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Black Bear Sighting in Mint Hill

The Mint Hill Police Department began receiving reports in the afternoon of June 23 that a black bear was in the area. On June 24th, 2015 at approximately 1100hrs Mint Hill Police were able to confirm that a black bear has been sighted along Bartlett Road.  The responding officer was only able to get within 100 yards of the animal as it started to run in the opposite direction of the officer.  He was not able to ascertain the size or approximate age of the bear.   This area is rural and is partially in the city limits of Mint Hill and partially in the County.  Officers were able to locate the black bear in the 8300 Block of Bartlett Road this morning at approximately 1100hrs.  The bear headed into the woods and appears to be traveling north running parallel to I 485.  The bear has remained within a 2 mile radius of the first reported sighting. […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Around Town, Breakiing News, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Mint Hill man charged in retirement living center assault

After an exhaustive investigation, the Mint Hill Police Department, with assistance from
the State Bureau of Investigation, has made an arrest in the sexual assault of the 86 year old resident at Lawyers Glen Retirement Living Center. Willie George Shaw Jr (43 year old B/M) of Mint Hill has been charged with 1st Degree Sex Offense. […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Around Town, Breakiing News, History|0 Comments

Local 5K events to benefit organizations

By Leah Schmalz

Two upcoming 5K races will raise money to support unique causes. The Soles2Remember 5K run and walk this Saturday benefits the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, and the Mint Hill Madness 5K on May 23 benefits the Mint Hill Lions Club.

The third annual Soles2Remember is sponsored by the Mint Hill Police Department and a variety of local businesses. The purpose of the funds raised through the race is “to help in commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety.” The race coincides with National Police Week, which is May 10 through 16.  […]

By |May 15th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Mint Hill Madness|0 Comments

Police volunteer program helps department, saves money

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Although Mint Hill is considered one of the safest neighborhoods not only in the county, but the entire state, Chief Tim Ledford says that any extra help for his department goes a long way.

To that end, in 2011 the Mint Hill Volunteer Police Service was created, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

For the last four years a handful of Mint Hill residents have taken out of their personal time to provide back up and support to the Mint Hill Police Department.

“[These] volunteers provide expertise and time to enhance our daily tasks,” said Ledford.

“The Mint Hill Volunteer ladies and gentlemen patrol neighborhoods and do paperwork,” said David Marcinko, a member of the MHPD Volunteer Service.

Volunteers are equipped with radio scanners so they are able to keep abreast with what maybe be going on in their town.

“If we see anything going on in our neighborhood we can radio for an officer,” said Marcinko.

“They receive vehicle training in vehicle operations, data entry, traffic control, presentations and webpage management,” said Ledford.

Assignments range from becoming a false alarm co-ordinator to fleet services coordinator and help with crime prevention.

Volunteers, after receiving training, will engage in neighborhood patrol, working security at town events and assisting school resource officers.

The department also has a vehicle assigned for use by the MHPD Volunteer Service when needed.

MHPD Volunteers do not carry firearms or weapons of any kind. They also do not conduct routine traffic stops are criminal  investigations, nor do they make citizen’s arrests.

“A lot of time time neigh- borhood disputes and drug activity have been [curbed] by the presence of our po- lice vehicle,” Marcinko revealed.

According to Marcinko last year the MHPD Volunteer Service saved the police department more than $20,000 through their volunteer efforts.

Currently there are nine local residents on the MHPD Volunteer Service roster, but more are desired.

“We’d like to see at least four more,” Marcinko said. The MHPD Volunteer Service is open to any adult that lives in Mint Hill. In addition to training, each applicant must pass a background check and screening. Interested residents should contact the MHPD volunteer coordinator Robin Imirie at 704-545-1085 or rimirie@police.minthill.com

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By |April 19th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments