Mint Hill Police ask for witnesses to fatal accident last night


View Larger MapMint Hill Police need your help as they investigate a fatal accident last night on Matthews-Mint Hill Road in front of the Wendy’s. At 6 pm last night, a motorcycle collided with a car that was attempting to make a left out of Evans Road onto Matthews Mint Hill Road. The motorcyclist was thrown form the bike and into oncoming traffic where he was struck again.

The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.  Mint Hill Police along with the CMPD H.I.T.S Unit are investigating the crash.  Officers are in the process of notifying the next of kin.

Mint Hill Police believe that there were several vehicles that may have been in the right turn lane on southbound Matthews-Mint Hill Road turning onto Evans Road just prior to the collision.  They would like to speak with anyone that may have witnessed the collision.  If you have any information call the dispatch center at 704-889-2231 and leave your name and phone number and someone will call you back.

The driver of the motorcycle is a 41 year old male from Mint Hill.  The circumstances are still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.  It is not known if alcohol played a part in the crash.

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Myrick votes to repeal health care law

In a largely symbolic act, Rep. Sue Myrick voted yesterday to repeal the health care law that was passed last year. Myrick represents the Mint Hill area in the U.S. House of Representatives. The law has surprisingly become more favorable to the American people according to recent polls.

Thirty-nine percent believe the health plan that Obama signed into law last year is a good idea, versus another 39 percent who think it’s a bad idea.

But those saying it’s a good idea is at its highest level since September 2009, and those saying it’s a bad idea is at its lowest level since June 2009.

The poll also finds that 46 percent of respondents are opposed to repeal (with 34 percent strongly opposed), while 45 percent support the repeal effort (with 35 percent strongly in favor).

Yet, a majority of the House still voted in favor of repeal. The bill has little if any chance of passing the Senate.

“There’s a lot in this law that I’m against,” Myrick said. “It’s going to cost us more jobs. It’s a nightmare for our deficit. It will negatively impact doctor-patient relationships with more regulations. The individual mandate to purchase insurance violates the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution.”

“By repealing this law, we can go back to the drawing board and work on things that will lower the cost of health care, like allowing insurers to sell coverage across state lines, making coverage portable, addressing medical liability reform, and improving health insurance high-risk pools so that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. These are things on which the public agrees, and we should work together, as Americans, to make sure that we truly reform our health care system.”

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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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