Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Odds and Ends

Pastor Chris Ayers is upset someone would vandalize (edit) his sign in front of the Wedgewood Church on Tyvola Road. Odd that Ayers Church that boasts about being all inclusive would promote the racial divide of the Black Lives Matter crowd. 

Cedar's Take: The original messege "Stop disrespecting black people" misses the mark on so many fronts.

For the past 5 weeks this mess has stood in the middle of Sharon View Road just east of  Mountainbrook Drive in the SouthPark area.

Sometime during July a small sink hole had formed in the middle of Sharon View Road. Charlotte's DOT street crews quickly fixed the problem by placing two steel plates over it and creating alternate traffic lanes around the damaged asphalt. They even added a lighted self powered directional arrow sign. 

What they didn't do was mention to CMUD (now the prefer to be called Charlotte Water) that there was a water main leak in the middle of Sharon View Road. So for the last five weeks, water has been slowly gurgling away under the road. Thousands of gallons off water streaming across the pavement while car after car drove by.

Odd, given the thousands of cars that travel the road each week, countless residents who run and walk their dogs past the always wet street and no one through the to call Charlotte Water and say "hey y'all know there's a water leak over here?"

Cedar's Take:  We've become a city of zombies noticing nothing and assuming everything, believing big brother has got it all covered. We are doomed.

Cedar's Update: So on Sunday I tweeted the above photo and Monday AM, Charlote water responded with "where is this?" A few hours after providing the location another tweet, "thanks our crews are on the way".  

And sure enough this morning the flow had stopped and a track hoe had removed 3 dump trucks of rock and mud. A hole 20 feet deep and they were still digging.

Odd Encounter - So I'm in line at Chick-fil-a. One, of those line up around the building busy lines that happen at the chicken sandwich fast food icon at noon each day. In this where the lines merge from two different durections.

Everything is good, one car at a time everyone is letting one car merge into the line. When it comes to my turn to get in line, this 30 something woman in the main line is having none of this pattern of cooperation and politeness.

So after getting inches away from her car it's clear she's not going to yield. So I wave her on and silently hope she chokes on her food.

I continue to follow along behind Miss Rude as the line slowly circles the building. Apparently guilt started taking its toll, because when I get to the window to pay I'm told she bought my lunch. 

What the ???

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jordan Dumont - A Sad and Familiar Script

You knew from the "get go" as they say in Gaston County, where this story was heading, but you really hoped for a surprising outcome.

Tuesday afternoon police charged the mother's boyfriend, William Joseph McCullen, with first-degree murder of little Jordan Dumont.

Police believe the toddler was dead before she was put in the woods.

This afternoon police and the FBI remained at the home and in the woods behind the home collecting evidence. Volunteers who had gathered to help find the girl early in the day didn't want to leave hoping against hope that something would change. Perhaps they found comfort in their shared grief.

The mother Jaylene Dumont was no stranger to police, who have made a trip to the home that she shared with her boyfriend "Billy" 49 times over the past 3 years. Police say she is not a suspect at this time.

On Monday and Tuesday Gaston County police fire and medic as well as more than 100 volunteers searched for 3 year old Jordan before suspending the search over night. The search resumed at daybreak with police finding her body partially hidden in the woods behind her home just before 11 am.

The story is always the same, the mother is at work and the low life boy friend left at home to watch the child drinking beer watching television. The child goes missing and the boyfriend claims he was asleep. The mother comes home and becomes hysterical, the boyfriend does his best act concerned.

The cops show up and they already know they are looking at a killer. They too hope otherwise, but they know.

You can dismiss a lot of the violence you see in the news, but this is hard to wipe away.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NoDa Runner Kidnaped Mugged And So Much More

From the "Local" Paper:

A man was jogging early Wednesday morning when four assailants knocked him to the ground on North Davidson Street, forced him into a vehicle and drove him to his home in Charlotte, authorities said.

The intruders threatened to shoot and kill Drake Margolnick on the drive to the home in north Charlotte.

"The gun didn't leave my head,” Margolnick, 29, said. ”He kept pushing it in."

Margolnick told Channel 9 that the gunman held the weapon to his head while the others went inside the home.

The robbers stole electronics, then drove Margolnick away and dropped him off near the 3800 block of Monroe Road.

They made him lie on the ground and once again threatened his life, he said.

"They made me lie in this little creek area and told me to put my hands behind my head,” he said. “They told me they were going to kill me, so I was waiting to get shot, really."

Margolnick's roommate, who was home at the time, remained asleep during the robbery.

Margolnick was not seriously hurt and no arrests have been made..

"I feel great," Margolnick said."(It) definitely gives you that (new) lease on life feeling."

Cedar's Take: Still no arrests, no witnesses, no description, and not much to go on except this over the top story by the Vic. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fall Out Over HB2 Continues But Wait.....

The list of companies and entertainers canceling shows, conventions and events is long and repulsive. The NBA pulling out is beyond comprehension. 

All of this because the poor maligned LGBT crowned doesnt feel safe being required to use their gender assigned restroom in North Carolina.

Yet of all the cancelations and boycotts just who isn't jumping on the PC bandwagon? The very people everyone else is trying to show solidarity behind.

Yep that's right kiddos Miss Gay North Carolina pagent will go on this weekend as planned right here in the heart of homophobic North Carolina. Hysterical that the loudest voices, those crying discrimation and pleading fir support of their course aren't concerned enough to join the boycott. 

Apparently North Carolina's backwards laws aren't that big of a deal after all, 

Doesn't the NBA look stupid now? 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

If Hillary Was A Drunken Sailor She'd Sound Like This

From Hillary Clinton in her own words via Patroit Post:

Hillary is under fire for feigning a "Southern" down-home accent when addressing a black congregation recently.
But to know the real Hillary, the words she uses are much more telling than how she says them.
Here is a compilation of published quotes from those who have firsthand knowledge.
"Put this on the ground! I left my sunglasses in the limo. I need those sunglasses. We need to go back!"  - (From the book "Dereliction of Duty" p. 71-72 - Hillary to Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.)
"A right-wing network was after his presidency...including perverting the Constitution." - (To Barbara Walters about the Republicans who impeached her husband; 20/20, ABC 6/8/2003.)
"Son of a bitch." - (From the book "American Evita" by Christopher Anderson, p. 259 - Hillary's opinion of President George W. Bush when she found out he secretly visited Iraq just days before her highly publicized trip to Iraq)
"Where is the G**d**n f***ing flag? I want the G**d**n f***ing flag up every f***ing morning at f***ing sunrise." - (From the book "Inside The White House" by Ronald Kessler, p. 244 - Hillary to the staff at the Arkansas Governor's mansion on Labor Day, 1991)
"You sold out, you mother f***er! You sold out!" - From the book "Inside" by Joseph Califano, p. 213 - Hillary yelling at Democrat lawyer.
"It's been said, and I think it's accurate, that my husband was obsessed by terrorism in general and al-qaida in particular." - (Hillary telling a post-9/11 world what a 'great' commander in chief her husband was; Dateline, NBC 4/16/2004.)
"I have to admit that a good deal of what my husband and I have learned [about Islam] has come from our daughter." - (TruthInMedia.org 8/8/1999 - Hillary at a White House function, proudly tells some Muslim groups she is gaining a greater appreciation of Islam because Chelsea was then taking a class on the "religion of peace")
"F**k off! It's enough that I have to see you shit-kickers every day, I'm not going to talk to you too!! Just do your G*damn job and keep your mouth shut." - (From the book "American Evita" by Christopher Anderson, p. 90 - Hillary to her State Trooper bodyguards after one of them greeted her with "Good morning."
"You f***ing idiot." - (From the book "Crossfire" p. 84 - Hillary to a State Trooper who was driving her to an event.)
"If you want to remain on this detail, get your f***ing ass over here and grab those bags!" - (From the book "The First Partner" p. 259 - Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.)
"Get f***ed! Get the f**k out of my way!!! Get out of my face!!!" - (From the book "Hillary's Scheme" p. 89 - Hillary's various comments to her Secret Service detail agents.)
"Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k away from me! Don't come within ten yards of me, or else! Just f***ing do as I say, Okay!!!?" - (From the book "Unlimited Access", by Clinton FBI Agent in Charge, Gary Aldrige, p. 139 - Hillary screaming at her Secret Service detail.)
"Many of you are well enough off that [President Bush's] tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to have to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - (Hillary grandstanding at a fund raising speech in San Francisco; SFGate.com 6/28/2004.)
"Why do I have to keep proving to people that I am not a liar?!" - (From the book "The Survivor," by John Harris, p. 382 - Hillary in her 2000 Senate campaign)
"Where's the miserable c**k sucker?" - (From the book "The Truth About Hillary" by Edward Klein, p. 5 - Hillary shouting at a Secret Service officer)
"No matter what you think about the Iraq war, there is one thing we can all agree on for the next days - we have to salute the courage and bravery of those who are risking their lives to vote and those brave Iraqi and American soldiers fighting to protect their right to vote. - (Was posted on Hillary Clinton's senate.gov web site on 1/28/05)
"What are you doing inviting these people into my home? These people are our enemies! They are trying to destroy us!" - (From the book "The Survivor" by John Harris, p. 99 - Hillary screaming to an aide, when she found out that some Republicans had been invited to the Clinton White House)
"I mean, you've got a conservative and right-wing press presence with really nothing on the other end of the political spectrum." - (C-Span, 1/19/1997 - Hillary complains about the mainstream media, which are all conservatives in her opinion)
"Come on Bill, put your d**k up! You can't f**k her here!!" - (From the book "Inside The White House" by Ronald Kessler, p. 243 - Hillary to Gov. Clinton when she spots him talking with an attractive female at an Arkansas political rally)
You know, I'm going to start thanking the woman who cleans the restroom in the building I work in. I'm going to start thinking of her as a human being -Hillary Clinton - (From the book "The Case Against Hillary Clinton" by Peggy Noonan, p. 55)
"You show people what you're willing to fight for when you fight your friends." - (From the book "The Agenda" by Bob Woodward, ch. 14)
"We are at a stage in history in which remolding society is one of the great challenges facing all of us in the West." - (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 119 - During her 1993 commencement address at the University of Texas)
"The only way to make a difference is to acquire power"  - (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 68 - Hillary to a friend before starting law school.)
"We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices.... Government has to make those choices for people" - (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 20 - Hillary to Rep. Dennis Hastert in 1993 discussing her expensive, disastrous taxpayer-funded health care plan)
"I am a fan of the social policies that you find in Europe" Hillary in 1996" - (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 76 - Hillary in 1996)

File This Under "Stupid Is As Stupid Does"

There's a lot of talk about how Black Lives Matter and how racial profiling by police is unfair to African Americans. Well, ok. But how do you explain this amount of stupid?

From WBTV:

Five people were arrested Friday night after trying to break into an uptown Charlotte townhouse twice, but the second time police were inside investigating the first break-in.

Friday evening, a man reportedly came home to find people inside his townhouse on Garden District Drive, in the middle of a burglary. He was able to back out of his home, without them noticing he was there, and call 911, according to officers.

"I can just imagine him walking in there, not noticing that. It'd be a much different situation," said Kathryn Ruland, a neighbor concerned after this break-in.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived while the two were still in the house and arrested them. Police identified the two as 33-year-old Johnny Penny and 24-year-old Javonte Cathcart.

Without knowing that police were still inside the townhouse investigating the break-in, three more people returned to try to break into the home about two hours later. Officers said the three tried to run away, but were quickly apprehended. 

Malik Long, 20, Khalil Wallace, 22, and Jamaka Culbreath, 16, face charges in the second attempted break-in. 

Penny and Cathcart both face felony breaking and enter and attempted larceny charges. Long also faces felony breaking and entering charges as well as possession of stolen goods charges. Culbreath was charged with possession of stolen goods.

Wallace was charged with breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.

After hearing about this, neighbors say they're now going to be extra alert.

"You hear stuff like this, and you have to be more precautious even in a nice neighborhood like this," said Jhane Johnson, who also lives near the house where this break-in happened.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Navy Veteran's Open Letter To Hillary Clintoon's Hack Khizr Khan

Dear Mr. Khan,

I want to preface this letter by stating that I respect your son’s sacrifice for this great nation. By all accounts, he is a true hero that sacrificed himself in service to our country. For that I am thankful.

As a veteran, I watched your comments at the Democratic National Convention with a mixture of sadness, and anger. The United States has a military comprised of volunteers. Every single member has made the conscious choice to join the military and serve. There is not a single service member who has been forced into service. 

It is important for all service members (and apparently, their families) to understand that service to this great nation does not imbue one with special privileges or rights. I found your comments troubling when you said: “Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Does it matter whether Mr. Trump has sacrificed “…nothing and no one?”…has Ms. Clinton “..sacrificed” for this nation? How about Mr. Obama? Your comment stating that Mr. Trump “…has sacrifice no one” is alarming. Are you intimating that YOU sacrificed? Sir, your son willingly sacrificed himself. As a father I cannot imagine the pain you must feel but his sacrifice is his own. He was not forced to serve.

I am troubled that you would allow a party that has little more than contempt for the US Service Member to parade you into the DNC to denounce Donald Trump. Did you watch when protesters at the DNC booed and heckled Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Florent Groberg? Did you notice your party interrupting the moment of silence for slain police officers? 

Your own hypocrisy in not denouncing these acts and instead using the DNC as a platform to make a political point is disgraceful. The simple fact is that whether one served or sacrificed does not give greater power to their statements. One vote is as valuable as another. That sir, is why our Country is great. Your condemnation of one person for a statement while standing idly as your party disparages veterans and police officers is the height of hypocrisy.

To conflate the need to prevent potential terrorists from entering our country with the belief that ‘all Muslims’ should be banned is simply wrong and disingenuous. As a reminder, Mr. Trump said: ” “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.” 

The irony of your son’s own death at the hands of these very people in Iraq should not be ignored. I have little doubt that your son would have recognized the need to protect our country from these very people. In fact, he held is own troops back so that he could check on a suspicious car. Your son understood sacrifice and how to protect “his people”…’his soldiers’….’his fellow Americans’…

As you continue to make the media circuit and bask in the glow of affection cast upon you by a party that has little regard for your son’s own sacrifice, and veterans in general, I would ask you to consider your comments and your position more closely.


Chris Mark

US Marine and Navy Veteran

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Batshit Crazy Korryn Gaines That Latest Black Lives Matter Cause

Over the weekend Baltimore Police tried to serve a warrant on Korryn Gaines. The warrant, a simple failure to appear charge. What would have normally been a quick trip downtown and cab ride home an hour later ended up being a six hour stand-off which ended tragically when Gaines fired her weapon and officers returned fire, killing her and wounding her 5 year old son.

The video below was recorded by Gains during the traffic stop in March of this year. The traffic stop resulted in her arrest and release, with a court appearance she felt was unnecessary.

This nutbird believes she is one of the "special people" a member of the "Moorish Nation" that plagues our judicial system with outrageous lawsuits appeals over violations of such as no registration or tag. The extended version of her encounter is below.

Cedar's Take: Mental illness is real, but put yourself behind the badge, this officer showed amazing restraint and patience. CP would have snatched her ass out of the car with "delegation of authority".  Sadly this is what 8 years of Obama's "if I has a son he would look like Travon Martin" comments have created. CMPD Officers face this bullshit daily.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Shocking Rise Of Crime In Charlotte

In Case You Missed It - The Local Paper reported the following on Friday:
86 automobiles were reported stolen to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department from July 18 to July 24 of this year. 
This is a 76 percent increase from the same period last year.
1354 vehicles have been stolen already in 2016. This represents a 24 percent increase from this point last year.
“The alarming trend for many of these cases was that nearly 80 percent of the reported thefts occurred by the suspects using the vehicle keys,” CMPD said in a press release. It recommends removing any keys from the car upon exiting the vehicle. 
CMPD is advising citizens to make sure all vehicle doors are locked when parked regardless of location.
In addition, firearms and other valuables should never be left inside while parked.
If a vehicle is parked in a garage, the police advise shutting the garage door, especially if parking over-night. 
CMPD is increasing its efforts to curb the growing trend, making fourteen arrests in the last week.
“Officers in some areas have even made contact with homeowners in the very early morning hours to remind them to close garage doors,” the press release said.
Cedars Take: 
Wow an amazing 24 percent increase in auto thefts, but a reality check is in order. After years of  reporting crime under the Rodney Monroe doctrine real crime numbers are now apparently being reported. Under Rodney a vast number (more like all of them) of stolen cars were recorded as "unauthorized use"  which took the crime out of the FBI reporting category of felony auto theft. 

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article92625487.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Michael Kerr: Another Reason I Refuse To Fly Coach On American Airlines

Not a week goes by that you don't read about air travel insanity.

Costly and always limited parking at CDIA, long lines where airlines have replaced helpful counter staff with slow dimwitted computers, not to mention the TSA nightmare. Add to that baggage fees, computer outages and a coach cabin filled with, low life scum, screaming kids, breast feeding mothers and flight crew Nazis.

No wonder why private jets are no longer for just the ultra rich.

And along comes Michael Kerr:

Micheal Kerr Source: MCSO

From the Charlotte Observer - Three Jack Daniel’s on an hour-long flight to Charlotte will put Michael Kerr in federal court Wednesday, accused of striking several flight attendants before he was tackled by the pilots.

Kerr, 25, was a passenger Thursday night on an American Airlines flight from Lexington, Ky., to Charlotte.

According to an FBI affidavit, Kerr was served three whiskeys after takeoff – it’s not clear if he had been drinking before boarding.

As the plane taxied to a gate at Charlotte Douglas International, Kerr ignored flight crew orders and got out of his seat, the affidavit says.

When an attendant interceded, Kerr threatened to break her jaw. Matters deteriorated from there. Kerr, appearing intoxicated, walked quickly to the front of the plane and cursed at the flight crew.

He kicked one attendant in the leg and shoved another to the floor of the plane, the affidavit says. The pilot and co-pilot, listed only by their initials in the document, got Kerr on the ground and used a seat belt strap to restrain his legs and keep him from kicking.

When Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived, Kerr was handcuffed but kept kicking, requiring other police officers to be called to the scene before he could be removed from the plane.

Kerr faces charges of being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant.

Cedar Update: Kerr remains in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sherriff as a Federal prisoner being held without bond, this morning according to the somewhat timely MCSO website. So there might be more to this than just a probationary sentence over the horizon for the Lexington Kentucky resident.

Kerr a restaurant worker in Lexington Kentucky has a court date next week to determine if he should remain free pending his trial which could take more than a year. Kerr has been banned from using air travel although that ban may be lifted at a judges discretion.

The 25-year-old Kentucky man accused of attacking members of the flight crew on a Charlotte-bound plane is banned from flying as he awaits trial, a judge ruled Monday. 
Michael Kerr appeared in U.S. District Court on charges of being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant. He was released on $25,000 bond, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A video shows the pilot taking Kerr to the floor of the plane saying: “You don’t put your hands on my flight attendant!”
Kerr then warns the pilot that he’ll regret the move when the incident is captured on Facebook.

The court ordered that Kerr cannot fly on commercial airlines and must not make contact with the flight attendant he attacked.

Cedar Update: Local Media report last week that Kerr had been release and travel to Ohio to get engaged to his long time boyfriend. The report was bogus. Kerr remained in custody of the MCSO until Monday when he was release of $25,000.00 bond and is now banned from all airlines.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article93062277.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

In Case You Missed It - The Murder of Amanda Fisher

Unless you live in Myrtle Beach or check-in with the Myrtle Beach Sun News from time to time on line you did indeed miss this.

The Charlotte Observer has been pre-occupied with Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the continuing fall out from HB2 and the transgender bathroom uproar. Observer staff cuts have made chasing down the story impossible.

Earlier this month Amanda Fisher was murdered in the parking lot of the K&W Cafeteria in Myrtle Beach on a quiet Saturday morning. Her body left in the parking lot in a pool of blood a single gun shot to her head.

Amanda "Mandy" Fisher Source MCSO
Her murder came just weeks after she was forced to appear in a Mecklenburg County courtroom to testify against her former boyfriend charged with a 2012 murder. Fisher's testimony was considered crucial, but failed to sway the jury.

Within a week two suspects Terrell Freeman and Nicholas McIver where apprehended by CMPD's VCAT unit.

Terrell Freeman Source: MCSO
Nicholas McIver Source: MCS

The connections to Charlotte, the victim and the killers are troubling. To make things interesting add the craziness of the "Moorish Nation" and a Mecklenburg County DA's Office that failed to convince a key witness to cooperate or apparently understand that by testifying her life was in danger.

As detailed below "Authorities have declined to comment on whether or not the two cases are connected". But it is clear that Fisher knew her killers, that they all have common connections to Gastonia, Charlotte and Fisher's former boyfriend Deonte Lanier.

Deonte Lanier Source: MCSO
Freeman was transferred to Myrtle Beach on Friday McIver remains in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Office (MCSO).

Emily Weaver The Sun News:

A former Mount Holly, N.C., woman was not considered to be in danger when she was called to the stand against her wishes to testify in a Charlotte, N.C., courtroom against an old boyfriend, who was facing a murder charge in April.

But less than 10 weeks after that trial ended in a hung jury, that witness — Amanda Renee Fisher — was found shot to death in a North Myrtle Beach parking lot.

Authorities have declined to comment on whether or not the two cases are related.

“They’re investigating several directions, several paths,” city of North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling said of officers, who continue to look into Fisher’s death.

“They are aware of that event,” Dowling said of the recent trial.

Neither of the two men charged in Fisher’s killing were the April trial defendant, who has remained in North Carolina’s state prison system serving time for a number of convictions since December 2012. But all three, at one point or another, have spent time in a Charlotte jail.

Twenty-year-old Nicolas McIver and 29-year-old Terrell Freeman are in custody and still awaiting extradition from Charlotte to North Myrtle Beach to face murder charges in Fisher’s death.

“Freeman was picked up for having violated parole on another matter,” Dowling said, adding that his travel from North Carolina to South Carolina was a violation of that parole agreement. “McIver was picked up for having burned the victim’s car and possessing a stolen motor vehicle.”

Freeman was convicted in 2012 in Vance County, N.C., for a 2008 manslaughter, according to offender records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 5 years and 9 months in prison, but was released on parole Jan. 28. His parole was set to expire in October.

It is unclear if Freeman or McIver have any connection to 25-year-old Deonte Montez Lanier or the case of Johnny Peay, who was shot to death in Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 2012. Lanier, Fisher’s boyfriend, was charged with first-degree murder in Peay’s death and was facing a mandatory life sentence if he was convicted.

In a pre-trial hearing in October, Lanier declared to a Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge that he was a Moorish National — a faction of the sovereign citizen movement that has declared independence from many state and federal laws. Praising Allah and describing himself as a martyr, Lanier told the judge he had no authority in his case and the charges against him carried no meaning, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Anna Greene, an assistant district attorney for Mecklenburg County, N.C., who helped prosecute Lanier’s case in April, called the act more of a pre-trial delay tactic. That tactic didn’t work with the judge.

Greene said the Moorish National rhetoric and related court filings had died down by the time the trial rolled around.

The prosecutor declined to comment on any pending investigation regarding the North Myrtle Beach shooting, but she did say Fisher “was a reluctant witness” in their case. She was reluctant, Greene said, “because she had, had a relationship with Mr. Lanier, a romantic relationship. … She did not want to see anything bad happen to him.”

Prosecutors said they had recordings of calls in which Fisher promised she would never testify against Lanier, according to The Charlotte Observer. But Fisher was called to the stand on April 12.

Fisher told the jury she didn’t want to be in the witness chair and that she had moved to Myrtle Beach after being subpoenaed to testify, according to The Charlotte Observer. The trial judge arrested and jailed Fisher to ensure she showed up in court, but her testimony on the stand conflicted with what she initially told officers.

Lanier was facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy.

Fisher’s testimony wasn’t enough to secure a murder conviction and the jury was hung on all charges except the firearm possession, which they found him guilty of, but by the time the trial ended Lanier had agreed to plead guilty to attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Greene said they dropped the murder and conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors didn’t raise any safety risk of Fisher testifying in open court.

“There was never anything said in open court to the judge in terms of safety concerns we had for her,” Greene said.

Lanier was no stranger to the criminal justice system when his trial began in April.

He was serving time on convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering vehicles, larcenies and weapons offenses for crimes committed throughout 2011 and in 2012. Prior convictions included possessing a weapon of mass destruction, felonious break-ins, larcenies, auto theft and speeding to elude arrest dating back to Sept. 27, 2006, according to offender records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Lanier is currently serving time at the Lanesboro Correctional Institution, a high-security prison facility in Polkton, N.C. A total of 23 infractions are listed with the N.C. Department of Public Safety; they range from disobeying orders and lock tampering to the unauthorized use of a phone or email and gang involvement.

Keith Acree, communications officer with the adult correction division of NCDPS, said half of the state’s inmates have no infractions. The average number of infractions for inmates is usually one to two a year, he added. Twenty-three over a span of less than four years is not the norm, but Lanier does not appear to have the most serious infractions of assaults on staff or other inmates in his record.

Lanier’s projected release date is July 27, 2022

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Passing of Tin Can Annie - Virgina Ann Jetton

Over the years, Charlotte has lost a number of iconic nut cases. (And I mean this in the most endearing way, as these looney birds color the landscape that make Charlotte, the Queen City.) Hugh McManaway Myers Park's Traffic Director, "The General" Uptown's Homeless Commander in Chief and so many others.

Sadly we must add "Tin Can Annie" to the list, her obituary (below) appeared in the Charlotte Observer yesterday.

Annie was hard to miss, wearing hy-test and day glow orange, often over dressed wearing parkas on summer days, she peddled her bicycle around the streets of Charlotte and would often be seen on along Central Avenue (as in the above photo) and over on Eastway Drive.

As CP remembers, she lived in a section 8 apartment off Central Avenue and collected tin cans to support her "habit". Not drugs mind you but records, vinyl records hundreds of them. I can't say for certain but I read somewhere she liked Jazz and Swing, like Benny Goodman. But that her favorite was Andy Williams' Moon River.

Yes, she was a hoarder of records and a lover of music all types. There's even a post on reddit where someone says he put a Antiseen bumper sticker on her bicycle. I'm not sure if that is funny or cruel, considering that Annie was "Several fries short of a Happy Meal", and needed her world to be just so. Order was everything to Annie.

Rumor was that her family was well off, old Charlotte money, and with a name like Jetton I suspect it was somewhat true.

Annie disappeared from our lives a few years ago due to her declining health. Some people had said she had died. I guess in a way not being able to ride her bike along the streets and buy records would be like death to her.

She lived out the last of her days in a nursing home in Mooresville, a few miles from Jetton Road and Jetton Park. Names that will be familiar to Lake Norman residents. I will hope she was well cared for and treated to day trips to buy records every so often.

And I can't help but think that in that record collection there is this single by Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) Circa 1970

Dreamboat Annie By Heart

Heading out this morning into the sun
Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin' one

Warm wind caress her
Her lover it seems
Oh, Annie
Dreamboat Annie my little ship of dreams

Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd
No one knows the lonely one whose head's in the clouds

Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles
Heading out to somewhere won't be back for a while

Virginia Ann Jetton

Virginia Ann Jetton, 73, passed away in Mooresville, NC on July 15, 2016. 

She was born in Mecklenburg County on July 1, 1943 to the late Sidney Lewis and Frances Alberta Jetton. She is survived by her sisters, Peggy Ayers and Jane Tallant. For decades, Ann graced the streets of Charlotte pedaling her beloved bicycle; with everyone she met a potential new friend, sporting one of her orange outfits, obviously keeping her visible and safe. 

When Ann set her mind to achieving something, there was no stopping her. Ann loved her music. With help from sister, Jane, Ann learned to play the piano with a marked degree of expertise. Ann manifested her love of music with an extensive collection of records, loving all genres from her hymns to rock-n-roll. 

Ann loved her family. Her favorite times were when she was involved in family gatherings, which included summers of grape-picking in her father's 3 acre grape vineyard with all the immediate family gathering at Grandmother's house. She loved picnics, spending time on the lake, and riding in her daddy's boat. Ann loved her writing, spending hours compiling lists of anything and everything, revising until they met her level of perfection. Extremely organized in her ways, she could have been a great clerical worker, thus following in her mother's footsteps. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius, NC. Ann's family wishes to extend extreme gratitude to the staff and fellow residents of Brian Center- Mooresville, where she resided her last many years. Thank all of you for being Ann's friend and treating her with respect all of these years. 

Friends may leave condolences at www.raymerfh.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CMPD Recruit Dies During PT

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Jeremy Moseley 

From WBTV: 

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department candidate died after collapsing during a training Tuesday.

CMPD says newly hired police candidates were conducting a state-mandated physical fitness training when a police candidate, 29-year-old Jeremy Moseley, collapsed. It happened around 8:30 a.m.

Charlotte Fire Department officials tended to Moseley. Medic took him to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, CMPD says.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine cause of death. CMPD hired Moseley last Monday.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

In Search Of Dan McGrew

CP has been working like crazy, spent the last ten days in the "Great North West" floating on a boat. Interesting waters and I have to admit I'm spoiled by calm pond like summer seas of coastal Carolina's and Georgia. The gin clear water of the islands and cobalt blue of the deep Atlantic beat the waters of the Puget Sound hands down but then there's Dan McGrew.

Stand by for MORE....

Monday, June 6, 2016

Ann Love Henry A Final Word

Did you ever read through the Sunday Obituaries, scan the pages of dead people, and think to yourself what did they leave out?

Ann Love was a mean spirited rude and hate filled woman who spent the last 35 years of her life spreading misery and spitefulness among all she came in contact with. She married a man named Simon Henry who had lost his wife to cancer, in hopes of cashing in on his perceived fortune. She was later surprised to learn that the cash cow was really a starving goat. When Simon Henry's health turned for the worst she dropped him off at the VA Hospital. Over the next year she would go through elaborate schemes to abandon him in a nursing homes and hospitals, often claiming he was too big of a man, too heavy to help or lift, eventually claiming she was afraid he'd fall on her. 

In the days before his death, Simon Henry begged to go home for Christmas. Ann Love refused and Simon Henry died in a stark hospital room several days later on a cold January morning.

When he died she was left with nothing, as Simon Henry gave what little he had to his grandchildren. Even his house was left to his grand daughter with the understanding that Ann Love could live there until her death, provided she paid the mortgage and took care of the place. It was a torturous 14 years.

I could spend pages detailing her psychotic episodes, bizarre behavior, sociopathic issues but there's no point, except to say that my wife watched this woman suck the life out of the man that was her father. Father and daughter seldom saw each other in his final years because of Anne Love. 

They say there's a special place in Hell for people like Ann Love, I personally hope her sole enjoys eternal pain. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Old Issue At CDIA Returns To The Spotlight - Fence Jumpers Common At Airports

For years Cedar Posts has been saying the airport perimeter fence at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CDIA) was worthless.
Now according to the Associated Press - Two people jumped the fences that protect the runways and planes at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 2015.
Airport officials revealed the incidents during an Associated Press investigation which documented at least 345 perimeter security breaches at 31 of the nation's busiest airports between 2004 and mid-February of this year. In that span, Charlotte had eight. At least that is eight that were actually discovered and reported. 
Despite some investments nationally to fortify the nation's airfields, breaches remain as frequent as ever. In recent years, they're happening about every 10 days at one of the airports AP studied.
Airport officials say outer defenses are strong and note no breach involved a known terrorist plot.
In Charlotte, a pilot saw a man walking on a taxiway in July after he had scaled a fence topped with razor wire. The other intruder jumped a fence in December.
In 2014 CP recapped the Delvonte Tisdale case in which then airport manager Jerry Orr and former CMPD Police chief Rodney Monroe stated that they could not determine how Tisdale entered the property. But based on the clear evidence it was obvious that Tisdale jumped the fence due to lax security policies and procedures.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BB&T Ballpark and Charlotte Knights Already At The Crossroads

Interesting pricing dynamics are at work inside the BB&T Ballpark, the same model that is effect at ballparks across the county, and one that should be a recipe for failure. The idea that patrons will pay absurdly high concession prices but will keep coming back is clearly a myth.

The Charlotte Knights are into year three at their new home, and a good amount of the wow factor has faded. As the season closes in on the half way mark it is important to note that this past Sunday's attendance for the 11 inning nail biter was relatively low despite the perfect weather.

Now that the "new car smell" is gone the Knights are returning the Minor League playbook for attendance gimmicks. Star Wars jersey night, fireworks and kids run the bases Sunday all come into the picture.  

But baseball has always been more about the total experience than the game itself, a process that is diametrically opposed to the NFL an enterprise that sucks millions from fan's pockets mainly on Sundays. 

Minor League Baseball Fan demographics - inside the ballpark, one thing is for certain the fans are shockingly white, as are the staff. In a region that is 34 percent African American inside the ballpark it's less than 15 percent. 

Of course $7.00 for a bottle of Miller Lite is nutty, and while $3.00 a bottle for water is reasonable $1.00 for a plastic cup full of tap water is out of line.

Is Knights Baseball a good family bargain? On ticket price alone and based on the fun per hour ratio Sunday's 11 inning fame was a steal if compared to a trip to the movies or even an all day Carowinds adventure. But fueling a family of four at the concession stand was a deal breaker. 

BB&T Ballpark concession prices are nearly 30 percent higher than Regal Cinimas are almost ouble Carolwinds on many of the standard fare. Speciality items were even higher. Even prices at the team store are nearly 20 percent higher for ball caps than at Dicks SouthPark. 

Cedars Take: It's not sustainable, the food is middle of the road and the prices are compareable only to MLB ballparks in the Northeast. 

Love Thy Neighbor - If That Fails Call The Cops

If that doesn't work well, Cedar is pretty sure a civil action filed against the City, CMPD, the Sheriff, the County, Mental Health Authorities and the neighbor should end the madness. Of course the lingering question is what in the world besides being white did you do this guy?

WARNING: The old coot has a limited vocabulary

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Wrap Up - Ruben Studdard Edition

Ruben Studdard - I'm blessed that I live a varied life of ever changing events and venues. Because of this, over the years I've meet a long list of celebrities. While I've never sought an autograph or a selfie, I have made some mental notes.

Some I've been impressed with, Stevie Nicks her ability to sing while being stoned to the bejesus, John "Cougar" Mellencamp for his ability to throw a football on a beach in Hilton Head years ago, Jimmy Buffett being just another guy on the docks. 

Some I've not been impressed with, Sylvester Stallone pushing his way to the head of a lift line that was with five year olds and a couple of ski instructors in Beaver Creek. Mariah Cary, over medicated diva stomping her feet on deck because Charleston's 4h of July fireworks didn't start when she wanted them to. Pierce Brosnan dumping a plate of food on the floor because the food was cold. 

And along comes Ruben Studdard, who gave 22 minutes performance last week in the tented parking lot of the Mayo Bird - Summit Room on East Blvd.

During the charity event the former American Idol winner belted out a few covers and a couple of gospel classics. The man has an amazing voice, but decided to cut the event short when the mostly white crowd gave him little more notice than a night club singer. 

Ten minutes later, the beast of a man lumbered through the parking lot, sweating profusely even though the temps were in the mid 70's, with his small posse trailing along. Ruben apparently wasn't one for selfies with the two young fans standing nearby nor up for idle chat only grunting in acknowledgement after an expression of gratitude was offered. 

Perhaps the half dozen people standing curbside echoed the state of race relations in this country. I'm white waiting for the young black valet to bring my Lexus SUV around the corner the lines clearly defined. The parking and valet service was free so I expect my $10 tip didn't not make up for the masses who won't tip as the night goes on.

I don't blame Studdard for being annoyed since he received little respect, no standing ovation and clearly more than half the crowd wasn't even listening. It was an embarrassing moment in an otherwise fun evening.

Just Shoot Me - Piper Glen Women's Club Flyer promoting an upcoming social event - Bill Cummings Trio - "Swing into Summer Concert" there will be dancing in the aisles, a raffle and sing a long. Tickets $40 per person 6:30-10:00.

Please someone take my gun and just shoot me if I ever get so old that I think a senior sing-a-long on a Friday night would make for an epic night.

CMPD Life In The Fast Lane - I guess police cars are exempt from the rule that requires 2+ to use the I-77 HOV lanes? 

This no doubt "take home" car, entered I-77 south bound at Huntersville promptly hit the HOV lane and never looked back. He traveled the entire length of the HOV lane before getting off at I-277 Brookshire Blvd and heading on to the Law Enforcement Center.

Funny thing traffic wasn't heavy but he did keep it under 80.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Charlotte Observer Goes Silent On A Headlining Story

An odd thing happened over the weekend, a major metropolitan newspaper went silent and nobody noticed. 

In what would have been unheard of less than five years ago, the Charlotte Observer failed to tell the community about a local strip mall style shopping center fire that killed a firefighter. 

A 3 alarm fill the box twice fire, with 3 fire departments, a dozen pieces of equipment, nearly 100 firefighters, with 3 injured firefighters and one who was killed.

Even 12 hours after the news broke, the paper remained silent.

Nothing even on their Twitter Feed.

When the paper finally reported the story online at 10:13 Sunday morning, it was just a rehashing on their "news partner" WBTV's story posted hours before.

There were no staff photographer photos, no graphics created in house, no historical reflections on fires with LODD's in a follow through. Nothing but crickets!

This is unheard of, disturbing and more than anything else it simply reflects a major change in what the Observer does at its core. They've suddenly raised the white flag of surrender, yielding to the electronic media, relegating themselves to posting time lapse vines and Instagram posts of the sun setting over Charlotte from their new office windows. How totally ironic.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Wrap Up NBA Playoff Edition

Hornets - You wouldn't know it walking around Uptown but the Charlotte Hornets are on the verge of making history when they take on The Miami Heat tonight. A win will advance the Hornets toward the NBA Championship. But Charlotte's reaction is yawnnnnnn.... and I can't really figure out why.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation - Held their Spring Luncheon yesterday bringing most of Charlotte's "Top Cops" to lunch at the Charlotte Civic Center. Media coverage of former General Martin Dempsey's speech was non-existent. WCCB was on hand for 40 minutes. But lost on local media types was North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper working the crowd of top local law enforcement officers.

Cedar's Take: Always interesting standing in the den of thieves, shaking hands talking with several friends and acquaintances who wear the hornets nest badge, mere feet from some of Charlotte's most misguided civil servants. 

Outside; no one seemed to care that a number of the CMPD Officers in attendance felt entitled to VIP parking. 

More than a dozen marked and unmarked CMPD cars lined the streets despite the numerous no parking signs. But CMPD wasn't alone with parking scofflaws, the Charlotte Fire Department showed their hubris as well.

Of course Charlotte's Fire Department would reply saying their chiefs need to park there because they might need to respond a call. If that's the case maybe they shouldn't be attending a 3 hour political luncheon? 

There's a reason the curb side spaces are marked "no parking" the parked SUV in the above photo creates a pedestrian blind spot at that intersection.  A number of spaces were removed after multiple pedestrian fatalities in recent years, a reason lost on some CFD and CMPD officers.

Inside the Charlotte Civic Center the conversation ranged from HB2 to homeless to Herion. Then guest speaker General Martin Dempsey took the stage to a standing ovation. The former Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was not surprisingly warmly recived. 

But CP was pressed for time and didn't stay around to see if the chicken and rice lunch lived up to its horrid reputation. 

Shout out to CMPD Major Bruce Bellamey: I would have stayed to shake your hand but you were glued to your cellphone for better than 30 minutes. Come'on man tell your bookie you got a community to reach out to!

Wells Fargo Championship - Kicks off next Monday and once again CP will be tweeting and posting from inside the ropes. The course looks in great shape and while the field may lack many of the marquee players from year's past (notably Mickleson and Woods), it should be a great week for golf in the Queen City. 

But on the Monday after tournament week the back hoes, and earth moving equipment take over the course. The change should be amazing. 

From the local paper's former staff sports writer Ron Green , Jr. there is this unreadable and  unfollowable description of the changes.  Not that Ron's a terrible writer, just that Johnny Harris continues to use the Augusta National playbook, never saying much. 

When the 2017 PGA Championship is played at Quail Hollow Club, the golf course will look significantly different than it will when the Wells Fargo Championship is played there in May.
Major changes are coming to the front nine at Quail Hollow as part of a master plan created a few years ago by course designer Tom Fazio. Club president Johnny Harris confirmed the changes but declined comment on the specifics. 
The changes will not affect the Wells Fargo Championship, scheduled for May 5-8, where Rory McIlroy will be the defending champion.
The front nine will get three new holes starting at No. 1, which will be converted from a relatively short par-4 into a longer par-4 for professionals (par-5 for members).
The change will eliminate the par-3 second hole to allow for the new first green which will be located near the current second green.
The par-5 fifth hole will also go away and in its place will be a par-3 and a par-4 hole.
The sixth through ninth holes will remain the same.
The par-4 11th hole may also be redesigned, moving the green to add length to the hole. A fairway bunker will likely be moved approximately 80 yards farther from the tee to bring it back into play.
The design changes are part of a plan that began with the creation of a new 16th hole in 2013.
The work is scheduled to be done this summer when the putting surfaces are being switched from Mini Verde bermuda to Champion due to issues with the current grass.
With the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in 2017, the Wells Fargo Championship will be played at Eagle Point in Wilmington next year before returning to Quail Hollow in 2018 and 2019. The club will also host the 2021 Presidents Cup.
Cedar's Note: Look for the CP folo after the tournament, when I'll post scans of Fazio's plans and the course changes. While I hear they are not the final approved plans they apparently are pretty much true to form. Yet Fazio is know to make crazy on site changes so it should be an interesting summer.