MHPD Police Explorer program

The Mint Hill Police Department is holding its annual fundraising golf tournament Saturday, October 6 at Larkhaven Golf Course on Camp Stewart Road in Charlotte to support its newly instated Police Explorer program.  This national program operates under the Boy Scouts of America, though it is a non-scouting group.  Mint Hill’s Police Explorers were established at the beginning of this year.

The Police Explorer program is for young people 14-20 years old who have an interest in a career in law enforcement.  Police Chief, Tim Ledford, hopes the program can give some direction to kids who need it.

Applications for the program have been provided to the high schools in the area.  Interested students should turn in the applications and an essay on why they want to be in the program to the police department, where a review board will choose the top applicants.

The cadets-in-training will find mentors in police officers.  They will attend classes for interviewing techniques, taking fingerprints at crime scenes, and how to write a report, among other skills.  Proficiency will be awarded with equipment for the duty belt.  For an example, proficiency in handcuffing skills will result in handcuffs for the belt.  Ledford believes this allows them to set goals and have a visual for success.

The program currently has 10 members, and the department wants to expand that to 20.

The golf tournament will raise money for the equipment needed to run the Police Explorers program.  Along with equipment, Ledford would like to issue utility and Class A uniforms.

“We’d like to get some support from the community to supply the equipment and supplies to make this program a solid program,” said Ledford.  He hopes the tournament will raise $5,000.  If that goal is met, the department would also like to set up a scholarship program to award to members going to college to study Criminal Justice.

“It would be a major milestone in my career to see a program where we started these kids out a young age, they’ve gone through our program, and then one of them finally gets accepted as a police officer somewhere.  I think that’d be great,” said Ledford.


Deadly crash on Bain School Road

Mint Hill Police released a statement early this morning that Wednesday at 7:53 police dispatched to a fatal single vehicle crash.  The car struck a tree in the front yard of 12601 Bain School Road.  A male was ejected from the car and was found lying on the ground.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.  Two other males were in the car.  One was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte by air, and the other was transported by ground.  One of the men has life threatening injuries.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit is working with the Mint Hill Police Department to investigate the incident.  Police believe speed and alcohol are factors.

Update: The names of the men involved in the accident have been released.  Enrique Omar Ochoa, 23, of Mint Hill, died at the scene of the accident.  Cameron C. Thomas Wells, 18, and Brandon Scott Smith, 19, of Mint Hill, are in critical condition at CMC.  Sergeant B. A. Beck of the Mint Hill Police Department is leading the investigation, which is ongoing.


MHPD blood drive met goal


The Mint Hill Police Department partnered with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas last Tuesday for a blood drive.  CBCC registered 22 donors and collected 17 units, surpassing their goal of 15.

“This means that 51 local patients will benefit form those that donated blood!” said CBCC representative Meredith Morgan.

Kelly Childers (pictured) walked from his neighboring office at Nationwide to donate blood.


MHPD blood drive

The Mint Hill Police Department is holding a community blood drive Tuesday, June 26 from 2-5 pm in partnership with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.  The “Community Bloodmobile” will be at the police department on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  For every donation, CBCC will make a contribution to support military members and their families.  For more information contact Faye Fink at


Shooting at McDonald’s

A man shot into the McDonald’s on Lawyers Road at Lebanon Road Monday around 2 am.  He approached the front door and attempted to open it, but the restaurant was closed.  He then shot the door, shattering glass.  The gunman fled the scene.  No one was injured.

Mint Hill and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police searched the area for the gunman.  They used K-9 units and sent detectives to talk with employees.  The suspect is still at large.


Two recent break-ins are related say Mint Hill Police

Mint Hill Times

The suspects broke the glass next to the door at Earp's and stole merchandise.

Mint Hill Police Department say that two recent break-ins at local convenient stores were probably the work of the same people. The incidents occurred last Sunday at Earp’s on Fairview Road and last night at the Kwick Mart on Albemarle Road. The suspects involved were two black males wearing dark clothing, operating a late dark green 1990s Dodge Caravan with dark grey  running boards. The suspects entered the businesses by breaking a glass window.
Any person having information regarding the incidents may contact the Mint Hill Police Department Criminal Investigations Division anonymously at (704)545-1085.