Mint Hill American Legion will field two teams this season

Mint Hill, a town with one of the richest American Legion baseball histories in the area, will have two teams this season. One team will be called Mint Hill Army and the other Mint Hill Marines. Mint Hill was called Newell until last season when home base of operations were moved to the Mint Hill VFW. The team has been playing for more than 40 years and has the second most all time wins among area teams with 1,162.

Update on stabbing in Matthews

From Matthews Police:

At approximately 6:45 AM on Thursday April 14, 2011, a person was stabbed in hishome on Campus Ridge Rd. The victim and suspect are friends and had been consuming alcohol priorto the assault. The two got into a verbal argument that escalated to a physical altercation. At some pointduring the fight the victim was stabbed twice. The victim was considered in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries at the scene by responding officers. He was transported by MEDIC to Carolina’sMedical Center in Charlotte. The suspect was still at the home when officers arrived, and was taken intocustody without incident.
The suspect has been identified as Justin Scott Thompson (w/m d.o.b. 2/14/1985). He has beentransported to the Mecklenburg County Jail and charged with: Assault With a Deadly Weapon InflictingSerious Injury with Intent to Kill.
The victim is Dwight Gordon Green (w/m d.o.b. 9/6/1983) of Matthews NC. An update on his conditionwas not available from the police department at the time of this release.


Stabbing in Matthews leaves one person in ‘serious’ condition

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One person was stabbed this morning in Matthews after a fight at a home on Campus Ridge Road near CPCC, police reported. The two people, who police said were partying all night, began arguing this morning when one person was stabbed by the other. The victim was transported to CMC-Main with “serious” injuries. The other person was arrested. These people are in their late 20s and police believe they are not CPCC students.


Mint Hill man places fourth in national bowling competition

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James Dixon poses with his $5,000 check at last weekend's bowling competition.

James Dixon of Mint Hill finished fourth in his division in the AMF National In-League bowling tournament last weekend in Las Vegas. He took home $5,000 for his efforts. The chase for bowling glory began with 108 finalists, each an AMF league bowler, divided into four divisions. The divisions were based upon the skill level of the bowler and their qualifying bowling average. Competitors were whittled down through an elimination-style format to determine the national champions. Although only one person in each division was crowned the $50,000 grand prize winner, every national finalist walked away with prize money, ranging from $25,000 for second place to $250 for the bowlers finishing in 17th to 27th place.


Dennis Green named Matthews Fire and EMS Chief


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Dennis Green

The Town of Matthews has a new fire and EMS chief. Dennis Green, a resident of Mint Hill, was named to the post on Monday. Green has worked for the Town of Matthews since 1991 when he was named Chief of the EMS Department. He has served as Deputy Chief of the Town’s Fire and EMS Department since 2008 and Interim Fire Chief for the last three months.

“Dennis’ experience in emergency management and his leadership skills will serve him well as he leads staff and volunteers at the Matthews Fire and EMS Department,” said Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett. Continue reading


Weekend accident kills Butler student


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A Butler student was killed in a car accident Friday night. Police say that a black Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck driven by Michael Dimaggio had overturned several times on Pleasant Plains Road near Chesswood Drive in Matthews. The crash was reported around 8:15 pm. The driver, who was the only occupant of the truck, had been ejected from the vehicle on impact with a tree. He suffered massive fatal injuries upon impact.

Dimaggio lived on Bumble Bee Drive in Matthews.

According to witnesses that saw the crash occur, along with evidence investigators found at the scene, it appears the truck was traveling north on Pleasant Plains Road at a high rate of speed when it drove off the side of the road for no known reason. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found at the scene.
Investigators will be checking to see if there were drugs and alcohol in the driver’s system at the time of the crash. The investigation is still in the early stages.

Moments before the crash was reported, Matthews Police Dispatch received information that there was a black pick-up truck driving reckless and speeding in the same area.

Visitation is today from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home in Matthews.  Dimaggio’s funeral is set for Wednesday morning at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne.