Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department to charge for ambulance service

Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department representative Roger Martin shares the findings of the long- range study completed in January. Martin demonstrates the need for additional personnel that will be funded by charging for ambulance service. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department representative Roger Martin shares the findings of the long- range study completed in January. Martin demonstrates the need for additional personnel that will be funded by charging for ambulance service. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

At the August 15 Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from the Mint Hill VFD made a presentation outlining a plan to move forward with billing for ambulance service. This plan is an effort for the service to become self-sustaining.
MHVFD Chairman Jerry Mullis addressed the Board to explain the findings of a study initiated in January to determine long-range needs of the department based on the steady increase of call volume due to population increases in the Mint Hill area.
“All indications are that our call load will increase each year,” says Mullis. “We need to be proactive in our readiness and future abilities to serve.” Continue reading


Mint Hill Police seeking information on commercial breaking and entering; auto theft

The Mint Hill Police Department is seeking information in regards to a commercial breking and entering and grand theft theft auto that occurred June 16, 3:15 am, at 9611 Idlewild Road in Mint Hill.

The stolen vehicle is described as a 2001 Nissan Maxima 4-door, gold, which was recovered by the York County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office, and is being processed for further evidence.

From a press release from MHPD: “The suspect is identified as a white male, short groomed dark colored hair and hairstyle, no facial hair, wearing camouflage style baggy shorts, a dark color zip-up style windbreaker with unknown logo over the upper left chest, and low-top style tennis shoes. The male suspect fled the scene in the above described stolen vehicle.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Mickovic, MHPD, at 704-545-1085, and any information can be given anonymously.



Mint Hill Police awarded Top Five in public safety

For the first time, Mint Hill Police Department was awarded the Top Five Communities award for the 2012 North Carolina Traffic Safety Communities awarded by AAA.

AAA uses crash ratings from data compiled by the University of North Carolina Charlotte on traffic accidents in North Carolina communities, as well as number of law enforcement officers per capita, and presence of a formal traffic safety program to select the winners.

Mint Hill Police Department has just completed the third year of its traffic safety program, which teaches DWI courses to driver’s education students, hosts child safety seat checking stations, and other traffic safety programs.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program provided a grant to start the traffic safety program, and the Police Department usually participates with other county agencies when hosting seat-checking stations and other traffic safety events.

Officer Scott Blevins represented the Mint Hill Police Department at the North Carolina Traffic Safe Community Awards Luncheon in Durham October 18, to receive the award.

AAA awards the top five communities in three categories, based on population: less than 10,000, 10,000 to 30,000, and more than 30,000.


Police asking for information

Police responded to a robbery in progress at Walgreens located at 9209 Lawyers Road last Friday at 9:36 pm.  Employees said a tall black male wearing a dark hoodie, baggy jeans, and black gloves entered the store with a handgun demanding money from the register.  He left with a purse from the counter and nothing from Walgreens.  Police are asking anyone with information to call 704-545-1085.


Fatal hit and run

Mint Hill Police were dispatched to the 6300 block of Lebanon Road at 2:47 this morning to find a man lying in the middle of the road.  Medical personnel pronounced him deceased at approximately 2:57 am.  It appeared that he had been struck by a vehicle, which had left the scene.

The MHPD Crash Investigation Unit and Criminal Investigation Division are investigating this case.  They are not releasing the victim’s name, as the family has not yet been notified.  Police are asking anyone who has information relevant to the investigation, or who has noticed damage to the front of a vehicle that may look suspicious, to contact MHPD at 704-545-1085.

Update (8/16/12 11:19 am):  The victim has been identified as Jeffrey M. Hardin, 23, of Mint Hill.  He was walking against traffic east on Lebanon Road when he was struck.  Investigators believe the car was not speeding.  The investigation continues, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the MHPD.


MHPD announces plans for National Night Out

The Mint Hill Police Department announced its annual National Night Out to take place Tuesday, August 7.  The event “will involve over 14,625 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world” to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention.  The event also intends to get the community involved in the fight against crime.

Residents are invited to join the police department at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview Road from 5-7 pm.

The press release reads, “There will be police demonstrations, crime prevention information, safety tips, a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, and officers on hand to listen to any concerns that you may have.”

Fun activities are planned, too, including a dunking booth and kids games.  Chick-fil-A, Big Guy’s Pizza, Edy’s Ice Cream, and Sam’s Club of Matthews will provide free hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, snow cones, and ice cream.

“Once the event has concluded, residents will be asked to return to their neighborhoods and get out and meet your neighbors. Additional officers will be patrolling the neighborhoods this evening in an attempt to meet neighborhood leaders and gather any information that can be useful in responding to specific neighborhood concerns.”

For more information about National Night Out, contact the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085.