Crime

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.


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.

Fired Hickory Officer Indicted On Assault Charge

Mar 20, 2014
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.


City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box"

Mar 3, 2014
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.

Homicide Rate Remains Low, But Some Neighborhoods Struggle

Jan 2, 2014
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.

Charlotte Investors Victim Of $44M Ponzi Scheme

Dec 19, 2013

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.

$500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child

Nov 18, 2013
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.

'Ski Mask Rapist' Confesses To Six More Crimes

Nov 13, 2013
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.


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.

String Of Shooting Deaths An Anomaly, CMPD Says

Sep 3, 2013
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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