Curves helps autistic children ride bikes
MATTHEWS – Curves Matthews-Mint Hill supported Autism Charlotte’s iCAN Bike summer camp June 25 to 29 at the Park Expo. The camp helps children with disabilities learn to ride a traditional bike.
The Curves ladies exceeded their initial $500 goal to provide a large capacity, specially equipped bike for a teen-age child, but hoped to raise enough for two teens to have bikes of their own.
Gwen Fulp, manager of Curves, said the child of a member attended the 2017 Autism Charlotte iCAN Bike summer camp. She came home excited to have a bike of her own to ride alongside her friends.
“Her excitement was contagious and she couldn’t wait to show and tell everyone about her bike,” Fulp said. “It was so heart-warming that we want to help other local children with autism and other physical and educational challenges be that proud.”
Curves also collected donations at its location, 3555 Matthews Mint Hill Road.
“All too often, these children are forced to sit on the sidelines and watch as their friends and siblings ride, thinking “I can’t,” Autism Charlotte CEO Valerie Iseah said. “However, at Autism Charlotte, we know that with specialized training and supports, riding a bike can be a reality for these children, too.”
Police find stolen property
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department thanked residents for information that led to a break in theft cases, as well as encouraged the community to report crimes no matter how small or insignificant.
Officers responded to a suspicious person call at 3:35 a.m. June 20 in the 1600 block of English Knoll Drive. When they attempted to speak to 34-year-old Phillip Geoffrey Cammidge, he tried running away.
Officers found property associated with Cammidge nearby that included a bicycle, electronics and several tools. Some property was identified as stolen.
Cammidge was charged with resist, obstruct and delay of an officer, but police said additional warrants were going to be applied for the thefts.
Call Officer Josh Burnett at 704-841-6761 with any information about the thefts.
Police say teen stabbed his older brother
MATTHEWS – A teenager is facing murder charges after he allegedly stabbed his older brother.
The Matthews Police Department arrested 19-year-old Shameir Ajala Johnson on first-degree murder charges.
Officers responded to a call at 5:50 p.m. June 20 in the 2100 block of Candlelight Woods Drive. They were told of an altercation between two males who lived together, ending with one being stabbed in the chest, police said.
Assim Johnson, 25, was taken to a hospital with a stab wound, but he died of his injuries.
Call Detective Cooper at 704-847-5555 with any information about the case.
Drugs seized in car stop
MATTHEWS – A police officer pulled over a car for an improperly displayed registration plate and found 8.42 ounces of marijuana, 34 whole Xanax bars, 10 half Xanax bars and two digital scales.
Officer Salvo, of the Matthews Police Department, stopped the car at 11:24 p.m. June 17 at the 2500 block of Sardis Road North. She smelled a strong odor of marijuana as she approached the car.
Marquise Leggett, 20, Dominick Kroma, 20, and Christopher Ugangce, 18, were each arrested on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute marijuana, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. Leggett also was charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance.
Childress Klein to manage Austin Village center
MATTHEWS – Childress Klein has entered into a property management agreement with Austin Village Retail Center LLC for its 65,272-square-foot Austin Village.
Developed in 2010, the site is anchored by a 48,750-square-foot Harris Teeter and boasts 16,500 square feet of shop space. It includes Poppyseeds Bagels, My Bella Spa and Bisonte Pizza Co. The center is 95 percent leased.
“Childress Klein’s presence in the Southeast market continues to grow, which creates great synergy and facilitates our ability to provide the excellent customer service that our tenants and owners are accustomed to receiving from us,” said Jan Pugh, regional property manager.
Mint Hill Arts recognizes education director
MINT HILL – Mint Hill Arts dedicated a classroom to Marta Brown on May 29 for her service to the organization.
Brown has been involved with Mint Hill Arts since retiring from teaching drama in 2006. She served as education director from 2012 to 2018, and taught improv and scene work classes.