Shot fired at Matthews Police last night

getimagefromdbby_0.jpgA Conway, S.C. man fired a shot at Matthews Police last night after a routine traffic stop. The incident happened near the Hoods Road Shopping Center on Matthews-Mint Hill Road at 2 am. Police say 52-year-old Terence Lee Houchins was stopped because he had a homemade license plate. Houchins pulled a handgun a fired one shot at police. No one was hit. Houchins is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and impersonating an officer.


Independence High School bus crashes; driver charged with DWI


Desiree Kelly

Mint Hill Police arrested 32-year-old Desiree Kelly for DWI and reckless driving this morning after the Independence High School bus she was driving crashed on Truelight Church Road near the intersection of Surface Hill Road. Fifteen students were on board the bus and police report that four were taken to local hospitals with what appears to be minor injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicates that as the bus rounded the curve on Truelight Church Road near Surface Hill Road the driver veered off onto the left shoulder of the roadway.  The bus traveled approximately 100 feet along the shoulder of the roadway before striking a double brick mailbox and a deep culvert.  After striking these objects the bus traveled an additional 62 feet before coming to an uncontrolled stop.

During the course of conversations with Kelly, the investigating officer formed the opinion that she was under the influence of some type of impairing substance.  The driver was placed into custody and transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews for a DWI blood test.  The driver submitted to the test and was then transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail for processing.  The driver has been charged with Commercial DWI and reckless driving.


Mint Hill police looking for pizza delivery robber

william-clifton.jpgOn January 12 at approximately 8:50 pm, Mint Hill Police responded to 4804 Stoney Trace Drive in reference to a robbery.  Officers met with the victim, a W/F who was employed by Pizza Hut in Mint Hill.  She stated that she went to deliver a pizza to an apartment in this building and was physically assaulted.  The suspect then fled in the victim’s vehicle, taking the keys and the victim’s cash from her person.
On 01-13-2009 at approximately 2:50am, the victim’s vehicle (a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina) was located at the Circle K in Mint Hill by an on-duty patrol officer.  The vehicle was occupied by one black male, later identified as William Charles Clifton III (DOB 11-18-1992).  Clifton is described as a black male with short dreadlocks, approximately 5’11” tall, 150 pounds with a slim build.
Mint Hill Police currently have two felony warrants (Common law robbery and larceny of motor vehicle) for the arrest of this suspect.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of William Charles Clifton III is asked to contact Mint Hill Police and speak with Det. Garmon at 704-545-1085.  Anyone with information can remain anonymous.


FBI releases photos of First Citizens bank robber


From the FBI:

The Mint Hill Police Department and the FBI Charlotte Safe Streets Task Force are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the individual who recently robbed the First Citizens Bank located
at 6930 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, North Carolina ( NC).  On January 28, 2009, at approximately 1:16 p.m., a lone male entered the bank and approached one of the tellers brandishing a handgun. After
demanding and receiving an undisclosed amount of money from the teller, the suspect exited the bank and fled the area in a small, silver automobile.

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First Citizens Bank in Mint Hill robbed

First Citizens Bank in Mint Hill was robbed earlier this afternoon. Police have not offered details but it is believed that no one was hurt in the robbery. More to come later…


Mint Hill Police need help locating owners for found property


Mint Hill Police is trying to return found property to its rightful owners.  The propertyTechnician, Detective Sgt Moberg, is asking anyone who may have lost any of the following items to contact her at (704) 545-1085.  You must be able to give specific information about the items, such as brands, model numbers, serial numbers, colors,  distinguishing marks, etc. in order to claim the items.  The list below details the types of items that have been found and turned into police:

Various hand tools (non-powered and power)
CD players