CMPD

Crime
5:15 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Prosecutors Will Resubmit Voluntary Manslaughter Charge Against CMPD Officer

Roy Cooper
Credit NCDP.org

State Attorney General Roy Cooper says his office will resubmit a voluntary manslaughter charge against suspended CMPD officer Randall Kerrick on Monday. Meanwhile, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe Wednesday addressed the grand jury's decision not to indict Kerrick who shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell ten times in mid-September. Monroe made the decision to charge Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter less than 24 hours after the shooting.

Read more
Developing Story
5:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officer On Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

Randall Kerrick

A Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict a suspended Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick, on a voluntary manslaughter charge Tuesday. 

Instead, jurors requested a prosecutors submit a smaller charge in the death of an unarmed 24-year-old Charlotte man whom officer Kerrick shot 10 times.


Read more
Charlotte Observer
4:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Jonathon Ferrell's Family Files Suit In Shooting Death

Jonathon Ferrell
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

The family of an unarmed man fatally shot in September by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe, and local government.

It claims that each of those named contributed to the “grossly negligent” and “reckless” acts that led to the Sept. 14 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player and recent Charlotte transplant.

At a news conference late Tuesday morning, Jonathan Ferrell’s mother Georgia Ferrell said she felt she “shouldn’t be here.”

Read more
Sunday Headlines
9:33 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Playoff day in Charlotte as Panthers host 49ers

It’s game day in Charlotte. The Carolina Panthers host their first home playoff game in 5 years Sunday afternoon at Bank of America stadium – facing the San Francisco 49ers at 1 o’clock.  The Panthers won their meeting in Week 10 of the season at San Francisco, a low-scoring game that ended 10 to 9.  After last week off, the Panthers are 12-4 and have won six of their last seven games. The 49ers also are 12-4. The stakes today are high: The winner goes to the NFC Championship game against Seattle. The Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints yesterday, 23 to 15. 

Read more
Charlotte Observer
9:48 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Homicide Rate Remains Low, But Some Neighborhoods Struggle

Friends and family of Cedric Miller gather during a Mothers of Murdered Offspring vigil at Frazier Park Wednesday, January 1, 2014. 43-year-old Miller was shot and killed July 14, 2013.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

Despite an uptick in 2013, the number of homicides in Charlotte-Mecklenburg remained near historic lows. But some neighborhoods continued to struggle with the violence that has plagued them for decades.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigated 58 homicides in 2013, six more than in 2012. Taken together, however, the last five years reflect a sustained decrease in killings.

Four homicides occurred within a block of each other along West Boulevard, near a former housing project notorious for crime.

Read more
Crime
10:12 am
Mon December 30, 2013

After An Unsolved Murder: Trying To Find Peace In The Memories

Ariana Toval was with 24-year-old James Warren Price on the night of his murder. She visited his grave in Hartsville, South Carolina in November.
Ariana Toval

So far, there have been 58 homicides in Charlotte. And we don’t usually hear much about the people and memories they leave behind. WFAE's Tasnim Shamma tells us a little more about the life of a 24-year-old Charlottean murdered last summer.


Read more
Local News
1:29 am
Sat December 14, 2013

17-year-old Charged In Shooting Of Three Teens

  A 17-year-old turned himself in Friday morning in the shooting of three teenagers. Anthony Williams is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. 


Read more
Crime
9:16 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Ski Mask Rapist' Confesses To Six More Crimes

Jerry Brooks, 63, was sentenced to life on November 7, after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree rape. He confessed to six other rapes in Charlotte.
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A 34-year-old sexual assault case ended Tuesday. In 1979, Jerry Brooks raped at least eight women in Charlotte. He was scheduled to go to trial today but as part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.


Read more
Crime
2:32 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Toxicology, Autopsy Report For Shooting Victim Ferrell Released

Jonathan Ferrell was shot to death by a CMPD officer in northeast Mecklenburg county on September 14.
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

The state's medical examiner's office released a toxicology and autopsy report for Jonathan Ferrell on Friday afternoon. The report shows that the 24-year-old had nicotine, a small amount of alcohol and caffeine in his system on the night of his death in mid-September. The report shows that Ferrell's blood alcohol level was .06 percent. State law puts the legal blood alcohol level limit at .08 percent while driving.

Read more
Crime
11:51 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Judge Grants Prosecutor Control Of Police Shooting Video; Effectively Blocks Release

Superior Court District Judge Richard Boner signed an order to block the release the dash cam video.
Tasnim Shamma

A judge on Thursday effectively prohibited CMPD from releasing dash-cam video footage from the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot 10 times by a police officer.


Read more

Pages