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February 9

Police uncover dog-fighting ring

Officers in the CMPD Animal Care and Control Unit shut down a dog-fighting operation in east Charlotte on Friday.

Melvin Smith, 46, and Lefonze Williams, 42, were arrested for alleged involvement in what police consider one of the largest dog-fighting operations they have ever investigated.

According to police, officers responded to a report that a residence at the 7800 block of Carelock Circle had several pit bulls in the back yard surrounded by a privacy fence. Police found numerous barking pit bulls chained to spikes in the back of the residence.

Animal Care and Control was called and saw evidence consistent with dog-fighting. Officers said they secured the area and obtained a search warrant while waiting on the residents to return.

When the suspects came to the residence they were questioned and arrested by police.

After investigating, officers said there were 27 animals on the property, including some injured dogs, paraphernalia for dog-fighting and a dog fighting arena.

Smith and Williams were charged with Felony Training Animals with the Purpose of Dog-Fighting and Baiting.

February 7

3 charged in store robbery

Police arrested three men accused of robbing a Cricket Mobile store on N. Tryon Street Wednesday.

Charged in the case were Jelani Burwell, 31, Jamel Christopher Hage, 25, and Isaiah Stallworth, 20.

Two unnamed Cricket employees told police that masked suspects entered the store and ordered them to open at safe at gunpoint. The employees said they were unable to open the safe so the suspects removed money from cash registers and fled in a car.

A witness gave police a description of the suspects' vehicle, and the information was radioed to other officers. The suspects were arrested a short time later when officers spotted the car.

According to a police report, information gathered during the investigation connected the three men with the robbery.

Burwell, Hage and Stallworth were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

February 6

3 Teens accused of carjacking

Police charged three teens in north Charlotte with robbery with a dangerous weapon on Wednesday.

According to police, Mark O'Brian Ellis, 17, Jacinto Elroy Henderson, 16, and Daterrious Daquan Johnson, 18, were connected to a Jan. 21 robbery incident.

The victim, whose name was not given, said a suspect approached him with a gun while getting in his car and demanded he lay on the ground. The victim told police he complied and a second suspect appeared and removed his wallet and cell phone. The victim said a third suspect joined the other two to flee the scene in his vehicle.

Police gathered enough evidence during the investigation to charge Ellis, Henderson and Johnson with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

February 5

Crash kills 20-year-old woman

A 20-year-old woman died Tuesday in a three-car collision in south Charlotte that also left and two other drivers injured.

Police said Brittany Osorio was driving west on Ardrey Kell Road in a 2002 Mercedes ML320 when she crossed a double-yellow line. The car sideswiped an east-bound 2002 Toyota Tacoma that was driven by Robert Camacho, 40. After the initial impact, the Mercedes collided head-on with a 2012 Toyota Sequoia driven by Robert Matuszak, 63.

Osorio was flown to Carolina's Medical Center (CMC), where she later died. The other two drivers were taken to CMC-Pineville with minor injuries.

Police are investigating the crash. Witnesses are asked to call Detective Kevin Allred at 704-336-8862.

February 4

Suspect charged in N. Charlotte killing

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Kewan Kittarti Littlejohn, 18, with murder in connection with the Monday killing of Tyshawn William Matthews, 22.

Police and paramedics found Matthews inside a N. Charlotte residence, bleeding from an apparent assault. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police report said Matthews’ death may have resulted from an altercation between him and Littlejohn.

Littlejohn was found at the scene and voluntarily went with police for questioning. He was being held at the Mecklenburg County jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a homicide detective or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Suspect detained in gun store break-in

Police arrested a 20-year-old man Monday and charged him with breaking into a south Charlotte gun store.

According to a police report, Bradley James Lonneville was arrested in back of East Coast Weapons in the 400 block of Westinghouse Boulevard after officers went there in response to an alarm. Police said they found evidence indicating a back door had been pried open.

Lonneville was charged with felony breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny. He also was charged with possession of burglary tools.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

2 charged with breaking into vehicle

Police arrested a man and a woman who were accused of breaking into a vehicle.

According to police, Deborah Genice Douglas, 38, and Michael Hames, 60, broke into the trunk of a vehicle on Charlottetown Avenue before fleeing on foot. The two were arrested a short time later.

Both were charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny.

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Victim restrains suspect until police arrive

A man who said his car was broken into restrained a suspect until police arrive.

The victim, whose name was not given, said he saw a man, later identified as 29-year-old Donald Geoffrey Sherman, break into his vehicle. The car owner told police the suspect fled when confronted. The car owner said he chased the suspect across a street and restrained him until officers arrived.

Sherman was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police, he has a history of property theft in Mecklenburg County.

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Officer trapped under tree while chasing suspect

A dead tree trunk fell on a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Monday while the officer was chasing a suspect.

The officer, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Presbyterian Hospital. The department did not disclose the extent of his injuries.

The incident occurred when the officer saw a suspect with outstanding warrants and gave chase. The suspect ran behind a house and attempted to climb a fence. As the suspect was climbing, according to police, a dead tree trunk lying on the fence fell and pinned the officer.

The trapped officer radioed for help, and responding officers remove the tree. Paramedics and the Charlotte Fire Department treated the injured officer before he was taken to the hospital.

Police did not release the suspect's name but said he faces additional charges.

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