Officers honored for instinct

HUNTERSVILLE – Police Chief Cleveland Spruill recognized three members for the department’s First Quarter Coworker Recognition.

Officers Sam Hodapp and Christopher Wade were recognized for stopping to check on a vehicle that appeared to be broke down on the side of an Interstate 77 on-ramp.

After smelling marijuana, Wade talked to the driver while Hodapp searched the vehicle. They found more than 24 pounds of marijuana packaged for trafficking.

Wade was also praised for surveillance and notifying other officers about a suspicious vehicle near the Mecklenburg County Recycling Center.

Police arrested two suspects on breaking and entering charges and solved multiple cases, including a third arrest from the investigation.

Sgt. Amelia Burnette was recognized for coordinating the awards banquet and updating plaques with newer designs. She also arranged court dates for officers and training for new hires.

Burnette “bridged the gap left by the retired office manager to ensure the department could complete its core mission of service to the town,” Spruill said. 


College laundry service getting washed out

DAVIDSON – A longstanding tradition at Davidson College is being hung out to dry as not being a good use of tuition money.

Since 1920, the private institution has offered full-laundry service, including washing, ironing and folding, to its students as part of its school fees. But that will end May 15, 2015.

Students will still have access to free laundry facilities, which have already been available. A release from the college states first-year students primarily use the full laundry service, compared to 35 percent of seniors.

The change affects 18 employees, though the college is looking to find other work for them on campus. The school expects an estimated savings of $400,000 after initial reconstruction of the facility.

In a statement from the college, the decision to shut down the laundry service next year comes as Davidson evolves to better meet the needs and priorities of higher education.


Woman's club awards donations

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Mecklenburg Women’s Club awarded donations to nonprofits and elected its 2014-15 officers during its May meeting.

The club awarded donations to Angels and Sparrows, Answer Scholarship Endowment, Build Betty A House and Safe Alliance. Caterpillar Ministries received funding from the club earlier this year.

Sarah McAuley, former mayor of Huntersville, installed the following officers: Denise Carter, president;

Dawn Bradford, vice president of membership; Patricia Brown, vice president of fundraising; Maggie Chigi, vice president of communications; Lily TuBoranian, recording secretary; Teresa Bragg, corresponding secretary; and Starr Miller, treasurer.   


Swaney remembered for police service

DAVIDSON – In honor of Peace Officers’ Memorial Day on May 15, Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller wanted to remember Mark Allen Swaney, a Davidson Police officer killed in the line of duty in 1997. Joined by other town officers, she presented Swaney’s sister Gina Swaney Bouknight with a shadowbox containing an American flag, the patch Swaney would have been wearing, a name plaque and a badge during the May 13 Davidson board meeting.

A collage of pictures of Officer Swaney was also made.

During the meeting, Mayor John Woods also proclaimed May 11-17 to be National Police Week.

As part of the week, Davidson Police Officer Melvin Waller participated in Bike To DC, a four-day, 500-mile bike ride to Washington D.C. to remember officers who were killed in the line of duty. Waller has participated in the event for the last three years, riding in honor of Mecklenburg County officers and Swaney.


Smith becomes a sergeant

HUNTERSVILLE – Officer Ryan Smith, of the Huntersville Police Department, has joined the ranks of sergeant.

Chief Cleveland Spruill made the announcement May 8 where the newly promoted officer, his father and the chief stood proudly outside the main doors at the Huntersville Police Department.

Sgt. Smith transitioned from informal leader to formal leader. 

Smith started working with the Huntersville Police Department in 2007 as a patrol officer. Two years later, he received the Life Saving Award, Chief John Albert Rape Award and Co-Worker of the Year Award.


Davidson board seeks legislative action

DAVIDSON – Commissioners are looking to legislators as the General Assembly reconvenes with a variety of requests and recommendations.

They passed a resolution May 13 written by Mayor John Woods requesting legislative action on coal ash in North Carolina, asking that laws prohibit the placement of additional waste into existing coal ash ponds, require all coal ash be moved to lined storage areas away from water resources and that Duke Energy pay for the cost of cleanup and not pass it onto ratepayers, among other recommendations.

Also, the board directed staff to write a resolution against proposed legislation that could limit the town’s authority over tree preservation through tree ordinances.

In a list of other suggestions for legislators, the board asked they authorize the use of electronic media to meet public notice requirements, help officers enforce traffic in certain areas, allow governments to require residential sprinklers, ensure inter-local entities are reimbursed sales taxes and seek legislation allowing MI-Connection to protect proprietary information and eliminate its territory restrictions.

The board also opposed legislation restricting municipal flexibility, creating unfunded mandates to municipalities and skirting costs from state to municipal government. 

Woods also asked the board to consider a future resolution in support of increased teacher salaries.