Police make arrests in recent Best Buy theft
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department arrested two men in connection with a theft that occurred around 2:45 p.m. July 2 at the Best Buy on Matthews Township Parkway.
Responding officers were told two suspects were leaving the parking lot in a passenger car after stealing over $600 worth of merchandise and one of them assaulted a loss prevention officer after being confronted about the stolen items.
Police arrested Jamil Rasha Stafford, 29, on charges of common law robbery, resisting public officer and outstanding arrest warrant – larceny. Officers arrested Demorrious Lemonte Dulin, 35, on charges of aid and abet larceny.
Driver faces charges in pedestrian death
MATTHEWS – The driver involved in the death of a pedestrian on June 21 will face charges, according to the Matthews Police Department.
Police said Fanny Dolores Bunn, 81, was killed after getting struck by a vehicle around 9 a.m. June 21 at the 300 block of North Trade Street.
Charles Edward Mills, 61, of Mint Hill, faces charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Monroe man dies in shooting
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting involving a Monroe man at the Paces Pointe Apartments.
Officers arrived at the complex after 1:10 a.m. July 6 to find an unresponsive male suffering from a gunshot wound. Medic later pronounced Jonathan Troy Swierski, 20, of Monroe, deceased on the scene.
Police described this as an isolated incident stemming from a dispute by known parties. No charges have been filed.
The Matthews Police Department encourages the public to contact Detective Danielle Helms at email@example.com or 704-847-5555 with any details regarding the case.
Matthews organizing National Night Out
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department invites the community to National Night Out, an event that encourages crime prevention awareness while strengthening bonds with the community.
Cardinal Health, Matthews Animal Control, Matthews Police Department, Matthews Library and event sponsor Target will be on hand providing resources for families. Bounce houses will be there for kids.
The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Town Green in front of town hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
Police are also offering a free space for any neighborhood that wishes to bring and set up a table to represent their specific neighborhood. The department can also arrange an officer to discuss safety topics with neighborhoods.
The deadline to register a neighborhood is July 17. Contact Officer Tim Aycock to register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-841-6754.
McCready campaign reaches new milestones
CHARLOTTE – Ahead of the Sept. 10 election, Dan McCready’s congressional campaign has launched an aggressive field program to reach as many voters as possible in all eight counties across the Ninth District.
As of July 1, the campaign knocked on more than 18,000 doors, made over 95,000 phone calls and spoken with more than 12,000 voters. More than 2,600 people have signed up to volunteer for the McCready campaign.
The campaign has hosted more than 87 field events at eight offices across the county.
Go to www.danmccready.com to get involved with the campaign.
Jill Biden to speak at Adams’ Mad Hatter’s Luncheon
CHARLOTTE – Congresswoman Alma Adams will host Jill Biden at her 24th Annual Adams Mad Hatter’s Luncheon on Aug. 24 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel.
Biden, a community college professor, served as Second Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. During the Obama-Biden Administration, she advocated for military families, community colleges, the fight against cancer, and the education of women and girls around the world.
“As a fellow educator and advocate for women, I can’t imagine a better person to talk to our supporters about how important next year’s election is,” Adams said.
Tickets are required. Visit http://almaad amsforcongress.com/ for details.
Gardeners invited to learn helpful tips for green spaces
ATLANTA – Pike Nurseries is offering free classes this month on succulents and summer lawn care basics.
• Savvy Succulents: Green thumbs can learn how to select and care for the waterwise, low-maintenance beauties that make great additions to indoor and outdoor spaces. Offered at 9 a.m. July 13.
• Summer Lawn and Garden Solutions: Homeowners are invited to learn the importance of summer garden care, as well as tips to rid lawns of weeds, pests and diseases. Bring photos or samples of problematic spaces for certified plant professionals to offer remedies. Offered at 10 a.m. July 27.
Classes are held at the Ballantyne (12630 N. Community House Road) and Matthews (1016 Devore Lane) locations.
Visit www.pikenursery.com for details.