Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Charlotte Rescue Mission

The Charlotte Rescue Mission provides drug and alcohol recovery programs to men and women who are homeless, or about to become homeless, and its quiet headquarters is right here in our neighborhood. This Thanksgiving, a day of meals and movies is planned, with free phone time available to participants.
Volunteer space is already filled up for Thanksgiving day. However, if you would like to join the mission's efforts. homemade desserts are needed for Thanksgiving Day. If you are interested, please contact Tony Marciano via e-mail or at (704) 806-4693.
Interested in doing more? The mission's Christmas Wish List and Volunteer Opportunities Guide are good places to start.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thunder Road Marathon

Third Ward welcomes the Thunder Road Marathon, with a route that will pass through the neighborhood on Saturday, December 13th. The route will include Trade Street, Cedar Street, Fourth Street, and Mint Street. There are a variety of ways to participate. Register by December 12th if you are interested in running the marathon, half marathon, or 5k (there is no race day registration), or create a spectator event. My family will be cheering on a friend ourselves, so let me know if you are planning to do the same!

Tonight's Meeting...

...is at Hartigan's Irish Pub at 7:00p. First round of beer is on the house. See you there!

Friday, November 21, 2008

NEXT MEETING

Our next neighborhood meeting will be the last of the year. Drop in on a brief CMPD update followed by cocktail hour at Hartigan's Irish Pub, this Tuesday, November 25th, at 7:00p. The first round is on the house!
Hartigan's is located at 601 South Cedar Street and is in walking distance of most/all of Third Ward. The pub has had "New Owners - New Staff - New Attitude" since earlier this year and is eager to take its place as a neighborhood institution. Drop in to spend some time with your neighbors and friends before the holiday season gets really hectic!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

CMS Holiday Donation

Interested in donating to Uptown's schools this holiday season? See this list for gift ideas, and let me know what you decide to give.

Holiday Events Begin

Gateway Village will conduct a tree lighting on Thursday, December 4th at 6:00p. Events that also include a holiday market will happen that day from 11:00a through 7:00p.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Gateway Village Incident

CMPD lists the following in its Significant Events Log from yesterday evening: "Four subjects were traveling together in a vehicle when two of the subjects got into an altercation. During the altercation, one subject produced a knife and stabbed the other. The victim was transported by medic w/ [non-life threatening] injuries. [Assault with a Deadly Weapon] Unit and [Crime Scene Search] responded. The suspect was taken into custody."
This incident took place where Fifth Street and Sixth Street intersect on the cemetery side of Gateway Village. Our Area Commander will provide additional details as he finds them.
Thanks to Keith Hall for the tip.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Additional Updates

The Observer's new article gives some more details on the crime, along with reaction from local retailers. The latest account corrects earlier reporting, and states that Richard Jordan has been convicted of several crimes.
Last night WSOC-TV additionally reported that Jordan spent six years in prison. According to that report he has confessed to the murders. This article on WSOC's website quotes CMPD's Captain Jeff Estes: "Center city has the lowest violent crime rate in the city, so this is very rare for this to happen... We want to make it clear to the public and people living in the area that this is not a random act of violence.”
At our November meeting, CMPD will supplement their typical monthly report with information on personal safety. If you have not met our Community Officers I would recommend coming out to meet them. They will be available, as always, for Q & A during the meeting.

Friday, November 7, 2008

CMPD Update

I spoke again with our Area Commander. At this time the shootings are not thought to be related to drug or gang activity or a robbery. Rather, there was a personal dispute between the shooter and victims. From what I can understand, the victims had no criminal record and were "innocents" in the case. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy.

Suspect Charged

Richard Henry Jordan has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the Gateway Village shootings of last night. Updated Observer article here. Jordan has an arrest record that includes assault, robbery, and possession of cocaine with intent to sell, but no record of convictions.

Shooting Update

Our CMPD Area Commander returned my call this morning, and we spoke just moments ago. As of this morning, CMPD has suspects in custody. CMPD is examining motives, such as drugs, gang activity, or robbery. Additionally, bike officers will be in the neighborhood tonight to talk to people and answer any questions.
The Observer's article has been amended with the following statement: "Detectives told reporters this morning that they don't believe the shootings were random."
From what I can discern, neither the victims nor the perpetrators were Third Ward residents. I will keep you posted as I learn more.

Gateway Village Shooting

Please see this article for the latest information on the Gateway Village incident of last night. I have contacted our CMPD Area Commander and will share any updates that I can in the coming days. If you were a witness in any way, contact CMPD immediately at (704) 432-TIPS.
It is hard to understand how a place many of us walk daily and nightly could be the site of a "shooting spree" resulting in the loss of life. The common steps to personal safety are well-known, but bear repeating:
  1. Be aware of your surroundings.
  2. Introduce yourself to your neighbors - and don't forget that the students, retailers, and businesspeople are our neighbors too!
  3. Call 911 if you see something suspicious.

The association has already been planning several visitors to discuss safety at an upcoming meeting. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cedar Street Buses

Residents who live on Cedar Street (between Fourth Street and Morehead Street) and are concerned about a steep increase in bus traffic should contact me. The neighborhood association and other Third Ward stakeholders agree that Cedar Street is an "essential" neighborhood street, a residential and pedestrian corridor that should remain free of frequent bus traffic. Signatures are needed to promote an alternative route that remains within walking distance of Cedar Street residents, while serving additional residential, employment, and lodging centers within Third Ward.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

VOTE TODAY

If you haven't heard... today is Election Day. Get out and vote!