Monthly Archives: April 2011
I don’t know about you, but every time I use a gun it costs me money. Bullets, range time, and gas to get there all cost money. I’ve never thought about my gun as a way to make money. Not so for this person.
A murder suspect allegedly stole his cousin’s gun “because he needed to make money” and then shot and killed a man outside a condo in Charlotte’s Third Ward neighborhood, according to a search warrant obtained Monday by NewsChannel 36.
As is usual in cases like these, the sort of person who thinks taking money from others at gunpoint usually has some other run-ins with the law.
Patton was released from a North Carolina prison last November after serving more than a year and a half for convictions including felony breaking and entering and larceny of a vehicle, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.
Keep this in mind when people tell you that “it’s only money.” Sometimes the robber wants your life too.
On Friday morning, and hospital executive was murdered in a Charlotte neighborhood. This morning, the Charlotte Observer reported that they had a suspect in custody.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said Monday that Chauncey Sterling was looking for a victim to rob Friday morning when he allegedly robbed and fatally shot hospital executive Robert Barber on a south Charlotte residential street.
Strangely, the accused doesn’t have a long record.
South Carolina court records show Sterling had been arrested April 5 in York County and charged with assault and battery, criminal domestic violence, and trespassing. He was released from jail on bond a few days later. He has no other criminal record.
Bear in mind, he’s 18. I don’t know if he really does not have a record, or if the fact that he’s just now turned 18 means all his previous run ins with the law are as a juvenile. I’m sure that will come out soon enough.
I’ve looked at that page, and you owe it to yourself to give it a look before his lawyer sanitizes it. I’ve copied some photos for your enjoyment.
the mug shot
the FaceBook profile photo
His Squad Boiz
It looks like he had the wrong sort of friends. Look at the photos on his Facebook page, and read the comments. What a mess.
About the only thing good about this story is that the suspect doesn’t appear to be a member of the Mecklenburg County catch and release program that brought us Mr. 31 and the accused child assaulter. As commenter GeneDunn said to me today in an email,
Well, at least he wasn’t another in the long line of Mecklenburg county criminal re-treads.
You can see that the Sheriff is still a bit stunned by this one.
The incident happened on Roundup Drive in the Johnston area. Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth said it could have been a scene in a western. “It’s definitely a shoot-out, something I’ve never seen since I’ve been a police officer,” he said, “You have three shooters, two people trying to get a suspect off the victim, and it was just a lot of shooting going on.”
It’s a wild story, and the case isn’t yet closed. The story so far, ex-boyfriend shows up at ex-girlfriend’s house wearing camo, carrying a gun. He drags ex out to barn, beats her and points a gun at her head. Roommate charges in and shoots, gets hit in the leg. Girlfriend’s father rushes in, puts rounds into head and body of attacker, ends fight.
“The father shot,” said Sheriff Booth, “He tried to shoot back at the father. His gun did not go off, and he struck the suspect in the head several times in the head and chest…killing him immediately.”
Watch the video.
Dressing for success is a bit more difficult when you’re lugging around a lump of metal on one hip and a full reload on the other. The Vuurwapen Blog is asking what Arc’teryx gear he should look at. Now I like the look of some of the Arc’teryx stuff. It’s probably the thing to wear if you’re some sort of hard core soldier from a military unit known only by acronyms or numbers. Unfortunately, I’m not only fat and out of shape, the furthest I get into the wilderness is the field on my friend’s farm. I need clothes that will blend with a different sort of background.
I don’t go too much into my job here on my blog, but I will tell you that I work for an insurance company and I do inspections. This means that my daily pants wear is black cargo pants. It’s great for carrying a flashlight and pen. I wear Wrangler cargo pants, purchased for less than $20 each at Wal-Mart. I carry (off the job, of course) in an IWB rig, so in the summer I just wear untucked polo shirts. Because I don’t particularly like a rough textured pistol grip grinding my skin off, I’ve taken to wearing a white undershirt, just like dad wears. He’d be proud that I’ve finally come around to wearing an undershirt. In winter, a long sleeve shirt plus a sweatshirt of some type and I’m set. I try not to wear a jacket over a loose sweatshirt, because that makes too many layers to fight with to access my pistol. I have to decide whether it’s jacket or sweatshirt.
Essentially, what I’ve found is that I have basically come around to the exact sort of clothing described by Caleb Giddings in his January 2008 post, Metro-Tactical. What sort of clothing do the rest of you wear?
There’s a really weird case going on in Durham right now. Overshadowed by the far more telegenic Nancy Cooper murder case, is the Jadon Higganbothan murder investigation.
Peter Lucas Moses Jr. collected a cast of women over the past six years, rekindling a high school flame and romancing others he met in Durham and as far away as Colorado.
With them, he patched together what some would call a sordid family. He fathered children with the women who could have them and kept his growing brood under lock and key. The women pulled farther and farther away from their own families and into Moses’ grasp, relatives of the women said.
This family is being labeled a cult, for obvious reasons,
Thomas also described a belief system and lifestyle that Durham police have since labeled a cult affiliated with Black Hebrews, a religious sect that believes a race war will culminate in blacks’ dominance.
I’ve got no particular problem with people choosing their family structure. It’s when it leads to murder that I have a problem.
Thomas, identified in court documents as “ZT,” told police that Moses killed 5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan, Sisk’s son. She also told police that Sisk and another woman, LaRonda Smith, beat McKoy as she tried to escape. She told them that Sisk, under Moses’ order, shot and killed McKoy.
What bothered me about this whole thing is that no matter where I looked, I couldn’t find the “cult” leader in the DOC files. It looks like the reporters figured out who he was.
In 2004, when Moses lived with his mother and younger siblings in Raleigh, police arrested Moses and a juvenile for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl, according to court records. Moses pleaded guilty to assault on a female and got two years of probation.
Sexual abuse of a 12 year old is nothing like “assault on a female.” In 2004, the accused was 20 or 21 years old. Taking indecent liberties with a child, probably the least offense you could be charged with for sexual abuse of a 12 year old is a Class F felony. Instead he was allowed to plead to a Class 1 misdemeanor.
It is pretty well documented what sort of people end up as cult leaders. Was this guy one of them? Was this arrest and guilty plea in 2004 a missed opportunity to identify a psychopathic murderer? We may never know.
Armed robbery. Was he an honest citizen who snapped due to the sagging economy?
Raleigh police arrested two men Thursday in connection with a series of armed robberies earlier this month.
The first character was only 18! How could he be pushed so far at such a tender age?
Oh. Maybe a better question is “how does an 18 year old have so many felony convictions?” Another good question would be “why would a person with so many felony convictions only receive a total of 13 months in prison?”
If the previous Judges had done their job, this clown would still be in prison. He only got released after his short little stint on February 10th of this year. I get the impression that he’s not one who will reform himself.
A mother’s day visit last year ended in a double murder.
A Roanoke Rapids man killed and robbed his 92-year-old neighbor and her 65-year-old daughter, a Durham school employee who was visiting for Mother’s Day weekend, police and family members said Saturday.
And what did the killer want when he knocked on the door that day?
Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, told investigators he robbed Maxine McCrary, 92, and Nancy Burgess, 65, in McCrary’s home for $200, affidavits state.
Now, a year later, he’s pled guilty to two counts of first degree murder, and will spend the rest of his life in jail.
A Roanoke Rapids man pleaded guilty Thursday to fatally stabbing a mother and daughter last year to avoid a possible death sentence.
Tony Maurice Gorham, 29, of 325 U.S. Highway 158, accepted the plea to avoid a possible death sentence. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, and two charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
And what sort of person is our murderer?
This kind. Keep scrolling down.
What chance did two elderly women have against a 28 year old man? He wanted their property. He also took their lives.
My wife and I took my mother-in-law and my nephew to a friend’s farm. We saw things like this.
Despite what you might think, they don’t stink. And they grow up to be the best pork you’ve ever eaten. So if you ever get to the Raleigh Farmer’s Market, stop by MAE Farm Meats. You won’t be disappointed.
FTC disclaimer: I receive no compensation of any kind for plugging my friend’s farm. We pay full price for whatever we buy. Don’t let that stop you from puckering up and kissing my backside.
What causes a person to have a standoff with the police?
Authorities say they went to the home of Cornelius Hubert Hunt, located in the 1800 block of Guess Road, in response to an investigation of an incident that occurred Thursday night.
Oh my! Luckily, they were able to defuse the whole thing without gunfire. What brought them to the door?
Wow. So what led up to this charge?
Click here. Keep scrolling down.
On my list of Laws of North Carolina That Need to Change, I might get a chance to cross one off the list. In order to buy a crossbow in North Carolina you have to have the same permit that you need to purchase a pistol! Maybe not any more.
Senate Bill 406 which repeals the requirement to get a permit from your local sheriff’s office to purchase a crossbow passed the North Carolina House on Wednesday and was presented to the Governor yesterday.
All that needs to happen is for the Gov to sign.