Purse snatcher cashes check, but police have a pic

On 11-20-2008 at approximately 11:20 am, Mint Hill Police were dispatched to The Bloom Grocery Store located at 6275 Wilson Grove Road in reference to a larceny of a purse. When officer arrived on[singlepic=386,320,240,,left] scene, he met with the 82-year-old victim (Victim Information is not being released by police for victim protection) who stated that a white female took her purse. The victim described this white female as being in her 40s with dark hair. The victim stated that the suspect began talking to her inside the store while they were walking down an isle together looking for an item. Victim remembers seeing her purse in the cart during this time. Suspect later left the area from the victims location. Five minutes later the victim went to check out and found that her purse was missing from the shopping cart.
While the officer was obtaining further information from the victim, the victim contacted her bank (Bank of America) to put a hold on her account and they advised the victim that a white female had just cashed a $200 check.

Suspect Charlotte Lewis (W-F-47) cashed the check at the bank at approximately 11:42 am the same day. Another $500 check was attempted to be cashed at 12:07 pm by the same suspect at another Bank of America branch, but was denied by staff at this bank.

Surveillance video of the suspect was released on 12-02-2008 and police are asking anyone with information on this suspect to include her whereabouts, contact Mint Hill Police, Detective Lezette, at 704-545-1085.

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Movie tonight at HAWK meeting

Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, hosts tonight a local premier of the short film, “The Story of Stuff.”
“From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at[singlepic=385,320,240,,right] home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.” Continue reading

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CMS accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals

The jobless rate for the Charlotte region reached 7.1 percent in October, one of the highest numbers for unemployment in nearly 20 years. Families across Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are struggling to make ends meet, and that includes finding the money to feed their children.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wants to remind families that Child Nutrition Services accepts applications for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program throughout the year. Applications are mailed in August to households of all CMS students, but families may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year. The Child Nutrition Office reviews applications and determines eligibility based on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. Continue reading

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Plantation Estates celebrates 20 years

Matthews Mayor Lee Myers along with 300 attendees recently gathered to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Plantation Estates. The ACTS Retirement-Life Community was first constructed in 1988. Today, it is home to more than 500 retirees and is one of three ACTS not-for-profit, faith-based life care communities in the Carolinas.

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In the photo:
From left: Mayor Lee Myers (Matthews), Paula Shedd, Rolland Gerrard, Madlyn Gerrard, Johnnie Stancil, Noreen Breece, Bill Breece, Peg Ostrander, ACTS’ Tom Strader, Executive Director of Plantation Estates Steve Messer, Bayne Clark. Front row from left: Juanita Aiken and Katherine White.

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Mint Hill mall developer gets 2 week loan reprieve

General Growth Properties inc, who is partnering with Childress Klein properties in building the Bridges at Mint Hill, has gotten a two week reprieve to pay a $900 million dept for two malls in Las Vegas. General Growth warned several weeks ago it may have to file for bankruptcy if it can’t meet its debt obligations. The most recent move will help it gain some time to pay off a “mountain of debt” obligations coming in the next year. Last month, GGP fired its chief executive, president and chief financial officer. Childress Klein has said to Mint Hill town commissioner Lloyd Austin they are willing and able to go it alone in building the mall in Mint Hill if they have to.

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Independence dismantles Butler 49-7

It took 15 seconds for Independence to take the lead in Friday’s game against Butler. Lawrence Martin[singlepic=383,320,240,,right] ran the opening kickoff back for six points and kicker Robbie Ward added an extra point for a 7-0 score. Butler would not get closer the rest of the game as the Patriots overwhelmed the Bulldogs 49-7.

“I was a little surprised because Butler came out a little flat and Lawrence’s touchdown return stuck it to them a bit,” Knotts said after the game.

Martin finished with six catches for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with his kickoff return for a touchdown. He also had a 72 yard touchdown pass called back because of penalty on the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage.

“He’s made big plays for us all year,” said Knotts. “When he gets the ball in his hands he can do special things. He’s electric when he gets it.”

Photos by Mark Sward swardpics.com

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