Amendment will allow for background checks

An amendment to the Code of Ordinances relating to peddling was unanimously approved at the September 12 Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, paving the way for a more streamlined process for requiring background checks for those seeking a license to sell products door-to-door or on the street.╩
“Right now, I can only request a background check on someone involved in an active criminal investigation, or someone applying for a position wi
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School Board District 6 candidate Paul Bailey addresses the Board and citizens at the September 12 Board of Commissioners meeting at the Mint Hill Town Hall.

thin the department,” said Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford.
The minor changes in the wording of the ordinance allows the department to comply with the State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) regulations on having a specific purpose for conducting a criminal background check.
Once the background check is complete, the applicant will receive an ID badge from the Mint Hill Police Department. This effort is intended to keep citizens safe while allowing individuals to conduct business in the town.
The background checks do not apply to solicitation for charitable, civic, religious, patriotic or governmental purposes by persons who serve without compensation or remuneration.
 
•Mayor Biggers introduced, and announced his support for Paul Bailey who is running for School Board-District 6. Mr. Bailey addressed the Board and the visitors to introduce himself and tell about his vision for CMS. “I am personally going to support the bond initiative,” says Bailey, “they are not asking for anything excessive.
Whatever they’re asking for is needed and we have not had a Bond referendum since 2007.”
• A Proclamation for Constitution Week was presented by Commissioner Tina Ross. “Whereas September 17, 2013 marks the 226th Anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and whereas it is fitting and proper to officially recognize this magnificent document, and the anniversary of its creation; and whereas it is fitting and proper to officially recognize the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion; and whereas, Public Law 915 guarantees the issuance of the proclamation each year by the president of the United States of America, designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week.╩ Now, therefore I, Ted H. Biggers, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Mint Hill, NC, on behalf of the board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim that September 17-23 as Constitution Week in the Town of Mint Hill and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the framers of the Constitution had in 1787.”
• Commissioner Lloyd Austin provided an update on the Coffee with a Cop event he attended on September 9, 2013, with several Mint Hill residents. Austin indicated citizens seem to appreciate the opportunity to spend time asking questions and getting to know the officers.
• Commissioner Tina Ross reminded the Board of the next Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department meeting scheduled for September 23 at 7:00 pm at the fire station on Fairview Road. She also reminded everyone of Bain Days scheduled for September 21 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview Road.
• Town Manager Brian Welch gave an update to the Board on the Korean War Memorial which is nearing completion. According to Welch, the granite work will require another day’s labor, and then clean-up can begin. Welch also indicated that the sidewalk plan is on schedule, with more sidewalks going in front of Hawthorne’s Pizza, as well as paving of Mint Hill Village Lane, including the round-about in front of the Mint Hill Town Hall.
• Beatification is underway on Lawyer’s Road near Bain School Road to prepare for Homearama.
• Commissioner Mickey Ellington attended the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting and reminded everyone of the upcoming golf tournament fund raising event sponsored by the Chamber.
•Moving day for Mint Hill Police will be September 21, 2013, will business resuming in the new location on Monday, September 23. The project will be completed on time and on budget.
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Mint Hill Police hosts Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a CopThe Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together September 9 in an informal, neutral space to discuss community is-sues, build relationships, and drink coffee.All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7 am at Nova Bakery and Coffee, 3665 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill.Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situa- tions are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. Continue reading

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Vandals cause nearly $12K in damage at Pine Lake

Mint Hill Police responded to Pine Lake Country Club on a call of breaking and entering and damage to property the morning of November 6.

Approximately 20 golf carts had been removed from the barn where they are stored and damaged. Apparently, the suspects removed each golf cart, taking them onto the golf course, driving them recklessly, and returning the significantly damaged golf carts back to the barn.

Approximately $10,000 of damage was done to the 20 golf carts, $1,000 of damage to the landscaping of the golf course, and $800 to the cart storage barn. All golf carts are accounted for.

Anyone with information should contact the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085, and ask to speak with Detective Lezette.

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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.

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String of shootings

Six car windows and Jakes Good Eats restaurant window were shot in east Charlotte last Friday, June 8; and last Tuesday, June 5 a bullet entered a home on Cabarrus Road in Mint Hill.  Some of the bullets have narrowly missed people, including drivers and a restaurant patron.  Shattered glass injured drivers on Albemarle road when their window was shot out.  Police are working with undercover detectives and K-9 units, and keeping watch of the homes of potential suspects.  CMPD requested the fragment of the round in the Mint Hill home to compare it to the Albemarle Road rounds.  Two vehicles were seen on Albemarle Road, a red pickup truck and a grey or silver Chevy Astro Van.  Police encourage witnesses to call Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600.

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Police looking for suspects in armed robbery

Mint Hill Police responded to an armed robbery call at Mr. Professional Jewelers at 4709 Margaret Wallace Road June 6 at 8:30 pm. The victim stated that two men entered the store wearing masks. The armed suspect held the victim at gunpoint while the other removed money from the register.

The suspects are described as black males, one wearing a white t-shirt and shorts, and the other wearing a black shirt and dark shorts with a Yankees ball cap. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspects.

Contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 or Police Dispatch at 704-847-5555 with any information on this incident.

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