Searcy’s work to be featured at Mint Hill Town Hall
MINT HILL – Mint Hill Arts will showcase the work of Minda Searcy as its latest exhibit, “Impressions and Expressions,” at the Mint Hill Town Hall Gallery.
Searcy taught English as a Second Language for 26 years. As she neared the end of her career, a blank wall in her grown daughter’s first home inspired her. On a whim, she picked up a paintbrush for the first time and “happily painted abstractly long into the night.”
View the exhibit 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Jan. 10 to mid-April at the gallery, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.
Resident saves co-worker having seizure
MINT HILL – The Mint Hill police and fire departments recognized Jamel Merriman with a Life Saving Award for his quick action to help a co-worker in medical distress.
Merriman, of Mint Hill, was working at Harris Teeter in Matthews when his supervisor began having a seizure. Merriman’s actions kept the victim from suffering a potentially serious head injury in a fall.
“I tried not to panic,” Merriman said. “I was able to catch her before she fell. It was a while before the ambulance came, and I stayed with her.”
Merriman participates in the IGNITE program for young adults with high-functioning autism. At IGNITE, Merriman took a safety certification course at IGNITE that helped him know what to do in this situation.
Matthews police begin driving motorcycles on roads
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department has launched its first motor unit, with two Harley Davidsons and an all-electric ZERO motorcycle.
Motor unit officers will be assigned to the patrol division with duties to include traffic enforcement, traffic crash investigation, traffic control and special escorts.
“As everyone knows, we have a lot of traffic coming through Matthews every day, and with that brings a higher number of traffic crashes,” Police Chief Clark Pennington. “The reduction of traffic crashes is something that we are highly focused on right now, and having the opportunity to utilize the mobility and quick response capabilities of these motor units, will be invaluable in our efforts to get those crash numbers down.”
The Harley Davidsons are already on patrol. The ZERO motorcycle is expected to be on the road in early 2019.
Mom robbed of vehicle in parking lot
MATTHEWS – The North Carolina Highway Patrol and Union County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a man that the Matthews Police Department says stole a vehicle from a mother and child arriving at an orthodontics office.
The victim told Matthews officers after 9 a.m. Jan. 3 that while getting out of their Honda CRV in the Matthews Township Parkway parking lot, a man approached and demanded the vehicle. He didn’t show a weapon or hurt the pair.
Police told surrounding agencies to be on the look out for the stolen vehicle and suspect. About an hour later, a Highway Patrol trooper and sheriff’s deputy had the vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the U.S. 74 bypass at Morgan Mill Road.
Police identified the driver as Stephen Scott Taylor, 40, of Wilmington. The highway patrol arrested Taylor and transported him to the Union County Sheriff’s Office on charges of driving while impaired.
MPD sought to acquire arrest warrants for Taylor with the charges of common law robbery and theft of a vehicle.
Police say teen got shot trying to rob gamers
MINT HILL – The Mint Hill Police Department obtained warrants on a 17-year-old accused of using a phone app to rob people interested in buying a gaming console.
Tyerie Davis, 17, of Charlotte, is being charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon stemming from two robberies he attempted to commit Dec. 20 in the 4900 block of Stoney Trace Drive.
Davis was meeting people trying to buy a gaming console posted on OfferUp. He’d meet the buyers with a gaming console in hand and rob them, police said.
He took money from the first robbery victim. While attempting to rob a second victim three hours later, police said someone in the victim’s car shot Davis when he presented his weapon.
Davis has been released from the hospital. No charges will be filed against the person who shot him.
MHPD is seeking charges on a juvenile accomplice with Davis during both robbery attempts.
Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to call Det. Sgt. Keith Mickovic at 704-545-1085.
YMCA holding book drive
MATTHEWS – The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is holding a book drive at several branches, including Brace YMCA, to collect 10,000 books for children.
New or gently used books for ages, ranging from birth to third grade, are accepted Jan. 14 to 25.
The branch is located at 3127 Weddington Road. Call 704-716-4200 for details.
Schools meet, exceed growth
RALEIGH – State Superintendent Mark Johnson recently recognized schools for meeting and exceeding academic growth.
Academic growth is an indication of the progress that students made over the past year. The state uses a statistical tool, known as EVAAS, to measure growth when common assessments are administered.
Schools that met growth include: Bain Elementary, Butler High, Clear Creek Elementary, Crestdale Middle, Elizabeth Lane Elementary, Lebanon Road Elementary, Matthews Charter Academy, Matthews Elementary, Northeast Middle and Queen’s Grant Community School.
Schools that exceeded growth include: Crown Point Elementary, Independence High and Providence High.
CMPD investigates death in Independence Division
CHARLOTTE – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating a death at the 3100 block of Old House Circle.
Patrol officers responded to a call to assist Medic after noon Dec. 23. They arrived to find a man inside a home. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police identified the victim as Keith Greenwald, 54. Police encourage anyone with information to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704334-1600.
Signs By Tomorrow tops in customer satisfaction index
MATTHEWS – SurveyAdvantage’s Print Buyer Satisfaction Index named Signs By Tomorrow Matthews among the top performing printers in the nation.
The results are based on feedback from more than 33,000 customers who evaluated their printers’ performance.
“Seeing the success of the local businesses we work with is what drives our team to ensure excellence in our strategic approaches,” owner Byron Pouges said.
Signs By Tomorrow offers a range of indoor and outdoor sign solutions, custom vehicle wraps and custom trade show displays. Signs By Tomorrow Matthews is located at 2326 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Call 704-847-7281 or visit www.signsbyto morrow.com/matthews for details.
Hunt sworn in as legislator
MATTHEWS – Despite a last-minute bid by the North Carolina Values Coalition to stop her seating, Democrat Rachel Hunt was sworn in Jan. 9 as the new representative for House District 103.
The conservative Christian group asked the N.C. House of Representatives on Jan. 8 to delay seating Hunt after the group raised allegations of irregularities in mail-in absentee ballots from the November general election.
Hunt defeated incumbent Republican Bill Brawley by 68 votes. Hunt was certified the winner of the race by both the county and state boards of elections. But just 24 hours before Hunt was set to be sworn in, N.C. Values asked Republican Speaker of the House Tim Moore to delay seating Hunt until there was an investigation of their allegations.
Brawley led Hunt by 417 votes on election night but Hunt won the race when she outpolled the incumbent 1,365 to 880 votes when absentee mail-in and provisional ballots were counted.