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Multiple sexual offense charges facing a Union County man

68 year old Sidney Helms is facing 21 charges including several counts each of second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, and indecent liberties with a child. Some of the allegations facing Helms go all the way back to the 1980s. Authorities said one reported victim is a minor and the second victim was a minor at…

CMPD investigating Charlotte's 29th homicide of 2017

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit are conducting a death investigation in the 4200 block of Welling Avenue in the Freedom Division that came in at 5:46 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. Freedom Division patrol officers responded to an Assist Medic call for service in the 4200 block of Welling Avenue where they…

Third trial ordered for accused murderer of Monroe teen

Charges have been reinstated for a third time in the 2010 murder of Monroe teen Phylicia Barnes in Maryland. Barnes' accused killer, 33 year old Michael Johnson, has been on trial twice for the murder of the 16 year old, whose naked body was found near a Maryland dam four months after she disappeared. Johnson,…

Single car crash on John Belk Freeway kills driver

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 1:49 a.m., Central Division officers responded to a single vehicle crash on E. John Belk Freeway at the E. 7th Street Bridge.  Upon arrival, officers located a 2005 Toyota Avalon that had struck the crash attenuator for a concrete pillar that supports the E. 7th Street Bridge.  MEDIC responded…

Lincolnton man facing multiple theft charges

A Lincolnton man has been arrested in connection with the break-in and larceny from a home in the 4800 block of Maiden Highway in October 2016. On October 31, 2016 deputies were dispatched to the residence after the homeowner had discovered someone used a ladder to break into the home through a back bedroom window. …

Concord police searching for suspect wanted in "skimming" operation

There has been an increase in identity fraud resulting from customer credit/debit card information being stolen during purchases made using a card reader. The suspects are stealing credit card information by attaching a device called a “skimmer” to the card readers on point of sale items like ATM machines, retail stores and gas pumps. These…

An unsolved string of pharmacy store armed robberies in Charlotte

CMPD asking for the public's help in apprehending two suspects who have committed a string of robberies of pharmacies in the Charlotte area. The latest happened at Friendly Family Pharmacy on Thursday afternoon in west Charlotte. Jesse Pike, the owner of Pike's Pharmacy on Shamrock Drive, whose store was also hit by the suspects in…

CMPD searching for fugitive facing multiple charges

28 year old Todde Obrien Houston is wanted for Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Felony Violation of a Protective Order, Damage to Property, and Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device. Houston was court ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his pre-trial release. On April 18, 2017, Houston cut…

Two people arrested for home invasion in Lincoln County

Two people, a man and his son, have been arrested in connection with a northern Lincoln County home invasion. Jared Miller, who lives in the 4400 block of Herter Road, Lincolnton, NC, told deputies two Hispanic males broke into his home around 12:30 a.m. on April 18, 2017 while he was asleep and assaulted him.…

CMPD asking for public's assistance in locating fugitive

28 year old Daniel Abraham Mekonen is wanted for two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Damage to Property, and Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device. Mekonen was court ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his pre-trial release.  On April 17, 2017, Mekonen cut off his electronic monitor and…

Another high rise apartment complex could be coming to the Queen City

It would be called Broadstone Bryant Park and would be located on ten acres on Wilkinson Boulevard at Suttle Avenue on the city's west side and would be built by Phoenix-based Alliance Residential. The property has been vacant since a planned mixed-use development went by the wayside during the recession. On Monday, Charlotte city council…

SCHP searching for vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run

A photo has been released of a model vehicle that troopers believe struck and killed a pedestrian in Fairfield County, South Carolina Sunday morning. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident happened around 2:20 a.m. on Old Camden Road near Trade Mill Court. Troopers say the vehicle, similar to the one in this picture, is…

Cremated ashes stolen from car of a Gastonia family in San Francisco

It was a memorial trip that took a wrong turn. Mary Wilkinson who, along with her daughter Julia, had traveled from Gastonia to San Francisco and were planning on scattering the ashes of her husband in a city that he loved visiting. While they were there, vandals broke into their rental car and Julia says…