DAR promotes Constitution around town
MATTHEWS – Mayor Paul Bailey welcomed local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the Sept. 9 town council meeting to present a proclamation honoring the 232nd signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
This was among several DAR-related activities in conjunction with Constitution Week. Other activities in Matthews included a float in the Matthews Alive Parade, a display case, a Constitution program for children on Sept. 14 and a month-long children’s Constitution scavenger hunt at the Matthews Library.
The Mecklenburg Chapter placed 100 hand-painted rocks for visitors to find at Squirrel Lake Park on Sept. 15. Members also gave Matthews Elementary School students 150 Constitution Week school kits and a poster.
The Daughters of the American Revolution successfully petitioned Congress in 1955 to set aside Sept. 17 to 23 in observance of Constitution Week. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill into law on Aug. 2, 1956.
The volunteer women’s service organization promotes patriotism, preserves American history and educates children.
Biz summit registration is open
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Economic Development Advisory Committee is coordinating the 2019 Business Summit, which will include lunch, insightful presentations, a panel discussion and an interactive conversation with the audience.
Current and future business owners and leaders will learn about the programs and services the Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development provides to assist with development, growth and retention of businesses of all sizes.
Attendees will also hear how the town is building community to make Matthews a welcoming environment for businesses. A panel discussion will focus on the ways organizations are supporting Matthews businesses.
The free event, 2019 Business Summit: Matthews Rising: Building Community = Supporting Business, takes place from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Matthews Sportsplex meeting room, 2425 Sports Pkwy.
Register by 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at https://matthews_rising_2019.eventbrite.com. Contact Lori Canapinno with questions at 704-708-1222.
Carjackers pepper sprayed victim in face
MATTHEWS – A man flagged down a Matthews police officer at 12:08 a.m. Aug. 4 near the intersection of Crews and Sam Newell roads, to report a stolen vehicle.
He told the officer he had met a female acquaintance and while talking to her in his car, another female approached him and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. His car was then stolen and taken in an unknown direction.
The victim was treated at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center.
Detectives identified the two females as Makalia Marie Griffin and Lakendra Nyisha Jackson.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested Griffin, 19, and Jackson, 17, on charges of common law robbery; conspire to commit felony larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Suspect fired shots at home
MATTHEWS – Matthews Police arrested a resident Sept. 20 accused of shooting a gun at a home.
Patrol officers responded to the 2000 block of Tanfield Drive at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 regarding the shooting. The resident told police an unknown person in an SUV drove by and fired several shots at the front of the home. No injuries were reported.
The suspect was identified as Dominik Martin Kroma, 21, of Matthews. He was arrested Sept. 20 on charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and damage to property.