Democratic National Convention en Charlotte Sees Overall Drop In Crime In 2013 <p>CMPD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Chief Rodney Monroe delivered the <a href="" target="_blank">end of year crime statistics</a>&nbsp;on Wednesday. Overall, the number of crimes dropped by 5.5 percent in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of burglaries and stolen vehicles reported decreased, but homicides and rapes increased.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:15:29 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 43529 at Charlotte Sees Overall Drop In Crime In 2013 CMPD Expands Gunshot Detection System <p>Charlotte police are rapidly expanding their use of technology to detect and locate gunshots in real-time.</p><p>The "ShotSpotter" system debuted in Uptown Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention and was expanded to the Grier Heights community in March. It uses a system of microphones to detect gunfire and notify police.</p><p>On Monday night, the Charlotte City Council approved $140,000 to extend CMPD's contract with ShotSpotter in the Central District and install it in another neighborhood struggling with violent crime: Albemarle Road and Farm Pond Road. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 14:01:56 +0000 Julie Rose 27242 at Obama Loss In NC A Blow To Local Democrats <p></p><p>President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term last night in race that see-sawed back and forth late into the night. This time four years ago, it was still unclear which way North Carolina had gone in the presidential race. Not so today. Republican Mitt Romney won the state by 96,000 votes – dealing a blow to local Democrats.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 08:04:46 +0000 Julie Rose 15324 at Pay Attention! It’s Time For Pol. Conventions 101 <p>With the Republican and Democratic national conventions about to take place, it might be good to have a Convention 101 lesson.&nbsp;</p><p>Don’t worry — there won’t be an exam (well, not until Nov. 6 — but there will be more study guides along the way).</p><p>First, we think of conventions as being unruly and hotly contested meetings, but unfortunately, modern conventions haven’t lived up to this historical image.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:10:33 +0000 Michael Bitzer 3767 at Pay Attention! It’s Time For Pol. Conventions 101