Charlotte Fire Department
07-11-2019 | 11:30 AM | CHARLOTTENC — Multiple people fell ill Thursday morning July 11, 2019 after an unknown odor swept through a Charlotte office building. Charlotte Fire Department received an initial call around 11:30 a.m., for a person unconscious at the Regency Executive Park off Nations Ford Road. Firefighters with Charlotte Station arrived within minutes and discovered multiple people feeling effects of what was thought to be carbon monoxide poisoning.
The incident was upgraded to a hazardous materials response bringing in additional resources. Firefighters began a mass evacuation of multi-room office building. Fire officials say some occupants had difficulty evacuating from the upper floors of the building. A worker in the building Yolanda Cato said “We heard a beeping noise, we didn’t think anything of it.” She added “About an hour or so later we were all asked to immediately evacuate the building.” She said paramedics responded to the building yesterday for a similar issue.
Fire officials confirmed later in the day that the source of the odor came from tar that was being laid on the roof by construction crews at the time. Fumes from the tar managed to make it into the building HVAC system. Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) responded with multiple ambulances and two mass casualty buses due to the number of people feeling sick.
Fire officials confirm a total of 46 people were evaluated by paramedics at the scene. 5 people were transported from the scene to local hospitals. 3 people were taken to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and 2 were taken to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center – Pineville. A Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) spokesperson says the 46 patients were treated for various conditions including nausea and headaches.
07-09-2019 | 11:30 AM | CHARLOTTE,NC — UPDATE: Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit have charged a second suspect, Kiara Monique Murphy, DOB: 07/06/1993, for her involvement in this case.
As a result of continued investigation into this case, Murphy was identified as a suspect. On July 10, 2019, members of the CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) located Murphy. She was transported to police headquarters and interviewed by Homicide Unit detectives. At the conclusion of the interview, Murphy was subsequently transported to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Murder, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.This is an active and ongoing investigation.
ORIGINAL: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating an officer-involved shooting involving members of the Pineville Police Department that occurred in the 9700 block of South Boulevard. This location is in the Steele Creek Division.
On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 11:32 a.m., the communication centers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Pineville Police Department began receiving multiple calls in reference to an armed robbery at the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant located at 9700 South Boulevard. Officers with both jurisdictions responded to the scene. Officers with the Pineville Police Department arrived first and encountered an armed suspect inside the business. During the encounter, at least one Pineville Police Department officer perceived an imminent, lethal threat and discharged a firearm, striking the suspect.
Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrived shortly thereafter and began working to secure the scene and attend to the wounded. An employee of the restaurant, who sustained an apparent gunshot wound from the suspect, was pronounced deceased on scene by MEDIC. A second victim was transported by MEDIC to Atrium Health’s Carolina’s Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Detectives are currently working to determine the source of the gunfire and the circumstances that injured the second victim.
MEDIC also transported the suspect to Atrium Health’s Carolina’s Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Homicide Unit detectives responded to the scene to canvass the area and to conduct the investigation. Crime Scene Search responded to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team, Victim Services, CFD, MEDIC, and Operations Command also responded to the scene.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is the lead agency on the criminal investigation. Pineville Police Department will conduct its own internal investigation. Any questions concerning the identities of the officers involved and their personnel history should be directed to the Pineville Police Department.
This is an active and ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
05-27-2019 | 9:34 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC — Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation in the 8800 block of Orren Court in the Steele Creek Division. The call for service came in at 9:34 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019.
Steele Creek Division patrol officers along with the Charlotte-Fire Department and MEDIC personnel, responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call for service. Upon arrival, first responders located a male with an apparent gunshot wound located inside a vehicle. Medic pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. His name will be released once his family has been notified of his death.
Homicide Detectives are currently canvassing the area to determine whether there are any additional witnesses to this incident.
Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team, Victim Services, CFD, Medic and Operations Command responded to the scene.
This is an ongoing, active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Tisdale is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
05-25-2019 | 8:00 PM | PINEVILLE,NC — On Saturday May 25, 2019 about 8:00 p.m, Charlotte Fire Department received 911 calls for an “outside fire” at 824 Crump Road in Pineville, North Carolina. Upon arrival of the first fire unit a large mulch fire in a facility owned by Arborscapes Inc. Due the to nature of the fire and the distance between the main road, a fire hydrant and the area of the mulch, multiple additional fire units were requested to assist.
Under the command of Charlotte Fire Department Battalion Chief 5 assistance was requested for additional pumpers from Charlotte Fire Department, and additional pumpers and a tanker from Steele Creek Fire Department. The mulch pile was of pretty large diameter on the property of Arborscapres Inc.
According to Aborscapes Inc. website: They specialize in Landscape services, Tree Services, and irrigation. Multiple fire engines were supplied water to an aerial ladder truck. The only hydrant was near a Public Storage approximetly a quarter mile from the actual fire. Fire Engines made multiple trips filling up the 500-600 gallon tank of water on board and transporting down to the area of mulch.
Heavy machinery including bulldozers, bobcats, and an excavator were brought in to move the mulch pile around. According to a fire department source on scene, battling a mulch fire especially a large one is very difficultdue to the density of the mulch which traps fire and heat within. Without moving the mulch around it would be impossible for firefighters to extinguish the fire within.
At 10:45 p.m., multiple fire units were still on scene trying to bring the fire under control. Its unclear how the fire started or how long firefighters will be on scene trying to contain the fire.
05-20-2019 | 1:00 PM | BELMONT,NC — On Monday May 20, 2019 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the body of a missing boater was recovered from the Catawba River after an extensive day long search. Gaston County EMS was called to the area of the Kevin Lofton Boat Landing in Belmont ,North Carolina around 4:30 a.m for a report of a boat taking on water in the river.
A spokesman with the Belmont Police Department said a small boat, carrying four people, was coming back to shore following a camping trip on a small island when it began taking on water. There were 4 occupants on board the vessel at the time of accident. 911 calls into Gaston County reported that 3 people were in distress in the water. 3 of the victims were able to make it safely to shore, but the fourth person on board went unaccounted for.
Belmont Police Department confirm the 4 people were camping on an island just north of the Catawba River Bridge when they were ferrying people back to Kevin Lofton Boat Landing.
Additional resources were called into to assist in the search for the missing boat occupant. Charlotte Fire Department sent a dive team with 2 additional marine units to assist in what was being called a recovery mission. Multiple marine units from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department & Belmont Fire Department were seen on the river into early afternoon.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission confirms that the body of 19 year old James Coulter of Gastonia, North Carolina was recovered shortly after 1:00 p.m. The investigation will focus on what caused the boat to take on water and whether camper was legally allowed on the small island.