Crime

Crime
5:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Nine People Indicted In Kidnapping Of Wake Forest Man

Frank Janssen was kidnapped on April 5 and rescued by FBI agents in Atlanta at 11:55 p.m. on April 9.
Credit Courtesy of the Wake Forest Police Department

All eight suspects involved in the kidnapping of a man from his home near Raleigh and taken to Atlanta are now in custody after being indicted by a grand jury on federal kidnapping charges.  

FBI agents say the victim was held hostage for five days in hopes that his daughter would help an inmate that she prosecuted.

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Crime
6:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Kidnapping Victim From North Carolina Rescued By FBI In Atlanta

Frank Janssen was kidnapped on April 5 and rescued by FBI agents in Atlanta at 11:55 p.m. on April 9.
Credit Courtesy of the Wake Forest Police Department

A man who was kidnapped from his home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last week and taken to Atlanta, was rescued around midnight on Wednesday by FBI agents. 

The FBI says they believe he was held hostage for five days in hopes that his daughter would help an inmate that she prosecuted.


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Crime
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

S.C. Councilman Charged With Intimidating Police Chiefs

Chester City Council member Odell Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official. He faces up to five years in prison for allegedly threatening to "take out" the police chief and assistant police chief in a restroom.
Credit City of Chester

A Chester City Council member was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official.

Odell Williams, who is 70 and African American, used racial slurs against the Chester City Police Chief Andre Williams and Assistant Police Chief Gene Gilmore, both of whom are also African-American, according to the arrest warrant.  The warrant says he met them in the Chester City Hall restroom after a council meeting on March 10.

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Crime
4:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fired Hickory Officer Indicted On Assault Charge

Former Hickory Police Department Sergeant Robert George was fired from his position after an SBI investigation concluded on January 3. He was indicted by a grand jury on March 17.
Credit Catawba County Government

A former Hickory police officer is charged with felony assault. He's accused of using aggressive force in November when he pushed a 24-year-old woman to the ground during a license and registration check.  

Sergeant Robert George was fired from his job in January and a grand jury indicted him this week.


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Crime
2:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box"

More than 200 people attended an expungement seminar last year to learn how to remove convictions from their criminal record to improve access to jobs and housing. Before the seminar, students from the Charlotte School of Law tried to recruit people to join the "Ban The Box" campaign.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee officially "banned the box" on Friday. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs – like police officers or airport employees.

Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process -- in some departments after several rounds of interviews.

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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.

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Crime
5:42 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Charlotte Investors Victim Of $44M Ponzi Scheme

A Statesville man is indicted on charges of operating a $44 million dollar Ponzi scheme that defrauded over 200 people since 2007.

Daniel Williford faces five federal counts of money laundering following an FBI investigation.

Fifty-five-year-old Daniel Williford doesn't fit the image of someone who runs a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. He owns a middle-class four-bedroom home in Statesville, valued at about $200,000. He's a former airline pilot who went into the computer business for himself about 20 years ago.

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Crime
3:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

$500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child

Bond was set for $500,000 for Dorian Lee Harper, left and $520,000 Wanda Sue Larson, both 57, of Monroe.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

 Bond was set for about $500,000 each for the Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch. Dorian Harper and Wanda Larson -- a supervisor in the county's department of social services -- had their first court appearance in front of a Union County judge Monday morning. On Friday, an animal control officer found the child while responding to a complaint about a loose animal. While looking for the animal, he followed a trail that led to the child's secluded home.

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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.


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Crime
5:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Officer's Attorney: Shooting Justified; CMPD Releases 911 Tape

Charlotte attorney Michael Greene, right, says he believes his client, CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, was justified in his shooting of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on September 14.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A CMPD officer charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting a man 10 times had his first court appearance on Tuesday. At the court hearing, the judge scheduled the next court date for the morning of October 7. Meanwhile, defense attorney Michael Greene says he believes officer Randall Kerrick was justified in his shooting.

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