upon Request. 1/5/2020
The house was auctioned off by the US Marshal's Service the new owners have invested a great deal into the renovation of the property and have asked CP to remove the address so as not a scare off potential buyers and we have agreed to do so. However it may take some time before this story stopped appearing on search engines. 3/28/2021