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Spring cleaning leads to rise in illegal dumping

Mint Hill Police reported last week that there is an uptick in illegal dumping of trash and debris in the town. With at least two dozen neighborhoods that have empty lots in town, and many residents cleaning homes and yards for spring, the police are asking residents to call the department dispatch to report suspicious activity.
In 2010, Mint Hill saw more than a dozen illegal dumping issues. The illegal dumping occurred mostly in undeveloped subdivisions and their streets, on vacant
lots and on properties with vacant homes. In addition, police report that there have been several issues with vandalism of vacant homes mainly at undeveloped subdivisions.
Lieutenant J.K. Rowell with Mint Hill Police said a “handful” of Mint Hill residents have noticed suspicious vehicles approaching vacant lots and vacant properties and have contacted authorities. […]

By |May 27th, 2011|Around Town, Environment, Police|10 Comments

Pellet gun, pot and a knife found in car of Rocky River student

Mint Hill Police have been busy at Rocky River High School. The school, which opened this year, has had one of the highest arrest rates in CMS in 2010-2011. On Tuesday, a school resource officer at Rocky River received an anonymous tip that a student had several weapons and marijuana in a vehicle that was […]

By |May 17th, 2011|Around Town, Police|3 Comments

Students create art to show how they would prevent violence

Students from Matthews Elementary School recently participated in a Silence the Violence Poster Contest. The contest is sponsored annually by the Matthews Police Department. Students are asked to tell a story on how they will work to prevent violence using their artistic skills.
Winners of the contest are invited to spend the day shadowing the Mayor, Town Manager, Police […]

By |May 13th, 2011|Matthews, Police, Schools|2 Comments

Mint Hill Police warn of scammers

Mint Hill Police are reporting that several citizens in the town have called to verify whether the department is soliciting money over the phone. Police say they are not soliciting money over the phone, and the phone calls are the work of scammers. They said that if you get a phone call asking for money, […]

By |May 10th, 2011|Around Town, Police|0 Comments

Safety issues at Rocky River High School getting more attention

WCNC reported today about the safety concerns Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford has about Rocky River High School. Two weeks ago, Ledford told Mint Hill Board of Commissioners that their radios do not work in the school. He also said that with only one resource officer at the school, Mint Hill Police are having […]

By |May 10th, 2011|Around Town, Police|2 Comments

Mint Hill police chief asks board for more help with juvenile arrests

The Town of Mint Hill could end up footing the bill for a new School Resource Officer at Rocky River High School, as well as a juvenile detective if the Board of Commissioners approve Police Chief Tim Ledford’s request for the positions.

Ledford presented his case to the board at its first budget workshop a week ago before and after its regularly scheduled meeting. Each head of town departments outlined to the board its needs for the next fiscal year. Mayor Ted Biggers was unable to attend to the workshop.
Ledford said Rocky River High School has seen 56 arrests as of February 7 of this year. Only Vance High School had more arrests in the same time period. Rocky River, because it is a first-year school, does not have a senior class. The school could grow by at least 500 students next year.
Other schools in CMS with high arrest rates like Vance have three School Resource Officers. Because of budget cuts, Rocky River was assigned only one. Mint Hill Police currently have to send one of their own officers to the school when an arrest needs to be made. They then have to transport the student to the jail in downtown Charlotte. Ledford estimated the trip to Charlotte takes about 1 hour 45 minutes, not counting the time they spend at the school.
Welch told the board that because most of the visits to Rocky River occurred Monday through Friday—an off peak time for the police—it hasn’t caused too many disruptions for the police. However, if the SRO at Rocky River calls in sick, then a Mint Hill Police officer has to go to the school.
Commissioners were concerned about the high arrest rate and use of police resources.
“Chief, that’s not fair,” Commissioner Mickey Ellington said. “They (CMS) want our money and police, but don’t want anything to do with us.” […]

By |May 6th, 2011|Around Town, Police|2 Comments