Election 2009: Candidate questionnaires, letters to the editor and more


The November 3 election is next Tuesday and the turnout is expected to be higher than usual according to the Board of Elections Michael Dickerson. The Mint Hill Times, for the past month, has run candidate questionnaires for Mint Hill mayor and commissioners, Matthews mayor and town council and the seat for District 6 Board of Education. Each day until the election we will re-run the questionnaires in their entirety as they answered by all the candidates. We will also have bonus coverage including letters to the editor, links to the candidates Web sites and more. As Dickerson said, this election won’t be as high profile as the last presidential election, but there are enough intriguing races across Mecklenburg County to make this an above-average off-year election.


SLIDESHOW: Fatman Fabrications hosts annual auto show in Mint Hill


If you are new to the area, you may not know much about Fatman Fabrications in Mint Hill. The hot rod fabrications company held its annual auto show/gathering/concert today on the company’s grounds near The Park on Fairview. Founder and President Brent VanDervort started the hot rod fabrications business in 1985 and has since built up a nice reputation in hot rod circles across the country.

From the company’s Web site:

Brent and an older brother restored a 1930 Model A pick up as a high school car and even took their Driver’s Test in that car. Having built over 20 cars for himself and friends as a side job over the previous 17 years, building hot rod parts seemed a natural progression.


Owner of house where the drug bust occurred: ‘I never had a problem with the guy’

MInt Hill Police officers prepare for a long night at the scene of the drug bust yesterday on Lawyers Road

MInt Hill Police officers prepare for a long night at the scene of the drug bust yesterday on Lawyers Road

Bill Lineberger of Mint Hill, the owner of the house on Lawyers Road where more than 300 pot plants were found by Mint Hill Police yesterday, said in his seven years of renting the house he never had a problem with Michael MacConnell.

MacConnell was arrested yesterday and charged with four felony counts and a misdemeanorĀ  for trafficking and manufacturing drugs.



“If I had to rate him, I’d say he was the best renter I ever had,” Lineberger said today. “I had to get on him a few times for not mowing the grass, but other than that I didn’t have a problem with him.”

Linberger said MacConnell moved into the house seven years ago and listed his last employer as a company he had worked for two years before he moved into the house. Lineberger said he called the company where MacConnell had once worked and they told him they were surprised when MacConnell quit and thought someone had died and left him a lot of money.

Lineberger said MacConnell was a “genius” at electronics and was a bachelor and a “loner “from what he saw. He kept to himself and never gave any reason for Lineberger to be worried about anything.

“I had no reason to doubt him,” Lineberger said. “I checked the house the first 6 months to a year he lived there, but haven’t been inside for five years.”

MacConnell owned two cars and parked them so they blocked the driveway. On both of the vehicles, he had a spotlight that made it look like it might be an undercover policeman.
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The house was built in 1938. Lineberger also owns the house next door and said when an elderly lady lived there a few years ago MacConnell used to bake her cakes.

“I am totally shocked by all this,” Lineberger said.


This week’s Mint Hill Times

Our paper had already gone to print by the time Mint Hill Police busted an “elaborate indoor growing” operation Wednesday night. Despite this bust, and other recent crimes, Police Chief Tim Ledford says the recent armed robberies are not a trend but outlier occurrences. Read the rest of this story in this week’s Mint Hill Times.
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The official Mint Hill Police press release on Wednesday’s drug bust

Press Release: Drug Seizure in Mint Hill

Mint Hill: On 10-28-2009 Mint Hill Police served a search warrant in the 11100 block of Lawyers Road in reference to the occupant, Michael MacConnell, manufacturing marijuana at the residence. Officers entered the residence around 1:30pm and found over 300 marijuana plants and an elaborate indoor growing operation.

In addition to the marijuana manufacturing, officers located several chemicals which are known precursors to manufacturing other controlled substances. Mint Hill Police enlisted the help of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in processing the evidence. A chemist from the SBI is en route to assist with identifying the chemicals found on scene.

Michael MacConnell (W/M, DOB: 01-13-1969) has been taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail and charged with the following crimes:

Manufacture of a CS Schedule VI
Possession of a precursor chemical to controlled substance
Trafficking Schedule VI
Maintain a dwelling for sale of controlled substance
Possession of drug paraphernalia