CMPD To Start Foot Patrols In Plaza Midwood, NoDa

May 31, 2017
Central Avenue in the Plaza Midwood business district.
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CMPD is starting regular foot patrols in Plaza Midwood and NoDa. As many as five officers will walk the neighborhoods from 6 p.m.-4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Lieutenant Luke Sell says he thinks having officers on foot will deter crime and put people at ease.

“It’ll be the same officers each and every night. Which will give an opportunity to build great relationships within the community. Those officers are here to handle calls for service, to answer questions, just to be a general presence in the area.” said Sell.

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Four people were murdered in Charlotte in separate incidents over the Memorial Day weekend, bringing the total number of homicides in Charlotte so far this year up to 36, compared to 17 at this same time last year.

More than 30 people have been arrested in Raleigh during a protest staged inside the state legislative building. Meanwhile, the North Carolina redistricting case returns to the state Supreme Court.  And Mecklenburg County is releasing its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Afternoon headlines on WFAE.

The Panthers game during the week of protests following the Keith Scott shooting was one of 12 extraordinary events last year.
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The City Council last week delayed a planned vote on whether to repeal Charlotte's five-year-old extraordinary events ordinance. Officials now say they want to get more public input, at a public forum next week.

Marlo Medina-Chevez

CMPD has positively identified a body found in Rock Hill Thursday as missing Charlotte Uber driver Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez.  Police have filed murder charges against two men who were found Monday in Maryland with his car and credit card. 

Federal authorities say an airline passenger tried to bite a flight attendant, then jumped out of the aircraft and onto the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas Airport Thursday.

CMPD Commissions Coloring Book

May 26, 2017
Cover of Officer Blue
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CMPD has a new tool to try to build trust with the community. It's a coloring book.

"Officer Blue’s Very Bzzz-z-z-y Day" teaches children safety tips. The department has been giving out coloring books for years, but CMPD commissioned this one. It includes the city skyline and officers with CMPD logos helping kids.

A CMPD police boat at McDowell Nature Preserve landing. CMPD and other agencies will be out on area lakes this Memorial Day weekend.
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Boating season gets into full swing this holiday weekend on North Carolina's lakes and waterways. Public safety officials will be out enforcing the rules, including a new state law that stiffens penalties for boating while impaired.

Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez was reported missing Monday morning after he didn't return from his job driving for Uber.

CMPD homicide detectives have found a body in Rock Hill they believe is that of missing Charlotte Uber driver Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez.

The discovery came during a search with police dogs Thursday afternoon off Mount Gallant Hill Road, south of Lake Wylie. The FBI and police from Rock Hill and the York County Sheriff's Office joined CMPD officers in the search.


Marlo Medina-Chevez

Two men have been charged in connection with an Uber driver's disappearance over the weekend, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Tuesday. But it's still unclear what became of the 44-year-old driver, Marlo Medina-Chevez, who remains missing.