Loaded gun found at Rocky River High School

A high school resource officer at Rocky River High School found a loaded firearm in the car of a student this morning at Rocky River High School. The resource officer was patrolling the student parking lot and noticed an open container of alcohol in the front seat floorboard of a vehicle on campus. The student who drove the car to the school, Asia Scott (B/F, 16 years of age), was removed from class and a search was performed on the vehicle in question. A knife and a loaded .32 caliber revolver handgun were located within the vehicle.

Mint Hill Police say that at this time there is no evidence indicating that the student had any plans to use the firearm. The gun reportedly belongs to her mother.

Asia Scott was arrested and transported to Mecklenburg County Jail for charges of having a weapon on school grounds.

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Library’s Charles Brown will step down as Director

Charles Brown, who has served as Director of Libraries for the past seven years, has announced plans to leave the system at the end of the fiscal year in June. Brown took over the library when it was still flush with cash from the 1990s and early 2000s boom in Mecklenburg County.  Because of a slow economy, however, funds dried up, and the library was forced to make major changes from top to bottom.

Brown will be replaced in the interim by Vick Phillips, an executive who once served as chief of staff for former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl Read the full press release after the break. Continue reading

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Mint Hill police chief: no independent lab needed for SBI

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford, who is President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, was apart of a legislative panel that voted Tuesday on reforms to improve the state crime lab.

The lab came under scutiny last summer after a report showed that 200 cases during a 16 year period were improperly handled. Most of the cases were the result of misrepresented blood work.

The panel voted 9-7 to defeat a proposal by Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, to have the SBI lab director report directly to Attorney General Roy Cooper and not the new SBI Director, Greg McLeod.

The panel also voted to rename the SBI lab to the  ”North Carolina State Crime Laboratory” so that it is not perceived as an arm of prosecutors and police.

Most of the recommendations will have to be approved by the state legislature.

“We don’t know what to expect from an independent lab,” said Ledford said to the Associated Press. “Director McLeod has assured us that oversight has been put in place for some of the problems that have occurred.”

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