Crime

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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Local News
10:40 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

String Of Shooting Deaths An Anomaly, CMPD Says

CMPD Deputy Chief Kerr Putney speaking on six shooting deaths over six days. Police say five of them were homicides.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

In the last six days, there have been six fatal shootings in Charlotte. Five of them were homicides. Early Tuesday morning, 22-year-old Dominick Alexander was shot to death outside of a nightclub on Atando Avenue in north Charlotte. At a press conference Tuesday, CMPD Deputy Chief Kerr Putney said three of the homicides are suspected of being drug-related and none of them are connected to each other.

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Crime
4:51 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

CMPD Offers More User-Friendly Crime Monitoring

A map shows the number of crimes in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area over the past week.
Credit CrimeMapping.com

Earlier this week, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department launched a new crime-mapping system. It's much easier to use, updated more frequently and you can even pull it up on your smartphone.  


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Through The Eyes Of A Burglar

There is a glamorous view in the past of the black-suited, stealthy cat burglar but home invasions are far from glamorous. Would-be burglars case neighborhoods and individual homes for weaknesses and entry points. What makes these criminals tick and what drives them to break into a home, putting the homeowner and even themselves at risk? UNC Charlotte researcher, Dr. Joe Kuhns, wanted to get into the mind of the burglar so he sat down with hundreds of them to find out why they break into homes and businesses. He joins us to share his findings as we look through the eyes of a burglar when Charlotte Talks.

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Courts
5:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Citizen's Court: Talking It Out With Your Neighbor

Assistant District Attorney Bruce Lillie, center, discusses a case with others on the misdemenaor team in citizen's court on December 10.
Tasnim Shamma

The Mecklenburg County Courthouse processes up to 1,600 misdemeanor cases a day. And administrators are always looking for ways to bring that number down so that judges have more manageable caseloads. One of the newest initiatives is mediation. Also known as Citizen's Court.

WFAE's Tasnim Shamma spent a day at Citizen's Court to see how well mediation was working … or not.

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