CMPD

Crime
4:05 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Fire Captain Resigns After Admitting To Stealing Patient's Pain Pills

Charlotte Fire Department captain Charlie Morris has resigned after admitting to stealing prescription drugs from a patient last week.


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Courts
7:21 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Federal Jury Rules CMPD Officer Used Excessive Force In Taser Death

The parents of La-Reko Williams, Anthony Williams and Temako McCarthy, leave the federal courthouse in Charlotte after the trial of CMPD police officer Michael Forbes ended Thursday afternoon.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

A federal jury ruled today that a CMPD Officer used excessive force when he fired a taser on a man a second time, causing his death in 2011.

The jury also awarded the victim's family $500,000.


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Local News
5:09 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

CMPD Officer, Wife Charged With Felony Sexual Abuse

Reginald K. Harris, 52, and Dia D. Harris, 40, were arrested August 6, 2014.
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer and his wife face charges of sexually assaulting a family member 15 years ago. Reginald and Dia Harris were arrested Wednesday.

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Local News
11:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Lawmakers Could Return To Raleigh Next Week

A key General Assembly leader says North Carolina lawmakers are looking to return to Raleigh next week to take up some pending legislation. But House and Senate Republicans have agreed to nothing so far. 

Republican Paul Stam is the House's second highest-ranking member. He presided today over a skeleton meeting of the chamber to keep this year's work session going in keeping with the state constitution. 

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Crime
9:32 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Federal Sex Trafficking Case To Begin In Charlotte

The federal courthouse in Charlotte.
Credit www.ncwd.uscourts.gov

 A large sex-trafficking case goes to trial this week. Federal prosecutors say a Charlotte man ran a prostitution ring that involved at least a dozen girls between the ages of 16 and 25. The girls didn’t walk the streets. Instead, prosecutors say they were marketed through the web site Backpage.com.


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Sunday headlines
10:33 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Lawmakers Report Deal On NC Budget

Nearly a month after the start of the new fiscal year, North Carolina legislative leaders say they’ve finally agreed on the outline of a state budget.

Both House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius and Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham issued messages on Twitter this weekend announcing the deal, and said details will come this week.  

The House and Senate have been caught in an impasse as they try to adjust spending in the second year of the two-year budget approved last summer. Sticking points include teacher pay raises, the future of teachers’ assistants and Medicaid.

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Crime
9:24 am
Mon July 21, 2014

CMPD Considers Renewing Gang Injunction In Hidden Valley

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department named Wendell McCain (in red) and Cordell Blair (far right) as defendants in their injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings that prohibit them from being next to each other.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Last summer, a judge issued an injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings in north Charlotte.

That made Mecklenburg the first county in the state to implement a new law that allows judges to order suspected gang members not to associate with each other in public, possess a gun or be near anyone carrying drugs or firearms.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police say the injunction has reduced crime in Hidden Valley and it will soon expire. But, they're not sure if they're going to ask for an extension.


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Sunday Headlines
9:47 am
Sun July 20, 2014

4 Charged In June Murder Case

Police have arrested four people in the past two days on charges stemming from a fatal shooting last month in North Charlotte. The three men and one woman, aged from 23 to 29, are suspects in the June 22nd shooting death of Terrance Johnson.  He died after he was shot during an afternoon argument at a house on Wynbrook Way, off Graham Street near I-85.  The four people face murder, robbery and other charges.

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Crime
8:28 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Panthers’ Hardy Guilty Of Assault

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks to court Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, to face charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at his residence in May.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Tuesday night, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and communicating threats to an ex-girlfriend in May.

Hardy was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and 60 days of jail time if he violated probation. But a district judge stayed his sentence while Hardy appeals his conviction.

Twelve witnesses took the stand during a trial that lasted ten hours and wrapped up around 9 o'clock.

Audio Pending...

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Local News
8:20 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Charlotte's Under The Radar, $80M 911 Center

CMPD is outgrowing its current 911 call center.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte has undertaken several large capital projects in recent years, including the streetcar, the Blue Line Extension, and the transformation of Bojangles Arena into an amateur sports complex. One of the largest has received comparatively little attention: a new, $80 million emergency communications center, which also fits into a larger effort to upgrade an aging 911 system.

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